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I have the privilege of participating in two upcoming Holiday Craft Shows and I'm really looking forward to each!  The first one is at Julie Ferguson's lovely home where numerous vendors will gather to show their wares.   I'll be there with my jewelry, with a wide selection of bracelets, earrings and necklaces.   Julie has a sign-making business, http://www.signsbyjulie.com, and her creativity is amazing!  She takes words and quotes and makes them into vinyl pieces in almost any font, which can be placed on walls or almost any other surface.  Personally, I have several areas in my home with her vinyl words and quotes!  She also offers a wide variety of handmade Christmas items, and some gorgeous things to decorate with.

Other vendors will also be there with homemade ornaments, jam, Mexican Vanilla, candles, headbands, and a wonderful line of makeup.  Julie does a great job with a large selection of cookies and treats as well as delicious Hot Apple Cider for everyone.

Here's the information, so please come.  I'd love to see you there!

The next show is at Redemption Church in Gilbert the following night.  This is also a wonderful gathering of over 50 vendors selling their wares.  I'll be there with my jewelry, and others will have home decor items, fragrances, hats and scarves, candles, food items and so much more.  This is the second annual Women's Boutique for Redemption, and last year was a fantastic event!  There were so many people there, and it's such a great place to find unique handmade items, and gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life!  For more information, here is the link for the the boutique http://gilbert.redemptionaz.com/event/387449-2012-11-30-womens-ministry--christmas-boutique/ .  Below you will find the details and directions.  It should be great, and I'm looking forward to it.  Come by and see me!

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I wanted to share with all of you how feeling grateful for the things in my life has changed me.  As I was growing up, I won't say that I was a negative person, but I certainly focused on what was wrong more than on what was right.  And I really don't know why I was this way.  My parents are happy and positive people, so it's not like I was surrounded by negativity.  But for some reason, even though I had a happy childhood, I would get angry and upset when things didn't go the way I thought that they should.  Anyway, over the last two to three years I have totally changed my focus and have decided to really look on the bright side, find the silver lining, and realize how fortunate I am!   Maybe because I'm older and wiser, or as I look back over my life I'm finding that things really aren't that bad.  I have decided to CHOOSE to be happier, and to be thankful for each and every blessing that I have received.  I've learned that when you focus on all of the great things you have in your life, it helps to shift your focus and get you to see things in a different light.

Even though I feel overwhelmed at times with my three teenagers, trying to grow my jewelry business, and just general issues in life that we all have to deal with, I find that being grateful for these challenges changes my perspective.  For example, I have so many fabulous friends, some of whom have recently re-surfaced in my life and I really haven't been in much contact with since high school.  (We recently had our 30 year High School Reunion, and it was amazing!)  Friendship is something to treasure, and old friends are the absolute best!  They know all about the city where you grew up, the house you lived in and the pets you had, your parents and siblings and especially the schools you went to as they were all there with you along the way.  It's a connection that's unbreakable, and it's something that others aren't able to relate to.   I don't know where I would be without my friends, both old and new, and I hope that I have been able to sprinkle their lives with as much love and encouragement as they have with mine!

Another thing I have is a Gratitude Journal that I started about two years ago, and I'm reminded on a daily basis of new things to add.  The benefits of this have been amazing for me, and I highly recommend this practice for everybody.  I promise that you, too, will be amazed at the difference in your everyday outlook and mood!  The cool thing is that you can focus on a certain subject that you feel grateful for, or you can just randomly write down whatever comes to your mind.  I promise you will never have a shortage of things to write!  I find that once I get going, ideas just keep on coming, and focusing joyfully on all that I've written instantly brightens my day.

I hope that you will all take some time to try this practice, and I believe that this can be life-changing for you!

 

My Studio

Nov 3, 2012

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I have to be honest and say that many days, my studio appears to be a mess to anyone who comes in.  For me personally, though, it's a place where I love spending time.  Actually, while I call it "my studio", I have taken over the family Dining Room which is shaped as an Octagon.  The space I have adopted as my studio is the area all around the center of the room along each wall.  The Dining Room table is in the center, and I also must confess that it is usually a place for me to set my earrings, bracelets or necklaces as I'm working on them and not a place for the family to eat!   I have broken the room up into various sections which consist of Storage, Inspiration, and my Work Area.  My favorite of the three areas is the Inspiration area, which you see in the picture below.

 

I am a collector of sorts, and I love inspirational quotes.  The bulletin board in the picture is filled with them, since I write them down whenever I hear one that I love!  While slightly cluttered, this area allows me to read and re-read the quotes in case I get discouraged or frustrated.  Here are several of my favorites:

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you....I could walk through my garden forever." - Alfred Tennyson

"Creativity is an act of faith and we must be faithful to that faith, willing to share it to help others, and to be helped in return." - Julia Cameron

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Mere colour ...can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways." - Oscar Wilde

"One of the saddest lines in the world is ' Oh come now - be realistic'.  The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic.  They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride." - Richard Nelson Bolles

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." - Danny Kaye

"I cook with wine.  Sometimes I even add it to the food." - W. C. Fields

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin

"Never forget to believe in guardian angels, unexpected miracles, the power of hard work, the love of a forever friend, and the magic of four-leaf clovers." - Unknown

"Follow your intuition, always." - Laurie Lenfestey

I also have two walls on which I have inspirational words, and they are a constant reminder to me as I work every day.

I am making a determined effort to feel gratitude for things in my life, and I have truly been blessed in so many areas.  The people in my life are amazing, and especially old friends that have recently re-emerged as a constant source of love and encouragement for me!  Even though we all have different lives and responsibilities and problems, it's so important to stay connected to each other and be there as a support system.  I love having that in my life!  I am also grateful to have my jewelry business and my studio, where I can create and learn. I have been allowed to meet so many wonderful Artists (and friends!) as well as travel to some of the most fabulous workshops I could ever imagine.  This studio space of mine is a place where I come to "escape", and where I feel inspired and am able to make jewelry with creative abandon!