Stay Young With Me

When we were young, we thought about all the things we’d do when we got big. And now, we think about growing older and all the things we want to see and do while we can. There is still so much to see! So much to do! So many adventures yet to write.

And sometimes, we are fortunate to have a sidekick along the way.  A fellow traveler who knows your heart, or perhaps someone who crosses paths for the blink of an eye. Whether for an hour, or a lifetime, there are people who touch our hearts and coax childish joy from the simplest actions. People who approach the moment with a charmed attitude, “How fun is this?”

For all those sidekicks we’ve known, and all those we’ve yet to meet, we invite you: Stay Young With Me.

 

“Stay Young With Me” original sparkle snow globe by Camryn Forrest Designs. A tiny tree sports a moving rope swing, where two people are defying gravity and making their own breeze. Wood base with engraved plate and tiny bronze leaf embellishments.

Shake the globe and listen: You can hear their laughter on the wind.

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All designs and photos are copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Heads of Clay – work in progress

I have a file on my computer called “Heads of Clay.” When you peek inside you see all the progress I’ve made, learning to sculpt exactly that.

These tiny clay skulls are less than two inches tall — it might be easier working life-size (or not), but the glass globe always dictates just large a piece can be.

I’m in the studio today, trying to get better at my craft. (Okay, not technically in the studio as I write this, but I am taking a quick break. You understand, right?)

Sculpting the heads is one thing, but sometimes (no pun intended) they take on a mind of their own. Like this one: Shrink Wrap.

Will I be the only person to think it’s amusing, the visual pun, the play on words? See, there’s a tiny figure of a “shrink” sitting atop a head, which is wrapped. With shrink wrap.Shrink Wrap miniature head sculpture in snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver Colorado Shrink Wrap miniature head sculpture in snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver Colorado

Yeah, I wish I could take responsibility for coming up with that through some thoughtful creative process, but it just popped into my head … hey! I’m serious! A person who studies the mind, the shrink, on a head that is wrapped in … goodness! Will I be the only one who thinks this is a hoot? Possibly. Can’t worry about that now, I have more heads to examine. Literally and figuratively.

 

 

Here’s a glimpse of what else I’ve been working on … off and on … taking the idea of a person and his or her head, and showing what might be inside. Exciting for me, since I’m still fascinated with how and where ideas emerge.

 

 

Custom snow globes and miniatures sculptures. Miniature head sculpture (clay with metal embellishments) in snow globes. All images and designs copyright (c) 2015, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Long and Winding Road

Life’s like that: a series of twists and turns where you end up in an unexpected place.

Maybe it makes you laugh, maybe you feel frightened by what you cannot predict. Sometimes life takes you to a place you’ve never been before that feels like it’s home. Or perhaps you wander into a dead-end alley and have to figure out a new path, retracing steps and wondering “how did I get here?”

Like the bestLong Winding Road custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2015 short stories, and maybe the best novels and best lives, often the journey has a long and winding road, one where you can’t see the beginning and the end along the way, but one that takes you exactly where you need to be. Or when you finally reach that spot that feels like home and you wonder: what took me so long to find this place? Not knowing … ah, keeps it interesting that way.

Or as the wise philosopher Buckaroo Bonzai said, “where ever you go, that’s where you’ll be.”

 

 

 

 

“Long Winding Road” one of a kind custom snow globe, with clay stone steps, vintage toys and jewelry findings in a liquid-filled glass globe. When shaken, the liquid swirls with hopes and dreams, love and loss, and a few sparkles and iridescent hearts. All designs and images copyright (c) 2015 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Armored Heart – sparkle snow globe

Toughen up. Harden your heart. It’s a scary world out there.

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We cover our hearts with bits of protection: the scars from long-ago loves, the uncertainty about our worthiness, worry over heartbreak yet to occur.

There’s a coat of armor, ready to ward off the slings and arrows of life, unpredictable alliances, fluid emotion.

Yet, between the shields of protective metal, the heart glimpses through, more curious than afraid, more hopeful than defeated.

Despite all precautions, the armored heart may yet be touched.

Armored Heart snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2014. All images and designs copyright (c) 2013 and 2014 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Glimpses of Angels


There are people who s
Glimpses of Angels snow globe Camryn Forrest Designs 2013ay they see angels everywhere, those who say it’s not possible, and those who aren’t quite sure. Sometimes I am reminded of angels in subtle ways: a quick smile, a gentle gesture, a passing sparkle in the distance. I smile to myself and think, “was that an angel?”

In this snow globe, the tree itself is made of angel wings of different sizes and metals. A winter-dressed couple strolls peacefully, enjoying a quiet moment together. A father and child hurry home, excited to share warmth and surprises. A winged figure in a moment of solitude reflects upon the tree itself.

When shaken, you might (or might not) see a whisper of an angel: the silhouette of a winged beauty, so transparent it can only be glimpsed when the light captures the perfect angle. For just a moment, a flash, it is there, and gone again.

And I realized that is how most of us see angels, not by viewing them directly, but when we are caught in the reflected light.

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When this globe is shaken and catches the light, you see an abundance of sparkling color, shimmering, swirling, floating, dancing and flying with abandon.
If you are lucky and don’t blink, you might even catch a glimpse of an angel.


Glimpes of Angels: One of a kind custom snow globe, with metal tree made of repurposed vintage jewelry and jewelry findings (angel wings) and metallic figures.
All photographs and designs are copyright (c)2013  Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.