Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dot's Fall Reveal

First off, I want to apologize for not being an active member these past 4 months. Let me explain & hopefully you'll understand why I've been so silent. First off, I need to tell you that I have had a great year. I was so blessed to be published in not only doll makers magazines, but in a bead book called Flatwork. I got a job teaching at the local bead store, and was invited to Albuquerque to teach my Podlings. Also, I had a great reception at a gallery show, and made enough money to pay for a lot more beads! But...it was in July or August, when I was at the peak of happiness about all my success, when someone told me that I needed to stop bragging so much as I was making other members of my guild unhappy with me. I was shocked! I thought that your Guild Sisters were the right ones to cheer you on. Heaven forbid if I expected my family or co-workers to understand what I've been doing, but other ARTIST? So I became very depressed, and began to question my motives about why I was doing this Art. I didn't stop creating, and do and STILL enjoy every single thing I make. But I stopped sharing my accomplishments at Guild meetings, and found myself uneasy about writing about anything on my blog. I kept quiet and for those who know me, that is not me. I even stopped blogging, and eventually forgot my pass word. I found myself sinking deeper and deeper pulling into a shell. Then a week before Christmas I was talking to my best friend about this, and she told me that I should not let a few jealous (yes, she made me realize that they were jealous) people stop me from sharing what I do with others. I've thought about this all this week. Then I realize that I do have the right to brag. I do have the right to share what I've been doing. Suddenly it was like a cloud was lifted from me. I felt alive, and happy again. So this is the reason, I've been so quiet.

Now let me tell you a little about my December Reveal. I have the 4 months projects & if you'd like to see better pictures of the 4 pieces for this year's entry, please go to my blog (which I promise to keep up) and see the inspiration behind each piece. My theme this year is ReCycle-Trash to Treasure. I'm doing beaded dolls this year.

I'm making a promise to myself and to YOU to keep up and not let this world crash down on me.


Carol said...

Thank God for Best Friends.

abeadlady said...

Don't let some jealous people keep you from sharing your beautiful works. You have been an inspiration to me since I first saw one of your dolls. You just keep beading and showing it to the rest of us. We love seeing your work.

Muriel said...

I am new in the BJP and a french girl who doesn't understand perfectly english, BUT I want to say Thanks to your best friend, your work is so beautiful! I love your dolls, especially in November. I would like to do that!

heidibeads said...

I visited your blog and I am appauled at those so called friends who said that to you. You should be so proud of what you do and how wonderful your art is! Your best friend thank god was right - you should be able to brag. Your beading is absolutely amazing. Keep going, I'm waiting to see and hear more! Happy New Year!

shebaduhkitty said...

wow, I am so surprised and disappointed by your guild members. what is the point of a guild, if not to share in that joy of accomplishment? glad you friend helped you see the light to share with us becasue these dolls are AMAZING!!!!

I will add your blog to my feed and hope to see more exciting work, you inspire me!

Robin said...

What is under jealousy is simply dissatisfaction with self... Your guild friends tired of hearing about your sucesses because it reminded them of what they were not or could not do.

Success is like that... Sometimes our personal success breeds a little insensitivity to others. We need to find that fine line between sharing our enjoyment of our achievements and success but still having appreciation and support for those around us who are not as far along in their process as we are.

flyingbeader said...

Very wise words indeed Robin. I'll keep those in mind from now on. Another friend sent me these words which I love:

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Theodore Geisel, "Dr. Seuss"


RoseMaryJ said...

Hi Dot!
I am sooo glad to have found you!!!I have admired your work for awhile and was so thrilled to learn you were in the BJP08 group. Your published work is astounding and certainly stands on it's own merit.
Folks who are unsure of themselves find a way to belittle and unsettle those who have found their artistic "voice". Thank goodness for your true friend!

There is only one person whose opinion matters...yours! well, Dr. Suess said it better.
to beautiful beading,
Rose Mary