I live for what I would die for.
My Mother is my inspiration, and my kids fuel my determination.
So one day I decided that I wanted to learn how to solder. I ended up having to teach myself and am having way too much fun with it.
My Mother who was wildly creative and talented was a pro at stained glass among many other crafts. And as a child, If I wasnt falling asleep to the hum of a sewing machine I used to fade out to the aroma of flux and solder. A single mother of 5 and she was always hammering something, cutting glass, making her own ceramics, or reupholstering furniture!
Assuming she'd be here forever, I never thought to learn these talents from her. I was always creative in my own ways (drawing, painting, writing) and we'd trade ideas/skills. I'd paint something for her, she'd sew something for me etc.
Well when she passed away 7 years ago alllll my creativity seemed to have gone with her at that time.
I feel like I slept for 2 yrs after she passed, and one day I just kinda woke up? I wanted to feel close to her again, and do the things she loved. I truly regretted not taking an interest in her talents when she was here and learning them from her. But instead of living in regret I thought "I'll just have to teach myself."
The sewing was a disaster- I couldnt sew a straight line to save my life! I quickly crossed that off my list and moved on to soldering. I had a photograph of my ex husband and I that she encased in glass and soldered and hung from a ribbon for me 15 years ago as an anniversary present. I started to think of all the possibilites. I would love to graduate to actual stained glass one day, but I thought this was a good start and I know she wouldve gotten a kick out of what Im making today.
It feels like a part of her can come through me maybe. Her picture sits at my craft table and I always feel she's right there collaborating with me. I just love how it makes me feel so close to her when I do the things she used to love whether Im making jewelry, cooking, or gardening, especially knowing how far away she really must be <3
I love anything vintage, old, and used and am deeply attracted to religious art and symbolism. I see beauty in things most don't give a second glance to. And I believe in making all my pieces to be originals- solid, one of a kinds. I believe in doing everything with love, and I truly love every one of my creations, and hope you will too.