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Monday, April 25th

25 Apr

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I made this necklace after seeing a book by Mary Hettmansburger that featured woven wire jewelry. The book has basket pendants, woven cuffs and woven spirals. I made a few tiny wire baskets pretty quickly, no directions needed (my Appalachian roots helped me out there) but the coiled, shell-like design didn’t come so naturally.

I used heavy-gauge square wire for the neck wire. It’s comfy and cool in hot weather.

Sunday, March 27th

28 Mar


Today I had no plans to leave the house. At all. The weather was chilly and rainy and just right for what I like to call a ‘pajama day.’ In reality, this usually translates to unmatched-fleecy-shirt-and-knit-pants day, but the name sticks.

I spent the day rearranging the house. We moved our bedroom to the studio and the studio to the bedroom. We have a tiny old house so this amounted to moving stuff across the hallway but no matter, I was not planning on glamorizing myself at all.

Even with the intentional lack of glamor, I still wanted to wear a necklace. Yes, part of that was because of the commitment I made to this blog and you, my four readers (hi Mom!) There was something else there, too.

I wear jewelry every day.

Now, I don’t just mean my wedding ring. I do wear that every day but I mean that I wear some kind of intentionally selected adornment every day. Even on Pajama Days. Even camping. Even giving birth. I can’t help it. I think that some fashion editor once said “Accessories are what separate us from the animals” and I do agree, on one level. I’d also add charging interest on loans, Netflix and a good bluegrass band to that list but accessories are definitely in the top ten.

More importantly, forĀ  me, wearing jewelry is the one thing I do that says ‘hey, folks, I didn’t just roll out of bed and show up here! this level of sloth is intentional!’ Yes, my hair may be mussy and there is probably a good two-day stubble on my ankles but dog-gone-it, I am wearing a necklace.

This necklace is one that I often reach for on a PJ Day. Simple and not fussy, but also kind of hard for me to wear on a regular day. Maybe because it’s not interesting enough? That idea of a briolette strung between two lengths of chain is popular (I’ve even used it myself quite recently!) but somehow this necklace seems too simple on most of my regular days.

It is perfect for accessorizing the fleecy shirt, though.

Alexandrite briolette, gold-filled chain, clasp and wire

NOTE: the close reader of this blog (Mom!) will note that the posts don’t seem to publish on the day I write them. Sorry, this is a technical error I keep making. Accidentally. I often write this post right before going to bed, like a diary, so I am tired and I forget to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s and click all the clicky-clacks. Sorry.

 

Tuesday, March 15th

15 Mar

This necklace was made a few years ago when I was working on projects for a book. I had to make 30 or so projects for the book and because of the age of my children I worked at night. Some nights would be terrifically successful. I’d start on a project and take step-by-step photos of it as I went along. I’d finish the project in a few hours and then write it up. Materials, tools, step 1, 2,3 etc. It would be clockwork smooth.

Other nights, not so much. I’d start a project, then start another. I’d check my email. I’d watch half a movie. I’d find the perfect CD to listen to. I’d make tea. I’d adjust my lighting. I’d bead for a bit. I’d go back to the first project. Then I’d make something for myself. Something that I totally didn’t need, maybe didn’t even want and certainly wasn’t going to use for the book.

As far as I know, I have never worn this necklace until today.

It was a lovely bit of procrastination, though. Assorted labradorite and smokey quartz. Copper wire and sterling wire. Copper bead caps. A bit of brass in the jump rings and some chain in the back.

Saturday, March 12th

12 Mar

The Market was today. I’m exhausted. I took this picture in the mirror at the shop at 7:00 after an almost-12-hour day.

I’ll add more on this tomorrow.