October 29, 2010
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“Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can.” - William Arthur Ward
I've had a challenging month, to say the least. I won't share details, because they are private family matters, but I have had to do a lot of reflection on how I'm living my life, spending my time and affecting those around me. I have spent the last few years with the single focus of growing my business. With my husbands' periods of unemployment it was a necessity. But I've had to stop and ask myself - at what cost?
As I was working this week I've been researching and focusing on what it means to share and tell your story as an artist. I feel my own story has been overshadowed by the bottom line of running a business. You can not pour water out of an empty pitcher - what do I fill my soul up for inspiration? What relationships am I cultivating to enrich my journey? Does the fruit of my labor reward my family or are the sacrifices I've asked of them too much?
Unfortunately there are no easy answers, it's just a daily growing and being available to those around me. Just knowing that the questions need to be asked is a good first step.
“Don't go through life, grow through life.” - Eric Butterworth
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The necklace is graced by an amazing ceramic pendant from UK artist, Lisa Stevens of Sea Urchin. I paired it with an Elaine Ray ceramic lentil bead, a Winter Branches lentil bead and Blue Branches disk created by me and a Seek Wisdom connector from Green Girl Studios. The art beads are complimented by a collection of ceramic beads, sterling silver spacers, a crystal rondell and blue kyanite daggers and beads. The pewter clasp has a dogwood floral design.
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1 mushroom bead
1 squirrel bead
1 acorn bead
1 pewter acorn
1 flower clasp
4 teal faceted 12mm Czech glass rondelles
4 red 6mm bicone crystals
4 teal 6mm ceramic beads
4 pewter leaf charms
4 copper 4mm flat spacers
4 nickel 11/0 seed beads
15 gunmetal 1" headpins
18 gunmetal 5mm jump rings
7" gunmetal chain
1. Attach clasp to join with jump rings.
2. String mushroom, squirrel and acorn on headpins, form loops and attach to chain with small jump rings. Attach squirrel to the center of the chain and skip five links to attach the next bead on either side.
3. Create the charms on headpins, four each: red crystals; seed bead and glass bead; spacer and ceramic bead.
4. Attach the charms to 2nd link on the chain from the main beads. Attach two charms with one jump ring and repeat on the other side of the link with the other two charms.
5. Attach pewter acorn with jump ring to chain.
Designer Notes: This bracelet is 8" long. For a shorter bracelet cut the chain 1" shorter than the final length needed.
Squirrel, Acorn and Mushroom: Humblebeads. Czech glass and pewter acorn: Shipwreck Beads. All other beads: Hobby Lobby.
Humblebeads Etsy Sale! 20% off Monday - Wednesday - add "October Sale" to the notes section and wait for an updated invoice. http://www.humblebeads.etsy.com