Originally posted on Lisa Walker England:
Sometimes, it’s refreshing to break outside your own sphere of creativity and step into someone else’s. This week, I’m excited to enter the world of Heather Surma, the talented jewelry artist behind The Jeweled Heron.
“I have been making jewelry in one form or another since I was eight years old,” explains Heather from her home in Wisconsin. “My grandmother encouraged me by purchasing all the beads Jo-Ann Fabrics had when they were going out of business down by where I lived. I still remember her sweeping them into the cart armfulls at a time. My eyes must have been huge!”
To this day, Heather feels the weight of that investment, and the pride and faith her grandmother demonstrated through it.
“I have always wanted to repay that kindness by making beautiful things.”
It’s not surprising, either, that Heather come from a family of creators. Her mother painted ceramics and her grandfather painted canvas, while…
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- Diamond Tila Bracelet in Black and White (yeah, hard to photograph a black and white bracelet...who knew?)
- Twinix Bracelet in Blues and Bronze
- Super Simple Bracelet in Turquoise
- Kyra Bracelet in Bronze and Blues
- Pick out the design and send me an email with the design you want and the colors you would like it in. If it needs to match an outfit send me a picture of the outfit so I can match the colors as best as I can. (If this is a One-of-a-Kind Order I will work with you to create a sketch that I will work from to create your piece.)
- Once we have decided what the piece will look like, I will send you an invoice. To start the creation I will need a 50% deposit up front. This fee is non-refundable. Once the deposit is received I will begin the creation of your very own piece! This step typically takes a week.
- Once the piece is finished, I will photograph it and send it to you for approval. Once approved, the rest of the balance will be due.
- Once I have received the final balance I will ship the piece to you. All our shipping is done through USPS and includes insurance. The picture of your bracelet will be added to the pattern page on the gallery so folks can see examples of what has been done!
Life is too short to do maybe’s, or I wishes. I am going to be 35 years old this year, and while I fully expect to live at least another 35, I don’t want to waste another moment on anything that isn’t going to get me where I want to be in life.
Beads have always been a source of sanity for me. Way back when I was an 8 year old kiddo I started using beads as therapy. To help focus my thoughts, and to make me feel like there is beauty in a world that didn’t seem all that beautiful.
I still do that today.
Beads are a prayer. A prayer that despite all the negativity and all the horrors that exist in this world, that someone will look at this tiny piece of glass or rock and see something beautiful. Something worthy. That they will understand that not everything has to be dark and scary. Beads are a reminder that even though it might seem like life is focused on blood and bombs and pain, it also has joy, and light, and laughter.
At least. They are for me. Perhaps they can be a reminder for you too.
If all I accomplish in my life is creating reminders that life is full of goodness and joy in a time when it’s hard to see it as such, then I will not feel as if the short time I spent here on this planet was a waste.
So say I.