Happy 2016 Back on Track

Happy New Year Ya’ll.   I have many exciting goals and plans for 2016.

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My intentions are mostly to be healthier, peaceful and a bit more “out there”.

Healthier:  Eating better.

I started eating better last year but got off track during the holidays. I am still making my bone broth, my sauerkraut. and goat milk kefir on a weekly basis.  But cutting out the processed foods and sugar will help immensely.   I follow a functional doctor, Dr. Joshua Axe.  He is awesome because he works with gut issues. And I believe as he does that all disease comes from the gut.  For those of you that would like to know more click here.


Being an artist full time has some great rewards but too much of anything creates imbalance.  My whole world last year was lived in a 5 mile radius, working at my home studio, teaching classes at my home studio, and Facebooking way too much.  Ugh!  I realized I was addicted to the comforts of my home and I am a control freak, (that’s not new news)  A little sad, I know.

Being in nature is always worth the time to get connected to beauty, inspirations and God.  I went for a New Years day hike with my lovely 6 years old grand daughter, Lola.  (She inspires me).  We hopped on rocks, we skipped stones on water and had a picnic in green grass.  I had a sense of calm and peace like it was the first time.  I am definitely doing more of that.


“Out There”

Since being an artist is so isolating I must make an effort to connect with folks and develop good nurturing relationships.  I just signed up with a group of lovely, energetic, encouraging ladies who happen to love Essential Oils.  I am a very excited about EO’s and a little obsessed right now because I got a diffuser  and it makes my place smell like heaven.  I have been using them for almost 3 years, off and on.  There is something to comforting and healing, honestly, that I kept telling my daughter and friends about them and how they help me and others.  My daughter, Shauna suggested I sell them because I am so passionate about them.  I am especially interested in working with my 7 yr. old grandson who has Cerebral Palsy.  So, you will be hearing a little about my adventure with Young Living Essential Oils from time to time.


I also intend to champion a one women show for my art work.   I have been longing  to do this for a few years now but I haven’t had the courage and I haven’t saved enough worthy art pieces to have a good collection of wall art, such as shadow box mosaics, 3-d mosaics, and sculpted single shadow boxes (that tell a story like the one below).   Well, this is the year!  So watch for that too.  I give you permission to hold me accountable on everything I list here.

Three Spirits of the One.

So here is to 2016, may it be a rewarding and successful one for you all as well.  Whatever your goals, never give up.  Even if it takes 2 or 10 years.  Just never give up!

Happy New Year!

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Published by robinchladdesigns

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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