Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Super Christmas Present Surprises REVEALED

I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you.  Do you know how hard it is to keep my mouth closed in lieu of ruining a Christmas surprise?  Honestly, in this day an age of everything being online and digital... I couldn't post a picture of this anywhere for fear somebody from the recipient's family might per chance see it, and mention something about it that would then spoil a huge surprise.

So now that Christmas is over, I can finally share this with you. 

This piece was made as a custom order.  A 77 year old man knows how much his wife loves Designs by Dawn Marie jewelry.  So while she was at an appointment, he made a phone call.  He wanted something that his wife would just adore.  His wife has a very tender loving heart for all things related to animals.  Especially supporting those charities that help protect the animals.  One of her most beloved charities is in support of Grey Wolves.

My instructions from this distinguished gentleman were create whatever you want so that it represents his wife.  That's it... blank slate and away my creative heart did dream.  I started 2 different necklaces and then had my "ah ha" artisan moment!  From there, all the pieces came together in beautiful fashion.  The pendant whipped up to perfection.

But what to do about the necklace... I was tossing around a couple of ideas.  I just couldn't decide, so I asked my dear friend Kristen for her opinion.  I wanted something that would compliment the pendant, but not overpower it.  If I could pull the grey from the coloring of the wolf, it would really "set" the photo perfectly.  So I was contemplating some sort of a woven chain like a russian spiral, or a wire-wrapped link chain style necklace... but neither were really doing it for me.
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Along comes Ms. Perfectly Pearl... who loves all things pearls.  She says to me, "Why don't you do pearls?"  OMG, grill me a hotdog and cover it in bacon!!!  Yes, pearls... and I have the PERFECT silver pearls to compliment the grey wolf!

I'm so happy I reached out for an opinion.  It just shows that a second set of eyes, especially eyes that have an artistic flair are really, really helpful.  And that my friends is how we as artists all help each other!

So I ask you, have you been able to help someone have an "Ah ha!" moment like my dear friend Kristen helped me?  My goal in 2012 is to extend my hand and reach more people in a service manner.  Spread love and joy!



Bobbie said...

It is absolutely STUNNING! I can only imagine how thrilled the lady was to open this gift -- and that husband scored some major points for outstanding shopping. You created a real treasure for her.

Red W said...

OH Dawn, this is beautiful!! Absolutely amazing!! Wow, you are sooo talented! :O)

Beadwright said...

It was worth the wait. I think this is your academy award piece.

Regina said...

WoW! That is one gorgeous necklace! I can only imagine the look on the wife's face when she saw what he had got her. Just wonderful.

Shirley said...

My husband needs your phone number, cause I need something that gorgeous around my neck! Holy Moly, that is just beautiful! And yes, Kristen is a jewel to go to for all sorts of wonderful advice!!!

TesoriTrovati said...

Incredible, Miss Dawn. What a sweet story to go with it too! I am always helping others like that. (Sometimes unsolicited ;-) I love it when people collaborate on ideas. Sometimes you are so close to your work that you can't quite see the forest for the trees. I quite like pearls myself and would have suggested the same. Enjoy the day!

senior papercrafter said...

I am so jealous of your talent. I don't think I've seen any jewelry of this caliber. Just awesome. Wish I could afford one of your creations to be able to say I own one and could enjoy so much wearing one. Love your creations also as they're different than anything you'd find anywhere. Brava Dawn Marie

NEDbeads said...

That is one seriously gorgeous necklace - incredible work, Dawn!!

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Thank you all so very much. This piece felt special even before I had the "grand master plan" about what I was going to do. Just the reason for creating it touched my heart. I'm so glad you all see the magic in this piece. It truly was inspired!

Have a very happy 2012!

Beth Caudill said...

What a great piece. Too bad you can't duplicate it. I'd love to own it. ;)

What a great end/start to a year.

Shaiha said...

Wow! You have outdone yourself with this piece. I hope that you plan to send in a pic for the reader's gallery in some magazines.

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