Hoping and praying you are all well and staying cozy at home. This is one crazy time.
I haven’t made much in awhile, but do have two things to share with you that were made during this time at home. The first one was out of desperation, I think. I had just resorted to cutting my own hair. Let me rephrase that…Trying to cut my own hair. I’m going to owe my hair stylist extra to repair the mess when we can all safely go outside again. I found myself in big need of some joy…a simple moment of joy. Making jewelry does that for me. This necklace came from that day. I wear it almost everyday now as a reminder that joy is a daily choice. Not matter your place, who you are with, what you are facing. I am not naive to the real pain and suffering in the world. It is heartbreaking. This necklace is a touchstone to remind me to look for the joy and blessings in the midst of it all. Simple stamped brass tag with a beautiful labradorite on a ball chain.
This second piece is over the top for me…a riot of color. And a result of a couple of nights binge watching TV. Looking for something to occupy my hands.
I ‘rediscovered’ a Tub o’Beads in the back of my closet. The $10 inexpensive tub of glass beads from Indonesia. And a spool of 20 gauge oxidized copper wire. So soothing running my fingers through the beads and pick out the next perfect one to add to the chain. The hardest part was the decision to end the chain…at 42 inches. Adding a toggle clasp allowed me to wear it as one very long single chain or double it. I then decided to make two different focal dangles on lobster claws that would make this necklace even more convertible. Wear one or both dangles. It was a fun project and a great calming activity in the midst of this upheaval of life.
How are you coping? What activities are keeping you calm or finding moments of joy? Are you finding any creative inspiration during this pandemic crisis? I hope so.
But if not, we can all give ourselves grace to just be still.