In meandering a beach in Mexico, I found some shells (worm casings, I'm told) that have become special to me - each time I find one I feel blessed. I decided to make a talisman for young man of whom I'm fond who is a Marine leaving for Afghanistan soon. In constructing it, I began empathizing with his mother. So the process morphed into two talismans - a small one for the Marine to carry and one for his mother. Hers is meant to hang in a window to catch her eye for sending off blessings to him. The creative process was filled with positive protective energy.
Lucky me... I've spent my life fulfilling my passions. I helped raise two children who are now wonderfully creative and talented adults, I worked as a teacher and school counselor for over 30 years and pursued painting, metal work and jewelry throughout it all.