(Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Long story short – I lost my job when my position was eliminated in June 2011. I am very fortunate my family has property (since 1936!) in Nags Head and was able to spend some time there. One of my favorite things to watch is when the dolphins come close to shore to play.
That day, they were swimming just beyond the breakers, diving and leaping – I could almost see their grins. Very soothing to a broken heart (I really, really, really loved my job).
As always, I was also looking for flotsam and jetsam I could use in my jewelry and found this broken oyster shell. I picked it up and then tossed it back down, thinking it was just a piece of shell. It fell in the exact position depicted in the picture – a dolphin.
I took it as an omen (though, for what I’m not sure – I still don’t have a full-time job!). I brought it home, carefully drilled a hole in it with my trusty Dremel for the cord and, to keep the color, sprayed one coat of Krylon gloss glaze. I didn’t even make the eye!
Bonus – I’ve already sold it! I didn’t want to but it’s a woman I know and she’ll give it a good home!
elfstones by liz