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I’ve been a little slow unpacking from Faerie Fest, but have a few new things listed over on our Art Fire Site . For now, Nate’s journals aren’t going to be there, as he just plain goes through them faster than I can get photos, edit the pics, and get them uploaded. But please feel free to look here his gallery of journals, and through his art. Nearly all of his paintings are available on journals as prints.

Lots of new jewelry too, got some uploaded on artfire, and coming here for pics too. It has been a crazy summer, so we apologize that haven’t gotten the site more up to date. Nate is still out of work with his back injury, tried heading back to work a week or two ago, and now the pain is back nearly at presurgery levels, so it has tossed a bit more chaos into our lives. Plus leaving lots of business things that normally are his job as mine job, while he continues to be under full health.

But on the upside, he is drawing and painting. He has a few in progress now that I can’t wait to see finished, I’m going to see if I can sneak in and get a couple in progress pics later.

And of course, a few more necklaces are rattling around in my head, just waiting for the final details of them to be decided so I can put them together. I really think that the planning, finding the right stones, researching various Goddesses (or other themes) is starting to take more than actually assembling, but that’s ok, I enjoy the whole process.

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Out of Chaos, came Gaia. Then, the story varies, but here is a site I really liked No matter which version you like, she creates Uranus, who becomes her mate. He has issues, so locks their kids in the Earth (inside her), blocking the opening. She arms Chronos, tells him how to attack good ol Dad, and Uranus looses his position of power (and penis) in the battle, and Chronos takes charge. But he didn’t learn very well. So when he and Rhea have kids, he swallows them right after birth. She gets mad, calls in Gaia, so they trick him with a rock, so a son can grow up. So Zeus grows up, over throws Dad, and takes over. We don’t hear much more from her after that.


I call upon Gaia, Primeval Prophetess . . .
The Greek great earth mother.”
~Aeschylus~


Gaia, the beautiful, rose up,
Broad blossomed, she that is the steadfast base
Of all things. And fair Gaia first bore
The starry Heaven, equal to herself,
To cover her on all sides and to be
A home forever for the blessed Gods.

-Hesiod

This beautiful Indian Bloodstone focal is surrounded by more bloodstone, Czech glass, tree agage, ocean jasper, green adventurine, kambaba jasper, mass agate, moukiate, and chrysopase lemon.

Oh Goddess, Source of Gods and Mortals,
All-Fertile, All-Destroying Gaia,
Mother of All, Who brings forth the bounteous fruits and flowers,
All variety, Maiden who anchors the eternal world in our own,
Immortal, Blessed, crowned with every grace,
Deep bosomed Earth, sweet plains and fields fragrant grasses in the nurturing rains,
Around you fly the beauteous stars, eternal and divine,
Come, Blessed Goddess, and hear the prayers of Your children,
And make the increase of the fruits and grains your constant care, with the fertile seasons Your handmaidens,
Draw near, and bless your supplicants.

~Orphic Hymn to Gaia~ translated and interpreted by Virginia Stewart, M.Ed.


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I’ve long been obsessed with all things Celtic. And I’m a Cancer (sun sign) so of course, the Moon and I are long friends. So this one is no surprise 😉

Hymn to Arianrhod
By Janet and Stewart Farrar

Arianrhod of the Silver Wheel
By all the names men give thee –
We, thy hidden children, humbly kneel
Thy truth to hear, thy countenance to see.
Here in the circle cast upon the Earth
Yet open to the stars – unseen, yet real –
Within our hearts give understanding birth,
Our wounds of loss and loneliness to heal.
Isis unveiled and Isis veiled, thou art;
The Earth below our feet, the Moon on high.
In thee these two shall never be apart –
The magick of the Earth and Sky.

Her name means Silver Wheel. This is often taken to mean the Moon, or the Wheel of Rebirth. Some of her stories can be found here.

The centerpiece on this necklace is called a druzy. I can’t quite capture how sparkling and magical it looks in picture, but the surface of it is covered in small crystals, reflecting colors and light all around.   With it are blue coral, shell, blue lace agate, opalite, ice flake quartz, labradorite, dumortierite, and white agate.  Again, hard to catch in photos, but if you’ve never seen labradorite in person, you need to. It is like a captured rainbow. It looks grayish in the pics, but reflects colors in light and is just beautiful.  This one also has a special magnetic clasp, with crescent moons on it, fitting to Arianrhod.

Please know that the pictures are as accurate as possible, but the exact items may have slight variances due to lighting etc in the pictures. I try to show as many pictures as I can, in various lighting, to present a full picture of the items.

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The ideas for this necklace started out very light, and well, Spring like. That’s what Persephone is, right? But in researching my Demeter necklace, I learned a bit more about Her daughter as well. Like that her springlike self has a different name, Kore, and that Persephone means something like to do with destruction. And many myths refer to her as the Queen of the Dead as well.

I found a lot of great information about her here and here

I loved the idea of balance that she represents. She is Spring, rebirth, Light. And yet, also Death. Some stories say she greeted new souls as they arrived even. The idea of this Light and Darkness became this piece.

The focal stone is Rhodonite, a swirled pink with gray and black. It is surrounded by more of the same stone, as well as rhodocrosite, black stone, black lava, hematite, and Swarovski crystals. The lava really drew me for Her, as it is beautiful,  and yet comes from destruction.  And the perfect blend for Her, there are little dark, nearly black, flowers as well.

Both the rhodonite and rhodocrosite are very good healers. Both are good for balancing the Heart chakra as well. The rhodonite is associated with many things,  but what fit really well, to me, is an association with alternatives, or finding the Inner Path, which Persephone’s worship was all about.

Trying to get the colors pictured well was a bit tough, some of the pics below are a bit blurry, but they did get the colors so I still included them. I am hoping for another sunny day soon to get some more outside, those come out best 🙂

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I’ve been fascinated by Faeries all my life, not just the cute and sparkly, but the dark and tricky too. And Shakespeare’s Titania is one I love. I especially loved that though she is light and beautiful, she is, well, not morally like us.   Much like any Faerie, even a Shining One, there is a touch of dark, or just different that we will never truly understand as just plain simple humans. This piece was made to honor that. The light and beautiful, with just a touch of darkness on the edges.

This focal was one I just happened across and fell in love with. The two stones atop if are just slightly colored, though it doesn’t show well in the picture, the left side is a blueish tone, the right a purple. Though I’m not sure, I think this is a slice of a geode.  It is surrounded by amethyst,  adventurine, shells, mother of pearl, opalite, Czech glass, moss agate, ice flake and rose quartz, flourite, and Swarovski crystals.

I’ve included a lot of pictures, since the pendants colors seem much different in changing light.

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Finally finished my newest pieces! This one had a little misadventure, since as I was working on it, our son H knocked down the focal piece and it broke. 😦  So I had to run out for a new one today, and still love the final piece.  This one is inspired by Demeter.

Demeter has always been fascinating to me. Here’s a favorite part of her myth (from wikipedia)

Demeter was searching for her daughter Persephone (also known as Kore). Having taken the form of an old woman called Doso, she received a hospitable welcome from Celeus, the King of Eleusis in Attica (and also Phytalus). He asked her to nurse Demophon and Triptolemus, his sons by Metanira.

As a gift to Celeus, because of his hospitality, Demeter planned to make Demophon as a god, by coating and anointing him with Ambrosia, breathing gently upon him while holding him in her arms and bosom, and making him immortal by burning his mortal spirit away in the family hearth every night. She put him in the fire at night like a firebrand or ember without the knowledge of his parents.

Demeter was unable to complete the ritual because his mother Metanira walked in and saw her son in the fire and screamed in fright, which angered Demeter, who lamented that foolish mortals do not understand the concept and ritual.

Instead of making Demophon immortal, Demeter chose to teach Triptolemus the art of agriculture and, from him, the rest of Greece learned to plant and reap crops. He flew across the land on a winged chariot while Demeter and Persephone cared for him, and helped him complete his mission of educating the whole of Greece in the art of agriculture.

The necklace has the colors that to me represent agriculture and Earth. The light yellows of new spring, greens of verdant life and fields, the browns of harvest and the darkness that follows. A perfect reminder of the cycles that we all pass through in life. The focal is a picture jasper leaf, and is surrounded by Indian bloodstone, moss agate, ocean jasper, black stone, tiger eye, shell, aragonite, wood jasper, agates, kambaba jasper and Czech glass.

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These area  little something new I’m doing. It started as an order for a friend’s postpartum doula business, and it was so fun, I’m planning more. The ones pictured below are a part of her order, but more are coming, and of course customs are very welcome. These are on stretchy gossamer, so can be slid on and off with ease. The sizes vary slightly, so that those with different wrist sizes can be comfortable however they like them, so if you like a a looser or snugger fit, please send a wrist measurements.

Prices will range by what is used, but will range from $9 to $15.

Since these are a new project, I’d love feed back and comments!

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