New Years Eve and Some Bling, and a Blue Moon Too!


I grew up in a middle class family in Springfield, viagra Delaware County, cialis Pennsylvania. My father was self employed and owned a body and fender shop, as it was called in those days. My mother and I were always close. I am her only daughter. Although we are alike in many ways, we are also very different. I love primitives and casual clothes, she loved lacy feminine clothes and beautiful jewelry. Yesterday I was thinking about what to wear to dinner tonight. We’re going out with our best friends of more than 47 years, for a new years eve dinner. I’m going to wear one of my mother’s big chunky rhinestone bracelets from the 1950′s. Because “bling” is so much in style right now, I thought you would like to see “the real thing”, from the 40′s, 50′s, and 60′s, and a couple that are earlier. I had all of her bracelets and pins tucked away in a box, when I thought how nice it would be to be able to look at them every day. Then I got an idea. I have a huge strawberry makedo, that’s been put away in the closet for a long time. I thought this would be a great way to display this jewelry, so I went and got it, along with a few old hat pins and began pinning everything onto the makedo. I love the way it looks and I wanted you to see it.


My mother wore this pin every Christmas and when I bring her here for the holidays, I always put it on her.


A few more broaches.



Talk about chandelier earrings! These belonged to my dear mother-in-law.



The two horsey pins on the left were mine when I was a young girl.


This pin belonged to my mother before she was married. It’s a marquesite pin, her initials, Violet Ena Burton.


This bracelet belonged to my great-aunt Mae. Probably from the 1920′s or earlier.


This last piece is a Limoge hand painted cameo. I think this is late 19th century.


New Year’s Eve is never dull, but nights like tonight happen just once in a blue moon, as they say. A blue moon or the second full moon of the month, is seen here over the Tower of David in Jerusalem’s Old City December 31, 2009.


This is a special new year’s eve because there is a rare blue-moon tonight Dec. 31st.

Once in a blue moon there is one on New Year’s Eve. Revelers ringing in 2010 will be treated to a so-called blue moon. According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don’t expect it to be blue — the name has nothing to do with the color of our closest celestial neighbor.

A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year’s countdown.
“If you’re in Times Square, you’ll see the full moon right above you. It’s going to be that brilliant,” said Jack Horkheimer, director emeritus of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and host of a weekly astronomy TV show.
The New Year’s Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. For partygoers in Australia and Asia, the full moon does not show up until New Year’s Day, making January a blue moon month for them.
However, the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the America.
A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month — a blue moon — occurs every 2.5 years.
A happy 2010 to all.

5 Responses to “New Years Eve and Some Bling, and a Blue Moon Too!”

  1. tj Says:

    …We appreciate you too dear Carole! :o )

    …Love the bling! I’m like you, came from the same working class background and not much on the bling altho’ I do love the look of the vintage jewelry and think a piece placed just so makes a nice statement. And I don’t need to tell you about the love of primitives! lol… And girl, I too have horse pins from when I was a young girl. I still have many of my horse statues that used to decorate my room but they are packed away in a box. Funny, we’re kindred spirits in so many ways… :o )

    …Your mother is so fortunate to have you as a daughter as you are to have her and you are so lucky to still have her in your life. I know you cherish those times with her as it shows when you write about her. She has wonderful taste in jewelry and I love the way that you chose how to display it – you gave a whole new meaning to the term “make do”! ;o)

    …Happy New Year to you and yours Carole! Enjoy your evening!

    …Many blessings too… :o )

  2. Carole Says:

    TJ, how are you! What a fun comment to read. Since I wrote this post, we have changed our plans for new years. We have more snow and we are afraid of black ice so we all decided to stay home and be safe. Guess I’ll wear my bling around the house. LOL

  3. Jackie Says:

    I have my Mothers bling as well. I have displayed errings on lampshapes in the Parlor.
    My DD that was married last fall wore her Grandmothers pin on you wedding gown. Such fun!


  4. Julie Says:

    Hi Carole and Happy New Years to you !!!!! I hope you had a WONDERFUL time !!!!
    Thank you for sharing your mothers old Jewerly!!!! It really is BEAUTIFUL!!! I bet it looked great on you!!!!

  5. carole holt Says:

    Hi there Julie. As it turned out, we ended up staying home new years. The weather was iffy, so we all decided it was better to be safe than sorry. Turns out, I went to bed right before midnight.

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