Saturday, April 30, 2011

For a Student...

My name, "Deborah," means "bee."

So how cool is it that a former very talented student of mine has an Etsy shop, upon which she is selling (among other fabulous handmade art) a honeycomb pendant with smiling bee charm?

Here's her shop.

Here's the necklace:

(Note: I have not been compensated in any way.  I bought this necklace because it is adorable.)

If you're into Etsy, check out her store!  She was an amazingly talented student when I had her, and her talent has obviously grown.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In Which Sven Teaches Us What NOT to Say

I was standing in front of the mirror repeating my daily mantra of self-loathing, as I do each morning.

"I will never be thin," I fretted, twisting and turning in front of the mirror.

"What do you expect?" asked Sven.  "You're middle-aged."

You may not know this about me, but when I get really worked up, I jump.  I leaped in the air and pounded Sven on any part of his anatomy that I could reach.

I was furious.  "Middle aged?" I shrieked.  "Do I look like a middle aged woman to you?"

"What's the big deal?" he asked.  "You're the one who said it."

"You weren't supposed to say that," I said, and I stopped.  Of course he wasn't supposed to say that.  What I wanted him to say was, "Deb, you are even more beautiful now than you were on the day I first saw you.  I am so grateful every day that you chose to spend your life with me.  I cannot imagine what I would be without you."

Ha.  Like he would ever, ever say that.  He might think it.  Might.  But say it?  Never.

So I did the classic passive-aggressive stereotypical woman dance of words, in which I attempt to force him to say what I hope he's feeling.

What I love the most about Sven is that he makes me see things very clearly.  If I really thought of myself as dumpy and middle-aged, would I have been that mad?  No.  Sad?  Possibly.  But I wasn't sad at all.  I was hilariously furious.

I'm so lucky to have me.

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Ring

I went to an event at our local jeweler's last weekend: Balloon Pop.  Each year they sell tickets, and you get to pop a balloon for every ticket you buy.  Each balloon holds a loose gemstone.  If you want it set, they will do it for the charge of the setting alone (free labor).

We did six balloons and received a garnet that is just weird (kind of like a long flat chip), a 1 carat blue topaz, a 1 carat lemon citrine, a 1 carat peridot, a 1 carat amethyst, and a 4 carat laser-cut pear-shaped citrine.

Guess which one I had set?