Thursday, May 21, 2015

Turritella Agate

I stocked up on this stone when I was in Tuscon. it is named after the turritella snail that is crystallized within it along with the fossils of other sea creatures!! 

 Mixed with freshwater pearls. Sold
This agate is thought to provide you with strength of protection. 
It makes an excellent gift for travelers. Sold
Mixed with freshwater pearls. Sold

 It enhances personal connection to one's past lives and promotes inner stability, composure and maturity. It helps new mothers avoid depression and it encourages self confidence.

 Mixed with freshwater pearls. Sold. 

As always the stone trivia is provided for curiosity only and is not meant to be medical advice. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rusty Reds and Burnt Oranges

I am coming to the end of these stones. Owyhee jasper is found in NE Oregon. It assists with the healing of animals, dissipates energy blockages and promotes connections to your senses. It helps keep the wearer grounded and reduces stress. It is also said to protect travelers.

 Mixed with rusty red g;ass seed beads and copper. Sold

 Mixed with small jasper rounds, rusty red glass seed beads and cooper. 

 The next two are agates. Agate is a cooling stone. It is thought to reduce fever, quench thirst, and quiet pulse.  It insures good health and a long and prosperous life. Mystically it can guard against danger. Wearers become temperate and cautious. It also helps one view themselves with more clarity and see the world through a broader viewpoint.

The one on the left is mixed with red poppy jasper, rusty red glass seed beads and copper.Sold
The one on the right is mixed with small jasper cubes, rusty red glass seed beads and copper. Sold

 The burnt orangey trio below use ocean jasper for pendants. This is a stone of happiness. It works on the endocrine, glandular and immune systems. It is also beneficial for circulation and the digestive system. Mystically if is beneficial to those with depression, lifting the cloud of darkness. It bestows clarity whilst promoting positive thoughts and actions.And it also awakens one to self destructive tendencies or addictive traits.
All three of these have been sold. 

Please note that stone trivia is provided for curiosity only and is in no way meant to be medical advice.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring Greens

I have used Dragon's blood jasper before and it was a very fiery red and green. This one is a very soft green with just a hint of red streaks. Perfect for spring.

This Australian jasper is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings joy to community interactions. It increases courage, energy  and strength. This stone is kown for physical heart healing and grounds spiritual energy through the heart chakra. It calls forth the gentle strengths of love, forgiveness, & compassion - the only energies that can tame your inner dragon.
 Here I have mixed it with soft gray-green freshwater pearls, soft green glass seed beads and pewter. (sold)

 These feature aventurine chips, soft green glass seed beads and pewter. 
The ones on the left and right have sold.

The next three necklaces and earrings use green brecciated jasper, a grounding and protective stone from Africa.This jasper is thought to increase physical endurance and fend off dehydration. It can also help to relieves stress and aid in relaxation.

The one on the left has a jade dangle while the center one features Afghan serpentine. All three use green glass seed beads and pewter. Sold

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Blues - Sodalite, Iolite and Lapis

Some recent work with blue stones.
Sodalite is a stone of soothing energy. It is effective in combating radiation, boosts the immune system and cleanses the organs.  It can also help you see the wisdom of adopting a simpler lifestyle.

Iolite is useful in battling alcoholism. It flushes fatty deposits and detoxifies the liver. It helps ease sore throats and blisters. It also cleanses your mind and tunes your intuition. Use this stone to guide you in a difficult period in life.

Lapis is a stone of friendship and truth. It is beneficial to throat and vocal chords. It regulates endocrine and thyroid glands, relives pain and inflammation. It also releases stress, allowing for peace and serenity.

 Sodalite pendants mixed with iolite. Sold. 
Sodalite pendants mixed with lapis (left) and iolite (right). The pendant on the right is cut so that the ridges form a peace sign. How cool is that?! Sold

Note: Stone trivia is not meant to serve as medical advice. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

All About Ears

I started making a new earring design last winter using a double drilled stone. It is my new favorite! They are selling well so I will be seeking these stones in a wider variety of colors.

Turritella agate on sterling silver.  These have sold. 

 Turritella agate on sterling silver. The ones on the right have sold.

 Brecciated jasper on sterling silver. The two on the left have sold.

Red Creek jasper on sterling silver. These have sold. 
 And this year I am bringing back another favorite. Long, hammered copper daggers. 
Look for more colors and sterling coming soon.

 And then I played around with some new designs. 
These all sold their first weekend on display so I will be making more!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stones and more stones

This year I am turning my focus much more to stones. I call it my "spiritual stones collection - release your inner power!" I have created small informational cards for each stone type to tell about the healing and mystical qualities. It can be a fun way to select a gift for someone or yourself.

 Feldspar: Thought to aid in the treatment of skin and muscular disorders. A stone of creativity that helps us find new ways to reach our goals. Assists in finding misplaced items. Helps you cope and see things in a more positive light.

 Tiger Eye: A protective stone with a powerful, dynamic energy and a watchful quality. Balances the brain. Aids in healing broken bones. Promotes prosperity, clarity, protection, courage and confidence. Enhances good luck. Stimulates taking action.

 Fossilized Coral is a form of agate. Agate is a cooling stone that quiets the pulse. Guards against danger and helps you become more cautious. Believed to cure insomnia and insure pleasant dreams.

 Outback wood jasper: Jasper brings joy to life! A centering and grounding stone that brings calm and tranquility. Combats exhaustion. Helps create a positive attitude.

 These bracelets are combinations of various jaspers, tiger eye, agates and rock crystal.

 These bracelets combine carnelian, agates, tiger eye, various jaspers with copper.

Rhyolite: A stone of protection, regeneration and general healing. Balances the mineral content of the body. Helps one listen and process the past, helping us to move forward. 

Pink quartz, freshwater pearls and pewter.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Recent Work - Stone Pendants

I am way behind posting pictures of my work!! I have a few new items so far this year. Sometimes a customer will ask to buy just the pendant off of one of my necklaces. The way that I make my designs it is not possible to slip the pendant off. So I decided this year to try making some solo pendants. I include the stone properties inside of each card.

Back row, left to right: agate with garnet dangle, ocean jasper, agate
Front row, left to right: Agate with quartz, ocean jasper with serpentine, zebra jasper with labradorite
 Left to right: 2 agates with garnet, flourite, ocean jasper (sold), agate with peridot

Left to right: red creek jasper, flourite, agate

 Left to right: green opal (this was my favorite and it was the first to sell!) and 2 chocolate jaspers

 Left to right: ocean jasper (sold), ocean jasper with aventurine, ocean jasper, fossilized coral (an agate) with freshwater pearl

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Introducing - Walking with Trees

When is a head board not a head board? When it gets into the hands of Sean & Debi Ady! They create original recycled yard art from all kinds of things.

They describe their creations as welded garden art for those of us who enjoy fun and whimsy while staying in touch with our kindred spirits!
 Dragonflies of all shapes and sizes.

You will never need to water these flowers.

Come and see what new things they have created from rusted and old metal parts, dishes and hardware. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Introducing - Anna Hoey Art

Meet an artist that is new to my studio shows. Anna Hoey says that creating works of fine art is one of her greatest passions. She enjoys working in several different media including pencil (both graphite and colored pencil), watercolor, oil paint, acrylics, gouache, inks, and pastels. In most of her art works she uses a combination of media to produce the unique quality of art, which she continually strives to create.

Her latest series are masks. Anna has always been fascinated with the concept of masks and the hiding of ones own true identity behind a facade. This series was influenced by her own personal love for the culture and art of the Northwest Indians, which began many years ago when she studied Northwest Indian art at the University of Washington. Her challenge in this series was to add a bit of allure to the mystery of who is peering from behind the mask and why.

Anna says the world around us is endless in visual stimulation. Particularly in nature, the textures, patterns and colors provide fascinating avenues of exploration for the variety of mediums that she enjoys using.

 You can see a portfolio of Anna's work on her website Or better yet come visit us at my studio sale this Friday evening and Saturday and talk to her in person about her work.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Introducing Side Door Pottery

If you have attended my studio sales before then you have seen Linda's beautiful pottery. She describes her work as whimsical, hand built, painted porcelain that is functional and sculptural.  I can attest to all that and more! And the detail on many of her pieces is amazing. 

Plates, bowls, cups, serving pieces and pitchers. Tiles and sculptures. Bird houses and feeders, garden stakes and birdbaths. There is something for every taste. 

Linda works out of a garage turned studio at her home in Seabeck. You can see her work at shops and galleries in Poulsbo  American Sass, Bluewater Gallery, as well as the Port Orchard Farmer's market and occasionally during the Silverdale Art Walk. You can view many more of Linda's creations on her Facebook page.