As you might know from previous posts, once a year Jen is organizing a charm exchange. With a twist, everybody makes an extra charm, which Jen is auctioning, and the profit goes to Beads of Courage. Every year, to make the challenge more interesting, Jen chooses a theme and this year the theme was 'Soar'.
Of course I turned the word over and over: a feather, a bird, a wing... the word itself stamped... nothing felt good. Or interesting. Or right. So I put it aside and went on with my summer.
During our travels we stopped for a long while in Pennsylvania, where our campsite is by a small creek. A creek we swim at the end of the day, to relax the muscles in the cold water. And then, at the end of the day, when you try to relax not only muscles, but your brain too, when you simply absorb nature and you just 'are' for a few moments (before both the kid and the dog ask for attention, how do you dare to get away from them for 30 milliseconds?)... then I saw them and found my inspiration. Pennsylvania is a magic place for me: one with fireflies and stars (we are almost at the top of the Appalachians there). And now, after many years, the place is offering me something as special as the fireflies:
Dragonflies! I watched them for minutes in a row: their translucent, fairy-like wings, their hovering flight, precise, delicate, yet very strong, their humming. And it occurred to me: maybe they aren't exactly eagles, but keeping proportions they sure can soar!
Light bulb on. I only had to get back home to implement it. And that I did - after I managed to buy all the Vintaj metal from Buffalo's Hobby Lobby :) I used a technique I only used twice before: embossing the metal charms, then patina with Color Me + polishing, buffing, the whole 9 yards.
In the end, this is what I sent Jen:
I wonder where he
has gone today.
~ by Chiyo of Kaga
Dyed he is with the
Color of Autumnal days,
O red dragonfly.
~ by Bakusui
Distant mountains reflected
in his eyes.
~ by Issa
All sent with a dragonfly haiku (the most known - to the west - form of Japanese poetry). As delicate as the insect itself.
Wait... what's the big one, you ask? Oh... I decided instead of making an extra charm to make an extra something else. A bit bigger than a charm: a pendant. A dragonfly pendant :)
This is the story of my dragonflies. They came to visit me one calm afternoon on the bed of a creek close to Susquehanna. I invited them to Soar! for Jen's challenge and they quietly accepted the challenge. Then they revealed their beauty in unique forms - and hopefully they'll do a good job in raising good money for the kids who suffer.
I am not going to show you what I have received ~ you'll have to visit them and the entire group. Trust me, it's a visit for the soul, you won't regret taking the time!
Before you go visit - remember: there is an auction taking place right now, right on this ebay auction site. Every year there are some serious beauties there and just in time for Christmas too!
Thank you, Jen, for all the incredible work that's behind the group - and thank you all for sending such beautiful and special charms!
Our host: Jennifer Cameron
Alicia Marinache <- you are here
Andrea Glick <- One of the charms I received
Cassi Paslick <- One of the charms I received
Lennis Carrier <- One of the charms I received
Michelle McCarthy <- One of the charms I received
Moriah Betterly <- One of the charms I received
Nancy Smith <- One of the charms I received
Niky Sayers <- One of the charms I received
Susan Delaney <- One of the charms I received
Terri DelSignore <- One of the charms I received