If you’ve checked out my bench these day’s you’d be a bit surprised about what you see. My trusty Dremel, hammer, and pliers have been replaced with diapers, burp clothes, and well, a little baby.
Just six short months ago, I gave birth to my smiling, giggly baby Danny (or D3 as many of our nearest and dearest refer to him). He arrived, a bit unexpectedly, 5 weeks early and spent just over 2 weeks in the NICU. It was a difficult time but, thanks to the amazing doctors and nurses, the little guy made it through and gets bigger and stronger every day. To say life has changed would be an understatement.
Having a kiddo around the house means I have to be much more careful and conscious about my jewelry making. I can no longer leave my “works in progress” or my “experiments” on the kitchen table (which doubles as my bench thanks to small space city living). Metal shavings and silver pieces must be promptly contained. Hammering can only happen between naps (who knew newborns slept so much) and even then mostly has to be done outdoors so as not to harm those tiny eardrums with the piercing “ting, ting, ting” sound.
Now that we’re starting to settle into a routine I can now focus on infusing the things I love back into my life on a regular basis – this includes finding time for my jewels! In the upcoming months stay tuned for designs from this fresh perspective. I can’t wait to see how this new reality will inspire and influence my work.
Who knows, soon enough this little one might be sharing in the creation process himself! I do need an apprentice ☺
Thanks for introducing us to little Danny, Trace, he's a real cutie and we love his wonderful giggly smile! We also look forward to seeing how your new "apprentice" influences (and indeed assists in) your future designs!