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Journeys of the Art Nomad


A woman stopped me in Starbucks today, complimenting me on my necklace. I was completely floored, since it hadn't been 24 hours since my hands had created the strand of clear faceted amethysts with tiny garnet accents. She reminded me that a little bling can go a long way, and a positive comment fires me up to create more and more and more! 


I tap into an incredible source of energy when I focus my attention on something creative that I love to do.  I’m happiest when I create, whether it’s redesigning an organizational structure, creating a new piece of jewelry, rearranging a room, or making sense from total chaos.  Creativity kicks off an energy cycle that generates new ideas and stimulates creativity. 

It took me a long time to find my passion in beadwork. First I had to travel through years of cross-stitching, quilting, metal smithing, pen & pencil drawings, painting, pastel sketches, and other artistic endeavors before I stumbled into my real talent.  In essence, I am an Art Nomad, and I love the journey. 


Since I found beads as my artistic outlet, the journey continues with deeper explorations on the history of beading, different uses for beads, and my own creations and designs. The possibilities are endless. The energy I derive is exponential.

Where does this energy come from? How can we live our lives so that we draw from this energy source everyday and make the world better for ourselves and those around us?  It takes very little effort to destroy, but significant thought and energy to create.  

My advice: GO FORTH AND CREATE!  Tap into your own hidden source of energy … you'll be glad you did! 

A Filson Classic - Who Knew?


"Excuse me. Is that an original Filson?" Drinking an early morning cup of coffee in the Mill Mountain Cafe in Salem, Virginia, a rugged and toothless elderly gentleman directs the question to my husband. With an energized flourish he replies, "Why, yes it is!" What transpires is a brief but spirited exchange about the wonders of Filson Mackinaw jackets, and how well this particular specimen is holding up after thirty years. And such a bargain when bought at LL Bean so many years ago!

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Fast-forward a few days to the top of the actual Mill Mountain in Roanoke, a landmark location with the world's largest man-made illuminated neon star. A lone cyclist in his mid-thirties stands at the base of the star catching his breath from the long ride up the mountain. "Excuse me. Is that an original Filson?"  Really? Again? Another spirited exchange follows, the cyclist drooling over the pristine condition of the Filson.

In twenty years of hanging out with my wonderful guy, not one person has asked about "the Filson". I didn't even know it was a Filson. I always referred to it as that "red checkered" thing, or "the Mack" for short. Then two lightening strikes in a week? Amazing! With that, I set about researching this red and black 100% virgin wool garment.


The classic Filson Mackinaw Cruiser jacket. It is iconic, an autumn and spring necessity, a familiar and essential wardrobe item for the well-dressed "in the know" man. This jacket dates back to 1914, produced by Filson, a company founded by Clinton C. Filson in 1897. Perusing their website I feel as if I have discovered a secret guy world of days gone by. Links to "bibs and chaps", "Long Johns", "Belts and Suspenders" curl my lips into a nostalgic smile, and classic photographs abound. 


My husband loves this jacket. His father had a Filson, and probably his grandfather, too. He has never said so, but his understated adoration is apparent. Stumbling into these two admirers in Virginia provides me with new insights into my husband, and temporary entrance to a secret guy world that I very rarely see. I can't wait to ask the next unsuspecting person "Excuse me. Is that an original Filson?"

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