Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Heart Full of Memories

Once upon a time, when my mom was young, she was given a beautiful pendant as a gift. It was a clear Lucite heart with tiny rose embedded in it. She loved this pendant, and it stayed with her through her life. Mom cherished this pendant and the story behind it. (I won't relate the story here, as I don't want to mess up the details.) She had planned to give it to her first granddaughter.

My mom likes to walk, she takes walks every day, and she loved to wear her pendant. One day she had trouble with the clasp and the pendant fell off during her walk. She had lost this cherished possession. When she called to tell me, she was so very sad. Weeks went by, but she never found it.

Now I believe that our love for our things is tied to the memories they stir. While the memory is within us, it is perfectly understandable that we sometimes want a physical reminder. It tells us where we come from, attaches us to our past and helps us carry our history into the future. So when I thought about what I might give mom for Mothers' Day, I thought about her lost heart. I decided to give her back her memory. I tried to find something similar, but I couldn't. So instead, I watched a few videos online, bought some supplies, and set to work to create this resin heart...


It isn't exactly the same as the lost pendant, but I hope it will help keep the memory alive. And maybe add a few new ones. Marina added the chain with a very secure clasp.

It's the first time I've ever made a resin pendant. Isn't it amazing what you can learn to do on your own?

7 comments:

~*~The Family~*~ said...

It looks excellent, you may have found a new talent. Your mother is sure to love it!

ComfyDenim said...

It's lovely!! ESPECIALLY coupled with the thought behind the gift.

Good Job!!!

Paula Vince said...

What a beautiful, meaningful Mother's Day gift. Stories like that which happened to your mother are sad but you had the right idea in creating a new heirloom.

Angel R said...

She hasn't seen your blog yet, but I think she'll love it. She's quite relaxed, almost like a cat with a refreshingly new flea collar. Just a joke!
It's really her new priced posession.
Love, Dad

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Cristina, it is beautiful, and how beautiful a daughter you are to make this for your mum. :-)
Hugs
Jenny
xx

Inner Elder said...

The beautiful pendant you made for me has an even more special meaning and legacy than the 60 year old one that I lost. When I wear it - and I am wearing it now- I think of all the love that went into it. It reminds me of you, my beloved daughter, and makes me feel so grateful that the love we gave you has flourished and will continue through the generations. I felt humbled to receive your gift which I will treasure forever. I will post the story of the lost locket on my blog - but not today! Love you so much, Mom

Maryellen said...

How creative of you to research and come up with the new heirloom. It's a lovely story. I'm glad you posted about this treasured memory.

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