Make Old New Again…Adapt Your Jewelry Wardrobe!

Are you bored of the same old jewelry in your drawer, but you don’t want to spend any money on something new? Then it’s time to make the old new again!

If you are like me, you have plenty of jewelry you’ve collected over the years and it all has some kind of sentimental value. Trinkets from boyfriends, talismans from traveling and gifts from family and friends all bring back great memories (hopefully…or get rid of it, but that’s another blog…). Because there’s an emotional attachment to each piece you’ve retained, it makes them hard to get rid of, but never the piece your reach for to wear in the present.

The key to making something fresh is always to 1. Step away from what you “know” it to be, and 2. Decide the form it will take in the present. Employing the Guiding Principles of De-Centering and the Decision Method aids in the process. De-centering from the known allows new solutions and uses to emerge by looking at the situation from an outside perspective. The Decision Method determines what to do with the form, by determining whether to Accept, Adapt, Alter or Avoid.

For example, I have this fabulous charm bracelet I collected charms for back in my high school and college years. Each charm represents some juicy experience that I remember each time I see the bracelet, and it holds a real market value because it’s made from 14kt gold charms. However, it’s 2017…I haven’t seen a charm bracelet on anyones arm for over 15 years. What’s a girl to do with this type of jewelry?

De-centering, I looked at the charm bracelet, felt it run through my hands, placed it up against my shirt and looked in the mirror as an observer. I liked seeing all the charms at the same time on “that girl” as a necklace. Decision Method wise I was sure I wanted to keep it as is, therefore I would Adapt it into a new incarnation. I laid it out on my design table alongside a graduated tourmaline necklace and Voila! I simply clasped them together to make a larger necklace and loved the look of the “new” piece of jewelry I created!

This is just one example of how to Adapt jewelry you already own into something fresh and wearable in the present. I’ll be talking about many more ways to use the Decision Method to evaluate items in your wardrobe in future blog posts, but I’d love to hear from you! Email me at jennifer@stoneangelstudios with questions about what to do with specific pieces or solutions you’ve used for specific items you want to repurpose.
Authentically yours,

Jennifer

 

Make old new again by Adapting two pieces to make a new one!

 

 

 

 
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Building Highland Rock – Building My Healthy Dream House

Sometimes, in order for clarity to occur, you have to hit rock bottom. When I found myself in a position where the only direction to look was up, it triggered a change in perspective on how I wanted to live my life. Chronic health issues in my body, feeling confined by my circumstances in my mind and not participating in the things my spirit wanted to be doing made me exhausted in about every way. Thankfully, the consequences of being an eternal optimist led me to determine just what I needed to do to make my mind body and spirit happy. After much soul searching, deliberation with my husband and family and, well, clarity….I headed to Colorado to find where I could build my dream “Healthy House”.

 

View of Colorado mountains - Building a Healthy Dream House - Larkspur, Colorado

The view from what will be my living room at Highland Rock – Building a Healthy Dream House in Larkspur, Colorado

Backing up a bit, in desperation, I told my husband I needed a lifestyle change that included a home that was cool, quiet and private with as little toxic chemicals and building product off-gassing as possible. I needed to find a homestead in a climate that offered air and space and cooler summers than our Dallas home offered, so I booked an exploratory trip to Colorado. When I left my husband at the airport, he reminded me how much he liked the golf course at Perry Park Country Club. With that directive, I drove around the area in Perry Park first thing and found several places that were intriguing, leading me to the realtor that showed me the listing that was so fabulous I thought I was in an alternate reality.

 

Standing upon the top of one of the most beautiful vistas I’ve ever seen, I contemplated living my life from the perspective from which I was looking. Wide open, stunningly beautiful, protected and yet completely unlimited seemed like a fabulous place to base my new, healthy lifestyle and home. I could imagine coffee on the patio in the mornings, making art all day and then enjoying a glass of wine while watching the sunset in the evenings. The life I wanted was right there in front of me in my imagination, all I had to do was make it reality.

 

Within 2 days I placed an offer on the land that was accepted, and I met the trio for whom I felt instant trust and respect: Father-son architects Kent and Trevor Border and homebuilder, Dave Osborne.  On-site we immediately started plans for my healthy retreat in the woods. Back home the activity that followed our land purchase could only be described as amusing. My husband and children hadn’t seen the land in person and after looking at many pictures agreed that “the property” was beautiful, but it really needed a name. We bandied about names that we liked both seriously and comedically (think Casterly Rock and Mustang Point) and landed upon one that made total sense. We live in Highland Park, TX and we our children have grown up, attended high school and we’ve all made such great friends here that we wanted to connect the two homes we would live in. It was a unanimous vote to name our rocky, rugged landscape in Colorado…….. Highland Rock.

 

 

 

 

 
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