I am so enjoying the process of beading these necklaces!
I started going through my soldered pendants that have been hanging around the studio,
this one is my first attempt at a double strand necklace.
The two crystal balls on either side of the pendant are from a vintage necklace,
and the pendant is double sided. The enclosed button with a circle of glass glitter that you see here,
and a fleur de lis on the other side.
I think this one is my new favorite :)
I applied a copper patina to the soldered Eiffel Tower pendant for a more vintage look,
and then beaded with vintage and new creamy ivory beads.
Our weekend did not go as planned, it was turned upside down
when we found out that one of our best friends passed away Friday night.
Very suddenly, without warning, and much too young.
He was only 49.
One of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met.
Married his highschool sweetheart, also wonderfully kind,
and raised 3 incredible children.
I know that it is almost cliche to say that a death like this,
makes you evaluate your own life.
but it does.
It's too short, not enough time to make sure that you are living to your full potential.
By that I don't mean becoming some huge success
by the standards that the financial world sets for us.
Nor by being famous,
I mean, did I recognize the sadness in someones eyes as we spoke,
and did I do something to help make it go away?
Have I shown a kindness, big or small to those around me?
Have I stopped to appreciate this big beautiful world and have
I made a conscious effort to keep it that way?
Am I the kind of person that I would want to meet?
All simple things really,
but they all require a promise...
a promise to myself that I will stop long enough to give more of myself.
The good parts...the parts that come from a place of love.
Have a wonderful week! Ours started with a snow day, so Hannah and Max are still sleeping.
I'm thinking fruit smoothies for breakfast and some good snuggles are in order.