A Crafty Questionnaire: Meli Anna A

Meli Anna A is a spirited and spiritual person. Conversations with her, whether in person or via email, are regularly punctuated with references to divine love, mystic gifts, and unwavering belief. In many ways, Meli Anna feels it is inevitable that her creative life gives voice, as she puts it, to her "soul growth."

A big part of that growth and of her connection to the inner mysteries of life is her faith, and the love and support of her family. Meli Anna's jewelry is in part inspired by her relationship with her husband, whom she calls her soul mate, as well as her desire to demonstrate through the creative process the strength of her relationship to God. As an artist, she feels it is important to "have faith in everything you do...good always comes true."

Meli Anna returns often to familiar motifs, reflecting her interests in specific designs. Her sterling silver vintage jewelry collection features handcrafted circles and abstract flowers, while her enamel jewelry explores modern color concepts.

You can read more about the relationship between faith and inspiration in Meli Anna's jewelry at her blog, soulcharms.blogspot.com.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To simply enjoy what ever life brings at the present moment. Happiness is like breathing, happiness is like the beat of the heart, happiness is inside of us, it is our own self. Happiness exists every time we choose to smile. Happiness is not something that happens to us, happiness is our duty in life! We owe it to ourselves to be happy, it is the only spiritual thing we can achieve in life. This is why true happiness can not be taken away from someone who has discovered it.

What is your greatest fear?
To not be good enough

Which living person do you most admire?
My husband! That is why he is my husband.

Do you have a theme song, and what is it?
Any and all of Snatam Kaur's songs! I go into a "trance" when I listen her music. That is when I create the most. It comes from my heart then, not from my hand.

What is the trait you most like in yourself?
Openness to diversity, tolerance.

What is the trait you most like in others?

When and where were you happiest?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be absolute in everything.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising my child. Just imagine polishing someone's character for the best...out of love for themselves. It truly is a divine job!

If you were to be reincarnated as a person, animal, or thing, what do you think you would be?
A butterfly.

Which talent or skill would you most like to have?
I lack too many things to say one!

What is it the one thing you dislike the most?
Egotistical people. The more they brag about themselves, the easier it is to see that they are just hiding the fact that they don't feel so wonderful. Why not just be humble?

What is your motto?
Go get the technique, then forget it, and make it your way.

What's the first thing you remember making?
My goodness, I've always made everything I could possibly make...my way!

LinkShop all of Meli Anna's creative inspirations at www.etsy.com/shop/meliannaa.

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