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Let Go of the Rice

Oh I think summer is on its way.  Those days of hot and humid and feeling like you are swimming in sweat.  So I took advantage of it not being quite here yet by swinging on the hammock, reading a lovely book, and feeling the breeze sweep across my face and hair.  What a lovely start to Friday, huh?  

Our Auntie and Uncle are back home here in New Orleans from their new home in California.  I tell you this because on my bench lies a piece of copper with a hummingbird cut out of it and it has been sitting there since last summer.  My intention was to mail it out to her...A Year Ago! Hehe!

I was kind of paralyzed with the piece.  Thinking it had to be perfect and my skills were not up to the task.  

I wanted her to have this piece today.  
It must of been the fastest piece I have ever made EVER (~2hrs)!  Remember the humming bird was already pierced ahead of time and has been aging on my jewelers bench for months.  So that was a big help.

All I had to do was get out of my way and let go of the outcome.

Hoping everyone is following their bliss.



  1. The hummingbird piece is just gorgeous! I love it- beautiful work! :)

  2. it is just beautiful!! i love the way you said "get out of my way"!! isn't that the truth...i spend half my time in my own way. ha ha! can't wait to see you this weekend!!!


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