Monday Meanderings: Reflections on 2010

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

The Ups and Downs of 2010

2010 feels like it was a tough year, in some ways.  I struggled to deal with various challenges at work and there was quite a bit of unhappiness associated with that.  But I need to make sure that those stresses do not overshadow my whole assessment of this year.  It was an excellent year in many significant ways.

Our first grandchild, Riley Landig, was born to my son and his partner!  Isn’t he adorable?

My grandson in his daddy's arms


My husband and I traveled to China for a week and then had a great visit with my daughter and her boyfriend who were teaching English in South Korea.

inner courtyard in China

I found my childhood best friend on Facebook.  We’d lost track of each other in our early 20’s.  It turns out that she only lives about an hour away from us.  We discovered that we both love beading and we still feel a close bond to one another.  This has been such a happy suprise in our lives!  We went to the Pacific Northwest Bead Festival together, in July.

my best friend from second grade

My best friend, Lee Anne, in 2nd grade.

My jewelry was accepted into two juried art shows.  I’d never applied to a juried show before this and I was so excited to get in.  During 2010 I set up a new shop: Linda Landig Jewelry, (after my previous web host sold their business).  A friend built a website for me that made me feel so professional:  Linda Landig Contemporary Artisan Jewelry. I started my Facebook page, which now has close to 650 fans and in June, I started this blog.

My jewelry booth at my first juried art show

Winter Fine Arts and Crafts Show. Olympia, WA

In June I retired from a 30 year career in elementary education and starting tomorrow (!), I will begin part-time work as a field supervisor of student teaching interns for the University of Washington.

Looking back on all of this, I would have to say that this a been a very full, rich and rewarding year.  What have been some of the highlights of the past year for you?

Wiped Out Wednesday

Because I have had art and fine craft shows the past two weekends…

Because it is the holiday season…

Because I had a bunch of (wonderful) commissioned pieces to work on and…

Because I am in the middle of reorganizing my whole bead studio…

This post will just be a picture tour of the second of my holiday shows.  There  so much amazing talent!  All the different ways people find to express their creativity is endlessly inspiring and delightful.  Enjoy!

Ceramics booth metalsmith at the Dec 11th arts & crafts show

Teddy bears

ceramic bowls with cat motif

Handmade basket booth at the arts & crafts show Dec 11th

Water color paintings of two birds

handmade clothing booth

carved wooden masks by a Cowlitz Tribal member

Linda Landig Jewelry at the arts & crafts show Dec 11th