Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I designed these sterling silver sea fan earrings with white freshwater pearl to move freely much like the sea waters which flow past this beautiful animal daily. 

The Sea Fan is a nocturnal sea animal which resembles sea plants such as coral. This beautiful animal anchors itself into deep mud or sand and lives off of plankton brought it's way by strong sea currents. This animal is revered for it's vibrant colors and intricate branching.

These earrings are meant to evoke the feeling of peace often experienced while sitting on a beach watching and listening to the ocean waves crashing in.  

From this animal we can learn the importance of anchoring ourselves and finding our balance as life continuously moves and changes around us.

This earrings are also a beautiful way to add a water element into your life.

What inspirations from nature bring your soul peace and balance in this changing world? 

I would love to hear from you!

Live in JOY - Lisa

Friday, February 17, 2012

Take Courage - Allow Change to Happen

The butterfly is an inspiration to me. 
Like us, the butterfly goes through many transformations and phases in it's life time.
Unlike us, the butterfly knows this is a natural process and doesn't fight or fear it.
The butterfly understands that change is a part of life; change is constant in life.

Perhaps we can learn from this beautiful creature, maybe if we allow change to happen without fear - we too will unfold into a beautiful masterpiece.

Live in Joy - Lisa

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Breaking Through the Creative Block - A Carved Flower Pendant Freshwater Pearl Sterling Necklace

I think the winter grays had been affecting my spirit leaving me creatively blocked.
I have been losing myself in books like, "Feng Shui Your Life" and "Landscape as Spirit" in hopes of getting my spirit and energy excited, inspired and moving again!  

Finally...something shifted within me and I found myself inspired to design last night!
Here is what spoke to my soul!

This piece is inspired by femininity ...innocence, strength, and beauty....
found within all women!! 

We are beautiful flowers slowly unfolding our vulnerability to the world...finally we bloom and with courage smile upon the skies above.

The woman who wears this piece embraces her style and sense of self! 
She understands the importance and beauty of being genuine to herself! 

If this woman is you, you can find this one-of-a-kind necklace here:

For so long we try to be like everyone else or who others perceive us to be....Finally our arms stretch out like the wings of a bird ready to soar and we glide through life - smiling and free to be ourselves!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Friday, February 10, 2012

Be True to You - Acts of Kindness

Learning to be true to ourselves comes when we learn to value ourselves and our worth.
Each of us adds something special  to another person's life on a daily basis.
Often we are unaware of the positive impact we have had.....
What positive impact did someone have on your life that gave you the courage to see your value... worth  and  "insist on yourself?"
I would love to read your stories!

I thank Jerri for ignoring the 'other' girls in 6 th grade and telling me, "I'm your friend no matter what the other girls say."  This small act of kindness reminded an insecure and vulnerable child that she was special!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sterling Heart Necklace Inscribed with "Love" - A Chance to Win!

Sterling Silver 16" Love/Heart Pendant Necklace

"She discovered that SHE was
the ONE 
she'd been waiting for."  
- by Kobi Yamada (from one of my favorite books - She...)

With Valentine's Day approaching I thought it would be fun to spread some LOVE!

Love starts with us- 

Let's start our day out by first giving ourselves some well deserved love..THEN spread the joy of love to those around us.  

For a chance to win the necklace shown above, complete both of the following requirements:
  • Leave a comment about ways you spread love in the world 
(i.e.,  I spread love by smiling at a stranger.....)

I will randomly select a winner on Feb. 14th based on a minimum of 10 entries... so encourage your friends to enter.  I will announce the winner on my Facebook Page by 6PM PST Feb. 14th.

If you must have the necklace now, you can purchase it from my Etsy site Lisa Michele Creations.

Good luck and remember - 
One person's actions do make a difference!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Friday, February 3, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party Participant

This year I decided to stretch, nurture, and focus more on my creative endeavors.

A friend of mine sent me the link to Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog  as there was an opportunity to participate in a blog hop and stretch my creative skills!  I entered my name along with several hundred people and am been blessed to have been selected to participate in the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Each participate is paired up with a partner, my partner is Helen Kemp of Helen's Adornments and Helens Adornments Blog.  As you can see from the bead soup ingredients,  Helen makes beautiful glass beads!

Helen and I have exchanged beads and it's now up to each of us to create a focal, use a clasp and incorporate the beads sent  into 1 to 3 beautiful design!

The purpose of Bead Soup is to work outside one's normal comfort zone using new materials and pushing our creative styles in a new direction.

Helen, myself and several other designers will be revealing our creations on March 3 when the blog hop begins!  

I have decided that I will give away one of my designs made from Helen's beads!
I will randomly pick a winner from those whom comment on my posts regarding the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Leave a comment to be included in this contest!   

Best of luck and happy creating to all the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party Participants!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Do What Brings You Joy

This quote is a happy reminder that our joy is found within us not in "things and people."
Only we have the ability to bring more joy into our lives, we need to stop searching outside of ourselves and realize it's time to be still and figure out what makes us feel joyful.....

What brings you joy and how often do you do this joyful thing for yourself?
If you feel stumped, think about the things you loved to do as a child.....
For me designing  jewelry, running, walking in nature and meditation bring me joy. 

Maybe this month you can try something new, challenge yourself and step outside your box??? 
I am challenging myself ..I enrolled in Tae Kwon Do and I'm involved in the 5th Bead Soup Blog Hop Party in which I will be designing jewelry with beads (medium) I do not normally use (more about this later)! 

Making room to add joy into your life will encourage others to find their joy!
YOU are an Example - Lead! :) 

Would love to hear what gives you joy 
and if you are going to step outside the box and challenge yourself this month! 

Live in Joy- Lisa