Friday, August 26, 2011

Transformation, Transition and Peace

As I write this, my world is holding its breath.

Anticipation hangs in the air like a palpable cloud and the raw force of wind and atmosphere stands poised to barrell through my front door.  

The trees know it, their roots push deep gripping the packed clay, white-knuckled against driving winds and pelting rain.
The sea knows also, she swells to make room for surging tides and waves that will slam into loose sand pulling everything into her abyss.
The people know as well, water, food, power all well-stocked and ready for days on their own.

Did you know the name means Peace?
Peace - "freedom from any strife or dissention"

It is a true description of my mind in preparation for her arrival.
You see, it started this summer with the addition of a new set of skills.
Learning how to create with flame and stone.
The manipulation of metal into shape and form.
And once again my mind is filled to the brim with ideas, shapes, and possibilities. 
This summer also brought growth.
Of a little boy on a bike and a little girl with a crayon, and the realization that I am needed to usher in more growth.
The healing of a woman who is my rock and her slow and steady march toward whole.

And as summer has begun to crawl into autumn, the change has become as palpable as Irene's arrival and I am fully aware of the need for more change and transformation.
The need to move from a path that I've been walking to a different path, one slightly more narrow, but much more rewarding.

There are books to be read and games to be played.
Languages to be spoken and bikes to be ridden.
Papers to write and proof-read and homes to be cared for.
There are letters to be drawn carefully, first as sticks and then as swirls.
There are colors to be learned and tests to be taken.
There are dogs to walk and entire planets to be discovered.

And I? I am needed...needed for all of this...and more than that, wanted as well.

via Pinterest
So as the world closes its doors to August and opens its windows to September I do the same.
You won't see me around here much anymore.
I'm leaving the keyboard for something more real, something with deeper substance and the precious time that I have will be jealously guarded and used in creation.

I have felt the desire to create again, this time with fire and flash of flame and with the stolen moments that I have I want to be free to do so.
To pour out my heart into my hands and watch it become silver and stone.

My little beads that have taken this journey with me for three years are becoming less and less the star of the show and though they still stand as little reminders of what I can do when determined, they have become a stepping stone left behind in a path of learning.

My shop will remain open until September 5th and the pieces of my heart stocked on its little shelves will still be there for you if you'd like them, but they will be the last.
On September 5th, everything will dissappear with the exception of the tutorials (I still believe firmly in knowledge shared) and my offerings of beaded things will be no more.

I'm sure little pieces will find their way to the shop in the future, but it will not be beads.
My heart is being pulled in a different more firm direction, and I must follow.

I still have commitments to keep and my embroidery class will still go on as planned, but I'm re-evaluating my time spent and where it should be spent and making decisions accordingly.

Thank you for your support in the past and even now.
It has truly been an honor to create for those of you who have trusted in my ability to teach and have wanted my offerings as part of a collection of adornments that could have come from any number of talented artists.

I'm off now to move porch furniture and tie down a trampoline and wait for the waves of wind to wash over my city and my home.
May your autumn begin and continue as mine has, with a wave of peace.


  1. I wish you all the best in you new direction in creating. Stay safe during the rage of Irene.

  2. Your work will always be beautiful and well loved, no matter what the medium may be. You have my well wishes on your new adventure!

  3. Best wishes on your new adventure! Following your heart is always the right path to take. Can't wait to see what you will be creating!

  4. Where ever your new direction takes you I hope it brings you much happiness. You may not be around much but I will be here when you are always ready to celebrate with you! Hugs Sweetness and thank you for not taking the tutorials away I still have a huge wish list of them to get! LOL

  5. I'm so impressed and awed by your commitment to yourself, and your chosen path. Marcie, you're a lovely lovely lady, and I am looking forward to seeing your new pieces just as much as I ever looked forward to your beadwork. Stay safe, and we'll all be thinking of you as you walk. :)

  6. I will miss you and hope you pop into the blogosphere once in while. I completely understand wanting to work in your new direction and devote more time to it. Your new metal and stone work is so gorgeous and I know it will only get even better. Stay safe this weekend. You were actually the first person I thought of when I saw where Irene was headed.

  7. Good Luck in all your future ventures, personal and professional. I will miss your writing and beadwork. I look forward to seeing where you go next with your talent! Best of everything Marcie and be safe this weekend!

  8. Shakespeare said it best Marcie:

    "This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!"

    I wish you all the best and I am so thankful that I was able to learn from you. Not only from your tutorials or class but from you blog as well.

    In Peace!

  9. I am so lucky to have walked a part of this path with you. Your knowledge has helped me so much and I feel I have a friend whom I have never met face to face. Thank you for your knowledge, your gift and your friendship. I await to see what new things you begin, but your dear ones are the luckiest, for you have chosen them.

  10. Espero que este nuevo camino te lleve allí donde quieres ir. Las ganas de crear siempre son bienvenidas. Tu trabajo siempre ha sido impresionante y seguro que esta nueva faceta también lo es.


    P.D.: Escribo en castellano, ya sabes que mi inglés es horrible. ;)

  11. You will truly be missed but you must follow your heart. I am going to go right to your shop so I don't miss anything I may never see again. Thank you for all the time you have shared your wonderful designs and knowledge with your readers and (me). I wish you love, laughter and growth.

  12. Best wishes and success for the future of your wonderful works...
    -Eva Maria

  13. Marcie, First off I want to thank you for all the inspiration you have given me through your blog. Even the fact that you are now following your heart is truely inspiring. You are a true artist, and I am sure that whatever you create in the future will be amazing. Best wishes,

  14. What a beautiful post, Marcie! Thank you for sharing the previous leg of your of luck on the next one! Your soul and talent will shine through whatever you do!