January 07, 2018I caught myself wishing, for just a moment that I owned a bigger selection of warm & cozy turtleneck sweaters. Which led me to that dilemma...
November 14, 2017"Saying goodbye always makes my throat hurt"- Charlie Brown
Only someone who has experienced a connection to the soul of a dog, knows the pain of letting go. As I prepared myself and my boys for the heartbreak that was to come, we talked about ways to keep Jack close to our hearts. Heather had a unique and beautiful idea and so she created our "Jack charms". With great sensitivity and compassion, Heather walked beside us through the process; from making a mould of our boy's nose to choosing a design to creating the most beautiful and important piece of jewelry I own. Although they were made for my boys, I often steal one to wear on those days that I need a little extra "protection". Thank you Heather, for not only creating beautiful jewelry but also for being a part of our story....
October 05, 2017
A few years back, I had an interesting email come to my inbox. The man was requesting fingerprint jewellery of his children, a young daughter and his infant son that was stillborn, whose foot was captured skillfully in a plaster cast made at the hospital at birth. When he arrived at the studio with this precious memory, he was beside himself that his wife would find the keepsake was missing before he returned it. TALK ABOUT PRESSURE!!!! So many things could have gone wrong and it was a bit touch and go as the mould putty I used took its sweet time to set up on the plaster. What if the putty stuck? What if the putty pulled bits off the plaster when I pulled it off? THE KEEPSAKE WOULD BE RUINED!! Well, after waiting far longer than usual for the mould to be made and waiting patiently on pins and needles for the result, the mould turned out just fine. The jewellery came out great and at the time I thought that was going to be the end of this story.
A few months later, I received an email from this man's wife. Kim's request was for help learning how she could make fingerprint jewellery. She had a vision for helping other women who had gone through similar experiences losing a child. After some conversation back and forth about jewellery making we decided that her strengths lay in connecting with people, perhaps more than in making jewellery, so she would become a Sway Silver Design Representative. I'll let Kim speak for herself:
"My life was greatly touched by a gift I was given by my husband the Christmas of 2011. We had a gorgeous 2.5 year old daughter, Georgia, at the time and our son had been stillborn June 6, 2011. The necklace he gave me, with the two single print pendants on it, is something that simply took my breath away. It captured the adorable print of my wonderful little girl and gave my aching heart something of Cole's to hold in my hand. Being able to wear Georgia's thumbprint, and the print of Cole's toes was such a comfort, and it is a wonderful source of pride for me. I began researching the creation of these items and was so intrigued by their uniqueness and the fact that as a parent they were so special to me. I was determined to find a way to help others capture their children and family this way and it became my mission to help other grieving parents. I wanted them to have a way to include their lost children in the creation of the perfect individual piece for themselves.
It was when I gave birth to my third child, my beautiful "Rainbow Baby" Contessa that Heather of Sway Silver and I met for the first time. Tessa was about 6 months old and I wanted her impression included on my necklace. Heather did my baby's thumbprint impression for me but did so much more. She took me under her wing, she told me about her business and asked if I would be part of it, as a Design Representative. I would help people capture their fingerprint impressions and design their personalized pieces then Heather would create the jewellery. I can remember driving home that day in tears thinking about how I had come full circle and the dream of giving back to other parents of stillborns was going to be a reality."
Honestly, hiring a Design Rep. wasn't something I thought I was ready for as a small artsy business but my gut said this was going to be worth it! I am thankful that Kim had the dream and big heart to help others and I have never regretted having Kim join my team. She continues to have a wholehearted grand vision for what Sway Silver can do to help those in need of comfort due to loss.
Kim lives in Innerkip, Ontario.
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January 03, 2017
Happy New Year! 2016 brought us some beautiful moments and broke our hearts. Here are my 3 reasons to love 2017:
Peace, Love and Hope.
Peace, it seems big and unachievable. In this house we are aware of all the terrible conflicts that are happening world wide. I don't shelter my kids from the reality that just is. I don't bog them down with details but we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly and when it all seems too sad, scary and negative to bear we remind each other that peace starts here. We encourage our kids to talk out their conflicts with each other and their friends. We look for different ways to solve problems and we praise patience, forgiveness and acceptance. In 2017 as always, peace starts in our home and it moves out into the world.
Love is shown with hugs and kisses but love is shown in smiles, soup and snow blowing too. We happen to have wonderful neighbours who we have taken the time to get to know. I say this because in this day and age it's pretty easy to stay disengaged from the people that surround us. We could easily drive into our own garages and drive away without ever seeing or speaking to our neighbours. We have had to be intentional as well as open to getting know them. In turn we have a group of special, reliable friends that enrich our lives with good fun and a helping hand when we need it. We eat together as neighbours on occasion and in turn deliver meals to folks we know aren't in good health. Our driveway is often plowed of snow before we get up in the morning - now that's practical love! It's love that didn't have to happen. We could have let this opportunity pass but I am so thankful we didn't.
Hope, is what keeps us looking forward instead of drowning in what is happening right now. Hope can be found in the everyday things. For example, I hope that 2017 is the year that my 12 year old takes pride in keeping his room clean! In my opinion, our own goals and attitudes have a role to play here - like supporting my son in taking action and responsibility. Or a bigger example is mapping out a plan to achieve a new goal and taking steps to toward it. Hope is thinking bigger than reality, looking into the future and envisioning things are different and perhaps better. It may require some creative imagining but big things can happen when we hope.
So as we begin anew this year, I wish you and yours more peace, love and hope than you can imagine in 2017!
All the Best!