So…here I am staring at the page wondering where to start. The past year has been nothing short of a blur. We’d like to thank you all for your continued support, and for your patience when we were not quite on top of our game.
2022 is looking brighter already. On our end, we’re spilling over with new ideas for some fabulous pieces we know you’ll love. Look forward to more metal work, fiber art, and amazing beading with some stones you may not have heard of before.
Inspiration often comes from unexpected sources. Sometimes all it takes is a glance at a color, catching a familiar scent, a taste that brings us back to another place and time, a song, or the utterance of a single word. The piece we’re spotlighting today was inspired by a photo in one of my social network feeds. My dear friend, Amanda Skenendore, a brilliant author and all around lovely human being, posted this photo of her great grandmother’s tea set.
The more I looked at it, the more the beads on the “apothecary” shelf called out.
With every piece I create, every stone is chosen not only for its color, but for the metaphysical properties as well. There are also times when I’m drawn to a stone without knowing its meaning and I’m pleasantly surprised it’s exactly what I needed.
The most prominent crystal that came to mind first was Peridot for the green. This stone represents compassion and peacefulness.
Figuring out which to use for the blue was trickier. At first I thought of matching the color with a watery Sodalite, but it felt too heavy, probably because it’s associated with calming chaotic storms.
Instead, I decided on Angelite. A soft, powdery blue stone that invokes the protection and guidance of the angelic realm.
Additional accents include thin gold plated spacers, and red flower ceramic beads. The whole necklace is finished with a magnetic clasp.
A special piece like this needed its own home for safekeeping. I had some fiber already felted that I cut and formed into a bag with an elk
antler button, and sparkly ice-blue seed beads. At the time I hadn’t realized how well these colors matched the cover of Amanda’s new book, The Second Life of Mirielle West, until Amanda took this picture and brought it to my attention.
If you’ve never read any of Amanda’s books, I would advise clicking on the link. Amanda’s flair for historical fiction draws you in and you won’t want to put the book down. This is her third, and it looks like there’s no end in sight for more.
But Wait, There’s More!
We have two special offers this month. The first is a bit of an experiment. We’d like to introduce you to the new Facebook group, Ewe BE Ewe. This space is for all you creatives to share what you do best…or what you don’t do best and would like to do better. Share tips, projects, ideas and more all in a comfortable, judgement-free place. You’ve seen what we can do, now it’s your turn to show us your stuff.
The second offering is a 20% off sale on all the current pieces in our shop. The sale starts Monday, January 24th and continues to the February 24th. Now is the time to get that one of a kind piece that’s been on your wish list, a Valentine’s gift for yourself or someone special.
In March, we’ll have many new pieces for you and we look forward to highlighting them in these newsletters.
Until next time!
Deb & Eileen
The Afternoon Tea piece is beautiful and comforting. The thought put into each component is genius. And I’m headed over to FB now! Thanks for creating the space.
Thanks! Good to see conversation started off the social network—though I did catch myself looking for a “like” button.
Can’t wait to see what creations you add to the group!
Beautiful colors, thoughts, and people!