Not only is it bezel-making...this class...but we also get to play with wax...and...a...mystery...inclusion. I can't tell you what it is. I wish I could. It's a surprise for the students. But...they're gonna love it!
I also, finally...finally...got a chance to work on a few more samples for my Entrada class (also offered at The Prairie.) I love the soft colors of the aquamarine and jasper in this Shield bracelet.
This one is a big, bold statement. I've not worked it into a piece of jewelry yet but I had thought it would be a large focal for a statement bracelet.
Once I finished it, I thought...maybe even a belt buckle.
I'll have to let it sit and meditate on it, for a while. The fossilized coral stone goes beautifully with some faceted citrine and picture jasper beads in my stash.
The weather here, in Texas is fine...the daylillies are out:
What I love about the Easter story is the fact that God took such dramatic measures to show us how much He loves us. He didn't just tell us, He gave us a physical manifestation of His love in the person of Christ. Jesus on the cross screams at us "Believe in Me. Know that I mean what I say and I am who I say I am. I love you. You."
I know that if I had to give up the thing that is the very dearest to me...my child...a part of me...that would be some extreme expression of love. I guess He knew we would need a lot of convincing.
I just returned from a trip to Mexico where the country was preparing to celebrate Holy Week...the week before, and including, Easter. Decorations were being placed, the kids were let out of school (for 2 weeks!) people were pouring into vacation spots, brass bands were playing on the beach.
It was wonderful to see Easter and Holy week being honored in this way, especially when I return home to find that there's not much fanfare for it, here in the USA. I'm disappointed that we, in general, seem to have forgotten the most important Christian holiday, of all.
Today is Maundy Thursday. It is a day of remembrance...the day that Christ gathered his disciples for their last meal together. He ate with them, ministered to them, sang with them and gave them a symbol to remind them, and us, of His greatest gift...His sacrifice...the new covenant. The cup of wine He shared with them represents His blood, poured out for many; the bread He broke with them represents His body, soon to be broken on the cross. On this Holy Thursday, are you thinking of Him?
This photo was taken by the fabulous Rachel Ashwell. Imagine having breakfast here, each day of your class time at Art Retreat at the Prairie! The Prairie is Rachel's Texas homeawayfromhome retreat place and we're lucky enough to be holding classes there at the end of this month. If you'd like to see a few more shots of this incredibly lovely venue, and learn a little about Rachel, herself, click right here.
I'm working on a new sample for my Entrada bracelet...which I'll be teaching at The Prairie. It should be done soon...!
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