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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bead Soup!

So I joined the Bead Soup Blog Party (you can see more about it on the badge over there --->

I am excited. I just purchased the "clasp" that I hope to send my partner. I have lots of ideas for focals. Some that I have here and some that I would purchase. I am not sure what style my partner has yet and we are supposed to send something that is a bit different than their style, so I am waiting! I like this exchange because we get to keep what we make from what I partner sent us. So it is fun to put a soup together because it is like putting together a wonderful gift for someone, knowing that they get to use their own creativity to make it come to life! Then how exciting that you also get the same in return and it will be something that is different than your style and you get to use your own creative energy to make something that you get to keep! This is a blog party and so I am a little nervous, as this really has been my private little place and I do much more on here than just post about my creative fun. The upside is that it will push me to post more about my creative fun! :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Peeling Away the Layers

To sound cliche', Life is a Journey. Each experience building upon another. There are those "ah ha" moments, although I feel that they simply are moments of realization that only become part of who you are through the practice of what you learned in those "ah ha" moments. Thus, as each experience builds on the last, we become like an onion......layer upon layer.
I beleive that in my years of living this life I thought that there would be some magical "ah ha" moment that would simply "fix" me and I would be this "perfect" being. I spent many years searching for that. My "ah ha" moment this week has been that there is no magical "ah ha" moment that will "fix" me. Moreover, I am not "broken", (and so the title of my blog, be OK with who you are, even if you want to change.) rather.....I learn new concepts each and every day and this learning is layered one on top of the other fitting together almost like a jigsaw puzzle, only not as neat and simple. Only when we practice and work with each layer, do we truly incorporate that as part of our being. I have added additional layers over the last few weeks. It is daunting to be mindful of these newly discovered layers and practice them so they become part of my soul. I am encouraged and thankful that I have found these new layers and welcome the opportunity to practice them and make them part of my soul. Much Love to you all as you walk this journey called life and are not broken either, you simply are a work of art in progress......a beautiful work of art......Peace.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hit Continue....instead of quit

Some days I eye the quit button and just want to hit it and say...."I quit"!!! Not my job, but life....everything. Instead I hit continue. Keep going.....keep on keeping on. I travel Monday through Friday for my job. This means that I am in my car......a LOT! So I have taken up audio books. Before that I had every sports radio stationed programed in my car. Now, I am listening to books that I have not had time to read. I am loving it. Curently I am listening to Eat, Pray, Love. If you have read the book and not heard the audio version, I highly recommend that you listen to it. The author herself is the narrator and the words flow so effortlessly out of her mouth. The various languages that she uses have the most beautiful sound.
That being said. I am incredibly sad as I listen to this book. I am not sure why. There is a part of me that wonders if I am simply envious that she was able to live abroad for a year, doing nearly exactly what my soul would love to do. Or is it possible that I resonate with everything she is communicating in this book. I have not determined what is causing the saddness, moreover I am continuing to listen to this book even though I feel my heart growing heavier with every word. I beleive there is a spiritual crisis occuring. I must allow the work that my heart and soul require to be accomplished, although hitting the quit button seems a much easier route.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

We Killed a Tree *super sad face*

This past weekend a tree company came knocking on our door. They were in the neighborhood doing work (I had seen them) and wanted to know if we wanted the dead branches on our trees trimmed for half price. (being the dead of winter and all (with 4 feet of snow on the ground). I showed SOME interest, afterall, we are surrounded by trees (protected waterlands on the Huron River) We can't touch the trees in our "backyard" due to the protected waterlands, however our front yard we are able to. We have 2 really UGLY trees (Maybe Lindens?) and 1 gorgeous old Oak tree. We did a lot of landscaping around this beautiful tree. Actually, when we moved into our home we discovered that carpenter ants had taken up residence in our garage. We found a nest or two and our garage header was half eaten away. So it wasn't a huge stretch when the tree man looked at our oak tree and said...."Oh My God! that tree is infested with carpenter ants and it is hollowed out, that thing is going to fall any second". I asked how much it would cost to take down this tree. He gave me a price and I said there really isn't a way I can pay for that right now but that I would discuss it with my husband. We discussed it and after inspecting the tree ourselves came to the conclusion that indeed it was infested with ants and it needed to come down. My husband was more distraught by this than I was. Partly due to the money, however more due to losing the tree. Afterall, it WAS a gorgeous beautiful living tree! Before I finish this are some photos:

First our backyard and the river. Lovely view (we have since stained the deck) The walkway to the river is raised to about the tree level! Then our work around our lovely oak tree. This was acutally the first year, we did more last year around it. I just can't find those photos. Then...........
 Our beautiful tree just yesterday Morning.......
 You can see the bark is missing about half way up.....

 Oh....nice....the tree service trimming the Linden trees nicked our power line with the chain saw....did not bother to tell us and thought that black electrical tape would work just fine????!!!

 This Orange cone is protecting our pine tree we planted 2 years ago, we didn't want to lose that!
 This man was fearless! I would never be able to do that job! I was anxious just watching him climb it!
 Here is where we saw a "crack" thinking this thing was going to come tumbling down any second....
 Nice repair job....NOT!
 The aftermath.....and I have no idea what to do with the wood.......ugh!
Here is the final kicker......that tree was NOT hollowed out by ants! This piece if you look close is the one that had the "crack"......that tree MAY have needed to come down some day......but it certainly was in no danger of coming down "any second". Our hearts are so sad.......:(

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jewelry I have made!

In Honor of the Bead Soup Blog Party that I just signed up for, I thought it may be nice to share some photos of jewelry that I recently have created.

The bracelet is my ultimate favorite. Chunky mismatched gemstones. Lampwork beads include some that Sonya Husko made, some Jill Symons, and Andrea G. made and the last one I made at a class. I wanted to update my profile photo, so you have that as well...the last one is a full shot and you can see 2 of my 3 Chihuly pieces in the background! I am off to have a frank discussion with my primary care physician on his NON availability to me when I need prescription refills (GRRR). Also sad news today as our lovely oak tree is coming down as it has been hollowed out by carpenter ants! WHO KNEW!!?? I will post more on that later, with photos! Peace and Love to you all.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Beads

So yes, I melt glass to make beads. These are 2 pics of beads that I have made that I love. The first are tulip beads that actually won a contest with Corrina Tettinger. The second is my talisman bead that is currently on my prayer beads as my 109 bead. I remember when I made this bead.......My muse simply took over. I have not set up my studio in our new home, determined that I must finish writing my dissertation. Perhaps I do need to set up my studio to allow for periods of creativity for small goals accomplished. Yes. I just may do this..........

Friday, February 7, 2014

Artsy stuff

So this is my blog that mostly no one reads. That is about to change! I am planning to sign up for the Bead Soup Blog Party this weekend! I am very excited about this endevor. I am a glass bead maker that  currently has no studio (by choice, as I must complete my dissertation before I set it up again) however I do need to let out some of my creativity, so I have taken to making jewelry. I don't sell it, I just make it for gifts and friends. I am looking forward to this process. On the "reveal" date, everyone hops around to the different blogs and views the finished project that was created with the beads that were sent by the partner assigned to us. THUS, my personal little spot here will be invaded! Maybe this will push me to post pictures of my creations and keep this blog more updated! Stay Tuned!