Holiday Ornament Swap and Focus on Life Ornate

I love doing the ornament swap that Sally Russick hosts and was lucky to be paired with Linda Landig this year.

I love the ornament Linda sent. Linda made the stone snowflake and topped it with a beautiful lamp work bead.

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 For  Linda’s ornament I wanted to make a stained glass type star.

When that was not working I reached for this molten star made by Sharon Palac and left over from my bead soup.

I love the way Sharon added the bit of glitter.

The lamp work I got thru a Bead Fest swap and I am not sure who made it,  although I think it is Jan from Molten Mayhem.

I started pairing art beads and decided the blue lamp work reminded me of a beautiful winter night sky and I added sari silk to finish it.

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To you and yours I hope you have a wonderful Holiday spending time with family and friends.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Take a look at the other beautiful ornaments. Thank you Sally and Linda, the perfect challenge for the end of the year.

I have also participated in focus on life with Sally this year and I have had a hard time keeping up, but wanted to try and post for these last weeks.
 I was lucky enough to be flying with my son to Florida and we saw the most amazing clouds and sky so I decided to choose it for my picture this week.
The clouds were thick and had amazing shapes, the picture does not quite do it justice, but I think nature is so amazingly beautiful and ornate.
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Walking this year and Focus on Life Week 46-Faithful

I am finally coming up for air after a very difficult summer and fall.

One thing I started doing this year is walking with friends.  A couple of friends had challenges at work to see who got the most steps. Weekly now I have walked with many friends before school during the week, early in the morning on the weekends and even at soccer games.  The walking and talking has deepened my friendships and made this year so much easier to manage.

We frequently walk the paths by my house that have creeks. Lately we have seen a blue heron  on our walks.  This week I felt like it was posing and we were able to get close enough to take a picture. I love that I have such peace and tranquility that is near me.  I have had faith in my journey this year and try to take it one step at a time.  Have a great week.

 

Heron

 

Heron in flight


Focus on life-Week 26-Free Space

I am jumping back in this week.

It has been a flurry of activity in my life and I have spent very little time in the studio or even at my computer.

I have been enjoying days spent with family and friends and juggling more than I care too, but it is all good and I am thankful for  every single moment of

this beautiful life I get to live.

I am spending a couple of days in the country and hope I will get some great pics to post.

I am writing and scheduling this post ahead of time so I just need to add my pictures on my return on Friday and hope to get back on schedule of taking and posting pics and visiting the weeks I have missed.

Thanks for all the encouragement and comments, they warm my heart and make me smile more than you can imagine.

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start. I hope to be engaged with my blog and studio once more and plan on getting my boys to help me organize my studio space.

 

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Focus on Life Week 10-The Big Picture

I think winter will never end, but I know Spring is around the corner.

The weeks keep flying by and I am trying to take one day at a time.

It is hard not to get caught up in the little things  left undone, but I am trying to  focus on the big picture.

I had an enjoyable field trip to Jamestown, Virginia with my youngest.

I planned on packing my big camera, but it was going to be a cold and rainy day.

I am posting 2 pictures, one by my young photographer of the Powhatan Indian huts called yehakins and one of the re-created boats of Jamestown and the shore.

It was a great day and we look forward to going again in nicer weather.

 Jamestown, Virginia

I  will be enjoying a great weekend of soccer.  My oldest is back playing after a serious injury last year and I am so grateful for his recovery and the joy of watching him play.

I hope Spring is here soon and don’t forget to spring your clocks forward tonight!

Focus on Life-Week 8 Color and Week 9 up close

Thanks to Sally and all the participants you are all so inspiring.  I am trying to play catch up although I skipped the collage week 7 I hope to add that some time along the way.

I really try to capture a picture of something I did during the week. I picked up more paint to create some paintings, I am sure some paintings will show up in the coming weeks.

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March,  I love the theme of stepping out.  I am trying to get out and connect. This week I went to 1Millioncups in Loudoun to see a presentation and connect with other entrepreneurs.

I also went to an open studio hosted by Mary Kearns of Herban Lifestyle.  I purchased some incredible lip balm and a solid hand lotion in a tin, brilliant innovation  and the smell is just amazing.

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I am finding more and more that connecting with other creatives and entrepreneurs inspiring. I love  their energy and creativity and they  give me ideas that I may not have considered.

If any of you are local, I am always looking for creative play dates or field trips.

Thanks for stopping by, I am really ready for spring and I hope she shows up by the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

Focus on Life Week 6-Quiet Calm

This is my second year participating in  Focus on Life…thank you Sally and all the participants I am stretching myself in so many ways.

I took my first paining class last night and it was definitely a quiet calm moment as it started to come together and I got in to refining my painting.

It was just what I needed to add something different to my creative routine. Have a wonderful week and I hope something brought you quiet calm this week.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Focus on Life Week 4- Word(s)

In an effort to make 2014 a more productive year…I am choosing the word finish.

I used to be great about picking a few things that had to be finished each day and finished them.

Usually, when I pick 3 things to accomplish  I continue to do more.

In 2013 , I  got derailed more than normal and felt  like I was lucky to do the bare minimum.

I know the one thing that helps me accomplish my goals is consistent exercise, it clears my head and gives me energy to tackle what ever my day has ahead.

I just read a quote similar to this in a magazine…I never regret exercising, I only regret when I skip a work out.

This is so true for me, so heres to finishing a work out and my goals for the day.

Just for fun my picture is  snapped from a French verb dictionary.

What helps you stay on track, please share.  Thanks for coming by and have a great week.

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Focus on Life Week 3 Self-Portrait

Last year when Sally assigned a self-portrait, I was sure I would not snap an acceptable picture. I not only got one, but I really love it.

So, this year I was ready to jump in….many pictures later I have 2 that I am sharing.  Have a fantastic week and thanks for visiting and all your wonderful comments!

To be able to capture a picture of yourself that feels like the essence of how you view yourself is fantastic.  I love these 2 photos because I really feel like my eyes are smiling.

The top and bottom photos have been softened with the middle one left as is.

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Focus on Life Week 2 Silhouette

Focus on Life Week 2

Focus on Life Week 1 2014- Minimalism

I am thrilled to be continuing my journey  with Sally Russick of the Studio Sublime and all the 2014 Focus on Life Participants. There is still time to sign up.

My infinity necklace that belonged to my mom, keeps me connected to her in so many ways and reminds me of infinite possibilities in the simplicity of life every day.

May the New Year bring you health, happiness and infinite possibilities, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

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