Once, when asking if I could pierce my ears, she responded, "Dear, if you pierce your ears, the only thing people will ever look at are your ears." I swallowed that one whole. (Looking back, and now having my own chillins, I realize the tactic my mom was using, and hold no grudge for this little fibster).
This chat made me acknowledge I have changed a bit since being married for almost eight years. Before marriage, I really did do it all like my mother. I felt awkward with purses and rarely wore jewelry (my first ring was my engagement ring), and I wore very little makeup. I remember the mister proudly declaring to his buddies that his fiance would never want jewelry, she doesn't even have pierced ears! He had officially found the perfect woman. I won't argue with that sentiment, although I have diverged from that girl he hitched eight years ago.
I still don't wear much makeup, and I still don't have pierced ears. My only ring is my engagement ring and wedding band. I own one purse and find it to be too big, since I never know what to carry in it. But, I found that I did actually, kinda, sorta, like fun, unique jewelry! I like picking up pieces at thrift stores and antique shops. I finally had enough pieces, that I needed a place to put them and keep them organized.
After my youngest ripped apart two pairs of glasses within a one-month span, I new I wanted to keep the jewelry up high and out of the way. I decided, since we didn't have much art in the bedroom, that I would go ahead and hang it on the wall. I found on unused frame in the hallway closet, and voila! A little jewelry holder that keeps everything visible and tidy.
ps. Those two turquoisey necklaces and the jade pearls were a gift from the mister that he purchased from an Afghanistan bazaar! Love them! He always impresses me with his thoughtfulness and love.