::Gratitude:: And why I love to metalsmith

I have been Paid some of the most wonderful, thoughtful, touching, and heartbreaking compliments this week ( and in the past , because I couldn’t resist sharing some of these other splendid memories I ran across in emails while looking for the ones I have saved…..:) ). All of which I am all profoundly grateful for ~ and to you. So To all of you who *may* have said these things – know I value the love and kindness of your words with all my heart 🙂
Thank you. ~ if you happen to recognize some of your own words below. Being able to create is what keeps me, *ME*. And having your support is what makes is extra special. When I get this kind of response for creating something; I know it will be treasured for a lifetime, which brings a deep glow to my heart and many thanks to you, for loving it as much as I did, when I made it 🙂
“Oh WOW I seriously I wanted to start to cry. I LOVE it. I can not wait to proudly put it on my finger. You got it perfect. I am loving the ring. It is MORE than I expected. WOW WOW WOW!!! When I saw it, I thought of my mom and she is gone now, so it made it full circle for me. Like I said, you nailed it. I could not have asked for a better family ring for me!! You are extremely talented and I am honored that you made my ring. Thank you thank you thank you!!”
“Today I came home from an exhausting day at the studio to find YOUR RINGS at my doorstep!! I am wearing them right now as I type these very words and they are so beautiful and fantastic, thank you SO much! I love the different ring band textures, the brilliance of the labradorite and the shape/size difference of the stones. Just perfect! 🙂 “
“AH!! Andes, it’s gorgeous!!!! Thanks for making such a FANTASTIC waves ring, YAY!!! the waves are really amazing, i love it! thanks for being awesome 🙂 “
“Oh. My. Gawd. That is FABULOUS!!! (I wish I were a belt person…)”
“Oh man, that is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I honestly don’t know what to say, but wow…..I am speechless. I love it. Love it. I look at the pics and honestly can’t believe that its mine. You are a genius my dear. You have such an amazing gift! Its like you were able to reach into my head and pull out exactly what I wanted, even without me being able to explain it to you! 🙂 Thank you so so much Ande. I can’t thank you enough, and it was definitely worth the wait!!!!!! “
“Phenomenal!!! Awesome skill and a wonderful eye for design!!! I wanna be like you when I grow up! ;-] “
” ohmygooooooooood!!!! i got my ring in yesterday’s mail and i want to write you a very epic letter about how this is the coolest piece of jewelry ever made, and it’s mine!!!!!! “
“Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“oh my…drooling…”
“Hi Andes, I’d like to thank you for the beautiful pendant. It is quite unique and is sure to become one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, along with the four banded ring that you made for me. I will wear it proudly. Thank you again.”
“I just wanted to say that I adore your jewelry! Your work is truly beautiful and unusual. Anyway…keep on doing exactly what you are doing. Your are creating true beauty! All the best”
“Hi: You do not know me but I do know your Mom and one day when you were selling at “Art in the Park” Drayton Valley I bought a beautiful Inukshuk pendent from you. That was a few years ago, just wanted to let you know how much I love it. When my life turned upside down a while back I wore it constantly as it represents balance to me. It brings comments from someone every time I wear it and that is often. My husband and I took a trip across Canada last fall and I had people stop me on the street and ask me about it. Thank you so much for creating this piece it brings me so much pleasure. Good luck……”