Shipwreck Beads where I purchased the components for J and a few beads for myself.
See I get lonely and listless which then if left unchecked will lead to depression. I'm not a drinker, an impulse shopper, or an impulse eater so I fidget when J is away. Maybe the fidgeting is helping me to lose weight as it is still coming off.
So with my spare time when I'm not cleaning or watering the lawn and garden I create. Sometimes its food creations which I would share with my neighbors. Most of my neighbors who were good friends are now gone. Now I have to turn my creativity to other pursuits. Back to beading, sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and so on. There isn't much I can't do and if I don't know how I'll learn.
I rather like this creation. The large Afghanistan stone caught my eye and I just have to have it. The stone has nice layers where over time it was compressed from the various sediment. Life has layers, some good some bad and it rather suits me and the Army life. I chose the Afghanistan stone because it was the only stone they had representing the Middle East that would meet my needs. Sure a ruby, emerald or even lapis lazuli could have worked too but this was the stone I chose.
The sea blue quartz is for the water that always has separated us each time he has gone.
The 12 taupe pearls represent the 12 moons he is normally gone. 12 months of tears. 12 months of trials. Pearls are worn to shun evil influences. They are also a symbol of purity and my love for him is pure.