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Jewelry For the Love

I had a great weekend. I spent a lot of quality time with my husband. I feel we strengthened our relationship by concentrating on each other for a couple of days. We still had interruptions, but we dealt with each of them as quickly as possible in order to get back having our time.

He is working a different schedule this week, which means he had to go to work this afternoon while I was off for Presents Day. I was disappointed we couldn’t spend the afternoon and evening together, but I used the extra time while he was getting read for work to finish a project.

I make jewelry to calm my nerves, work out plot problems, and experience the joy of creating something beautiful. I finished a bracelet (pictured above) that I’ve been crafting for a while. When I showed it to him, he told me he liked it and suggested I make one for a certain someone who is going through a rough time.

I thought it was a great idea, so I set to work using some supplies I had on hand. I made a good start on a wrap bracelet made of blue adventurine and iridescent beads. The more I worked on it, the more wrong it felt. The piece was lovely, but it just wasn’t right for our loved one. I went through all of my stones and beads, but nothing felt right for this person.

I make jewelry like I write. I have a vague idea of where I’m going when I start. I shape and mold the piece as I go along until I’m happy with it. I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that told me I wasn’t going to be happy with this project until I bought some new supplies.

As a result of that conclusion, I did something very dangerous. I went to the craft store. I spent an hour and a half in the two jewelry supply aisles. I left the store with a heavy bag full of stones, beads, and charms. While my bag was heavy, my wallet was considerably lighter. Even though everything I bought was on sale or clearance, jewelry supplies aren’t cheap.

As soon as I finish writing this post, I’m going to remove the blue adventurine and beads from my wire and start again. I have a rainbow of options, so I should be able to find something that feels right for my loved one. I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish before I need to get to bed tonight, but I’m going to try.

My Muse is whispering to me, and I’m doing my utmost to listen to her. I hope you all follow your creative hearts, too. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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