scent of a woman


I was getting very low in Shalimar, my fragrance of choice for many years. Just a few more sprays remained.

I had been thinking for some time of going back to an old scent I used to wear – L’air du Temps (the air of Spring) by Nina Ricci. I was introduced to this delightful Ricci fragrance when I bought a small bottle in Paris in 1972. I couldn’t leave Paris without a bottle of French “perfume!”

I am extremely sensitive to perfumes and other odors; I’ve been known to have an allergic reaction or even become nauseous when in the presence of odors that are over-poweringly artificial, pungent, or reeks of musk. Add household cleaners, soaps, incense, candles, and laundry detergents to the list. L’air du Temps is a rich, but delicate, floral blend of gardenia and jasmine, with tones of sandalwood and iris, and one that actually caresses my sense of smell.

I came home with a bottle of L’air du Temps, and I was eager to experience the delightful scent I remembered from so many years ago. I opened the box and gave myself a small spray.

Suddenly I was overwhelmed with memories of my mom, Dottie. It was totally unexpected, and gave me an emotional jolt. Intense waves of missing her passed over me. I had totally forgotten that mom wore this fragrance. When she moved in with me, I had to put my foot down against her passion for Calvin Klein’s Obsession which was off the charts in regards to my sensitive nose.

Such a powerful reminder how the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell) can evoke emotional responses in a person.

. . . the scent of a woman . . .  the scent of my mom. She was, indeed, a woman of Springtime, both gracing the earth with her presence and departure from life in the month of May. Spring was her favorite season.

Jasmine and gardenia entwine and drift delicately from room to room, a gentle reminder of an amazing woman who was . . .

the cats have arrived!

The dog bone-it series of earrings was immensely popular, and I sold out in less than 2 hours. I had requests for a cats series, and it took me awhile before I located cat charms I liked well enough for the earrings. This series is appropriately named “crazy cats.” I have had many cats over the years. I love their intelligence, their independence, and their fickle nature. If you click on the image, you can see a close up of the earrings.

Along with introducing this series, I am offering a Valentine’s Special. Buy two pairs and get 50% off the third pair. This special runs through February 14th.

I accept paypal — or personal checks.

Please be sure to check out many other earrings available pictured in my earring gallery.

I will soon be introducing a horse series along with some new creations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop me an email.


SOLD  CC1 – Blue Multiflora 1 1/2″  $22

CC1 blue multiflora

CC2 – Disco Cats   1 1/2″   $24

CC2 Disco cats

SOLD  CC3 – Black dots  1 1/2″  $22

CC3 black dots

CC4 – White silver pearl  1 1/2″  $22

CC4 white silver pearl

CC5 – Purple silver  1 3/4″  $25

CC5 purple silver

CC6 – Blue/green swirl  1 1/2″  $25

CC6 blue-green swirl

SOLD  CC7 – Silver filigree with pearl  1 1/2″  $25

CC7 silver filigree w pearl

CC8 – Royal cats  1 1/2″  $26

CC8 royal cats

and the winner is . . .

Congratulations to the winner of the February Common Thread Give-Away earrings — Kaarena Andrews.

Give-away earrings  BF

Thank you to all of you who left comments on my blog and complimented my work. I will continue to update the gallery where I show my earrings and latest creations.  I will also stay in touch via my blog with new “series.”  Currently I am working on cat and horse series as well as adding to my well received dog bone-it series.

I can be contacted at if you have questions or would like to purchase any earrings currently available.

Again, thank you so much for your support and encouraging feedback.

common thread give-away


I have been invited to participate in the Common Thread Give-Away Artist of the Month for February. The Common Thread group is made up of artists who support each other by linking to our blogs and/or websites. The first Monday of each month an artist posts a creative endeavor. Readers are encouraged to leave a comment to be entered into a random drawing to win the give-away posted. It is our way of thanking you for following our blogs/websites and supporting our work.

For my first ever give-away, I am offering a free pair of my handmade earrings. They are 2 inches in length with a silver filigree at the bottom. The beads are glass faceted beads; the bottom one is a very muted smoky color with flashes of purple, depending on how the light hits it. It is separated from a smaller glass purple tinged bead by a Swarovski crystal ring. It is finished off with a pearl at the top. The beauty and sparkle of the earrings is difficult to capture in a photograph.

Give-away earrings  BF

All you need to do to have the opportunity to win these earrings is to leave a comment from Monday, February 2nd through Wednesday, February 4th. A winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, and the winner will be posted.

I have many other earrings posted for sale in a gallery on my photography website at:

I am offering a VALENTINE’S SPECIAL through February 14th. Buy 2 pairs of earrings and get 50% off the third pair. If you are interested in this offer, please email me at with your choices.

In addition, please take a moment to visit the blogs/websites of the other participating Common Thread artists. You will enjoy the amazing range of talents displayed.  Jon Katz (author and photographer)  Maria Wulf (drawings, fiber arts and quilts)  Jane McMillen:  Little House Home Arts (wool sculptures)   Kim Gifford: Pugs ‘n Pics (writer, photographer, digital art)   Rachel Barlow:  Picking My Battles (author and sketches)

Thank you for supporting all of us.