Tuesday, March 9, 2010

true blue

i had a very awful thing happen to me today. i felt a real betrayal from someone who has been a dear friend for a long time. lately, i seem to be getting myself into trouble for being honest all over the place. and, truth be told, it's sort of always been that way. i am one of those people that people either love or hate for their honesty. i tell it like it is. i do not beat around the bush. i tend to call people on their shit. i get into trouble a lot. i've had a rather lonely life.

after the conversation with my friend, i felt compelled to make this piece. can you guess who wrote the song that inspired it? that's right. conor oberst. i can't help it. he's the best songwriter i know and his words speak to me like no others...

the stone: apatite. the color makes me giddy. i've always loved this stone in its' bead form and it recently occurred to me that i may be able to find it in cabochon form. i lucked out and bought a LOT of it. you will be seeing it around. it's the most succulent shade of teal blue. the photos are misleading; it appears opaque, but it really is not. it has this amazing chatoyancy and shimmer and i can't really describe it.

the song: a really rather silly one called true blue. it's all about being blue and the color blue, and really, about being true to yourself. you can read the lyrics here. as most of us probably have, i have struggled with "being myself" for my whole life. i love this song.

as usual, making this piece helped me feel better. then, while i was waiting in line at the store, i saw this quote, written on their white board.

be who you are
and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.

~ dr. suess

i also made a raven thoughts necklace today...
with bezel-set onyx and garnets

and a handmade link chain with garnet, vintage black glass, and freshwater pearl beads, finished with a figure eight clasp and a faceted garnet lantern!

and, another timing of things necklace
this one with aquamarine

and some sweet little ball accents

it was so great to be out in the shop all day today! it's been too long. i get to "work" all day friday too!


Poppy Q said...

Ohhhhhh, these are all so pretty Kristi.

I hate to have to tread around friends, and sometimes it is just so hard to truly be yourself.

Julie Q

littlecherryhill said...

Gorgeous work! I love Apatite too, I'm on the lookout for a large cab so I can set myself a nice ring :) Look forward to seeing more.

susie said...

I really love the sentiments included in so many of your pieces, not just jewelry, but talismans, reminders worn close. I have some of the same struggles, I sometimes lack that filter and just say what I need to say. I can't help but wear my heart on my sleeve. I count myself lucky to have a sister and two very close friends who always take me as I am and remain consistent and true.

Apatite is one of my favorite stones, I love the colors. I'm off work this weekend, and I just ordered some more silver, so I'm hoping to finish a few projects I've had started forever. Now ending world's longest comment, enjoy your day.

Shannon said...

Love your new necklaces, especially true blue....sort of sad it sold already :-) Missed you yesterday and no the little ones don't have strep...false alarm.