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.
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.
Second, 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.
Finally, 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.
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.
Sometimes 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
A lovely post, Kathy :)
It's beautiful! You deserve it. And it will make you happy each time you look at it.
It is a beautiful necklace with a lovely story behind it.
What a beautiful and personal necklace -- and congrats on being a grandmother! :)
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!!
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!
The necklace is a lovely piece and I love all of the meaning you have found in it. It was definitely meant for you!
I wander if all those things were going through Debra's mind when she was making the necklace! Great necklace, thanks for sharing!
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
What a sweet post!
What a lovely post and a beautiful piece of jewelry! It sounds like it was made for all the wonderful pieces of you!
Lovely post, Kathy! Oh, thank you so much for coming back by to bid! I wish you much luck!! :)
Be a sweetie,
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!
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!
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
Oh it is a lovely necklace and it good to buy oneself a present and doubly good to receive it.
What a beautiful post Kathy! Beautiful necklace as well!
Your necklace is so pretty and I love the story to go with it!
Hi Kathy, It is a beautiful necklace and Debra makes the most gorgeous jewelry! It sounds like this was meant to be yours.
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.
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,
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 !
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.
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. ;)
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
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