Monday, May 10, 2010

inspiration monday


inspiration comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. and when i received this box from my brother jeff, a master craftsman jeweler and artist, i realized that inspiration and happiness definitely come in the form of a little yellow box with a champagne colored bow tied around it......



because when i opened it, this is what was smiling back at me.....
a "vaguely familiar" heart-in-hand pendant that he created using the lost wax casting method and sterling silver. jeff has included fun details all over this little goodie, and i just love the contrast of texture with the etched silver and that delicious glossy red heart!



and it's just as spectacular on the back, too!
jeff carried the theme one step further and carved the word "love" into the silver....but, it doesn't stop there.....



to make it even more personal,
he carved the word "elvie" into the bail as it wraps around the leather cord! is he a genius, or what?!!

there's no doubt about it......this is just-plain-over-the-top-fabulous! wearing this little pendant makes me feel SO happy, SO inspired, SO me......and SO truly blessed to have a brother who would use his multi-talents, and the extremely small amount of spare time that he has, to create something that would bring me SO much pure and absolute joy!!
thank you so much, jaffro.....my heart is swollen-the-size-of-texas!!
xox


43 comments:

Ludid said...

it makes it even more special to wear something that a family member has made especially for you. it's beautiful.

CelticWoman said...

a gift of love from one heart to another, crafted with hands that have hugged and a mind of shared memories is a treasure imprinted on the soul, not many receive these, how blessed you are! Enjoy. Hugs

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh my goodness that is awesome. What a wonderfully talented brother you have. Artistic creativity must run in the family. So wonderful. Enjoy.

nacherluver said...

Fabulous necklace and an amazing brother! Lucky you :)

Martha Lever said...

Oh Lori, how special, wonderful, fabulous and incredible is this?! I can't wait to see it on you. What a sweet sweet brother--and a talented one too!!

PrairiePeasant said...

So you come from a very talented and creative family! It's in your genes and you can't deny it. What an awesome gift!

Dolores said...

What a beautiful gift from a super wonderful brother. You are blessed, Lori.

jojo said...

FABULOUS! What a great brother and lucky sister!

Sara said...

Wow. Simply beautiful and thoughtful and amazing. What a special and sweet (and talented!) brother you have! :)

Diva Kreszl said...

this is just precious! apparently that creative gene runs strong in your family :)

Gina Lee Kim said...

Happy belated Mother's day, Lori. Talent indeed runs strong in your family. What a cool bro!

rachel awes said...

that is the best gift ever!
love in every detail (& amazing
talent!). thanks for sharing!
it's a profound celebration
gift of YOU!!/wow. x

Jenn said...

WOW, what an amazing and thoughtful gift! Such a talented family :)

Janie Husband said...

amazing work...truly talented..lucky you

Eden said...

Wow!! There's two of you in your family!!! Creatives that is!! This is so neat! Now we gotta see a picture of you wearing it!!

Mary said...

Lori I am squealing!!!!
This is fantastic!
What an amazing, perfect, loving gift from his heart to yours!!!

Createology said...

Such a special and wonderful gift from such a loving brother. You must be over the moon with pride.

Martina Voigt-Schmid said...

Wow, you're lucky! A gift so unique and so perfect. Your bro is such a sweetheart, if i wasn't married already i'd ask for his adress ;)

Patty S said...

wow that is beautiful and so very very NEAT!!!!!
you are lucky to have such a talented brother!
hugs, patty :-)

Crystal said...

OMG Lori!
I gasped out loud when I saw this special, SPECIAL, gift!

I believe, to the depths of my soul, that a gift made by the hands of the giver is the most precious gift of all.

When that gift incorporates as MANY personal details and thoughtful touches as this heart-meltingly beautiful piece, it's more than precious - it's a *rare* treasure.

Your brother's kind heart has touched my own, today.

Hugs to both of you!
Crystal :-)

Lancerika said...

Wow!
you are the luckiest
girl
in the whole world to receive
such a beauty♥

K said...

This is so beautiful that it makes my heart flutter! He makes silver items for living?

chrissy said...

lori lori lori
i am soooooo darn happy that you got a wonderful heart in hand, full of love, just for Y.O.U. piece of heaven from your brother to wear around your neck and make you happy happy!
i have 3 brothers and the only they ever gave me was a dead trout to clean on a fishin trip!
(BUT, i LOVE them dearly anyway!)
hope your mothers day was a celebration all the way to the moon and back for wonderful you!
huge necklace loving hugs.
xo
c

Pat said...

The necklace and all the wonderful embellishments is simply awesome!! What a wonderful and talented brother you have. Wow, it runs in the family!

Pat said...

Wow!! That's perfect. My heart is happy for you!!!

Jane Farr said...

Your post really warmed my heart. Such attention to thoughtful detail makes me wonder about the tree from which the Lori and Jeff apples fell. :-)

PaperPumpkin said...

Oh, lori! Wow! Are you smiling and holding it as you wear it, and staring at it in the mirror, all at the same time??!!!♥♥♥ I LOVE it but can't even imagine how you must feel...oh wow. Lots of love!

A Dancing Mango said...

How blessed you are to have your brothers heart put into a gift for you!
It is amazing.. absolutely amazing.. thank you for sharing it.

I am so happy I am home!
It was way too hot down there for me..! lol
Hugs, Darlene xo

Jeff said...

Thank you for the kind words. It warms my heart to know that you love your gift!

Ellie said...

How amazing and kind! It is a One of a kind, just like you! What a
truly beautiful and gracious gift!
You have a wonderful, caring brother!

Shirley said...

You can tell the love that is sharing between brother and sister with the necklace that he made for you. It is something that you will cherish all of your life. Have a wonderful week.

Sophia said...

That is SO awesome! As I was reading it I was like....ohhhh....I want to run to her shop and purchase one....poo poo!!! :) LOL

You have a super brother. I don't suppose he would adopt me, as I could really use a brother (let alone family)! =)

Claire M said...

What a super special, priceless gift!! You have a very sensitive, attentive, and amazingly talented brother!! It is so cool that is is tuned in to your creative efforts and to you. His love for you shines through!!! Enjoy this special gift!

Beedeebabee said...

Did Jeff pull your pigtails when you were little? Did he throw mud pies at you when you were playing dolls on the back patio? Did he ever make funny noises from the other room when you were having a sleep ever with your girl friends? (you know what funny noises I'm talking about!)...Well Sweetie Pie, I GUESS ALL IS FORGIVIN!!! THIS GIFT IS SOOOOOO WAAAAY AMAZING!!! So much thought and love went into this BEAUTIFUL piece of "couldn't be more perfect art!" Gosh, I so love it! Brother Jeff ROCKS!!! xoxo Paulette ;)

Veronica said...

Awww he knows you so well. I suspect if you were a master jeweler you would have designed it exactly the same. What a nice gift.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

OH MY that is the best! The bail on it sets it over the top for me! What a wonderful gift to receive...I would be busting.

Lauren Maurer said...

OH MY! That is so darling and so thoughtful!!

Lisa Holtzman said...

Awwww, your brother, that is the SWEETEST gift! He's quite talented and how special this piece is for you!!

Kelly Warren said...

wow! lori, that is absolutely fabulous! what a talented family. :-)

Debbie said...

This is so wonderful! What a great brother you have. You are Both so talented!

aimee said...

awesome! your elvie hand cast in metal - it's beautiful! i'd love to know how you decided on the name elvie - it's darling!

Julie said...

TOTALLY FANTASTIC!

Shalini said...

this is splendid... what an adorably thoughtful present... u r truly blessed to have a such a loving brother...

Hugs
Shalini
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