I grew up in Arkansas and went back home for a week to visit my mother and her husband. I had two of these gorgeous cabs that a friend gifted me earlier this year and thought it would be fun to make matching necklaces for myself and mom.
Mom is a master gardener, so I stamped hers with a floral design, and mine is stamped with some stamps I purchased from some artists from the Navajo nation. I’ve always liked Southwest jewelry and I love using my handmade stamps.
This trip back home was a lot of fun in that I was able to work with my mother creatively…she painted her home with a neutral paint palette, and we shopped for items that were feminine, strong and saturated in color to balance out all the wood and hard edges her furniture has in her living room. I enjoyed helping her figure out what to get to soften the edges of her home, and that authentically expressed who she is, too…
We drove to Jefferson, Texas for the weekend and found some great glass flowers along with some white wicker furniture for her screened-in porch. My mother is not creatively confident, and I began coaching her to verbalize what she liked and what she didn’t like as we moved down the road of antique shops and home decor boutiques in Jefferson as well as Little Rock and Conway.
I think it helped her to hear herself verbally acknowledge what she felt was beautiful or not…what she could live with or not. I then started showing her in a formulaic way what works when arranging items or deciding on colors as we shopped. She had never really thought about design principles before and when she had her epiphany about how to put things together, it was a joy for me to watch.
I also cut her hair off…and love how this pixie looks on her. Really, the entire trip was more of a focus on her and what she needed to learn and explore about expressing herself in personal way, as well as in an environmental way by decorating her home.