Hi, Today I was going to write about how I get some great materials for very little. I will save that for another time. I can, however, offer a quick tip regarding sheet copper. Call around to roofing companies and find out if they have scraps. You, obviously, will only be able to get smooth sheets (mine are about 5 inches x 10 feet), but it might end up working out for those who would like to save some money and still create copper jewelry.
Okay, so I did manage to get some TERRIFIC deals on all kinds of chain while stopping by garage sales along the way to Canandaigua, NY yesterday. Once we got to our destination, Bill, my husband noticed a small yard sale sign. We stopped by. It looked like mostly clothes so we were not going to get out, but Bill saw something that he wanted to look at further. So we got out. The house was an very large, old house under renovation and the couple (with teenage girls) were very pleasant while I picked through their games that I might want to use in my classroom. The woman's name was Lisa. She was sitting and chatting and it was hard not to notice the bird she was holding. I then looked around and noticed two other birds outside in a a very large cage enjoying the nice day. I inquired about them and she told me that she had a bird sanctuary. Me, being an animal lover, and the "inquisitive type" asked more about it.
So, what does this have to do with jewelry? Well not a whole lot except when I went to take out one group of chain to clean up last night for today's post, here is what was in the bag...... If you look closely, that is an earring that accidentally got caught on the chain that I had been digging through hours earlier at one of our first stops while still in Homer. Now, call me crazy.... I've been called worse ;o) but when I saw that bird, I definitely felt compelled to change the direction I was going to take with today's post.
While there, Lisa asked if I was interested in seeing more. She led me inside and met the birds in her very clean, very playful, very organized, very healthy sanctuary. These birds, some abused, some just in need of a new home, have found their last stop. They will be with her for life and if some outlive her, she has a plan for that as well. It takes a very special person to do something like this. We often hear about animals that are living in extreme conditions, but not about people like Lisa who have made a commitment to making a difference.
Here is one that I met. His name is Romeo. I got this from Lisa's website and this must have been when Romeo was new to her. When I met him, he was proudly perched in an outdoor screened in area taking in all of the surroundings, which included a perfect temperature, other birds, toys, food and more. Romeo is missing an eye due to the previous owners abuse. You can read more about him by checking out the website.
I also met Peyton. Peyton had (and still is experiencing some) a history of feather plucking which led to mutilation. She had been with Lisa since November 2011 and looks like a very healthy bird. I could see the signs of her past behaviors, but, more importantly, could see the signs of present behaviors which indicated to me that this bird is in the right place.
And lastly, this is Lisa and Samson. I took this outside of their home. And to think, I wasn't going to get out because I only wanted chain.
So.... jewelry? Not so much so today. But I will leave you with this. It is a picture of the earring that I plucked from the tangled nest of chain that I was going to write about. I think when I return at the end of next month for their monthly sale, I will have to find the other one and pay for the pair...... or.... at least pay for just the one :o) .... whoops!
Coincidence? I don't believe in them.....
Isn't he cute? He even ate (unplanned, of course) a walnut for me. Perfect! Check out Lisa's website to learn more about her sanctuary and if you can donate, it is easy to do through Paypal. Never think small donations cannot add up to bigger things.
Thank-you for supporting those who create handmade with handmade.