Monday, August 11, 2014

So I Won This Key...

I can be a procrastinator, I can be indecisive, I am also at times disorganized... so months and months ago I won this Swarovski crystal key from the Artbeads.com facebook page. It is about 2" long. Just the key, not the rest. MONTHS and MONTHS ago.


I had lost it, then found it, then could not decide what to do with it. It is beautiful, it is large, it is sparkly. I love it. Really really love it. But I also just did not know what to do with it.

Then THIS:


That is my oldest of 6 proposing to his sweetie.

And the ideas for jewelry started churning. Of course. How could it not?

So I pulled out the key, and my favorite made by me bead soup. And an Oragami Owl locket I had gotten but wanted to bead on something, and a couple of other elements I had, including the beads I used for the bridal party.

And this:


I love how it turned out, but I love the meaning I found in making it even more.

The locket holds things near to my heart, the birthstones of my kids, the fact that I am a mom, a wife, a Catholic and an Army mom. The locket is really too small for all that it holds, but I love it anyway.  I used cream, apple red, and autumn orange beads from the bridal jewelry to hopefully, quietly, welcome our new daughter in law to the family and to signify that THIS piece was for that day specifically.


And the key. The key represents the turning of a lock, like the closing and opening of doors, changes of seasons, changes in ones life. I have see a lot of those lately. The oldest graduated West Point, he got engaged, and married. I found freedom from some pain that I had been hostage to for a long time, and I have seen a new life.  Yes, that little key signifies all of that. And what perfect timing to use is. What a perfect moment. Even if it was months and months after I won it. I'm glad I waited to see where it fit instead of trying to MAKE it fit somewhere.

Thank you Artbeads.com for your generosity. I hope you love this as much as I do.