We should all re-learn the innocent wonder and joy of children.
Re-claim your inner child.
Do you know what colors make you most happy?
If you don't you should take the time to figure it out.
Super easy remedy for the blues.
Much cheaper than therapy.
If you've visited me at a show lately you'll know these are MY happy colors.
Faceted new Burma Jade with vintage aqua colored glass, sky blue African white hearts, swaroski crystals, lime green translucent seed beads woven with a turquoise coated jewelers wire over a soft natural leaf green leather. The cherry on the cupcake? A Bakelite lime green button from my grandmother's button jar. There will be a quiz...
Blue apatite is said to stimulate thoughts and ideas, helping to maintain focus, learning, concentration, to think clearly, and to communicate better.
Gosh, who doesn't want a ginormous dose that THAT?
Plus apatite is soooo bee-U-tea-FULL. I love the blue apatite together with the warm golden brown of the copper beads and the soft brown leather.
When I began making bracelets a few years ago I had no idea where this journey would take me. The beautiful natural materials I work with always teach me something new - I didn't expect that!
Freshly woven on this hot, hot summer day, by me, for you.
Natural sunlight reveals truth. The color of this bracelet is absolutely perfectly captured in this picture. My constant companion, Loki the wonder-kitty, recently reveal that he is indeed a magnificent Norwegian Forest Cat, one of my true loves.
Traveling is one of the reasons I love doing summer art shows. I especially love traveling to Michigan because I get to spend LOTS of time with Lake Michigan. Our great inland, freshwater sea is completely different from every side, every angle. The eastern coast of Lake Michigan surprised me, knocked me out and stole my heart a few years ago. I treasure every opportunity to spend time with her 'over there'.
Next Saturday & Sunday, May 21st & 22nd I'll be in East Lansing, Michigan for the official summer kick-off at the MSU Spring Art & Craft Festival, booth #208. Wait 'till you see the great new-old beads I've found over the winter!!
The following Monday the plan is to wake up laying on the warm sand on the eastern shore of our great inland sea. Together the five magnificent lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. We REALLY need to honor and respect the lakes WAAAAY more better. I'll do my best next Monday.
Good deep pink beads are really hard to find. The best ones were made during the 60s and 70s IMHO. When I find an old piece of jewelry with deep rich pinks at a flea market or a resale shop I quietly do the happy dance in the aisle.
Ive pulled out my entire collection of vintage pink beads to make bracelets and other jewelry for the upcoming Wearable Art Show at the Cedarburg Cultural Center in Cedarburg, WI. The show is a fund raiser for breast cancer research, prevention, education and treatment.
I'm not usually a pink person. I find myself oddly drawn to this simple pink necklace. I may have to keep this one. I do have exactly 3 more vintage pink beads just like this. Guess I better make a few more necklaces.
Can you smell it?
The scent of re-birth and fresh beginnings.
This freshly woven batch of aromatherapy bracelets have been infused with the scents of sun ripened lemons, just picked oranges and new growing things. After weaving aromatherapy bracelets using lava and red coral - both porous to better hold the scent - they're bathed in essential oils.
Wrap your wrists and float away, in-joy.
Yes, the midwest is a place where the air hurts your skin 1/3rd of the year. I'm a different person when the sun shines. Winter days when the sun pours into my little house are transformative. I'll drop what I'm doing, collect my latest bracelets and set them in the sunbeams to see how they are come alive when the light pours through them. It helps.
Next Sunday, come to Affair of the Arts in Spring Grove, Illinois. It's a fabulous little art show. It will transform you.
It's a black and white day here in the wastelands of northern Illinois. My son of ten years ago bestowed that title on this particular type of day. It fits. I have to admit I love the juxtaposition of the color inside my house crowding up around the windows framing and the black and whiteness of outside.
Today there's a color riot going on inside my house.
I wove these with you in mind Katie.
She very nicely asked me the other day, 'don't you have anything with color?' I was sitting by the fire at Dawn's weaving together black, gray and white beads. You know, the lack of color that becomes MY winter wardrobe.
I feel better now. Thank you Katie.
I've completely given into my lifelong love of beads, stones, making stuff and stories, not particularly in that order.