Oh, I likey! I took two floral skeleton keys from Vintaj and made them into curved bracelet components. I punched holes in one end of each key to convert them into connectors. The big leaf was from Ornamentea, it was raw brass that I antiqued with liver of sulphur - love that stuff. I added a little pinch of navy blue ribbon to offset my branch disk bead in midnight blue.
The keys were hammered and buffed to bring out the silver under tones.
I picked up a whole new bag of tricks from the Vintaj 2-Day workshop that I attended last month. Jess and her gang are so creative and inspiring! I love how innovative they were with their decorivets line. They transformed them into charms and connectors. I love being wowed and seeing something I would never have thought of - that's how you know it was a good class! More on that later.
So let's talk about the key to happiness.
It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately.
I am happy.
My happiness doesn't come from moving here to Michigan or being with my family. Although that is awesome!
The key to my happiness is not letting outward things dictate my happiness.
My happiness comes from a well deep within.
My happiness comes from ability to be thankful no matter the circumstance.
People can disappoint or fail me, but I still love them.
I weed out bitterness and never let that root take hold.
I accept the struggles as a chance to grow.
I find the good in each day and the more I look, the more good there is to find.
Life passes by so quickly, if we only wait for those perfect moments or when things are going our way to find happiness we will miss out on all the good that is mixed in with the mess.
And you thought I just made a pretty bracelet to share! Jewelry is a way to share our stories. They have different meanings for the maker and the wearer, what stories are you telling?
Sending hugs out to all those who need them today.