Friday, November 5, 2010

Sometimes It “Speaks” To You

It is very rare that something “speaks to me”, but last month I bought something for myself;  a birthday present to me, from me, made by Debra at Common Ground.  It “spoke” to me.  Even more rare is that it is a necklace.  Probably the furthest down on the list of jewelry that I wear.
necklace.commonground
Debra makes these beautiful necklaces and when I saw this one, I just knew I had to buy it.  Let me tell you what this necklace says to me.  It confirmed for me that, yes, indeed, I am 47-years-old this birthday.  I know.  It was just yesterday that I was saying how cool Flock of Seagulls were and how I wanted to be Belinda Carlisle.
flock of seagullsSecond, the crown said to me that I am a first time grandmother this year, with a beautiful granddaughter, a Mom to two adult children who do (on occasion) listen to what I say, and a husband who loves me and enjoys my company after 25 1/2 years of marriage. The crown does not so much say “Queen” to me as much as it is a matriarchal symbol.
QueenVictoriaFinally, the key reminds me that even at 47 there are still many doors to be opened.  Some may close, but that is only because it is time for them to close.  Ahead of me there are new doors to be unlocked and passed through.
doors
While you may think this post has nothing to do with interior design or decorating, know that sometimes there is a piece of artwork, a beautifully designed piece of furniture, or an actual structure that may “speak” to you.  Those are the things you want in your home.
art.speaksSometimes these items become the jewel of the home, the thing that makes you love to enter a room, what makes you smile when you pull up to your house at night.  Many things can speak to us if we listen.

Thank you, Debra, for making such a lovely piece that speaks to me!

I thought it was apt to link this post up to Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground today.

34 comments:

One Cheap B*tch said...

What a really lovely interpretation of your necklace. I love the part about new doors still yet to be opened. So true in life. When one door closes another always opens!

xo, Jeanine

the cape on the corner said...

well, i don't think your posts have to only be about interior design. jewelry/art is all design, and beautiful. i really like the crown as the matriarch symbol, not a queen.

hope you have a lovely weekend.

Tammy said...

Love your analogy on open and closed doors. I believe in that philosophy.
I'd be delighted if you came over to my new blog. I'm having a giveaway.
www.beatricebanks.blogspot.com

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Wonderful post, I love the idea and belief that at any age many doors have yet to be opened. If we didn't believe that life would certainly lose much of its vitality! Have a fabulous year!
Janell

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful post, Kathy....It's a beautiful piece... Things speak to me.... That's how I know if it's something that's meant to be with me...
You rock sista.

Sailing Simply said...

Wonderful post! My mother always speaks about her children and grandchildren being the jewels in her crown. I would say this necklace does fit you perfectly right now after hearing your story. How wonderful that you have it now and will always be able to look back and reflect on where you were at 47. Wonderful thoughts, I would have enjoyed them even if they didn't relate exactly to design!

Sassy Marsha said...

A lovely post, Kathy :)

Design Esquire said...

It's beautiful! You deserve it. And it will make you happy each time you look at it.

Red Door Home said...

It is a beautiful necklace with a lovely story behind it.

Averill said...

What a beautiful and personal necklace -- and congrats on being a grandmother! :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this post, Kathy. To think that you can wear something that is so meaningful to you on so many levels...I love that. I also love all of Debra's jewelry, she is so very talented. I know that someday soon I am going to give myself a present, birthday or not!!

XO,
Jane

Tammy said...

Debra makes the most beautiful jewelry!!
Love the one you picked!
I'm 49 this month and also a first time GrandMother ( MiMi ).It's the best!
Have a great weekend!
Tammy :-)
JUNK WILD

Jane said...

The necklace is a lovely piece and I love all of the meaning you have found in it. It was definitely meant for you!
Jane

time-worn interiors said...

I wander if all those things were going through Debra's mind when she was making the necklace! Great necklace, thanks for sharing!
Theresa
aka:TOT

very merry vintage style said...

What a pretty necklace.. and I love your explanation of its meaning to you. I have lots of little "jewels" in my home too that make me smile when I enter... that is what makes our house a home!

Jacqueline said...

How fun to walk with you as you explain the meaning you see in this lovely piece. I agree, there are so many doors to be opened. I love the crown as the symbol of matriarchy too. The young girls in the neighborhood often call me "Queen Jacqleen". It is quite the compliment from all the little cuties. I believe a mother is the queen of her little kingdom here on earth. Thanks for your inspiring words.

Denise said...

Hi Kathy! Wonderful that we found each other. I loved those necklaces the first time that I saw them on Debras blog. What a perfect one you found for yourself. I love all of my jewelry and drape it on my mannequins and use it as decor even more than I wear it! You are gonna love love love being a grandmother. It's so much fun!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, I love your post and Debra's jewelry is gorgeous--I love it all too and am so happy that you are enjoying it!!!

Wear it in joy and happiness and health!!!
XO
Cindy

Manuela@TPOH said...

Wonderful post! That is a beautiful piece! I don't normally wear too much jewelry - just earrings. But I have been eyeing necklaces made from typeset blocks - I think that's what they're called.

Manuela

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

What a sweet post!

Room to Inspire said...

What a lovely post and a beautiful piece of jewelry! It sounds like it was made for all the wonderful pieces of you!

Chelsea

Shelia said...

Lovely post, Kathy! Oh, thank you so much for coming back by to bid! I wish you much luck!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Renae said...

Kathy,
A heart felt thank you for visiting and bidding on the crown! You are a jewel. I will let you know Tuesday if you won, so far it's yours!
Blessings!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I loved this post! I'm like you jewelry rarely "speaks" to me but this is lovely! And one more thing we have in common...I turned 47 in August! It's so nice to treat yourself every now and then. I don't think we do it often enough!

Creative Breathing said...

Kathy, Truer words never more beautifully written. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet ice skating story with me. One car Dad convincing just makes my heart ache with the memory. Stories for me are what decorates my mind. Truly they speak to me, and I cherish them. I will cherish knowing yours! Beautiful art shared today. Thank you for that! Elizabeth

Ann said...

Oh it is a lovely necklace and it good to buy oneself a present and doubly good to receive it.

Pamela said...

What a beautiful post Kathy! Beautiful necklace as well!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your necklace is so pretty and I love the story to go with it!
XO

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathy, It is a beautiful necklace and Debra makes the most gorgeous jewelry! It sounds like this was meant to be yours.
Hugs, Sherry

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I so enjoyed reading this post today Kathy. How creatively written and makes me want to be 47 again. lol
Your such a dear and I love visiting you. Love your choice for your necklace too. I can see where it would speak to you.
Love ya
Maggie

Debra@Common Ground said...

Kathy, you are just the sweetest! I'm so sorry that it took me so long to get here. I love how you talked about how each element spoke to you, and what they meant. This has really blessed me hearing what it means to you. It really inspires me, as I love to make them so much!
hugs and love,
Debra

Tatieva art said...

Oh, je suis une amoureuse des portes et tu me gâtes ! J'aime beaucoup cette mosaïque de couleurs... Et Vettriano, I love, love ! J'aime la pluie, c'est magique !
Thank u,
Tatieva

{ L } said...

Happy LATE Birthday. This post was absolutely beautiful. It is a special thing when things speak to you as this necklace did. Your description of each part was truly lovely. <3 I'm so happy I read this.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

First, HAPPY "BELATED" BIRTHDAY, Kathy! I know what you mean about years sneaking up on you. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I was a disco queen! LOL

Second, I can see why the necklace spoke to you. It's beautiful. How wonderful that each of the components spoke something so special.

So, how do you like your new role as a "grandma"? I can't get enough of my precious little granddaughter. And I can't believe she just turned two! More proof that time flies. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

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