Hi all! I have been so infrequent here...life you know..
Trying to get back on track though, haven't felt much like creating anything in the past few months..but I have found that finding projects to do help me..so I have started again.
Above is a necklace I made using a ceramic tree focal piece from artbeads.com. I fell in love with it, hands down, at first sight. How could I not..with my obsession for trees.
They have such character, and are all different in their own way.
One of my friends is now the owner of it, I gave it to her for a birthday gift..actually I let her pick between the three necklaces here, and she chose this one.
This one is made from found vintage pieces of jewelry, the only new piece on it is the little robins egg colored czech flower. The flower is from, of course, artbeads.com.
I love their selection of these, they are new but can be made to look very vintage.
This piece is made from wrapped copper wire and turquoise earring.
I am intrigued by wire wrapped jewelry, but as of yet have much to learn about it!
And best of all to show you..my youngest son Casey. He recently graduated, with honors and an associates degree in general studies.
He isn't finished though, we will be going back to attend a two year nursing program at the same college this fall. I am so proud of him, he has not has any easy road with this, and has overcome so many obstacles. There are so many ways he has grown and become more independent. He has an anxiety/depressive disorder which could debilitate him if he let it. But he hasn't, he has fought it all the way. He has taken baby steps to get where he is today, it is still hard for him, but he continues to challenge himself. His goal it to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner so he can give back, and help others that are walking down the same road.
I used to think that diagnosi's like his may be a catch all, or an excuse, pretty bad for a nurse ha? But it changes when see someone struggle with it..it does exist..and should be addressed as if it is any other disease.
As far as his choice of desired careers...was surprised, but secretly thrilled. No it will not be easy..but I know he will work as hard as he has thus far. I know my mom was excited for him too..she was also a nurse..as is my sister.
I must tell you it was not my first choice of careers..art was, go figure. While art lingers in the shadows..nursing has made me the person I am today. I have learned to be a better person and to have empathy and compassion for others, and am thankful that my life twisted in such a way. I hope for the same for my son.
I am so lucky to have such a person in my life..He has been the bright spot in these past few dark months.