I went out into the back yard, which I feel so fortunate to have, and I buried my toes in the grass, but I needed to be closer to the earth so I laid down and looked up at the blue of the sky and recalled hours spent in that position as a child, figuring out which gaudy prom dress from my sister's Seventeen Magazine I would wear when I was old enough to go....
making lists, dreaming....
I feel foolish that this was my first time doing this, as a whole summer of grass presented itself to me, but that's what ten years of big city living will do to us grass dreamers.
I went into the studio and finally knew what to do with that mookaite I'd made the bezel for: it looks as though a body is lying in the grass looking up at a sunset sky with the branches of a tree in the corner of the field of vision - so I got a lump in my throat (which I have come to understand is what creates the most soulful work: kind of like songwriting - it comes out best in heightened emotion) and made an end-of-summer dreamer's necklace with a little round of sterling with some late summer sprouts and a little round of gorgeous Natural colored Brazilian Jade for a sun.
Hopefully this will keep a sun dreamer happily warmed through the whole chilly season until the grass can cradle their thoughts again!!
I also finished (it was a day of completing long ago projects, really!) an Australian Gaspeite Ring - the deepest Apple Green one can imagine, with threads of yellow all through.
Australian Gaspeite is different from the stuff found in Canada: the material is rich in beautiful red line matrix and a very chalky texture to the color: this gaspeite is gemmy, clear green of the most lush variety.
On the back is a compass, just because the green reminded me of maps and travel and the goodness of a heart that points a true north.
Both pieces will be available in the Metal Shop this evening and then creations will be quiet for a few days: this last amazing rush was a result of many 'in-progress' pieces finding their purpose: time for many more beginnings and finishing the last of the red hot custom orders!!
The happiest evening to you all, my dearest distant friends.