Saturday, March 30, 2013

This Week's Blog Post

Elephant Lanyard

It has been a while since I have made an elephant lanyard. This can be a popular animal since they are associated with good luck.  The lanyard is available at Miss Val’sCreations.

This is one of those handmade Peruvian ceramic beads that I am loving so much! I decided to go with an understated strand so there is just a splash of color and whimsy!
The turquoise beads give the elephant a circus like feel. Let me say though that I am anti circus and feel all animals should be banned from circuses worldwide (enough serious stuff). 
Pickling Crock

So I inherited something old. It was my Great Grandmother’s (dad’s mom’s mom) pickling crock.

It has amazing texture. It is around 100 years old.

The only marking on it is the number 5.

After looking online this refers to the number of gallon capacity.  Duh! I knew nothing of pickling crocks.

It is quite large and weighs a ton. It sits in my living room which is earthy tones. It is not the prettiest thing which I think is why my mom wanted it out of her house!

Maybe one of my nieces or nephew will want to take it someday. I swear it still smells like pickles!

I was pleasantly surprised this week driving up my driveway to see a bit of color in the woods. Random crocuses. These are the first bit of color I see each year. 
I have a feeling I accidentally dug them up from the garden my first spring at the house and they ended up in the woods with the weeds and such that I threw back there!


I finally added Bloglovin to my blog. Recently I was asked by a couple of people who are not Blogger users about following options. It is about time I added this! I am slow sometimes with these sorts of things.

I wish you all a wonderful spring week and a happy Easter or Passover if you celebrate! ~Val


  1. I love the clear/silver mix on the lanyard. Makes it great for the workplace and will match everything!
    I'm happy that my crocus are still alive too...and I have purple and yellow as well :)
    I don't personally use Bloglovin' to read blogs, but I also added the following option for others.

  2. What a sweet lanyard! love the elephant!! oh, and there are those pretty little crocus! does this mean spring might finally be here?

  3. Love the elephant bead, it adds a special touch.
    The flowers are struggling to put in an appearance over here in the UK too. I think we've shifted north and are sitting next to Norway the way our weather is at the mo!

  4. Happy Easter my friend ;o) It is nice and sunny here today! I hope no more snow ;o) Your elephant lanyard is priceless! Love it! And, I really love your pickling crock! I would have that on display in my house all the time! Very nice!! Love the flower picture ;o) We still have too much snow! The trees are starting to bud though ;o)

  5. Eep, the sweetest elephant bead! The lanyard is perfect for someone who's elegant and refined, yet playful at the same time, with a quirky sense of humour :)

  6. That is a lovely elephant bead! and such pretty colors in the woods. I'm also on bloglovin but don't use it to read blogs I read them from my reading list on my dashboard. But it is always good to have options not that GFC will be history. I am also on hellocotton.

  7. Our crocuses really aren't doing well this year, which makes me sad because, believe me, we could do with some cheerful spring colour!

  8. I love elephants! The bead is lovely :)
    Lucky you for seeing some signs of spring at last. It is still snowing here and I'm pretty fed up about it!
    Ooh, you inherited a crockpot! Nice to own something that belonged to your great grandmother :)
    Happy Easter Val!

    p.s. I sent the necklace last Monday, hopefully it will arrive soon...

  9. Aww,I love surprise flowers. Always such a treat.
    I am in love with that crock!

  10. Hi Val, I love your necklace. So unique and interesting.
    The crock is wonderful. I inherited a few from my family as well and love to use them in my decor.
    Gorgeous flowers too for springtime. I also added Bloglovin and following you there as well.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Wishing you Easter blessings.
    Hugs, CM

  11. wow cant believe that pickling crock is 100 years old! it must be so valuable!

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  12. Family heirlooms, you don't want to get rid of them...maybe you could take the top off and use it to display some tallish faux florals, or would the kitties like to sleep in it on hot days? lol (If you could stand leaving the top off with the pickle fragrance?)

    I like the translucence in the lanyard and one focal. I had to chuckle that your crocuses survived being tossed into the woods, they're hardy and pretty!

    Hope you had a good Easter.

  13. Lovely, as always! I love the elephant!
    Taught by your advice I added Bloglovin to my blog. I must say that I'm slow with innovations, too :)

  14. Interesting blog!
    What do you think about following each other? GFC,FB,Twitter?

    ciao xoxo

  15. I love the little elephant, Val! Wonderfully cheerful colors.

    How nice to see that spring is arriving for you. My corcuses were just beginning to come up, and then we had snow. :-( As of today, the yellow ones are just about ready to bloom, and I am guessing the purple won't be too far behind.

    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  16. the Elephant Lanyard is the sweetest! i really think the simplicity with that splash of color is brilliant.
    the crocuses are so hopeful (snowing on and off today!)and pretty. and the old crock is a really cool family piece. no doubt it still smells :-)

  17. Lucky you to see some flowers. It is still so cold here in the Midwest, not even the trees have started blooming. Your pickling pot is very cool, I did not even know they had containers just for pickling. Your lanyard is lovely, and your little elephant accent is the perfect!
    Everyday Inspired

  18. I bet your great granny made so many pickles in her day that that's why that crock still smells like pickles. When you get a good whiff, you can remember her. :-) You've made another beautiful necklace. I love the whimsical Peruvian bead. And I too, jumped into the Bloglovin' world. I thought I'd make preparations just in case Google Reader really does disappear in June.


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val