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Using "The Break-Up Ring" To Stay Connected

These days, my life seems to be all about making new connections: with information, with skills, with people. Maybe you've experienced times like this when things just all come together. It seems like all the divergent parts of your life are having meetings while you sleep and you wake up and wonderful synchronicity appears before your.  The pieces connect and you reap the benefits.

Two of the many interests and passions that I have are reading and jewelry. It seems unlikely to me  that these very different interests would end up forging a connection in my personal life. And yet, that is what has happened.  Recently these loves have come together in a wonderful way to help me stay connected with the most important love in my life, my husband.

For Better
I enjoy reading about to the "do's and don'ts" of relationships and marriage which is why was inspired to  read the new book For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope which examines the scientific data surrounding why marriages fail or succeed. One gem of wisdom that I found in this book is that all those little nice things that you do for each other every day really do make a difference long term. So go ahead, write him a mushy text or email. Hide something in her car. He/She will love it. It's not too much to ask in the name of staying connected. In light of this realization, when a recent piece of jewelry that I made caught the eye of my man (who's normally not the jewelry wearing type) I knew I was staring one of those "nice little things" right in the face.
Want to know what it was? Have I built up enough suspense? Ok ok. It was a totally bad-ass ring that I made in a class I attended at Bead Fest in PA. I took a Lisa Claxton workshop called "The Break-Up Ring" so named because she created this ring in the aftermath of a relationship break up. It was a short and sweet class that totally delivered. I finished my ring and wore it proudly during the 5 hour drive home. When I got home and my husband saw the ring, he immediately took it off my hand on put it on his pinky finger, looked at it for about 30 seconds and promptly asked me to make him two of them. To be worn on the same finger at the same time. Connected. (I'm working on that. It might be a while.)

Making A Connection
Since then, the Break-Up Ring has somewhat ironically (given it's name) taken on a special meaning between us. We wear our wedding bands, but this is different. Due to our jobs, we are not in the same state very often, nor can he wear this ring while he is working. So this ring has become something of a time-share for the two of us. When he's not wearing it, it's with me. And at the risk of sounding like a smitten school girl, for me it represents a special connection to him. I know he loves that I made the ring, and loves wearing it because of that. (And because it's freakin' awesome!) After all, he's my biggest fan. Seeing him wear this ring with such obvious pride is a  reminder that he's on my team and in my tribe, giving me support on my creative journey. Having your spouse on your team is a really good thing. I'm confident that Tara Parker-Pope would agree.

Your turn! Do you have any rituals or objects that represent a special connection to someone in your life? I'd love to hear about them!


Get Ready for Arti Gras!

Anderson Alley Artists will be hosting Arti Gras in conjunction with First Fridays on Friday March 3 and Satuday March 4.  Many artists will have open studios and guest artists will be in the hallways. Although I'm not able to participate in this event as a guest artist,  I really look forward to attending!


On Twitter now!

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Creative Christine Marsh

Recently I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Christine Marsh, a super talented, unique and amazing person. Check out her visionary and whimsical art, to borrow her own very apt description.

Sometimes you meet people and you're just so glad that you did.

Adopt a Big Dog

This is not strictly related to my artistic pursuits, but it is something near and dear to my heart--dogs. This month, my 13 year old puppy Niko passed on. A friend sent me a link to Big Dogs Big Hearts a local group which rescues bigger dogs many of them German Shepherds (my favorite breed) and provides foster care until they can be adopted. I wish I could adopt them all...


Giveaway on RNEST!

Happy Solstice in a few hours, with a lunar eclipse to boot! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. Rochester, NY has never been prettier in all it's snowy glory. Record breaking snows this year have really put me in a festive mood.

To celebrate the season, I'm giving away a pendant on the RNEST blog. If you're not a follower, you may want to check us out! These are some of the most seriously creative, talented and hardworking people around, and I count myself lucky to know them and be a part of this group. Here's a picture of the reversible pendant I'm giving away:

I wish all of you and your families a very fulfilling, health, and prosperous year in 2011!


October 16 Victor PTSA Arts and Crafts Sale

This Saturday 10/16  at the Victor Intermediate School, 953 High Steet I'll be in their Arts and Crafts show. Hours are 9-4.  Free to PTSA members, $1 admission. Crafts, food, raffle prizes. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard and receive a free raffle ticket.