I work for a company that is nice enough to give us MLK day off. I look forward to it every year. It's a nice little mid-January break.... you know, after being back at work for a few weeks after the holidays and you're kinda down because winter sucks and all that jazz. My husband has never had it off, so it truly is a day to myself. Not that I don't love him dearly, but everyone needs time to themselves. To refer to an episode of Sex and the City, you need time for your SSB (secret single behavior). Carrie liked to come home and eat saltine crackers with grape jelly on them while looking at Vogue without anyone bitchin' at her. I can totally relate! And I know that many of my other artist friends can too. I've been reading many a blog with this same theme, or talking to my fellow creators.
These moments to myself are even rarer now that I am a Mom. But they are so, so important! After the crazy, busy holidays and knowing that I was going into our busiest time at work (year end close on top of upgrading our entire company's main computer program) I looked forward to this day for weeks! What was I going to do? I had to plan it carefully so that I would get as much out of it as possible. It ended up being a wonderful mix of relaxing and creating. I watched the movie "I Don't Know How She Does It" because I knew Jon wouldn't want to see it. It was cute - I just love Sarah Jessica Parker - and the theme certainly fit my new life! The creating part was not only jewelry, but a few little home decor projects (which I will show soon) and some preparation for a baby shower that is being thrown for a friend this coming Sunday.
The jewelry I made is shown below, and will be listed soon in my Etsy shop. As always, it's a mix of doing all of the things I love: some metalwork and some basic curating of elements that I feel go together. And, at the end of the day, I couldn't wait to see Richard. I was refreshed and renewed. His smile, his laugh, his little arms reaching for me...... it's everything I had hoped for and more. Thank you Dr. King..... freedom comes in many forms!