It’s September already

Koln padlocks

August was a busy month. Two weeks of travel out of the country, the beginning of the school year for our daughter, a new preschool for our son and a birthday for me. We traveled to London to visit my family, then took the Eurostar (a great way to travel!) across to Germany. We hung out in Koln (Cologne) for a couple of days before moving onto other cities. Here is a photo of love padlocks on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Koln. The love padlocks started appearing in European cities in the early 2000s. Typically, a couple’s name is engraved on it.

For my birthday, our daughter went Birthday flowersthrough our garden and collected this lovely display of flowers she put together. I love the color combination and array of different flowers.

 

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And just before we left for our vacation, I got some of these lovely sterling silver Om charms, now available in my shop!

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Customized design

Tree of life ss garnet hessonite mainMade for a particular individual, the design features a 3/4″ sterling silver disc, a sterling tree of life charm and a hessonite garnet stone bead. The text can be personalized. Oh, the text says fearless! As usual, can be found in my shop!

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New resin designs

New designs that feature resin. Jewelry grade resin is a finicky substance. The biggest challenge is bubbles. I have researched this and followed all guidelines but even then, a bubble or two can surface. But I love resin and keep trying. Here are a couple of new designs that I’ve had in the works for a long time and only recently had the time to make them. Find them here and here in my shop.

Green flower bezel resin mainPurple flower bezel resin 1

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Infusing oil

Calendula Oil

A mason jar of dried calendula flowers infusing in organic olive oil. A future batch of home made lotion will incorporate this healing infusion. The days are blissfully warm right now here in the Bay Area. Perfect time to make some oil infusions!!

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Teardrop shape

New design! Can be personalized.Teardrop with lotus and glass bead main

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Art in the house!

Here is what the kids and I did this past weekend. Big sheets of paper and lots of finger paints to create messy art! This is the kind of art I love—messing around with items found in the home and creating textures with them. Another not so great photo—I need a DSLR!!P1040094

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Memory locket re-worked!

Memory locket Buddha Om 2

I like the idea of memory lockets—having the names or initials of your loved ones in the locket together with charms/stones that have personal meaning. In my new design, instead of the idea of a personal story, I created a theme: one that would have meaning to a Buddhist or a yogi. Or to those of us who connect to those elements for different reasons. The locket features a sterling Buddha charm, a hand stamped sterling disc and a garnet bead stone. During my travels around Asia in my early-20s, I spent some time at a Tibetan monastery in Nepal as well as a Buddhist monastery in Thailand. I learned many things from the teachers and community at both places. Having the Buddha in a locket inspires me to focus on some of the teachings of the Buddha: to practice compassion and loving kindness. The hand stamped Om always reminds me to stop and breathe and to notice what is happening NOW and the garnet is a beautiful deep red, and in Ayurveda is a replacement to an expensive ruby. It helps to give insight. Find the necklace here.

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Popular design

Om charm, ss buddha, teardrop glass bead

This is one of my more popular designs, perhaps for its simplicity and splash of color. I created it more than a year ago and at the time, I was staring at all my supplies on my messy jewelry table looking for inspiration. I had just bought the sterling silver Om charm and the teardrop shaped glass Czech beads—I strung them on the chain together with the sterling silver Buddha. I didn’t mess with the design and knew that I didn’t need to play with it anymore. Usually after I create a piece, I put it aside and return at a later time to see if all the elements of the design work together. My final question is always: “would I wear that?”

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Breathe!

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All of us need reminders to breathe, don’t we? Stop what you’re doing, look up and breathe!! The design can be found here.

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Baby blanket

BlanketI just returned from a few days visiting my brother, sister-in-law and their first born. He is 6 months old. I got to hang out with him and get my baby fix! A sweet child who is only waking up once or twice a night and is happy in the stroller and car seat!  Here is the blanket that I mentioned a few posts back. I used a pattern from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch book. It has a seed stitch border and switches between knit and purl stitches as the main body of the blanket. Not a great photo but you get the idea.

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