Margaret - Make Them Just For You

Make Them Just For You

Enjoy this special love story from my cherished friend and fellow Artist Margaret Hluch.

 "My mother, Barbara J. Herberger was from Chicago, Illinois where she met my Dad, Bob, who was attending Dental school there. They fell in love, married in 1954 and moved back to Ohio where my Dad originally had lived. He then began his private practice west of Cleveland in Elyria, Ohio. She left her family behind in the big city and began her own life with her husband in this growing suburb in the buckeye state."


"Married many years, they produced seven children: two boys and five girls. During those years of growing up my Mom also was adept with her hands. She painted, made jewelry, dabbled in decoupage, became a master seamstress, knitted and quilted. She was always working on something in her sewing room. All of the daughters, including myself, worked with their hands as well. Knitting, sewing, jewelry making, quilting, and weaving, especially for me, captured our interests.
My father died much too soon at 68 from cancer but my Mom continued on with the arts and crafts which she dearly loved. I think the sewing room was her saving grace from the sadness and pain of losing her husband, my father.


 My Mom developed an unusual neurological disease in her late 70’s. She was very sharp and confident throughout her life, but something had changed. The doctors had a difficult time producing a diagnosis because of the rarity of the brain disease. Unfortunately, that disease was responsible for her demise three years later."

"As a result, my mother’s jewelry was distributed to all the daughters and I received a pair of diamond earrings and a Mother’s Day ring that was custom made specifically for her. My sister Ellen gave them to me and said,” Do something with these…and make them just for you.”

 "Besides that jewelry I was fortunate to get her sewing table and work area that she had custom built for her room. It now fits perfectly in my studio. My sisters were so happy that it was saved and now has a wonderful home where I am able to further her love of textiles in my own special way..."

"To execute this special re-make of my mother’s personal jewelry the first person I thought of was the jeweler Stacey Krantz. I have always been an avid fan of her work and knowing her personally I knew her to be a kind, wonderful and talented artist.

 From the start we considered creating two sets of earrings: one for me and one for my daughter. As Stacey worked on the design, we determined that the two sets of earrings plan was not going to work. With that Stacey asked, “What about a necklace?” I said, “Yes, of course what a great idea.” As a result of Stacey’s imaginative collaboration both my daughter Kendra and I now have a wonderful, beautiful and long-lasting work of art reminding us of my beloved Mother.

 We will always cherish the work Stacey did for us with this project. It was perfect!"