At the risk of sounding like a therapist (which I am when not a
jeweler), I believe acknowledging our accomplishments is critical,
vital, and really needed! We often work alone and it may take years
to get the recognition for the work we do. I am delighted to hear of
Helen H’s commissions, your award, and other progress made by this
community. I encourage all of us to stop thinking of these
announcements as bragging or some kind of self-aggrandizing (unless
it is, of course), but rather as an acknowledgement of hard work,
dedication, inspiration, and a real willingness to take the risk of
being judged/critiqued by others.
Congratulations, Leslie, and thank you for sharing your
accomplishments with me and this forum.