Let the nature of my work inspire you.
The beauty, simplicity, and intricacy of nature fascinates me. It inspires me to create unique jewelry from silver and gold, pearls, and gemstones. Being in nature and studying its leaves, buds, and flowers engages me with life on Earth. I hope my jewelry designs resonate with you and reflect the splendor of our world.
Once again, it is springtime. It happens every year, but every year I am equally happy to see the return of Life. Don’t the daffodils look as though they’re kissing the sunshine?
This post is dedicated to my Grandmere who passed away, peacefully, early this morning. I inherited my love for flowers from her. There are hundreds of reasons to fall in Love with a flower, and she felt each of those reasons at her heart’s center. This spring will be especially moving, as I will see her spirit coming to life as each new flower blooms into existence.
It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon, basking in the almost-springtime sunshine, listening to the birds singing, and observing the bulbs in my yard eagerly pushing themselves towards their first bloom. Only 5 days until it is official! Springtime: the most delightful season.
Each season offers a lesson through the happenings of the natural world. Winter is a time for moving inward, of self-reflection and contemplation. We can be quiet, manifesting what we want come springtime. We sow the seeds that will eventually grow into existence in the months of warmth and bountiful sunshine.
Winter is coming to an end and I can see and feel changes on the horizon. Perhaps because of the longer and warmer days, or perhaps because of the existence of a creative mind, fresh ideas are popping into my head. And I am punching them out in the form of small silver shapes! Brooches are my new favorite piece of jewelry to make; each one is a small work of art.
I was so overjoyed to say HELLO to a new year that I actually cried when the ball dropped. I was jumping up and down and sobbing at the bar as I said to my best friend, “I am so glad 2012 is over!”
I never want to wish time away. I do wish some things had gone differently in 2012, yet I would not be where I am right now if they had. And now is ok… because it has to be.
Someone recently said, “The only thing for certain in life is that it always changes.” I’m very uncomfortable with change that is out of my control, I always have been. I like to know what is coming up in my life. Not to say I don’t live spontaneously at times or love surprises! But for the BIG things, I like to know.
The return of Baylee’s cancer and her untimely death, in addition to the break-up with my Love, my partner… these events nearly broke my heart until it stopped beating. And still, I have moments when I feel like it will expire me.
On the first day of 2013, I had the pleasure of house-sitting a place in the woods. A couple days later, while soaking in the hot tub under the black sky glittered with stars, I thought “Maybe what I need is something like this.” Well, by noon the next day I was holding the key to a cabin by a river, nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. (See! I am spontaneous!) I believe that some things in life are TRULY meant to be. The universe sometimes is perfectly aligned for an opportunity to present itself, and then there it is! My little cabin is one of those things.
It will be a new space, physically, mentally and spiritually, where I can be with my thoughts, a place to create, where I am closer to Nature, my true inspiration. I don’t know what will happen… but in this new year, in my new space, with an open heart, I hope for a renewed soul and a re-inspired self.
Hello and Happy Holidays!
It’s a busy time of year with the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, creating, traveling, visiting the post office and eating too much (amongst many other fun activities!) However, I am finding myself in a non-traditional state of slowing down these days. The year is coming to an end, and I must say I am looking forward to a new year and the opportunities that will be presented. My dog, Baylee, lost her battle of cancer six weeks ago. My relationship with my partner also ended a few weeks ago. As I am slowing down, I am also grieving.
This year has, as have all years previous, bestowed upon me so many opportunities that many are not afforded. Although I’ve experienced hardships and heartbreak, I am trying to keep in mind that… I have the luxury of giving gifts to people I love. I can cook healthy and delicious food. I have family close-by that I can visit this holiday season. I have a gift of creativity that I can share with people. I am grateful that people are inspired by my artwork- they want to wear it, give it, and receive it.
Share your love, your joy, your spirit. Let it shine on those who may not have family, friends, or even love. Keep in your mind- and keep in your heart- all the blessings you have.
Cheers to you and yours this holiday season, and I’ll be in touch in the new year 2013!
I am thrilled to present my new and improved website to you. I hope you will enjoy browsing the site, viewing my newest designs, checking out the galleries who sell my work, and reading my blog. The blog is a first for me! I look forward to sharing my inspirations, work-in-progress, challenges and successes, and a deeper look into who I am as an artist and person. Thanks for joining me on this adventure- I hope you enjoy the scenery!