Passion Of Light


A friend and artist I met on Etsy and Facebook featured me on her blog. She is such a wonderful artist and person.

My High Street Boutique

I want to tell you about a photograph I received from an amazing artist I met through Facebook and Etsy.

The artist’s name is Lisa Marie Novak.

Her etsy shop link is:   PassionOfLight

Lisa’s blog link is:  A story with heart

Please check out her shop. There are some amazing things there. The jewellery is just incredible. She takes real flowers and puts them in resin to make the most beautiful pendants. The process is amazing to me. Lisa has a new range coming out soon and I can’t wait to see it.

You will also find her photography. It’s just incredibly beautiful. I haven’t been able to frame my photograph yet but I Can’t wait to see it framed.

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A walk through the paper lanterns


Hello everyone, sorry it’s been about a little over a week since my last post. I have been super busy with so many new projects and ideas.

Since I’ve been working so hard on my business and all my creations, My husband and I decided to have some fun on Sunday and we went to the Arizona Matsuri, Festival of Japan here in Phoenix.

Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular. You can read more about it here:

In Phoenix we have one to celebrate the coming of spring usually in February or March every year. This was my first time to go and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

They had these excellent Taiko drummers there. It was magnificent, you could see how much fun they were having. It was contagious and it brought a smile to my face the whole time.


The beating of the large drums was incredible, you could feel the vibration rumbling in your chest.



There were all kinds of people dressed in costumes and as anime characters because it gives us a good excuse to celebrate anything Japanese. It’s quite a celebration.

They had beautiful bonsai trees on display and a variety of interesting vendors. Wonderful food and they even had our favorite….Authentic shaved ice from Kilauea, Hawaii.


So many beautiful colors and culture.


This year’s theme was the traditional paper lanterns. They were so very beautiful too. I love the paper lanterns. I happened to catch a  shot as we were leaving and a majority of the crowd had dispersed. I loved the lighting and the shadows in this one.


Well I hope you enjoyed taking a walk with me through the paper lanterns at this years Matsuri Festival.

P.S – I have been working on some new jewelry projects this weekend and I can’t wait to share them with you all. One piece is a brand new type of pendant! I really like it a lot.

I really appreciate and enjoy every single one of my readers, has anyone else ever been to a Matsuri Festival? What did you think? Did you like it? I would be thrilled to hear about it.


Passion Of Light

Do you see me?


Can you see the laugh lines on my face or the tiny grey hairs forming?

The experiences that I’ve had, all the bad and the good that make me who I am today?

Can you see the tough times I’ve been through or the tears I’ve shed?

The people I’ve loved?

Can you see my heart bulging in excitement to share my creations of love, or my voice waiting to be heard?

Can you see all the hard work I’ve done?

Can you see my pain?

Can you see where I’ve been?

Do you see me?

"Open Heart"

“Open Heart”

A blog I read inspired me to do some deep thought and write so many things I’ve wanted to express over the years. I can really relate to her in a way. Here is a link to her blog:

I was inspired about this subject today because I have felt for a long time now that most people are in auto pilot a lot of the time, not really seeing life or other people around them. Just going through the motions of the day. Getting angry and yelling at the car in front of them. Just paying the person at the drive through window and not even giving a second glance. Perhaps not noticing other people in line at the store.

I know this because I’ve been this way before, It wasn’t until I had my wake up call, a near death experience that I changed my perspective, actually I kind of did a one eighty all together but that’s another story. I might make a future post on that sometime.

Now I choose to be present, to really see people and to be kind, loving and thoughtful to others. Partaking in random acts of kindness.

When I notice I’m in auto pilot I automatically shift in to being present again. We have a choice to be present. You never know what someone might be going through, that little act of kindness or a smile can completely change their day and shift their mood or perspective.

So next time your at the grocery store in line and someone comes up behind you with only an item or two, smile and let them go ahead. The next time you are eating at the mall and you see an old woman with grey hair cleaning the tables, working hard and sweeping the floor, try saying “hello how is your night going”? Look right in their eyes and acknowledge them.

Everyone wants to be seen and acknowledged. It’s a sign of respect, care and love, and by sharing the love, you are in turn getting love back.

It’s like a mirror, what you reflect you get back. Put yourself in their shoes for a moment and really see others and the world around you.

We are all in this world together, why not make the most of it and choose love. It might just put a smile on someone’s face and yours.

With love,


A recent “Heart Story” pendant I just listed on etsy:

A poem from my heart


It’s been kind of hectic lately, a lot of changes. For the good actually. I have decided to focus on my passion full time and give it everything I’ve got. An adventure to say the least. I’m sure there will be ups and downs and trials and tests along the way. I am ready, I’m ready to jump into my life…To make my life happen the way I see it. I am not fulfilled working for others and for soul less corporations anymore that just don’t see or respect me as a person. I feel such a strong pull to do something more…something with meaning and heart that will make a difference in people’s lives and helping others in their healing process, just like I’m learning to heal. I have been having so many ideas lately. Writing poetry with my jewelry and photography has been something that has been coming to me strong and very natural lately. By writing messages of hope, love and healing I believe it will help others as well as help heal myself. I know that I have to go with what I feel, really feel it, write it, acknowledge my feelings and let it go. Having a supportive husband that loves me and helps me in my healing process means the world to me and I am so very grateful. No more second guessing myself anymore. I have been truly touched by having such a wonderful support system by people that see me and encourage and inspire me to keep doing what I love because it’s really special and beautiful. I am listening and finally realizing that yes it is special and I need to do this full time and really go after my passion. There may not be a tomorrow so go after what you really long for in life. Do what you love and the world will support you. It may take some work, just don’t ever give up. I have had some sales and people interested in my work lately as well. I feel like I’ve been invisible for so long, I feel like people are really seeing me and it feels really good. Could it be that I’m finally starting to see myself? Hmmm…interesting.

I did some abstract photography the other day and I think I got some really neat, deep and perhaps meditative photographs. A poem came to me from this one and It is very fitting with what I’ve been going through lately. Hope you enjoy 🙂 Any comments or questions are more than welcome.


Reach into the painting of life,

Feel all of the colors between your fingers,

Let the beauty swirl all around you,

It’s always been there for you,

So jump,

Jump all the way in and create your masterpiece.

Photography and poetry by: Lisa Novak

I haven’t listed this one on etsy yet, if interested please message me.

My etsy store:

Please, do come in


Welcome to my studio, yes I am aware that this is also a kitchen, lol. It is my lovely kitchen/studio in one. We do have a guest room that we turned into a gallery/studio that I like to do writing and my photography in. Since I am working with resin I like to have adequate light and a larger area for ventilation. My wonderful husband agreed to take some photographs of me in action! He is quite the photographer. He amazes me at everything he does. He really is very talented. What can I say I married a Genius! Today actually marks three years of being together. Three years ago today he asked me if he could have the honor of relationshipifying me on Facebook. It was the sweetest thing in the world. In March it will be one year being married. He is my world, my breath, my everything. I am so very grateful that we found each other. He inspires me in everything I do.

Here I am just getting started by prepping my medium. What is that you ask? Well it’s my dried rose petals I use to create my “Heart Story” pendants.


Here is one in the shape of a heart. I am really having fun. I enjoy creating and making jewelry and art. It does something for my heart and soul that is tough to explain, but I’m going to try in this post. My pendants have been speaking to me in a way lately. (Not literally) I’m an artist but I’m not crazy, lol. More on that in a bit.


Here I am just getting started with the resin. I love the angle of this shot.


This procees usually takes me about 2 hours, including prep time until I am ready to let them cure. Curing takes 24 hours before I can pop them out of the molds.


Working on the first pendant.


As you can tell there is quite a bit of time and work that goes into making my “Heart Story” pendants. I also have to trim, sand and glaze all the pendants, as well as glue on my bails and hand make the custom length satin or suede necklace. The reason I do all of this is because it is my passion and I have a strong pull (a need really) to create art and share my work with others. For me it’s about love, it’s about joy, it’s about helping others.

Here is a pic of the back side of the pendants about halfway through curing.


I am actually still working on this batch right now. Hopefully I will have them ready to photograph and list on my etsy shop within the week. I am extremely focused on getting more made so that I can have extra available for when I find the perfect little shop that is right for me and my work. I am also going to try out the art walks they have here in the Phoenix area as well. Really excited and nervous.

So to get back to the pendants speaking to me, I have decided to include a heart story poem to go with each pendant. I hand write the poem and roll it into a little scroll, tie it with a gold ribbon and enclose it in the jewelry box. I feel it’s perfect. When I came up with the name of “Heart Story” pendants, inspired by love. It really just came to me, I didn’t have to think about it, it just came to me so naturally. Like it was meant to be, just as these inspirational poems are coming to me. Each pendant is sharing with me what to say, the poems are flowing freely. It’s funny because I used to have a hard time finding the right words and I wouldn’t call myself a writer before, I always felt like the words were just out of my reach. Not anymore though. It feels really good actually, to have all these beautiful words come to me. I feel that it is a reflection of going through my own healing and how I wish to help others heal too. So in a nutshell what I am writing and creating is meant for others and myself. I think by sharing my passion and art with others I’m helping to heal the world by healing myself, and that feels really good. Excited to share that I have had four sales this month already, I just feel it in my heart that my dream is coming true and everything is lining up perfectly.

I would like to end on two of my favorite quotes, it seems fitting. The first quote is dedicated to my husband.

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”
David Viscott

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”
David Viscott

Well I’ve opened up myself to all of you out there, why? because I’m finally ready to. I’m ready to come out of my cocoon and share my gift with the world.

I really hope you enjoyed seeing me in my studio and learning more about me and my work. I still have so much to share, It’s like a dam has broke loose and I’m finally set free.

Much more to come.

As always, comments and questions are more than welcome.

Till next time,


Passion Of Light

Where do you get inspiration?


Have you ever got down on yourself or your work and felt sad, maybe even hopeless? Sometimes if we don’t see what we think we should see we get depressed and feel like we failed in some way.

Not true!

We didn’t fail but rather we are perfecting our work and learning along the way. Life is a journey and adventure, but sometimes we forget this. You never know what’s really happening behind the curtain of life. What is unfolding this very second, but we just don’t see it yet. My suggestion is get inspired and stay inspired. Sure we all have down days but we just need to dust ourselves off and keep reminding ourselves that we can do anything we set our mind to. When you truly believe in yourself and you don’t give up, the world won’t give up on you either. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Is it a book?

Journey to the Heart

A movie perhaps?

Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me


Leonard Cohen

For me I think I get my inspiration literally from everywhere. I get it from people, movies, flowers, photographs, songs, documentary’s and so on.

Inspiration is all around you. Magic and beauty is all around, if you stop and look you will see it. If your working on something and you feel sad or hopeless, stop and take a break and do something else. Something to clear your mind and refocus. I think we need to draw in inspiration every now and then. We are like a battery and if we are going… going… going… and always putting forth our energy outward we can sometimes feel depleted. We need to recharge our battery by taking in life, energy and inspiration from the world around us. I won’t give up on myself and neither should you.

You are beautiful,

you are creative,

you are perfect just the way you are.

So go,

go on and shine like the beautiful light you are and show the world who you are.

One of my inspirational photographs:

You can click on photo to go to my etsy shop

"Graceful Orchid"

“Graceful Orchid”

See you next time,

Lisa Novak

Passion Of Light

What is that wonderful smell?


Ah the smell of home made cooking. To me that’s one of the best things in the world. To create a masterpiece in your kitchen, to smell, see, taste and share what you created is a wonderful thing. Perhaps it’s an old recipe that a family member once made. When that happens you add a whole other dimension to your cooking. I’ll explain what I mean by sharing my recent experience.

So sit down relax and make yourself at home. Maybe even enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Over the holidays I was sharing with my mom about wanting to get out some old recipes from the garage that my Noni had. My Noni was a wonderful woman, she was a strong Italian woman with a lot of heart, she also had an amazing sense of humor. I was raised quite a bit by her, my mom had a full time job, college and three kids. I got to spend a lot of time at my Noni’s. I loved it there. I felt so safe, loved and comfortable at my Noni’s house. Boy did I love her cooking, you could smell her pasta sauce lingering throughout the whole house. It was intoxicating, something I fell in love with at first smell. There was just something about it that made me feel good, warm, safe and loved. I’ve really missed that smell and her cooking. My Noni passed away about ten years ago. She was born June, 13th 1921 and she passed on September 18th 2003. She lived to eighty three, quite a full life. I was there when she passed, it was really hard for me. She shed one tear when she left this world. I believe it was because she loved life and family so very much. It was the saddest but also the most beautiful thing I’d ever witnessed. You may be asking yourself why beautiful? Well by that time in her life she had Alzheimer’s and was very sad. I knew that she would get to see her parents and family again and start her life anew. She would be free of pain and that made me happy in my heart. She made quite the impression on me. I felt like I lost my best friend and one of the people I was closest to in this world. I also happen to be named after her, quite an honor.

My mom found a ton of recipes in the garage. So many to look through, we spent hours looking through old photos and great great grand parents and so on. Well I was able to take a few pics of some recipes on my phone. We had a great time bonding that night. We made a plan to really take some time out together and go through and find her recipes and try some out together. I didn’t find the sauce recipe that night but what I did find was a sauce recipe from my family’s cookbook. The Valenti family cookbook. A collection of wonderful Italian recipes from my family tree. They have a Valenti Open where they all get together and celebrate and have wonderful food. I would love to go one of these days with my mom. Here is the website for recipes and to learn more:

My husband got me a food processor for Christmas and that was really helpful and made the prep work go super fast. I absolutley love it. This is the one I got: Hamilton Beach

I went and bought all of my ingredients and got started. I will just paste the recipe here from the Valenti link.

(Rose Palazzi)

Another famous version of the tomato sauce recipe for a spaghetti dinner – from the kitchen of Rose Palazzi. Outstanding!

Servings: 4 to 5 servings

Sauté one pound (whole) sausages (hot or sweet Italian sausage) in a covered pot for approximately 30 minutes. No oil is needed, just use the natural juices of the sausages.

Add 1 to 2 cloves crushed garlic and one diced onion to pot. Sauté for a few minutes and when soft, add 2 large cans (28 oz. each) of crushed tomatoes

(Rose recommends Tuttorusso brand!) and one small paste. Add one can of water (from paste can).

Add salt, pepper, Italian seasonings and a touch of red pepper flakes. Simmer for several hours.


You can use more or less garlic and seasonings, it’s just a personal choice.

I made it my own by adding more garlic, about 5 or 6 cloves and I added mushrooms.

The pictures aren’t great because I used my phone and it was at night, but at least you get a little visual.



I have also started eating healthier so I like to use fresh zucchini noodles in the place of real pasta. I love it! My mom got me a Zucchini and vegetable spiraler for Christmas and it’s so much easier with this handy kitchen tool. This is the one she got me: Paderno World Cuisine

I’m gathering my ingredients and my husband walks in and wants to help me by trying out the new food processor. He loved it too, it made food prep actually fun:) Who knew how fun it could be. Once I had all my ingredients in the big pot on the stove just like my Noni used to do. I noticed It didn’t specify the amount of salt. I was trying to decide how much when right there and then I was moved to use the palm of my hand to measure it out just like my great grandfather once did. Then the smell hit me like a flashback and I was transported to another time. A time when family would gather round and share and laugh for hours and hours like there was nowhere else to be but with family. It Was an incredible feeling. I felt like I had my whole Italian family right there in the kitchen with me, my Noni was there too. I could almost here the tinkling of wine glasses and see smiles upon smiles gathered around beautiful food and family. It felt very special, like a link to all my family and they’re family. So even though I couldn’t find the exact recipe from my Noni, it didn’t matter because it was exactly what I was looking for. A way to connect with my family and my roots again. The best comforting home made meal that I really needed. The kind that takes you back… Thank you for the recipe Rose Palazzi!

My Noni was a wonderful woman and she taught me about life, love and family. She was my role model and I looked up to her. Who was your role model? Anyone else have an experience similar to mine?

I would love to hear from you and any comments or stories that you have are more than welcome.

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See you all next time,