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Hazel's House

My grandma Hazel was a hoarder. From her attic full of wonders and years of Life magazines down to her cellar with jars of fruit and pickled somethings that were never eaten. (Thank goodness.)

Her front room had a Steinway Baby Grand piano and a black velvet pillow painted with a Paris street scene. Her kitchen sink, along with the village water, had a pump for well water beside it and side-by-side electric and old wood stoves.
Recycle should have been Hazel's middle name instead of Ida. She always had day help and kept them busy repainting the waste baskets and lampshades. Leftover food went from the saucer sized graduated blue plate down to the quarter size, which you really didn't want to know about.

She drank Chinese Imperial Gunpowder Green Tea every…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 6
  • Joined June 16, 2009

Favorite materials

Jewelry, sterling silver, 14k gold, paper, pearls, precious stones, turquoise, books, leather suede, Vintage

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About

Hazel's House

My grandma Hazel was a hoarder. From her attic full of wonders and years of Life magazines down to her cellar with jars of fruit and pickled somethings that were never eaten. (Thank goodness.)

Her front room had a Steinway Baby Grand piano and a black velvet pillow painted with a Paris street scene. Her kitchen sink, along with the village water, had a pump for well water beside it and side-by-side electric and old wood stoves.
Recycle should have been Hazel's middle name instead of Ida. She always had day help and kept them busy repainting the waste baskets and lampshades. Leftover food went from the saucer sized graduated blue plate down to the quarter size, which you really didn't want to know about.

She drank Chinese Imperial Gunpowder Green Tea every morning and cooked with capers and lots of cream. Where did she ever find capers in our small Northern Michigan village? We didn't even have lettuce.

I can thank Hazel for starting my jewelry career. I was 8 and on my first trip to Florida with her. A shell shop offered classes and she took me and I glued on the dyed purple coquina shells and made some shell pins. I gave one to Grandma's neighbor who was so touched, she gave me a silver filigree necklace that she had brought from Holland. My first jewelry deal.

I got both her hoarder gene and the green tea one. And I'm still looking for a set of 5 graduated blue plates.

This site is a way to recycle some of my cache, an unwieldy collection of stuff, since I have no attic or basement or house.
Some is unsold jewelry I made, supplies for some forgotten project, like the leather, the old books and scads more.

I hope you find something you can use, either as is, or to assist in some project of yours.

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