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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In the good ole’ summertime!

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imageimage image image image image image image image image image image imageWell, just let me say that this has been by far one of the best summers ever, weather wise. Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon, but even if so and it gets hotter than the hinges out there, it has been just lovely. Being able to open the garage doors to my studio in July and August is unheard of! That air conditioner is usually running like wild fire. That said, I’ve been spending a good amount of time in the studio when I’m not trying to at least bask in a little of the pure vitamin D drenched afternoons. The shows I’ve been in this spring and summer have made me appreciate even more the customers and friends that make it possible for me to do what I love so much. You have all of my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation. I mean that with all my heart!!!! Thank you. Here’s a few pictures of some new goodies. Wishing you all days of sun, fun and toes in the sand.

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!!

And away we go…..

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Lately the pull to my little shop has been ever stronger. Creativity is flowing along with the wonders of spring in all it’s glory, and let’s be honest here, pollen abounds as well. Staring at my car, I thought, wow, that pollen is such a gorgeous green, as my eyes starting itching. It lasts but a short time and it’s what makes plants and flowers grow and bloom, so it’s all good. May begins art show season for me as well. Last weekend I kicked it off in Richmond at Arts in the Park. I have people there that helped me with the whole shebang….set up, show days, keeping me company, and tear down. What a blessing!!! Love my family for many reasons, this is just one! It was a spectacular weekend, gorgeous weather, really awesome vendors and enthusiastic customers. What a great way to get things rolling. Here are a few pictures.

Folks perusing my jewelry at. The show

Folks perusing my jewelry at. The show

Caitlyn and me at the show A view from the Carrilon in the park My sister, Beth and brother in law, Ted The Carrilon building at Byrd Park The Richmond sunset, gorgeous!

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 necklace Triple turquoise and leaf necklace Turtle 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.