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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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Ande Cruz, the founder of our Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank group, had another great idea for those of us who blog. What if we posted photos, once a month, that embody Why We Do What We Do? These posts will be short and sweet.

For November, I chose this photo Dan took of me creating textures using Chasing & Repousse. Why do I do what I do? It is because I Love to Move Metal!

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers are sharing about themselves:

Andes Cruz
angelojones

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

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“Why do I do What I do?” is the starting point for this month’s topic of the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank discussion.

Initially, this question stopped me in my tracks. How do I answer this? Then it became clear.

There is a force that is part of my personality. It drives who I am. I am compelled to be creative. I need to work with my hands because I find it fulfilling. I have done this for as long as I can remember. Whether it was coloring books and not staying inside the lines. Knitting and dropping a stitch. Sewing and needing to rip out crooked seams. Stained glass and dealing with glass fractures. Metalwork and melting bezels. With each exploration comes a fall; the proverbial scraping of the knee and then healing.

The joy of expression that I love is the creative process. Sure there are failures but that just means I am growing as an artist. If I wasn’t trying new things, I would remain stagnate and I find that unacceptable. As long as there is breath in my body, I am going to be making things, experimenting, learning and yes, growing.

Each of us are born with gifts; a particular talent or talents unique to who we are. I know this to be true. As I was meditating and reflecting earlier in this year, it was as if my eyes were opened and understanding grew like a sunrise in my mind. Maybe that’s where the expression “It dawned on me” came from….a glorious sunrise enveloping everything in bright warm light making the obscure visible. I finally knew and understood that I was given the gift to be an artist and express my interpretation of God’s creations.

Those who know my work, know I am drawn to trees. They are my muses. For years I attempted to interpret their unique beauty. Now I have found a niche through my Treescape and Botanical series to express my love of them.

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Dendritic Opal Pendant Set in Sterling Silver from Treescapes

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Aspen cuff in Sterling Silver  from Botanicals

Please let me encourage all of you to find your inner gifts. They are there. You may already be using them. Or they may be fighting to come out. Either way, living deep within you is the drive and the force to be seen and heard. They are fighting to reach the surface of your being because they are an essential part of who you are. Listen. Allow those abilities to manifest. Will there be moments of disappointment and discouragement? Yes. These are inevitable as you seek to discover your gifts. Please do not let perceived failures dissuade you from your true path. Please ignore to the inner and outer critics. Be fearless.

Know this. Joy awaits you as your inner gifts awaken and grow with your loving attention and nurturing.

Now lets see what my fellow bloggers had to share on this topic:

Andes Cruz 

angelojones

Diana Bell

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

What kind of a title is that? Well, for September’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank writers, one of our own, Tosca Teran, came up with the suggestion to select from your favorite blog, book, or reading material, the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”) and then drop them into this phrase:
“_____ is the new _____.”

So my title came from one of my favorite books, The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg.

I will say this is a very interesting writing challenge. It did take me a few passes through this book to find something that I felt would work for me. My preference is to keep things positive and uplifting. I feel this phrase, “Divine is the new Great“, does that and more.

For me the word ‘divine’ has a very positive, joyful connotation. My preference has always been to choose to be happy and find the good, even in adversity. If everyone had that goal, seeking things that are uplifting, and being that ray of sunshine in others lives, that would most definitely be the new Great.

Now lets see what my fellow Think Tankers found and wrote about:

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

August’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank:  “How do you envision the possibilities for the future?”

My husband and I have been thinking about this with greater focus for the past couple of years. We’ve been doing a lot of research about where we would like to live, because as my husband puts it, “Retirement opens a whole new world of opportunity”. Why not consider relocating?

As I have thought about the future, my future, our future, these are some of my expectations, hopes, wishes, goals and more.

Where ever we choose to live, I want to get up every morning and enjoy some form of exercise. Whether that’s walks with the dogs, workouts in the privacy of our home or refreshing swims. It’s important to me to keep active. It clears my mind, releases those lovely little endorphins and keeps the blood circulating.

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I want to be more involved as an artist. Work in my studio every day. Get together with fellow artists. Be part of the local art community. Continue to find new venues for my work. Being creative is essential to how I want to live.

Location, location, location. Where will we live? We’ve been exploring the NW. Washington state has an appeal for all its beauty, proximity to the ocean, mountains, wildlife, hiking, photographic opportunity and artist community. We love living in Colorado. It has much of the same appeal as Washington state does, yet the winters in Colorado can be more cold with more snow. We are still undecided on this topic and fortunately, we still have plenty of time to make decisions.

It’s my opinion that you have to prepare for the future you want. That doesn’t mean that you need to become obsessed with it in terms of the “I’ll be happy when…” syndrome. It just means that there needs to be some awareness of where you want to be and what you want to do as you make decisions in the present. Those present day decisions will have an affect on your future.

I can say I am looking forward to what the future may hold and trust that it will be good.

Let’s see what my fellow bloggers had to say about their anticipated futures:

Andes Cruz
angelojones
Tosca Teran
Diana Bell

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

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One of my happy places

June’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank is post ONE picture of your happy place.

This is in my studio space. My bench looks like an explosion hit because I have been in a serious creative mode. Now I could have tidied it up for this post, but that wouldn’t give you the ‘realistic’ picture, so I thought “What the heck? I’m happy in this space so I will share.”

There’s lots of natural light with a great view of our back yard. I can watch the bassets play when they aren’t keeping me company in the studio. I can pause and watch the weather. When I enter this space, I feel a calm, soothing effect; Zen moments where I can relax and be at peace. Priceless.

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers have posted on this fun topic.

Andes Cruz
angelojones
Beth Cyr
Allegra Sleep

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

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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