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Art Can Carry Us in Hard Times

It’s hard for me to admit, but I am a news junkie, always have been. But within the current state of affairs, consuming the news takes on a whole new connotation, like being in the grip of high drama. There is so much devastation in the world – so much consternation and animus. I am overwhelmed by the scenes of destruction, loss and grief that flash across my screens every day. It imbues a sense of hopelessness. When I see this kind of sad ruination I have to ask myself is what I do for a living is worthwhile. Is jewelry, and its expression as an art form, really making a contribution to the betterment of our planet, our humanity,...

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Authenticity with heART

They're here - the new prototypes have arrived!   I’m often asked why I have made the decision to change directions with my business, and the most truthful answer is authenticity. When I first began designing jewelry, I made the jewelry that was in my heart. It was full of inspiration and creative influences I experienced in my life. As interest and business grew, it was clear that I was going to have to make some compromises in my artistry and aesthetic to accommodate my wholesale business model. This was a pivotal point in the evolution of my business, because this is when joy (and artistic freedom) walked out the door. I let it happen believing that the income from...

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Didn't Stick the Landing ... This Time

                                 “Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” Brene Brown, quoted from the podcast Magic Lessons, Season 1, Episode 12 Brene Brown happened to utter this line within the first few minutes of the podcast and I was hooked. I was equally stunned and captivated by the rest of the conversation between Brown and the podcast host, Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of BIg Magic and Eat, Pray, Love). The overriding theme was that of vulnerability and courage and what really hit home was when Gilbert and Brown started talking about inspiration and failure. Both women have had their share of personal...

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New Beginnings

"What you seek is seeking you" ~ Rumi - Bronze and silver Shiva bracelet with lotus bud drop, representing New Beginnings, Renewal and Enlightenment When was the last time you walked through a new door? Was it New Year’s Day? Was it the day your child was born? Was it the day you were married—or divorced? Perhaps the day you quit your job? What did it feel like? A breath of fresh air? A lightened load and spring in your step? A wider, expanded sky above you? I’m feeling all of that and more. Today I’m happily announcing a new beginning. Because today I am recommitting myself to the artist within me, my craft, my jewelry. Today is a sigh...

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