Sunday, August 29, 2010

Be Happy

Today as I was visiting my favorite blogs, I came across this amazing video at FRENCH CHARMING. Karyn of French Charming has started "Project Butterfly" as a result of going through one of the most challenging times of her life in the hopes to empower and inspire others through self discovery.

Enjoy the video ......it is amazing......drink in all that it can bless you with on this glorious Sunday morning. And drop on over to French Charming to check out the details of Project Butterfly.

Tootles

Diana

Friday, August 27, 2010

Of Towers and Turrets


Just had to share with you all a fantastic new on-line class starting today with talented Deryn Mentock and Sharon Tomlinson. No need to panic as there is plenty of time to sign-up and get going. The on-line class will be available for about four months and you can work at your leisure. Just click on Deryn's name and you will be flown on over to her site with all of the exciting details.
This is an amazing class with so many techniques being taught...WOW....inspiration galore!!
Tootles
Diana

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Playing With Clay


-My bead-

I had the pleasure of spending this last weekend with Jonna Faulkner, a truly amazing jewelry artist.

I have wanted to learn about COPPER clay for a long time and it was well worth the wait and anticipation. We used Art Clay Copper and it was so easy to work with and to fire. I love the rich hue of the copper...perfect for incorporating into fall designs.

-Jonna during demo-
The class project was to create a cylinder shaped bead incorporating both copper and fine silver clays. We first worked with copper clay and formed our bead around a 5/8" dowel wrapped in a teflon sheet. The copper was then fired.
The next day, we worked on the fine silver bead caps and appliques. My, my....applique is very intricate, time consuming work....and I am really pleased with the results. Each element is created independently, must be adhered separately, and dried ...making sure that each element is connected to eachother. This process, while taking about 4 hours, was very Zen-ful....and relaxing....although I understand from my table mate, Linda, that I was doing a lot of sighing.

Setting stones was the final step. Since I just love my bling, I added about 5 cz's. I decided to not add a bottom cap on mine. But instead, I left the bottom of the bead open and dangled an antique chandelier crystal from the inside.....it makes an ever so soft jingle....reminiscent of an enchanting tiny windchime. There are definitely necessary steps to be taken when using copper in combination with fine silver, but oh so worth it don't you think. I'm just thoroughly over the moon with the results.

I must apologize for not blogging much during this summer....wow where has the time flown. The minutes of my days have been filled with going to the pool, walking, working with a personal trainer, meeting with friends, taking classes, teaching, designing for my customers, entertaining grand daughters and oh yes....I purchased an IPad!!! Oh my....what a technological advancement that is....a grown-up toy for sure. I have been a PC girl most of my adult life, but I can tell you that I am becoming a convert. I will be asking for a MacBook Pro for Christmas.
I am now beginning to fill my iBook library full of some of the books I have long wanted. One of these books is Julia Cameron's "Heart Steps." .....a book so rich with thoughtful reflections. Let me share one such reflection here.
MINE IS AN ADVENTUROUS HEART
"I choose an expansive life. I choose adventure, freedom, self-expression. I choose self-definition, self-love, self-renewal. Life expands or contracts according to my expectations. I expect good and that is what I exerpience. Viewing the whole, I choose to be interconnected yet independent. I allow the God-force within me to open and enlarge my lens of perception and realm of action. My horizons stretch ever wider as I define my identity in terms of my divinity. I am an adventurer, an explorer, a dreamer whose dreams become true. I embrace the adventure of life. I have courage."
I wish you all adventure and self-renewal.
Tootles
Diana

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Friends

THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDS
Last week my sweet friend, Riki, forwarded on to me an email she received from a friend of hers. The message is so powerful that I wanted to share it with you. We all know how important friends are in our lives but do we know just how good they are for our health.

Here is what Riki's friend has to say:

"I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection--the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.
Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to create more serotonin--a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings?--rarely. Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.
There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged--not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health."
Are you making time for your gal pals? I am so very blessed with many friends and treasure their sisterhood. I want to thank you also for being there with your kind words and support over the last few years that I have had this blog.
I am aware of the importance of friends and schedule time almost every week to meet up with friends. My art group has a standing get together once a week. Those of us who can make it, walk about three miles along a beautiful creek in the coastal moutains to the ocean. Sometimes we linger there over a cup of coffee or tea, marvel at the beauty of the nature that surrounds us and share our current life stories. We then journey back to our meeting place, which happens to be located at a wonderful outside cafe, and we stop and chat some more over lunch. All in all we spend sometimes between 3-4 hours together. The closeness we feel, the safety in sharing our innermost joys, sorrows, challenges is most certainly heaven sent.
I hope that you all have a friend(s) that you can count on, to love, to share with, to create with and to celebrate your glorious life with.
Hugs
Diana