Ringing in the New Year

It will soon be 2013. I am looking back and counting all my blessings but also looking forward to diving into the new year with hopes and dreams, ideas and plans. As I always do each January, I make a list of things I would like to accomplish. I strive to meet all my goals but I am only human and always fall short of the list of goals.

I think I have made great strides in 2012. I have managed to juggle several care-giving jobs and build my craft and grow my business. I have had my moments of doubt but I have ways of coping. Those ways always proved to be by prayer, helping others and not lingering in the self pity too long. God has provided for me every step of the way and many weeks during the summer I didn’t know where my next job was going to be but I trusted and He provided. I have survived and I will keep pressing on, of coarse.

Most of all, I am so grateful for the support I have received from my loved ones including my family, my friends, my church family, my customers, even the long distance Facebook friends have been encouraging. Most of all I am grateful for Jesus, because without him none of this would exist. He has given me a gift for being creative but also to use that gift to show the light of God. I love creating things that make people smile. In turn, I am content and at peace. I have joy in my heart knowing I have done my best.

I know I don’t have many followers yet but that’s okay. I am still trying to figure out the whole technology thing, with the latest social media avenues. Thanks to both my daughter’s, stay at home mom of 3 kids, Shauna Quintero, who has 2 blogs now, Christian’s Journey and Mamma Candy and Natalie Paul who is busy with her 3 kids, and a new job but still finds time to FB and study up on the latest state of the art camera programs and computer gadgets, they are both a SM savey enough plus they keep me up on the latest fashion trends which is equally important!

My prayer for all my loved ones is to not just be in good health but excellent health, and to truly know the peace that God gives freely to all who seek him. And to know how much he really loves us. To have Joy. Take time to smell the roses. Spend time with a little child, a teenager or the elderly. Laugh. Be Merry. Most of all BE A LIGHT FOR OTHERS!

God Bless Everyone, Cheers to a new year!

Starling  teetering on a cantaloupe.
Starling teetering on a cantaloupe.
Starling on a Cantaloupe with a seed in his beak.
Starling on a Cantaloupe with a seed in his beak.
Cactus Wren on a Papaya ceramic shadow box.
Cactus Wren on a Papaya ceramic shadow box.
Owl in a Pomegranate
Owl in a Pomegranate

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I have been doodling, coloring, drawing, cutting, sculpting, painting, sewing, writing and everything in between since I could hold a crayon in my hand. My first art projects were filling up a big, fat coloring book of bridal dresses. I boldly ventured into new territory with paint-by-number sets. I graduated to luxurious and decadent velvet (paint-by-number) sets. Eventually, I mastered the art of Spirogragh. Originally from upstate New York I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1986. Back then I was a single mom and found myself in the job market. I went to Pima Community College for training. Instead of diving into my academics I kept hanging around the pottery studio. Some people lived there and if I didn’t have two little girls at home I would have ended up living there as well. Joking aside, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities. Being in a position to care for my kids, in 1989 I created a very marketable, creative, and functional item. It was a simple concept that took me into new heights of the craft world and I became an entrepreneur. Creating and selling became my passion. I had achieved success for many years. I loved being my own boss and living the artist’s dream. Life moved real fast and before I knew it my girls were all grown up, moving out, getting married and having kids of there own. Hey, wait a minute… I am a Gramma at 40? No sweat, I handled it gracefully. Fast forward to the present: I have been on a journey led by God. I took a sabbatical for the last 6 years learning new people skills in real estate, retail and care giving to the elderly. But my natural instincts kept leading me back to what my soul cannot deny. New visions, new risks, and a stronger faith has lead me to this point. Have I arrived? It’s like my life is all mapped out and a red arrow points to You Are Here! But the road keeps going and I have learned to listen to that still small voice. My days are filled with a little bit of art, a little bit of caring for my grandchildren, care giving to the elderly and volunteering at Sunday school. I am currently working on sculpting with clay in a tile mosaic setting, like my Seed Pod series or House of Fruit Trios. Some of my pieces are a mixture of individual 3-D tiles, shadow box shrines, and ornaments. The work that’s being created is inspirational, whimsical, and contemporary. Even though life can be very serious and intense I hope to achieve simply bringing joy or even a smile to someone’s face though my creations. I am also designing and developing my%2

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