My goal in creating the necklace for the pendant was to use some of the beads I already had. Here’s what I came up with:
It had been my intention to keep this one for myself, but I took it with me to visit my stepdaughter. When I took it out to show it to her, I found myself putting it around her neck. 🤷🏼♀️ I hadn’t taken any photos of the pendant with its beaded chain, so I had to take a quick one. The best light was in the bathroom. LOL!
Thanks so much, Cat! That I could make another was my conclusion as well. My eldest stepdaughter and I are the best of friends now, but that wasn’t always the case. She was so sad and unhappy when Dan & I got married. She and her dad are the best of buddies, and she was afraid that my presence would change that. It took time, but when she found out that nothing had changed, she came around. Yesterday, I heard her refer to me as her step-mom for the first time (instead of “my dad’s wife”). I don’t cry about anything as a rule, but I’d be lying if I denied tearing up a bit.
Absolutely gorgeous and such a sweet story. I can understand where you are coming from because I have four children and was so afraid my kids would not accept my new hubby when we married. There were a few rough spots but now they all love him and it really is wonderful that they all do <3 Glad you are making inroads there. Time is a great healer.
Michelle, that is one beautiful necklace - something to be really proud of. Lovely that you gave it to your step daughter. Sometimes we think we are making things for ourselves only to be find that they were really meant for someone else. It sounds like you have a special bond with her and perhaps the necklace will symbolize that bond. Every time you see her wear it, you'll be reminded of the relationship the two of you have built.
Thanks so much, Dawn! Oddly, I’ve never seen her wear any jewelry, but we aren’t usually doing dressed up things when we are together. Like this weekend, she was packing for a cross country move - Phoenix to Charlotte NC. But she showed me her necklace trees, and added this necklace in with the others. I also spied the shark tooth necklace I’d given her awhile back in with her others. This made me happy! 😄
It's too bad she's moving so far away, but that will give you a reason to visit Charlotte! I've heard that it's a very nice city. I love that you got a glimpse of her necklace trees and saw your necklaces mixed among the others.
Dawn, you’re right about my stepdaughter, Emily, moving so far away being a bit of a bummer. She joined her boyfriend in Phoenix just at the start of the pandemic from the Bay Area. I was excited for her to be so much closer, but when we finally got the opportunity to visit, it was in preparing for another move! Grrr! But it’s an exciting opportunity for them. Her boyfriend has been a video editor for sports, and got laid off when all the sports died with the pandemic. He is now a producer for NASCAR in Charlotte. And Emily works from home, so the move doesn’t affect her work.
Fortunately, with Dan being a retired pilot for American, we can fly on standby for free. It can be a pain in the butt to fly standby, but we can get there without too much cost. I’ve never been to Charlotte, so I’m thinking of it as an opportunity