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    “Let the beauty of what you love  be what you do.”  ~Rumi Necklace by Brenda Barnes / Cindy La Ferle For additional content, or to share on social media,  please visit the home page Shopping local is important to me, whether I’m purchasing household items or wearable art. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but the necklace shown above is one of my new favorite things. Strung with freshwater pearls, luminous shells, glass beads and semi-precious stones, it was crafted by Troy artist Brenda Barnes. You won’t find another one exactly like it — but you’ll find more jewelry by Brenda Barnes and other talented artists at the Detroit Institute of Arts museum shop where I purchased…