Monday, January 23, 2012

Remembering Your Roots

“Never destroy any aspect of personality, for what you think is the 

wild branch may be the heart of the tree.” 

~Mrs. Henry George~

I took this picture during my last visit home to Georgia. It was a beautiful afternoon, and I snapped this photo while visiting my grandmother's gravesite. As difficult as it is to explain, this picture encompasses how I felt during the trip. Nostalgic, emotional, many things about my family I'd love to know. I often think about my roots and all the little things to which I can attribute my personality and spirit. I had such a great time, conversing with my cousins, aunts, uncles about the good ole' days and learned some valuable information about my family heritage. My grandmother is of Native American decent, and embraced so much of their spirituality and reverence for nature. Her mother's name (my great Grandmother) was "Nancy Sophronia" - an amazingly beautiful name of Greek origin, which means "wise". I could tell you some funny stories; I could share some sad ones, but I'd rather just share my feelings with you through this picture. I encourage you to dig a little into your roots. Take a small climb up your family tree; you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find, wild branches and all!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Last Project of 2011

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can. I wish you Happy New Year and diary full of best stories ever written in your life".

~Douglas Pagels~

2011 has been a great year.  2012 is already off to an incredible start!  I wish you all an amazing year filled with much love, creativity, abundance and peace.  Challenge yourself to learn more, do more and be more this year.  Don't accept mediocrity; aim for excellence in all areas of your life.  Spend time with friends and family who want the best for you and support you in all your endeavors.  DO NOT invest time and energy into relationships which drain you rather than fill you with hope and strength.  Most of all, remember to be KIND to yourself.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you.   Take a few moments along your journey to relish in your accomplishments and enjoy your successes.  


Below is my last creation of 2011.  A friend commissioned me to create this piece for her boyfriend's mother...she adores horses.  Nakota and Nevada (baby and mother) were the subjects.  I wanted to capture the essence of horses - worn leather, a little rugged with warm colors.  Etched brass mounted on stained glass soldered pendant with antique bronze wire-wrapped beads.  I loved working on this project.  More to come in 2012!