Making A Memory

My daughter and I made a necklace the other day…

She’s all grown up now and currently lives in Europe, but last week she popped in for a surprise visit.

She and I have always shared a love of sparkly baubles, and I’ve designed several pieces of jewelry for her over the years. But after breakfast on Thursday morning, while we were perusing my collection of vintage beads, she decided that she would like to make a little something herself.

During that afternoon, we giggled as we spilled bags of beads all over the kitchen table in a myriad of glittering piles.

“A loooong necklace”, she declared, while experimenting with various colors, shapes, and sizes.

I should mention that this girl of mine was born a fashion maven, and although she hasn’t had much opportunity to make jewelry in the past, on this day it was immediately apparent that she was about to create something gorgeous!!!

Her Dad would have to dine later than usual that evening. At dusk, the table was still blanketed in beads! He said he didn’t mind though, as he shot us a tolerant smile.

When all was said and done, the necklace was breathtaking – a unique treasure, much like the young woman who created it!

Later, I realized that the thrill of viewing the finished piece and the fun we had during the process was only part of the experience.

In the end, the most important thing that my daughter and I made that day was a memory . . .



Making A Memory — 27 Comments

  1. Hi Mom — The new jewels survived the trip safe and sound. Thanks again for the expert guidance! Love, Susan

  2. That is so sweet – and a lovely piece of jewelry to remember the time spent together!
    My 9 year old niece is also quite the fashionista who likes to give me ideas on what I should make. She even plans to “design” a few outfits for the doll I am making for her.

  3. That’s a gorgeous necklace! It’s always nice to have an activity to share (in my case it’s with my parents rather than with my kids).

  4. WOW. I love that you spend time with her to make jewelry together. Brings a whole new perspective to bonding! Commendable work!

  5. My daughter and I craft together also. She’s only 16 and I don’t look forward to the day when she leaves my home. 🙁
    Glad to see that you two are still able to get together once in awhile to craft together.

  6. Wow, I love moments like those. My daughter is a senior in high school and looking forward to going off to college and I try to find as many moments like that in our daily lives as I can for the long times ahead when they are few and far between.

    carolyn s.

  7. This is such a touching post. To read about a mum and her daughter getting on so well. Your daughter is beautiful and she made such a lovely necklace that will always remind her of the two of you together.

  8. That is so beautiful, you two should be proud. Totally sweet that your daughter and you can be creative together. My mom wanted me to be crafty when i was little and now years later she’s too busy. I will keep trying though:)

  9. my mom bought a necklace very similar to that many years ago and when i saw the pic, it reminded me of her necklace! it is gorgeous.

  10. I love making jewelry with my daughter, but your necklaces are just much nicer than the stuff we’re making (my daughter’s only two).

  11. Memories, like creations, are always more precious when shared. I’m glad you and your daughter had such a great time!

  12. I love this necklace! I hope you don’t mind but I downloaded a copy to show MY daughter, as I know she will love it and be inspired by it, too! 🙂

  13. I love this post. Wonderful memory for you, but especially wonderful for your daughter! She is lucky to have it.

  14. Aw, the beauty of sharing time and talent with your child… my daughter’s favourite thing to do with me is make jewelry – sadly, I suck at it, and she inherited my lack of talent, but we have fun and that’s all that matters!

  15. What a fun endeavor for a mom and her daughter!
    Love the jewelry that she made. Vintage jewelry is
    my favorite!
    Thanks, Cindi

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