Thursday, August 14, 2014

Applied Imaginations: my contribution

Over the years I've come to realize that my greatest desire in life is simply to leave some small contribution. 

 Something creative and positive to share with others. It is only too obvious that our time here is but a brief cycle in the grand scheme of things.
  To me that means not a moment to waste…. no stone left unturned. And while it can be a challenge to follow an unpredictable fickle muse…. if that is where you thrive…. make a concerted effort to seek it out at all costs. You can only be rewarded.
By choosing to pursue an uncertain route you are opening yourself up to the absolute adventure life truly is.
 Start from a predetermined point and gradually move outward, step by step into larger and larger ever widening spirals.
 Compromise when you must while fully cultivating your imaginations…. a huge endeavor to be sure and one that calls for bravery but well worth it.
 The reward is your own accomplishment,
 a sense of deep fulfillment at having witnessed your own eclipse!
 "Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and
  the desire to hide." Dr. D. Winnicott

Never were truer words spoken….

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Extraordinary Inspiration

The definition of Inspire: to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative…. to stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, awaken, ignite, trigger….
One look at the new WHERE WOMEN CREATE magazine cover tells you it is an exceptional issue! Beginning with the magazines Creator and Editor In Chief, Jo Packham's "From my Kitchen Table" letter….. to the artist featured in my "Creative Rituals" column - the incredibly talented Christiane Cegavske: Creator of Many Things. The creative insights shared through its pages are priceless… meaningful and may just be the one last little thread you have been waiting for to help push you into awe inspiring creative endeavors of your own!!! Oooo, just got chills! Check it out at
Stampington & Company, or Where Women Create.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The World is Your Oyster

We race through our lives, silently…. repeatedly walking into the fire, treading daily thru vast mine fields, surrounded by interruptions and yes, armed sometimes solely by our delusions. All the while the challenge is to remain focused. 

To continue forward thinking. To be creative and constructive. To get in there and open things up. To discover the pearls. To learn a lot. To explore eternally and enjoy profoundly….repeatedly. 

To exhaust and relinquish ourselves…. repeatedly.

Ignite the spark, creating tall flames that in turn prevent poverty of the mind. So what if we submit to fear and sadness once in a while… run thru it to the other side. 

We are limitless if we so choose. Let the answer to all your questions always be YES, Absolutely. YES will guide you to the magic!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Organic Experiments

Organic Experiments

 There is nothing more beautiful to me than that which can be found in the natural world. Sheer, raw…. perfectly flawed beauty.
 Freshly cooled molten lava and what once was wood that gradually turned to stone, petrifying over millions of years…. re-imagined, re-created, re-cast in dyed resin.
 Quartz crystals formerly hung from the ceiling of a cave… can you tell which one is real and which is resin?
 They both are resin (the natural ones are in the background!)

  And one last piece, something absolutely magical Hemimorphite (Ore of Zinc) cast in my favorite color… turquoise (it's the smaller chunk on top). All especially cast to mimic and honor mother nature.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

where women create BUSINESS

where women create BUSINESS
For all of you jewelry lovers and entrepreneur's be sure to check out the newest issue of where women create BUSINESS it is an especially interesting issue!
Gina Riley's (of Rebel Designs) business tips are very insightful!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I want to share something that has truly reminded me that CREATING ART is a liberty we may sometimes take for granted. It's something we don't have to ask for, or need permission to do. We can create anytime we want… we are lucky. So fortunate we don't even appreciate it at times…. I know I am guilty of that too.
As many of you know I curate the WHERE WOMEN CREATE column CREATIVE RITUALS, several months back I contacted a wonderful clay artist named Nika Htozkaya about being featured in the column. We were moving forward when suddenly all communication with her stopped, below is the actual email I received from her yesterday:

Hello Sandra,

Sorry for a long silence, but due to tragical events in my country I can’t participate in such a great idea now. It’s a real war in the region I live in, I hope some day there will be peace and I could be back to work creating.
I volunteer as a psychologist now as it is my first profession and really see that it is helpful. Two months ago I created a small organization to help people psychologically injured with war, so at least fifty percent of my time and money goes into that endeavor. Hope in a few weeks my organization won’t be so vitally needed.


This wonderfully talented artist lives and creates in Kyiv, Ukraine and maybe thats just an anonymous place most have only heard about on the news but the reality is we are all truly connected in ways we may not even be aware of. Create every opportunity you get…. don't ever take that freedom for granted. Simply by engaging in the constructive act of creativity we are fighting destructive acts and for our right to live in a happy, peaceful world while making a very important contribution to our society as a whole. In Nika's floral words, "Have a Good Day!" Please share this message with as many people as you can…. because we can and maybe, just maybe we can make a difference even if it is in a small way by showing the love we have in our hearts for each other!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


 Have you seen the latest issue of WHERE WOMEN CREATE?!!
 I am particularly enamored with the artist featured in the CREATIVE RITUALS column that I curate… Sabine Herrmann.
Her company's name is PLANTILLO for reasons that are readily parent!!! Love, Love, Love her work!