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.
Earth meets sky necklace
With love we soar bracelet.
Turquoise and leaves pendant
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.
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
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