Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Found It!

When my granddaughters visit me, they like to play "dress-up". They ransack my closet and soon appear dressed to the nines, all made up, reeking of many layers of perfume and hairspray, teetering on high heels.................It's a sight to behold!

They root around in jewelry boxes and adorn themselves with earrings, necklaces, headbands, hats, gloves, purses. And the older they get, the more adept they've become in the "dress-up" game.

As you can imagine, when the game is over, many times all the accouterments do not get returned to the places Grammy had them. And after they go home, sometimes Grammy spends much time searching for a particular item.

Such was the case with this turquoise necklace. I searched high and low for it......for over two years. I looked everywhere. I'd had this experience, of lost items, before so I knew it would eventually turn up in the most unexpected place at a time I wasn't even looking for it.

There is absolutely no sense asking the little girls where they put such and such an item. They are digging into Grammys things with wild abandon, like women at a sale in Feilene's basement...........garments and accessories flying all over the place.

I was particularly fond of this necklace. It was an estate sale "find" of a single shoe clip. In the 30's and 40's, women embellished their black suede pumps with a fancy shoe clip to dress them up for an evening out on the town. Here, at this estate sale, I found the remaining one of a pair. I thought it was so beautiful, I just had to have it. I re-purposed it with a jewelry finding and suspended it on a string of tiny turquoise seed beads. I became my favorite "go to" piece of jewelry. I was so sad that I couldn't find it.

This summer, getting ready to go to my niece's wedding reception, I got all decked out in my finery. I wanted to carry a glitzy purse. Of course, I don't use sequined purses every day. In fact, I must not have used this particular purse for over two years!

What do you think was inside that purse???????? THE TURQUOISE NECKLACE! I was overjoyed. You'll probably see it on me, I wear it often and am thrilled to have it back.


  1. Really cute story and love the photos to go with it.

  2. You seem to have a mischievous twinkle in your eye, Rita! I'm sure your grandkids have lots of fun at your place, and make lots of happy memories!

  3. Wow, great story. I remember once, when I was a little girl, my Grandmother's neighboor had someone pass away. There was a jewelry box left over with a lot of jewelry in it, and the neighboor allowed me to look thru it to see if there was anything I wanted. I brought it back after perusing through it and sadly said no thank you, because there was not a ring in the whole box, and that's what I had been really looking for. The neighboor told me to look again, and when I did, sure enough, there was a green ring in there! I was so happy. I've no idea how she slipped it in there when I wasn't looking, but yes, I understand the joy of finding a piece of jewelry you really want to have :)

  4. I love hearing about your grandchildren. How they must love you!!! So wonderful that you allow them to just rummage around. My mom let my girls do that also. Now, with grandsons, they are a bit different but Noah loves going through my dresser drawers. He said, you never know what treasure you will find.


  5. Loved reading this -- so glad you are blogging -- you have lots to share! The grandkids must love going to grammys!

  6. You are such a fun Grandma to let the kiddos play in your closet and with your jewelry. I'm glad you found it again and that you all enjoy time together.

  7. That is so great you found it! Niki x

  8. Times with children and grandchildren are precious!

  9. What a sweet story! I love that your grandkids get to play dress up~ it sounds like grammy's house is the best! I love that you found your "treasure" in that purse.

  10. yay! A happy ending to the story!
    When I played dress-up with my grandma's things, certain special ones were off limits--in a separate box. Maybe that would help? :)