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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

May you close the door on things no longer meant for you.
May you be open to possibility and adventure.
And may you be inspired, whole, and happy in this coming new year! 

As many of you may know, I've been sick for quite some time and to be gently leaving it behind is nothing short of profound.  I'm so ready for new beginnings.
Thank you all for being a part of this incredible journey. 
Happy New Year!
xo,
Andi

Friday, December 4, 2015

Winter's Hush

*Sold*

Winter's icy hush is here, with its tendrils of frost that crawl like a blanket across the earth, coaxing it into a soft, white slumber. And, under its spell, the creatures of the land calm and still likewise.
May this season bring you peace, quiet, endings - and new beginnings.
New work can be found here.
So much love!
Andi

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Manifesto For Living

 
I've learned so much in these last few years on what it means to be alive; to be human.
Being ill has given me a depth and an understanding that being healthy could never do.
This is what I've learned:
Hardships have hidden gifts, but you must look for them if you are to find them.
You lose, you love, you fall, you rise. Life is a rollercoaster you are meant to ride.
You are in the midst of living *now*. Don't wait for tomorrow.
Wait for tomorrow.  Maybe being kind and gracious to yourself is all you need for today.
Fear is often present, but you can give it a seat backstage.
You don't need permission.
Laugh. Cry. Shout. Feel.
Suffering happens, but so does healing. 
Kindness is always an option.
Drop the dialogue of "can't" so that you can be open to "can".
Loving yourself is the first step.
There is always another opportunity to begin again. 
Nature and animals have wisdom to share.  You need only silence your own thoughts to hear them.
Dare to be great, but be open to remaining small.
Time is a great burden and yet, the greatest gift.
Say yes more often. 
Say no more often.
You don't need to label yourself.  You can be a multitude of things.
Don't get so carried away with where you're going that you forget where you are.
Change happens; roll with it.
Say less, do more.
You can be both strong and fragile at the same time.
An open mind is a peaceful mind.
Accept life as it is. It does not get any easier, but accepting it will make it so.
And most of all this: death is inevitable - living optional.
 Do you have anything to add?
xx,
Andi

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Life is Golden






 
 
 
Life is golden lately.
I've been walking through the towering pines and creek beds as often as I can.
It's an amazing thing, as the last few years this proved an impossible feat.
And on these walks, I've been saving butterflies.
Their little bodies lie prone against the icy creek water where they await their watery deaths. 
I lift them out and help their papery wings to dry.
It's so good to watch them unfurl into the sky ready to fulfill yet another rotation under the sun. 
Nature is an amazing thing, and it's so healing to be out in it; to be a participant in it.
To participate in life once again is a grand, grand thing.
 
Hope you're enjoying your summer (or winter!)
Much love,
Andi
 

 
 
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Fall - I Rise

A reminder to keep rising up.
Life is series of ebbs and flows and the secret to sanity is to ride them, immersing yourself in this very moment.
Sink into your sad to feel the sweet.
Experience weakness to find your strength.
Empty yourself to know fullness.  
And, when you fall, may you rise.
Again and again.
 
 
 
You can find this necklace here.
 
Much love,
Andi
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The days are well spent where the wild things grow.
 
 

 



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ever Onward

 
Lately I'm driven onward by the fierce pull of the thing that feeds me. 
For the last year I've been waiting on health to put hand to metal and stone,
and it's caused a hunger to grow deep in the belly of my soul.
 
Time has passed, or rather I have, into a place that allows more.
More life, more living.
The trauma is ending, I can begin again.
I am beginning again.
 
I sit here, at this bench, and I'm able to find my way back.
I forget my body, my thoughts; only the fundamental need to put what I see in my mind to metal exists.
The sound of the saw sinking into silver eases the ache and the flame of the torch burns away the thoughts of life unlived.
I know there is something of measure, of purpose here.
This is what I'm meant to do.  
To create; to guide dream into reality.
I don't question the how or the why. 
That part's not important. 
Only to show up and follow the path waiting before me. 
 
Ever onward,
 Andi
 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For those who find their heart at home with the sea.
Who find solace in the deep, dark waves and a sweet glee in the sunswept sand.
May the salty spray ever caress your cheeks. 
 




 
Ocean Jasper and Sterling Silver
Crafted by hand using hammer, saw, & torch.
Found here
 
Much love!
Andi

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Green of Spring

The dark and ice of winter are transforming into the light and green of spring.
And just as the seasons are changing, so am I.
I'm finding my way back to life, to living.
My body is healing beautifully.
I've done the work and I'm finally reaping the rewards.
I'm not there yet, but I'm on my way.  And that's how the journey goes. 
There is never a point of arrival. 
As the days have become easier, and the intensity and suffering less,
I'm making my way back to creating.
And because of this, I feel so much peace.
 
Here's a glimpse into my life as of late. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wishing you a beautiful Equinox,
Andi

Thursday, January 1, 2015

By the Light of an Ancient Moon

 
 
 


 





 
Lately I've been dreaming about the stars, the planets, the moon.
How little our orbiting Earth must look from that wide open galaxy.
It begs the question what's out there, who are we?
I wanted to create something that could somehow encapsulate these thoughts.
So to start, I created a piece depicting the Moon.
 
The Moon is the ruler of Change.
She is the fastest moving of all the planets, her phases in perpetual motion.
Change is the force that guides all of our lives.
After all, to be alive means to be in a constant state of change.
With the new moon on the rise, a new year is ushered in.
In my part of the world, the light is returning, and the dark grows dimmer. 
New beginnings are afoot.
I'm grateful for change, I'm excited by new possibilities, what this new year has in store for me.
May you embrace change,
the growing of the light,
and have a new year full of beauty, peace, and all good things.
 
This necklace can be found here.
'By the Light of an Ancient Moon'
Created by hand, hammer, saw, and torch.
Solid Sterling & Fine Silver Construction
Dendritic Opal, also known as Merlinite-
I view the stone as a moonlight scene, see the tiny moon shining between a stand of trees?
And it is symbolic of the darkness fading into light.
 
I'm glad you're here!
xx,
Andi