Skip to main content

L E A R N I N G

L E A R N I N G - My word for the year - thanks to Erin of Treasures Found for prompting us to look for a word that's going to urge us on this year! I chose learning for many reasons. I don't know if you all know, I have a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management. I quickly found out that I do not do well in the corporate world. Politics and competition are not my style; I found I just could not be healthy in that environment. That's ok, too - I'm glad I found it out. I did have a Ph.D. I worked for tell me that I would never be truly happy unless I got a Ph.D. myself - I believe that to be true. However, at this point, that's never going to happen! Not only do I not have any desire at this point to start school all over again, I can't begin to figure out what I want to do when I grow up!

Hence, learning. I have many things I want to learn about - Shinto, Hadrian's Wall, Constellations. But also things like, what type of person am I, how can I be a better partner, mother, family member and friend? How can I get off my behind and get all the beady ideas I have in my head into something productive? And there's several of those - I always seem to be behind the eight ball with my ideas - I make something and then I see someone already selling it!

I'll share some of my findings this year with you! I think I'll start with something easy, like investigating Hadrian's Wall. Also, I know I want to take a PMC class. I'm hoping to go to Toulouse this winter with the engineer, and I'll try and learn all about that all over again (I was in Toulouse for a summer at the Dickinson College Study Center).

Comments

SummersStudio said…
Sue, learning is such a great word for the year. In fact, I think that one would work every year :-) I'm like you. I have my post grad degrees, worked at them, and was unhappy (all caps there on the unhappy). I'm looking forward to all that you learn about this year. I hope you'll share it with us. Happy journey!
Marie Cramp said…
J'aimerais voir Toulouse un jour. I have always wanted to go to France, my roots start there. My husband was a missionary there and got to see Toulouse, that would be so nice.
I hope you learn about your wall, and tell us about it :)

Bonne semaine!

Marie
Dawn Doucette said…
Sue, I love your theme of Learing for the year. I think we are always learning... if we're not, the alternatives aren't pretty. As you begin and continue on the journey enjoy everyday! It's a gift and I think you have a gift for seeing the beauty in that.

I found your blog via Art Beads blog. I'm looking forward to seeing your special creations in 2010! Blessings to you and yours!
stregata said…
Learning is a good word. I am looking forward to seeing what you learn. (Human resources sounds like it is about people, doesn't it?)
What a great word! Life is boring when you're not learning. We should never stop. I'd love to look into PMC classes with you. Sounds like a fun adventure.
A great word that will take you on a wonderful journey...

I think many of us readers can see ourselves in your post...I know I can.

I look forward to what you share...

Cheers
Katie said…
I, too, am still working on figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. I didn't go so far as to get advanced degrees because I didn't know what I'd want to get them in :o)

But, I am always learning - either through reading, traveling, or learning new crafty things...This year should be the year where I continue to work on my polymer clay and PMC skills...Especially since I just got a kiln and some PMC3 and CoprClay to work with :o)

I can't wait to see where your learning takes you!

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Accident!

Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!

Art Elements February Theme Challenge - Birds of Prey

Cathy Mendola chose Birds of Prey for the theme this month, and it's a pretty awesome theme. You are going to see some amazing work by my team members and the guests who have participated this month! I had plans of doing more than I did, as indicated by the purchases I made for the projects I had in my head. However, I have been doing some work in my house, so whenever time permitted, meaning after work and weekend hours, we were pretty much doing the room renovations. One of them is going to be my study/studio, and I seem to be foiled at every move by trying to get some work tables. So I have only one small project to show you this month.  But first, the purchases!

This first Bali carved owl totem I got from fifirosedesigns on etsy - I wanted to make a mold and make my own cabochon to use in a necklace. However, I really did get around to doing that. So, I purchased the owl heads below.

These owl head cabochons are from ArtisticVariations84 on etsy - they are just fantastic, but …

January Art Elements Theme Challenge - Moon

Lindsay Starr chose moon as the theme for the AE Design Challenge this month! Great choice, Lindsay! I knew I had a pendant from Vincent and Nooma from Inviciti that I wanted to use, and I have some moon face polymer clay cabochons I had made a while ago, so I was all set!

First, I used the pendant to create a simple necklace. I haven't strung beads in a very long time, and being that I enjoy simple designs for myself, I set out to find the perfect red beads. I chose faceted red jade from Golden Age Beads.  I also spied some other beads I really want, but am basically on a buying freeze so....maybe another time! I separated the red jade beads with some cute titanium spacers I had picked up at a bead show a long time ago, and I highlighted the pendant with some gold alcohol ink to make the moon show up better!



The second piece I made was influenced by Game of Thrones. Late to the party as ever, I just started watching it. I'm on Season 3 Finale - I use it as a carrot to make my…