Did You GIVE What You Wanted for Christmas?

Another Christmas come & gone – did you GIVE what you wanted to for Christmas?  Not Did you GET what you wanted – I meant GIVE.

I found more joy in giving & surprising people this year – people who did not expect it – way more than in the nice things I received as gifts.

I don’t regret anything I gave – my gift was how it made me feel so good.  I am thankful to have an art form (glass jewelry) that most people appreciate receiving. 

I started out this holiday season to give handmade & homemade – and I did, and it brought joy!  I love the handmade, homemade gifts I received as well – much more than the things box stores were foisting off on people.  (Enough with the microfleece already!)

I would have liked to give more to those in need – but at least I gave some, in my corner of the world. when and where I could.

My Christmas moment this year came in AUGUST – writing 15 letters “fromt Santa’s elves” to school children for a friend’s friend who is a teacher.  I had a jolly time, and the kids who got them enjoyed them too I heard…

Spreading joy and kindness – that’s what it’s all about…even if it doesn’t help the bottom line – it helps each heart.

May you always delight in simple things and give from the heart!

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Making Art to Make a Difference

Mylast jewelry show for for 2011 – 9-4 is this Sat. Dec. 10 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Hwy. 140 & 21 Circle Drive , Cottage Hills, Illinois – hope to see you there!

10% of proceeds Sat. will go to the Community Hope Center (food bank) and proceeds from one table of my discounted jewelry will be donated to the Concordia Lutheran Church.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.”

Kent Nerburn

Just yesterday I donated a necklace & earrings set to a fundraiser for breast cancer research.  What is it about giving that feels so good?  I think I enjoy giving my work away more than I enjoy selling it.   Maybe because giving is a way of expressing myself – Here, world, I have something to offer – a gift of grace was given to me, so I pass it on, pay it forward…and my gifts to others give back to me in this way…

Or maybe it’s just my Valentine’s Gift to “the Universe” – thanks for my gifts of grace…

In the Spirit of Giving….

http://divabuzz.designing-diva.com/2009/12/16/inspire-with-the-giving-spirit-giveaway/

This neat lady – another glass fuser – the Designing Diva, AKA Randi Sue – is GIVING AWAY some of her lovely jewelry – as prizes in her contest where you write a bit about giving back to the community and are entered in a drawing – let’s celebrate giving, and sharing, what makes the holidays mean more, much more than just commercialized clap-trap!  Even the Grinch knows, “Christmas means just a little bit more than something that comes from a store…”