Mercy, it is still HOT!! The AC is running continually, no doubt in an attempt to surpass last month’s power bill, which was the most expensive month ever. Staying indoors has at least given me a chance to catch up on some overdue cleaning. No one could ever consider me a minimalist…to quote Karen von Blixen-Finecke from Out of Africa, “I like my things.” I create piles of things, small displays and still lifes…just because I enjoy the opportunity to use my things. Problem is, these piles accumulate all over the house. Even though the piles are tidy, after a while I decide to clear the decks and put it all away. Then start a new cycle of piles. Having been inspired by a photo in Coastal Living magazine, I recently began to use some coral pieces as a resting stop for my most frequently worn jewelry.
I remember the history of each piece in my jewelry collection. Whether it’s a costume trinket or something more substantial and expensive, I know where and when it came to me. These are pieces I love to wear in the summer. Several were gifts from Bluwatermom over the years, some I bought for myself on a trip or vacation, and others are from Bluwaterguy or friends on various occasions.
When I wear one of these pieces, it also gives me a nice memory of the person, the occasion or the location and the moment. I especially love bracelets. Necklaces and earrings are really only seen by others, except when you are looking in a mirror. Bracelets are for me. I can rearrange them on my wrist during a meeting or whenever, and get a brief smile of remembering.
I had a nice lunch this week with some ladies who have come together because we all love jewelry. Such a lovely group! We laughed that when our cars have rusted out and our clothes are long gone to Goodwill, we will still be wearing and enjoying our jewelry. Before I put these piles away and start anew, I thought to take a couple of photos just for fun.
After a couple of days clearing the deck of tearsheet piles, tablescapes and dresser displays, the house is good for the rest of the summer. There is another quote from Karen von Blixen that I like…”The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” I would add that a little silver jewelry and the nice memory that goes with it can also help with that cure. I will start a new silver pile tomorrow!
Bejeweled and bedazzled…Bluwatergal