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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 ;-)!

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