About the Jewels.....
Jewelry making surprised me...it found me while we ( Scott and I) were scouring the bargain bins at WalMart. I saw some really pretty beads, they were fifty cents and so I bought them. Big spender.
This was at a very low point in my creative life. Since I was a tiny girl, I had always made some sort of art or worked with my hands - this included doing garden design and landscape installation at one point. I was now very much a middle aged woman and it caught up with me, wrestled me to the ground and kept me down for the count...I had damaged myself, and entered into a season of lostness...making anything, using my right arm or hand in just about any way was incredibly painful. It hurt to hold a book and read for too long and I could not write much of anything, because I could not use a keyboard or a pen. Argh. Taking pain killers was not an option either - I do not tolerate drugs well at all, and I do believe our bodies are magnificent creations, that if cared for properly and not interfered with, will heal themselves.
In short, I was a cripple. Depressed. Lost. Lacking fulfillment of just about any kind. It was a long, long year of waiting-I could not tell you how I filled my days, except to say, I kept a calendar where I marked off each day. I thought if I could just hang in for a while longer, things would feel better, I could work again. I did have Faith.
I had entered into a healing season...this is not always a bad thing, but in my experience, it is generally a hard thing. Healing of any kind has a way of taking you places you would never think to go on your own...
And so I went. I had lots of energy work done on my body, got rid of a few ginormous blocks, gave the damaged places time to rest....so when I found those fifty cent beads, I wondered to myself if I could string beads without it hurting too much....turns out I could.
As my body healed, stringing turned into chain making and metal pounding and all sorts of other fun stuff. The muscles used for this kind of work were different than those I had used for years to draw and paint. I love making jewelry for the simple fact that it has given me myself back.
Raw copper and gemstones are deeply satisfying to work with-something about the stuff that comes from the earth....I make every part of the jewelry I create, the chains, the clasps, earring components and medallions. It is so very satisfying to make something gorgeous from a spool of wire, a sheet of copper and a dish of beads. Better yet, it blesses me no end when the women who buy my creations tell me how beautiful they feel when they wear their jewelry.
I believe with all my heart that women are meant to live sacred lives; be Faery Queens if you will. Beloved and beautiful - rooted to the earth, and strong. Full of life, wisdom, purpose and magnificent in courage. This is my heart and that's what I give into the jewelry I make.
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