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I am Who I am

Updated on October 12, 2012

Meet and Greet

I grew up in the Keystone state and settled in the Hoosier state. My family is small, me, my husband and my son. We are all only children. Only but never lonely. We are art lovers. The story of my adult life is about art. We also love dancing. I met my husband at a dance. We were later on bandstand when it was big In Philadelphia.

Once we were extras in the Twins movie with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwartzenegger when we were vacationing in Santa Fe. They were filming outside our hotel room and asked if we would like to walk across the street while Danny and Arnold walked down it. I bet you would never notice that we walked across that street three times in the same scene. Several of us represented the crowds in the street. Learned a lot about filming that day.

Photos by designsbyharriet

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Once Upon a Time I was a Curator

It was the Greatest Experience

About a year and a half ago I was the curator of American art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I spent 25 years in charge of the American art collection.

I purchased paintings, sculpture, watercolors and drawings for the collection. I started the museum's collection of African American art and built it into something I and the museum could be proud of. I wrote books on art, "A Shared Heritage," "Edward Hopper's Hotel Lobby" and the "History of the Herron School of Art - Early Years," and I have written many articles for American Art Review.

I loved every minute of my job, especially training the docents in American art. But there came a day when the museum found itself running low on funds and there was a big layoff. Sadly, I left the position I loved and moved on.

Photo of my business card by designsbyharriet

Broad Ripple Art Fair Display
Broad Ripple Art Fair Display

Now I Create Jewelry

Create, Work, Fun, Wear, Sell

After the museum, I decided that I still wanted to be in the arts, but this time I wanted to be on the creative side. I took courses at the Indianapolis Art Center and fell in love with jewelry designing.

I tried to learn all the techniques I could and now specialize in fine silver created from precious metal clay. I am a certified precious metal clay artist.

I have won two prizes in jewelry, Rio Grand Award for Jewelry and Second Prize for Wire Wrapping.

I have an Etsy shop www.HGWjewelrydesigns.etsy.com and a website www.HGWartisanjewelry.com

Photo by designsbyharriet

What I do in my Spare Time

Oh How I Love These Novels

I read. Most of the time what I read is related to art or creating jewelry, but in my really spare time I read paranormal romance novels. I love everything vampire, otherworldly, and fantasy.

Recently we refinished part of our attic to hold my paperback books. Now I find the authors that are successful are putting their first editions in hardback, so I added a bookcase to fit the hardback books.

I do not own a Kindle or a Nook or any other book reader, because I love turning pages. The feel of the book in my hand makes the characters more alive. I flip back and forth to parts I want to reread and parts I need to reread to understand the story. I go back to previous books to try to remember all the characters in each series.

I am addicted to reading these novels. My wish list on Amazon is filled with upcoming new books in the many series that I read.

I tried watching "Trueblood," the Sookie Stackhouse novels brought to television in all their gory detail, but even though I can read all this gore on the pages of my books, seeing it in vivid red is more than I can stand.

Back to my books. I read them in the gym, in the restaurant, in the hair salon, and at home for relaxation between designing my jewelry. I call it research in the art of the paranormal novel.

Photo of book by designsbyharriet

Weights
Weights

Gym Time

Pumping Iron is Great for your Bones

I go to the gym six days a week. On alternate days I do weight training and elliptical aerobic. I used to do step class but I had tendinitis and had to stop, so not to be daunted I changed my routine. I do the rowing machine on my weight days for fifteen minutes to warm up and I watch NCIS on my elliptical days to keep boredom in check.

I am determined that my body stay the way it was and is for as long as I can keep it that way. It takes work and sometimes I do not feel like exercising, but I go anyway, because if I don't then I will get in the habit of making excuses.

I always feel better after I go to the gym. I have been doing this for almost thirty years, except for a few years when my tendinitis kept me away. Exercising makes me happy, and I hope it keeps me healthy.

Photo: Taken by designsbyharriet

Some Light Reading - For Your Creative Side

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I love to read. I love to create art and visit galleries and talk to artists. I love to design silver jewellery and learn from independant jewellery artists from all over the world. I think we could babble an afternoon away! Thank you so much for sharing your world.

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      PS Found you on FB page and so glad to meet you. Many blessings.

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      I love the title of this lens. I am who I am also. I've had the unique opportunity to do many things as I follow my passions.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      You sound like an interesting woman. Wish I had your determination with regard to exercising.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      Nice to meet you!

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      fastpass2disney 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading about you :)

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      chas65 5 years ago

      My mother was an art teacher, so we grew up appreciating art and has carried over to my adult life. Glad I had a chance to get to know you better.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      You just stirred up a new passion for me - metal clay modeling.

      Thanks for bringing your work and passion online.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is just refreshing to read. I can just feel a love for life and what you do. Thank you for sharing about you! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Loved it, so interesting and a fun read, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life and family with us! Kathy

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Your interests make for some fascinating reading:) I am enjoying each lens you write as I read through them- well crafted!

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      What a great story!

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      AxisMundi 5 years ago

      Pretty interesting, I appreciate your being "you". I think that's the way it should be :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Harriet, it was good getting to know you through this lens. I have always wanted to be a movie extra. I've been to 4 or 5 movie extra "cattle calls," but have never been selected. So, I think it is SO cool that you and your husband were in Twins. I will have to watch it again and I'll look for you! All the best.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      @Diana Wenzel: If you want to learn a little about metal clay read my lens Turning Clay into Silver. It might help you decide if you want to work with this material.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful to get to know a little about you through this lens. Looking forward to coming back and checking some of your other lenses. Stay blessed! :)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful to have you in the Squidoo community. It is obvious that you are a very interesting and talented individual. I'd love to learn how to design and create metal clay jewelry. I'll have to explore that further. Wishing you much enjoyment and many fulfilling moments here.

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great to meet you...welcome to RocketSquids.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      I can relate. I am an artist and my wife Valerie creates beautiful jewelry. I used to collect art a lot, but now do it to a lesser degree. Thanks for the lens.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      A diverse life!

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      Liveliferead LM 5 years ago

      I believe that everything happens for a reason! You seem so talented in everything you do!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You sound like you have a really interesting life and the job at the museum sounded really good, it is also great that you have used your years of knowledge in the arts to now make your own jewellery It is nice to meet you and I enjoyed your story

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I, also, went to Americian Bandstand in its hayday. It was my girlfriends birthday. Her mother sent her a corsage, and Dick Clark presented it to her on air. Oh the memories! Well done lens.

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      vekoslavr lm 5 years ago

      Amazing.. :)

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Welcome to RocketSquids. I always find it interesting meeting someone who is able to turn a hobby/passion into something more. Well done.

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      bdkz 5 years ago

      Very nice to meet you!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Mickie, I added my Etsy and Website URLs. I just thougth Squidoo did not like lenses used for advertising, but I guess I was worng.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. I think BuckHawk meant for you to add your Etsy link on this lens in a text module. I just know you would get some click-outs.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      @BuckHawkcenter: Here is the link to my Etsy shop. www.etsy.com/shop/HGWjewelrydesigns.

      Thanks for asking

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Oh, add the link to your Etsy store! I would love to see your jewelry. I also make jewelry, but more as one of my crafting hobbies than anything else. Lovely to meet you through your page!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      @clouda9 lm: Well maybe not a star, but I am learning. Thanks.

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Nice to meet you...a star! :)