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Rebuilding My Jewlery Collection


Not too long ago I came home, after a weekend away, to find glass scattered across the kitchen floor. While we were out, someone had broken into our home. It was a crime of opportunity; we had forgotten to stop the paper delivery and our neighbors, who would usually pick them up for us, were also gone, so a pile of papers had collected in the driveway. The house was not trashed and the monetary loss wasn’t high, however my jewelry, not particularly valuable but rich with memories and sentiment, was for me a great loss.

 But then from the loss came something beautiful. A few days after the theft a package arrived at my door; inside a pair of blinging earrings and a ring  and this note from my daughter…

note with gift of jewlery from my daughter

 It was a thoughtful sweet surprise, but there was more to come…

That afternoon I found a package waiting at my door; inside a crazy fun necklace and a note from a friend.










Then another friend knocked on my door baring more surprises. It was then I learned of the lovely gesture, devised by my two beautiful daughters,with the amazing  group of women I call friends as their conspirators.

 Dear All,

As you may have heard, our parent’s house  was broken into
over the past weekend. Thankfully no one was hurt and there was not
much property damage. Unfortunately the thieves had a clear idea of
what they were looking for, and along with the tv, our mom’s jewelry
box was stolen. While the monetary value of the jewelry is certainly a
factor, the biggest loss are her necklaces, earring, rings, and
bracelets collected over a lifetime. Her collection ranged from a ring
given to her by our grandmother when she was thirteen, to her high
school class ring, to the glass jewelry she purchased on her trip to
Italy, to the bracelet our dad gave her on Kate’s wedding day. These
special pieces are the largest loss.

As you can imagine, she is feeling disheartened over the break in and
the loss of her lifelong collection. In an effort to cheer her up, we
are requesting a small favor of you. We kindly ask you to look through
your jewelry collection. If you have any pieces that you no longer
wear (or have ever worn!) and can easily part with, please send your
surplus jewelry with a note to my mom. Please do not send anything
that has any monetary or sentimental value! The idea is to help her
build her collection from the bottom up- inexpensive plastic earrings,
old bangle bracelets, anything that you no longer have use for. If you
are unable to participate, we of course understand, and ask that
instead just send a little note letting her know you are thinking of
her. Her address is listed below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel very free to email
us. We thank you so much for considering this request. Please note
that this is intended to be a surprise! We all know that life without any
sparkle or bling can bring even the best of us down!


Kate & Cindy


So day by day  my precious jewelry collection is being rebuilt gift by gift…

 While the new pieces fill the void left by my lost jewelry, they don’t  replaced the memories and stories gathered through the years of collecting them , but they have added a whole new chapter to those stories and created memories I will treasure even more. 

 Thanks ladies,  for your friendship…

and my new jewelry!


Love, TT Visits Blue Antler Studio

jewelry by love ttBlue Antler Studio was host to a discussion and demonstration featuring artist Kate White of Love TT and Art And Ambiance. Kate, my very creative daughter and her equally creative sister Cindy, came back to the ridge from their homes in NC and NYC to celebrate their grandparent’s anniversary.

Inspired by the creative atmosphere and beautiful setting, as well as the support and help of her sister, Kate took the opportunity to hold a photo shoot that would showcase her jewelry line. It was inspiring to watch the two girls as they worked in creative harmony producing photos for “Love, TT” so lovely they could grace the walls of any gallery or magazine page; be sure to follow her virtual shop to be the first to see the beautiful photos –

On the eve of her departure, after a too short visit and persistent requests, Kate graciously agreed to a gathering at Blue Antler Studio to share her creations and her creative process.  The timing was perfect as she was particularly inspired after an afternoon of rummaging through her grandpa TT’s barn.  Of course he had set aside some special finds and he even pulled out his personal broach collection for her.  After some friendly haggling, he finally let her pay for her new “grandpa’s barn” treasures. So with the heat of the day reluctantly easing,  friends and family and a few new kindred spirits came together in Blue Antler Studio. Kate, using some of her new acquisitions, awed those who had come with her  creative energy and unique vision. The youngest kindred spirit seemed particularly pleased with her new Love TT necklace, bracelet and ring! 

modern jewelry created from vintage costume jewelryThank you to those who came to the gathering; we sincerely hope you were inspired. And thanks Kate for sharing your beautiful creations as well as the process in which you bring new beauty, life and purpose to once treasured items, making them truly twice treasured.