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Friday, October 3, 2008

{Moth on Light Fixture in my House}

John and I always wanted to have our own antique shop. He was going to make bird houses and furniture. I was going to make seashell mirrors and pressed flower pictures and all sorts of things.

He encouraged me to create. He had so much faith in me. Even when I had no faith in myself. John has helped me more than any other person to believe in myself.


I went to a bead shop a few months after he died just to look around. I sat and watched the lady who was working there create this beautiful bracelet. After she was finished I asked her if she would teach me how to make them. She told me that of course she would. It was a slow evening and I was the only one in there, so I sat there and learned how make bracelets and necklaces.

It has soothed me just to create, and has helped soothe the sadness of losing John.

I have taken a big step and opened my own Etsy shop. For all of you out there who have never heard of Etsy. It is a place that sells handmade items and art materials for creating. They are all about the little man.

I will be selling jewelery that I have made. And vintage photos, and many other items that I have created. My shop is to the left of this post, if you have time I would be happy if you checked it out.

I don't have many items listed yet. But will by tomorrow evening.

I would like to send out a big thank you to Dawn, Colette, Robin, Nathalie. Dawn helped me set my shop up. Colette explained many things from how to upload photos, to how pay pal works.

Robin and Nathalie both encouraged me to do my shop.

I have another blog that you can see all of my work at. It is Red Tin Heart Creations, same name as my Etsy Shop. All you have to do is click on my profile and you will see it at the bottom of that page. I have had problems loading some photos on Etsy because the pixels were too big on some of my pictures, so there are a few more things on this site than Etsy.
I hope you get a chance to look at them.


I appreciate you ladies so very much.

And I want to thank all of you who have been here to help me through my loss of John. I really do not know what I would have done without you all.

I wrote this poem a few years ago at the request of my counselor. She asked that I write a poem to the girl I had been. This is it.


I would climb a mountain to set you free from your prison of grief.

An ocean 12,000,000 miles long, I would swim just to see you strong.

I would fly to the moon on wings made of silken threads and risk my life, my limb to set you free from all that's within.

Nita Barrow- Zimmerman

I feel like I have reached a measure of peace within myself, be it small. It is still a gift.

17 comments:

Elizabeth G. said...

I'm so very sorry that you have lost our husband. I don't know when it happened, but one thing is for sure, grief and missing last a long time, to say the least.

I am so proud of you for putting together an Etsy shop. Perhaps someday you can help me put one together, too.

I am so glad that you have outlets for artistic expression. That is so important in life!

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your creations.

God bless,
Elizabeth

Tins and Treasures said...

Good luck with your new Etsy shop. If you have any other questions you can come over to my blog to find me too. I'm not an expert, by any means...I opened my shop in July.

Shelley said...

Hi Nita, what a wonderful post. Congrats on your Etsy shop. I think it will be so good for you. I know your things will sell great,because you are truly an artist,and so very creative. I am so blessed to hear you are feeling some peace within you. That is truly a gift,as you say.

Blessings, Shelley

hiddenart said...

Oh my gosh, you have an Etsy shop! That is so exciting.
By the way, I loved your poem. I think you are in the process of living that out right now. Those little girls remain inside of us, you know.
Love you,
amanda

spilling_words said...

lots of luck with your shop nita :)!
i especially like the star bracelet.

from etsy forums page you can find all kind of helpful things for keeping an etsy shop etc. you can also promote there that you have established an new shop!

<3 delila

The Feathered Nest said...

Hey sweet girl ~ your poem is so very beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes!! It seems as you are slowly buy surely pulling yourself from the cocoon and your wings are just beautiful Nita!! Praying for many blessings and purchases of your beautiful things ~ xxoo, Dawn

Nola @ Alamo North said...

Good luck with your shop; I will hop over there and take a look. Your photography is great, too, girl, I love the color of that fixture that the moth has lit on!

A bird in the hand said...

I'm proud of you!
(and not just for following through with Etsy.)
xoxoxoxo

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Nita, the moth photo is one of your best. Absolutely amazing. Best wishes for success with your shop.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Oh Nita! These are big GIANT steps for you! I love the poem and so so happy and relieved that you are finally feeling a little bit of peace. Big hugs to you tonight!
xxoo
Robin

Amy said...

Yea!!!!!!!
Yea for Nita!!!!
Her very own Etsy shop!

Best of luck for lots of sales,
Amy

Karen said...

Beautiful poem. I sometimes think about what I would say to myself as a young girl, if I could. I think it is a very healing thing for us to do. It's a way of loving ourselves as we were as a child. I also love your creations. They're beautiful!

Vickie said...

Nita the poem is beautiful but then you have a beautiful soul. I'm glad to see you moving forward. I'll bet John would be so proud of you. I know I am very proud you. You have such a good eye and it will reflect in your creations!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Vickie

Nonnie said...

beautiful words, nita....and i am so happy for your courage and faith in you!.....wonderful that you are using all that talent....and getting a bit of peace and fulfillment from it!
hugs,
kimberly

Lorri said...

Small measures of peace are better than no measures of peace, sweetie.

Good luck in Etsy shop! I'm sure you will do well. And, this endeavor gives you something to look forward to...some motivation...

Your poem is lovely, heartfelt and poignant words, that stretch across time.

~~Lorri
xoxo

Donna said...

Going over to look as well sweetie! Already see one that would make a great Christmas present! Happy night...and I'm SO very proud of you!!!hughughugs

Sally said...

I'm so pleased to learn about your Etsy shop and will visit soon. God bless.

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