Sunday, May 3, 2015

Personal Project: Becky and Joe's Wedding

It's been quiet around these parts. Apologies, (new) readers! It's been a whirlwind last few weeks for me. My cosmopolitan lifestyle is cool but it can also be really stressful. Who would have guessed? Fortunately, this should be the hardest year (knock on wood) and in the future I won't have to go dark in April because I'm so overloaded with getting my "business" in order for tax season while still working as usual and studying and planning a vacation.

Yes, vacation! My friend Becky is having a forest-themed wedding in June and I'm a part of it! It'll be great to see her and all of my college friends in June, but I won't lie: the stress of planning a month-long trip up the West Coast (um, anyone want to hang out?) made me kind of crazy at times. But now all the hard stuff (figuring out where I'm going to stay, who I'm going to see, buying my Greyhound tickets) is done, so I can just kick back and relax.

Making jewelry isn't like therapy so much as it is a reward. I don't make a whole lot while I'm stressed (no time! no space!) but once I start feeling like myself again after a long stretch of time, or once I start feeling bored instead of OMG WHY IS THERE NOT ENOUGH TIME, then I start making stuff. This was a "reward" project.

I wanted to do something a little different with this necklace, since it was for a special occasion. I wanted it to relate to the wedding or the wedding theme, too. Instead of just digits of an irrational number, I eventually decided on a pattern featuring Fibonacci numbers and mirror symmetry. Both of those things are often found in nature, and in the woods in particular. The colors of the Red Creek jasper also (hopefully!) complement the rest of the wedding party's choice in green. They definitely go with my wine-colored dress, at any rate.

The large oval beads were a gift from a coworker at my old job at the bead shop before I moved to Sweden. That makes them a couple of years old (oops!), but I wanted to save them for a special occasion. My fellow crafters know this exact feeling: you get a craft supply you love, but sometimes it takes a while for the idea to come to you. I was beginning to feel guilty about not making something with these beads earlier, but now I'm glad I waited. 

Now to relax a bit more and dive into my blog backlog!