This was taken at the PeaceLoveArtYoga Festival this past Saturday. I was sitting on the ground hammering metal. Barefoot. I had so much fun playing with my metal and hammers and torch that day. I spent hours hammering and guess what….I loved every minute of it. No I did not feel good rolling out of bed the next morning lmao but I enjoyed every fold formed piece I made. I had a chance to show people what I do and how I do it. Had several people sit down beside me and watch and ask questions. It was such a great great day!
I love what I do. I love sharing that passion with people. But I think most of all, I love inspiring people to find their own passions and to follow them.
Metanoia- The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life!!!!
That is the journey I am on today and for the past few years!
I started my business because I love creating. I started my business because I love to share what I have created. BUT in the process of sharing and trying to sell what I love to create, I also got lost in the chaos. I got lost in the frustration of marketing, branding, selling, tagging, editing photos, shipping packages and tracking lost ones. I got lost on the internet….Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, emails, Facebook, etc.
So It’s time to find that happy place again. It’s time to go back to what I started with and why I started with it.
Metanoia – the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life!
These past few years I have been coming more and more to the realization that we have so many “things” we don’t need. Surrounded by stuff. We are constantly hounded to buy more “stuff”. It bothered me to the point that I started cleaning house, and I don’t mean dust bunnies. I mean getting rid of everything that had no value to me. It’s either useful or personal. We still have a lot of stuff to sort, but we are doing it one room at a time, one cluttered desk at a time, etc. It’s very freeing to be rid of things you have to store in the shed or stick in a closet, figure if I haven’t used it in 6mths, and for sure if I haven’t used it in a year or longer, Get rid of it!
I have also been paying a lot more attention to what I eat. I love to garden and have been making a point of growing more of the things we eat, saving a trip to the grocery store. Cut way back on dairy products, breads, and we do not buy can vegetable goods if we can help it. I will buy Speg sauce in a glass jar. And we buy frozen veggies sometimes.
We cut out beef and pork completely. We use turkey, deer, and chicken. Our fish and seafood products have been a frustrating search for USA produced and processed items. We have cut out many processed box food items too. And sugar, we switch to natural cane sugar as often as we can. White sugar just does not taste as beautiful.
Right now I have a fall garden planted. Very excited to have harvested my first fresh salad from it this week. I grow greens but I don’t let them get big, we cut them small and use in salads. We do this for Kale too. So I have arugula, kale, greens, bok choy, garlic, leeks, spinach, green onions, okra, bell peppers, ginger, herbs, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, celery all planted.
I’m trying very hard to be more aware of my foot print on the Earth. We pay attention to our garbage. Down to one bag a week and sometimes even longer. We compost all our organic material, add grass clippings to it and have been so excited to see beautiful results from it. Used it in the garden boxes this year. It’s really made a huge difference in the growth of our plants. I used salvaged pallets and old cedar boards to create my beds for my garden.
One of the reasons I keep creating jewelry and wall art is to use some of this beautiful copper wire and sheet that I have salvaged. Upcycling is so fun. I want to make people more aware of just how beautiful recycling can be. So while I don’t enjoy shopping for clothing, jewelry, or shoes at the mall or wally world, I do enjoy bartering and trading my copper creations for handmade upcycled clothing and items I can use at home. I am very interested in the sharing economy. I try to share any knowledge I have with others that want it. I learned from others helping me, and I want to spread that. Kind of a pay it forward type thing.
I will continue to share what I am up to, what I am learning and creating. I really want to share more about how you can change the world one step at a time. It starts with you. It starts at home. Your mind, your choices, they do make a difference.
If you have any questions I will gladly try to answer them. If you want to see step by step how I do something, feel free to ask.
At this past weekends Celtic Fest my tree of life pendant got a lot of compliments. I do sell these, but they are custom orders. I know people love being able to purchase and get it right on the spot but there is too much work in these to create a lot of them to take to festivals. Just like my coin rings. No way could I ever stock up enough of them to take to a festival. So many sizes!
These are made from a silver quarter. I have also made them using a silver half dollar. Each tree is hand drawn so no two come out the same. It takes a few hours to cut all those tiny branches out. but I love the end result. You can still see the coin details on the back of the pendant, just like with my coin rings, the words can still be read on the inside of the bands, so that you can show people it was really created with a coin.
You can see them here…. Tree of Life
I hope you have an awesome week. I’m still recovering from the all day festival. I don’t know how people do the 3 day events. One day was enough for me. :)
I just made a lot of bangles for an upcoming festival. I thought I would try and share how I create them. I do it all my hand, no machine work. All hand cut, shaped, hammered and polished. Would love to know what you think….
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