When I read GardenMama's blog post announcing an artful stone swap, I believe my response was, "I'm In! I'm In!" She asked us to specify what medium we would be using with our stone and, of course, I said silver. At the time I had no idea what, exactly, I would be doing or how I would be doing it, but the thought of shiny silver wire on rough, muted stone had me giddy (as only a "metals" nerd like myself could be).
I started with stones we had collected over the summer. Some came from rocky beaches along Boston Harbor, others from the south coast of Cape Cod.
Because this swap was in memory of a friend of GardenMama's, she asked the participants to include a positive word on each stone. I knew for certain I would be using the word try on some of the stones. Angela at Peach Coglo, had recently written about the word try, and it really struck me. It's so simple and obvious—a challenge or a nudge. Encouragement or belief. A tiny reminder to give it a go.
The words feel, live, and enjoy decorated the other stones.
I sent my five stones on their way to my swap partners and waited for mine in return. For the next few days, getting the mail was an exciting endeavor. (It was!) I'll show you the treasures I received in return soon.