My friends are moving out of the Washington DC area, so I made this wire wrap Cherry Blossom Tree for them to take with them! I hope they will hang it in a window in their new home. May it be a reminder of the wonderful blossoms of the trees that return to make us smile each spring as well as the friendships that bloomed here and keep our hearts smiling forever!
Made with a mix of gemstone chips including pink quartz, amethyst and peridot.
I call my hanging crystals “Sun smiles”. This one includes pottery made by my mom! Given to beloved family members as an engagement gift.
I may not have posted in a while, but that does not mean I have stopped creating jewelry! Including earrings for my cousin’s bridal party! So cool to see the beautiful young women all wearing them at the wedding!
And a Sun catcher created as an anniversary present. What is next? No idea. That is what makes this so much fun! (Seeing friends and family enjoy these pieces is also fun!)
I turned the page on my calendar and this was the picture. It is so true! Embrace the change! Learn, thrive and grow!
I want to share my recent learning, not in jewelry making in fact, but in jewelry photography!
Let’s face it, my pictures are sometimes pretty bad. People told me to change this or that, but I am not a photographer! (And I do not have a groovy camera!).
But then I met a kind person who mentored me. I build a light box out of a cardboard box and tissue paper. He told me the light sources had to be the same type and brightness, so I bought 3 desk lamps ( on sale ). He taught me that the white background I was using was messing with the light balance of the auto focus camera (whatever that is). And all of a sudden I took some amazing photos. But here, see for yourselves…
First an “old” photo.
Now one in the light box….
This is my light box:
Enjoy some of my new photos!
I THINK I CAN…I THINK I CAN!
Learn something new every day!
It feels great!
Thanks for listening!
He will be 23 this year, but when he was little, he and his sister (now 19) were always picking up rocks. Little smooth pebbles, big ones with shiny streaks in them, rough, dirty, polished! For a while I had rocks in every coat pocket and in the bottom of every purse. In fact I came upon a few recently that my kids had collected in a shoe box and even had a “Guide to Rock Identification” tucked inside. It made me smile.
Yesterday he told me a story about taking the kids (in the after-school program where he works ) to a place where they could “mine” for precious stones. The smile on his face and joy in his voice as he told us about the kids jumping in the mud and being delighted with their colored stones was nothing compared to the twinkle in his eyes when he handed me a small pile and told me he “mined” them for me.
So, I turned one of them into a sun smile, and I will cherish it and smile every time I see it!
My kids are great! I love you guys!
Every one has an angel watching over them. Hanging this in a sunny spot reminds us to believe and be hopeful. The rainbows dancing around the room also remind us to look for joy in the little things and celebrate the beauty around us.