Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ Creations By Moonlight

Adorn and Honor the Goddess in every woman.





This week's Featured Artisan is Allurynn - Creations by Moonlight! Beautiful creations by a very 
talented artisan! You can find Creations by Moonlight on:


Grab the code for your blog HERE

Monday, January 30, 2012

Music Monday! Pictures of You

You were stone white
So delicate
Lost in the cold
Natural Caribbean
Brain Coral  Pendant
Bell Coral Pendant
Something about coconut trees in the snow seemed right about posting this video today.

I spent the day listing some new Jewelry by Bridget, and started with the coral and shells ones that she did.

Being January, thinking of finding coral and sea shells was a comforting thought. 

I miss those weekend trips to the beach, even in January. 
This nostalgic and touching song seemed a good fit, and it's a great song.

Get More: The Cure - Pictures Of you

Conch Tear Pendant
West Indian Whelk Shard
Pendant

Touching the pendants, thinking how the coral was all found by Bridget on her last trip to the Caribbean, and then brought back here and lovingly given a new life as a beautiful piece of jewelry makes me appreciate it even more.


Enjoy the pictures. 
Enjoy the snow and coconuts. 
By the end, I almost believed the coral and shells were back in the Caribbean sea............

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you

That I almost believe that they're real.....  

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday's Family Jewels - Bridget's Rings - and NEW soon come!

When I mention that my mother-in-law is in town now for over a month, I often get looks of horror and sympathy. I have heard horror stories, and tales of horrible mother-in-laws, but I am forced to explain at each reaction to my statement, that I am one of the lucky few that has a wonderful mother-in-law. I explain that we get along better than if she were my own mother! That she is the complete opposite of the wretched mother-in-law stereotypes.
 
My Heart is at
Superstition Mountain Pendant

Then I get to mention that she is also a wonderfully talented and creative person who makes some very cool jewelry that I am lucky enough to show in my shops in the Jewelry by Bridget section




Venetian Glass Ring
Sands of Time Resin Inlay Ring
New to the shops are Bridget's small selection of rings. This was a new avenue she tried last year to explore the wire wrapped jewelry in more than just pendants. She made just a few, and I am happy to introduce them to you today.
Finally, tomorrow (after more than a month here), she is bringing me some of her new jewelry! All she has said was
 'I tried something new'. 
She said it like she had a great secret she was dying to share, but had to wait until the exact right moment before she could reveal it. 
 
When she tries something new, it usually is very cool, different, and SO creative. You think one of two things:
WOW, that is so inspired! Like this very inspired vase she made.
Whispers in White Vase
from my personal collection
OR 
Wow, that is funky! Like this 'Rasta Dude' sculpture she made.
Wha's 'appenin', mon?
She is keeping this in her personal collection.
I can't wait to see what she has created this time. It should be some incredible jewelry. 
 
But more important, I am so glad we can share the excitement of creativity, and get along so great while doing it. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - Alterations

I have limited sewing abilities. I have made pillows, sewn buttons on, patched jeans, and can even make a decent tied quilt. But alterations to existing garments are a bit out of my comfort zone.

Why did I need to make alterations?

My daughter needs a long, white, flowing skirt to complete her costume for the upcoming school musical. Our quest for a long, white, flowing skirt was a difficult one, especially since we procrastinated beginning the search, and it is January. (not exactly white skirt season). And the play is in one week.

I managed to find the perfect skirt though. Couldn't believe it! And it was on sale to boot! Only $7!

One problem though:
It was a size 1XL - She is a size 5. 
Out of the selection the store had, this was the smallest size white skirt they had. (They had sizes of the same skirt up to 3XL!) 
But since the play is about a week away, we needed to get something, and this one actually had nice applique work on it. 
I thought, 'it's a skirt, how hard can it be to take in? And it's for a costume, AND it's only $7. If I screw up, I can get another.'

So here I am today, making alterations to a $7 white skirt. 


I promised my daughter I could do it. She was doubtful, as any teenager would be when her mother says 'I'll make your clothes'. But I assured her it was no problem. 

The more I thought about it, unsure I was.

And now I sit here staring at the skirt afraid to make the deciding cut.

 I have thought it over, and have a plan. But that cut, once it's cut you can't go back. I am a little nervous. So nervous in fact, I started this blog, showered, and got dressed and still nervous about making that cut.

But I have a job to do, and my daughter needs this to complete her costume. 

The failure would be to not try.

Sure it is outside my comfort zone. Actually, I have never altered the size of a garment before. I have never completed a garment before. (I started a dress once in high school, still incomplete)

But I realized if I had failed to try, my daughter would have been in a disappointed panic. (Not to mention I would probably have to spend a fortune getting her a skirt in time.) 

I would have taught her a horrible lesson. I would have shown it was okay to give up. 
  
Raige would not be where she is today if I failed to try! (I would still be at that metal factory writing up shipping papers and filing - my last paying job)

No, giving up is not an option. We cannot succeed if we do not try! 

If this is not your mantra, you will not begin to feel the joy, the sense of satisfaction, the happiness of success. No matter if that success was actually a fairly simple alteration. 
A size 1XL down to a size 5
 There is also something wonderful about hearing from your hubby 
'I don't know why you think you can't sew! See? You are good at it, it looks great!'

And you don't hear things like that if you don't try.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ Dallas Soap Company

What a very cool shop this is! 
"Where soap meets art!" 
No joke, there are some beautiful soaps in this shop.


This weeks Featured Artisan is Dallas Soap Company! Yummy goodies to indulge
yourself in! Spoil yourself rotten... visit Dallas Soap Company! 
You can find Dallas Soap Company on:



This is my fave, of course with purple in it, 
and the smell must be awesome! 
Mardi Gras Handcrafted Artisan Soap
Refreshing Citrus Blend
Be sure to stop by and see her!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Music Monday! Puff the Magic Dragon

In honor of the Chinese New Year today, 2012 being the year of the dragon, I am featuring the only good dragon song I know.  

The Dragon in Chinese Culture symbolizes potent and auspicious powers. It is also a symbol of good luck. 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon as well, proven today by the non-stop rain we have had so far.

Let today's new moon bring you creativity, and good fortune for the whole year. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Old Beads, New Designs by facingEAST Designs - Guest Post

Today we are honored to have Anna Garner, a very knowledgeable and talented creator who has explored the world, helps us take something old, and make it new. Her interest in the histories of ancient cultures, art, art history, and ancient civilizations brings a unique look and feel to her creations. She is a wealth of information, and we can all learn to appreciate what goes in to making old things into new. 

Visit her shop at Crafts of the Past (for ancient artifacts, antiques, and new creations), her facebook page (where she shares stories of her archaeology adventures), and her blog, Facing East Designs (where she often shares how she creates, and explains the histories of stones and beads often used).

Old Beads, New Designs by facingEAST Designs  
by Anna Garner
 
During the last forty years of my life, I have collected beads and ethnic silver jewelry.   When I am inspired to create a new design from the loose pieces in my collection, I like to choose an old focal bead or piece of silver and then surround it with beads and silver from the many trays of loose beads of all ages and origins in my collection. 

For the purposes of this blog, I chose beads that are easily acquired without traveling as far as I have done in gathering up my stash of beads.  I always work from the focal section out to the ends in designing a necklace.  This time I chose a challenging shape to fit into a simple one-strand design.  That deep caramel bakelite bead from Yemen, dating from the first third of the 1900s, is a large bead.  It is faceted, or molded into a rounded cube with round flat faces on each side.  It measures 27mm in each dimension, just a hair more than 1 cubic inch of caramel bakelite.  It looks like a bead made of candy.  Not just any shape of bead can buttress each side of that size and shape of bead. 

Not only is that particular focal a challenge because of its imposing shape and size.  Its tone, or what I call its atmosphere, is somber.  It does not invite the addition of gaily colored lavender acrylic or bright lemony crystal beads, or at least not to my eyes.  So back to my trays of loose beads and broken necklaces dating from the late 1900s and early 21st century in Europe and America. 

Still, in keeping with my own brand of FacingEAST Designs, I wanted to maintain a traditional Middle Eastern manner of spacing beads along a string. 

The traditional Middle Eastern style of stringing beads is a relatively large or long focal bead or silver piece, then beads on either side that spread the V shape of much of West European and American necklaces into a wide U shape at the focal section of the necklace.  Then at each side of the focal section the complementary beads climb in a syncopated rhythm.  That is, the side beads may be all the same size and shape, but punctuated with larger metal pieces or larger stone or glass beads.  Sometimes the side beads are actually graduated as a modern European pearl necklace might be.  Even in those cases, you will find the string may be interrupted by contrasting shapes and sizes of beads. 

Back to the business of putting the piece together.  Bakelite was invented as a resin that could be colored to imitate the various natural fossil resin amber and jet beads of the world.  So I strung this focal bakelite bead with the bumper or spacer beads that are used in the Middle East to slow the wearing away of the sides of the bead.  I found the round flat black button beads made of the same material as the focal bead, but in black, to serve as the bumpers and separators in this piece.


The antiqued silver washed metal grooved bicone beads from a vintage 1980? broken necklace struck just the right somber note to accompany my choice of focal.  They also provided the gravity to prevent the caramel bakelite cube pulling the necklace into a sharp V shape at the bottom.  The black glass beads imitating jet had been strung on the same broken necklace with the silver colored metal beads, as were the smaller smooth beads of the same material.

But now I had to find some way of punctuating the climb up the sides of the necklace, and it needed to repeat the color of the focal to satisfy my eyes.  From a different tray, I found these modern jasper colored hard ceramic beads, shaped as irregular three-sided bicones, imitating a style from ancient times in Central Asia

As the ascending beads on each side of the focal section of beads, I chose these pale gray faceted acrylic beads.  They came from still another 1980s? era broken string of beads in the office-to-evening style of jewelry.  The same broken string of beads provided the gun metal gray coated chain and fastener. 





Putting it all together yielded this piece, which satisfied my goal of creating a simple one-strand necklace in a Middle Eastern style.  I used the antique bakelite bead with more modern silver, glass, ceramic and acrylic beads that kept the somber tone of the burnt sugar bakelite. 

Stop by Anne's online homes:


I am sure you will find the artifacts and information fascinating. 
You will find a new passion for the old, 
You will appreciate even more, the old made into new.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - Wall-E Wednesday

Back last year, I won a giveaway from Everyday Inspired, and in it was a magnetic dry erase board. For the past year, it has had a prime location on the fridge, where I would try to give my kids inspirational and motivational tidbits so they would start their day with positive thoughts, as to be out the door at 7am is a tough thing to do in a good mood.
Wall-E Wednesday - not sure who Mr. West is.

I guess my tidbits were getting a bit stale, because lately the kids have taken it upon themselves to put themed notes on it. I guess my day themed blog series have rubbed off on them. 

So for a change, I have taken their cues and let it motivate me! Today it is Wall-E Wednesday. What was Wall-E's purpose? To collect garbage. Well, today is as good a day as any to tackle the garbage, um I mean our collections of stuff, taking up main real estate in the basement. 

Pile of 'stuff'
right in the middle of the basement.


"Wall-E hubby" and I will be! Sorting, organizing, hopefully purging. The goal? to have the middle of the room clear, and to make it a workable studio space for clay and painting, and whatever other potentially messy creative endeavor comes along. 

Turtle Tuesday
Yesterday was Turtle Tuesday. That is just plain fun! I love the creativity of my kids. It so happens I sorted through my charms and buttons yesterday, in search of inspiration for my new section of Bracelet Cuffs, and what did I find? Turtle charms! So, on Turtle Tuesday, the Silver Turtle Toekini's came to fruition. 

Silver Turtle Toekini's
I guess I did need to get re-charged. The same old-same old wore me out. And my kids took over and brought me right out of the rut. I am back creating, the ideas are flowing, and I am finally (trying) to get organized. 

I am excited to see what tomorrow will be on the 'motivational board'. Maybe it will lead to a new Toekini, or Bracelet, or something entirely new! 

What do you think would be good motivation for Thursday?? Do you have a motivational board, or something like it too?  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Featured Artist from the On Fire Team ~ Zur Designs

Sharing a great creator today.
~Zur Designs~


This Week's Featured Artisan is Deb Hall - Zur Designs! Deb not only is a dedicated artisan she also is

dedicated to helping promote her fellow artisans  She has a group on Facebook and team on Etsy called

Indie Junction! You can find Zur Designs on:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Music Monday! Feed My Head

When I asked hubby this morning what song was stuck in his head, because my head was uncharacteristically void of any music, he said "Feed My Head is stuck in my head".  And that led to this song firmly implanted in MY head. (after I giggled because it sounded so funny!)

How did it get in his head? Well, the kids found the movie SuckerPunch on cable. (dvd movie website) Though it was criticized a bit harshly, the music and visual effects were enough to make us watch it not just once this past weekend, but twice. (daughter didn't see the whole thing the first time.....so we watched it again).

This is one of the songs that fit right into the theme and feel of the movie, and being a good song to begin with, it gets in your head, and just sits there, quite pleasantly.  


As it replayed in my head all morning, it came to me that I particularly enjoyed this weekend in part because I found the creative challenge I needed to get back to my yarns and beads, and get back to creating! With a NEW pattern, there are new items and new section at Raige Creations! 

So my head was fed. Here are just some of the results.
Find these new cuff bracelets soon,
along with others already there,
in the NEW section at Raige Creations
It feels good to have a fed head. 

Music helps feed my head too, and the music from Sucker Punch really feels right when creating. I just might have to get that soundtrack.  

What feeds your head?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Zibbet Exhibit Shout Outs!

A little browsing is a good thing, especially over a cup of tea, or coffee, or hot chocolate (depending on when and where you are reading this). So sit back, relax, and take a look at what some Zibbeters have been up to.  

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Citrine Lampwork Earrings by Zoe Zen's Garden

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Red Heart Brings Love Scarf by Raige Creations

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Custom Bee Wooden Letters by Dana Railey

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Winter Themed His and Hers Hand Towels by POP Embroidery

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Camouflage Wallet by Breitwork

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Red Crochet Mary Jane Slippers by Mimi & Colette

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Satin Spirit Rose Clip by Beautiful Swag Store

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Pouffy Fun Fingerless Gloves by All About the Buttons

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Coral and Gold Rose Ornament by Hawks Nest Creations

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Autumn Harvest Fabric by Alpaca Flats

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Chocolate Candy Hearts by Red Rose Confections

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Dantes Colors Hand Dyed Silk Scarf by Dante's Spirit

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Glass Heart Necklace by Dive Dva

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet

Spiral Sun Round Magnet by Breath of the Dragon

A very special thank you to Sunfire, of Breath of the Dragon, who helped me with this html code to make this collection so much easier to put together!

And next week I will go with a themed collection of items, so if you want something featured, go to Raige Creations and send me a message through the contact page of the item you would like featured that relates to SNOWFLAKES. Take some time to look around the site while you are there, and let me know what you think. 

Have a great weekend.