18 June 2009

hint of sound


'when you are describing A shape, a sound, or tint; Don't state the matter plainly. But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things With a sort of mental squint''

-lewis carroll

a comment in one of my blog posts got me to thinking... mellisa from chinook jewelry designs mentioned about my 'who will you find in the sea' bracelet that 'it looks like it might make a subtle little jingle when worn'... and she was right... i am a very visual person... in fact, if you asked me to name my favorite sounds they would be wind, rain, wind chimes, birdsong and waves... i think i tune out a lot(a skill i refined because of all of the background noise that comes along with kids)... but that comment set me to wondering - i try to be a mindful person, but i was missing things... i love when a suggestion can make you more contemplative, taking you deeper into awareness... a friend once told me that i jingle, and i had forgotten that...

so i am enjoying making non-traditional type charm bracelets... finding ways to try to keep it simple while integrating more... keeping to a feeling or idea... like a collage of beads, unified... and speaking of collages, there is a website to help you create word collages... beth at hint, my daughter has created a number of word clouds on wordle.net and is hooked! it is now making the rounds of familiy and friends... thanks for sharing that creative link!

this bracelet is a harmonious combination of a number of ideas, colors, and symbols... it takes the spiritual gesture of namaste - 'i honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, i honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. when you are in that place in you, and i am in that place in me, we are One.' - and attempts to make it a wearable representation...

symbols of the aum(or om), spiral, goddess, leaf & buddha are combined with colors representing the four elements... hung from an earthy vintaj brass double chain - 2 being the number of balance and harmony...

it will have just a hint of sound to keep you aware - better than snapping a rubber band on your wrist, yes?


  1. I love this one as well MJ! Very beautiful and Zen! yum!

  2. I love this bracelet, such nice texture and movement. I'm so glad that something I said could have sparked you to think about your designs in a different way!

  3. thanks lorelei and marie... and mellisa, that comment did spark thought and action... thanks! i love hearing other's ideas...

  4. really digging this bracelet. All the elements give it so much texture and depth. Glad your daughter loved the word cloud :) It reminded me of pick up sticks. Absence of sound is one of the essential ingredients in my life, so I'm loving pondering it in regards to jewelry!

  5. thanks beth... the 'keep it simple girl' is having fun with these! i have been thinking about sound and the absence of it too - perhaps it also has to do with being at peace deep within yourself... and then some sound is ok? i think about the chant that the tibetan monks do - i was lucky enough to see the dalai lama - and that was very soothing...

  6. I know I've told you this many times, but I simply love your blog - and you! This is a beautiful post about your beautiful bracelet! I so enjoyed reading this today. Peace to you my friend.

  7. thank you so much rocki... i feel the same way... this was the boost i needed today - you're the best! fondly - mj

  8. Oh my dear sweet MJ - you are more than welcome! Funny, but your post was the boost I needed today as it's been a rough week. ♥ Rocki

  9. 'A friend once told me that I jingle'
    brought a smile to my face. What a lovely thing to have said about you!

  10. i liked it too sarah! had never thought about it before...


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