Jewelry creating got shoved to the side... Although in 2015, Ray and I took a 40th anniversary trip to Greece and Turkey, which gave me design ideas. Plus I did take some very enriching workshops that expanded my knowledge and techniques.. As well as adding some special folks into my life. Interestingly, two of them live in Portland, Maine, Jayne Redman and Kate Wolf. They both willingly share decades of knowledge with those of us wanting to learn things such as creating pancake dies or wax carving for casting jewelry...
My Mom passed away in December, 2015. I am just starting into grieving my loss. I know it will be a roller coaster ride of good and bad days. Thankfully I have many good memories to think of as well as an amazing support group of family and friends. Particularly using Face Book, my friends posted incredibly supportive posts to me the four days I spent beside my Mom's bedside saying goodbye.
Now my focus for 2016 will be re-naming and relaunching my jewelry business. I had tried to think of a new business name for years without success. Not one idea ever came to mind... So it seems pretty amazing to me that within 10 minutes of trying to think of a new name that had a connection to my Mom one popped into my head as I wandered around my backyard enjoying nature. As I set in place the business steps for that new name it is currently a secret but will soon be revealed.
It's only fitting the new name should have a connection to Mom. She was my biggest fan. She got such a big smile on her face when I shared I had gotten a new sale on my website. The best part for me will be each time I say the name inside my head or read it on my business forms I will think of my Mom. While I am making my jewelry I will remember her telling me she took a jewelry class in college and the techniques she learned... Oh what a special treat it would be to have a piece of the jewelry she made.