Valentine’s Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Valentine’s Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia I’m back!  I got back from Phnom Penh a week ago Sunday.  It was a unique trip spent seeing, listening, learning, connecting with Cambodia, Khmer people, Iris Cambodia team, and Vision.  My heart has been enlarged and broken and ignited for Cambodia. It amazes me how my small little gift of Art and Jewelry design is invited to join a much bigger picture of helping women escape the sex trafficking bondage by creating a loving, healing, safe place to come and create sustainable income! While visiting all the different facets of Iris Cambodia’s work and ministry, I got to paint and play with the precious children of the railway slum,   make polymer clay hearts with some of the Mums,                                     and to go into the Bar/Brothels to just sit, talk, and love on the girls/women there.  I gave them polymer clay heart pins with “loved” stamped on the back.  We created quite a “love stir” as one after another came over to see the hearts and to receive theirs.  One of the women told me her story of how when her husband left her with her 1 year old son, she came to the city in desperation to get a job so she could care for him….. When she asked me when I would come back, I said I would but it would be awhile.  She said, “I will not take off this heart pin until you come back.”  I wept.  May she be one of...

Preview of New Work!

I think “Cabin Fever” was good for me!!  Ha.  Here is a sample of some new techniques and ideas I am exploring, as well as new lines of work! (Special Thanks! to my instructors:  Robert Dancik, Melanie Muir, and Dayle Doroshow!) The Garden sculptural book The Garden Mokume Gane with insert Butterfly on concrete Copper &...

Gifts of the Season Art Show is Coming to Town!!

I have been so excited to tell you about what I have been working on! “Gifts of the Season Art Show” is coming to town to the Factory in Farmington, MO!   Check out all the details on this flier: I hope to see you there!!!  If you are an artist or know someone who is, please contact me or go on to my website to the Artist Application Page to get the info you need. PS. THANK YOU! Kristen Martin, for all your work on this beautiful flier!!!    ...

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