Yes, I know that this blog is a semi-shameless act of self-promotion. Need some substantiating evidence? See below:
I created a pair of earrings for my mother-in-law from her vintage necklace chain, composed of long, golden scrolls. I bent the scrolls (her idea), and added anodized, golden-colored niobium ear wires (a naturally-recurring metal that is great for sensitive ears) and peridot stones. The finished product just glows, so I had to document it!
Last week, my husband and I visited our local brick and mortar bead/stone store: he graciously paid for the stones of my choosing. The stones were a unique assortment of colors, shapes, textures, and sizes...
...chalcedony nuggets and ovals, pyrite-esque garnet pears, carnelian rondelles, garnet coins, a large (and flashy) labradorite focal stone, and a few oldies but goodies--smooth iolite nuggets and a citrine one, as well.
Last night, after a very stressful day, my husband took me out to dinner: which was preceded by a drive by an awe-inspiring and moody, vast body of water.
So all of this leads me to think: this past week, however stressful it was (or actually, how panic attack-invoking I willed it to be), was also punctuated with numerous moments of soul-stirring stillness and innate beauty--if I paused my self-imposed freak out mode, and just looked around (a natural act, but one that requires some level of levelheadedness to fully enjoy). I am thankful that I did just that.
Wishing you all a thoughtful, calming day.