Endearing Young Charms

I want to share with you a new series of hand-painted, handmade necklaces 
for Art-o-mat.  The series is called Endearing Young Charms.
Here are some glimpses behind the scenes of my creative process.

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy-gifts, fading away!

Thou wouldst still be ador'd as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will;
And, around the dear ruin, each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still!

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofan'd by a tear,
That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!

Oh! the heart, that has truly lov'd, never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close;

As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turn'd when he rose!

- by Thomas Moore, Irish poet, 1808


The Music

If you have never seen The Andy Griffith Show episode with Barney (Don Knotts) and Rafe Hollister (guest actor and singer Jack Prince, II) please enjoy this family favorite:

Here is a beautiful setting performed by violinist Jenny Oaks Baker:


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