Excavation 2012 – Day #37 – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

I wonder if it is actually possible for someone to visit New Orleans without leaving with at least one string of Mardi Gras beads?

Even if you don’t actually visit the city during Mardi Gras, you can find these beads pretty much everywhere–gift shops, souvenir shops, even convenience stores. When I visited New Orleans back in 1997 for the ELCA Lutheran Youth Gathering, I couldn’t resist bringing back a few bead necklaces as a souvenir.

Best part was, I didn’t even have to flash anyone to get them. Because really, that’s just dumb.

For less than $5, I headed home with a bag full of purple, green, and gold necklaces purchased from a little shop on Bourbon Street. Only problem is, what do you do with them? If you’re not actually in New Orleans, it’s sort of weird to just be walking around wearing these necklaces. Well, unless wearing brightly-colored beaded necklaces is just your thing. And even then, it’s still a little weird.

For awhile, I had them draped over my desk lamp and sitting on my desk for decoration. And I may have even wore them once as part of a Halloween costume. Other than that, these have just been sort of sitting around the taking up space for the last 15 years.

Of course, I have to save a few for Miss Cadence, since they make excellent accessories for playing dress up. The rest will be finding a new home.

Excavation 2012 – Day #31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 – What’s Hiding In My Jewelry Box? (part 2)

I know you’re wondering how much stuff I can possibly dig out of my old jewelry box to post about but, ladies and gentlemen, I haven’t even really gotten to the jewelry yet, now have I?

First up, these friendship bracelets. There was a brief period in my life (sometime between 2nd and 5th grade if I remember correctly), that my friends and I were obsessed with friendship bracelets. We bought handfuls of brightly colored embroidery floss at craft stores and made pretty little bracelets for each other at recess or on the bus rides to and from school. Even now, I have to admit, I sort of dig friendship bracelets, and I can’t wait for Cadence to get old enough so I can teach her how to make them

These, however, are cheap imitation friendship bracelets that came out of one of those little toy vending machines at the supermarket. I stuck a quarter in, hoping for a bouncy ball or a cool temporary tattoo, and this is what I got…


I am not friends with the vending machine, so I will not be wearing the bracelet, thank you.

And speaking of friendship, who didn’t have one of these little babies back in the late 80’s/early 90’s?

Nothing says friendship like a half-heart necklace. My friend Mandy had the BE FRI half, and I wore this. I think part of me hoped that it might keep us from growing apart after my family moved away from Bird City, Kansas, but that’s just sort of the way thing happen when you suddenly move hundreds and hundreds of miles away from your best childhood friend.

But hey, even if neither of us still wears the necklace, at least we can keep in touch on Facebook!

And since we’re on the subject of necklaces, here are a few of the greatest hits from my childhood.

Funny thing is, I’m not much of a necklace girl really. Yet somehow, I managed to acquire all of these. A couple were gifts, a couple were weird impulse buys while on family vacations or school trips, and there are at least two that I do not recognize and have no idea how they even ended up in my jewelry box in the first place. Since I haven’t worn any of them since the early 90’s, and since I’m not likely to ever wear them again, it’s time to say goodbye.

Same goes for these rings…

Other than my engagement ring and wedding band, I’m not much of a ring girl. I do like a thumb ring, but I’m super picky. I had one that I bought on a trip to Turkey that I loved, but I lost it at some point during college. Since then, I’ve been trying to find a replacement but, alas, I haven’t had much luck. So, since these are neither engagement/wedding bands or thumb rings, and since I really have no intention of ever wearing any of them again, it’s time to go.

And, last but not least, let’s talk about ID bracelets…

Seriously? Who lived through the 90’s without having at least one of these? Not me!

Ignore the little fake pearl number in the middle of the group. That was just a cheap accessory I bought one year for prom. The rest were chains and ID bracelets that I either bought, or that were given to me as gifts over the years.  Too bad they went out of style before I graduated high school. Of course, I have to hold onto the one that Scott, Tammy and Katie gave me. The rest? History.

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