Saturday, August 13, 2011

Summer " Time "

Time for a Summer design challenge !
This is just a  little hop , skip and  jump !
The idea was to select a photo that represented what you love about Summer and create a design based on that theme.
Sounds simple enough ...right?
But, I Love Everything about Summer and I have about a zillion photos to pick from!!!
Sorting through them all, I realized they had one common theme....  Quality Time !
Somehow in Summer we give ourselves permission to slow down  and live life at an easier pace.
What are all the picnics ,barbeques and vacations really about ?
I think they are about spending quality time with family and friends.
The photo I picked is of  my granddaughter Caroline and her friend Sophie at the beach .
They seemed lost in thoughtful conversation.

To create my necklace I gathered up some things to represent  the passage of time .
I  selected a hour glass , a "snail's pace shell" and a "take time to smell the roses "bead .
Then I added shells and sea glass my daughter and I gathered walking on the beach .
We love to walk the beach searching for little treasures.
But, the real treasure is the time we spend together .
I picked one of my amazing custom Bottle cap beads from Glass Garden Beads
Drinking the Bahamian brand beers to collect the caps, is the one and only bead project my husband has ever taken the time to help me with ! lol !!!
I added a wonderful little escutcheon .It has palm trees on it !
How perfect is that !!!
To me it is a symbol of  a  Secret Garden...
the hidden mystery and beauty of life, only noticed if we take time to search for it.
So many of our hours are spent rushing here and there,
hurrying to finish this and accomplish that .
My children are grown with busy lives of their own .
Some weeks a quick text or a short e-mail are our only communications.
During the Winter ,our holiday get togethers don't seem as relaxed as shared Summer gatherings.
Maybe the heat of Summer causes us to take things at a slower pace .
Maybe just the concept of "on vacation' gives us permission to change gears.
For me, the beach clears my mind of the everyday to do list .
When I am  beside the ocean ,conversions seem to flow like the tides. A very special time of  give and take .
I treasure those moments of  sharing  hopes and dreams , thoughts and feelings.
I am grateful to see that my granddaughter is learning to experience those precious  moments .
Demands of modern day  life seem to call for a hurried pace . 
For me Summer is about  slowing  down .
Summer is the season we can take time to enjoy  life's simple pleasures.
Summer is the season to  "stop and smell the roses "
this week
stop a moment 
slow down
spent a bit of  quality time with someone special
Bead Happy.


  1. Beautiful necklace and I enjoyed reading the meaning of what summer means to you and how your necklace reflects your meaning.

  2. How Gorgeous! I love the colors and ribbon & your amazing flowers ;)

  3. Your necklace is gorgeous. I love how you gave it such an airy feel and the meaning behind your selections is so touching.

  4. I am jeolous. I am not at the point in my life when I can slow down and enjoy summer. Maybe if I wear your beautiful necklace, I will capture a bit of this spirit and your beautiful words. Actually, the only time I am slowing down is when I am beading. But my life allows so little time for that. I will return to your blog often to go to that summery place.

  5. What beautiful jewelry and sweet sentiments.

    You're right that modern life sometimes just rushes by too quickly. I think you've created a piece that precisely captures the moments in mementos of the heart. Each piece selected with love and bound with memories and personal history. What a lovely, eclectic piece you've created! Thank you for sharing it and your thoughts with us!