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ODDITIES, ECLECTICS, & A COLLECTION OF NEAT THINGS

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ODDITIES, ECLECTICS, & A COLLECTION OF NEAT THINGS

I wanted to see some unique and different things. Being an artist, it’s always nice to be refreshed by the handiwork of other fellow artists.

I came up with a concept of putting together odd items that caught my eye from various designers.

Click this link  to take a look at what l thought to be pretty eye catching . . .

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjQ1NTY3NTB8MjcyMzkzOTI2MA/oddities?ref=pr_treasury

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CRAFTING INSPIRATION TODAY: QUOTES

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Today as a jewelry artist, I found motivation from one of my favorite poems, “Phenomenal Woman” written by Maya Angelou. My favorite line and the theme of the poem reads, ‘I’m  a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that’s me.’

What a powerhouse statement!  It should speak to the mind and spirit of every woman today. Look at the hats many of us  wear, and yet we  still accomplish our tasks with  such a finesse. Well today I’m sharing what I was inspired to create:

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I felt so empowered after remembering that quote I had to express it.  I really like how these pieces of jewelry turned out. It’s great when we can create out of love for what we do and the simplistic gifts that we are blessed with everyday. These earrings can be found here if interested:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/121153290/maya-angelou-inspired-earrings-quote

So what’s your motivation today behind your work, whether you’re a writer, visual artist or a craftsmen/woman?  What do you like to use as motivation to keep those wheels turning and those creative juices flowing?

I decided to close out by including the poem, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ :

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

Happy Crafting, and Have A Phenomenal Day ;-)!

AS A MAN THINKETH . . .

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You’ve heard the old adage, ‘AS A MAN THINKETH,  SO IS HE’ ?  Turns out that there is much truth to the statement. The current trends of the new age era emphasizes positive thinking, affirmations and declarations as a way of life, and in many ways, there is a lot of validity.

Think about it. How many times have you thought about someone out of concern, and then the phone rings and it’s them? Or thought to yourself, ‘today is gonna be a good day’ and magically, it was a fantastic day? Perception is everything, and what we think about our selves and the world around us has major impact as to how others both see and treat us as well.

For example, it’s hard to be angry and still smile. Most angry people express their anger by frowning up. The return response usually is that a person will see the frown on our face and try to avoid us.  Our simple facial expression based on a personal emotion can become a roadblock  to us making a very important connection in our lives.

In a day like today where stress levels are at an all time high, a time when many people are facing uncertainty from day to day, positiveness, goodness and encouraging thoughts are more valuable than ever. I try to keep a few  in my pocket at all times ;-D

By the way, if you are interested in having  this powerful expression available to you for daily wear, feel free to check it out at the link below.

Until next time, chow and Tis the Season . . . :=D

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/118584511/aluminum-cliche-handstamped-cuff-ring-as

CREATIVE EYES–DO THEY ALL SEE ALIKE?

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Perhaps it’s upbringing, because as a young adult, I can still hear the voice of my parents saying “don’t waste your food, there are too many hungry people in the world to make waste!”

So here I am today, and while I wouldn’t classify myself as a hoarder, I am always thinking of ways to make something out of what others may call scraps or junk. Lately, I’ve been finding myself looking around my closet and selecting items that would have ordinarily gotten tossed, only to challenge myself to make something of them.

Here’s a few ideas I came up with:

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This bracelet was inspired by the growing rise of youth being challenged by bullies. I thought it would be pretty cool to wear something that allows the victim of these insults to strike back- making their own statement.

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This bracelet was upcycled from pink pillow cases I no longer used but still loved the color. It actually sold    on my etsy shop.

I guess the question to be answered is, do all creative people see the value in things that others consider  as junk? Is that the common denominator in most artists’ alike? I’d love to hear your perspective on this.  Until next time, Happy Sharing!