Recently I went to California for a family reunion; I got to spend time with all my siblings; four brothers and one sister. My sister, husband and I flew into the Fresno airport and rented a car and drove to Mariposa. Mariposa is a town with no traffic lights; well there is a flashing light just outside of town, but that’s it. My dad was born in Mariposa, so as a kid my family spent many weekends and vacations up there. I remember when the sidewalks were made of wood and you had to step up a few steps to get to the sidewalk. They are now made of cement, but basically, they are still the same. Mariposa is about 40 miles from Yosemite, Midpines (an even smaller town) is where the family home was located, off of a dirt road. A couple of the pictures are from a day trip into Yosemite.
In Mariposa, much to the surprise of my sister and I, is a new bead shop. My sister in-law who lives in the area told us about the shop and so, the three of us went to check it out. It was a wonderful bead shop; it seemed to have a little bit of everything and a lot of different things. This is what I liked about the shop; that it was different from what I was used to. I was able to look with new eyes at familiar items and I liked the room where classes are held; it was spacious. I bought a couple of tools that I had never come across before and have since proved useful and the Howlite beads and cabochon. I bead embroidered the cabochon and linked the beads with wire; I made a necklace with matching earrings and a bracelet. These pieces of jewelry will bring back memories of what a wonderful time I had there with family.
The pine trees in the Mariposa area are dying; due to the drought they have become weakened and unable to resist the beetle. Over the landscape you can see the brown trees that have died, it’s sad to think what it will look like a few years from now. The pine trees have a sound all their own when the wind blows through them, a sound that even as a child, I found enjoyable.
I also took a class this past Saturday on how to make a bangle bracelet. I made a silver bracelet and one out of copper wire. The piece of silver cost me $25 to buy a foot of it, but the copper is made from 8 gauge wire that was bought at the Home Depot for 52 cents! I found that absolutely amazing.
The gray and white piece is the Howlite I bought at the Bead shop in Mariposa and the two bangles shown together are the ones I made at the class I took last Saturday.
I hope you enjoyed the slide shows. :)