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January’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere think tank is, “What has had an impact on me lately?” It was this quote from Steve Martin, shared by a Facebook friend and social media guru, John Paul Aguilar.  It just hit me like a ton of bricks. I have this quote in a number of places so I can see it every day.

Why did this resonate with me? Well, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all experienced being snubbed. In the art world, where I think I can feel a bit more vulnerable, it has happened. Generally, I find this type of behavior, to make someone else feel less than adequate, tends to come from shallow, insecure individuals. I just do my best to brush off the negative feelings I experience, as they serve no purpose.

When I saw this quote, it made me smile in its wisdom and simplicity. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Yes! That’s it.

Thank you Steve for saying this. Thank you John for sharing. May this have the same positive influence on you that it has had on me.

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers have to share on this month’s topic.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person….oh yes, I am going to be so good, I cannot be ignored.

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January’s Why I do what I do is: I have a strong need to grow and learn.

“Fear of failure becomes fear
of success for those who never
try anything new.”

Excerpt From: Wayne W. Dyer. “Everyday Wisdom for Success.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/tASfx.l

Pictured are a few of my metalsmithing failures. Designs gone awry, melted bezels, solder globs, poor execution. Not everything I try works. Yet, I LEARN from those failures and improve, because I am willing to try new things. Someone once told me that if you didn’t make any mistakes, it just means you weren’t trying hard enough. These mishaps make me a better artist. When you fall down, brush off the dirt, get up and move on.

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers have shared:

Andes Cruz

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I continue to aspire to me more as an artist and a person.

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New Year’s Day. The beginning of a new year. It’s a time when many embrace resolutions and positive changes in their lives. Those who know me understand that I am not one for making resolutions at the start of any new year, because I believe that every day is an opportunity for positive change in my life, not just the beginning of a new year.   However, if you are inclined to make New Year Resolutions, then I encourage all who do and would add this to help keep on track. Remember that each day you wake, it is another opportunity. If you miss a step, that’s ok. Just keep going. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. How accurate that is, I don’t really know. What I do know from personal experience is that when I make the decision to do something, that’s my trigger for making it happen.

My wish for you on this first day of 2016 is “The Gift of Time“. We tend to treasure it, but it is fleeting. I am learning to focus on the present moment for that is all we truly have. We tend to focus more on the concept of time at the start of a New Year. Yet if we realize that each new day is another gift of time, I think so much more can be accomplished.

Last year at an art event, I was given some advice about using my time, that I shared in an earlier blog post. That advice was to go into my studio every day for 5 minutes. In my case, I start at my jeweler’s bench. Generally I see multiple things in the works. I examine works in progress, contemplate what I am being called to create, if anything, and see what happens. Sometimes the desire to create takes over. Other times I have felt the need to tidy up. Then there are times when I just stare at everything and feel a bit overwhelmed. More often than not, each time I spend those first five minutes in my studio, I find that they do evolve into an hour or more. That is pure joy for me.

I would encourage you to give yourself the Gift of Time this year. I know how hard it is. While I don’t have children, I do have a career (the day job).  I create my art at night and on weekends. I have a loving husband, a home, and three wonderful basset hounds. I have friends who I get to spend time with. Pure gold for me is extended periods of time, 4 or more hours to be creative in my studio. While that doesn’t happen very often, when it does, it is pure magic. Finding or making the time to do something just for ourselves is difficult. I have read some suggestions to schedule 5 – 30 minutes a day for yourself. I don’t do that, but I do make a point to have those precious 5 minutes. If they turn into something more, all the better.

Each day is packed with 24 hour segments of opportunities. Do I waste time? Yes. We all do. Be aware of those things that allow us to procrastinate; I call them the “time-eaters”.  For me, I can get sucked into wasting time on the internet, in particular, Facebook. As much as Facebook is a great way to connect and build a business following, it is also a huge time drain for me if I let that happen. Set time limits. Be willing to say no. Control what you can. Just start with the gift of 5 minutes for yourself, to use however you please. Build on that.

All of us have things we have to do and that consumes a chunk of our time too. Recently I have found that if I just get those things done, it never takes as long as I thought it would. With that, I find I have ‘extra time’ to do what I want.

We tend to think on this first day of the New Year that the year in front of us holds such promise. I would suggest that we change this mind set to recognize that each day we wake, we have a day in front of us that holds such promise. For me, that is the true Gift of Time.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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May your Holiday Season be bright.

May the New Year find your life enriched and filled with unexpected joys.

Thank you for following my blog.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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December’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank is: What I am Looking forward to?

Where do I begin?

The holidays for sure. I get to spend some quality time with Dan, our bassets and my studio! We are going to enjoy a break from our day jobs and have a stay-cation. I just love being home. Projects to finish and begin. Snuggle time with the bassets. Date days/nights with Dan. Perfection.

In 2016, many things are coming to light. I’m looking forward to my first exhibition with fellow artist, Jo Gaston, who is a very talented oil painter. We are collaborating on a joint show that will start in May at Commonwheel Artists Coop in Manitou Springs. The theme will be botanical. My focus will be with my Chasing and Repousse works.

I look forward to what life has in store. The possibilities. Sometimes it just boggles my imagination to think about what the future may hold. It’s exciting. It has also taught me to keep myself as firmly rooted as I can in the present, for the present moment is truly all we really have. Enjoy life at this very moment in time.

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers had to share on this topic!

Andes Cruz

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Beth Cyr

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Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

 

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Why do I do what I do? Because I love nature; leaves are my muse.

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Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers have shared:

Andes Cruz

marie bell

Until next time I aspire to be more as an artist and a person

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For the past 5 years, I have been one of the artists of the Front Range Open Studios. Doors have been opened, new friendships have occurred and I have had the pleasure of working with the most enthusiastic, energetic founder of the studio tours, Nancy Bonig, who inspires me and is a great friend.

Each year, Nancy opens her home for us and hosts a Customer Appreciation Party for all of you who have supported us by becoming fans and purchasing our work. It is a private, invitation only event. Yet I wanted to share this here for those who are not part of my mailing list (you can sign up here) and may live in the Tri-Lakes area of Colorado. We want to thank you and invite you to this event too.

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As you can see, I will be joined by 5 other artists from the tour. We will have some unique works, some at special pricing, as our way of thanking you.

Please come and enjoy the festive atmosphere and holiday treats. We love talking about our process, our latest works and art in general.

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May your Holiday Season be bright, filled with love and laughter.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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Selected works available at my next trunk show

I am curious. How many of you go to Trunk Shows? And of those who do, what do you think of them?

My goal, when I have a trunk show is to present my latest works. I want to give clients a chance to be the first to choose from new creations. I am always striving to create those unique forms of personal adornment that allow the wearer to express their individuality.

That being said, my annual Holiday Trunk Show, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, will take place on:

Day/Time – Saturday – November 28, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LocationSanta Fe Trail Jewelry
215 Chapala Plaza
Monument, CO 80132
719.481.0250

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Textured Sterling Silver Earrings with gypsy set faceted Rhodolites.

Marylee Reisig is the owner of Santa Fe Trail Jewelry. She works very hard to create the wonderful atmosphere that is ‘The Trail‘, which embodies her creative soul and love of the arts. She has represented me for years and this trunk show has become an annual event for us. Her support is invaluable and she truly cares about the artists, their work and her clientele. She’s continually growing what is available in her unique space and her warmth permeates this great location in Historic Downtown Monument Colorado.

Back to my earlier questions. If you have never attended a Trunk Show, I would encourage you to do so. It gives you an opportunity to visit with the artist that has put their heart and soul into their designs and work.

If you live in the area, please visit Marylee and me during this event. If you can’t make the date, I would encourage you to visit Santa Fe Trail Jewelry to enjoy the experience and look for that one of a kind work of art.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Until next time, I aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Obviously this is the perfect topic for November’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank members to write about.

I am thankful for so many things, it is hard to know where to begin and where to stop.

I have immense gratitude for:

My husband Dan

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Our love, friendship, understanding, support and so much more

Our basset hounds

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The God given gift to be an artist

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My studio space

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People who enjoy my work and become collectors

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My day job

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My intellect, sense of humor, stubbornness, determination and all those qualities that make me me.

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Being creative and a problem solver

My parents; their work ethic, their values and love

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Music

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Life

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These are just a few of the things for which I am extremely grateful.

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers had to share on this topic:

Andes Cruz

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Until next time, aspire to be more as a person and artist.

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Opening Reception Friday, November 20th, 5 – 8 pm
Market runs November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Part of “Shop Manitou Night” on November 20.

Please join me for the opening reception next Friday November 20th,  from 5-8pm.

The Commonwheel Artists Holiday Market is a favorite tradition in our area. I’m happy to be one of the Colorado artists participating in the event. This truly is a great opportunity to shop for and give the gift of fine art.

Location:
Commonwheel Artists Co-op
102 Cañon Avenue • Manitou Springs, CO 80829
719-785-1008

I have created a new collection of works, Treescapes and other art jewelry to express your individuality and find that perfect gift.

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Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Namaste.

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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Kathleen Krucoff

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist, Metalsmith & Basset Hound Fan

I've never been one to color inside the lines, so why should my work be constrained by any boundaries?

Being creative is a way of life for me. Metalworking satisfies my love of working with my hands. I consider my art jewelry to be unique forms of personal adornment.

I am blessed to share my life with my best friend, soul mate and husband, Dan. We share our home with three adorable basset hounds.

Aspiring to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff Art Jewelry

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