Birthdays and Dreams

I turned 36 this year, and that isn’t what this post is about, but I love this place in life!

It’s been a few months since my last post because of some really exciting things going on in my world keeping me busy – more on that in another post!

You may have guessed I’m inspired by Paulo Coelho and his book, The Alchemist, and you would be correct. This year, for my birthday, my sweetheart decided to impress me with a signed copy of my favorite book, and a leather journal to write all of my thoughts and dreams in! I cried a little. I love this gift, and the giver very much. 😍


I probably won’t read this leather bound and signed edition, I will likely use this old paperback copy still, but my cup just runs over and over by this kindness, so much so I had to share with you! 😘

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Bracelets

Making bracelets makes my metaphorical heart happy. I’ve been enjoying making fabric cuffs using pieces of denim and fabric and buttons I having lying around. Here are some that I have posted to my etsy site – and some that aren’t posted yet.

 

I have also been working on some beaded bracelets – I deconstructed some I had made previously and started over. So far I like the results!

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Let me know what you think:)

Thanks for reading!

Valerie.

Spring Break: 2016

Just a short story, and then to my latest jewelry creations.

I haven’t had an official “Spring Break” since 1998 – my senior year in HS (no old jokes, please). This year though, since I’ve broken free of the chains of my former job, and recently took up substitute teaching, I HAVE A REAL SPRING BREAK!

Since I’m kind(ish), I am watching a friends dog, at my house, while HE is gone away with his kids for spring break. Did I mention I live in Michigan, and our spring has begun with snow and buckets of rain? Oh, well, I should have. Not that I’m complaining – I have plants that need rain, but standing outside with the “old girl” (I like calling her old girl instead of her name. She’s a year old), in the rain, while she sniffs around looking for the perfect spot for her gift to me…well, it makes me question my decision making skills.

She’s a lovely specimen with beautiful brown eyes and curly reddish brown hair, but standing in the rain for several minutes, waiting for something I don’t even really want is not my idea of fun.

OK, enough complaining. Thanks for the space to rant a moment. 🙂

Here is the old girl:

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The “old girl,” my house guest for Spring Break.

PS- in case you were wondering, she was banned from my creative space, though she doesn’t shed – I can’t have her sniffing around in here!

2016: anew

The first day of 2016 was the official last day of my former job of 8+ years. I left on my own terms in order to “figure out” what I wanted to do next in the world. I spent the first day and weekend in the normal way of weekending since it was a holiday, but then Monday, 1/4/2016 rolled around and I woke up sans alarm clock at whatever time seemed appropriate. I’m sure I showered, but I certainly didn’t leave the house. I remember walking into my art room and thinking I could paint, or draw, or make something, because I had nothing else to do! What a fantastic feeling!

You may be thinking I’ve lost my mind, but I assure you it is still there.

So, about 15 minutes into my coffee, I decided I should think about opening an Etsy Shop. I have always wanted to create things for people to love (and that I love). I texted my dear friend, Emily, and said I needed her SOON. She promptly replied that Tuesday would work since her husband would be out of the house (!)

That next night was the first of many Tuesday nights spent creating, drinking wine, discussing ideas, dreaming and gathering momentum for what was to come, and what is still to come.

I have decided the future of my life can no longer be filled with things that don’t bring me joy. This is a little late in the way of “New Year’s resolutions,” but still worth saying. I find myself waking up excited about the possibilities, instead of dreading the daily grind. I hope you may find yourself with the same sort of positivity and happiness.