Tag: disability

I now have my third festival (or would you call it the fourth, since this was a two-day festival?) under my belt.  I definitely had my bases covered with this one.  I planed and then planed again.  I even did mock-up sales with my son and boyfriend prior to the festival to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything.  I purchased new labels for my boxes, prices tags with my logo, and flowers for the tables.  I printed signs for the tables and had a very pretty amethyst holder for my business cards.  Our booth was so pretty!

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In my 16th year, I was enjoying my yearly vacation at Denver Children’s Hospital where I was having my remaining leg amputated.  It didn’t seem like a big deal.  I was already an amputee.  When I climbed on the exam table, the doctors asked, “Now, how are you going to do that when your leg is gone?”  “My mission in life doesn’t involve climbing on exam tables,” I replied, “I’ll figure something out.”

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Not long ago my creativity was unleashed on the stage.  I miss the stress of coming up with an audition song and monologue.  Sitting in front of auditors and delivering my pieces, shaking in my wheelchair that feels suddenly so isolated. 

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I recently received the message below and was so touched by the words, I had to share them.  My process and reason for making jewelry is somewhat unique.  “Your pieces have met my impossible expectations. Just any stone doesn’t glimmer, or have the interplay of color quality, or your artistic touch, or the comfortable wearability which your pieces do.”

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