"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." (Carl Jung)
Under the Cherokee Moon

 

 

April: Month of the Flower Moon

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I Recommend and Use

On The Nightstand
  • Flight Behavior: A Novel
    Flight Behavior: A Novel
    by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Dog Songs
    Dog Songs
    by Mary Oliver
  • The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration
    The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration
    by Bernd Heinrich
Tuesday
Apr152014

Welcome back old Friends!

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. 
(Charles Dickens)

 

It's that magical time of year when each new day brings a new sighting or sound; that time of year when our own deprived senses wake up to the joy of viewing birds coming into their bright spring plumages and hearing the sweet songs of chorusing frogs. Soon our woods will once again become a music hall where the only price of admission is to become still.. and listen.

The weather is always quite unpredictable this time of year, and we received at least 2 inches of fresh snow last night; that was after 2 days of warm rain. Along with our usual guests, we have a beautiful male Pine Warbler taking advantage of our feeding stations today. He isn't the least bit timid and it is quite obvious that this neotropical migrant is very hungry since the bugs he normally feeds on have gone into hiding again. 

He's such a fresh breath of color and song. Even though his song is quite subdued, it is the sweetest music I have heard in many months, along with the Eastern Phoebes and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers that arrived shortly before he did.  

Welcome back friends, we've waited so very long to see (and hear) you again.

 

Until next time,

 

Tuesday
Apr082014

My Favorite Poems

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.
 
( Rainer Maria Rilke )

Until next time,

Monday
Apr072014

Never say Never

When I first started to make wearable art, I had many requests for ear rings and necklaces; my answer was almost always 'I don't have plans of making any in the future, but if I do, I'll get back to you.'  I honestly didn't want to get too far in over my head with too many projects going on at once, as I am so prone to do. The whole purpose of picking up a needle, thread and beads was to keep my body and my mind peaceful.

Well, I don't do anything just a little bit.  Never have, never will.  I added my first necklace design to my Etsy shop today. A sweet little design made with one of artist Kylie Parrys' signature ceramic owls. Anyone that knows me knows that I'm crazy about owls, so this little piece was fun to make. 

I have been prowling around so many Etsy shop, in search of pendants and elements and I have come across so many wonderful artists that simply blow me right out of the water with their originality and creativity. Rebekah Payne from TreeWingsStudio is one of those artists. Her use of color and textures is simply masterful and I would purchase every item from her shop if I had the means to do so. I did manage to pick up a couple of her sale packages, and I would urge any of my fellow beaders to check out her Esty store as well as her blog, where she shares a wealth of knowledge. She's running a blog post about her sale, complete with beautiful photos of her awesome beads right now so be sure to check it out!

I hope to be sharing a photo of a design using her gorgeous beads very soon :)

Until next time,

 


Monday
Mar312014

To Touch the Earth


To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.
– Oglala Sioux

I haven't posted many photos of my wearable art creations on my blog; and I really should. My wearable art is receiving very favorable responses and I have been a busy beading beaver creating many many bracelets. I am enjoying creating them so very much and have started to teach myself to create necklaces as well. What fun!

My health is steadily improving, since my last hospital stay (I've had more than a few this winter ), but I still need this creative outlet to keep not only my hands busy, but my mind occupied. Spring is just around the corner, but it's been a very long and stressful winter in more ways than one.

Here's a design I created today out of matte red creek jasper stone beads. I am absolutely in love with their soft earthy colors and couldn't wait to weave them up onto some distressed leather. I paired them up with a metal Zuni fetish button and there you have it.  These beads just rock!

 

I don't normally use such a large closure button, but I'm very pleased with the way this design turned out. If you would like to order this bracelet, it is listed at my Etsy shop along with the rest of my artwork. And don't forget, I always take custom orders. It really is a joy for me to not only share my artwork with you but to create your own unique vision for you as well.

I am currently running a 25% off sale on some items, and all of those items are marked as such; no coupon is needed. I have also been hosting giveaways (contests) on my Facebook page the past couple of months; this months' prize was a lovely design to celebrate St. Pattys day; fashioned with a Celtic design silver closure button and beautiful green Czech beads, with a retail value of $50.00.
To join my facebook page, just flick the yellow Facebook (F) button on the sidebar. Becoming a member of my Facebook page will give you access to more discount codes and fun contests, so drop by and say hello!

There's quite a bit to catch up on but I'll try to make it a priority to spend more time on my journal. I've also enabled comments, at least for now. I would love to hear from some of my old friends as well as the many new ones that I am meeting in the social networking 'beading circles'. Please say hello and leave your own url if you keep a blog; I love viewing what others' create too, it's quite contagious.

Until next time,