I got my hair cut on Wednesday at a Great Clips on the other side of town. That's a story to tell maybe later. But all of a sudden you can see my face, my eyes, and my ears. You know?
I have made most of the earrings I wear. In a previous life, I made jewelry and had some of it in a gallery. That was before I moved to NYC. So long ago. Another life ago. I always look at earrings in stores, but I can't afford to buy what I like for myself. I have a preference for a certain kind of earthy, dangly earring that swings a bit.
I haven't made new earrings in years, even though I have started wearing different colors and certainly now have hair that is a different color. Every time I get dressed for the outside world, I say, "You need to make new earrings, Crazy Lady." I've been saying that a couple of times a week for years -- since before baby E (now 7) yanked my earrings out when we played.
So today I sat down and made some earrings! Do you know how hard it was for me to give myself permission to let the chores slide and not make another to-do list for Curious Farm business stuff?
I spread out my work on the dining room table near all the windows so that I could use the natural light. (Again... to give myself permission to make a mess on the big table... things have gotten that bad lately.) I tried to remember how to work the pliers. I got to feel and admire Molten Mama's gorgeous lampwork beads again and made a pair of earrings with two of them. (These earrings are in the center of the photo. My treat after my first farmers market season was to buy a few of Lisa's beads, and I will make a necklace from the rest.) I needed a pair of purple-ish earrings so I made them. I needed another green-ish pair so I made those, too. Empowering! The beads and findings cost money, but the result is better than what I can afford right now.
And I have new ideas for the special necklace I will make from Lisa J Cooley's Molten Mama beads.
How rare and fine to have an afternoon like this!