Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge 2013

I am so sorry for the late posting.  I thought I had scheduled the post to load at midnight and I must have done something wrong.



I've had a long, bad habit of holding onto things. Past hurts and failures, bad memories, pretty much anything negative. And control. I always want to be in control, even when I know it's not possible. I even hold onto material things, like cloths that I think I'll be able to get back into one day. When I come across them again, it just reminds me that I haven't been able to lose the weight yet. I've even started holding onto my bead stash. During a visit at local bead shop, my husband saw a notice that they have a swap meet once a quarter. He told me I should gather some of my beads and bring them to the next one. I said “I don't have any beads that I can swap with.” He just stood there looking at me, with this look on his face that said “Seriously! Yes.....you do.”

So the wellness word (or combination of words) I have chosen is Let Go. It is a combination of words I have been thinking about a lot lately and when I saw Tracy Statler's call for a Wellness Word Jewelry Challenge last month, I knew that I wanted to be included.

I have another bad habit of analysing everything, so I had to do some research on Let Go.












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And I found two wonderful websites http://tinybuddha.com/blog/40-ways-to-let-go-and-feel-less-pain/, and http://www.thenakedelephant.net/2011/09/let-go-surrender-taste-freedom/ which were exactly what I needed and inspired my jewelry piece for the challenge.

I had seen a talisman necklace at the a fore mentioned bead shop and decided on a similar style for my necklace.






















For the focal, I used a Buddha bead I had bought at the bead shop, along with some lampwork beads made by Ellen Dooley, strung on waxed linen.  At the end I added a Vintaj brass leaf, stamped with Let Go and hammered, a Vintaj brass leaf that I had patina-ed with salt and vinegar, a lovely ceramic gear made by Karen Totten, a couple of gemstone tear drops, an old key and various glass beads.
 
  

















So, I've decided to go pack up those old cloths and take them to the DAV.  I'm also going through my beads stash and I'm going to the next swap meet at the bead shop.  I'm also letting go of my fear of learning new things and I've signed up for a bronze metal clay class at the end of the month.













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Please visit the other participates blogs to see their Wellnes Word Challenge creations.


acreativeforce.blogspot.com
alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
allprettythings.ca
anniamaebisuteria.blogspot.com.es/
apolymerpenchant.com
beadlolabead.blogspot.com/
beadrecipes.wordpress.com
centsations.wordpress.com
clay-space.com/
creativeatelier.net
elliesbijoux.com
emakdesigns.com
erinsiegel.com
etsy.com/shop/shamaen
facebook.com/hotsouthernmessdesigns
facebook.com/soquilidesigns
fairiesmarket.blogspot.com
firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
gemsbyjudy.com
glasstastreasures.blogspot.com
handcraftedserenity.blogspot.com
facebook.com/azuresunshines
facebook.com/whdalaska
jeanetteblix.com
kimmykats.com
kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com
lisayangjewelry.com
macmillanmarie.blogspot.com
makebraceletsblog.com
miabellasoul.com
misheldesigns.com
mycreativechallenge.blogspot.com
noseycritters.blogspot.com
pixiloo.blogspot.com
sandivolpe.com
sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
shaterra.etsy.com
shinylittlethings.blogspot.com
shymedesign.se
shymessmycken.blogspot.se
simpleearthcreations.com
soultosubstance.com
suebeads.com
sunshinebliss.com
sweetbeadstudio.com
sweetwillowdesigns.blogspot.com
thebeadingyogini.com
thestudiosublime.com
treasures-found.blogspot.com
twitter.com/ldymlivelystone
vault31.blogspot.com
veradesigns.blogspot.com

12 comments:

  1. You are very brave indeed. Thanks for sharing. Wasn't this a powerful challenge?

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! Yes, I agree. This was a very powerful challenge.

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  2. Letting go can be tough. This past year I started decluttering my house, room by room. I am still not done! But I understand what you mean by letting go, letting go of stuff in our thoughts and cluttering our lives. Sounds like you are already on the road in the right direction:) I really love the talisman necklace you created with your word!

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    1. Thank you Jeanette! I've decided it's going to be baby steps for me. Just take it one day at a time.

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  3. Amazing post and equally amazing necklace - it's superb! Letting go is never an easy thing to do,...what a huge step. My hat's off to you!!

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  4. Thank you for being so honest in your post. That is one of the same things I have been chanting to myself, Just let it go, just let it go. Your piece is wonderful!

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  5. I really like your design. (Buddha fan here.) If it's any comfort to you, I'd have trouble letting go of beads too.

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  6. First of all..LOVE your design...I am going to have to try my hand at those type of necklaces...Secondy...love your words for the year...Letting Go will allow new experiences into your life...what leaves will be replaced with something even richer...how wonderful! All of those surprises waiting for you once you release what you have now...

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  7. I love the earthy, spiritual nature of your necklace! Definitely resonates with me. Love your bead choices the knotting and the waxed linen cord. One of my very favorite materials to work with myself!!!

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  8. What a great message! I think that I am with you on the need to let go. My studio is going to be featured on hoarders (if they had a Bead Hoarders spin off I would be on it for sure!). I like that this is not so much a word as a directive. Let go of negativity. Let go of those things holding you back. Let go of excess. I have no doubt that you will not only let go of a lot that is holding you back but you will make room for new changes and opportunities in your life. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  9. Kym, I just went back and read your post again. It really hit home for me. Let go is a powerful phrase. I have been working on my closet. That is where I need it! It is not a pleasurable process. I love the design you chose to represent your word, it's really cool. I'm so glad you are working on cleaning out and swapping. You definitely inspired me! Thanks for participating.

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  10. I love the necklace -- and I think you and I have a LOT in common!

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