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red agateJust perfect for your Halloween creations -- these Red Agate Evil Eye beads are of stone that was formed from layers of silica from volcanic cavities. Agate is named after the Achates River (now known as the Dirillo River) on the island of Sicily, Italy, whose upper waters were an ancient source of this gemstone. Each strand offered here has 16 round faceted beads, with colors ranging from red to amber, as shown. Each bead is approx. 10 mm. with an approx. 2 mm. hole. Each strand is $10, but for a limited time, take 10% off with the code HALLOWEEN at checkout.


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macaroni 2When I was very young I loved to play with art and substance -- homemade salt dough clay, finger paints, sugar eggs, collages, crayon 'paintings', origami and more. It was most special when mom or Granita (my word for Grandma, since her name was Juanita) would teach me, help me, and do it with me.

One of my most special memories (and mom's, too, I know) is a macaroni necklace crafted for her, as I recall, from penne, ziti, and those little cartwheel pastas. So that makes 'pasta jewelry' a real favorite for me! It's the memory rather than the thing itself which is so precious, of course. I hold things close that are associated with my mother, my grandmother, the pieces my parents gave to me when I was too young to appreciate them (these include an opal ring from my mother and an emerald ring with diamonds from my dad), the necklaces my husband has given to me, and the things I've bought for myself during special travels/vacations.

macaroni 1If you're lucky enough to have a young one in your life, or work with children in some way, think about helping them get started on their own special 'life in jewels' collection. Teach them to create one of these special memories -- with the most affordable beads -- macaroni & pasta!

You can find easy instructions (like the link here to 'Real Simple) in lots of places.

I'm willing to bet you have a 'macaroni necklace' or other jewelry story or two to share. Please do! Click 'ADD COMMENT' below and tell us about it!

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