I am not a complainer of usual, but this has seemed to be an unusually long, wet, cold and fairly dreary winter. I will say I always try to make the best of every situation, and usually do although there have been a few mornings when I just wanted to lay in bed and ignore whatever I had to do….but, I’m not a quitter, no indeed, so I just put on my big girl panties and got on with it. I have had lots of good days in the studio and love my space there, especially when friends come to visit and hang out. Today was a gorgeous day and I was having trouble staying inside and working. Any excuse was a good one to step outdoors, listen to the birds and get a dose of vitamin D. I did manage to cut out some very tiny silver pieces as I’m trying some new ideas. Pictures will follow in a few days. Since this is spring break for me, I’ll do an open studio day this Wednesday, always so much fun. I think I’ll extend it until later in the day…. Happy hour time, 5 o’clock somewhere! As for now , I am so grateful for sunshine, birdsong and green things sprouting. Welcome spring, my friend, welcome! Here are a few things I’ve finished up.
Big Turquoise Necklace
sterling and pearl pendant
A practice of simply saying thank you is an amazing eye opener, and a heart opener as well. By saying thank you and really meaning it with all of my heart and spirit gives me a real sense being ever grateful for everything in life. From the bounty of food to the freedom to create and do what I love to the wonders of all of the creature comforts so many people have made possible for all of us to enjoy, to the astounding gifts of nature, family, friends, pets….The more I practice gratitude, the more of EVERYTHING comes into my life in a beautiful way. I won’t fib and tell you it’s always easy, especially if the day isn’t going too well. But I will tell you that it totally changes the moment I do, and begin to count my blessings. When my heart is open to life and love, it multiplies a thousandfold. Thank you, thank you, thank you…
Since I’ve discovered my love, and sometimes obsession, of creating things of metal, stone and other ephemera I am often in awe of the overwhelming peace and joy it brings me. Much of it is imperfect and flawed but I think that is the point of it. How else would I learn and where would I go from there? To all of those that have helped me along the way and for all to come, my deepest thanks. Following your heart may sound cliche, but is seriously the best advice I’ve ever given or received!!Here are a few pictures of life in my world.
I am ever grateful for where I dwell. My home is on a 2 acre plot of woods but also close to the beach in Delaware. It’s hard to say we own it because how can anyone really own trees, owls, a family of deer, foxes… and so much beauty. It is humbling and I am so grateful. Lately I’ve taken to making my way through the trees and looking for small gifts that are offered. Today I found a little shrine in a hollowed tree, the lovely sky and feathers, lots of feathers under the tree that I believe the owls live in. My heart felt so happy and light as I said thank you.