Friday, February 24, 2017

Working toward zen

I've been working toward a more relaxed state of mind.  Focus on the positive, consider my blessings, embrace optimism.  It's definitely a journey and some days are better than others for me, but if I get off track I just try to refocus and start again.

I started taking yoga classes and find myself generally more aware of my breathing and my posture.  It's been a big change for me to try to slow down and be more mindful, but I like it.  Working at the jewelry bench also helps me with relaxation - the world just melts away when I get that time to create.

Last weekend I picked up an old request to make an ohm necklace.  When I was going through my notes for that pendant, I came across some tree of life images I had pulled together several months ago and then set aside. I decided to do both symbols by sawing out the designs and layering metals to allow for raised and recessed areas.

Sawing metal can be almost mesermizing for me.  Before I knew it, I had been at the workbench for several hours. I ended up with three pendants I'm really happy with.  One went to my sister (who is also my yoga teacher) for an early birthday gift and the other two have been listed in my Etsy shop.

Etsy listing for this necklace

Etsy listing for this necklace