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.