Over the years I have been blessed with the honor of creating over 3500 pieces for folks all over the world. Many times my treasures are purchased for small children as a celebration of the wonder and magic of childhood. But I’m also contacted to create pieces to celebrate a marriage or new baby, or memorialize the passing of a child, sister, grandmother or pet, to celebrate multi-generational families, as a guardian angel over a woman wishing to become pregnant or deliver her baby safely or because there is something about the work that reminds a mommy of a time that passed all too quickly: when her daughter or son was just a wee baby.
I create pieces that mean something to me, that are beautiful to me, and when they go out into the world, they touch the recipient. I’m sharing this with you not to boast, but to encourage you to know that each and every one of us has the power to create something we love, and when we send something infused with love out into the world, it has the power to heal. When our work, be it at home, in an office, on stage, or at the end of a sharp, barbed needle becomes about every person whose life we touch, it doesn’t really matter what specific activity we engage in. My personal motto for needle felting is “Healing the World One Fairy at a Time.” This is what makes me return to the needles and the pad and the wool over and over again, even when I am exhausted.
Healing. It’s my raison d’etre when it comes to my wool treasures…or any of my creative passions. Healing the world. That may sound either like a tall order or a fantasy but I want to share with you that whatever you do, if you do it with love and send it out into the world, it will touch somebody.
Yes, healthy, bouncing children and many adults enjoy my work. But I have also been moved to tears hearing about how my fairies surrounded one customer’s sister during her last days in hospice and how she felt that I through my fairies was in the room, or knowing that one of my angels was sent to comfort a grieving mother in Australia, or knowing one of my fairies is helping a child with a sleep disorder, etc. Sometimes it feels like a big responsibility. But at the same time I know that my work is an invited guest, not the navigator on the individual journeys people take. What an honor.
So, I invite you if you are an artist or crafter to delve deeper into your work. Don’t worry about the sales, they will come, only think about how much joy you experience by the work itself. For those of you who are not actively creating, I encourage you to write, sing, pick up an instrument, knit, sew, paint, sculpt, cook, bake, garden, or, yes, needle felt. The give away or sell your work and see what happens to the world around you. You are the source of healing. Isn’t that amazing?!
If you’d like to make fairies and don’t know where to start, I invite you to join me on July 21 in Carlsbad. Click Here for details and to sign up.
In the meantime, thank you for joining me here on the blog.
With much love,