Mar 15, 2013

Memories and Thanks: The Gift of Timelessness

just as I was ready to post for the
blog hop, my internet connection simply stopped.

"Halo for a Vanished Star" (Hubble Gallery)

What was planned to be a personal tribute became an experience I had while I was away. 

This experience changed my "Memories & Thanks" post. 
Everything changed. 
I started all over again.

It's July. Time stands still. I'm surrounded by a circle of friends. We are planning a tribute to Lori Anderson and the idea to give her a custom bead jumps into my mind. An amazingly gifted lampwork artist reads the idea and becomes my friend. 

Standing in a circle, 
connected and interconnected,
together creating appreciation and gratitude
for Lori Anderson's incredible work and generous art, 
the Bead Soup Blog Hop Party, 
our opportunity to connect, to create, to shine. 

Standing in a circle,
the wonder of technology working like it's
Wrapped in Magic
bringing like minded friends, jewelry artists, bead artists.
To me, my world. 

I'm chatting about the beautiful goddess bead that's been created in honor of Lori and the phone rings. 

My daughter has died.

When I was a young woman I'd stand at the mic, eyes looking up across the crowd, standing at The Loft on Broadway, giving literary art readings, singing to audiences, swooshing my yellow 1950's retro dress.

 I'd begin intensely, almost questioning, almost singing:

"If premonitions could be counted on, I'd swing"

 20 years later, the words that were spoken then now click, click, click, and like ringing glass, click clearly and with resonance. As a grandmother of 46 I understand the ease and flow of life lived in harmony with oneself: premonitions are frequent and they can be counted on. Trusting myself and my ability to focus each day as a powerful creator -- as something special -- means a synchronicity and rhythm come to life. It feels good to live each day because the basis of each day, my perspective, is well being.

Some call this being in the vortex.

"A String of Cosmic Pearls"

The night before the Memories & Thanks Blog Hop is to begin, 
I'm in complete quiet. Without the internet, I will not know that Jewelry Television's Gerry Sisk has died. 

A feeling of great appreciation for my gemstone collection washes over me. I take out dear unheated Tanazanite and admire my natural pink topaz. I make my Andesine change colors. I realize the quality and beauty of my JTV gemstones all over. Again, I look and see my CZ mix, remembering the "Gemstone Ice Candles" made in the first JTV Friends fb group I started years ago, our project for Christmas. They're huge, and gorgeous, I think. Smiling, I decide to wire wrap the large, beautiful pink stone.

Wire wrapped Cubic Zirconia, faceted rose quartz tear drops, rhodocrosite hearts,  Czech crystal glass & seed beads.

When we return to the nonphysical, when we die, we know our true worth, our full value and our knowing of our impact on unfolding life on planet earth is outstanding. Our broader  perspective reveals to us in one swoop all that we are and all that we co-create, and the joy and knowledge radiates forth. We are eternal, infinite and never-ended. 

Jerry Sisk cared for people. His warmth, and down-to -earth spirit made customers  feel good.
Here, Jerry and Ellen Berson discuss gemstones. 

Jerry Sisk had an impact impact on many people worldwide, and his contributions continue. The value  he contributed to the world is so vast, so great and so full of awe, it was as if I felt that appreciation throughout my weekend: examining my gems, grateful to know gemstones and to have a collection to pass on through our family. 

Awarded excellence by JCK, Jerry empowered people to learn about the science of gems.
Here, Jerry Sisk helps Kris Mattingley identify a gem using a refractometer. 

When I was able to get online, I learned of Jerry's passing, and my time spent with gemstones and the jewelry I had created with appreciation for those gems was a bright light of wonder. Without an internet connection, the Memories & Thanks Blog Hop was still a powerful experience of connection, reaffirming the wonder of life, the gift of learning; the endless goodness of giving of ourselves & sharing what we enjoy and love. 

Whether in life or death, our connection to each other can't be broken, and the promise of love -- indeed all good things -- is the presence of beauty, knowledge, and friendship, always. 

Wire work and beadmaille.

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things

 Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
 Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee's Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
 Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations
 April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper's Gems
Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods

Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry

Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It's My Sea of Dreams
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey
Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston                 CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                    Inge's Blog

Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa's Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton            It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                   josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks
Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C ... A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue
Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Lena Adams (Mari's daughter) --Lena's Beady Blog
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                       Lily's of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                            Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                           Ornamento
Marti Conrad                          Marti's Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                         Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles -- Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner

Priya Krish                           Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence
Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon's Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z                         Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends      << ---- you are here
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi's Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets

Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!

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