Now that I have transitioned to jewelry design, it makes sense for me to incorporate Art Nouveau into my designs.
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. -Helen Keller
I just finished a 12 week medical treatment for a condition I probably have had my whole life. The fatigue from the medicine was debilitating and had me bedridden most days. The thought of simple daily chores seemed so overwhelming. But…my treatment is over. Once again, I have been given a second chance at life. In a month or so, I should be fully healed and will be able to start working out again.
There are those though, that won’t be able to fully heal. They face debilitating diseases or injuries that will not get better and they have to learn to live with their afflictions. I am amazed at their strength and that of the human spirit. How one can conquer the worst of circumstances and help others find the strength to carry on as well. I am humbled by my experience and will always respect those that face challenging health conditions.
I am grateful to be on the mend. My plan is to become as healthy as possible and maybe in the process I will influence others to do the same.
I was a vendor last weekend at the Barbera Festival. The preparing took a lot out of me but it was well worth it. The day was beautiful and we had a blast meeting new friends and enjoying the event. Afterwards, we drove around checking out all the beautiful vineyards dotting the hillsides.
I submitted a few pieces to Belle Armoire Jewelry because MaryAnn Carroll of Love My Art Jewelry said they would love my work. I never in a million years thought they would accept me. In fact when the email came through and Cynthia wrote “Congrats! I was thinking congrats for what?!? Wow, I love Belle Armoire Jewelry and to see my work on the pages is quite surreal.
Then MaryAnn Carroll asked little ol’ me to be a contributor for Love My Art Jewelry! WHAT!!! The blog has the most talented and sweet group of ladies and I look forward to sharing my creative journey with the readers. Holy moly, this year is turning out to be simply amazing.
Also, I have been preparing for the Barbera Festival coming up on June 14th. This is a fun event with music, an endless supply of wine and happy customers. What more could a girl ask for?
My studio allows me to escape though. When I am there designing I can embrace the beauty of imperfection. I am free of the chaos around me and I am allowed to just let my creative juices flow. It feels so liberating at times and I am grateful for every moment.
This necklace was created in one of those special moments. I love dragonflies because they remind me of the ever constant state of change. We all have the option to grow and become better individuals or to continue to be stuck in fear. Dragonflies remind us to live with joy and lightness of being. A beautiful dragonfly visited me while making this necklace. It reminded me to be adaptable and always look for ways to change and grow.
My Transcend necklace is currently being showcased at Harris Center Art Gallery.
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I know I have been radio silent of late. I am still here. Learning more techniques and making more jewelry. This is one of my latest creations. The necklace is made with a copper backing, a frame of bronze and set in a fine silver bezel. The stone is a kaleidoscope jasper and the cabochon is handmade by me.
This Lotus ring is a talisman for me to the changes I wish to make this year. Over the next few weeks I will be listing new designs to my website. I will also be converting my Etsy store to sandblasted supplies, including sandblasted new cabochons. I’m looking forward to this year!
Thank you for reading!
UPDATE: I recently did a tutorial on Love My Art Jewelry on how to make this wall here: TUTORIAL
I wanted to share our new cedar wall for craft fairs and also new jewelry designs. When doing craft fairs I had two tables opposite each other in my 10′ tent and I noticed it was very crowded and people would just walk by my tent and not enter. I wanted to make my tent more inviting, cozy and have more room to display jewelry.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and have a wonderful day!