Green and Royal Blue. The Asymmetrical Midnight Spiral Goddess Earcuff and Earring Set and it’s matching earrings were absolute joys to make, rich with these “oil-slick” like colors. Their iridescence is hypnotic – I could make jewelry from these colors all day and never get bored of them. Their otherworldly glow extends even to tarot bag fabrics, which I can never seem to leave in the fabric stores when the catch my attention. But by far, of the ones to add to the store that give me a shiver of excitement and purest burst of love are the Dragonfly Priestess Series. Copper, dragonflies and swarovski crystals made these simple, little designs so magickal for me, I can scarcely form the words for how they touch me. Read their story in the store listing – they were truly made with the purest love for the art of jewelry-making I could ever express.
In researching the lore of the Egyptian Ankh, I ran across much lore and many attributed associations with it. Here are a few:
Symbol of Life
The Three Upper Chakras
The Masculine God
As a Symbol of Magick
Some say an ankh can be used for healing and to promote psychic communication with the divine. This last is at least backed up by Egyptian depictions in wall paintings and on papyrii. It is also said healers often placed the Ankh over wounds or areas that required attention, to promote regeneration and divine healing.
Whatever symbolism and meaning you attribute to it, its power can be enhanced in your life by keeping representations of the Ankh around you – on your altar, in your jewelry, images in paintings and in your sacred Book of Shadows. If you want the power of thousands of years of magickal attunement to back up your workings with the Ankh, do your research into which attributes are accurate and date back the longest in human history. Do as much of your research off the internet as possible to confirm your ‘net resources are from reliable sources – don’t take their words for it! Without a doubt, the Ancient Egyptians hold the oldest records by far of its power and held it as one of their most sacred objects, so be sure to delve deeply into reliable lore surrounding their cultural references to this powerful symbol.
I am a Bead Whore going WAY back. Every since I first saw tiny little beads as a child. But what was I doing before my recent, adult ventures with parasols, an Etsy earcuff store and my full-on obsession with Doctor Who? My beaded bottles. What are they for? What do you put in them? This s a question I get a lot when I wear them. You can use them for perfume, for holy water if you are a vampire chaser *grin*, or for holding essential oils. I’ve done the first and the latter, but haven’t chased vampires since my story writing days, so I leave the holy water to someone else, though I have been known to carry Moon Water in it. My favorite thing is to tell people to put an eyedropper in it so the contents can be taken out easily without spillage. Their eyes usually light up at that.
Though I haven’t put needle to bottle in a couple of months, I know I will take up their cause at some point when I run out of new ideas for parasols, an Etsy earcuff store and my full-on obsession with Doctor Who. I want something that will take less time, but still look elaborate and beautiful. Something in a lower price point for those who long to possess these little goodies, but can’t spare the cash for the big items yet.
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This one is my favorite. My artistically talented friends think so too, and that is a great compliment. They love the colors and they are REALLY FUSSY with that in their own work. I got them just right…how AWESOME is that?!?
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My first experiment with doing this type of beadwork came about with this bottle. The colors symbolize Rosemary and all it’s attributes. Rosemary is a “warm, fiery” herb (symbolized by the red beads). It’s appearance is like an evergreen in the year-round, slim, dark green leaves (hence the green – I even found beads that mimic their appearance perfectly!). The flowers are the same color as rosemary flowers, recreated here with small bunches of stone chips. I’ve received a lot of compliments on the perfectly stitched pattern of white and red beadwork on the body. That was a joy to do and I’m really proud of how it came out. The challenge was in creating the strap. That required several redos and nearly made me tear my hair out, but perseverance paid off.
One of my favorite designs that everyone loves, is the Pixie Faerie line. I started with the earcuff, then someone wanted it in a cell phone charm and then another person wanted it in a necklace. This necklace is an improvement on that older design using more beautiful swarovski crystals I have discovered in recent years. If people ask for it, I will also do them in silver.
|Pixie Faerie Necklace – $23.95||Pixie Faerie Earcuff – $21.95|
|I am also happy to get these back on the market…these little color variations on some popular earrings types – diachroic glass “croissants” and czech republic glass rosettes. They come in some stunning colors. The Lamplight Roses also come in Gunmetal, Pink, Clear White and Grape.|
|Diachroic earrings – Caribbean Blue – $19.95||Diachroic earrings – Green – $19.95|
|Lamplight Roses – Yellow – $16.95||Lamplight Roses – Spring Green – $16.95|
|Next week’s update might be jeopardized by the fact that my husband and I are going to San Diego Comic Con for the weekend and it will rob me of the chance to do more pieces. I will try my best to get something out for then. There is still so much to get back online…my little black leather cell phone/iPod bags, our amazing Goth Stockings and our new special project I cannot divulge yet. Here’s hoping I won’t come back too braindead to work on more goodies for you.|