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Old or Broken Jewelry Pieces Renewed

Thank you to all who have had me in their minds before throwing their old or broken jewelry out and gifted these components.

What a glorious and relaxing morning of taking apart the unusable and unwanted. These beautiful components are being recycled from neighbors, friends, and family into future designs where they’ll be adored well into the fashionable future.

Old or Broken Jewelry

What to Do with Your Old or Broken Jewelry:

If you are local to Hamilton / Stoney Creek area and interested in unloading your own old or broken jewelry, feel free to hit me up. Or give them to another local accessory designer you may already know and like. It’s amazing what can be made from those little parts.

Heaven knows I’m not lacking in my own purchased or second hand gifted supplies. I really wouldn’t want any to end up in the trash before their time either. So please pass them on. Creative types will know what to do with them, guaranteed.

 


~Creativity is contagious, pass it on. Albert Einstein~


Anyone who knows my Dad, probably already knows that he’s a creative mastermind at reusing. Always on the hunt for free-cycle, his neighbors give him their unwanted, and he proudly makes new things out of it. An antique vacuum turned into a lamp will forever be the thing that makes me chuckle the most. It’s so friggen cool.

Knowing that his mind isn’t the same as anyone else’s, and there’s the chance that I’ve inherited or contagiously caught some of that too… so proud. ♥️

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Making Something Beautiful

Exceptional joy can be found in making something beautiful and purposeful out of something of a much lesser value. I like to think of the end result as being the difference that I’ve made.

Making Something Beautiful

Those leather remnants don’t look like much right now, but later on, somewhere down the road after the work has been done, someone will ask ‘Did you really make this beautiful piece?’ and I will say yes.

With a such smile on my face, and warmth in my heart ‘Yes – yes I did make this!‘.

Elements of Surprise in Making Something Beautiful

 

People are often surprised with the end results of my jewelry designs.

The magic that imagination can play, when given the some to grow, is quite powerful. Sometimes, I even shock myself.

As stated during an interview for Hamilton Spectators’ WhoWhatWear article, (Dec 2014) regarding the results of pretty much any designing session I’ve ever had…

‘It’s weird because when I’m done, I’m like, how did I come up with that?”

 

 

Perhaps it’s the weirdest thing I could have ever said at the time.

Now it probably is, but quite honestly, despite the years of experience, this element of surprise doesn’t seem to go away.

That’s part of the attraction.

 


For others (who are often not handcrafted one of a kind jewelry clientel, but rather DIY’ers) it is easy to see one of my designs and think, ‘oh I get how that was made – I could make that myself’ or even better, questioning how it could be that expensive.

These are all after thoughts, and nothing that can compare to original designs, and the hours designing actually takes. Regardless, I want everyone to create something beautiful – with their hands – and with their life.


The Life Lesson:

Anyone can imitate, but being boldly original, and unapologetic for having a sense of yourself – and who you want to become – that’s making something beautiful.

I encourage you to do this for all of your days. 

 

With an open heart,

Shannon Lebert

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If Life Were to End

Run Your Life

When my life ends, know that I was incredibly happy, moderately healthy, and absolutely in love.

The struggles we face when someone passes is often all the wondering we do. Did they know we loved them, deeply through out all the days? Was there pain, and was it drawn out? Are they in a better place?

Until five years ago, I had pretty well felt myself to have lived without loss. As I’ve matured, its been realized that that’s not necessarily true. My grandmother, who left when I was in grade 4, is someone that nowadays I seem to miss daily. She’s a person I hadn’t had the privelige to really get to know.

As I’ve grown in age, so has the feeling of her spirit within me. When I do things, many things, I often feel that this is how she might have done them too. Like maybe I am quite like she was, somehow.


Although my time with her was short, and there’s some stuff I’ll never really know, I feel a connection to her that is rather unexplainable. I have participated in the Terry Fox run, in the memory of all that I remember my Grandmother to have been, and what I feel her to be now. This happened two years ago, and then again on Sunday.

Terry Fox Run 2015
Terry Fox Run 2015 – in Grandma’s memory.
Although for a great cause, my run wasn’t necessarily about the foundation, or the simple fact that I can. This is part of following my hearts story, of finding out and celebrating what is, what was, and what will never be again. It’s quite a distance that we all will travel from birth until the end.

For anyone who feels the emptiness form a person gone, I say:

Do something wonderful to celebrate the memories that you hold. 


What would you want your loved ones to know once you’ve passed? How would you like them to celebrate your story? Maybe we should all have our own conversations now.

I’d like a barbecue. And for everyone to know without hesitation that I was happy, healthy, and in love. To understand that I have probably accomplished more than imagined, and had became someone that I aspired to be a long time ago. I lived.

With an open heart,

Shannon Lebert

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Happy to be me, as a Happy Person

As a seemingly happy person

Something I’ve been hearing a lot of lately is people commenting on how I’ve ALWAYS been a happy person. A number of people have remembered me that way.

This has made me feel good, momentarily, but inside I know there is probably nothing further from the truth. Untrue to our form, like anyone of us alive – what is on the outside doesn’t hold merit to how we actually are deep within.

I like the fact that people have viewed me as happy, funny, and smiley. This is how I am today.


For honesty’s sake, a big chunk of my remembered life has been spent being unhappy, unsettled, or unsure. I have been socially awkward for ages. Uncomfortable would have been an understatement.

It wasn’t until I was twenty that that these sort of things started to take change.

As a seemingly happy person


It might have been circumstance, but probably more in the way of my influencers. My circle changed during my twenties. It was surely smaller, and the people within it I knew with fair certainty were around for good reason.

A big wake up point in my life was when someone quite special stated rather matter of factly ‘If you’re not enjoying every single day of your life, you are not doing it right.’

Oomph! That hit me right in the face.

As someone who wanted to do things correctly, how could I have missed this. There was no denying, then or now, that I had been doing it all wrong. I was NOT a happy person enjoying my life. This was the moment where I began to realize that not all things were how they had to be.


We usually need a wake up call of some sort. We also need to understand that such seemingly out of reach things, like happiness for example, are ALWAYS a possibility. As you move forward, know that you are worth it all, and also realize you’re not alone in whatever your struggle may be.

After dealing certain with situations for a long time (pain, heartache, anxiety, fear, abuse, addiction – the list can go on and on) you can become immune, ignorant to the fact, and usually as a coping mechanism you say ‘well that’s just the way life is’.

You rationalize that everyone has their problems, and these big ones just happen to be yours.

If any of this is ringing true to you, maybe acknowledge that you’re either unhappy, or struggling with something big. Both of these are okay.


This might be how your life is right now, but this is not how your life has to remain. There is no reason for our personal hardships to continue.

One of my favourite sayings is ‘You must make a choice to take a chance, or your life will never change.’ This is something I carry with me in all aspects these days. It absolutely helps to realize that the struggle you are going to face today will transform into the strength that will make you stronger tomorrow.


When someone asks if I am happy nowadays, the answer is yes. That is the biggest change in my life – and there’s no denying that itself huge.

A Happy Person


 

I would like for you to feel like yourself, for yourself, and to really get to know yourself. I would like you to know that you are worth it all, that you can have it all, and that you very much belong – but like they say, you were born to stand out.

If you have a personal story, which could be found encouraging and you’d like to share it as such, I would like for you to contact me. Absolutely no judgement will be made.

Feel free to leave your comments below. I look forward to your thoughts, both now and in the future, as I move forward with these shared life lessons and such.


* It is important to state that I don’t have any proper training regarding mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional health. I am however a huge supporter of healthy living. I would also like to point out that there are support groups and councillors available for every situation nowadays. There is no reason to feel alone in whatever you may be going through,

With an open heart,

Shannon Lebert

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The Courage to Be Myself

Originally published April 8 2011, on a previous blog. This is a post which I am very proud, and would love nothing more than for you to find the inspiration to make whatever change you’ve found challenging. You can accomplish anything.

Of the weakest hours on the strongest days

I am proud of myself, where as before I was not.

Yesterday marked the 3rd anniversary of me being myself without cigarettes. To some that is nothing, but to me that date – April 7th – marks the very day I had enough courage to just.be.myself.

I come from a long line of addictive personalities. Trust me when I say that I did not get skipped. Gambling, smoking, and drinking addictions are all in my blood. I have faced problems with all of them.

 

The Courage to be Myself

 

Being uncomfortable, unsure, or unsatisfied with yourself is a big let down. Sometimes it is natural as we grow into our own, but it doesn’t make it any easier, does it?

It is feeling weak within that can make peer pressure that much easier to fall into. It is your need for acceptance that makes it okay. Getting it’s ‘release’ makes a potential addiction your goto gal. And so it begins.

Unfortunately for us addictive personalities, quitting sure ain’t easy peazy. Turns out it takes more will power to stop than it would have taken to not start in the first place.

Regardless of what brought you to start, look within yourself, to your younger self – and find that child who wished to grow up to be more. Don’t be another person who lets yourself down.

Be the one to count on, to look up to. Let your life run it’s course naturally, as God intended.

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From the age of 15 to 25 I was a smoker, who lit up more than most. Present day, 2014, while approaching my 32nd birthday, I stand behind these words more than ever. You can do and become anything you desire, it’s always a possibility, that depends on the actions you are willing to take. Go ahead. Move forward with your dreams today.

With all my heart,

Shannon Lebert