As you may have noticed if you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, nature is a huge inspiration for me. I have just started keeping a nature journal and I go out into nature anytime I get the chance. (Which of late has been daily! Yay!)
Recently I visited the Mill Creek Falls with my husband. The falls were easy to get to once we find the trail, but it did take a couple trips because we had incorrect directions.
I love waterfalls. I find them relaxing, inspiring and just simply beautiful. Before getting to the falls I was grouchy and annoyed. As soon as we found the right trail and I were on the path to the falls I was relaxed, calm and happy again.
I often talk about being inspired by nature and picking colors or shapes or just the general feeling of inspiration and recharge you get from nature. But in this circumstance I picked up some souvenirs (rocks) to actually use in jewelry.
I have a rock collection and we often will pick up a rock or two from a river or place we visit. In this case the rocks all had this metallic quality to them. Also, I love rocks that have been smoothed by water.
This is one of the rocks we found. It isn’t smooth, but when I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a pendant.
We also gathered up a few more.
Even as I was picking them out I was envisioning a bracelet with these rocks all wrapped in brass or copper and picked them out for that specific purpose.
Here’s the jewelry I made from those rocks:
I used brass wire to wrap the rocks and used brass findings to put it all together.
I love the look, but I also love that the rocks came from such a beautiful place where I have such wonderful memories.
How does nature inspire you?
Here’s 30 seconds of the Mill Creek Falls if you need a moment of relaxation:
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