Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Finding my way...

A terrible sadness entered my life this summer. On July 2, I lost my beloved husband, my sweetest friend and most enthusiastic cheerleader to kidney cancer. If you know me, you know that Glenn was my rock. While I am a bit high-strung and easily frustrated, he was steady, patient and kind. He was my problem solver and my untangler-of-knots. He kept me laughing through the worst of times. I miss him more than words can say.

I have worked very little since mid-April, when he first began having symptoms. We had to re-home all of our critters and flew to Ft. Lewis for surgery on June 3. I was blessed to be by his side almost constantly throughout his month-long hospitalization, and I held him as his spirit left this earth. Since then, I have walked a very dark path. But the sun breaks through sometimes, and I am trying to find my way back to life and joy ~ and work.

I created a raven feather necklace for the October First Friday Raven Show, held this year at the Alaska Bird Observatory. The necklace is still available for purchase there.

I will be doing two holiday bazaars this year: the Holly Days Bazaar at Ft. Wainwright October 15 and 16, and the University Women's Bazaar at the UAF Wood Center on November 7. (At present, I'm confirmed only for Sunday the 7th, but it is possible that a space will open for me on Saturday.)  These shows are my main opportunity to visit with you. Please stop by and say hello. It means a great deal to me. I am not sure how much jewelry I will have ready for the shows, but I will have knot rings and will be tying bead and pearl rings as always. I only sell these rings at shows. I'm always happy to take orders, too.

I am also working on jewelry for the Alaska House Art Gallery in Fairbanks and Fireweed Gallery in Homer. I'll try to post as soon as I've sent the items, as both galleries are very low on stock. Soon you'll also be able to find my work at many other galleries and stores around the state. I'll announce new locations as they become available.

Thank you to all who have sent love and kind wishes. If you would like to know more about Glenn, you can find his obituary here, and there are more photos here.


  1. Kristin my deepest sympathy and condolences. I didn't even know he was sick so when I read this I flew off my chair to tell my husband. I am so sorry for your loss and wish I was up there still to at least take your mind off things at times. I am happy to see you will still be doing some of the bazaars. I will miss you throughout them. Please do not hesitate to email me. And take it one step at a time. I am here if you need me.

  2. ah Kristin..I am so sorry to hear that you've been enduring such pain. You're blessed with gifts to help you through..
    I found your choice of subject interesting..chains to hold you and feathers to fly~
    take good care of yourself,


  3. Abby and Deborah, thank you for your kind words. When things hurt more than I ever imagined possible, I try to remember that the grief I feel is but a measure of the joy he gave me. And I've gotten such love from people like you! I never could have imagined that, either.

  4. My mom's favorite bird was Raven, and it's one of mine too. What a beautiful necklace. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I am sending you love and hope and hoping that this summer brings you some joy. <3

  5. As a fairly recent widow as well, I can say that your art can really help you. I'm a henna artist and found myself really healing once I was able to go back to hennaing. Good luck and hang in there.