Tuesday, February 20

self portrait challenge ~ black & white {3}

self portrait, canon digital rebel xt

One of the suggestions for this months black & white theme on the Self Portrait Challenge was to capture scenes from our life. This is a portrait of me sitting Indian style up against my drafting board, making a necklace for a dear customer. That necklace is now tucked away in its padded envelope and on its way to Minnesota. I love knowing that the gems that I once held in my hands and poured loving energies to is later adorning the neck of a goddess I have never met (in most cases, that is...i do know some of my boho gals).

I have received a few fun emails from customers that have had magical things happen to them while wearing my Boho jewels. One in particular was wearing my Boho Zen Prosperity necklace and was blessed with some financial goodness and a few lessons in between. This is exactly what I want to create with my business. I desire my creations, whether they are gems, pastels or photography, to touch others individually with whatever they need for their chosen path. It's never been just about monetary things for me and my business. It's much more about the cosmic connections behind it all.

Lately I have found myself neglecting my jewelry designs. In the beginning, I was planning on switching the designs up every few months or so but my inspiration shifted and my photography happened. I am still trying to figure out what to do next. I think it is time for a refresher with my jewelry section but I am the type of person that needs to be inspired and not forced when it comes to my creations.

Right now my heart is with my photography business but even writing about my jewelry and giving it the attention I am in this moment, I am getting the urge to visit a bead store and see where it takes me.

Is that the Law of Attraction at work again? It seems to surprise me now and then.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey boho!
LOVE your post. I have the same issue right now with my comic I'm restoring on my somethinsketchy site....

GOTO that bead store! allow inspiration to wrap you up in it's tight lil' folds!

Also, i commented 2 entries ago about wanting one of your necklaces, but the comment mysteriously vanished from your site.... Um, i can't use paypal...

can you email me @ fuzziechadsrule@hotmail.com and give me alternative ideas?

thank you!


February 20, 2007 at 10:28:00 AM PST  
Blogger Julie said...

I agree about following when we feel led. I'm just discovering (like you) that I can be more than just one thing (maybe not more than one thing at a time, though).

Great photo.

February 20, 2007 at 11:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger Shona Cole said...

I love the peek into your work space. Kind of like looking at a dancer warming up for a show.

February 20, 2007 at 11:44:00 AM PST  
Blogger Deb R said...

I love catching glimpses into the creative spaces of others, so I thought this SP was wonderful!

February 20, 2007 at 12:03:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I´m with deb r on this one, love catching glimpses into creative spaces. and on the subject of creating and inspiration, just follow your lead

XO Sophie

February 20, 2007 at 12:34:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh honey, I love getting a peek into your daily creative life. You have created such a magical studio in which to grow.

Wishing you inspiration today.

February 20, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

okay, we're twins yeah? i am sat here in the same crossed-legged position, and i'm wearing my amber necklace :-)

(in front of me is wine, ciggies and the computer, but hey... :-) xo

February 20, 2007 at 1:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sarah .B. Scott said...

I also go through creative cycles. I tend to focus on one artistic endeavor at a time. I have noticed though, when I return to painting, I have learned things through my other projects that improve my paintings. It may very well be developing your eye through photography will also positively affect your jewelry design.

Have a creative week!

February 20, 2007 at 2:50:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delight! I adore the pictures you share of your workspace. Your desire to make a deeper connection through your work really resonates with me.

February 20, 2007 at 2:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger madelyn said...

I always notice to dazzling delight that when intention and
passion cross paths magic
appears - and so it would be of
course with your designs -
your intentions are fueled by
love and dreams!!

February 20, 2007 at 3:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger Toni M Photography said...

How funny you should say "Lately I have found myself neglecting my jewelry designs." I've been neglecting my painting and focussing on other creative things at the moment.

With all the blank canvas' sitting around me, I am wondering whether I'm in dire need of painting? Hmmm, I think it is time I watch "The secret", Yes I do believe it is time.

Big Hugs,
Love Toni

February 20, 2007 at 3:11:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kathleen said...

peeking into your life is always beautiful and inspiring.

February 20, 2007 at 3:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Karen Travels said...

You're so beautiful.

I can tell all how confident I feel when I have the Ivy necklace you made on. It's not a trait I usually portray...but with the necklace on...I just feel my beauty so much more. I don't know if that makes sense, but it's true.

Hugs, Karen

February 20, 2007 at 5:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger Loralee Choate said...

Boho the Beautiful strikes again!

My favorite part of this is the peek of embroidered band on your sleeve.

Oh, and your hair. I totally think you are a wench for being so blessed. (Said in the nicest, non-offensive to Karma sorta way, of course!)

February 20, 2007 at 7:32:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

good karma and neat ... it has that feel and look that I want in my studio ;)

February 21, 2007 at 2:05:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

Great shot of your creative space and, of course, that smile ;)

February 21, 2007 at 10:59:00 AM PST  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

aren't you the cutest! i love seeing where you work...where the magic happens...

February 21, 2007 at 11:21:00 AM PST  
Blogger LeS said...

One of these days I might just find a way to have one of these magical creations. So great to see your 'making spot' :)

February 21, 2007 at 3:47:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky girl in Minnesota! Really, your jewelry is beautiful and it must make you smile knowing that they are bringing good luck and positive energy to the wearers.

February 21, 2007 at 4:46:00 PM PST  
Blogger bee said...

oh, boho....i agree with everyone, seeing where you create is just so potent. and create you do....

i just checked out your photo site for the first time today, too. you are so talented.

but, i was actually going to blog about this, (and i will...) but today i followed a tiny 'voice' into a book store and found the newest issue of buddhadharma, which had, as its main article, 'pain, not suffering' and also a copy of 'women artists' by taschen. the book is so incredible, and inspiring.
all that to say, you shouldn't ignore the voice if it's telling you to visit a bead store...

sweetie, i just sent out a huge pulse of love to you. i hope you got it.

February 21, 2007 at 5:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger Uber Mer said...

I think everything has energy. I don't doubt that someone gains from your love and and intentions, mearly from your work. This world is definately magical, and you are helping create it!

lovely photo, by the way!
xo M

February 22, 2007 at 9:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger Daibh said...

Bee Gee, I envy your effortless photogenicity (is that even a word? You make it one!) -- every portrait you take looks so polished.

Heh, the word verification is like a Hawaiian Buddhist chant: "alohhm"

February 22, 2007 at 3:51:00 PM PST  
Blogger Anthony the Loser said...


February 22, 2007 at 9:20:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful, creative, peaceful you....i love seeing you in the space, as does everyone else here! ;-) i love that you create your jewelry at the time of the order so that you can connect with it and the person you are making it for. i love that when i wear your necklaces, i feel you.

love you

February 23, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM PST  

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