I had a very relaxing weekend with almost nothing to show for it up until Sunday. I did some things that needed to be done around the house, spent time chatting with friends, and amazed myself with how little I managed to accomplish.
Until yesterday afternoon. The Junior League, or at least our local group, has a neat concept called “cottage meetings.” Instead of having business meeting after business meeting, once or twice a year, we instead gather in very small groups for these little get-togethers. The whole idea is to meet a different group of women than those you see regularly and perhaps pick up a new skill, hobby or interest.
I signed up for a jewelry making session. Now, some of you know I tried to make stitch markers for a swap a few years ago and found the process frustrating and nothing close to fun. I’m still not entirely sure why I signed up for this particular workshop, but I found myself looking forward to it.
Whitney, the East Coast sister of Whitley Designs, was our instructor. I knew from speaking with friends who went to the same workshop last year that Whitney was patient and adept at sharing her talents.
Still, I was taken aback when she suggested that I make earrings AND a necklace. I was supposed to bring a charm or little trinket to integrate into my jewelry, and I had somethings in mind, but being me, I went to look for them when I should have been walking out the door, and they weren’t in my jewelry spot. Huh. They weren’t the other place I thought they might be either, so I headed out empty-handed.
Whitney helped me select the earring shape first, and then, I setlled on the labradorite stone. I must confess that I was in no small part inspired by Whitney’s delightful labs, the fact that the other woman in attendance also had a lab, and the memories of the labrador from my youth. I took a moment to pat myself on the back this morning when I learned that
I love to read about the meanings of flowers, gemstones, etc., although I don’t actually use them in meditation or anything.
The girls thought they were kissing stones. The center stone on the necklace is abalone, I think… THIS site says abalone has some sort of helpful properties for spinal degenerative disease. Nice thought!
How was your weekend? No, I didn’t get to go see the wheel. It seems they were shipped from the manufacturer last week, so there’s customs to deal with before it can start trying to find me.