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wedding-gift

There are many amazing gifts that can be given at a wedding, but I think I received the best one possible. It is something for which I am very thankful and will always treasure. This gift didn’t cost the giver any money and it didn’t need to be wrapped. Another unusual thing about this gift is that it came from the groom, but I was not the bride. Curious? …..The groom was my son. The gift was given to me the night before the wedding. My son gave me a big hug and then said 4 words that every mother longs to hear—“Mom, I love you.”. Needless to say, I cried tears of joy. (Heck, I’m crying now just writing about it.) Those were words that I needed to hear from this son and they touched me deeply. It truly was a ‘gift’.

Being a mother of adult children and knowing how special those words are to me, I make a point to say them to my mother as often as possible. (and my father too) For those of you who are young adults, please consider giving your mother a call or going to visit her and possibly giving her the gift of those 4 special words. Mother’s Day is coming and it just might be the perfect gift.

I received another gift on the day of the wedding as well—a truly amazing daughter-in-law. This was my last child to get married so I now have 6 children—3 through marriage. I have been blessed with a granddaughter who often says “I love you, Me-maw” and another grandchild on the way. “Life is Good”.

Oh yeah, in case you’re wondering, the bride was wearing jewelry “by Brenda Elaine” . 🙂

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Ideas for my designs come from various sources. At times it is something that spontaneously develops in my mind whereas at other times it may be something I see and then work into a new design. The other evening, a necklace someone was wearing on tv caught my eye and I immediately thought of many different variations on the design. This happens frequently, but unfortunately I often forget about it by morning. This time I could not get the image of the necklace out of my mind.

In the morning, I sat down at my workbench and began to experiment to see what developed from the ideas that were floating around in my mind. The final necklace turned out to be one of my all-time favorites. It is a three tier pearl necklace with a teardrop pearl gracefully hanging from each tier. I like it so much because it is simple, yet dramatic. It’s elegant, but at the same time, slightly sexy. I’m so excited with how it turned out that my mind is now overflowing with many different variations on the design—so many I would never be able to make them all.

It gives me great satisfaction when one of my designs ‘feels right’ to me and I get flooded with ideas for other pieces that will have a similar feel. The only problem with being this excited about making jewelry is that I have to make myself put down the pliers long enough to do laundry, clean, and other necessary tasks.  I’m sure that I will finish all of these chores at a fairly fast pace because I’ll be anxiously looking forward to spending time at my workbench working on the new pieces. (a.k.a. ‘having fun’)

I’m very fortunate that I enjoy my work as much as I do. Not only do I get to work in my pajamas many mornings, but I’m doing something I love to do. It doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂

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A Special “Order”

I ALWAYS enjoy making jewelry, but I recently had an especially rewarding ‘job’.  I had the opportunity to make the jewelry for a very special bride, her wedding party and the angelic flower girl.  Making the jewelry for a wedding day gives me a special feeling of satisfaction and joy, but making the jewelry for this wedding meant more to me than any other bridal order.  The reason for this—– it was for my daughter’s wedding.  🙂

On September 8th, I was honored to witness my daughter become the wife of an amazing young man.  Not only am I very pleased with the man that she has chosen to spend her life with, but I’ve already seen her relationship with him have a good affect on her.  She has grown and matured in many ways since meeting him and that day I saw that my ‘little girl’ has grown in to a truly amazing young woman.  The wedding was a time for family and friends to enjoy a beautiful ceremony, delicious food, plenty of wine and a night full of dancing.

As my daughter planned every single detail of the wedding, I was delighted to be a part of many of the decisions–choosing the location, planning the menu, picking her dress as well as choosing the flower girl’s dress with the little darling that was to be the flower girl, my granddaughter.  Deciding on the best jewelry was fairly simple for my daughter.  Since she is an active part of my jewelry business, helping me with my shows as well as beginning to make some of the byzantine pieces, she easily made her choices.

For herself, she chose a silver byzantine necklace with a white teardrop pearl gracefully suspended in the front, with a matching byzantine bracelet and simple teardrop pearl earrings.  For the bridal party, she chose a simple byzantine set—matching necklace, bracelet and earrings.  For the flower girl, a simple silver chain with a tiny teardrop pearl and a matching pearl bracelet were the perfect choices.

It was a joy to see the maid of honor and the bridesmaids walking down the aisle in their black cocktail dresses and their beautiful byzantine jewelry.  They were followed by the ring bearer, the grooms nephew who was escorted by his grandmother.  Following that I had the treat of escorting the flower girl, my granddaughter down the aisle and helping her to scatter rose petals.  Last, but not least, my daughter was escorted down the aisle by her father.  Her dress was simple, but elegant and was perfectly accented by the byzantine and pearl designs.

I also designed some special pieces for myself for the big event.  My dress was a simple navy blue dress so I finished the outfit off with a two tone byzantine set.  I gave the necklace a special accent by attaching a black opal pendant.

While many aspects of that special day were more significant than the jewelry,  it was a special treat for me to be able to contribute to my daughter’s ‘big day’ in that way.

Wedding party with their byzantine jewelry

Angelic flower girl with simple pearl jewelry

Me and my daughter in our ‘wedding jewelry’

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