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Like me. Really "like" me!

There will never come a time when I forget about Sally Field’s famous acceptance speech when she won her Academy Award.

You LIKE me! You REALLY LIKE me!

She was sweet and genuine, no matter that it was a little corny and borderline needy. Haven’t we all been there? OK, I’m laughing now. Some of you have not. But I have and these are the only eyes I have with which to view the world, so. I digress.

Nancy Lee Designs Facebook Banner

“Like” has come to mean a whole new thing. In the Facebook world getting a “like” means a friend or stranger is giving your thought, image, or business a virtual thumbs up. With 845 million or so active users*, explaining a “like” seem kind of pointless, because unless you are there, you probably aren’t gonna make it over  here, to my little homemade website with my slow-cooked jewelry and sculpture.
But talking about “like” is my sneaky little way to bring up the “like” subject and to ask you kindly to visit and “like” my page there.
Why did I do it? Facebook rules state that one may not change their business page name. And, because I would prefer to be known as an artist, rather than as a “business” or bricks and mortar building, I felt strongly compelled to create a whole new Facebook page as Nancy Lee Designs.  What I wish to accomplish with it is to spark quick dialog between you and other lovers of handmade things, say a little about me and what goes into my work as it is happening, see progress shots and photos of finished work straight from my camera phone. I will announce shows, talk about tips, tricks, and metalsmithing techniques for those of you who are interested.
All in an effort to continue to build a bridge to you, the person who has found your way here, and about whom I care. So, I do hope you “like” it. Really “LIKE” it! (that is now 5 times I have hotlinked “like” to my new page – SHAMELESS!)
As always, seeking ways to enhance lives and share beauty.
(Check out “Simple Care for Sparking Silver Jewelry“, my first note on my new page.
*http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-has-over-845-million-users/8332

Poetry Out Loud : Testimonial

Poetry inspired me today. I was reading about an event called “Art Squared,” set to take place in Fountain Square on Saturday, September 17, 2011. As part of this event, a person can take the opportunity to participate in the popular Masterpiece in a Day, a one-day (of course) art, music and writing competition.

Make art. Be art. Buy art.

But writing? In the past, I had overlooked this element of the competition, and was interested in learning more. Plus, participation is FREE. Most of the time, artists pay for even the chance at getting work out to a larger audience. This was great.
Masterpiece in a Day Participants
The rules for writing require the participant to choose from three elements in three categories, and incorporate those elements into his or her story or prose. One of the key elements is a series of pre-selected poetry. So, to avoid doing any real work this morning, I read every single poem. One of them brought tears. This is it:

Testimonial By Rita Dove

 

Back when the earth was new

and heaven just a whisper,
back when the names of things
hadn’t had time to stick;
back when the smallest breezes
melted summer into autumn,
when all the poplars quivered
sweetly in rank and file . . .
the world called, and I answered.
Each glance ignited to a gaze.
I caught my breath and called that life,
swooned between spoonfuls of lemon sorbet.
I was pirouette and flourish,
I was filigree and flame.
How could I count my blessings
when I didn’t know their names?
Back when everything was still to come,
luck leaked out everywhere.
I gave my promise to the world,
and the world followed me here.

Rita Dove, “Testimonial” from On the Bus With Rosa Parks. Copyright © 1999 by Rita Dove. Reprinted by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc..Source: Poetry (January 1998).

Here is the website where I found the work: Poetry Out Loud : Testimonial. You can read a lot more.
Taking the time to read poetry is akin to meditation. You cannot go fast. You cannot push for the finish line. You cannot…compete with others. There you sit, you and your thoughts, savoring words in moments of quiet like the most delicious meal you have ever tasted. Opening up to the feelings the words evoke, you understand now the quiet power wrought by the gentle manipulation of letters, the ordering of simple vowels and consonants written in language common to us all. Marveling at what only a rare few are able to ignite into emotion.
My luck leaked out everywhere today, over filigree and flame, because of Janet Dove.
Interested in registering for the Fountain Square Art Fair “Masterpiece in a Day” competition? Go here.

A Few Moments of Amazing

Do you ever have moments where life just goes ahead and tells you that you are headed in the right direction, and just keep on doing what you are doing? I hope so. Because they are real gifts, and we don’t always get as many of those as we need. When we do, though, it’s important to make note of them. Bear witness to the good. That’s what I’m doing here.
I’ll keep it brief so you will be encouraged to watch this uplifting video (below). Or skip right to it, it’s okay.
This weekend: I taught at the Indianapolis Art Center. And it went sooo well. My four students were “dream students.” Happy to be present, focused, attentive, helpful and kind towards one another. And adept! Good thinkers, good designers…I could go on, and probably will in a future post.
Last night: I dreamed my good friend Ginger (of LEDE Studio & Gallery) held up my work in front of all of her studio helpers and clients and declared it great. Wooo-hooo! I talked to my son on the phone this week – yay for moms of grown men!
This morning: Email inquiries for custom work have been coming in, and even though it is challenging to provide creative blueprints with words over email, things are progressing. And I received some photos from Emily Schwank of Raincliffs Photography, who will be doing a show in my little gallery – my first time showing an artists work – and I about cried I love those shots so much. More on that soon.
This afternoon: met some friends for lunch, where I also ran into a couple of other friends, and it was really sublime.
This evening: A “virtual” friend I met during an online business coaching class held her own teleconference this evening. I got some goodies there – I discovered some astrological info that sheds some light on my life path. Kinda a biggie (Thank you, Lisa Zimmerman of Soul Level Solutions). To cap it all off, I received an email from a very dear friend who I have been missing lately – containing the video below.
Draw your own conclusions. Hopefully they will all be uplifting ones!

P.S. – the more I thought about the good things that have come up lately, the more grateful I became, because the process reminded me of even more good stuff. Try it! and, I cried when I watched the video.

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