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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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All this talk about our “Lean Into Fall” has got me thinking. About my passions, my interests, my creative side. One thing I keep going back to is pottery. I have never worked with clay and I have never even seen a pottery wheel in person. Yet, for some reason, I find myself so incredibly drawn to the beauty of pottery and I have started to realize that perhaps this is my inner heart trying to tell me something. The beginning of my journey is all about finding inspiration. And I am so excited to introduce you to an artist that inspires me to follow my heart and see where it takes me.

Stephanie Adams of Pickle Pottery creates gorgeous pottery using the Wabi Sabi approach. This means that every piece is absolutely unique and that any imperfections are embraced one hundred percent. (A philosophy I’m striving toward in my everyday life as well.) Her pieces are filled with love and care and the time that goes into each one is evident just by looking at it. There is something about a piece of art that you know is the one and only; there is something spectacularly special about such uniqueness in today’s world. The Feather Cup is absolutely gorgeous, but I must admit to having a favorite: the Pouring Rain Cup. Find your favorite Pickle Pottery piece. Let it inspire you.

Pickle Pottery is giving away two cups with arch designs (pictured above) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, October 29th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Pickle Pottery and tell us: What hobby or passion do find yourself drawn to?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, November 4th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Kristen H. says:

    I’m still looking for mine. I’ve tried many things…jewelry making, crochet, sewing. Nothing has made me drop everything and want to do nothing else yet, but I have the hopes that someday I will find a hobby I am passionate about!! You are never too old to learn something new!

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    Trisha says:

    Photography. Especially the convergence of the man-made world and nature. Flowers pushing up out of the cracks in sidewalks, old stone house foundations in the woods covered in moss, ancient farm trucks left in fields with trees growing out of them, etc.

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    Kate B says:

    I’ve recently been lucky enough to make my passion my business! After years of dancing around the idea of being a graphic designer while working unfulfilling jobs, last spring I took the leap and set out on my own as a freelancer. It’s been a bit slow, but the projects I take on are so cherished, because it means freedom from the admin parts of my jobs before that were such a bad fit for me. Now I can make beautiful, useful designs that help people!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i really love knitting. i’m not very good at it, but it’s so peaceful and relaxing. 

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    Nikki says:

    I am drawn to quilling, where you make up designs with curled strips of paper. I’ve never tried it, but the swirls and swoops are so seductive to me–I think I would be obsessed with doing it!  So far I’ve stuck with more practical crafts, things I can wear, or give as gifts, but I am itching to try this!!

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    Heather says:

    Film photography. I love the integrity of the photos that it produces, and the process of waiting to get film developed…every roll has pictures on it that don’t turn out quite how you expect them to, and I love that. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    Before I can answer this question I MUST confess that my 5-year old daughter’s nickname has been Pickle since birth.  (Recently we were at a playground and we heard a little boy whisper loudly to his mom, “Someone here is named Pickle!!!!”  Te he.)

    Many of my passions are modified as I grow and different people come into my life.  I favor the harp over the piano….or novels over poetry….or….  you get the idea.  Something that doesn’t change however for me is textiles.  I love to sew.  I’ll always love to sew, whether it be clothes or home decor or Halloween costumes.  I love touching the material, cutting it, breathing in the colors.  My great-great grandmother was a textile designer in NYC and so I like to think that it’s in my blood, even though I’m a girl from Montana who is an English teacher.  I like to think the physical sensation, the woven patterns, and the use of my hands is DEEPLY a part of my legacy.

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    Lisa says:

    My hobby and passion I am drawn to is photography. I have taken pictures since I was young. My first camera was a box camera that took black and white photos. I feel that when I look at what I am photographing I see it framed as a piece of art and enjoy noticing patterns and textures in nature. My favorite subject is flowers. I find them to be very meditative and a pointer to the perfection of all things.

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    ren says:

    although i like to try new things, i always return to my one true love, digital art. i do like to paint, i do like to sculpt, (i actually don’t like to sketch), but for some reason, i am always drawn back to my computer and my vector illustration. it suits me. it makes me happy. and sometimes, i find out that what i make has made other people happy as well, and that’s even better. i know a lot of people don’t think of something from a computer as being “handmade” but it’s what my hands make. and it makes them happy.

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    Mela says:

    My hobbies and passions circle back and feed my life as a creative professional. For me it is all one big loop – I need to find inspiration in my hobbies to sustain the creative energy in my work (Architecture). Experiencing the natural world is my greatest passion, whether as an athlete (skiing, kayaking) or as a mother swimming in the warm water of our local rivers with my children. It is in nature that I am rejuvenated and where my mind is able to free itself enough to let in new ideas. So, I am drawn the natural world in all it’s glorious forms.

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    Sharon says:

    quilting is one of my favorite hobbies

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    Courtney J says:

    Bookbinding! I love exploring the different paper possibilities, and then sewing the books together! I plan on selling them one day…

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    Samantha S says:

    I stumbled into ballroom dance a couple years ago, and have loved it ever since. I suppose I’m a wabi sabi dancer–many of my steps are just slightly off-beat and my arm extensions not quite extended enough, but the moments where a turn or a sequence just feels right makes up for it. I feel most fully myself when I’m dancing–me in the present and who I want to be in the future.

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    Emma L says:

    Wow, they are beautiful.

    I like using my hands and brain at the same time, and thus find myself drawn to things that let me engage both, although not perhaps concomitantly: for example, I love gardening because the steady pace of plucking weeds out of my flower beds lets me write stories in my head. I love baking for the same reason.

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    heather lankheet says:

    photography- anything anywhere, beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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    megan says:

    I call my husband Pickle! 

    The hobby I’m drawn to is writing. I’m not into writing fiction but I actually must write for work and for fun. I’m getting more and more excited about eventually writing my dissertation and I translate Spanish texts as a volunteer for fun and to lend a hand (sort of like writing). 

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    Jennifer says:

    My passion, and I guess you could say it’s a hobby, is learning. I just started law school and I have two master’s degrees. For me, going to school is not about getting a different job or qualification, it’s about learning to see through different eyes. I love the person I become when I learn something knew. School is my way of working out – I just work out a different part of my body than most!

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    Tiffany says:

    Beautiful Pottery! I love that you embrace the character of each piece. And I dig reading about everyone’s passions and hobbies! My passions are planning and organization. But I’m a creative Type A, if there is such a thing. I’ll plan just about anything and do it with a smile on my face. I like sorting and organizing. I dig using Excel at work and One Note. I LOVE parties and themes, because it’s just creative organizing. When pinterest came along my heart skipped a beat. Yes it has lots and lots of pretty pictures but FINALLY I could organize all of the fun things I found on the world wide web! I reference my boards constantly.

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    Jasanna says:

    I’m really quite passionate about creating in general. I love redoing furniture, creating a gourmet meal, making home decorations…Really practical but lovely stuff. It’s always a challenge and it’s always fun!

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    Joann says:

    Ever since I was able to pick up a pencil, I was really interested in illustration. It has so many uses and techniques that I can apply to many mediums. Somehow I am drawn to illustrations or random scribblings that somehow move and play with mine and other peoples emotions.

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    Renee Alam says:

    Writing….to penpals and in my journals…. it’s such a forgotten art these days that I trully love and my daughters also share  my love of writing,too.

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    Lu says:

    My passion is fashion. I would love to open my own upscale consignment store. I don’t believe in paying full retail in order to look like a million bucks.

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    cindy says:

    My passion is anything physical. I love having a challenge, setting up a plan to achieve it and the amazing feeling you get when you cross that finish line. In that moment, all is well, regardless of what else is happening in my life. And I guess that is what makes it a hobby for me: it feels like an escape!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I love doing cross stitch if I have the time.  I have completed many but still has many projects to do.  I just need time.

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    Susie says:

    Well, I’m really drawn to that little checkered diamond bowl!! But in creating, I find myself drawn to colors and textures. I love knitting, the textures, and the mindfulness it enables. I love sewing for the playful, open-ended garments and treasures I can create for others and myself. I also enjoy the challenge of metalsmithing and its use of natural materials. Most recently I love mixed media which mixes up all my loves! But I must admit.. for years I’ve been drawn to mosaics using vintage plates and finds. The colors! The textures! The past stories of the broken pieces… I’ve only tinkered in mosaics but I am confident that someday I will answer that stirring feeling I get when I think and dream about it!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I like knitting, it is relaxing, I can do it without thinking too much and it produces great gifts for my friends!

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    Jesse says:

    Beading and cooking. It seems now with a family of five baking and cooking are the hobbies that get the most attention. I still love making earrings as gifts when I get the opportunity. I enjoy mixing color and semi-precious stones with metals.  You never know how the end creation will turn out:)

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    sam says:

    I go back and forth between cross-stitching and making jewelry. Most of what I make I give as gifts to family and friends. 

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    jane says:

    i would say that i like creating things in general though i’m not drawn to any particular craft/hobby. i’ve been flitting in between origami, beadwork, crochet (and trying to teach myself how to knit haha), it’s just really satisfying to be able to make something complete from it’s random components. which is why i like baking and jigsaw puzzles as well 🙂

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    Brittany K says:

    decorating my new apartment! it’s the first time i’ve been on my own and i love love love checking the clearance home sections of stores for things now!

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    Sparrow says:

    I’m really drawn to hobbies I can do to keep hands busy. I recently took up knitting, and I love creating something beautiful during quiet nights with my husband. My day is so full of chaos (thanks to my two wild boys), that in the evenings I just want to sit in silence and chat with my husband and order my mind. I bet pottery is similar. I would love to learn how. My brother-in-law throws pottery and I’ve tried a few times and only made a very wee bowl, which I consider to be a masterpiece.

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    Kadi says:

    I believe my passion stems from my English degree. I’m convinced every person has a story to tell, but not every person has the capability to do so… Recently, I’ve been dabbling with creative non-fiction and helping people write out memoirs, family history, small (seemingly insignificant – to them) stories that will be sacred to their future generations. I want to preserve their stories and remind people that they ARE important. They DO matter. They ARE interesting and their stories can be a source of knowledge/inspiration.

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    Regan says:

    I love crafting. Knitting and sewing are my two favorites. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish a project, and these activities are very personal and relaxing.

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    Carol says:

    I really enjoy going to basketball games with my best friends. The season starts when it gets cold (now) and ends with Spring just around the corner. In the Spring and Summer I enjoy long walks, exercising and spending time with friends and family.

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    lucinda says:

    I dont have a hobby(unless you count pinterest stalking) but I’m finding myself drawn to make my home more comfortable. I’ve just recently moved to a new city and have a hodgepodge of furniture that I love. I’ve been looking into slipcovering and think I’ll tackle that along with making a few pillows..

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