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Hi everyone! In case you aren’t on our Facebook fan page, thought I’d share that today through Monday there is a 10% off coupon code on all our listed items!  That is on top of free shipping. What a great way to get a deal on a handmade gift, right?

Come on over and see what we have. Custom orders are of course still welcome, and if placed by Monday, still get the discount too.

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I just added a page to our site with our 2010 events to come.  The schedule isn’t yet complete, so be sure to check back, but it has at least June and July, unless we add even more.

Come on out to see us, we often have new things that aren’t online yet, and original art that you just can’t see as well online.

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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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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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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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Just found out for sure that we’re going to be at Fairport Canal Days this year. Nate’s work has been there in the past in the booth of Hanging Around Frame and Art, but this year we’re doing it on our own. Come out and see us, it’s always a great event with lots to see and do!  It’s June 4-6 and we’d love to see everyone local there.

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