Happy Creative Holiday Wishes to You from All of Us

A message to you from each of us here at Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and JewelryMakingDaily

Happy Creative Holidays from Interweave Beadwork Magazine and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays. May you find peace, prosperity, satisfaction, and the warmth of family and friends in everything you undertake throughout the coming year.

Happy Creative Holidays from Interweave Beadwork Magazine and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist
Wow, 2016 has been a time of great changes for me – both personally and professionally. We’ve had some changes here at Interweave (check out our awesome new website at www.interweave.com), along with some challenges and great opportunities. It has all kept us on our toes and moving forward. (Look for some fascinating stuff from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist in 2017!)

Personally, I bought my first house! And I just moved in to it in mid-December. I’m still getting settled. (I do NOT recommend moving at holiday time, but when you find the perfect house . . .) As I was preparing to move – purging, sorting, packing, and organizing – I got one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten. An online acquaintance of mine, Dorothy Breininger (AKA Dorothy the Organizer of the TV show “Hoarders”), told me to picture in my mind the kind of life I want to have in my new house. Then to organize everything according to that picture. If something didn’t fit the image in my mind, get rid of it!

This fabulous advice doesn’t only work for moving; it can apply to everything in your life. As we enter 2017, I’m even going to apply it to my creative pursuits. While I’m always very, very open to learning new techniques and skills, no more hit or miss! I’m going to carefully organize my jewelry-making thought process – and the fantastic creative workspace I now have in my new house.

As we enter the new year, think about your life and how you picture going forward. Then live according to it! From my house to yours, have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Creative Holidays from Interweave Beadwork Magazine and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

I’m sitting by our sparkly tree, taking a moment from being elbow-deep in ribbon and wrapping paper, completely basking in my favorite time of year. I love every single part of this holiday season. Spending time with family, baking, shopping and giving, scarves and gloves, bells ringing everywhere, seeing old friends, extra reasons to be sparkly, Santa Claus, the spirit of the season, and SNOW! It hardly ever snows down south where I live (Christmas Day is forecast to be 63 degrees this year!). I make up for it with snowflake ornaments, brooches, earrings, cookies, ornaments, and anything else I can put a snowflake on!

Out of all of those things, spending time with my family and chosen family (friends) is my favorite. We have our own little traditions that I look forward to each year. My dad and I still ride around looking at Christmas lights and decorations. We all open presents on Christmas Eve and eat snacks and treats that night. We do stockings on Christmas morning (after Santa leaves!) and then have a wonderful dinner on Christmas Day, which always includes my grandmother’s cranberry salad. Later that night, we go to a movie or just hang out visiting together. It’s simple but that’s how it’s always been, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I hope you’re all enjoying wonderful time with loved ones and that Santa knows how good you’ve been this year! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you!