28 February 2010


'as a single footstep will not make a path on earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
to make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
to make a deep mental path,
we must think over and over 
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our minds.'
~ henry david thoreau

call it a practice like anything else, it takes perseverance and discipline to live the kind of life you want... to achieve peace, practice peace... over and over and over... 

i had thought i couldn't make anything personal this week - it felt too raw... instead, i found i couldn't engage in anything less... that art therapy thing again... and so happy for it...

lovely little bird by leann weih... these birds are really getting around - i have been seeing beautiful designs with them on many blogs... leann has made a connection with her handformed beads... and we are all so grateful! sorry that your studio has been so cold, leann - but not entirely...  who knows if these would have ever come to being? that old bittersweet thing again... 

thank you all so much for your thoughts, wishes and hugs this week... they meant so very much, and were very unexpected... my most heartfelt gratitude to you ~


  1. Mary Jane that is wonderful! I love the sentiment and the Thoreau poem is beautiful, we need to practice those words.
    I just love LeAnn's birdies!

  2. This is so beautiful ... and what could represent peace more perfectly than that beautiful "Blue Bird" of LeAnn's. I'm glad to see you could soothe your soul with your creative stirrings. Beautiful work!

  3. Oh Mary Jane, this is just over my head beautiful!!! And you are so right!
    LeAnn's birdies are so sweet and serene, aren't they?

  4. creating is so therapeutic isn't it?...what a gorgeous pendant. The words and bird...so nice.

  5. That is so beautiful, I love the etching and the bird makes the whole piece sing!

  6. I finally got one of those birdies! I'm so happy!

  7. So incredibly moving this piece. And one of my favourite Ghandi wisdoms. I am so honoured to have the little bird be a part of such a heart felt, meaningful piece of art.

  8. This is so sweet! It's hard to find words for it, and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because it feels so meaningful that you've made it in such a difficult time. LeAnn's blue bird bead is very peaceful and content looking, and I think maybe those are grandma and granddaughter beads at the bottom? Very touching.

  9. A bluebird of happiness for you Miss Mary Jane.
    Blowing kisses and sending hugs your way.
    One of my favorite quote...
    "No peace, no God. Know peace, know God."
    Enjoy the day!

  10. mary jane, beautiful and true....i feel grateful to be your friend.

  11. I'm all for art therapy - creating does give a bit of peace during difficult times. What a beautiful post!

  12. it's a lovely piece, mary jane. i had the most beautiful hand carved wooden bird bead in my hand yesterday at the gem faire. and then i put it down to ogle something else, with the intention of coming back. and never got there. now i can't stop thinking about it. 'love those sweet little birds.

  13. i love that quote. the bird is nice, as is your post.

    warm smiles,

  14. the bird earring is so great! (I'm a bird nerd!)


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