Yes, I've been hiding, percolating, trying to stay warm....literally. My studio is a chilly place so it can be hard to get motivated to head in and create. But I've figured out that turning on my photography lights adds just enough heat that it becomes quite comfortable. So, I've been inspired to make new pieces and get them done in time for Valentine's Day. I'm not much of a sentimentalist so this particular holiday isn't a big one in my house. Sometimes I make cookies or buy chocolates, but mostly it just passes like any other day. It was a much bigger deal when I was 16 and had no 'Valentine'; everything's more intense when we're 16 I guess. However, I did manage to create a few pieces which have kind of a heart-y theme for those of you who do fall more on the romantic side....or have partners who do. Most of my new pieces are very feminine and delicate, very wearable. Take a peek:
See what I mean? Very fun and feminine. Enjoy browsing in the store.
I also wanted to share with you a little project I've been working on for myself. It's very rare for me to make jewelry for myself, oddly. It seems like every now and then a particular thing might make its way into my personal jewelry box but not often. What I have noticed is that I have a lot of stones and charms which are, for one reason or another, important to me but which I haven't done anything with. I have some stones that I just can't part with and couldn't charge enough to make up for their real of sentimental value. So, I decided to make a necklace for myself and just put all of these little things on it so that they are all in the same place...much more practical for me than having 8 different necklaces. Take a look...it's a work in progress:
From the left: A small iolite which I was inspired to have near me because of a dream I had. Then one of my Sedona Spirals, which spent time buried in the desert in AZ...good vibes. Next is a gorgeous piece of turquoise which was part of a ring my grandmother used to wear (she lived in AZ). You just can't get turquoise like that these days, certainly not American turquoise, which I think this is. And finally, a little talisman I made for myself based on a symbol which came up in the work I do with a local shaman...a spiral and seven 'stars'. I'm going to be adding amethyst (had another dream!), a star sapphire which was made by the company my grandfather worked for, and a piece of Brazilian tourmaline. I hope to just keep adding as things inspire me. I've been wearing this already and I love the feeling of it. The chain is very substantial, much thicker than anything I've ever worn, but I love it. The little talismans make the nicest sound when they jangle against each other.
Finally, a few more pics of new pieces. Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!