Do you see me?

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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: http://meganaronson.wordpress.com/

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,

Lisa

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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/179014889/real-flower-necklace-resin-heart-pendant?

Please, do come in

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Working on the first pendant.

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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.

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I am actually still working on this batch right now. Hopefully I will have them ready to photograph and list on my etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/PassionOfLight 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,

Lisa

Passion Of Light

Where do you get inspiration?

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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

Music?

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