At least that's what I believe. When I create, I take charge of my happiness on at an entirely higher state of mind. It's my meditation, release from physical or emotional pain. Creating gives me tangible proof of my efforts. I have grown and gained so much from getting in touch with my inner artist. I believe we are all artists; you only have to find your canvas, or canvases (as is the case for most people who've communed with these amazing and transformative powers. I believe in this theory so much, I have been working on a book of the same title. I wish I had more information that I could share about when this will be available, but the news will be on my website once I have more to share. Today's jar is a collage of mostly polymer clay and other elements that symbolize today's theme. The rusted key is made from polymer clay and is symbolic of creativity being the key to greater happiness and self-actualization. The effect was created with Christi Friesen's Swellegant, an incredible line of patina and coloring/texture agents from my dear friend and talented artist, Christi Friesen. Just about any surface, especially polymer clay can be treated to look like metals, new and old. The letter tiles are surrounded with a snake of twisted, stripped clay and anchored with tiny millefiori leaf canes. Thin clay snakes were hand formed across the lid into swirls and squiggles. Tiny bead spacers were pressed down into the clay base. Ink stamped onto clay was used to make the hands that surround the jar.