When I get new ideas, they scratch and knock until I release them into the wild.  I'm at that place again and the ideas seem to be piling up against that door.  Before I launch into my new design project, I wanted to revisit an oldie.  I received a rather cool custom inquiry the other day and it reminded me that I never really told the story of how and why I created the Morse Code necklace back in early 2009. After a b & i selling trip, I was wistfully gazing out of the plane window, thinking of family and friends I was leaving.  As we headed farther into the sky I started noticing the silos and patterns in the land.  I loved the simple shapes they made, the stories they seemed to tell, and how perfectly they were aligned. With intention.  I thought of how it feels to be far away from the ones we love.  I thought of secret messages filled with meaningful moments.  I remembered morse code. About one week later I taught myself how to scar metal (this is not a technical term, btw) and came up with this:

This was the first message I made.  It says, "if."  I love that word.

The design has been super popular ever since and I've made more morse code custom pieces than any other custom design. Truth is, I love doing it.  I love being a part of a gesture of love.   One time, I had a woman my age buy one that said "loved" for her 90 year old grandfather.  It makes me well up a little, just thinking about it.

The other day something happened that completely blew me away...  I received a message from a customer wanting a custom morse code necklace.  I love custom work, so I was immediately super excited about it.   She had seen the necklace in a boutique and discovered quickly that I could make it more personal with a custom phrase.  A few sentences later, I learned that she is a great, great, great niece of the, THE, the Samuel Morse.  What!?!  I mean, what are the chances!?   I couldn't be more flattered or excited that she wants to make a special gift out of this design.

People and their stories are SO cool.

***Song of the Moment: Simple X, by Andrew Bird***

2 thoughts on Morse Code Surprises.


So true…and we all have those secret hidden messages we should/could send out
to encourage and let others know how we feel. :)
Great Story!

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