Friday, June 25, 2010

On Being My Own Potter and Growing My Own Way

Time'swheelsrunsbackor stops: Potterand clayendure.
-Browning, Robert
Dramatis Personae,'Rabbi ben Ezra', stanza 27.

Uh, no.... not going to spend this post deciphering Robert Browning. But I will quote some of the text of "Rabbi Ben Ezra," which Browning first published in Dramatis Personae. Why? Because some of the words exemplify how I feel about living my creative life. I spent too many years ignoring what 'grows' my happiness and each new creative challenge that I set for myself, I grow a little more in this rich ' garden bed' called life. And the beauty of it all is that not only do I get to 'grow', but I'm the 'potter' , the 'gardener', and 'creative soul' who can mold and shape my life into whatever I want it to be........... Whatever your wheel..... Spin it your way...... wherever your 'Garden Bed'......Grow your life to be whatever you want it to be.....

Ay, note that Potter's wheel,
That metaphor! and feel
Why time spins fast, why passive lies our clay, —
Thou, to whom fools propound,
When the wine makes its round,
"Since life fleets, all is change; the Past gone, seize to-day!"

And so I have started out on a new challenge for myself. The seeds of creativity were planted long ago.... and now I'm simply growing in the direction of where my' sunshine' takes me, if you will. I'm rolling, molding, carving, sculpting to my heart's content, and I'm loving it! The following are the fruits of my labor and I plan to list them and many more in my shop.

Sea Shell Choker

Watchful Bird Necklace

Twilight Sky Necklace, Mokume Gane technique

Organic Muse Necklace / This will be a reserved listing

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results of this new creative adventure that I'm on. I wish all of you, a life that lets you be your own Potter, your own Gardener, and the creative soul that you were meant to be. And most of all endure at it..........

Fool! All that is, at all,
Lasts ever, past recall;
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure:
What entered into thee,
That was, is, and shall be:
Time'swheelrunsbackorstops: Potterand clayendure.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Building our Creativity - As a Team

I thought I would do a post to celebrate the joys of being a team member. Since joining Etsy in July, 2009 and then opening my shop in November, 2009, I have joined a few teams along the way. I was looking for just the right fit for me.  Some of the teams didn't work out, not because they were bad teams; I just couldn't commit to some of the team requirements.  I have to say that I have met some really fascinating and wonderful people in the teams I joined. And so, to that end, my short lived team memberships were well worth my efforts. I did in fact, find a team that has proven to be a good fit for me. And , if you have the mind to join a team of creative kindred spirits, I encourage you to do so!
The team that I have remained a member of is the UWIB team- Unique Women in Business. This is such an inspiring and supportive group of ladies. We encourage each other, critique each other, buy from each other, share ideas and tips with each other, promote each other..... everything that dear friends or sisters would do for one another. So very rewarding to be a part of them. We're building each other up, and in doing so, building our businesses together. If you are interested in exploring our team- visit our team blog at
Please note that our team considers membership for all business women, in and outside of Etsy.   

( If you are on our team, and I have failed to include you, please send me your shop information, or a jpeg.... my contact info. is on our forum board. I really would like to acknowledge you. )

Here are the shops of some of the special women who currently comprise our team:







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