I am so excited and feel so very blessed, that I really don't know what to say.
I am so grateful that Jennifer Jackson gave me the opportunity to be included in this issue.
The photos, as always, are just amazing, and taken by the featured bloggers themselves, which makes them all the more special.
There are so many GREAT photographers out in blog-land, I must tell you that I feel a bit intimidated.
The art of photography, just a tad behind designing jewelry,
really is a secret passion of mine!
"My Art-Filled Life"
I cannot begin to tell you how much it means for me to be living a life I've dreamed of living for more years than I can even remember.
Whether it's designing jewelry, taking photographs, or blogging....it is a wonderful life filled to the brim with exciting possibilities of having that life....one I have always dreamed of.
I just had no idea it could really happen.
Most of you know I love rhinestones, and using them in my jewelry designs has just come natural. There is absolutely nothing that makes my ♥ skip a beat faster than a gorgeous vintage rhinestone brooch. Just like the one I bought at Marburger Farm
and it will not be taken apart or used in any of my designs.
I just could not do that, nor would I want to.
"Finding my Way Back"
I am so thankful I found my way back, not only to Marburger Farm
but to art
I have dabbled in so many "artful
" things in my life, not sticking to one "thing"
as long as I have now been designing jewelry.
I know I have found my way home, and for that, I so very thankful.
But enough about me.
Here is just a tiny sample of who else you will see in this issue.
Elizabeth's photos are surreal.
She tells of her first kiss, and shares this~
"Kisses are like good photographs~they transcend language, culture, and time".
I love that thought. I love that her photographs, and perhaps mine,
can touch another person's life.
I know that great photographs have touched me.....in so many ways.
She tells of her grandparents,
and their secret to a long marriage of 60 years!
I can appreciate her story, as both sets of my grandparents had long marriages.
And, if you go to her website, you can design your very own
And, then, there is
"Blogging is such a positive way of reaching out to so many people that have a creative passion to share with others".
How true is that?
he has a drawing
right now to celebrate
all of her fabulous blog friends!
That is what I intend to do.
Someone at my (real?) work place once said, "You know Diane, you are spoiled".
I beg to disagree.
Yes, I have a good life. I have a good husband...who is a great cook!
(which is why she said I was spoiled~LOL!)
My children are doing well. I live in a comfortable home, drive a reliable vehicle, have good health, a mother who is still with me, and so much more...
I do not believe I am spoiled, no, because if I were I would be ungrateful.
I would take life and all I have for granted.
I don't. I won't.....not for one minute.
That simply would be a waste of time.
p.s. thank you faerwillow
~ This issue will be out November 1st ~
♥ The plaster heart you see in my photos was made for me by Stephanie Lee. If you have the time to read her post you will understand just how special this heart really is.....♥