Thank you dear friends/kindred spirits for all your support, love and caring you have so willingly shared with LW and I!!!! It helps to know that there are others who understand our pain and willing reach out to comfort us!! These are the times that you cherish throughout your life. That out of such sadness and sorrow comes such selfless unconditional caring! Thank you all from the depths of our hearts! :)
The afternoon that our Tali gained her wings I decided that maybe a bit of art making would be good medicine for my soul. So I dung out some beads, put on some lovely Chopin and started to play, with no particular plan in mind. Isn't it kinda strangely wonderful how it is these times that you do some of your most meaningful creating??!!Here's the necklace I built... Tali's Path.
Although it wasn't until I had completed the necklace that it struck me that the arrangement of beads is a lot like the arrangement of years in Tali's or even our lives. The first part is vintage 925 silver chain from another necklace. It's kind of the shape of plant stems or blades of grass as it's growing, young, strong, bright, smooth, constantly on the move, learning. There are three flower carved ivory beads. Perhaps they are all the people (and pets) who come into our lives to influence,teach, love and share our lives, for a space of time. The first set of beads are little smooth round garnets. Sorta like our childhood years. No edges, or inflexible surfaces yet. They roll everyway, with no fears of being hurt or broken. The next stone is a vintage hand painted glass bead imaginative, beautiful,guiding the way, and a blending of two colors of green. Not unlike our parents.
The next set of beads rounded nuggets of citrine some with open white areas. A little like the early teen years we all hope to survive (that would be both ours and our kids!) Still mostly open and transparent taking in all the light and beauty around them Then comes the large rough cut garnets. Those years when we are sure that we have all the answers, know all the questions, are invincible, immortal and ever so self absorb.
Then a few lovely colored small roundish tourmaline. Aaaa those years of having babies, raising our own children, becoming aunts&uncles. Now the shoe is on the other foot and we are the ones expected to be the positive influences!! :) Next comes some amazing tourmaline see they do grow up!! No longer smooth but there are no longer totally rough, hard, inflexable edges. We have facets carved into our sides. The middle years of our lives. We have begun to mellow, gain depth and nice patinas. I truly believe it's these years that we finally have all the necessary components to really get to know ourselves. Who we are, realize our dreams, become the person we were always suppose to be. If you look closely there are a few cracks and creases on the surfaces. :) The last beads are amazing clear blue/gray iolites. With ever so wonderful facets, inclusion, cracks and beautiful hard earned character marks. Oh but the color shows the beautiful mellowing that comes only with long lives lived fully. Exposed to all that life has to offer. Both it's joy and it's pain.
We move through our lives in our own ways and in our own time, but for all of us comes the time to let our spirits fly free. But we don't have to do it alone there are many loving hands who hold and love us while we prepare for this next journey in our lives. And it is these loving hands that will gently let go when our time to fly free among the stars has arrived.
Truly it wasn't till I had completed the necklace and went to adjust it as I was trying it on that I began to see the connection of the stones. Perhaps it was Tali's and all the other love ones who I (we) have lost way of answering the questions of why? how come? for what?... It's life, it's the way it is, it's nature, natural and ever so painfully beautiful.
I hope you all have an audacious art filled no matter where you are in the world p;)
What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
2&1/2 (25 years ago)
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Alice Laughed, "There's no use in trying", she said. "One Can't believe in Impossible Things!"
"I dare say you haven't had much practice", said the Queen."When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as Six impossible things before breakfast!" ~ Lewis Carrol
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I'm a retired RN with a PhD in Investigative Psychology a mom of 3 grown children and grandma of 3 boys. I am a very lucky girl because I share my "couple of beads off center" kinda life with the perfect traveling companion,living a few of our life goals!! Since high school I have wanted to retire early, & live in Mexico learning and experiencing this most beautiful culture. Later I promised myself that when my time became my own again I would make art when ever I wanted!! It took a heap of livin and a whole lot of believing but I managed to get here. This journal is about my new life full of the adventures of living,learning,making art, and the creating memories.