Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

Theme:  This Wild Nook, My Emma

Author: Michelle
12 10th, 2009

“At least our thoughts are our own. And this wild nook, my Emma, I will dedicate to thee.”
I love this line from a Wordsworth book of poems that I bought about 30 years ago.  I actually love the whole passage about a cottage hidden in a little overgrown spot  in the woods.  Well, to tell the truth, I could do without the “resplendent furze.”  I can’t imagine anything remotely resplendent about something called furze.  Other than that,  this poem has always sparked my imagination.  I almost named the website “This Wild Nook,” but… as you can see, Stony Silence won out.

But, I am still using his work as a backdrop for photographing my jewelry.

Here are (more than) a few photos of two pendants I made last night,  inspired by the comments from my sister-in-law, when she checked out my website and jewelry last week.   The first one is called Snow Bird, with the lighter background and an Amber colored Swarovski Crystal on the tiny pane of glass.   The larger bead on the end of the 22″ chain is also Amber colored, but for some reason it is looks red in these pics.

The second pendant is printed on cream colored card stock that I aged with coffee.  I think a little bit of the coffee seeped into the resin as it cured, and I like the sepia effect it imparted.  It has a red Swarovski  Crystal, ringed in bronze and embedded into the resin window.  My favorite part is the tiny antique brass locket, which opens to reveal yet another teeny tiny red crystal.  There’s something about this one that feels mysterious or protective.  I guess because the locket is so tiny, you wouldn’t think it would really open, much less  have a little treasure inside.

There are a lot of photos in this series, some are so that you can preview the necklaces, and some are just better pictures of the text on the page, so that you can read Wordsworth’s beautiful poem.  I do believe he was one of the first granola-heads …  naturalists!

Theme:  On Becoming Real …

Author: Michelle
11 7th, 2009

Inspiration from a book my Mom used to read to us when we were little:


“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.”

~ The Velveteen Rabbit ~