Sunday, March 7, 2010

your muchiest muchness

i saw the 3-d alice in wonderland last night. the movie was very colorful and beautiful and visually stimulating. in addition to that, i love the hatter. LOVE him. it's not just because i love johnny depp (who, by the way has now redeemed himself, in my eyes, after his jack sparrow role) i couldn't get all of the imagery out of my head. i even dreamt about possible necklace designs to represent it.

when alice isn’t quite exhibiting the gumption that the hatter wishes she was, he tells her, “you were much muchier before. you’ve lost your muchness.” it was my favorite part of the movie. what a wonderful way to say that. it really struck me. so, i told my mother that i would lose my mind (if not my head) if i did not get out to my shop today. i made this:

i looked it up; “muchness” is a real word. it means “greatness, as in quantity, measure, or degree”. this necklace is to celebrate your muchness, your courage, your acumen, your spirit, your sagacity, your (as my dad would say) stick-to-it-ive-ness. it's for when you need to remind yourself that you can do it; you have what it takes. you are you and you have reached this point in your life for a reason and you are the only one who can get you through it.

it is made up of two layers of thick sterling sheet. i have bezel set four stones~ a citrine, a prehnite, a blue chalcedony, and an amethyst. i put a dotted spiral on the bottom and ruffled the edges of the silver. the bail is made of a bead wire. it has sort of a tattered and torn look, like the hatter himself.

on the back, it says “you mustn’t lose your muchness...” instead of my usual raindrop with a sparrow and my initials, i put a sweet little hat with a spiral heart.

the chain is very mad. one side is comprised of handmade sterling silver links with austrian crystal, whiskey quartz, artisan glass, labradorite, and amethyst mixed in with a large textured chain. the other side is a pair of link chains, one textured, one not. it is finished with a figure eight clasp and an artisan glass bead drop. it is adjustable from 18” to 20”.

i am on my way to list it in the shop now. in other news, unfortunately, my tattoo appointment has been postponed. apparently nic is quite ill. it was supposed to be on tuesday and now it will not be until next thursday the 18th.
i am sad. it does mean that i will be able to get out to the shop on tuesday though.


Cathy said...

Oh that's a perfect piece for the mad hatter, I adore it, especially the colours you have used. I know if I had this necklace I would be a lot muchier!! The little hat on the back is such a fabulous touch. Great job xo

Janell Armstrong said...

Love the necklace and love the concept! Very insightful. I can't wait to see the movie now : )

susie said...

Love those colors, love that message- sometimes I feel much less muchier than I used to, a nice reminder. Must see that movie.

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for a while and enjoying your gorgeous jewellery and pictures and tales of your life and I decided it was time to be "muchy" and actually say hello! This necklace is wonderful, so very Mad Hatter in your wonderful style. LOVE it!


Silver Sparrow Designs said...

well thank you so much, my muchy friends!

welcome, jenny! and susie, you, m'dear, are FULL of muchness. don't you doubt it for a second!

traci said...

Boy, you sure have been BUSY making all sorts of new spectacular stuff! I love it all and am quite moved by the great quotes-- from Conor Oberst, Dr. Seuss AND the Mad Hatter. Very creative and beautiful work Kris. I am so lucky to have such a talented and imaginative sister. Love you MUCH!

traci said...

oh and that apatite True Blue piece...WOW! That's all I can say about that. Truly incredible. Can't wait to catch up. Miss you!