Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Desire To Create

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.
You might say, I'm not the creative type. If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that You are a spirit daughter of the most creative Being in the universe. " Dieter F. Uchtdorf


I made these two necklaces this week for a customer. They are reminders for her, her sisters, and their daughters of their sweet Mother and Grandmother, who passed away a few years ago. I love making jewelry that holds sentiment to it. While I am creating it, I think of all the sweet people involved and how each will react when they receive and see for the first time this piece. I think of the reminder it will be of a loved one whose memory they hold dear. Think about the sentiment in your life and what you might create from it.

Here it is!

Here is my new mother's necklace. I've had these tags stamped since the very beginning. I just needed to find the perfect way to display them. I like it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Word About Sterling Silver

Yes, I know I should be dusting and vacuuming. It is Wednesday, after all. I can't help it. I'm good at procrastinating and I feel like writing. I want to talk a bit about sterling silver and this seems like the best place to do it. You should know, and I want you to know, that sterling silver will tarnish. It just happens over time. Here are some tips I've learned. First: Your jewelry will tarnish less the more you wear it. Isn't that cool?!? Most people think the opposite is true. Second: You can find special cloths to remove the tarnish at most craft stores. The picture above shows the one I bought at either Craft Warehouse or Joann's (I can't remember which). I know Hobby Lobby also carries one. Most are two sided. One side is more rough for taking off the tarnish and the other is softer for polishing. They cost $7 or $8 but you can usually find a store coupon for a discount. That's all. Just a little FYI for my customers. Now I should really go and vacuum! Happy February!