Inspired by this:
I have some really great first names in my family right now such as my mother, Arvilla! My Aunt, Rae Dawn, my grandmother LaVada Blaine, my grandfather Clarence Atlee. I love my great-grandmother's name Othalia.
Inspiration hits me while gazing at the original documents provided on Ancestry.com. Death certificates, marriages, births, census - all handwritten- just get me day dreaming about what a day in the life of a census taker might be. Their handwriting alone tells me a story. Intuitively I can feel when they might have gotten tired or frustrated. Scratching out a 3 and squeezing in a 2 or trying to correct the misspelling of a name.
So, when I came across a death certificate of a relative born in 1863 I was inspired to preserve this tiny bit of my family history under glass. I got out the exacto knife and cut a sliver of "Kline 1863" and I soldered it under a thick bubble of glass and copper. I will solder a sterling jump on and hang it on a chain to wear!
Thus, my new Sterling necklace gift card charms - "What's in Your Name?"
I LOVE research and hours later I had found, through tons of books and papers, the meanings of the first names of many of my friends. I stamped a tiny, thick droplet of sterling with an initial and wrapped with a personalized (researched) card revealing meanings of your first name! Join me HERE in my ETSY STORE.