Saturday, August 1, 2009

SIX THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME!!!

MY INSPIRATIONS!
When I came upon Inspiration Avenues challenge http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/ , I thought that it was a very clever idea and I wanted to play along. I began to think about being grateful for each thing that inspires me to use the talents that the Lord has given me. So as I type, it is in the form of a prayer of THANKSGIVING! #1. The Greatest Inspiration: The most important source of my inspiration is the Lord that I serve. He gave me the abilities, the vision, to see things even before they are completed.
#2. My Family & Friends: My Grandfather had no hands yet he could play seven musical instruments & draw, oh my goodness, you can not imagine his talent. I always figured that if "HE" could do it than I could do whatever I set my mind to. Through the encouragement of family and friends I continue to be inspired to "just create".#3.Beading: I know I have said it before but I started beading May 2008. Before that I did china painting, tole painting, sewing, etc., etc. Through the wonderful instructions of my beading teacher, B.J. Kahn, numerous magazines & books, I am inspired! I have enjoyed beading endless hours. I do, however, keep it all in perspective. I hold on to the "things" that are around me with a very light hand and try not to get so attached that I forget Who gave it all to me in the first place.
Beads, beads, beads. I have 19 trays of every sort of bead, in every color you can imagine. They are sorted by size, color and style. (I never seem to have the right color in the right size.)
#4. Antique/Vintage Jewelry: I am inspired by seeing the way "they used to make it". I love taking a used piece of dis-guarded jewelry, dismantling it and using it in todays modern designs. {There is nothing "new" just re-done.) Pearls & crystals, however, are nearest and dearest to my heart.
#5. Paper: I love all colors & textures! I have two full racks & three dressers full of color, color, and more color. I like looking at it! I like touching it! I like working with it. Paper inspires every one of my senses. (There are no limits to what a person can do with a pile of paper and a passion to match its beauty.)
#6. Blogging Friends: I started my own blog in June 2008 and what a wonderful way to be inspired!!! It is because of your encouragements that I stay up until the wee hours of the morning (like tonight) making whatever comes to my mind.
YOU INSPIRE ME!
I am thankful to the Lord for giving me INSPIRATIONS through each one of you!
Blessings to all.
Sharon

26 comments:

luthien said...

hello sharon :)
that ... is a beautiful post! i enjoyed immensely reading about your inspirations and was awed (as you were) when you said your grandpa could do all those things even when he was physically impaired?! that was amazing!!

love the pic of the family photo wall and your creations are absolutely gorgeous!!!

thank you for partying with us! good luck on the giveaways!!
hugs and peace,
luthien :))

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Have a inspired and joyful weekend... I need to find some inspiration....

Coastal Sisters said...

Dearest Sharon~
What an amazing person your Grandpa was! What a beautiful post dear one :)

I sent you an email and wanted to make sure you got it (about my necklace and goodies) Let me know if you got it :)

I am doing a wee bit better although still sleeping a lot. Hopefully I am on the mend!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Debbi said...

Your work is amazing! And I love this post. Thanks for visiting my blog too--to answer your question on the banner and background--I design all my own graphics and even sell a few too! I kinda of fell into it when I couldnt find a ready made one that I really liked!

Catherine said...

I love your post! I couldn't agree with you more about thanking God for all that he gives and for keeping a 'light hand' on everything!!

Your jewellery is absolutely stunning!! You're immensely talented.

Vintage Inspired Jewelry said...

What amazing talent you have. All those wonderful materials to work with and so organized. Have a great week end...Kathi

Mana Moon Studios said...

What a delightful and motivational posting you've shared with us today - thank you so much for joining in our party!

I adore your work, that alone inspires me, but your gratefulness and insight into keeping things all in perspective and your appreciation for a loving soul shines through the most!
All the best ~ Sharon

Inspiration Avenue said...

Just stopping by to leave a comment from all of us and to thank you for joining in the fun today!
♥Sharon & the girls of Inspiration Avenue

artangel said...

I loved reading about your inspirations Sharon - and also seeing some of the gorgeous work that you have made as a result!

Michele Lynch Art said...

Loved seeing your pictures of your inspirations! the beads look so yummy and of course I love the vintage jewelry too!! Your work is gorgeous!

Lisa said...

Hi there! What a beautiful post, I am so glad I read it. Very inspiring and moving! Your jewelry pieces are fabulous too!! :)

Merily said...

Wow, you have some great inspirations! Your grandfather sounds like he was an amazing man. :)

Kelly said...

What a beautiful post and I couldn't agree more with thanking God everyday for the talent He gave me.
Your jewelry is beautiful. Glad I'm partying with you.

Lynns Lovelies said...

Hey Sweet Sharon~
Oh this post is just sooo sweet and I can hear you saying these very things. Your incredible talent is only surpassed by your beautiful spirit and heart....
How thankful I am for that day we met in Hobby Lobby last fall!
Hugs and Love~
Lynn♥

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post! I just read several posts and saw the BEAUTIFUL name for your baby! Congratulations to the winner. The name fits her.
I had to chuckle to myself when I read your post about the blue meds boxes! What a lovely thing you have made from them! My hubby is disabled and I have fibromyalgia, so my hands often feel numb. I cannot tell you how we have struggled with those boxes (and he has 2 meds that come that way!).Only a true artistic and inspired heart could make something so pretty and useful from those DREADED BLUE BOXES!
Blessings, Sarita

FlowerLady said...

I just found your lovely blog, and am truly inspired by your writings, and your work.

FlowerLady

Liberty said...

This is very heartfelt, Sharon. Thanks for being who you are. And thank the Lord for you! Your artwork with beads is stunning! I can't find better words.
If you like watch faces, stop by WLLF and join a contest to win a few vintage dials.
Thank you for sharing from your heart.
Blessings, Linda

Eileen @ Star's Fault said...

Oh, I feel just the same! Thank you for sharing what inspires you. I am new to blogging also, and resisted it for a long time, but then quickly realized how richer it made my own art work and how much I learned from others.

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Micki said...

Wow Sharon, your jewelery is beautiful as is your blog and blog posts. You have nothing to worry about on the 11th. :-)

I loved reading about what inspires you, all the while my eyes keep glancing at the sidebar..... absolutely stunning pieces!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Sharon so good to hear from you- you are so right about the wonderful way God uses others to bless us-

Thank you for letting Him use you!

Loved your post and the story of your grandfather is so amazing- I am such a wimp- I would have probably just lived a life feeling sorry for myself!

blessings
mary

Lisa said...

Love this post! Your inspirations are good ones!
Hugs, Lisa

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Sharon,
It's so nice to meet you! I really appreciate the sweet B-day wishes and your kind visit to my blog.
Thank you for following along as well. I'll do the same. Your blog is wonderful and I know I will be back to visit you again soon.

What beautiful things you listed as inspiration to you. Your family photo wall is so pretty and special.

Have a blessed evening my friend.
Happy Birthday to you too!
~Warmly, Melissa ;)

The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

I just found your blog through The Victorian Parlor. Your jewelry is indeed inspired and is just stunning.

One of the things I liked on your last blog, was your picture wall. The arrangement is perfect!

PS I'm a Georgia Girl!

Sandi said...

Beautiful inspiration!! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings~

Heidi said...

Thank you yet again for the sweet comment in my blog:-) Heidi

The Jeweled Postcard said...

I love all of your stash of pretties! And your creations are to die for!
Have a wonderful week! candice

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