I’m a big fan of power tools…I have been since taking my first cut on a jig saw as a little girl.
Saturdays were always a day in the wood shop with my dad. He had little projects for my brother, sister and me to work on and over the years he taught us how to use many of his tools (he has a lot…everything you would expect a carpenter such as him to have).
Despite my love for a good power tool, I really only had a power drill…until now that is.
This fall I was inspired by seashells…particularly the Lettered Olive’s my husband and I found in Florida on our honeymoon several years ago. According to Michelle Hanson in the Ocean Oracle, the lettered olive represents an ‘invitation to opportunity.’ I just love that idea as a central theme for this new collection..a collection to invite opportunity! Yes!
But adding such an item to my collections is a little tricky as shells typically don’t have little holes for slipping wire through and if there isn’t a hole, then I would need to make one…and that is not something I’ve done before. My dad (the master of power tools) and I have speculated many times about how I could drill through beach stones. “I think you could do it with a dremel tool and a diamond head bit.” He would say. So when this inspiration hit I knew this was an ‘invitation to opportunity’…it was time for me to make the purchase.
A quick trip to the hardware store and I got started. It worked like a charm and soon I had perfect little holes in my lettered olives. I was ready to take the next step in birthing this collection. While I’m saving the pictures of the finished pieces for the launch of this collection I need to say I’m thrilled with how they are turning out.
I LOVE that you’re working with shells, Lori! I’ve been contemplating some shell projects myself and hadn’t even thought abour using my dremel … GENIUS! Thank you for the inspiration! I’ll have to bring a few little beauties back from my beach in North Carolina and play with them.
Michelle Hanson is my most beloved shell teacher. I can’t wait for her next book to come out – it will address energy work with shells! (A couple of my shell experiences will be included in that book!)
Thank you Sandra! I’ve been wanting to incorporate them for a while and it’s time. The pieces have turned out beautifully and will be available soon. Have fun creating and make sure you pick up a diamond head bit too.
I remember you work with this oracle…Very exciting about her new book!