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Studio Saturdays with Missficklemedia

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is Adee. Congratulations! 
You have won a this bracelet from the studio of Lorelei

Send Lorelei an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.
This week we visit Shannon LeVart of in her studio(s)!

I would love to show you a picture of a studio that sparks radiant light of boundless creativity.
 But I do not have that. I have “places”. Spots, if you will. Tucked here and there in my little house. And most of them you have to climb mountains of laundry to get to. But I am grateful I have them. These little niches in my house have allowed me to stay sane as a mother, feel cared for as a wife and have emboldened me as a woman.
 I hide from the kids in the bedroom and roll clay.

 I shut myself away in the utility room and whack away at metal on the work bench my husband put together for me.

 I stand at the side kitchen counter and put this bead with that bead and this chain with that finding and I send these projects out to the acceptance of the handmade jewelry community.

 It’s scattered. And distracting. I go into the utility room to start a load of laundry but I see patina developed on a piece of copper and the next thing I know I am heading outside to seal it, the laundry still sitting in the basket.  But it works. 
 Somehow, I have slowly built a job for myself using my passion for jewelry making. I refuse to let my circumstances get in the way of creating. No money, no space; it doesn’t matter, I am doing what I am meant to do.

 Do you have a special place in your house that you create from? Your coffee table? Your nightstand? Your kitchen table? Please tell me I am not the only one who doesn’t have an actual studio. Leave a comment letting me know where you create from and we will draw a name next Saturday for this awesome prize…

 Just kidding. You don’t have to do my laundry unless you want to.
This is the piece you could win by leaving a comment; a vintage brass bezel showcasing a blue bird and antiqued ice resin, drilled and set with a brass eyelet for easy wire-wrapping.

Have a wonderful weekend from where ever you’re at!
Much Love and Respect,