Did you have pet rocks when you were a kid?
I most certainly did! I used to find rocks on my adventures playing outside (which I did all the time, something kids today need to do more of)! Some would get painted with faces or designs. Some I just admired for their sheer natural beauty.
Well I must confess, I still collect rocks. Anywhere. Anytime. If one catches my eye it quickly finds it’s way into my pocket until I get home to find a happy resting place for my new pet rock.
I have rocks on bookshelves, tables, holding papers down, sitting on window sills, in bowls and jars and even stowed away in boxes.
I collect them when we travel, go hiking or canoeing or on a walk around our neighborhood or park.
I must diverge to tell you a little silly side story…
A lifelong friend was helping us move once and was carrying one of my boxes of rocks to my studio. The box was labeled ROCKS on all sides in large letters. Here’s how the story goes:
Charlie, “Rachel! This box is heavy! What’s in this box?”
Rachel, “Rocks! It says it on the side of the box!”
Charlie, “Rocks… you mean like rocks from the earth.”
Rachel, “Yes. It’s my rock collection.”
Charlie rolls his eyes and returns to the moving truck only to find more boxes of rocks. THREE more boxes of rocks.
Charlie, “Rachel!!! You’re a weirdo! I can’t believe I’m @^#*%”! moving boxes of +*^!#@” ROCKS!!!”
And Charlie is still to this very day one of our best friends even after moving 4 very heavy boxes of my precious pet rocks!
(I think you get the picture now that I really, REALLY have a thing for rocks!)
So now I wish to share with you my newest pet rocks. They are super special because they were given to me in honor of my 40th birthday (which was last month, wee hoo!) and were created by one of my best friends, Antoinette Verdone. I don’t really know what to call them other than “crochet rocks”. And she crocheted them herself (I told her she must teach me next time we’re together)!
I am mesmerized by them and they are my absolute favorites and I just can’t stop looking at them and holding them. They are beauty in so many ways! I hope they inspire you and make you smile and feel happy : )
Appréciez les roches!!!
And here’s a few of my pet rocks hanging around the house…
Now I commission you to go on an adventure and collect some pet rocks!
Your Rock Hound Forever,