Oh there has been some hard work being done around these parts: I am learning how fun and liberating it can be to make small pairs of earrings: gentle little pretties - I think I've made 20 pairs of varying degree of complexity this weekend.
I also finished two ring designs that were started around the same time as the leaf ring - I wanted to make intricate sprout rings with monochromatic stones, and since I have over one thousand said rocks, I knew I had the perfect combinations.
What I didn't know was how their completion would make me feel:
I see in them my own unique creative voice: sprouts, flattened granules, cutouts and bezels combined in a way that feels unique to my hands and my mind.
It took a very long time to get here.
It took near alienation from beloved friends when I stepped too close to their designs on my epic journey to authenticity, took fumbling hundreds of hours and wasting metric tons of silver
in melting accidents and a big bushel of that sinking feeling you get in your belly when something fails.
There have been a ton of failures and yet somehow a million victories.
All the design ideas I hold near to my heart came at various times when driving, walking, showering or going to sleep, which is when the best songs have always come to be written, so I knew them to be of my heart and of His.
Anything we've done has always been done before and will always be done again, but with each creative birth I think God delights in us and with us:
a good sermon
a wonderful necklace
that first knitted scarf
The Great American Novel
some really good Plum, Grape or Raspberry Jam (yes, in capital letters, Michelle and Jillian!!!)
a small company
a dinner party...
When I finished the Boulder Opal Ring (the blue of the two) and set it reverently next to its sister (Rhodonite and Peruvian Pink Opal) I burst into tears of such joy and such relief:
I got here.
I arrived at this place.
I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!!!
These two rings will be listed in the Metal Shop on Monday sometime in the morning Pacific Time - the Pink is a size 7 and the Blue is a size 9.5.
I am so grateful for them, and for the inspiration to have been able to create them.