âI had all this different jewelry in a shoe box which I marked âjunk jewelryâ on the outsideâ, began Sickmiller.Â âAnd then I thought, âwait a minute, this isnât junk, itâs pretty nice jewelry if you have the guts to wear itâ!â
As the laughter died down, Sickmiller slowly began reaching in her box and piece by piece she brought out her unusual jewelry and told a story about each piece.Â Some of the jewelry she had crafted over the years and other pieces are things she purchased at craft shows or were gifts from friends.
The first necklace she displayed from her unusual collection was a yo-yo necklace.
âNow these arenât yo-yoâs like the toy where you make it go up and down on a string,â declared Sickmiller.Â âThese are the kind of yo-yoâs that you make out of a round circle of material.Â You can just make so many things out of yo-yoâs and decorate them all different ways.â
Other unusual pieces included button earrings, crocheted necklaces with hanging buttons, a Macadamia nut necklace which was on loan from a friend, a pop tab bracelet, a âmaterial beadâ necklace, button necklaces, cotton ball necklaces, an Arizona seed necklace, clothes pin angel and doll pins, a prayer necklace made from pieces of church bulletins, and a lovely keepsake necklace encased in sterling silver made from a small piece of a china plate.Â
At various intervals during the program Sickmiller gave out attendance prizes.Â Those receiving jewelry items were Jean Schricker, Katie Kaminski and Nancy Bannon.
Sickmiller ended her program with a helpful tip.
âNow remember,â suggested Sickmiller, âif you lose one earring, donât throw the other one away.Â You can always hang the leftover one on a chain and make a necklace out of it!â
She then invited everyone to come up to the table and look over her collection of unusual jewelry.
Photo Caption:Â Marcy Sickmiller answers questions as fellow Millerâs residents Annie Minker, Mae Mikesell and Mary Probst look over her collection of âUnusual Jewelryâ.