The Monkey's Paw, a Necklace by Deryn Mentock (detail)
Well, when I got a large package in the mail with a return address belonging to my wonderful friend, Deryn Mentock, I was baffeled. It was clearly a package. It was clearly to me. And it was clearly from Deryn. I wasn't expecting anything from Deryn. "That little booger," I said to Jer, "she better not have sent me a Christmas gift." I didn't send her one, you know.
As I opened the box -- I noticed a little note that indicated it was from my SECRET SANTA!! What? Deryn was my secret santa? And I was at the same time, seeing . . . a GIFT!
A precious Christmas-mug-of-a-gift! Hot chocolate for two in a large Christmas mug. It ran through my mind that I had mistakenly thought this gift exchange was supposed to be jewelry but I had embarrased myself by making a necklace for my giftee instead of giving a Christmas gift. Luckily, at that instant, I saw the tissue paper concealing the exchange gift. That relieved me of my embarassment but why couldn't I have been thoughtful enough to send along a little extra merriment with my gift? oh well.
Now I couldn't wait to see what Deryn had for me... I ripped open the tissue and was shocked to find what fell out.
OH, my, oh she shouldn't have! I know and love this necklace. I had most recently drooled over it at the bead and jewelry show where I assisted Deryn in her booth of lovlies. I was spellbound and humbled by this generous gift of love from her. It took a few minutes for the reality to sink in that it would now be MINE!
For one thing, I love found objects especially metal ones and MOST especially vertebrae bone ones. LOL.
And oh, Deryn knows how I love skulls and other things excitingly dark. (Speaking of dark, I apologize for the dark pictures I took by the light of a table lamp tonight. I knew if I waited for daylight in the morning, I'd get sidetracked by something and not get this story posted. So I opted for poorly lit photos. The colors in the photos I borrowed from Deryn are the true ones.)
I'm sure that those of you who read my blog (thank you -- you know who you are) are also readers of Deryn's blog. And surely you do know that Deryn makes every wire element of her jewelry by hand -- like the monkey's paw itself, for example.
Photo by Deryn
All that weaving and wiring of the little hand with it's drawn beads, etc. was done by Deryn as her example of a Mary Hettingsperger project. All the twists and turns of every wirewrapped bead and other elementsare expertly crafted by Deryn. I'm in total awe of her talent. This necklace shows it off well. Thank you my sweet and dear friend for this treasure. I will wear it with much pride.
Just let me say again to Molly Alexander, the swap hostess, that I thank you so very much for inviting me to participate with all the jewelry greats in this super swap. It helped boost my Christmas from fantastic to blessed and fantastic!
I think I'll go have some Candy Cane Fudge Hot Chocolate now -- it's 40 degrees outside. Br-r-r.