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Destiny

DSCF2102Destiny…loaded word isn’t it? Most of the time I believe in one form of it or another…then there are the times when the whole destiny thing is too hard, and I want to believe in the randomness of the world. However, I do believe that the universe conspires us to go in a certain direction…it has happened too many times for me not to believe it. unfortunately, just because that particular road I am on is the one chosen for me, it does not mean that there are not huge boulders right smack dab in the middle of my way. I think we are given small successes to keep us on the road, and going in the right direction…the pebbles, rocks, and boulders we come across help us to learn and become stronger so we can travel further down the road to our destiny.

I’ve read that one’s destiny is the dream you once had for yourself as a child….before the world cruelly took it from you. I’m not sure that it is true for everyone…maybe you are  lucky if you can remember your childhood destiny. I know that it is true for me…the most powerful positive childhood memories for me, all had to do with church, and art…it has taken forty years to get back on that road. Or maybe, I have always been on that road, but the boulders blocked my view. All I can do now is keep travelling…at least now I can see to the horizon.

God Bless, Julia

 

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Inspirations 7

Another long week is over but next week looks like it holds some promise…keeping my fingers and toes crossed…I have freakishly long toes, lol. I have inspirations this week that were less than pleasant but as the saying goes, it’s all in how you look at it.

1. So the heart tests show no damage to my heart by the sarcoidosis, yeah! However, the drug they gave me meant seven hours in the ER,  O2 sats below 80%, and many days feeling like I had an elephant sitting on my chest.  Conclusion…heart?, good…lungs?, not so good, major motivation to change my lifestyle.

2. At last at the final draft for the church windows, and I might be able to start working on production this week.  Very excited about combining fused glass and stained glass in this project.

3. Bernice, my wife, has to make a choice about whether or not to go take a  powerful drug treatment to try to control her crohns. Although it could have powerful side effects, the Dr. told this was her only option to try to improve her condition. I was there when the Dr. told her this, and I could not help wondering if maybe some alternative health practices, and a healthier lifestyle, could not also help to improve her overall health. More motivation to improve our health and lifestyle.

I wish you all good health and a happy upcoming week…

God Bless, Julia

Inspiration 6

This last week has seen we making, and selling, a few Halloween items and jewelry on my Etsy site.  I have also sought and attained the advise of a priest and close friend about some plans for three new windows for a country church.  It has been busy, but very satisfying.

1. Discussing the reasons behind my designs actually helps to clarify my vision…so talking to my priest friend about the windows for the country church was very helpful. Talking about future projects gets me excited about my life!

2. Silly I know, but, watching two hours of,” Hoarders,” has made me realise that my house is not that bad…but it has also motivated me to be more organized with my work and my home.

3. I have to control myself with Pinterest…it can be too inspirational. I introduced my wife to it this week…I may have created a monster, lol.

4. Spending 14 hours in the hospital ER has made me realise that my family’s health has to be a top priority right now.  My wife’s health is getting worse, but it can be managed by diet. Since I am the one who does the majority of the cooking…I need to focus on a healthy diet.

God Bless, Julia

 

Clearing Things Up

O.K., there are a couple of things on my mind today but none of them is worth a full post…must be because my mind in so small, lol.

1. I love the Pay It Forward giveaway. I can’t wait to make my blogging friends something just for them.  I am definitely going to make this one an annual event.

2. The pendants I am making for the Womonspace Volunteer Awards, my city’s lesbian group, are finally getting to the finish line, just a little fine tuning now.  I will post a pic later this week with the finished products.

3. I am starting to think ahead to Christmas…I know, sorry to all of you who think I just said a dirty word. Apparently up to forty percent of sales on Etsy are between October and two weeks before Christmas…makes sense when you think about it. So fair warning, you may see Christmas theme work in my posts. 🙂

4. I really like the idea behind the bead soup swap…I have to think of a way to do this with some other craft medium. Something to think about for the new year when things are slow.

5. If you add an entire lemon to the Green Juice (Muck) recipe you can barely detect the taste of the lawn. Not great, but at least I’m not retching every time I swallow. Progress 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

God Bless, Julia

 

John Pomp in the Studio

I don’t know what it is with me and videos lately, you would think I spend my days on YouTube instead of WordPress, lol. Anyway, I saw this video about the glass that John Pomp makes…with the help of some friends…and it is so beautiful, I had to share.  I like where they show him sweating from the heat…I so get that…sadly, not just because of the glass work, damn menopause. 🙂 So here is, John Pomp in the studio.

God Bless, Julia

 

Pay It Forward Giveaway

A free gift for you from me… love this concept and have been lucky enough to be one of the first three to join the give away on, christinadesignsart.wordpress.com, Christina Pertz’s blog. Following are the rules if you would like to participate.

The Rules

I will send a surprise gift to the first 3 people to comment on this post.  This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year.  Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise (it will probably be a surprise to me too).

Of course there are some rules in this game.  Here it goes:

1.  I will make a little something for the first 3 people who comment on this post.  It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2.  To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too.  Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people who comment on your blog post.

3.  You must have a blog.

4.  After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.  If you haven’t posted in 72 hours then the next commenter will be chosen.

If you want to join in the fun, comment below. If you’re one of the first three, I will notify you and I’ll send you something before the end of August next year!

 

Fails

Working with glass means you have to be comfortable with failure. When cutting glass there will always be times when the glass decides it just does not want to break the way you need it to. When fusing glass in the kiln you can never be sure what your piece is going to look like until you open up the kiln and take a look. Experience helps of course, but it is still always a combination of knowledge and luck.

I’ve been working on a commission for an LGBT organization in my city. Twenty pendants that they will be giving out as special awards in September. It should not be a big deal to get these pendants done, but they have been giving me a tough time. I always do practice pieces first in order to cut done on surprises from the kiln, but my practice pieces have been a pain in my behind. I know the saying, now I know many ways not to do it, and I only need to get it right once. It’s still a pain though 🙂

God Bless, Julia

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