Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gratitude Project - Day 10

Grateful for being noticed - making new friends

One day I was eating at The Hearth and the waiter noticed a feather necklace I was wearing and asked where it got it. I told him that I had made it and he was excited, saying that he had a friend who had a gift store - that he knew she would just love it. I gave him my card and she contacted me the next day. When I walked in her shop I was so impressed with the charm of it. I was hoping this connection would work out. Thankfully she was interested. I went to work on creating several (about 7 ) new feather necklace - each one unique and different. I dropped the necklaces off yesterday and I'm anxious. Will they be well-received?

I can't tell you how excited I am to be represented in this beautiful shop. If you live in Atlanta and haven't discovered this gem of a shop you should definitely check it out. There is something for everyone on your shopping list - all handcrafted and selected with care by Gina Humphries. When you walk in and see the unique hand-crafted items and the way Gina has displayed them, you will want everything in the shop. The store is small, intimate and cozy and Gina is such a delightful person - her excitement and enthusiasm about each of her artists draws you in. I'm convinced you will not walk out empty-handed. Located in Peachtree Hills

Gina is foremost a very talented floral designer. I look forward to using her services for a special occasion.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gratitude Project - Day 9

I am grateful for quiet moments at home.

Gratitude Project - Day 8

I am grateful for museums. This summer Taylor and I vacationed in Chicago and visited many museums of art and natural history. Aren't we so lucky that people have cared enough to preserve our history, to collect works of art representing the world's diverse artistic talent to inspire and educate us – for us to see and learn - many times free of charge and at the most for very little money. We visited The Art Institute of Chicago where Taylor was so excited to be able to see, in person, many of the pieces she has been studying about in her art history classes, excited that she recognized specific artist just by their style -grateful to put her knowledge to a real test.

Gratitude Project - Day 7

I am grateful for the man who loves me for who I am, that he knows me well to have thought up this way to ask me to be his wife. eek. a scary but exciting thing.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gratitude Project - Day 6

I am grateful that God paints an every changing painting in the sky and that I am lucky enough to see an unobstructed view every day from the 18th floor of my work building. Even makes working late not so bad.

pardon the reflections in the window.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Gratitude Project - Day 5

I am grateful for the season changes. I love each of the seasons for their unique beauty.

During the month of November many of my friends use this time leading up to Thanksgiving as a time to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for - a 30 day collection of photos and words to share. Over the weekend I was enjoying a beautiful autumn day and thought "I am so grateful for the season of Autumn - my favorite time of the year". But it isn't only the season of Autumn that I am grateful for - I am grateful that God created a change in seasons, each so unique and beautiful in their own way. I think it would be pretty boring if we lived in a world where temperatures remained constant and trees were always green.

WINTER for the wonder of snow and the subtle minimalist beauty in the stark delicate structure of the bare trees, a time when touches of color pop in an otherwise monochromatic landscape........

SPRING for blooming flowers and the green world returning after it's winter slumber , the song and activity of birds preparing for their nests, the vibrant and luscious spring green appearing on every branch, and the beauty of flowers all around..........

SUMMER for the warm caressing breeze, the ripe fruits on trees, the ever blooming hydrangeas, butterflies flittering about and daisies to brighten your day, for children's laughter and family vacations and adventures with my daughter.......

AUTUMN for it's warmth of the sun on cool crisp days with brilliant blue skies and leaves blazing in warm tones of autumn from clear yellow to deep red, for the scent of pine needles and dried grasses, of the musty ground covered in mushrooms and acorns and for wood smoke in the air, for hearts-a - burstin' in bloom, and crunchy leaves beneath my feet.........

Gratitude Project - Day 4

I am grateful for creative outlets. I am grateful that I have family and friends that support and encourage it in me. I am thankful for others that are positively responsive to the work that I do - be it metalsmithing, photography, graphic design, painting, whatever. But beyond all that, I am grateful that God gave me a creative talent and the energy, time and place with which to express it - be it at work or at play, for profit or for fun.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gratitude Project - Day 3

I am grateful for the men in my life.

I am grateful for my Dad and two brothers - for the strength and protection that they provide for our family, for their eager willingness to do any project that needs to be done. They always find a solution for even the craziest of things we come up with. (how many people have a custom upholstered speaker cover for their car?). For their vast knowledge of medicine (Dad is a retired doctor, younger brother is a medical illustrator, and older brother is a medical research scientist) that helps to ease our minds and makes a visit to the doctor unnecessary in most cases. I am grateful for the close relationship they have with each other - staying in touch almost daily. I am grateful for the love that they give freely to every member of the family.
I am also grateful for the younger man in my life - my young nephew who's creativity and imagination inspire even the oldest of us. For his infectious laugh and good humor - he is a true delight to be around. For his great story telling ability and above all for his kind heart.

I love them all so much.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gratitude Project - Day 2

A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.
~Author Unknown

I am so thankful for my beautiful daughter. She has brought more joy and laughter into my life than I could ever have imagined. I am proud of the young woman she has become - spreading her wings, ready for flight - she will soar.

Gratitude Project - Day 1

Happy November! And the holiday season begins...
Beginning on this first day of November, I will be posting, along with many other blogger and flickr folks, a month long celebration of all I have to be grateful for. Seems fitting to start with HOME. Even more specifically, my physical HOUSE. I am so thankful to have a beautiful, albeit small, house that is structurally sound and protects and keeps me warm and safe from the environment. My dad helped build this house and it has many special touches that make it just perfect for my daughter and me - now just me. It is situated amongst evergreens and hardwoods in such a way that I feel I am the only one around. I love my house... it is home.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

one wanders, one stays put

my beautiful niece and handsome nephew.

Friday, September 23, 2011

AutumnSun Jewelry Studio

I can't believe that fall is already here. It's my favorite time of the year. Even though I love each season for different reasons, it's fall that I feel most alive. ...And with fall comes festivals.
This year I participated in my first festival with my AutumnSun Jewelry. It was fun and it was stressful but in the end it all pulled together and I was happy with the results. I wanted to post a few photos of the process from working on building up inventory in the studio to brainstorming with my daughter on the booth set up, to selling on the day of the festival. It's a ton of work and I admire anyone who does it on a regular basis. As it was, it took me a few days to recover from it all. I can't imagine traveling and doing it from weekend to weekend.

This is where I do my metalsmithing.

The awesome work bench my dad made for me last Christmas, was the best addition to my space.

My soldering station. I'm lucky to have a daylight basement.

It's a pretty nice little area - everything is right at hand - my ipad over there is nice for looking up information or listening to my favorite playlist - Andrew Bird.

A few new pieces in different stages of completion.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Scavenger hunt 4

Diptych - I came back from a 5 day vacation to a blooming Atlanta. The cherry trees are in full bloom at my office.
Book - A book came in the mail this weekend.
Fill in the Blank - "When I think about how cold it is in the house I just have to build a fire."
Taste of Italy - I couldn't come up with anything for this at the last minute so I took a photo of my wooden pasta spoon.
Reminders - During my vacation I collected brochures, maps, business cards, postcards and even rocks as little reminders of where I'd been.

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Scavenger hunt 3

I missed posting this scavenger hunt collection while i was away on vacation. I put together my mosaic of images from the trip after I got back. Here is what I found.

Capture the sky - It wasn't hard to capture a breathtaking sky while I was away on vacation in Arizona. Every night I was able to see a vibrant sunset over the desert and enjoy the brilliant blue sky while snowshoeing. And even though we were at the Grand Canyon for just a short while, and it was a little overcast, we were fortunate enough to see the sun break through and to be there when the sun set over the canyon.
Everyday - Everyday, while on vacation, before venturing out, I stopped by Mountain View coffee house and enjoyed a delicious cappuccino and a tasty treat and logged onto my FB account and checked my email and such - it was routine for that week.
Furry - Walking through a snowy trail while at the Grand Canyon we came upon a group of deer. It was so cool to be able to get close to them - they were not spooked by us at all. I was pleased with a few of the photos that I got - difficult as it was - they were busy eating and kept getting behind the brush.
Life - I chose this photo of the Robert Indiana's Love sculpture. It's a popular site and there were people all around. I waited and waited until no one was climbing on the sculpture or having their portrait with their loved one taken in front of it. And I finally got some without people around. See I initially thought I wanted the sculpture just on it's on. But it's this one - with the young couples in the background and the children resting after playing hide and seek that make it so much more interesting. It's life.
I also chose a shadow portrait of myself while out in the snowy woods - a place I feel most alive and invigorated.
Blurred - I took a lot of photos out of the window of our rented Jeep Wrangler. The landscape being so different than what I am used to here in Georgia. The vast mountain ranges, the cactus growing tall along the hillsides, driving from brown desert land to the white snowy woods that I love... so many photos out of the window as we drove. As a result there were many blurred images - some I liked.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 2

It's funny the only one of these I had to purposely shoot for the scavenger hunt this week was the "page 25 of a magazine".
Page 25 - I had a magazine, really a catalog, open looking at it on Saturday morning and then remembered about the page number. Not a very interesting shot but it did happen to be a page that had several things I liked on it. The catalog is Ballard Design.
Water - The water droplet caught my eye yesterday as I was working in my studio. At first I thought it was a silver ball and then realized it was a bead of water.
Window - Kodi loves to sit in my window seat, especially when the sun is warming it in the afternoon. Today the sun shone nicely.
Quote - Because the fortune from a chinese lunch wasn't really a quote I did also purposely take a photo of a quote on my refrigerator as well.
Activity - Packaging up my rings on Sunday is a pretty common activity for me these days. I usually have one or two to mail off first thing Monday AM.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I just found this fun blog challenge today. And I was so excited because without even knowing about the hunt i had taken photos of everything on the list just this week -really.

Here is what I found:
Texture, Fog, Buttons, Beverage, Seventies

Texture - i found a new iphone app on Tuesday that applies textures - played around with a photo that was on my iphone that i took of my daughter a few summers ago in a wedding dress we found at a Salvation Army store - i think the dress could have been from the seventies;
and texture on a tree i saw yesterday - looked like a heart to me;
Fog - a foggy winter morning one day this week;
Buttons - in a felted bowl - sure some are my mom's from the seventies;
Beverage - a new coffee from Starbucks - with notes of lemon and dark cocoa;
Seventies - a book i rediscovered just yesterday when straightening up my home - one of my favorite books from the seventies (it cost a mere $2.00 at the time) - I took it on every camping trip. even found some pressed flowers i collected from way back when.

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