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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Wise Woman Once Said...

...treat yo'self. 

Putting aside the trendiness of the phrase, there really is a lesson to be learned about knowing when to gift yourself a little something special. And I don't mean in a spoiled millennial consumer-happy "I deserve it" spending spree kind of way. You know, just a little something every now and then---maybe once a year, maybe more, maybe less. 

--- A "me-day" where you only do what you want to do, even if that means doing NOTHING. 

--- A nice bar of that fair-trade dark chocolate from Askinosie that you love. 

--- A new shift dress to show off those humble legs you've been working on shaping up.

It can be anything, and it doesn't have to have dollar signs attached to it. Sometimes the smallest, cheapest gifts can be the most meaningful.

For several years now, I've had a little box of stones that I have set aside for "me" pieces. Things that I knew I wanted to make for myself, given the time. Occasionally I'll come across a new cabochon that speaks to me and I'll gently place it in this little box. Promising that I'll get around to making myself something "some day". 

The other week I was noticing that this little box was close to overflowing---both with stones and with the best of intentions. Realizing it had been a while since I deliberately treated myself, I vowed to focus. 

These two sagenite spray agates were destined to be paired together in earrings. Mismatched but complementary, I love the movement of the spray in each. They remind me of tufts of black fox fur---primitive, animalistic, and in the dark neutral color palette that I've been loving lately. I set them both simply in sterling silver and hung them from hand-cast sterling silver studs so they can be worn as post earrings. 

When they were finished I squealed, thanked myself, and all was well in the world <3 

Happy Wednesday!
Nikki
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8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post Nikki and so true. One have to treat oneself once in a while. You have made such a gorgeous pair of earrings to treat yourself. I believe that is the most satisfying thing to treat yourself. Cabochons (or beads) which you have treasured for so long and create wonderful jewelry yourself with it.

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  2. Good for you! Enjoy wearing those beauties.

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  3. If you treat yourself gently you are likely to treat the world the same <3

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  4. What a beautiful pair of earrings. I love the hand cast studs/post, very organic and perfect to complement these gorgeous stones.

    I have stones that speak to me that I've set aside too, but I need to place them in a special keepsake box so that I can make little treats for myself once in awhile. They're scattered throughout my stash bins in my studio. You've inspired me to hunt them down and place them in a spot where I can reach in and make a little something to treat myself too :)

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  5. I really enjoyed this post!! Love the advise from the wise woman and those earrings are amazing!!

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  6. Absolutely! You need to do something nice for yourself. If you don't love yourself first, how can you expect it from outside? I think these earrings are great. I greatly admire your skills with stone setting and I am looking forward to learning that this summer at Bead & Button! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  7. Nikki, the earrings, of course, are perfection. The fact you took the time to make them for yourself makes me very happy. With your talent and skill, with all the time you spend creating for others, how wonderful to dedicate time to YOU. Wear them with Joy! Hugs.

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