Snowy Memories

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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……

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Navigating Trails of the Heart

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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.

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Beginnings and Endings….Change is Good, Very Good!

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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!!

Owls and moons and frosty nights…..

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Earth meets sky necklace

Earth meets sky necklace

With love we soar bracelet.

With love we soar bracelet.

Turquoise and leaves pendant

Turquoise and leaves pendant

Autumn, copper and agate necklaceTriple turquoise and leaf necklaceTurtle dream catcher

Love the light and color at sunset in the woods behind my home.

Love the light and color at sunset in the woods behind my home.

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.

Autumn Inspirations

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There is something so miraculous about this time of year. The way the light is changing, somehow softer yet so vibrant. Sunsets paint the sky with colors that can’t be touched by mere words!! The hottest pinks and the most subtle lavender, inexplicable beauty that makes me stop, stare and lose track of time ….. This powerful sense that all is right and safe and being held dear. It literally leaves me breathing it all in, yet breathless at the same moment! We are  blessed and so should be care takers of these gifts. My heart is truly grateful.

I have had some time to work in my studio and create new jewelry. This year has really grown for my business and I am always so thankful and stunned by it! Here are a few new pieces.

 

Prehnite and turquoise rings

Prehnite and turquoise rings

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Finding my way home….

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My, oh my…. It has been a long while since I’ve even taken a glance this way, so many wonderful things going on. Summer has been really great in every way. The weather has been perfect, the beach just lovely and I’ve had lots of studio time to really tap into the essence of my creative soul. Now it’s time to reconfigure my time for teaching, doing art shows and finding that calm slow space in which to create. Trying to hurry it doesn’t work even a little, so I’m learning to slow down and let it happen the way it should. What has really helped me was taking the True Center class offered by the super, real deal Kelly Clark. Her blog and business is called Umber Dove and I highly suggest you check her out, just the most amazing in every way. Her philosophy, free spirit and raw, amazing artistic ability  is ridiculous!!!! I learned so, so much. Thank you, Kelly!

As we await the arrival of fall, my favorite season,  I think it is a wonderful time to reflect on the bounty of miracles  that await us everyday, if we just look and listen…..to the sighing of the wind, the rustle of leaves, owls welcoming the night sky and the warming of our very own hearts By those we love. May we be ever grateful, kind and most of all loving.

 

Here are a few pictures of designs I’ve been working on.

Beautiful, sparkly blue set in fine and sterling silver

Beautiful, sparkly blue set in fine and sterling silver

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Exploring….

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I’ve had the uncanny feeling of late that I need to stretch, explore and just check out new stuff. I’ve decided to take an e-class and am excited about it. The class is one that I think will help me stay inspired artistically and teach me loads of new things. Can’t wait. Also after talking to a good friend we decided to just slow down. As we were chatting of upcoming events, jobs and life in general, we were already at the end of summer. I say no way! Just simmer down and let it be. No crazy projecting of time and living in the future. Be Here Now!! Okie dokie, I will. It’s a good place to be. The time I’ve been spending in the studio has been really productive and I feel so blessed to have the wonderful support of loyal customers. A big, huge thanks to all of you, you know who you are!! Enjoy the beauty of the summer loveliness…..singing birds, sunshine, beaches, pools, happy hours, flip flops and tank tops. These are a few of the goodies I’ve been working on. image image image image image image