Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stone Cabochon Series :: #3

Haystack Rock Cannon Beach, OR
For as long as I can remember there has been one place, that when I close my eyes it is what I see. I can instantly feel the cool mist on my face, the whipping wind twisting my hair and the roar of the surf. It is the one place that can bring me peace from the moment I crest the hill, and round the corner to head down the long drive to Cannon Beach. The rock will come in and out of view as I wind my way there. 

When I looked into the pattern of the stone that Melinda Orr gifted me, all I could see was the silhouette of haystack rock that dominates the view from Cannon Beach. I see a "moody" winter sky surrounding the rock. Just as I remember it being most days. 

My childhood was spent along this coast line at the various beaches in the area, but nothing captivated me as much as this mammoth rock jutting out of the surf. I always wanted to climb it, and I would shift around to a side, dig in and begin to climb a few foot-holds up. But my mother would notice and yell to "get DOWN off that rock!" Once upon a time I was 7 and would wait until I thought my mother wasn't looking so I could sneak in a little excitement, something I was definitely not supposed to do. Yes people climbed it, and yes it was wet, slippery and dangerous. But there was a time in my life where I just wanted to see the view from up top. 

I no longer have this piece as a friend bought this one from me 2 weeks ago. She tried on almost every one of my stone cab necklaces in this series, and nearly bought the one I showed last weekend. But in the end she took this one. I knew from the beginning that this was the one for her, but it took her most of the weekend before she knew it too. She also took the cuff I posted last weekend. When she told me she wanted it, I was a bit taken aback because she exclaimed "oh, this will be perfect for the wedding I'm going to!" Totally didn't see that coming. But once she told me it was a wedding on a beach and she had a cute cotton jacket it would match, it all made sense to me. Absolutely nothing makes me happier than to think of her wearing these pieces.

18 comments:

Christine Altmiller said...

I knew the necklace was a beauty right from the start, but I didn't know about the wonderful feel of the memories it brought back to you. Did you share that with the lucky new owner? What gorgeous place you frequented! And channeled as you made another GORGEOUS cab necklace...they all have an easy flow to them. Just lovely.

JoJo said...

Oh wow it DOES look like Haystack Rock. I was lucky enough to visit Cannon Beach and Seaside just once. Amazing place. And yes, STAY OFF THAT ROCK! lol

Jacquelineand.... said...

A beautiful piece, with lovely memories attached. =)

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

cannon Beach sounds FABULOUS! And, I see it in that gorgeous cab! Love the beaded bezel, and whatever fiber that is (ribbon?) for the back of the necklace works beautifully! I think what I love the best about this design is that there are TWO focals, blended as one....so dramatic!

Memories for Life said...

That stone is so cool! How fun for it and your cuff to have a special new home :)

Liz E said...

Sounds like you're not the only one that wants to climb that 235 foot lava rock. It is very memorable, I can understand why its a special place for you. I absolutely see the rock, water and sky of Cannon Beach reflected in that cab. The dangle of the second cab hanging below makes the more inert aspect of earth and rock into an alive thing, like the flowing of the tides. Your friend will treasure both pieces for years to come.

Duni said...

This is STUNNING!
I love the colour and the chunky chain :)

BeadedTail said...

What a beautiful piece! I can totally see how it reminded you of Cannon Beach! I'm glad such a special piece went to a friend of your's!

Bobbie said...

What a special gift to have a place in your life that you can revisit in your heart and mind just by closing your eyes. (Mine is in the mountains of Western NC) The cab looks just like your special rock, and it's obvious that you were moved to create something particularly lovely. How nice that it struck a resonant chord for your friend, too!

Miss Val's Creations said...

That rock is a beauty. I can understand the temptation in wanting to climb it! Beautiful work with the necklace. The ribbon detail is so pretty and must feel so comfortable on the back of the neck.

Claudia Aguilar said...

Cannon Beach sounds lovely, and yes the view from up top was a must! Your friend must be very happy wearing your piece :)

Amy S. said...

I loved this story about Cannon beach and your memories there. And isn't it just perfect when something you create is so perfectly suited for someone??? Beautiful work.

Caron Michelle said...

Clever idea! Beautifully beaded - love the whole design!

Natashalh said...

Beautiful piece and story! I really want to see Haystack rock so I can photograph it. =) I have family in Oregon, so maybe I actually will some day!

Linda Younkman said...

What an awesome piece and what a beautiful story. I love reading your words about as much as I love looking at your newest designs. What a talented individual you are Cynthia! Beautiful, beautiful work.

Therese's Treasures said...

Gorgeous necklace Cynthia. I am loving this series of necklaces. I love it when you can see a scene in a rock that reminds you of a place that you have been to. I could feel the beach with the cold mist of water hitting you while you stroll on the beach in the winter when I look at the stone, just awesome. Your friend is a lucky person to own such a beauty that you created.
Therese

pasqueflower said...

So glad your friend has this very special necklace. Cannon Beach sounds like a wonderful place.

kimmykats said...

I too have visited this rock...we were luck to play in the low tide to see all the aquatic life. Love the necklace...these beads are winning me over!!

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