Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Merging of Stories


If you remember a few months ago I was moved by higher powers to give away some of my most valuable possessions from a monetary perspective.  Off my own back I felt that I'd like to give something precious to Red Mel. For she has been a wonderful friend for the twenty years since we met in the common room of the now demolished St Loye's School of Occupational Therapy on our first day as students there.  She's kind, funny, a bit dippy  and assertive in the most gentle of ways. I love her dearly.  'What would you like of mine?' I asked her.  She remonstrated and then she said that if I was getting rid of beads she would be very happy to give them a home.

So as part of my mammoth tidying project I had a sort out of my crafting materials.  I kept just a few of the beads I'd accumulated but gifted a huge bagful to Red Mel.  'Here's a present from God'.  I told her because I knew that as, an atheist it would piss her off a bit!  The picture above is some of the selection.  She'll use lots of them to make jewellery to sell to raise funds for St Mungos, the homeless charity in Bristol where she lives.

All that tidying that's going on here seems to have cleared psychic space.  I'm making stuff here on a more regular basis that I've done for yonks.  I cobbled together this bracelet yesterday to add to the mad wrist.  There's stories behind the materials used.


I put the beautiful glass beads in a homemade Christmas cracker.  I wasn't going to leave myself out when I chose personalised gifts for the family festivities.  Most of the sterling  silver findings come from a bracelet that I'd rarely worn.  When Louis was born my mum and dad gave me some money to buy some jewellery to celebrate.  I bought four pieces in a favourite silver shop in Exeter.  Two bracelets and a necklace get a lot of wear but the last piece was redundant.  It was too chunky to be comfortable.

So I've took it apart. There's silver beads that I kept and  yet to be recycled. Other semi precious ones went into Mel's stash.  The conjoined jump rings and the fasteners that I salvaged have been used here.    A homage to the old piece of jewellery but much more wearable.


In fact it's already on that mad wrist and complements the semi precious bracelet bought in the Animals in Distress shop for a quid rather nicely.

8 comments:

  1. That is my sort of bracelet..love it. It would sit very nicely with the 6 silver bracelets that I wear all the time! You should start a sideline in jewellery making.

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    1. Would do if I had a bit more time. One day...! xx

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  2. That is beautiful and I love the story behind it

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  3. What a nice gift for Red Mel and a great bracelet created for yourself.
    Your parents sound like lovely, caring people, I have noticed this each and every time you have mentioned them. I hope Louis gets the chance to spend time with them and the other grandparents (assuming they are still living). JanF

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    1. My parents are still very much alive and well and Dad is 87. He is off to see them next week when school finishes. His other nana is 89 and he visits her a few times a year. xx

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  4. Lovely bracelet-mind kind of thing because it's sea coloured. Hope you are having a good weekend. Catriona

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    1. Yes sea tones do it for me. Weekend was gorgeous! xx

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