Friday, January 23, 2009

Blooming and Blessed

One of my favorite quotations says:

'The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.' --John Ruskin

Last year, around Thanksgiving, I got a wild notion to host a charm swap with the theme 'Counting Your Blessings' with charms, beads and clasps as part of the exchange.

This lovely necklace was made by Mary Harding, one of the charm exchange participants.

She used all the charms, clasps and beads in one long charm necklace.

I really love the way they look, all compiled together.

Wouldn't it be fun to wear - with a black turtleneck, or a white lace summer dress? Now, I think I'd like to do something similar with my charms, to keep them together as a remembrance.

And what did I become by being in the exchange?

Closer to other talented friends, inspired by the results. Enriched by having lots of new lovely charms to create and admire in new works of creativity.

In a word - Blessed.


maryharding said...

Lynn, What a wonderful quotation. I certainly did become happier and feeling more fortunate from participating in this exchange. I found it to me a very moving experience. I feel close to all of you and better for it. Thanks so much for focusing on what we become and suggesting this exchange.

LLYYNN said...

Mary, your work is blossoming beautifully! And this necklace is inspiring, you did a great thing putting it all together. Did you stamp the little word tile at the bottom?

Gaea said...

This is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe all the pendants and beads are on there harmoniously! Awesome!

LLYYNN said...

I know, Gaea! It's so cunning and clever of Mary to pull everyone's beads together that way. Don't you just long to pull that chain of wonders over your head and pass them through your fingers all day?