The holidays have passed, and we are enjoying leftovers and the company of our family. The next few days will be relaxing as we return to our regular sleep schedules and refresh the house for the new year. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my recent creations now that they've been presented and unwrapped.
My father-in-law collected these shells on a trip to Aruba, hoping they could be turned into earrings for his wife. It seems to me he did all of the hard work up front by finding shells in matching pairs. I added iolite, pearls, garnet and, I think, smoky quartz. They swing and dangle delicately. If you're very quiet, you can hear the ocean in your ear.
My parents are on their way home over the mountains as I write, and I realize I never took a proper photograph of the bracelet Dad gave Mom. Five lockets, each with a gemstone charm, dangle on a double row of gold chain, hiding photos of her five grandchildren. On the left, photos of the babies they were. On the right, an image of the big kid they've become.