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Well in to the first month of the New Year, I've already begun to think, where has the month gone? Preparing for a winter hiatus, and my escape from at least some of the harsh Montana winter, I hope to have some clutter removed from my life--a yearly ritual for many--in the coming weeks. As many of my regular customers know, I must travel with my inventory, so stay tuned for some additions to the sale page, in hopes to reduce the load a wee bit. Of course, there are always some great sales, if you'd like an early jump on things!
Old papers thrown away,
Old garments cast aside,
The talk of yesterday,
Are things identified;
But time once torn away
No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year’s Day
Left the Old Year lost to all.
~ John Clare (Excerpt from The Old Year)
On November 4th I was a vendor at the Cody, Wyoming Senior Center Annual Craft Fair. I had a great time, saw some old friends, familiar faces, and I met many new people. Cody has much to offer with its breathtaking scenery, eateries, shopping and world class museums. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Cody, just 50 miles from Yellowstone - it's considered the East Gate to the YNP - jump on it; you will not regret it!
I am also currently working on adding a new Pay-It-Forward recipient organization. If you are interested in becoming a recipient, please see the information below, or check out the Pay-It-Forward (PIF) tab and drop down fields, above.
Become a She Felt Fine Pay-It-
Forward Recipient and Raise Funds
for Your Cause or Non Profit!
Would your cause (team walk/event) or non-profit like to be considered as a Pay-It-Forward Campaign recipient? Complete a "Contact Me" form and tell me about your non-profit or cause. If accepted, you promote the campaign, and SFFFA does the rest!
To read more about this organization, check them out under our Featured Non-Profit page or on their their Facebook page!
General PIF Guidelines
How may you pay it forward? It works like this: Each month, under the Pay-It-Forward Tab, I feature a not-for-profit recipient on my web site. At the end of each month, She Felt Fine FiberArts & Jewelry donates 20% of sales to that specific organization, from items purchased on the Buy Here and I’ll Donate page.
You may Pay-it-Forward by purchasing from the selection of items listed and I will do the same by donating 20% of my sales from those items. There is one caveat; the organizations I will choose are generally (but not always) going to be small in nature, with little national presence. However, there is a global fund of which I'm fond. I may also choose some local chapters that sponsor events for national organizations' fundraising events (e.g. community-based walks, such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Lung Association's Lung Force Walk, Light up the Night for Lymphoma, Relay for Life, etc.). Aside from participating physically in these events, I often involve myself in some of their community-based fundraising efforts. This is just another way I participate! Information about, and links to recipient organizations, are included on the "Featured Non-Profit" page. As the Campaign proceeds, more items may be added throughout the month.
Remember, 20% of sales from the Pay-It-Forward page are donated to the featured non-profit at the end of each campaign!
Please Note: Currently, there is no Pay-It-Forward recipient. If you order a PIF item, your purchase will not generate a donation to any organization at this time. If you would like your purchase to support a non-profit, please check back to see when the next recipient organization is added.
Congrats to Amy Lundquist
of Rochester, NY!
Amy won both
drawings and received
both the chandelier
and bee earrings!
Ric Watson, Albuquerque, NM, for winning the February Pay-It-Forward drawing for this boho necklace!
Doug Bruce, Pensacola,FL for winning the heart stickpin during February's Valentine Facebook drawing!
Announcing the Winner of the Like & Share Facebook Drawing...
...Congrats, Susan Wayne Pfund
of Hilton, NY
About She Felt Fine FiberArts &
Unique, Eclectic, Quirky, Fun, Edgy, Chaotic, One-of-a-Kind, Whimsical. These are the words often used to describe my work. These are also words, with great fondness, I use to describe my grandmother. Dolly Wilson--Nanny to us--set me on a path that helped me to explore my creativity early in life.
It is an age-old question whether creativity is innate or whether it is learned; it is my belief that it is both. I'm sure I was born with some creativity, but Nanny was the one who cultivated it! She watered and weeded, and gave it sunshine and nourishment. When my two brothers and I were very young and we remained home from school due to illness or snow days--a normal experience growing up in upstate New York--Nanny would not allow us to languish for too long. No; Nanny would drag out her needles and thread, crochet hooks, knitting needles and yarn, buttons, contact paper, and anything else she could think of to keep our minds and little hands busy. I was five when I became hooked. I guess one could say, Nanny was my muse.
In its true essence, a muse is someone whom influences another so that he or she becomes the focus and inspiration for that person's creative work; it is, or historically speaking was, often men who described their muse as a woman that they had been in love with and who they had made the subject of their work.
In a generic use of the word muse, many artists, writers, poets and musicians have referred to their muse as the person that inspired their creative work. It is in this more generic term that I identify my muse as my grandmother, Nanny.
Nanny lived through the Depression as the eldest of ten children. I was raised on her hot cups of tea and stories about her very spirited life. Nanny and her five sisters danced for a living (pictured with four, Nanny is 1st on the left).
The Watson family: Dolly (Nanny), Merla, Winona, Wanda, Violet and Eleanor along with their brother's, Howard, Tommy, Lee, and Jack grew up in Toronto, Canada during the Great Depression. Their father, John Watson owned a moving company. Although not starving by any means, the Depression had a great influence on their lives. Being the eldest, my grandmother was especially impacted. Aside from earning money by performing, she also taught dance, and developed other talents to support the family. Dolly helped wherever she could. She used her resourcefulness. An item of clothing bought at the five and dime could generate attire for the entire family. Dolly would open its seams and lay each piece out on butcher paper. After tracing around an arm or leg piece, she would then cut out patterns and create similar clothing for the rest of the family. Sewn back together on her Singer Featherweight sewing machine, the original item of clothing was then restored to its previous, if not somewhat altered, state.
Growing up we learned this resourcefulness, and never discarded an item of clothing that hadn’t had its zipper, buttons or dome snaps removed. Many of my pieces reflect this philosophy and are created with wine corks, buttons—some from Nanny’s button tin—washers, shell casings, and dismantled costume jewelry. Looking at the recycling and up-cycling movement, I know my Nanny would be proud.
Although Nanny's been gone for some time, I think about how she would tease out my imagination from somewhere deep inside. "Look closer," she would say. "Closer, yet. Don't you see it?" On our backs staring at the clouds floating miles above; "Can't you see? There's a cat dancing on the moon!" Now as I view the world around me, ideas come to me from an innocuous note held by a magnet on a friend's refrigerator door. Or maybe as I watch children play in their sprinklers. An explosion of color painted across a New Mexican sunset serves as a palette of inspiration--like a shot of adrenalin to my creativity gene! A child's delight, a woman's immeasurable strength, the aqua blue and endlessness of Montana's Big Sky, a soldier’s sacrifice; all serve to inspire.
NOTE: There is also something else to be grateful for…shipping throughout the USA, and to Canada and Mexico, is always free! Every creation is custom made, and with few exceptions is a one-of-a-kind creation. Browse the jewelry collection and fiber art pieces through the SHOP tab. The drop-down menu will take you to a categories of items, and if there isn't something that interests you today, please do stop back periodically; I'm always creating new items!
Congrats to Raffle Winner Fay Pondish,
of Rapid City, SD:
It's a Basset Booty Call!
Wall Hanging created for
Wyoming Basset Hound Rescue for
their 2016 Christmas Raffle!
“While we have the gift of life,
it seems to me that only tragedy
is to allow part of us
to die—whether it is our spirit,
our creativity, or
our glorious uniqueness.”
~ Gilda Radner
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