The day before Spring Break, I stopped in the teacher's lounge to check my mailbox. In the middle of a pile of mostly junk mail and forms to fill out for the special education teacher, I found a padded envelope. It was addressed to me, and I didn't recognize the name on the return address. Intrigued, I turned it over to open it and saw a message in Sharpie: Happy Pi Day!
|Happy Pi Day!|
I wasn't sure what I would find inside, but I was definitely excited! You see, Pi Day and I don't have the best track record. This year, I was determined to have an amazing Pi Day! Last year, I ended up in the emergency room on Pi Day. A couple of months ago, I was super excited to get a free Pi Day pencil sample in the mail.
|Pi Day Mail|
Want to know what I found when I opened up the envelope?
|Pi Day Pencil Disappointment|
An advertisement, plastic bubble packaging, and nothing else. I'm pretty sure some postal employee somewhere is enjoying my Pi Day pencil. Needless to say, I did not end up purchasing Pi Day pencils for my students. We did celebrate however in grand style, but you'll have to wait for another post to read about that. This post isn't about Pi Day; it's about my mystery envelope.
I LOVE getting mail! There's nothing quite like a handwritten card letter or a package in the mail to cheer you up!
The first thing I pulled out of the envelope was another envelope.
|Pi Day Envelope|
It did arrive on time for Pi Day! Pi Day was Friday, and it came in the mail on Thursday. That couldn't have been more perfect because we were actually out of school on Friday. (Yes, I was forced to celebrate Pi Day with my students on a day that wasn't actually Pi Day. Pi(e) was still had, though!)
|From one math teacher to another...|
Mail from another math teacher. What could this be???
|A Beautiful Card!|
Inside was a sweet, beautiful card from Jackie, a faithful blog reader and fellow math teacher. Jackie's husband, Jeff, is a jewelry designer. And, he has designed a line of mathematical jewelry. Jackie was nice enough to send some along to say thanks for my blog. Thanks Jackie for taking the time to read my blog! And, I absolutely LOVE the jewelry! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The day I got this package in the mail, I was so excited that I had to show it to EVERYBODY! I actually opened the envelope while standing in the office at school. So, I had to show all the math jewelry to the secretary. Then, I had to show it off to my students in my last hour class. Later that evening, I was talking to my landlord, and I had to take it out of the envelope and show it to her. (And today, I'm so excited that I have to share it with you, too!)
Want to see? I received a sterling silver pi pendant. It's hanging, here, on my bulletin board of jewelry. I kinda have a LOT of jewelry. I hang all of my necklaces from thumbtacks on a giant bulletin board to keep them from getting tangled. It also helps me to easily see all of my choices when I am getting ready in the morning.
|Sterling Silver Pi Pendant on Necklace|
I picked up a chain to wear it on from Hobby Lobby, and I've been wearing it everywhere. It even sparked an awesome conversation about pi and math and such with my optometrist. Multiple students have noticed my pi necklace this week and complimented me on it, too.
|Me and My Pi Necklace|
Also in the pouch were infinity symbol earrings and an infinity symbol bracelet. They are beautiful!
|Infinity Symbol Jewelry|
I took some pictures of the bracelet while wearing it the other day. Let's just say I do not have a future as a hand or jewelry model. Though my modeling skills are lacking, the bracelet is simply gorgeous!
I absolutely adore the clasp on this bracelet. I've never had a bracelet that clasps this way, and I just think it's beautiful.
|Infinity Bracelet Clasp|
I haven't had a chance to wear the earrings yet. Actually, to tell the truth I just got my ears pierced so I could wear these. I've wanted to get my ears pierced for years, but I just never did anything about it. I decided Spring Break was the perfect time to remedy this. Besides, what better motivator could there be than precious infinity symbol earrings? Now, I just have to wait 6 weeks until I can take out the earrings they used to pierce my ears with. You can count on the fact that I'll be rocking these infinity symbols this summer!
|Infinity Symbol Earrings|
All of Jeff's jewelry is handcrafted from Argentium sterling silver.
Jeff and Jackie didn't ask me to write this post or link to his Etsy store. That's all my doing. I can't express enough just how impressed I am with the quality and creativity of the jewelry they surprised me with. If pi and infinity aren't exactly your thing (though, I'm not sure how that's even possible!), there are tons more mathematically inspired pieces to choose from! And, the pictures are so much better than mine!
Click the image above or follow this link to see all of Jeff's amazing mathematical pieces in his Etsy store, OrionSilverworks! The jewelry is beautiful, creative, and of the highest quality. I'm so impressed and thankful for the pieces I received. And, I know you'll be impressed, too!