Working somewhere different is having a bit of an impact on my work.
Last week I started to trap things in wax, but I used soya wax (my candles of preference), and it failed miserably. The wax just wouldn’t stay whole as I pushed it out of the molds.
So I tried melting some other old candles and…it worked – YAY!
I dangled the results from my studio window.
I also used a heart shaped ice cube mould to melt wax into.
I have created lots of these. The hearts contain words (positive emotions) which ground us and the wings, which are hand drawn and coated with wax, negative emotions – which need to FLY.
Just need to decide how to display them.
Still not got my camera, but I am having fun with instagram on my phone.
One of my treasury lists for Etsy.
Click on the pictures to take you to the shops.
Magical words left for me on ETSY (feedback from one of last weeks customers).
“Unbelievable service. I contacted Suzanne and explained I needed item quickly. She did everything possible including going to post office just to make sure a Saturday delivery was arranged( no extra cost). Item arrived Saturday morning. It was exactly as I had hoped. Best Internet ordering experience I have had.”
Happy customers = happy Suze
My friend Mary is an amazing bubbling force of energy. Occasionally she will e-mail me stuff like this.
Today waiting in my inbox was this, and it just made me smile. Sorry I don’t know where it originated, but I hope it inspires.
“Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.”
Regarding body changes, she said there were many,occurring every day…like her breasts.
They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words! Maya Angelou said this:
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day,
lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from
“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as “making a life.”
“I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.”
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to
throw some things back.”
“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”
“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”
“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a
friendly pat on the back.”
“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never
forget how you made them feel.”
I’ve learned that I miss my buddy who has gone and bought a pub miles away, and I need to make a trip and go and see her.
Quality of being brave
The ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain
without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
Last year my friend and I bought ourselves a charm bracelet each, and we bought each other a charm for it our Christmas and birthday presents.
We did the same again this year and on the charm I picked is the word ‘courage’.
I could have picked several but I was really drawn to this word.
Mum has been ill over Christmas, but is hopefully on the right track now, and two members of our family were in a car accident. Unfortunately one of them didn’t make it. So we ended the year on rather a sad note.
‘Courage’ is a positive word for me, it’s has spirit, it doesn’t stay down for long, it takes risks, it feels the fear and does it anyway.
It’s with me ( and hopefully you too).
2011 is full of promise and opportunities which I will tell you about over the next few weeks, and I am going to grab them all.
Off to see “Step -Up” tonight in 3D. Five ladies, teenage film, is that wrong?
Can’t believe it’s Friday again tomorrow. Where does the time go?
Hello to new followers too
I heard this on the radio whilst sitting in the car a few months ago, and I can’t believe I had never heard it before and the lyrics made me think. It is based on “The Sunscreen Speech”, an essay titled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune as a column in 1997.
If you don’t want to watch the clip (it’s quite long) I have added the words below.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen…
Well I sing ,it always lifts my spirits, and I warble on pottering around the house, and on ocassion even in public, much to the disdain and embarassment of my children. I dance (often in my living room), I stretch. I floss.
I love the line about jealousy ” the race is long and in the end it’s only with yourself”.
Some of the things It mentions I know I should do more… Oh and
I do wear sunscreen
This was sent to me today by my friend Mary, (who had just had a “hell in the hallway” moment!), don’t know who the author is but it made me smile – especially the “tequila and salt” bit – thought I would share it.
“This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where you could read it every day.
You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone,even if they don’t like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone…
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
And always remember…
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
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