Working With My Hands

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Dear Diary, 

I "launched" my pop up shop last night, if you call a Facebook post a launch. The shop has actually been live for a few weeks, but I didn't want to officially announce it until I returned from Glastonbury. Now that the word is out, I have to admit I am feeling a bit self-conscious about the whole crazy thing. I mean, really, jewelry? Where the heck did that come from?

It actually started when we were smack in the middle of our move from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara. Living in limbo was not the kind of mental (or physical) space that lent itself to things like writing or making art, so, on a whim, I decided I'd start making jewelry! Fast forward a few weeks later and you found me at a table in our living room surrounded by plastic bins with many tiny compartments (oh, how I loved all the organizing!) filled with findings, stones, charms and whatnot. It was the kind of creative activity that satisfied all of my needs at the time - it was easy to store and put away, didn't require serious focus for long periods of time and filled the burning need I was having to make something with my hands. For whatever reason, something like drawing or painting - either of which I could have easily accomplished during that time - wasn't substantial enough. I needed to create and hold something three-dimensional ("You sound like a sculptor," someone close to me commented.) So I filled a box with sparkly creations, had one show and then promptly forgot about all of it.

Until I began going through my medical To Do list this August, when I experienced the same kind of creative yearnings. With such low energy and the need to mind the orders of my doctors to take it easy, pulling out my jewelry supplies provided the creative solace I needed as my body healed. 

Still, I kind of feel like a nut job.

Regardless, all of my pieces were created with love and inspired by my passion for beautiful objects; making these gave me tremendous joy. Jewelry is such a personal thing, and I like to think that these kind of adornments can be especially meaningful and potent for the wearer. I won't get on an airplane without certain pieces of jewelry, and love the stories that certain pieces in my collection hold. 

Whether I'm making a recipe or a piece of jewelry or a white-rose-and-jasmine tea or the perfume, I like to think of myself as a happy little sorceress, and if I could just have a little general store with all that stuff and give people a sense of my taste, that would be lovely.

"Whether I'm making a recipe or a piece of jewelry or a white-rose-and-jasmine tea...I like to think of myself as a happy little sorceress..."

{Padma Lakshmi} 

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Christine Mason Miller

Santa Barbara, CA

Writer * Artist * Storyteller * Guide