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Monday, May 30, 2011


One day I came across this photo on Etsy that showed a picture of puppy feet. I think it sold $35 for a 8x10 print. It was really cute and I thought to myself "what a great idea". Then I sat back and thought about how many of us "artists" get our creative inspiration from our pets.

A new scientific study shows that petting your dog or cat can have a great calming effect on your mood. Scientists were able to conclude that the hormone oxytocin is released, triggering feelings of happiness, stress and depression relief, as well as an increased feeling of trust. The chemical also plays an important role in social memory and helps facilitate pair bonding, which is crucial for humans.

I am fortunate to have a wonderful English Cream Golden Retriever named Lyric. She is just over 2 years old and my very first dog. I am also blessed with two siamese brother and sister cats who let me stay in their house and sleep in their bed, Lily and Milo (Mr. Milo).

I create my jewelry pieces all over the place, not just in my studio. I sometimes sit outside on my patio or at the kitchen table, or maybe on the floor while watching my favorite show or even at the beach down at the cottage, but always, I have one or all of my pets at my side, watching everything I am doing. What they don't know, is that I am also watching them as I am so inspired by their nature.

For example,
Here Lily sat outside on this log staring at me as I was working away at a ring I was making and she kept meowing, as siamese sometimes do when they want to tell you a story. I couldn't figure out what she wanted, and she kept staring at my beads and then I realized, she wanted me to make her a necklace. I whipped one up in about 20 minutes and she meowed and nattered away at me, and as soon as I was done and put it on her, she shut up and posed perfectly for this photo and let me carry on with my ring! Inspiration!

Another example is my own Lyric's puppy feet
I mean, the long swirly feathers she has made me think to make this pendant.

Like her white swirling feathers of fur against the dark pads of her feet inspired me with the pendants cool turquoise stone to the warm metal of copper and the swirling swooshes of metal across the stone. Inspiration!

I was getting really bored with the look of some of my photo editing and thought I needed to find some more fun in the pictures other than just all plain white backgrounds. I looked outside at Lyric laying on the cool patio beside a log we use to hold open the gate on windy days. It hit me, and this was the result.

Here is my assistant
More....you got it...Inspiration!

Here is some more

A Reminder to Chill out, go jump in the lake or just kick back and play my guitar. It's not all about Jewelry making you know!!!!

All This inspiring people makes me exhausted!!!!


  1. What a wonderful post! I love the inspiration you draw from Lyric, Lily and Mr. Milo! Off to pet my kitty and see what comes to mind ... ;)

  2. I'm so in love with Lyric! And it's wonderful to know how much inspiration our furbabies give us!

  3. Just love furbaby pics. Oh an your creations are gorgeous - was side tracked a bit by furbabies.

  4. What a lovely post and yes they do bring much inspiration and love into our lives, I don't know what I would do without my Ginger and Simba.

  5. What a great post! What adorable animals!

  6. Debra, this is a great post. Love your pictures.

  7. Fabulous post! I love seeing where other artists get inspiration and I love seeing pics of furbabies!

  8. Your furbaby photos are soooooooooo Adorable! Fantastic post!

  9. What a fantastic post! I love these pictures-- your furbabies are adorable, Deb! :)

  10. Love your family, what great inspiration!

  11. I love each and every photo in this fantastic post. Especially getting to see you, my friend, whom I could only imagine until now:)

  12. The puppies are adorable!! it's true - pets are relaxing :)