Thursday, December 2, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Life since our vacation last month has been a whirlwind of activity, with oodles of good things happening. There's been school for Alan, numerous work obligations for Ken, shows and openings for me, and love and support through all of it from Mom. With all of this, and a hundred other curve balls that life seems to throw our way, we quickly slipped from "vacation-mode" back into "real life".
This week, a special message from Cynthia Deis at Ornamentea changed that for me. Ornamentea is my all-time-time-favorite-brick-and-mortar-bead-and-more-store, located in Downtown Raleigh, NC. Cynthia owns Ornamentea. She taught the first ever art marketing class that I took, and she's had a big impact on my professional development. (Ornamentea's class offerings still tempt me on a regular basis. If you're in the area, I highly recommend them!)
Today, I'm grateful. Grateful for my family and friends and the memories that we've made together...for the creativity that surrounds me...for Ocracoke and all that it means to me... and to Cynthia for reminding me to pause amidst the chaos to remember all of this. :-)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
One must lose one's life in order to find it.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Ken and I stole away for a few solo dates, and it was a treat to spend time together without interruption.
If you're lucky enough to be planning a visit Ocracoke Island, place Books to Be Red high on your list of places to see! If a visit isn't in your immediate future, I'll bet they'd even be willing to dig up a copy of "Gift From The Sea" for you. The folks there are equally nice by telephone. Rumor has it that they include a bit of Ocracoke Magic in everything they send.
Couldn't we all use a bit more of that in our lives?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
On Sunday, I made the pots. (And I made them...and I made them...and I made them!)
On Monday, and in thee wee hours of Tuesday morning, I tried to force the drying process a bit by using my oven set to a low temperature.
On Wednesday, the reasonably dry pots were delivered to the large kiln of my dear friend and talented artist, Olivia Dowdy Brown. We loaded and began the bisque firing process almost immediately.
On Thursday, I received the bisque fired pots from Olivia, and overnight I stained, glazed, waxed, and sealed all of them.
This morning, I made a return trip to Olivia's, and we began our final firing process. As I write this, we're about three hours into roughly twenty-four hours of additional kiln time.
Tomorrow, we'll open the doors to reveal the finished pieces. (Woo Hoo!) No matter how many times I go through this process, the anticipation of opening the kiln still provides me with an absolute thrill!
These finished pieces will soon be bound for one of my all time favorite bookstores, Books to Be Red, at one of my all time favorite destinations, Ocracoke Island.
All of this for a little pot! :-)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
They feel unbelievably good on the wrist. They're soft and supple; they work well alone; and they play well with others too. :-) Watch for them soon in my online store!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
This one little stone was given to me by Alan on one of our adventures. It’s one little stone that was pressed from his hand into mine…. an expression of love… a priceless gift … a remembrance of the times that we’ve shared… and a reminder that simple things really do matter most.
Just One Little Stone.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Growing them, sending them, wearing them, surrounding myself with them; flowers are a bright spot in my life. And flowers have been on my mind this week.
From my Grandpap’s garden, to my Grandma’s kitchen, to our own backyard…I grew up surrounded by flowers. Perhaps that’s why to this day, my favorites still lean toward an overflowing riots of color stuffed somewhat carelessly into a Mason jar or glass bottle. And the fragrance of a gracefully drooping batch of lilacs or peonies from the yard is guaranteed to lift my spirits while transporting me back in time.
I don’t often send “real” flowers from the florist; but today was an exception. Today my niece, Kate, is twelve years old. Tomorrow she’ll be thirteen. The perennial question of “Where does the time go?!?!” has been running through my mind all month as I fondly remember her first days and years with us.
Kate’s becoming an incredible young woman, and since we’re miles apart, I wanted to celebrate this time in her life in one of my favorite ways…with flowers. From the descriptions that I’ve received of her reaction at their arrival, this idea was definitely a good one!
Today… in Pennsylvania, Kate is smitten with her first flower delivery.
Today… in my backyard, the stately sunflowers that we enjoyed all summer long are just past their prime. Now they’re providing a feast for the birds.
Today… in my studio, the flowers that I purchased at The Moore County Farmer’s Market are lifting my spirits. The scent of basil blends with the sweet floral fragrance, and the effect is intoxicating.
Today… on my finger, I’m enjoying the floral generosity of my dear friend, Olivia Dowdy Brown. I treasure this ring, and I’m most grateful for her friendship.
Today… it’s good to be surrounded by flowers.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I generally wear my own jewelry every day. And in spite of the fact that I create on almost a daily basis, I usually create for others. As a result, I often fall into a habit of wearing the same pieces again and again. Today was different, and this wasn't even a conscious effort on my part.
This morning when I was getting ready for my day...and probably doing three or four other things at the same time... I evidently decided to wear four distinctly different bracelets that make me happy. That's right, four of them! On the same wrist!!! Four is a lot, and these four are a bit mismatched even by my standards. Somehow though, they seem to work together.
In my banking days, I once discovered that I'd worn two mismatched shoes for an entire day. Maybe this is the artist's version of the same thing?
These were on my left wrist and I was holding the steering wheel when I noticed them. They brought a smile to my face. I hope that you'll enjoy them too.
Bracelet #2... features "Dream", and is a prototype of a special project that's in the works.
Bracelet #3... tickles me to no end. An original design resurrected from the past and improved.
Bracelet #4... a personal milestone and a sample from the metalsmithing class I've been taking.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I've been taking the most amazing metalsmithing class lead by Erica Stankwytch Bailey. It's been a long time since I've allowed myself the pleasure of being a student in a class, and one of my commitments to myself this year was to make time for it. I seriously considered the immersion approach of a week long session with one instructor. Instead I opted for a regional weekly course of study, and I'm so happy that I did.
In addition to the fact that Erica is an amazing artist and teacher, I'm also enjoying my new weekly creative habit. My class time, and my preparation for class time, is mine alone, and it's dedicated to developing my skills while expanding the possibilities within my current body of work.
I'm looking forward to all that follows!
Friday, March 19, 2010
These three pieces are 6" deep cradled canvases. All were sold to collectors, and I'd completely forgotten them. This morning I realized that my love of words transcends the media in which I work. I also realized that the same words that meant so much to me four years ago still ring true in my heart.
Four years ago?!?! Could it possibly be four years?!?!?! Was it only four years?!?!?!? I suppose that it was, and in any case, I'm happy to have found the photos.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
After bending this piece, I relocated it periodically and clipped it to a variety of temporary homes around my studio. I'd play with it when it caught my attention; but I was never moved to do anything else with it...until today. Today, while I was midway through a variety of other projects in my studio, an image of the finished piece popped into my head. I dropped what I was doing, retrieved my bent little spoon, and the creating was easy.
I'm thrilled with the results! This piece is all mine. Its substantial and interesting; it feels good to wear it; , and as I embarq on my quest for healthier living in 2010, I hope that it will remind me to breathe before I reach for another spoon... unless of course it's to add to this collection! :-)
Soon, I'll be debuting these creations in my store on 1000 Markets. This is a new venue for me, and I'm really excited about it. In the mean time, please feel free to contact me here if your need for a spoon of your own is more urgent.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
"Remember to Remember"
Three little words. (Technically two if you consider that one is used twice!) It's a simple enough saying on the surface; but the meaning is near and dear to my heart.
Just before Christmas, I created twenty-one "Remember to Remember" neckaces for a customer. Their purpose in her life remains a mystery to me; but my mind was filled with the possibilities, and the significance of these three little words, as I created them.
In 2010, I'll Remember to Remember ...
- to enjoy real conversations with my family on a daily basis. (Not just the routine communication that we squeeze in while we're doing ten other things; but meaningful, "I'm really paying attention to you" kinds of conversations.)
- to reach out to my friends and family when I think of them
- to say, "I Love You.
- to send a few of the handwritten greeting cards or notes that are constantly rolling around in my mind.
- that everyone I encounter is facing their own personal challenges.
- to make good choices where my own health is concerned. Healthy food and moderate exercise are definitely a part of this plan.
- to proactively accomplish the tasks that I tend to procrastinate.
- to clebrate my accomplishments instead of focusing on what remains to be accomplished.
- to create for the sheer joy of it.
- to find peaceful time for myself on a daily basis, even if it's only for a few minutes.
And finally, I'll Remember to Remember to be greatful for all of the blessings that fill my life.