Thursday, January 30, 2014

Small Changes = Big Impact

Now my noggin is always trying to figure out how to make small changes to already beautiful items....here are some small changes that make a big impact...

Using a beautiful brass bird stamping,I hammered it on a round mandrel and then soldered on jump rings made out of bronze wire...



I added some patina,then attached some delicious leather cord,closure and beads.


Here I simply added metal paint to a yummy copper plated frame




and lastly I wanted to add some bling to a ready made bronze bezel,so I cut up some rhinestone strand and attached it to the frame with resin creating a scalloped frame.I LOVE this look!!





I finished this piece with a yummy handmade leather bail,brass drop Paper Whimsy Image and resin.


So,there you go,making small changes,but having a big impact! Happy Creating friends!!


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Paper Whimsy Giveaway Winner!!

Thankful to each and everyone of you for leaving a comment on the previous post! The winner is dum dum duuuum...
#29 Cindy Kern
Cindy I will email you shortly.Thank you all again.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Treasure Everyday




Happy Sunday dear friends!! Today I have a new post on the Paper Whimsy Inspire Blog. Using one of PW Santos Cage Dolls well,...it's easy to be inspired.Be sure to stop by the blog and see how I made "Treasure Everyday".


I also have some new Paper Whimsy Inspired Pendants in the shop...I painted the metal frames on these and added a collage and covered them in two layers of resin!! Very sweeeeeet!!
You can visit my shop here to see more!!

And with Paper Whimsy on the brain,I'm offering a yummy giveaway for one of the pendants...naturally the one named "Treasure Everyday"...heehee...


but that's not all...


Gale at Paper Whimsy is also giving away one $25.00 Gift Certificate!!!
Woohoo that's two winners!!

Here is what you have to do to Enter:
  • Leave a Comment here on my Blog with a Way to Reach You if you Win. (Email)
  •  Sign Up for the Paper Whimsy Newsletter For Current Specials, PW Inspire Tutorials, and Giveaways. 
  • You can Also  Like the Paper Whimsy Facebook Page to Learn More about Current Whimsy News.
How cool is that!! I'll pick the winner next Sunday the 19th!!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Lesson

“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” Ana├»s Nin
I'll be honest,I'm a loner, a homebody.I enjoy some interaction but for the most part,I prefer to be with my family.  I don't like to share much about myself and in social settings,I would much rather crawl under a rock. I'm most definitely NOT a social butterfly,in fact I often say the wrong things and when introduced to someone new I overcompensate my shy demeanor with a loud and often times ridiculous hello.I like to work hard and go after my dreams, but in my soft spoken way. I like to do things on my own, in my own way, in my own time

This past year, on this road of self discovery,I realized at last,that I'm ok with all of that! Thankful for the journey and the lessons, I've identified who and what I am, and I am no longer trying to hide it. But through the process I somehow managed to come out of my shell and realized that I had a second whisper that slowly crawled it's way up into my heart. The need of stepping outside my comfort zone...something that as an introvert I find very difficult...but none the less I knew it had to be done and it could only be achieved by stepping out from behind a computer screen.

So when deciding to step out of my comfort zone this year by teaching live, this was a very big deal for me. In doing so I realized the shy quiet person inside me,also needed to see and feel the kindness of others,the hand holding and encouragement building....that it's ok to feel awkward in social settings,that, even though I want to throw up when people are looking at me,...it can also be so very rewarding when sharing, laughing, and understanding with like minded individuals. Stepping out of my comfort zone,has given this quiet little soul courage to continue even when all I want to do is turn back. From my quiet place, I can still shake the world in my own gentle way, but by stepping out every now and then my voice becomes clear from the inside out and the shaking becomes a vigorous quake,creating ripples in the ocean of my spirit.

 My quest for 2014 is in finding balance.  My strong need for the inward journey as well as the open traveler,often making mistakes and saying the wrong things but learning as I go. 

May you find peace and balance in this new year.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,