Experiments in photography, jewelry making, mosaics, and other artistic obsessions
30 January 2011
One World, One Heart 2011!
Self-portrait, Philadelphia, July 2010
Welcome to One World, One Heart 2011! I'm so happy to be participating in this year's event, which organizer Lisa says will be the fifth and final one, and I warmly welcome all of you who are so kindly visiting my blog! I discovered many wonderful blogs during last year's event and am inspired, amused, uplifted, and just all around happy to be part of Blogland or the Blogosphere or whatever we call it these days. I have been blogging since 2002 (yeah, I'm Old Skool), when I started a blog to post pictures of my baby boy for faraway family and friends. In 2007 I started this blog to connect with other people in the jewelry making community, and more recently I've also been blogging about my rediscovered passion for photography. One thing I've learned from blogging is that there are SO MANY creative, talented, interesting, and kind people out there, and connecting to you all through words and images helps me keep my creative spark alive.
These connections and events like OWOH are especially important to me because I live in a remote, rural area of western New Mexico and don't have the events and shopping and other amenities of civilization that most of you do. (I know all about these, having grown up around Philadelphia and later living in southern California for 7 years...) So, being blessed with wonderful real-life friends and family (my dad lives with me now, and my kids are with me alternate weeks since my ex and I share custody), I am also happy to live in the Internet Age so I can maintain old friendships, make new friends, go back to school (I hope to finish my Masters in marital/family therapy this December), and of course shop, given that the nearest real-life bead shop is 100 miles away!
Again, welcome -- and yes, I have some door prizes!! At the end of this event, on Feb. 17, I'll use a random-number generator to pick 3 winners from among those of you who leave a comment here; just make sure you either use your Google ID or leave an email address so I can contact you. This year's offerings, shown below and selected from my jewelry creations, definitely follow a winter theme and also, of course, a heart theme. Enjoy the event, visit lots of other OWOH participants' blogs, and I'll see you around Blogopolis!