Angels Guard Thee – inspiration for handcrafted jewelry

This Angels Guard Thee pebble bead by Green Girl Studios made me curious. A Google search for the phrase “Angels Guard Thee” lead to this inspiring music that moved me to tears.

What beauty unfolds in the imagination from this melody and verse!! I hope this inspires you to design and create a meaningful piece of handcrafted jewelry.

I am not sure what caused Green Girl Studios to create this little bead, but I am thankful that it lead me to experience this moving music.

This lullaby (berceuse) comes from the 1888 Opera “Jocelyn” by Benjamin Goddard and is sung by Kenneth McKellar.

Angels Guard Thee

Beneath the quivering leaves, where shelter comes at last,
All sadness sinks to rest, or glides into the past.
Her sweet eyes prismed now in their soft silken bowers,
Oh my love, calm she sleeps beneath the trembling stars.

Awake not yet from thy repose,
A fair dream spirit hovers near thee,
Weaving a web of gold and rose,
Through dreamland’s happy isles to bear thee.
Sleep, love, it is not yet the dawn,
Angels guard thee, sweet love, till morn.

Far from the noisy throng, by song birds lulled to rest,
Where rock the branches high by breezes soft caressed;
Softly the days go on, by sorrow all unharmed,
Thus may life be to thee a sweet existence charmed.

Awake not yet from thy repose,
A fair dream spirit hovers near thee,
Weaving a web of gold and rose,
Through dreamland’s happy isles to bear thee.
Sleep, love, it is not yet the dawn,
Angels guard thee, sweet love, till morn.

Why I Create

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Why I Create – because there are just so many cool beads!

A recent Etsy contest about “Why I Create” lead me to make this cool graphic, and it is the simple answer to why I am involved in the bead and jewelry making craft.

Knowing full well that my chances of winning were slim, I didn’t want this image to go to waste so decided to add it here on the blog, with a few words about the act of creating, and how it evolves.

Dictionary definition of create

cre·ate verb

  1. : to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist
  2. : to cause (a particular situation) to exist
  3. : to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination

My definition

Imagination: There are so many ways that this evolves, sometimes it is by seeing something visually that is appealing or stimulating, and sometimes images just appear in my mind. Many times I create just to get those images out of my head. Other times I believe that ingenuity plays a big part:

“I can imagine anything but what really cool stuff can I make with what I have???”

Plan & Organize: Recently I had to make a large amount of the same item and it took some planning to make sure I had enough of everything so that I wasn’t scrambling at the last-minute to find what I needed. I did the math and ordered more than I needed, then kept it all together until my start day so that I wasn’t running around the office muttering:

“Oh my God where did I put those beads?? I know they are around here somewhere!”

Produce: Actually do it. So many people get stuck here. I know a lot of people who imagine and dream of things, but they just never take that next step of actually doing it. It is kind of like a car that won’t quite start, and believe me I have days like that as well, but to keep that from happening too often I make a schedule and put it on the calendar.

The basic definition of “create” is to produce so when you think of it like that we ALL create something every single day, which leads me right back to the beginning question of “Why do I create?”:

“The answer is the same, because there are just so many cool beads!!

What and why do you create?