The Artist in All of Us

Roslyn Our Journey about beads, creative process, handmade, inspirational

As children we all start off being artists.

We take delight in unraveling the mysteries of the world.  We allow our imaginations to take us to unknown places.  Maybe we made mud sculptures, enjoyed finger painting in a bathtub, made up songs we sang at the top of our lungs. Some of us colored inside the lines. Some of us shaded colors to create new ones.

What Happened?

Creativity

Unfortunately most people leave childhood art behind as they grow up. Some rediscover it as parents as we guide our own children throughout the same pleasurable activities.  Fortunately I discovered a hidden artistic talent and a passion for beading later in life.  It started off as a hobby and I made jewelry to wear, then gift and eventually to sell.  How fortunate once again when my daughter joined me in this endeavor.  Our jewelry tells our stories and is an opportunity to express and interpret the world around us.Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 9.26.45 PM

Pleasures

I do many types of holiday and craft shows and am amazed at the level and creativity expressed by so many people and different ages. Some clearly studied art, metal sculpting, fine arts, silver smithing and then there are the self taught crafters, knitters, wreath makers, soap makers and I could go on and on. I so love being a part of this crafting community.  Given I am very social, I get to know many fellow vendors and the crowning moment is when a fellow artist purchases from me.

I truly believe we all have artistic talent. Perhaps it is a hobby, maybe you don’t choose to express it publicly, but it is there, within you. If you choose to leave a comment, please share how you express your creativity.

Wishing all a very happy, healthy holiday season.

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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      Terri Lind Davis, It’s a good thing you have committed this year to paint. Your paintings are beautiful, as you are and your interior designs. I truly believe that as we move through later phases of our lives, our bodies become less kind and it will be our artistic forms of self expression that will help us get the most joy from life.

  1. I have been “living” my passion for several years (designing gift baskets) which is a complete entity. By that I mean I have the pleasure of not only using products made by creative people like you, but also sending them to people who love them. I have many local artists who use my gift baskets as methods to get their product to the public and I am always honored to include that “personal” touch. I wish you well in your endeavor now and in the future.

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      It is so clear Tina Ashburn that your basket and flower arrangement business is a labor of love. You work hard at it and it doesn’t seem like work because it is your passion. We should all excel and expand our business revenue in 2014. Happy Holidays and take a rest after Dec.25.

  2. I’ve owned businesses (like international infrastructure consulting) that had virtually zero creative aspect. And then a global promotional products design and manufacturing business where I felt like I was back in kindergarten with my fingers in the paint and clay. I’ve recently realized I miss that feeling and am looking for it in crafts again. Thanks for (maybe unknowingly) being a cheerleader to me, Roz. You’re my inspiration!

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      Oh Sharon, you just lifted my spirits. I’m creating new necklaces for my final big three weekend shows while weather forecast is dismal. Without question, I love what I’m doing and 2014 I will focus and market my online site. If only I can simulate what it feels like to touch and try on the beaded necklaces? Ahh- if onlys.

  3. Well I have many hobbies where I can be creative like scrapbooking, knitting, sowing, decorating, playing piano & singing…it’s true, creativity never goes out of style 🙂

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  4. I agree, where has ALL the creativity in us gone? If many can get reconnected with it, life just may become happier. I make gifts of goodies lol. I agree also when a fellow crafter buys form you, it is a crowning moment.

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      Yes Christy, sometimes hobbies can become lucrative and sometimes not. I’m sure the recipients of your blankets will be very happy. But it sounds like something you enjoyed doing, so keep having creative crafts with your kids. You never know an unexpected benefit.

  5. I learned knitting when I was 6 or 7. My family was still in Cuba then, and I learned how to make socks. We would use whatever was available to make them. There were no consumer goods in Cuba, so everybody had to make do with found things. Now, my knitting & crocheting are my source of relaxation and creativity. It’s nice to have some sort of creative outlet. You have made a successful second career out of yours, that’s wonderful.

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  6. I always say I’ve never been very creative.. I remember enjoying gym class way more than I enjoyed art class as a child. But I do love getting ideas from Pinterest.. I am just not creative enough to come up with the ideas on my own.

    1. You know Kelly, others ideas are your inspiration. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, so keep at it and maybe something original will show up. You put your own outfits together and accessorize, right?

  7. Roslyn I love your beaded jewellery designs, you have a very strong talent! My favourite hobby is drawing, using charcoal, pencil or pen and ink. It’s something I would love to do more often because it is so calming. I look forward to see more of your creations.

    1. Thanks Gilly for your compliments. We will be showing new designs in blogs and on my Facebook page in 2014. Got very busy with Holiday shows and such. Hope you always take your sketch pad with you on vacations, even runs. Imagine spending 5 extra minutes after a run to put into a drawing what you are feeling?

  8. “Unfortunately most people leave childhood art behind as they grow up. Some rediscover it as parents as we guide our own children throughout the same pleasurable activities. ”

    True I see this happen all of the time, people really want to be creative but often leave it behind. I am so happy for you! Enjoy your creative crafting community! Happy beading!

  9. Thank you so much Meryl Hershey Beck. I don’t have any early memories of being creative other than when I played with paper dolls, I loved making new paper clothes for them. I never thought of myself as artistic and unfortunately compared whatever attempts I made at being creative to others. Now I see that I always had a good eye to combine textures, colors, patterns, yarns, furnishings, pottery and yet my discovery of making beaded jewelry still amazes me. Thanks for your compliment and have a wonderful holiday.

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      Thank you Veronica. I am looking forward to 2014. I feel ready to implement some of what I’ve learned this year and I have wonderful people like you to turn to for guidance.

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