Although my travels in the Pacific Northwest have come to an end, I still have the greenery and gardens full of blossoming flowers in the back of mind. While looking through the shelves of silk and fibers at the Silk Weaving Studio in Granville Island, I was lucky to stumble upon a basket of warp ends amongst the collection of spools for weaving and knitting. Some may think of this as a basket to toss away, but all I can see is opportunity. Thinking back to the basics of friendship bracelets, I decided I could do the same with a small handful of these beautiful silk ends. When I returned home, I noticed I still had a few seashells left to wire wrap, lone beads leftover from other jewelry projects, and metal findings ready for a home. Piecing all of these elements together, I knew exactly where to begin my latest projects:
Returning to a new favorite jewelry-making procedure, I pull out a few small shells from San Diego and Mexico and I’m taken back to my experiences among the waves with my family in “Life’s a Beach.” I can still remember my hat flying back and being pulled into the ocean as I stumbled to my feet. I can still recall my dad running after my hat as I worried the next set of crashing waves would swallow him. Memories of the flowers cascading along the hillsides of Carlsbad from “A Canvas of Flowers” flood back to my memory as I wrap a small shell and remember my walk along Carlsbad State Beach.
Braiding a purple set of warp ends, I’m amused to think of the frustration I had with my strands of hair I had dyed purple that faded within the first couple of weeks in San Diego. Continuing to braid the rest of my silk threads, the peaches, yellows, and greens remind me of the Rose Garden from “Strolling Through Stanley Park,” with branches hanging over the pathways. I’m excited to use extra beads from a set of Kwanzaa-inspired jewelry I made in “Creativity for Kuumba” and metal findings I had stored away from high school.
A set of brown and black beads I recently purchased from Victoria Bead Town Design brings me back to my time in “Out and About in Victoria,” slowly soaking in the parks, gardens, and history of Victoria, British Columbia. I recall the store owner who told me of the small towns around the island, especially Tofino. Her accounts of the forests and mystic scenery immediately had my mind on future travel destinations. At the time I didn’t have a car or camping supplies with me, so I knew it wasn’t a current option. Could it be a future opportunity? Absolutely.
Finished with my purchase of lime green, pink, and brown beads, I left Victoria Bead Town Design with one thought in mind. I began to realize that although cities have great opportunities and activities, perhaps there was something the wild and unknown holds that can’t be explained unless experienced in person. Until I can see the lush forests and cold beaches of Vancouver Island for myself, I’ll be beading, wiring, knotting, and dreaming of future possibilities.
What makes you think of future travel adventures? What have you found that could have been thrown out to make into a great accessory?