and her son, Colton...
OK, actually this is not her OR her son, Colton. My dear friend, Melanie, came forward a few weeks ago and ordered something special to be made. Melanie was the first person I met upon moving to NV, and has remained one of my best friends for the past 17 years. Her son (one of four children, but I'm sure he is her favorite. Actually, Melanie mailed Valentines cards to each of her children this year and told them each that very thing, and not to tell the others...did I mention she is also one of my funniest friends, EVER), Colton plays football for Carroll College (NAIA National Champions for 2010), in Montana. Mel needed a "booster" necklace to see her through the season. Having seen one of my other necklaces made with an antique children's wooden block, she asked if I happened to have an "8" (his jersey number) in my possession...I did (though it took some searching).
The beautiful, blown glass heart necklace on the left was received, this past Valentine's Day, from another cherished friend, Susan Silva. Susan was my daughter's incredible art teacher throughout high school, and always told me she couldn't wait 'til my Jaci's graduation, so we could start hanging out (I believe it was the drinking she was looking forward to)...I guess it's the teacher version of the "I don't date my patients" clause. Susan is a joy - unfortunately, time was pretty limited between that graduation and her husband accepting a new job in VA, where I know her new students love her as much as we do!
The two Celtic looking beaded pieces are new, and were a small diversion from serious thoughts this week, in the evenings - just something I picked up from another friend, The Boss Colleen. Hope your week has been wonderful, spent among family AND friends. Mine isn't over yet, with a few more friends involved tomorrow. Melanie, I hope your team wins BIG!