ContentmentI’ve had a rather quiet few days where I have just felt drawn to appreciate the contentment in my life.

The evening before yesterday, I shot some great photos of a wonderful sunset here in North Cyprus, and as I watched the setting sun and the clouds ghosting overhead, with a lovely cool breeze wafting through our apartment, I thought how lucky we are to live on such a beautiful planet. To be a bit more prosaic, I also thought how marvellous it was that the cool change has come in, I am SO appreciative of the drop in temperatures!

Yesterday, I spent a very relaxed day on the sofa in our front room fiddling with jewellery-making.  I used to make jewellery and still have some findings and my case of tools,  but gave the jewellery-making away because it got too painful for my hands with the fibromyalgia. Nevertheless, I occasionally do repairs on my jewellery which is why I’ve kept my various tools.

Anyway, the very talented Irene Skov Hansen ( had created for me a gorgeous anklet of chrysocolla beads with a lovely little seahorse at the centre. It arrived on Friday and I put it on my ankle, then decided it was really too beautiful to hide away on my foot. So I got a length of chain which I attached to each end of the anklet and voila! a bright new necklace.

Then the chain which was hanging down at the end of the anklet/now necklace with a blue bead on it inspired me to incorporate some charms gifted to me by my artist friend, Deborah Milton. I added a small elephant; an Om symbol; a “live” charm; angel’s wings; a clear blue round bead; a sea-green heart; and a charm with a goddess image and the words: “Nile River Goddess: Strength, Triumph, Success, 3000BC”.

And since chrysocolla is my favourite stone and, for me, the stone of Aphrodite, I decided to revisit another chrysocolla pendant I bought when I first moved to North Cyprus. The stones are lovely but it never hung properly around my neck so I never wore it.  I took the beads off the leather chain, made earrings out of two of the beads, and a pendant out of the biggest stone.  I had long wondered how to  use these beads as the hole through them was quite fine, so I threaded a round-headed pin through each one, formed another round on the other side from the straight pin part, then attached chain and an earring hook.  I did the same for the pendant – threaded a round-headed pin through, formed another loop the other side, then attached a longish chain so I can just put it on over my head.

All the while I was doing this, my lovely Zoe was asleep on the sofa beside me, her head partly on my lap. I stroked her from time to time or just rested my hand on her body when I needed to have a break from the jewellery-fiddling business, and reflected how glad I felt just to rest, do something creative and have a loving dog sitting beside me.

I think it’s great sometimes to remember and appreciate the simple things in life. You don’t have to be on the go all the time. There’s nothing wrong with sitting quietly, appreciating the clouds, the sun, the rain, the blue skies, the wind, the love of your partner and, if you have a fur friend, the unconditional love of an animal.

And here below is a photo of  the aforesaid chrysocolla necklace, some photos of my jewellery-making tools and more photos of my chrysocolla earrings and pendant.

Chrysocolla necklace 1
Chryscocolla necklace with charms (and the seahorse charm at the top which started me off adding more charms!)



chrysocolla earrings
Chrysocolla earrings
Chrysocolla pendant
Chryscocolla pendant



Jewellery tools
Tool kit
Jewellery findings
Jewellery findings


12 thoughts on “Contentment

    1. I’m really thrilled with the way you created the anklet, Irene, it’s really, really speaks to me and for some reason, the little seahorse is like a talisman for me here on an island surrounded by the Mediterranean. xxx


  1. I love what you did with the anklet! The shape of the earring stones is really unusual – I like it better than a plain teardrop shape, I think. Chrysocolla is one of my favorite stones – I have a small globe of it that has some gorgeous patterns.


    1. Thanks, Ann. The necklace I made the earrings and pendant from were shaped around each other, hence the tear-drop shape of the smaller stones. But they were threaded on black leather and just didn’t hang right. And like you – chrysocolla is one of my favourite stones too.


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