Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Strength to Force the Moment

Friday I had the privilege of being visited by Linda and Sandy of EuroTrash. They were dropping off some fabulous jewels for Jewelry Affaire and also left with me the most fabulous press kit I have ever seen! It was encrusted with jewels and crystals and all the wording was on vintage piano paper. As promised, here are pictures of the cuff I bought from them at Glitterfest, which I mentioned here. Every time I wear this cuff (which is a LOT) I look down and fall in love all over again, that's when you know you've made a smart purchase : ) Today I am wearing it layered with a vintage cuff, vintage ring, and my one-shouldered Elizabeth and James Cubist Dress.

Today I read a great quote while proofreading this magazine. Artist Wendy Brightbill wrote "The road to passion and creativity is often paved with crisis." This instantly reminded me of T.S. Eliot's words on having "the strength to force the moment to its crisis."

There's a lot on my mind right now, and while I wouldn't say I am in the middle of a crisis, I would agree, that sometimes a crisis can be a good thing - they give us the opportunity to flex our muscle, get stronger, and really "force the moment" to make and gain something good out of something bad. A cuff always kind of reminds me of Wonder Woman's cuffs and I love how one shoulder dresses are a great chance to show off upper arm muscle. These words, this outfit, and this jewelry brought to mind Linda and Sandy's experience starting their own jewelry line. They started EuroTrash because they wanted to design beautiful things, and even though they knew there was risk involved, they wanted to do it anyway; they wanted to seize and force the moment in order to create something dazzling. Not only have they made some amazing jewelry (which you will see published in April) but they have definitely inspired me as well. What woman doesn't want a piece that inspires and makes her feel strong?

Whether you make jewelry, write, edit, art journal, or just enjoy beautiful things, I hope in times of crisis you are able to force the moment of greatness out of your work or out of your life.


  1. Dear Beth, that's a quotation to treasure.I've just pushed through a little "crisis" myself and have learned much as well as paved the way for a smoother future.
    Well done, well written!
    Love, Colette

  2. I love this! It is absolutely true that crisis does cause one to rethink, regroup and become stronger. You know the old adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Pure truth.Wonder Woman was my childhood fave! The cuffs that were able to fight off bullets and alas the lasso of truth!
    XO~You are a great writer!

  3. Perfect Quotes. "The road to passion and creativity is often paved with crisis." "the strength to force the moment to its crisis." And SO apropos to the year my family and I have had. Thank you Beth,
    Love you!