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Flowers and Faith

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Amythst bezeled earrings. Recently I watched an interview with Jon Voight. He told of a day when he was struggling, with his marriage, his career, his children, and he found himself literally on the floor saying "its so difficult." Then he heard a voice say, "It's supposed to be difficult." He calls that voice God and it changed his understanding of life. I've heard that voice as well, with a similar message. I call it the universe. Since then there are constant reminders of the message and of the presence. It's not unusual for small presents to be given to remind me of that conversation. But I am a frail human and have trouble with faith, not in the religious sense, but in myself and what is possible. What I can accomplish. But it's up to me to do the work, and that was part of the message I received that day. Yesterday I struggled. Today I had to go out to mail the bills - early, as it's 104° today! It's so difficult. But the universe left these 3 roses on my path, wrapped in a plastic florist cone, with a ribbon and bow. Imagine that. Just there to cheer me up, offer beauty, and remind me.


Amythst teardrop cabochons. Amythst teardrop beads. Delica beads. 15/0 seed beads, bronze. Tiny rhinestone spacers. Amythst 15/0 seed beads, matte amythst. Ear wires. Beading thread.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    These are gorgeous! What color are the beads down the sides of the amethyst cabs.

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    They are called cactus.

  3. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Love the earrings K, and the roses are such a beautiful red. We all lament at times. Find beauty where you see it. Find love when you feel it. Find peace in your heart. Find joy in the things you love. Trust the Lord for the rest!

  4. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    These are so pretty! I must say, reading your post, that’s honestly why I chose the name Beauty Sought for my jewelry… Beauty is everywhere we just have to find it.

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    I really like your screen name Kristin. To be clear to everyone. I am not particularly struggling with anything in my life. But I flew a little too close to the darkness and it swamped me for a day. I have a correction. It’s not 104°. It’s 106°. Ugh. And when I say the flowers were in my path, I don’t mean I saw them in a florists window and had to have them. I mean they were literally on the sidewalk in front of me, in their package, for no apparent reason. Actually, this kind of thing happens all the time. It’s mysterious as heck.

  6. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wow. KR. Such beautiful bezels. The teardrops look so elegant with the cabs and spacers.
    Maybe the roses are a good omen.

  7. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Beautiful earrings K Ralston. I have found that it’s little miracles that happen to us…if our eyes and hearts are open…that is God revealing Himself to us. Life can be full of joy and beauty…if only we would be open to it.

  8. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Thanks guys. I’m just getting up as I was up so late due to the heat. Ms Soup is pouncing on me. She’s ready for the day already, LOL. Sweetjane, little miracles are everywhere indeed. Beady, I need to practice more of this type of bezeling because I like what you can do with it. This one turned out the best but does have a couple of flaws. For some reason as I go along I have 2, not 1, step ups per round. Then I have to go back and insert something to cover that up. Why? Lol. You guys are the best.

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    K, I have never seen that type of sides on a bezel before. I assume those are the Delicas–they create what looks like a pearl encasement. Absolutely stunning work. Having belief in ourselves and what we can accomplish can be hard sometimes, especially when we’re a bit downhearted. Thinking about moving and packing itself can fill our minds with so many unknown possibilities. But I have come to know thru all your posts that you are more resilient and stronger than you think. The roses are to remind you of that.

  10. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Thanks Crystal. Yes they are delicas on the sides. If you want to see this done watch some of Bronze Pony’s videos. She does quite a few of them. It’s peyote stitch which frankly makes me crazy when it’s circular like this. I really am just fine but nothing will get done until this heat let’s up. Noodle Soup and I are imprisoned in the back room where I can keep the temperature reasonable. We’ll get things done when we can.

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    K, you hang in there. If you’ve mentioned, I’ve forgotten where you live. I know & remember the sweltering heat of 110+ and it isn’t pretty at all. I did make the escape & am so happy that I did. It was like being a prisoner in your own home. I have viewed some of Bronze Pony’s videos & have several bookmarked to view. I will look for that one too. I’m hoping to buy some bulk seed beads from somewhere as I just don’t have enough for some of my projects, both with stringing and my new endeavor of stitching. Will have to ‘save’ a bit first. I have a bracelet almost done now, but can’t figure out how to put the clasp on. Been watching videos, but with the stitch I used…not many options available. I’ll get it figured out soon, but for now, I set it aside to clear my head. I’ve got about 10 projects waiting to be finished–any the pile is growing! I’m glad Miss Noodle is there keeping you company as you go thru your things. You’re in my thoughts often.

  12. kye
    kye says:

    Your earrings are beautiful. That bezel looks tricky but is so wonderful. I’ve always been hesitant to try that technique. So cool you just found those roses. What a way to brighten your day.

  13. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Hey Crystal. I’m in Sacramento. I didn’t see your last comment until this morning. It’s not too hard to put on the clasp. I’ll find a couple of good videos that demonstrate it and get back to you. Yes, the adventures of Kathleen and Noodle Soup continue. It’s been keeping me awake. My neighbor and I worked for 3 and a half hours on a 104° day trying to get the front yard presentable and I have been trying to clean, patch, and repair everything in this old house before the appraisal. Now I am sunburned and have swollen hands and knuckles. But I change my mind about this thing every other day. It’s really only the current state of the world that makes me hesitate to leave. What changed my mind about moving was meeting with yet another predator. They are everywhere. They are not really interested in buying your house. They are looking for some old person who isn’t too smart and is in financial trouble who they can swindle. I’m not at risk. I know what they are doing, but it wears me out dealing with people like this. Once upon a time such people would be looked down on by society. Today it’s just a business model to steal from the vulnerable and the elderly. Sad world. Well, even I don’t know what I am ultimately going to do. I might be insane, LOL. Guess we’ll see.

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