Yesterday I received this beautiful postcard from a faraway friend.
How exciting to hear from Heidi who is in New Zealand! We share the same glowing enthusiasm for stained glass, and with her extensive travel and wonderful photography, Heidi's discoveries always fascinate.


This postcard from The Nelson Provincial Museum features "Weave", designed by Jo Ogier and constructed by Robyn Hall and Glass Craft of Nelson. On the back is a detailed description of the work, the process, and each panel. The luxuriantly-colored stained glass represents historic and natural symbolism tied to the Nelson region.
So much treasure in one little piece of mail!

Funny how a few finds, like the ones above, can stir up old memories.  
Hot summer afternoons on Short Beach in Stratford: 
gentle waves
cool clear salty water
and treasure hunts for starfish, hermit crabs, and tiny smooth bits of
cobalt blue glass - - just to name a few. 

Al and I spent so many childhood days exploring this tiny beach.  We didn't know until it came up in conversation.   It seems we were thrilled by the same things, including the small planes that would fly low overhead, and once in a long while a bright orange creamsicle from the snackbar.  We like to think that several hundred beach days ago and before third or fourth grade, Al and I met on the shore one sunny afternoon.  And as brief childhood friendships go, shared a treasure hunt on Short Beach.
In Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Autolycus, a pedlar of jewels, pokes fun at those buying "all his trumpery" referencing "counterfeit stones".

It seems Autolycus has underestimated many who know that even the noble, including Queen Elizabeth, have been enjoying skillfully mounted glass jewels so well made it is easy to believe they are genuine.
Light amethyst vintage glass jewels

A lighter purple hue of the regal amethyst is offered in a giveaway, with details noted in comments here. The winner may choose these 11mm light amethyst vintage glass jewels set in sterling silver posts with or without plating in 24K gold.

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