Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All That Glitters…


…is not gold.  So goes the old saying.  Shakespeare said it, although the word he actually used was “glisters”…the Old English form of the word…

J.R.R. Tolkien also used the reference in a beautiful poem he wrote for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, long a favorite of mine:

“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost…”


…isn’t that wonderful?

But back to my original reference—not all that glitters is gold…

…sometimes, it’s a rock!

DSC06310(2) {our friend Jessica holding my two perfect rocks}

A rock from the beach… 

image  {beautiful Monterey Bay}

On a golden afternoon…just this past Labor Day, my family and I enjoyed a beautiful few hours on the beach at Monterey Bay…

image {two of my girls with their friend Jessica}

While we were there, the girls found this very interesting rock…I quickly put it in my pocket to save for another day…


…I knew the moment I saw it EXACTLY what it would become!

And finally, months later, here it is…



{modeled by my beautiful daughter Annie}


Covered with Mod Podge and then literally doused, rolled & covered with real silver shavings glitter {my absolute favorite glitter!}, then covered over with Mod Podge once again to seal it all…

…it’s ready to wear.  A fun, very sparkly remembrance of a glittering day on the beach with my family…


Not all that glitters is gold.  Sometimes it’s something even better…



See you soon with something new…



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  1. We came home with so many of these. Of course we never thought to cover them like the amazing Miss Julie...gorgeous...smiles...Renee

  2. Wonderful post, Julie!! You made that rock even more special and you will look at it and have wonderful memories of your day!


  3. What a beautiful dayes, you had, and the fantastic stone ,even more fantastic after rolling it in silver flakes. A wonderful idea, dear Julie.

  4. What a perfectly beautiful day Julie! Loved all the pictures. I do believe a stone which has had a hole drilled through it by water and found on the beach is supposed to be lucky! I could be wrong, but it can't hurt can it. I send lots of love and hugs to you on this early November morning. (How did that happen, this year has flown by entirely too quickly!!) xxoo

  5. How beautiful Julie!!! You turned an already wonderful find into something even more enchanting... each time you (or your girls) will wear it you will fondly remember that day on the beach... xoxo Julie Marie

  6. Hi pretty lady,

    What a lovely reminder you've made of a lovely day. What's cool is that you can add little charms to the piece, from other get-away trips. Kind of like a travel memory necklace.


  7. Wow, this is amazing Julie! and so clever! I love all the gorgeous pics of the girls too!! XO Cindy

  8. Happy belated birthday wishes to your mom. Such lovely memories of dances and recitals. The shoes are a true treasure. We will be on a beach in Sri Lanka next week -- I hope I can come away with some fun treasures, too. Love that rock necklace. Best wishes to you, Tammy

  9. HI There!!! I am a Central Coast Girl too!!! Just down from you a bit in Paso Robles!! Lovely BLOG...I cannot wait till I have time to browse around a little more:) I am a Glitter Girl too...NOTHING is safe!! I Just covered real horseshoes in glitter and they are sooooo much fun!!

    Happy November to you!!


  10. What a great idea! Love glittery things too. Mimi

  11. Oh my goodness..what a clever idea! And what FUN!!!! You have such a sweet family. Hugs for Thursday...how can it be Thursday already????

  12. Hi Julie...I've been without internet for a few days and have been enjoying catching up with you this morning! This necklace is a beautiful memory that will sparkle for years to come!