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So, who am I, and where is this “Frog’s Pond’?

Most people who know me would say I’m probably still figuring that one out. Quite simply you could say, at this time, professionally I am a teacher, secretary, and librarian. (Some people have one full time job, I have 3 part time jobs) I am also a leader, mother, wife, sister, and daughter. Those are all things that rise to the surface.

What lies under all those things is a unique, creative, constantly morphing, driven individual who is fascinated by all the tiny interactions there are in this world. I believe in celebrating the silver linings that can be found every day and that we are all responsible for making life on this earth a wonderful thing for everyone around us.

I look at the world a bit differently than most. Some find beauty inĀ  a shiny diamond or a fancy car. I find beauty in stories of ordinary things. While something may look beautiful, if it doesn’t have a story to tell, it’s just an object to look at. However, if you look at something that has witnessed life being lived: a ring from your grandmother, the table from your childhood home, a button that adorned your mother’s favorite blouse, or the good dishes that the family gathered ’round to celebrate – minus that plate that Aunt Louise broke the year she got the new dog and the cup that Bill broke when he was three, those things truly shine with beauty.

You might say I stumbled upon my passion for metalsmithing, which is the driving force behind my creations. I found myself needing a 3-d art class in college. Sculpture was not something that sounded interesting, and I knew I didn’t have the patience for working with ceramics, so I took a metals class. By the end of the first day I was in heaven. I might not have the patience for working with clay, but I can file and shape a piece of metal all day and be content. I spent the last 18 months of my college days learning to form ordinary metal sheets and wires into beautiful objects.

Today, my favorite form of working is to turn something that is no longer useful to someone, or things that have been abandoned and discarded by the Frog’s Pond, into a wonderful story that can be worn every day.

To answer the question, “Where is the Frog’s Pond?” I can only tell you that it is everywhere, yet at the same time, no where that can be seen at first sight.

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