Time is such an oddity to me. Days, weeks, minutes, seconds…..quickly flying or a slow drag, a total enigma wrapped in a riddle!! The trick, I know, is to be in every moment. As awesome a concept that is, it’s not always easy. With every passage of time I am realizing how fleeting it can be if you don’t hold it in your heart and feel it, really LIVE it. Not to sound cliche but I am just so very blessed that I can do what I love and I have such amazing support in every way. It empowers and humbles me at the same time. Thanks to every and all of you, my heart is huge with it!!
My oh my, it’s been so long since I last visited here. Life’s ebb and flow seems to keep me in a state of perpetual motion whichever way the wind is blowing! Summer’s knowing sun and explosions of color sprinkled everywhere fills me with a joyous longing and a quickened step. Make hay while the sun shines, as they say. I love the lushness and verdant green of the woods and her hidden surprises of color, the symphony of birdsong, tree frogs, crickets and all the others that sing along. Days are long and filled to the brim with a good balance of family, friends, work and beach. I do count my blessings and am ever so grateful. I also feel very inspired with my work, just getting lost in it and dreaming of what’s to come next, not exactly obsessed…..well, maybe a tad!
Soooo, slowing down, breathing, looking up to the sky, feeling so much gratitude and enjoying the rest of the summer, that’s what I think we should all do. Drink it in!
I’m finding a new rhythm in my life this year and it’s been amazing, I am so blessed. After teaching preschool for 24 years, I left that life to make jewelry full time. I won’t say I never had a day that I didn’t second guess my decision, but not too many!! It just feels so very right.
My workshop is in our garage which my husband gave up and fixed up for me. It’s a great space, I call it the girl cave. For me it’s a creative zone filled with inspiration, tools, stones, color and so much possibility. My heart and soul are filled with gratitude. At least once a day I stop and do a little dancing around in the cave and just feel so happy!! As I feel my way through this new life I cannot put into words how thankful I am, especially for all of the people that make it a reality for me to do this work with my heart and hands. To all of my customers/friends I thank you with all of my heart.
Art show season is beginning and I’m participating in quite a few upcoming shows. I am especially thrilled to have been accepted into a show in Lewes Delaware called The Saint Peter Art Show on the Saturday of July 4th weekend. Here are some pictures of what I’ve been working on lately.
As far as bad winters go, we have been really blessed so far compared to so many others across the country. We awoke today to 6 or 8 inches of fluffy, powdery snow which is pretty rare in Delaware, especially near the ocean. We hear threats and promises, this time they delivered. Snow always makes me feel like a kid again even if it’s inconvenient, slippery, cold and a lot of work to move around. Growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, we got hit by lots of blizzards and snow storms. As a kid, I remember getting so bundled up I could barely walk, then sledding, building snow forts and having snowball battles until we were practically frost bitten. Moms would be hollering for their kids to get inside for tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and hot chocolate. We’d warm up and go right back out until we were called in again at dinner time, always hoping for another snow day and no school tomorrow! These memories are so vivid that it could have been last week.
Now our home is nestled in the woods near the Delaware coast which is iffy about snow. I have loads of bird feeders, they have been very busy today as I soon hope to be, but right this minute I just want to watch and listen to the quiet. My cats are patiently waiting to get outside as my husband has been making a path for them. They enjoy bird watching as well. So many of my orchids and even my Christmas cactus are in bloom, as if to say that winter has no hold on them, for that I’m thankful as they add such a bright spot and a promise that spring will be here before we know it with it’s own beauty and unfolding memories. I have a feeling this will be a good day in the studio! Now if I would just get dressed……
A friend asked me if I had any new year resolutions and if so, what they may be. We talked of things past and what was to come and I truly meditated on it this time around. The thing is, as we all realize at some point and as cliche as it sounds, being authentic, true to our own heart and soul and tuned into life is the best we can be not only for ourselves but for the world as a whole. Not just my life’s path or my dreams, but the collected lives of us all are transformed by “being here now.” Yeah, I know, it sounds deep and a little froo froo at the same time but here’s the buzz word, kindness. It takes awareness to be kind, especially when we’re angry, tired, frustrated or in a situation when we’re pissed off and it’s just really hard to be nice. This is what comes from deep inside, once we get passed our own crap and know that this can literally change the world. It’s the most we can give. It’s our heart. You never know what a person has been through, and sometimes a smile or kind word may be the best thing that’s happened to them that day. But more than that, it transforms who we are, it makes us free and joyous and at peace. It’s healing in a world that desperately needs it. Speaking for myself, it is not always easy to be aware, I sometimes get sucked into stuff like negative conversations, gossip, complaining etc. that’s part of being human but I’m going to do my best to catch it quick and turn it around. My wish for you is a life filled to the brim with love, happiness and dreams realized.
I’ve been working on some new pieces over the holidays and can’t wait to get back at it full time this week. Here’s a peek.
In just a few days my four year old preschool class will be graduating from preschool to be in kindergarten next fall. It will be my last class. After 24 years of teaching I am not returning next year but will be focusing on making jewelry and following my heart. It is perfectly divine timing how it all falls into place. Yes, it is a little bittersweet and I will miss the smiles, hugs, laughter and craziness that is unique to 3 and 4 year olds but in 2 minutes I can have a visit and I know I’ll be welcome anytime. It has been a very good ride! My heart felt gratitude for awesome friends/coworkers that I’ve been so blessed to work with and especially for all of the families that have shared their most precious souls with us. That said, I am so very excited to have more time and energy to devote in the studio. Ideas and inspirations come to me daily and nightly……sometimes I’m just bursting with them!! The shows I’ve been a part of this season and my open studio days been beyond my expectations! I feel so blessed to have such truly wonderful customers, many who are, or become friends. Thank you truly and wholly for your support and appreciation, it means the world to me!!
As I walk from my garage studio, finished for the day, and cross my yard, I hear 2 owls conversing. One high hoots the other low hoots, boy and girl? They or their family members have been chatting like this for years and I am always excited and impressed that they chose a tree in my woods to live in! I am honored and humbled by the sheer loveliness of their sweet words. The sky has been astonishingly beautiful this winter with it’s fiery sunsets and black silhouetted trees against a purple, indigo and hot pink streaked sky. Inspiration is everywhere and plentiful. Mama nature isn’t holding anything back! With creative juices amped up, I have been blessed with lots of time to focus on creating jewelry and playing with new ideas and techniques. I am forever grateful for this and for all of my super spectacular customers and friends that make it possible by supporting me in all ways. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.