Sunday, November 27, 2011

CYBER MONDAY EVENT


  
 Many of you have heard me talking about a double bezel ring that gave me fits...down to ruining the original piece of antler i had intended to use....well it's finally finished....unbelievable as it is to myself. It has turned out wonderful in spite of the many difficulties encountered. It's HERE now awaiting someone to claim her as theirs.   Here is a picture of the completed piece:

Be Still My Heart-Antler Totem Faceted Prehnite Ring- Size 7


Here are some other new pieces...i will be listing in my shop rather than previewing on my blog thru December....then I'll return to previewing all new work on my blog first.
Blue Lights-Glass Reflector Earrings
Little Etched Fairy Tale Bee
Passage of Time Antler Slice Pendant
Watcher in the Woods Fused Glass Eye Pendant


I'm hoping to add a few more pieces to the shop today....and I hope everyone enjoyed a stress free and peaceful holiday! Some of the Black Friday behavior I've been reading about online with shoppers spraying pepper spray to get their sale items.....unbelievable :( !














Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Newest Critter-BEE Totem Custom Pendant

Little Bee Pendant
Bee As Totem--

"Bees are the symbol of fertility and sexuality. 
Its honeycomb, a hexagon, is the symbol of the heart and 
represents the sweetness of life found within our own heart. 
It is also the symbol of the sun and all its energies.

The bee reminds us to extract the honey of life 
and to make our lives fertile (productive) while the sun shines. 
No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfillment 
if we pursue our dreams.

If a Bee has shown up in your life, examine your own productivity.
Are you doing all you can to make your life more fertile? 
Are you busy enough? 
Are you making time to savor the honey of life and not becoming a workaholic?

The Bee is the symbol of accomplishing the impossible.
Aerodynamically, its body is too large for its wings and should not be able to fly.
Although now we understand how it does fly (high rate of wing movement),
the Bee remains a symbol of accomplishing anything you put your mind to.

In Hinduism, the Bee relates to Vishnu, Krishna or Kama, the God of Love.
In Egypt, the Bee symbolized royalty.
In Greece, it was the symbol of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
The Celts associated the Bee with hidden wisdom." 


      This pendant contains a beautiful BIG bumblebee jasper...it's reversible and can be worn
 front facing or back facing---designed front and back....this was a challenge...especially 
working with the twisted wire.  Also I'm attaining Pro status on patina's...YAY!!!...for i have 
struggled so.  The back patina is even more refined than the pics show...i didn't re-photo...
wanted to get it  mailed off. Here are some back images, as well as clasp images and a few more of the front. 
He turned out better than i could have ever imagined.  ❤❤❤

Update on the antler slice ring.....have a replacement piece....need to get it sized and the ring 
antler/prehnite "Antler Totem" will be up on the blog soon. Also i will be doing a giveaway for Thanksgiving....
hopefully a pendant, possible earrings....announcements coming soon.




 
Back image with Bee cut out

❤❤❤




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Shop Sale

                      HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!!
 Sale in progress here 
      enter coupon code PUMPKIN
               20% OFF entire shop inventory
                                            No tricks....only treats!


Gotta love Halloween❤

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Karma....the Magical Trout Totem Pendant

Karma-Trout Totem Pendant


Karma is my newest totem....he is a trout with a beautiful piece of Royston Turquoise.  He is ready to swim to his new residence. To fully appreciate the symbolic meanings of fish, we must first consider their watery domain.

"Water holds ancient symbolic meanings dealing with the subconscious and depth of knowledge.
Water holds endless mystery to us – it represents that which is certainly there, but cannot be seen.
Water has also been known to be a womb symbol and as such, an emblem of birth, fertility and woman-ness. This association comes from many ancient flood myths, and the “from water springs life” concept.


The fish was sacred to the Greco-Roman mythology, where it held symbolic meaning of change and transformation. We see this in the myth of Aphrodite and Heros when they turned themselves into fish in order to escape from the ferocious Typhon.


In Christainity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith as observed in the Biblical story of fishes and loaves. There are also several Biblical references as Christ and his disciples being “fishers of men.” Here, man is represented as the transformational fish and the ocean is a symbol of the abyss of sin in which man finds himself.


Pagan traditions recognized the fish as a feminine symbol of fertility and an attribute of the Goddess. Water is a natural emblem of the flow of the Divine Mother principal, and as such, all creatures of the water (including fish) are aspects of the fertility and power of the female deity.


 In Buddhism, the fish symbolizes happiness and freedom. Also the fish makes an appearance as one of the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha: 1) Conch, 2) Lotus, 3) Parasol, 4) Wheel, 5) Knot, 6) Pair of Golden Fish, 7) Banner of Victory, 8) Vase."
taken from whats-your-sign.com


There's alot more to add  about how other cultures recognize the fish and what it symbolizes. If you want to read more go here 



Swimming in the trees



Karma wants to thank you for visiting...now he's off to spread good karma everywhere!

Sue❤


Monday, October 10, 2011

New Items Post.....visual in nature...few words

It has been a while.....


Arrow Ring -Vesuvianite aka Idocrase





Balance Level Earrings 

Elements Pendant-Land and Sky-Blue Chalcedony-Stone-Antler



Etched Copper Hibiscus Pendant with Antler Slice




Still have many pieces to photograph....will be posting them throughout the week. I managed to survive the Art Show....it was a very cold day....temperatures down in the 30's...don't now how we avoided pneumonia. We lost one of our cats Sept. 13th, she died of natural causes at home with us.... almost a month has passed...her passing has been difficult on us...she was almost 17 years old. We'll miss you Cinny.
Lessons learned these past few weeks----will try to do less planning....things don't always work out in life as well as in art...also quit beating myself up all the time...it's really unflattering....and I'm a pro at it.  Pushing myslef too hard has a slow down effect...too much goes wrong. Murphy's Law....

❤Sue

Saturday, July 30, 2011

✭✭✭Savage Beauties✭✭✭

      
      i am immensely proud of these new pieces....i knew what i wanted to do with them and they became the vision i carried in my head. These are experimental in nature....and deeply connected to my passion for the wild and the animal kingdom. When i say i put my heart and soul into these i mean it fully and totally. I hope these will be the forerunners of a long lineage of naturally shed antler pieces...i'm looking into using other natural animal materials as well. I've spent the month of July in learning mode....design challenges that were looming dark and foreboding worked themselves thru in time...until the solution came gently knocking on my minds cellar door. Etching and i have become friends....not best friends but were working on it....maybe i should rephrase...copper and I are best friends (copper etches like a dream)...sterling....a misbehaved problematic child....who will learn discipline for it's own good (good moments and bad)! More etched pieces will be arriving in August...as well as new design concepts....ready to take their first breaths. I promised my bronze Jack-a-lope on this post too.....so he'll make an appearance somewhere....he's very artistic (a painter) and he writes poetry when not nibbling carrots in the garden. His name....well he's unnamed to date so suggestions are welcome.

The Savage Beauties  Series:

Savage-  Not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
Beauties- A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight.

Deer Flower Vintage Glass & Tine Pendant

Wild Spirit Etched Sterling Deer Burr Pendant

And last but not least......Jack...well maybe...

Hello!
Will be etching next week...and working on new stuff...hope to get some earrings pumped out in the midst of it all.  Will have the new pieces listed Sunday/Monday.

♥♥♥love to all, Sue




Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spirit Deer ✭Fawn✭ Natural Forked Tine Antler Pendant

  This is a new pendant inspired by my love for the Deer and made from naturally shed deer antler. The piece I've used is the fork(between two tips) I've paired it with a lovely green chrysoprase, a protection stone. I have alot of different deer antler pieces coming soon....lots of experimenting going on here.
    
         The male deer will shed their antlers annually as a prelude to regeneration or re-growth of new ones. The antlers are composed of true bone. At first new antlers are covered by blood vessel filled skin called velvet. In late summer, early fall when their testosterone level increases the antlers harden and the buck rubs off the drying velvet. When testosterone levels drop early winter...the antlers start to shed. The entire shedding process takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete, with re-growth taking place over the summer. I've also learned that antler velvet is the only regenerating skin found in mammals. Antlers in velvet can grow up to 1" a day. Younger deer are usually the last ones to shed their antlers.


Deer Spirit Fawn

We have had squirrels in our attic....making all kinds of racket...so we have embarked on a squirrel relocation effort. Relocating them to an abandoned church near our house with lots of high grass and trees. I don't have any pics of our first capture(Secret Agent Squirrel)...but i do have pics of the second(007)....i wonder if the two of them realize they knew each other previously...squirrels are too smart...i'm sure they know. Relocating the squirrels was a difficult decision...I hope they'll enjoy their new surroundings.
"007"

Headquarters aka new squirrel relocation home
Next post my cast bronze Jack-a-lope will make an appearance....he's pretty cute.

Sue♥





Thursday, June 2, 2011

HAPPINESS SALE SHOP EVENT!

SALE IN PROGRESS.....don't miss the biggest discount sale I'll ever offer....apply's to all shop inventory....new adds and clearance.


Use coupon code HAPPINESS in checkout


So if there's a piece you've been thinking about....for heaven's sakes --GET IT!  pricing will never be better!


Happiness to all!  ♥Sue

Sunday, May 22, 2011

As promised~~~~NEW STUFF~~~~news sharing

     3 of 4 pieces have made the cut....the 4th will be on the next update. We had so much rain today that i was beginning to think they called the Rapture a day early! *lol*  My trusty 97' BMW with over 300,000 miles on it made it through some horrific water laden roads...i don't know how i made it home this evening but thankfully i made it.  It has been a busy month....I was accepted into a local art show scheduled for October....that i applied for ealier this year. More details announced closer to show date. Out of 385 applicants they took 205 artisans....so this will be a first for me but really thrilling and quite a big honor for me.  The Sacred Heart Ring is a knock out.....wears like a bad ass tattoo in sterling and Piranha Agate....i literally put my heart and soul into it and it's killer stuff. When i saw the cab with it's blood stains I had to do the Sacred Heart....

Sacred Heart with Piranha Agate
Thorn Band /Stamped Back

Taken in the garage...sorry!


The next is part of my lost wax casting journey...a journey I'm begining to understand and really appreciate....i have found a passion in deer antlers....well it's more like a full blown obsession....so i hope i don't antler everybody to death over the coming months. They are all different...and will have different chain elements....as far as stones used and glass beads.  Lots of deer antler inspired pieces coming in the future....all from natural shed's.....no animal was harmed if I use it in my jewelry.  My husband and I have gone Vegan...except I'm still eating eggs and seafood, my husband only eggs....so i'm not sure to what degree were Vegan.....but it's a good thing! (atleast for us). Now for the ANTLERS!!!

Oh--la--la (in love with this pendant)

Lost Wax Cast Sterling Antler with Tibetan Glass Beads
Lost Wax Cast Antler Pendant-Turquoise and Coral Version

Funky Deer Preistess Stuff


Did I mention how much I love these antler pendants......step into the Kingdom of the Antler's *lol*
 
These will go to facebook from here and make there way into the shop soon....if any of these belong to your gypsy heart and soul....convo me thru esty....and we will make them yours!

Love to you all!    ♥Sue







Thursday, May 19, 2011

Update News

     The long awaited blog update and eventual shop update will happen this week-end! 
(note to self-work on self discipline)

Cute video below....my husbands been finding these too cute animal videos!



(make take a few minutes to load!)


Sue♥

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sacredness-Deer Totem Pendant (Sterling & Diggins Blue Agate)




He emerges through the mist
    
            to take his place upon the Woodland stage.....the Mighty Stag
  
     The embodiment of power and sacredness together....his antlers a link to higher energies.

He will not linger...giving only a glimpse of his poised and elegant stature

           Beneath my foot a breaking twig tells him of my presence....we lock eyes for the first time,

     He alerts....white tail raised....stomping his hoof upon his ground....an audible snort signals the danger          

                                 of my intrusion into his woodlands....and in an instant he is gone....leaving only his 

sacredness behind....I am in awe...touched by the power and beauty of our meeting.


DIGGINS BLUE FREEFORM AGATE STERLING PENDANT/Heartline-Mapleleaf design 

As a totem deer carries the message of purity of purpose...of walking in the light to dispel shadows. Deer knows the work that it must do, and goes about that work with no fanfare and no need for personal glory or recognition. Nothing can cause deer to change its path. Deer people know what they must do, and will not be turned from their mission. There are no shadows about deer people; no ulterior motives; no hidden agendas; no lies or misrepresentations, and it is not possible for deer to knowing hurt anyone or anything.

Side note....I'm hoping to have some new pieces out soon....with some exciting new design elements (super excited about this idea) as soon as i refill my torch gases....casting class tomorrow....friday is slotted for gas refill. 

Sue♥



Sunday, March 27, 2011

✭✭✭ Blue Sky Sparrow Ring with Drusy and THE Casting Creature ✭✭✭

✭Blue Sky Sparrow Ring✭
  


      The sparrow is a common song bird that reflects the significance of the common traits we share with others in humanity and life in general. The sparrow does not think of itself as common and will assert itself in life to assure its own survival. The sparrow as a totem reminds you to appreciate your place in the world. Sparrow teaches that you have self-worth. I've named this ring Blue Sky forever reminding us to take time to live life....reach for the sky....never settle for less than in any matter....especially matters of the heart.  The Sparrow, fastidious and productive, reminds us that idle hands and minds should be avoided to live a full and healthy life. Wear her as a badge of womanhood....surviving the trials and tribulations of everyday life with a quiet and soulful pride. She will sing you through the storms of life with a gentle serenity....and she will prevail....her survival imperative. The Sparrows song is strength in numbers.....working together to achieve common goals...always in a clan they move in clusters and are always content as such. This can be quite intimidating to some would be predators. She's waiting to alight the person who's awaiting her.

✭Sterling Silver & Drusy Finger Adornment✭


If you like birds of all sorts check out the link below....it will take some time to load but very worthwhile.
  

As usual we took in a movie this weekend....the cinema we enjoy the mostest serves real butter on their popcorn....it's so delicious.

Oh from casting class....here she be...

hole-y creature

My Lily
She has so wanted to be in the blog...and she's been such a good girl!

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥







      








Saturday, March 19, 2011

✭✭✭Metal Moon and Stardust Pendant✭✭✭

     I'ts been forever since I've had an update but that moment has arrived.  I have 2 new items to share...and one that's still unfinished...not sure what's it's fate is going to be. I have ordered wider leather strips to work with if it's going to work out at all...maybe the next blog update. A new ring is almost finished,  it's a beautiful Sparrow Ring....very different....with the name Blue Sky. My lost wax casting class is going alright...it's a bit of a challenge to work with the wax...quite an art for those who do it well...if i indeed have a talent for this it will take some time to cultivate...my learning curve can be somewhat slow. Also on Friday of last week we had visitors....a herd of wild turkeys. My camera was downstairs so i snapped a few pictures. They were very dinosaur like in the way they walked, ran and in height....they were more scared on me than I of them. They were headed towards the street but after their encounter with me they headed back into the woods. I also spotted our yard fox this week...i was in the garage soldering and he was sitting in the back yard....looking at me looking at him....that fur of his was the most exquisite color.....rust mixed with sunlight....breathtaking!  I didn't get a recent pic of him though. :(

Wild Turkey's on Patrol



I really love this ring......Metal Moon with Silver Drusy.....it's a very grand ring.....for a very self assured woman...as you can see below

Metal Moon 



Size 7.25 (may fit  up to a half size smaller on a wide band)

Stardust Keum -Boo Pendant on Suede Cord.....This is the first of the DalaPony pieces....a line I'm developing for the art show circuit in Keum-Boo. 

Stardust Keum-Boo Pendant (sterling and bonded gold)





Thanks for stopping by and enjoy what's left of the weekend...were about to embark on Saturday Night  at the movies on TV "Hannah and her Sister's"....snacks forthcoming and a little Champagne perhaps! 
      With love,  ♥Sue 











Monday, March 14, 2011

♣♣♣Happy St. Patty's Day!! BloG and SHoP SaLe NeWs♣♣♣

Shop Sale currently in Progress (in honor of St. Patrick's Day) and blog update this week....featuring the beautiful Metal Moon Ring....Stardust DalaPony Keum-Boo Pendant and hopefully Secret Wishes Keum Boo Butterfly Bracelet.


Happy St. Patty's Day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Year of the (Metal) Rabbit--Feb 3, 2011 to Jan 22, 2012

                       
       Well.....he's finally here (the rabbit that is) after a grueling photo session. Ok...my husband had to step in an shoot this....most of the great ones are his. Most of my pics form Friday were like a solar flare was going off on the face of the pendant....so shiny that it was taking away from the detail.  I have always wanted to try a piece in Keum Boo ( a korean technique of bonding fine silver with 24k gold foil)...so this attempt was experimental in nature. The gold foil bonds to the silver by applying heat....it becomes one with the silver actually through an atomic exchange of some sort (Stephen Hawkings again so I'm not going there). Surprisingly....i got results....the bonding process which took some time and patience went very smoothy....the design adhered exactly as planned....which i thought was going to be problematic. Clearly this pendant turned out beyond expectations and became an exceptional pendant...rabbit in tow!
                                             
Year of the Rabbit with Stars- Keum Boo Pendant

The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit began on feb 3rd of 2011. I've always been interested in Chinese astrology and have been studying it  for many years now. I was born in Year of the Boar....not very glamorous but a good sign nonetheless. My husband is a Dragon...one the most coveted signs. The characteristics of the Rabbit are sensitivity, creativity and compassion. Preferring the company of others Rabbits are friendly and outgoing. 
     
        2011 is the Year of the Metal Rabbit...people born under this sign are considered to be more intense, resilient, determined and stronger than other rabbits. They may also be logical, highly strung and crafty. We have a pet Rabbit....Benjamin....here he is in his black and white rabbit splendor!  He is such a sweet baby!
                                               
Benjamin
I will get this in the shop soon (Monday/Tuesday)....and start on some new pieces this week....perhaps some keum boo earrings.....a bracelet maybe....even though another ring would be lots of fun!

Benjamin says Happy Sunday Night to all!   Sue♥










Saturday, January 29, 2011

✮✮✮Lavender Nebula Stellar Ring✮✮✮

     I may be a day late getting this blog ready but better late than never applies here. I had a sensational amethyst sage cab in my possession...it auditioned for this ring and made the cut.....the rest is history.  I really don't want to part with this one but it going to be a good girl and offer it in my shop on a trial basis...the trial being can or can't i live without it! *ha*. The name just popped into my dinosaur brain....even before it was finished so I'm going with it. I did some research on nebula's....Stephen Hawking territory and completely beyond my comprehension so i settled for a defination. 


Nebula
A cloud of gas in space, usually one that is glowing. Historically, "nebula" was a general term used to indicate any light or dark patch of the night sky that was "fuzzy," or not sharply defined, as a star or planet would be.


Nebula Image
                                                        
Lavender Nebula Stellar Body Adornment
Size 5 3/4

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Will be in the shop Sunday....Monday at the latest!