I live a blended life. It’s assembled from many parts. We have a blended family–the kids, their bonus mom, and me, plus the rabbit who thinks she’s a dog. There’s our bonus extended family in Oregon and then my extended family in Florida and Pittsburgh, and the kids’ family in Japan. My kids have two homes, one in Illinois, one in Oregon, one all Japanese, one mostly American but with a big dash of Japanese thrown in. They have an lgbt family and a straight family, go to a Japanese immersion school in Oregon, and a Japanese school in Japan over the summer. But we love the 4th of July and go all out for parades and fireworks (realized I’m a bit of a pyro when i found myself crossing the Indiana state line to get illegal fireworks last summer)
All of these parts come together in my jewelry—the Japan part, the American part, the lgbt part, the 4th of July fireworks, the Oregon Coast…. The rabbit will be in there one of these days; just haven’t figured out how yet.
This week I made these: CottonCandy SpunSugar Washi and Copper Spirals. Using fine handmade Japanese washi in honor of county fairs and the joys of an American summer. Why not? The beauty is in the blending!