Strive for Perfection . . .

In August I shared my sculptural jewelry with hundreds of Rolls-Royce owners and collectors at their annual meet in Lake Tahoe. I had been invited by St. James’s House, the London publisher of the Rolls-Royce commemorative book, to be featured in the book and exhibit at the event. It was fantastic!! Gorgeous automobiles, some 100 years old, were paraded out and parked on the greens at The Resort at Squaw Creek for all to see and wander among. For those of us who love cars, it was breathtaking! I have discovered a new favorite: the Bentley Continental GT. Red.

The annual commemorative publication is given to RROC members and Rolls-Royce dealerships worldwide. It’s not sold in bookstores, tough to see one unless you know a Rolls-Royce owner who has one. They are special.

However, St. James’s House has made an eBook available that we as partners with Rolls-Royce for the book and the event can share with others. Lavishly filled with Rolls-Royce past-to-present history in photos and prose, and presentations about this year’s event partners, it is a beautiful book indeed!

Here’s the link for you to enjoy it as well! Rolls-Royce 2018 Strive for Perfection

I’m on page 47!

Strive for Perfection book

Much love . . .

My deepest gratitude for those who supported me in myriad ways in my business development fundraising campaign.
xoxoVO

I am designing two new neckpieces to be revealed at the Rolls-Royce event in Lake Tahoe this August. A display is also being designed specifically for the event, one that will make the visual connection between industrial and natural organic flow . . . just as my sculptural jewelry does. I’m very excited for all the possibilities!

My website is also undergoing design changes and will be revealed within the next few weeks!

Individual portfolio galleries of the jewelry collections and the painting series’ will show the latest works. I’ve had a lot of requests for available artworks for purchase so direct connections for available pieces are also in the planning. As always, I welcome your queries and conversations about my art . . . As an artist who works alone in her studios, I relish the personal connections made with people all over the world! Keep it coming!

Here are a couple images from a jewelry photoshoot in the forest in Flagstaff AZ . . . wonderful women who were sooooo much fun to work with! Enjoy!

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Forest model shoot-2-VOSTENAK

Flying Above Your Fears

Remember seeing those small fuzzy creatures crawling along the pavement, when you were a child?

Caterpillars. As a child I saw them, creeping along, quite frequently on our sidewalk. I always look for them, even now.

Often, we see monarchs, Black-patched Crackers, Empress, Fritillary varieties, Checkerspots and more, flitting about, here in the butterfly state. As I watch them float through the air, I think about the transformation of the caterpillar as it turns into an amazing butterfly.

 

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Photo courtesy of http://www.monarch-butterfly.com

It’s quite a change to go from crawling on the ground to growing wings to fly. The process of their metamorphosis is a mystical wonder that takes place within the confines of a cocoon. Only the caterpillar can bring it into being as he works hard to spin a cocoon and then, when the time is right, goes through more work to break loose from inside its dark cavern.

 

Interestingly, the caterpillar must go it alone—if anyone tries to help by cutting it out of the cocoon, it won’t survive. The process of its transformation is a gift from God.

 

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Photo courtesy of http://www.monarch-butterfly.com

 

Just as the caterpillar turns into the butterfly, our soul’s transformation can be equally as wondrous. Whether you believe in God, the Universe or Mother Nature or a higher power, when our hearts become enlightened with the knowledge of change that is needed, we notice the convictions of right and wrong in that area of our lives.

The issues vary from one to another and are what keeps us trussed like the cocoon of a caterpillar. God’s process to set us free is tender and constant; however, the work we must do as we face the truth about our attitudes, fears and actions can feel uncomfortable, like the caterpillar emerging from the cocoon.

One we face these issues and begin to make a change to overcome them, we fly with the freedom and weightless burden of the incredible butterfly. We then function at a higher level of thinking and see things differently than before. We can face the pain in our lives and overcome it. Just like the caterpillar emerging from the cocoon, we are free to fly fearlessly and free to be what God had in mind at the start.

 

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Blue Morpho Butterfly, courtesy of http://www.monarch-butterfly.com

 

Sometimes I forget . . .

. . . that my happiness doesn’t depend on what is going on around me. Sometimes I forget that I can choose to see the beauty around me. Sometimes I forget that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes I forget that my creative is a Gift that I am here to explore and share. Sometimes I forget that I am not alone in this adventure of creating my life. Sometimes I forget to listen to the quiet, the stillness within, for the answers and help that I am seeking. Sometimes I forget the strength in vulnerability. Sometimes I forget to love myself.

But not today.

Today, I see the beauty brightened by the brilliant light of the morning sun. Today I feel the creative well filling up. Today I will ask for help. Today I feel strong in my vulnerability.  Today I feel supported. Today I feel loved.

Today is not a day to forget . . .

 

We are so grateful

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all those who chose to visit VOSTENAKstudios website over the holidays and enjoyed our HOLIDAY20 promotion. We send our good wishes that the jewelry pieces will bring joy and delight to all the happy recipients.

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We also wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that your 2017 is amazing! Stay tuned for all sorts of excitement in the coming year!