Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We are not all the same!

We are not all the same!

With the holidays almost upon us I thought it would me nice to have a different kind of
newsletter/email. Plus, I'm out of new ideas. I read another blog this morning and thought of this, so, here goes a favorite story of ours.

Most of you know that my husband and
I have been married more than 50 years.
We are the perfect example of that statement.
"We are not all the same"

That can be followed with the statement
"Let me count the ways". Fortunately, our
differences are usually a source of
amusement rather than causing problems.

I think the first time we noticed our different outlook on the same idea or phrase was soon after we were married.  I had baked a nice two layer cake. Because there were only two of us, the cake lasted a long time and soon became dry etc.

My husband's answer to this "problem" was:
"Make just one layer and cut it in half and make a two layer cake.

A little aside here, my son loves to tell and embellish this story. Our children have heard it a lot. I will give you the shorter version.

I proceeded to make just one layer (8 inches round) Then I cut the cake in half and frosted the two resulting layers.

When my husband came home, I proudly presented him with a nice two layer cake after our dinner.

His response was not what I expected.
"What the .... happened to the cake?"

Now here is the difference in what he was expecting and what I thought he meant.

Now here is the difference in what he was expecting and what I thought he meant.

Bev's version

At our 50 Anniversary party, my oldest daughter and her daughter were nice enough to make two cakes. One my way and one my husband's way.

Bill's version (minus bottle)
 You can see why he asked "What happened to the cake?"

I was always a fan of Boston Cream Pie (which is really a cake - but I digress) So, cutting a cake in half horizontally was a good idea, I thought. However, I can see that cutting it in half, his way, does make sense.  Now, don't tell him I said that.

You will also notice that some things never change. Last fall we were on vacation and were having some muffins for breakfast. Suddenly, I looked at the table in front of us and notice the following picture. The muffin on the right is mine (cut horizontally) and my husband's on the left - you guessed it - cut the same as the cake

I hope you will all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

As we are having all of our family visiting next week, I may skip next week, so also

Happy New Year!

Until next time,


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011



(I have two)

Actually, I have a total of seven grandchildren. So, if I have two grand daughters, I must have five grandsons. ;-)  While I really love them all, as a jewelry designer, having two granddaughters, is really nice. Plus they are getting old enough to wear and appreciate jewelry. I hope they will like what Grandma makes. Grandsons definitely have different desires.

Jewelry designing is something I picked up from my parents and the love of making jewelry for others,  especially for granddaughters.

Some of you know that my Mother, and Dad, too, used to make jewelry. During WWII, my Mother made jewelry using shells. Even Costume jewelry was not readily available then. She was able to find a supplier in Florida that carried shells.  Her cousin worked at Eastman Kodak where she had access to working women who had some extra money and had a place to wear jewelry. So, my mother would make pins and earrings from shells and her cousin would sell them for her. One memory I have of the jewelry sales was that she saved her money and purchased a vacuum cleaner. It cost $89! She had that vacuum cleaner for quite a long time. Very exciting purchase!

Then in the 70's they both made jewelry. Mostly out of pearls. Dad made necklaces and bracelets. And my Mother crocheted long ropes. (One of my beading buddies is very proficient with that method now.) I have many of their pieces but don't have any good pictures.

Anyhow, I just finished a pretty pink bracelet for my youngest granddaughter. She just turned six. While I'm told she loves jewelry, I was also told that she is very hard on it. So, I decided to make a Memory Wire bracelet. The Memory Wire is very strong. The bracelet has two wraps and to make it special for her I added her name and a little heart charm. Hope she likes it.

Remember the Frog bracelet?

It turns out that my out that the mascot for the school of my other granddaughter, is the Frog. So, guess what she will be receiving for Christmas? Again, I hope she likes it.

And so it goes with presents for special people. You're glad when you find something that you think is appropriate and something they will like.  This is the fun of finding just the "right" gift.

Contact me at info@ringbyringdesigns.com if you have any questions.

Of course, you know that I have more pieces than show in my shop, so if you have seen something not there or if you would like something different, please contact me with your request.

Until next week,


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