Robin Bond of Lone Bird Designs

 

 

 

 

   
   

...well, itís me, Robin Bond.

In the fall of 2003, my 22 year marriage ended.  My (then) husband left me because he had "fallen in love" with another woman, and though I hoped to rebuild our relationship, he refused to try.  We were divorced on 9/11 of that year...a date that will always be linked with pain and disaster for our nation and for me in an even more personal way.

I was shattered!  It seemed as if my life came to a grinding halt, the days completely empty and meaningless. I am a Christian and for some reason, I was haunted by the thought that I needed something to wear to remind myself of God's faithfulness during the times when I couldn't see beyond the darkness. In desperation and with no idea of what I was actually looking for, I started searching the internet for a special piece of jewelry to remind me there could someday be a reason to live even though my life had completely fallen apart.  I felt the jewelry needed to be a symbol that would help me hold on, a meaningful reminder to wear continually.  It had to be something that I could always reach for, even when I couldn't think straight.

During my search, I stumbled across some beautiful artisan jewelry and eventually found a necklace with Jeremiah 33:3 engraved in Hebrew on a sterling silver charm (thank you, Lonely Mountain Jewelry at Ruby Lane!).  It was just what I was looking for!  It gave me something to cling to; encouraging words from the Lord.  "Call out to Me and I will show you great and wondrous things which you do not know!"

But there was an unexpected added bonus to my search.  I loved the artisan jewelry I had discovered and I bought a few pieces that were special to me.  Then I had a crazy thought...I just might be able to make some of these neat pieces of jewelry myself!  It sounded interesting, anyway.  Something to do during the long lonely evening hours. So I bought some mixed glass beads and started "playing" with different jewelry designs.  Imagine my surprise when I realized I had actually begun to enjoy myself! I have always liked things that were different and uncommon, so it didn't take long for me to begin another search.  This time, I was looking for beads that were unusual so I could create a higher quality of jewelry. That's when I ran across a couple of glass artists who sold their beads on the internet. They made glass lampwork beads one at a time, heating the different colors and kinds of glass with a torch as they wound it on a mandrel to create intricate works of art. 

I was awed by their incredibly beautiful creations!  I was also hooked!  Lone Bird Designs was born.