Sunday, June 2, 2013

All I ask of dying is to go naturally

First of all just let me say that my mother is the sweetest person in the world. I'm sorry if you thought that your mother was the sweetest person in the world, because it's actually my mother. And now if you Google "sweetest person in the world" you will probably get this blog, which confirms that my mother is the sweetest person in the world. And I'm not just saying that because she gave me jewelry.

The other day she asked my sister and me to come over and talk about her funeral. Like you do. She's healthy, pragmatic, and organized, and she's also 87 years old. Her mother died at 87, and my dad died at 88, so it's good to be prepared. However, my mom said she'll probably live another ten years and we'll have to go over all this stuff again, and she's probably right!

So we also looked in her jewelry box, which I've always loved to do. There's nothing very expensive, but Mom told us about every piece. She let me and my sister each pick out something to take now - I thought she'd never ask! - so I picked this micro-mosaic brooch and clip-on earrings.

I think they were upside-down when I took the picture, so here they are both ways
These belonged to an older relative of my mother's - her name was Naomi Dick, and I remember her visiting us when I was about 10. I looked up micro-mosaics, and these were likely made in Italy in the early 20th century. There are no markings, and they're not worth much, but they're pretty and I just love them!

vest - Christopher & Banks; dress - thrifted
I wore the earrings to work the other day, and they didn't pinch (the springs have gone pretty soft). This is the first time I've worn the brooch, and I noticed that some of the little glass pieces are broken. I'd hate to have the pieces fall out, but I'm not sure if I should do anything - glue, nail polish? Does anyone know anything about this type of jewelry?

Another beautiful day! Flip-flops - Target
My outfit is inspired by Vix. She wore a denim vest with a sleeveless dress in this post, and I loved the way it looked. And in the post she's talking about heirlooms and jewelry from her family! Serendipity-do-dah!

miscellaneous elasticized bracelets - me and craft fairs
 Patti's hosting Visible Monday again this week, so here's a toast to you, Patti!

See you there!


Connie said...

It's so nice to have things to remember loved ones....especially if the loved ones are still around! I don't know about that kind of jewelry but I do know that I love your mid-century Margarita glass.

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

It sounds as though your micro-mosaics are, in fact, priceless.

Love, love your thrifted dress, and with the vest, very cool.

Sue xo

Paula Ruta said...

Val, I want to have cocktails with you. You make me laugh.

I sort of remember the cheap imitation of your mom's jewelry in the 60's. Sorry, I don't have any solutions for the missing stuff.


Ariane Lasalle said...

awww nice the jewelery! isn't lovely that your Mom let you choose a piece, yes she is the sweetest!
My Dad is 80 and too he talked about his funeral arrangement, all his done he said, we just have to show up in his word literally!
I agree the vest and dress are really good together

Ariane xxx

Une femme said...

The best pieces of jewelry are those with a story or a memory, and yours are lovely too. I haven't tried wearing clip earrings in decades.

Patti said...

I toast you right back! From 30,000 feet and a three hour delayed flight home. : )

The jewels are fabulous, and clearly mean the world to you. I hope a local jeweler can help you. Thanks so much for sharing with Vis Monday!

WendyB said...

Very good to have that type of conversation. I have a relative who refused to deal with it and it caused all kinds of trouble down the road.

Leslie McCain said...

Would love for you to share this at my up where we pin all those who join to our party board

Shybiker said...

Okay, your mom can have the title of sweetest; my mom gets it for Most Formidable.

pastcaring said...

Gorgeous jewellery. It doesn't matter if they're not worth much - they are to you!
Looking rather foxy in that first outfit pic, Val, you're giving us model-esque Blue Steel! You look lovely in red and Vix's waistcoat idea is fab. xxxx

Vix said...

Val in red, with a denim waistcoat and vintage jewellery - you look stunning!
Your mum sounds awesome, wish my Dad had been so practical, it's taken me a year to get awarded guardianship of his finances!
I asked my jewellery expert friend about your inherited pretties, she said: They are italian micro mosaic they will be 1950's 60's no earlier (the quality of the mosaic would be significantly higher if any earlier) the brooch would retail at around £20 and the earrings about the same as a set £45. xxx

Mrs C said...

You couldn't have picked anything better than this fabulous pieces. They look so antique and priceless! Italians made/make great stuff and they really pay extra attention to details, so these would be in your jewelry box for a long time and in your daughter's(or dil's) after. I wish your mother a long live and healthy live ahead :)

MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

Anonymous said...

My mom gets "Most Crazy" me!!!

Kudo's to your mom for passing on her jewelry to be loved and worn. My mom is hoarding her mom's 1930s/40's mexican silver stuff among other goodies. It needs to be wron and loved (by ME!!!)

Love your outfit--Vix inspired me to pick up a denim vest this past week!!

I need to plan an outfit around my great-grandmoms mosiac brooch!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Tequila!! Salud!
Oh mom!! She let you pick something out of the jewellery box-- awesome. I know nothing about fixing jewellery... You are looking rater svelte in that red dress and vest :)

sabine said...

Val, your jewelry is sweet like candy! I love it!
What I also love is your summerly outfit. Great idea to wear the dress with a vest.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

I concede. She is likely the sweetest mom. Did she make you take notes on the funeral arrangements?
I'm the only-only ... I have my mom's jewels. We shared a taste for cocktail rings. My daughter knows she has to wait 'till I'm gone, and be nice or I'll liquidate all and donate her inheritance to the ASPCA.
You look summer sweet ... like a perfectly ripe strawberry! Pretty. Lovely pieces. One of the women at VM will have info for you,
Have a nice week, Val!

ann wood said...

My grandmother gave me a similar pin. She taught English in Mexico and I thought the pin was purchased there.

Your red dress is looking fine with denim, a great background for the jewelry!

blue hue wonderland

Megan Gann said...

How awesome to have the jewelry to enjoy already! My family frequently 'passes on' heirlooms before their time. In a way, I've appreciated being the keeper of the Hat Boxes (filled with pictures, cards, memories going back before my own memory). I've added to them myself.

You could add resin to the jewelry, I am not familiar with the actual process though.

Dawn Elliott said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE micro mosaics and your best Mom in the world had some beauties! A little glue is what I'd use to fix 'em...and a toothpick. Great sleeveless look for those of you who can get away with it! And the final picture has my mouth watering!!!

Sheila said...

Such a fun outfit - the red dress is marvelous and such a good background for your lovely new jewelry.

Zalina Walton said...

Red must be the color to post today. You look great and vibrant in red. I love your denim vest. It's so awesome that you're close to your mother. Hope she lives another ten years too.

Helga! said...

O, I LOVE that brooch and clip ons! They're just gorgeous, and how special!
Bless your Mum for her pragmatism, it's a difficult thing to think about for anyone, but it's the only thing that's guaranteed to happen in life!

Olga Rani said...

Very beautiful accessories and it is pity that one is broken. I hope you will be able to fix it somehow.

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Wow, those mosaics are special. They remind me of my grandmother who had some that were similar. I love your pretty red dress!

Anonymous said...

Hi Val!
Your photos are lookin' great. The sleeveless dress is so cute.
Love your cocktail glasses too!

Laurie said...

Yep Val. We are trend-setters. You look lovely, as always. Mind you, so does the tequila!

Mrs. D said...

It's lovely to have little things to remember our loved ones. I have a couple of things that have been passed down through the generations and although they're not the most expensive or fancy in the world but they hold a lot of meaning.
You are very lucky to still have your mum around and enjoy her company, I wish I could say the same.
Much love xx

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

I think I'll join the denim vest club now.

The Style Crone said...

Your Mother is wise to talk with you about end of life issues. And to give you beautiful jewelry! Both are important, and I love your choice.

Red dress with denim vest. Love it!

Emalina said...

Your mother sounds like such a wise and lovely soul. Her jewellery is beautiful, and you look fabulous in that amazing red dress!

No fear of fashion said...

Try and find a specialist with the glass bits of your brooch. I have repaired something like that myself and it was ruined after that. Perhaps through Etsy?
And here is another tip for your gorgeous earrings. You say that the springs have gone very soft. Although that might be nice in wearing, there is the danger of losing them.
My mother gave me long pearl earrings which were a gift from my father to her in the 60s. I had them altered by a proper goldsmith as they were falling apart and I wanted more security and less risk of losing too. It cost me a bit and I would not have spent that much money on it normally, but the story behind it makes it well worth. By now I have forgotten the price I had to pay and enjoy them a lot.