. . . of the last few weeks

Made ’em ….delivered ’em

Taught ’em

Made it  . . . delivered it

enjoyed the hail…as did my gnomes

made it – in store

made it – in store

taught it

working on it, the stego

made it . . . delivered it

working on it, the drawing of the stego

cleaned ’em

made it – in store

made it – in store

made it – in store

taught it


Coming up . . . a blog on how art saves lives 🙂 Magyk Mini-Intro 4/17; Whimsical Rings 4/23 & 4/30, and open studio on 4/24 . . . May 7 – Fold It, Hang It, Color It

Much love and light,


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Diamonds? April Birthstone

OK…. if you know me, you know how I feel about diamonds.


unheated white sapphire from Sri Lanka

While highly praised for centuries and hyped as “A girl’s best friend” and “two months of salary…” – I ALWAYS recommend a natural white sapphire to my clients before I will assist them with a diamond.  When my clients are insistent, I refer them to the best people I know in the business.

K…wanna know the coolest thing about sapphires….besides that they are often white?  Sapphire comes in over 450 colors/color variations AND they are more durable than a diamond.  That’s right….I said that.  While diamonds are a 10 hardness and Sapphire a 9 – sapphires don’t have cleeeeeeeavage 🙂  WOOHOO. And while they don’t have the same refraction (rainbowy colors in light) they are still awesomesauce….less expensive and just down right pretty.


I have maybe one white sapphire in stock over a carat….that is natural, and I have a large selection of sizes and shapes in smaller carat weights.  AND I have a large selection of all kinds of sizes and shapes in synthetic sapphire (remember, a synthetic sapphire has the same mineral/chemical components as it’s natural counter part).  Send me an email when you’d like to know more.

Why I don’t like diamonds?  Wuhl . . . I don’t want to be too negative, especially for those who appreciate diamonds . . . wear them and love them . . . and here’s the deal . . .

Diamonds are born with natural fracture points called cleavage. It’s one of the reasons that they are truly difficult to cut.  Unless you pay more than about $1000/ct. for a diamond, you are likely to get a “commercial grade” diamond with cleavage, which if the diamond gets knocked around, will cause the diamond to break – and that is something most jewelry store employees don’t have the guts to tell any one.

“Miner’s cut” diamonds from the 18th century, are pretty dang cool, but hard to find – and they were obtained/sold in a time before the Big Box Diamond industry began to control the flow, cutting and selling of diamonds. The cleavage was pretty much ignored and one could see enough fire to make it worth having. (some history on cutting

Around 1900, better cutting methods came along, thus the inevitable emphasis on cut, color, clarity and carat weight.  Around this time the price started to jump, various controls started to take place and ultimately people starting considering it an “investment stone”.  BTW, if someone is looking for a “used” diamond, it is highly unlikely they will pay more than what you paid for it . . . just saying . . . a diamond has to be of extraordinary quality and mayhaps worn by royalty, before anyone is going to pay more for it, than what was paid for it.

And I’m just not gonna talk about “Blood Diamond”.

This might seem like a pretty negative take on things . . . and it kinda is.  I am just not a fan of all the hype about diamonds and the misconceptions people are ‘sold’ and I especially dislike the controls on the market.  DON’T be hypnotized. 🙂

In the meantime . . . be well….live with intention!

Much love and light,


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It’s March!

Faceted Aquamarine

Natural, faceted Aquamarine from my collection

Birthstone: Aquamarine   Astrological signs: Pisces and Aries

Aquamarine (aqua) is a Beryl, along with emerald.  Most usually found in Brazil, it is often blue to blue green in color.  It’s clarity and closeness to blue in color, makes it more valuable. Greenish ones don’t sell for as much.  I’ve always viewed the purchase of stones as a purely ‘eye of the beholder thing’.  The true investment in a gemstone is how you feel when you own it.

Stories of old, reference the stone as the ‘sea stone’ and it has long been considered the lucky stone for the sailor.

There is no lab grown aqua equivalent and so, from a metaphysical standpoint, a simulated would not be as valuable energetically. If you were to “use it” as quartz, which is what it is born from as a lab grown material, then that would work.

There are a few ideas on the uses of aqua, magykly/spiritually/energetically. Some believe it to be a throat Chakra stone and valuable for arthritis .  I was taught that aqua is a meditation stone and beneficial for clarity and calming the nerves. It has always worked well for me.

For our Pisces friends: yellow sapphire, topaz, red coral and pearl are your “lucky gems”. I’d recommend working with a blue topaz or an aqua.

For the Aries in the crowd: red coral, carnelian, pearl, yellow sapphire, golden topaz and garnet are your “lucky gems” Similarly for Pisces, I recommend aqua, and yellow sapphire – rooted in the winds, they are also excellent for both signs.

Ultimately, as always, I say, have what you love and what resonates for you.  While stones/crystals often have a connection to some energies, they can be cleansed and charged for what is important to you :).

A quick word about lab grown sapphire:  You know I use it often. I am mindful of where my stones come from and I am sensitive to energies of turmoil. So remember, lab sapphire and ruby have the same mineral and chemical components as the natural stone. So if a natural yellow sapphire seems crazy expensive to you, consider a lab grown stone and I do have some :).

I saw some pretty aqua’s at this site: Gem Select

Lastly, I have in stock, some natural rough aqua and a few faceted pieces and some really lovely simulated ones.  Let me know if you have an interest – additional pics and pricing by request 🙂

Much love and light,


Natural Golden-Yellow Sapphire

Natural yellow/gold sapphire

Rough Aqua

“Rough” Aqua

Simulated Aqua

Simulated, faceted Aqua


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And Time Passes

classic clock with moving pointer

classic clock with moving pointer

Time. What an interesting thing. Of course centuries ago, time was not a big deal. Days were spent figuring out how to survive. It was just sun up and sun down. People hunted and ate and foraged and created shelter and fought off predators . . . rinse and repeat.

As we have evolved, there are now clocks . . . dates . . . deadlines . . .“work hours”, “school hours” “open hours” “closed hours”. In the hours, we are doing the same thing – maintaining our shelters, foraging for food, resting, eating and fighting off “predators”. For the homeless, that can be rough . . . really rough. For those of us fortunate to have a roof over our heads, not as rough. We just call it something different . . . right?

Why so philosophical?

It’s not because I see time as “precious”. It’s because I value the things that occur during time.

It began, really, after my mother passed away in 1986. Nothing like a death in the family to cause a pause and reality check on what’s important, right?

Since that event, I have been fairly diligent about “family first”, my relationships with others, second, and my relationship with society, third.

Along the way, there have been other events that have occurred, that serve as reminders to me of what my priorities with my time need to be . . . and it is always “family first”.

Under that family first umbrella, are a lot of details. There of course is the need-to-drop-all-other-things-cuz-someone-in-the-family-needs-my-attention/focus/help-right now. There is an understanding that self-care is super important to all the rest. There is also the foraging, maintaining shelter, and fighting off perceived predators :). How do I do all that? I make things and I sell them. I teach things, and people take my classes. Simple, right?

Not really. Making things and teaching things and “selling” that to others can be a daunting task, full of “what if people feel BUGGED by all the times I mention the things.” And “I have to remember to mention all the things on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest” . . . and what are the best ways/words to use to make the invitation . . . and more random, sometimes, doubtful thoughts.

I mention that, because people do get bugged and they drop off from my mailing list and sometimes they send me an email and tell me, they feel bugged.

Then again, there just isn’t time to waste. We just never know what’s going to happen today . . . tomorrow . . . in the next five years.

What if, wearing a handmade piece of jewelry art, really does change your outlook on yourself, your day, your world and as a result, you smile more and that brightens someone else’s day? Or what if, you are wearing an Intention Vessel and in it is the word Love, and because of that, rather than yelling at someone or bashing your car into their rear end, you grab your vessel and you feel an immediate sense of calm?

What if, learning a new art medium brought you time to be quiet and creative? What if it were healing and meditative? What if enhancing your skills in a medium you already play in, brought you more joy . . . the possibility of a new career . . . enriched community experience?

What if you go back to school after 20 years and get that degree you’ve always wanted?

What if, you did nothing?

Sometimes people get bugged and other times they miss out.

Recently I’ve received emails asking me “why was the Skirball class cancelled?” and “bummer, I was going to sign up for the 8-week, but now it is cancelled”, and “what happened to the resin work class at Glendale.”

The classes were cancelled because not enough people signed up, with enough time for me to order material. It happens and I am sorry some folk that are going to miss out.

Let me go back to my discussion of time now. At 1a on Tuesday, I was in the ER with my daughter. She had an event that we are still trying to figure out. She felt faint, I got to her in time, but she slipped from my grasp and landed on the tile floor with a sickening smack to the head and had a small seizure.

She’s had 7 surgeries . . . and this event shook us. It shook us because we had no cause to foist it on to and ultimately that leaves us a little stuck in “now what?”.

We think we have some clues now. We need to take time to do a few things differently. We had a chat about what we are doing with our time, a chat that happens, I am sure in places all over the world, when there is a health “scare”.

And what if we do nothing?

I cannot help but to consider all the things I have said I wasn’t ready for . . . or that I’ll do “when I have more time” or “when I think I can afford it.”

I would not be a parent! I would not be a Certified Artisan. I would not have a business. I would not be teaching anything. It’s a longer list, really.

I’m going to keep inviting you, whether you like it or not :). I hope you’ll reconsider whatever your objections and perceived limitations are, and join me in a class or purchase a lovely. I promise we will have fun and I promise it will enrich your life in some way.

Much Love and Light,IMG_4386

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Amethyst . . . OH! IT’S PURPLE!

Amethyst…the beautiful  birthstone of February!

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. I’ve always known it to be the stone of . . .’drunks and fools’ 🙂

While not suitable as a ‘fire in place’ stone, for metal clay work, it’s certainly awesome post fire.

“Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.”

Amethyst were found in Russia and featured in royal jewelry. Brazil is the primary source, these days, and it is also found in Zambia.

Benefit from the power of Amethyst jewelry

  • Spiritual insight
  • Promotes a sense of good judgment
  • Provokes honesty
  • Encourages a quiet and calm mind
  • Aids in meditation to find deep inner peace
  • Comfort at times of loss or grief
  • Aids dreaming, inspiration and intuition
  • Helps balance the crown (brow) chakra

“Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.

Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief, bringing one gently past. Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. This stability and strength not only helps one hold firm in one’s life, but it can enhance flexibility and cooperation. To be flexible at need is a sure sign of strength.”

Need an adornment with amethyst?  Want an adornment with amethyst?  Send me an email, I’m happy to assist you.


Much Love and light,


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Sale? Discount? Coupons?!?!?

As Martin Luther King Day came and went, as I do every year, I had strong emotions about the mind-set of, for the most part, of “big box retailers”.  ‘It’s MLK DAY! Time to buy a mattress on sale . . . or a refrigerator…or clothes…or jewelry…or a car. As if that were the core message Martin Luther King would want to share on his birthday, or any other day for that matter.

I’ve also been doing some marketing research. Marketing is a huge part of my business . . . really, who wants to keep having parties when no one knows about them?  It’s important though, that my marketing is in congruence with who I am. As my business coach onece said – “It doesn’t have to be smarmy.”

I recently watched a tutorial on ‘how to get a million sales on Pinterest’ and the first thing suggested in creating my business pin, was to offer a “discount coupon”. Ummm yick, I don’t make widgets, carpet or mattresses.

My friend and marketing expert-team member recently lifted an eye brow at my use of a unicorn in some of my product shots for the Etsy site. It’s a bit kitchsy . . . maybe even unprofessional.  I get it. After a wee bit of chatting, it’s agreed that the unicorn stays. Why? -because, a unicorn is very ME.  I have agreed to a shot with a solely white background and she has agreed that I get to keep the unicorn 🙂2016-01-14 10.36.43

It goes on like this in all aspects of my work, weather it be teaching or making. I’m kinda unconventional like that. Recently someone said I was “wasting so much valuable time, doing ‘live’ teaching. You should do videos.”  Well, yeah,  . . . nope.  I hated watching videos and not being able to ask questions, and the clients I work with are a lot like me. I enjoy seeing them and sharing our work and time over Skype and sometimes we just talk about life. [Insert plug for OnLine Class starting in February – HERE] Marketing… LOL . . . see I I just slid that little promo right in there…OPEN AND ABOVE BOARD.

I said all that to say – again – that I don’t do sales, coupons or discounts. Why? – cuz I don’t make widgets, carpet, or mattresses. What that means is that I don’t mass produce anything, and my time and talent has value. Each piece I make is made, by hand, one at a time. Each class I teach, is taught in that moment and the artists I am working with are the only students at the table in that moment – they all create, whatever it is they are going to create and I am mindful of their strengths and needs.

Another reason I don’t do that is, I think it devalues the work. I am telling people, by having a sale, that the piece/class is not worth what you would have paid – that in fact, I must be overcharging for my work in the first place, if I can afford to discount. Ummm ewww. That kinda stuff ticks me off, I cannot imagine what clients and potential clients would feel. It always burns my butt a bit when I need something, and I buy that something, and a week later, it’s on “clearance sale”. If I could wait to get the thing, I spose I would and then I’d be staring at circulars or websites waiting for the sale. I really do have better uses for my time.

I do offer gifts with purchases. I do this, not as a gimmick, but as a shown of appreciation for your purchase, an acknowledgement of your time and also, it supports fellow makers.  This month, I’ve been offering cake pops from Drunken Cake Pops and a cool loofah soap from Pretty and Perky. Last year, for Mother’s Day I offered a gift pack of smell good lovelies from Pretty and Perky.2016-01-22 15.28.32-2

This year I am offering an opportunity for some fabulous person out there (and you are all fabulous) to have me make a custom piece that only you will own. No – as a matter of fact I am not planning to reproduce the piece you suggested . . . I’m not looking for new design ideas from you. I really am offering up a gift and it is a collaborative gift. This issue, presented in the form of a rather bitter question, came to me and I thought I’d clarify.

What I get from these moments is how “trained” and often “jaded” people feel. I get it, and I am sorry and if you are one of those people that needs a sale to buy my work, or take my class(es), you are not my kinda client, and it’s really okay. Sometimes buying something on “sale” causes a person to feel like they are winning something. I think wearing handcrafted adornment that is well made and well priced is winning. I think learning something new, going past your perceived limitations of creativity is winning.

I do provide a returning customer gift to those that have purchased from me before . I just think that if you appreciate my work enough to collect it, you ought to be honored for that.

I do offer pricing on my work and for my classes, that I think values me and my talent and honors you and where you choose to spend your money.

I do this work full time – teaching and selling what I makenosales-300x201. It is how I “make a living” . . . how I pay the electric bill; buy food and gas – It IS my job.  It means something to me to have happy students leave a table and feel good about what they created and the time they spent; to have a happy adornment wearer walk with their head, mayhaps, a bit higher, because of how they feel when they wear a Phoenix Original.

I love what I do and I love my clients.  Thanks for loving me back 🙂

Oh hey, there’s new work on the Etsy site and more to be placed soon.  I’ve been making up a storm. Check out the link to the right.

Much Love and Light,


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Magyk Gift

Gift-BoxHere is your chance to have a piece of Phoenix Magyk Artistry for FREE.

Go to Facebook and like my Phoenix Magyk page, if you have not already.  Once a month I’ll make a post: “Open To Ideas”.  In reply to that post, make your idea known.  You can describe it, post a picture of a similar thing, post a sketch you’ve made. Posting will be allowed for 5 days. At the end of five days, I’ll put all the ideas on strips of paper, throw them in my favorite pink hat and draw one.  I’ll post the name of the winner and in 2 – 3 weeks you’ll have a new piece . . . a Phoenix Original, a work of art that you gently nudged me to make.

Backstory: Aaaaalllll the time folks tell me, “Oh, you ought to make this” –insert “Mezuzah” vessels; mini-wands; bunny ears; bows and more. You have seen some of these things already.

A long time ago I was teaching a class on earrings. My daughter said, “Let’s make a box”. Feeling certain I had directions somewhere for doing this, I said “Sure”. The directions I thought I had, were in fact for making hinges, in what I thought was a complicated way. The group I was teaching was all full of ideas on how I ought to make the hinge knuckles and subsequently the box.  It was an awesome exchange of energy!  For three days I worked out the engineering and made my first box. Boxes of all sorts are now part of my repertoire in the store.  It wasn’t the first time my daughter had pushed me to make something I did not already know how to make and the process has been fondly called: “Cliff Diving”

Now, if I made everything people told me I should make, I’d have a store full of some very cool one-of-a-kind works of art . . . which would be great if it all sold. Really, one of a kind work is something I do, more often formed from custom work. If I made 5 Mezuzah vessels, it’s likely I wouldn’t sell them for a long time.  What you find in the store are the pieces I am known for, like Chinese Chop Character pendants, and Rune pendants, single stone shaped pieces, intention vessels, Warrior’s Creed pendants (I made a ring once at the behest of a friend).

I digress, a little.  So here is the skinny.  I LOVE an artistic challenge, so I am giving you a chance to tell me what to make. If I pick your plan from the ideas I receive in the month, you get to own that piece for . . . free and forever.

So let me repeat: Go to Facebook and like my Phoenix Magyk page, if you have not already.  Once a month I’ll make a post: “Open To Ideas”.  In reply to that post, make your idea known.  You can describe it, post a picture of a similar thing, post a sketch you’ve made. Posting will be allowed for 5 days. At the end of five days, I’ll put all the ideas on strips of paper, throw them in my favorite pink hat and draw one.  I’ll post the name of the winner and in 2 – 3 weeks you’ll have a new piece . . . a Phoenix Original, a work of art that you gently nudged me to make.

 “Awwww shucks”  Some perimeters/boundaries/guidelines:

Avoid asking me to make a 1 foot tall sculpture of a horse/elephant/giraffe/head bust. That is on my bucket list, however, it will take more time than 2 -3 weeks and a lot of material. Small horses are ok. Keep your sizing to around 2” or less.  I will make rings, earrings, pendants, bracelet centerpieces and small chotskies.

Avoid requesting gold or diamonds. Gold is artificially inflated at a very high price and if you make me – the item will be SUPER small. Diamonds? Well…. Let’s just say, “Blood Diamond” was real.

So let’s review:

Go to Facebook and “Like” Phoenix Magyk.  Look for the “Open to Ideas” post. Reply with your idea, stay tuned to see if you are a winner. You can play every month, however, just one entry per month.

Ready! Set! Gooooooooooo!



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January….still is

AND the birthstone for January is Garnet!

Generally purchased in it’s deep red color, did you know Garnet comes in other colors?

In my own research, I’ve found something a little different in where the name comes from, among other differences. “Granatum” which is Latin in origin, means, literally pomegranate as a noun and as a adjective, “having many seeds”   I bring this up, only because, interpretations fascinate me. Another site said the word is Medieval and means “dark red”

Here are some things we can be super clear on: It is the birhtstone for January and in it’s many colors, it’s super pretty, *she says, flipping the long hair she doesn’t have*.


“Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry.  Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.” – See more at:

GIA is rich with history, lore, ways to identify the stone and more:

Before there was ruby . . . there was garnet and to be certain, the red color was prized the most. My mother’s birthday is in January.  I remember when I was growing up, she had the most extraordinary butterfly shaped ring….all Rhodolite garnets, which have a little more pink in them.  Rhodolite garnet is my favorite color.

Energetically, it’s been suggested that placing 3 or more garnets on your desk, improves business and placing some under your pillow might cure depression.

Additional, possible benefits, if worn in jewelry, can be:

  • Brings light and hope to your path
  • Helps in situations of crisis
  • Fortifies courage to overcome problems
  • Opens the door for sharing with others
  • Promotes self-confidence
  • Strengthens courage, hope and trust
  • Balances the Root (Base) Chakra

Check out Crystal Cure for more information.


Tanzanian Rhodolite-Garnet, photo courtesy of:







There really isn’t a “synthetic” or man-made garnet . . . like man-made ruby and sapphire, that has the exact same properties. I found a site that sell synthetic corundum – as synthetic garnet, which is wrongsauce . . . and a bit irritating.

The closest synthetc is YAG and if you wanna delve into some tiny print and geek-speak, check out this site  They do know their stuff.  “They were synthesized for the quantum electronics in 1960-s, but because of their perfect jewelry properties, they became widely used as rough material for faceting. The most widely spread among synthetic rare-earth garnets received from melt is synthetic yttrium-aluminum garnet (YAG) –Y3Al5O12 and close to it synthetic yttrium-aluminum perovscite (YAP)”

Honestly, due to the availability of most colors of garnet, the price is so affordable that no one saw a need to create a synthetic.

Of course I have some loose Garnets available for purchase, from the Phoenix vault.  If you are interested, visit me at the store within Crafted or send me an email: I have some Rhodolite, Pyrope, Grossular and I might still have a sweet baby Tsavorite 🙂  I also have some YAG and a few pieces of YAP (cuz my dad was a gem-geek).

OH!  I have some sweet heart shaped Rhodolites, that I’ll share on my Facebook page in coming days . . . something to consider for a Valentine in your life 🙂

Much Love and Light….and happy January!


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Just a few moments in recent days . . .




I finally redecorated the store in an “intentional” way.  If you’ve spent any time with me, you know I am a big fan of intentional living.  When I moved into the expanded space at the beginning of this year, I did it in a hour….with a lot of help….still tromping around in my ortho-boot. It was hastily done, and not as really intended.  I was so grateful for the assistance from my friend Lindsay and my daughter, Devyn.

I have spent the last several months plotting and planning my intentions and I am so far pleased with the result.  There are some finishing touches to be added later and I am SUPER pleased. Many thanks to my friend Lisa and again my daughter, who, as it turns out, has some mad skills with a drill.

In my pictorial (of sorts) are photos representing some experiences I’ve enjoyed the last couple of weeks.

Jean is holding up the first ever fine silver piece she made last Sunday. Just below the store shots is Pat, eyeing me under her head loop during Pieces of Your life. I have been so enriched by these two woman.

To the right of Pat is the rear window of my car, with my Shop Small and Crafted stickers. The last picture is of a new vessel I’ve been working on . . . a Flower of Life symbol, in bronze.

Long gone are the days where I believed in and fell in line with stories about how Indians and Pilgrims got along. What hasn’t changed is that part of me that is compelled to acknowledge that which I am grateful for.

And I do it daily.

Of course, among the daily *things*….like the ability to see, hear, feel, speak, create . . . and love – I am also appreciative and oh so thankful to my customers and clients that take classes, buy from me, follow my journey.  Without you, I would not have the opportunity to do what I love every day.  Thank you!

Be well friends . . . much love and light,


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Wonderful Weekends

Vikki, Me and Mom

Vikki, Me and Mom

I had previously mentioned in a Facebook post that – many weekends are awesome at Crafted, where my store is.

This weekend was exceptionally awesome.

Friday after the ‘house closed, my daughter and I hung out and helped to create décor for the ‘house. I got to talk to some of my fellow store-owners and learn things I had not known. I got a chance to be silly with my community and eat pizza . . . and it was so fun.

Saturday, amidst meeting and greeting, I taught the inaugural new class “Pieces of Your Life”.  A couple of artists could not make it, and I spent the most fabulous afternoon with one artist. One of the things I really enjoy about teaching is making friends. We talked about our children and parenting and the work we do. All the while she diligently worked on a piece that will have a lot of meaning for her. We were so involved, I didn’t even take any pictures.

I’d been working on the concept and “curriculum” for this class for over a year. It really is 1-part creative therapy and 3 parts creation. Or maybe the reverse :).

The artist I am working with has a fond memory from her childhood that she is going to bring to life. I am over the moon for her.

The most UHMAZING part . . .? When she arrived, she was stressed from the drive (bless her – 2 hours). AND she’d been feeling like her work had just zapped all her energy. When she left, she and I were talking up a storm and I anticipated she “flew” home.

That’s how art works. That’s how creation works. It moves you, shifts you, emboldens you, tests you, lightens you, energizes you and when it’s all said and done, brings a message to the world that is unique and so expressive of a life.

And AS IF the weekend could not have gotten better . . .

Sunday was quiet . . . things had been weird. I was mildly irritated. Mostly scared and wanting to go home. Ayup, that happens. 🙂

Mid-day, I come back from a break and there is a couple in the store. I say my standard “Let me know if there are any questions I can answer” – so NOT a sales person. The husband starts to gush about my work . . . it happens sometimes ya know – then he looks at me and says “I just know that you know what to do with this”. He pulls a medallion from his pocket and tentatively hands it my way. I ask for permission to touch it. It’s stamped with some writing and as I read it, I understand how important this is to him.

We spend some time talking about ideas . . . I was flooded with a plan :). We agree, when he is clear to stop wearing his wrist guard, I will make the custom leather cuff piece for him.

They are looking at my work, and gushing, some more . . . yes, gushing. I was so touched *blush*. The wife starts asking about fingerprint charms.

We work out a plan for me to create a locket with her husband’s fingerprint as the top. I am super excited. As I am taking his print, I ask about his accident . . . remember the wrist guard?

He and his wife share the story of how he was riding his new motorcycle on the first day he had it and whammo, he got hit, by an uninsured driver. He has many injuries that are healing and he has a lot of metal holding him together. In short, he is a WALKING MIRACLE.

What’s the best part . . . not a hint of anger, resentment or rage at the driver or his circumstance. He is eight months in to a very long recovery and as he shared the story all I heard was how grateful he was . . . for his gear, his helmet, the doctors and his wife.

You guessed it, it was everything I could do not to start sobbing with joy. Snotting on receipts is never a good thing.

Even more amazing . . .? Her name. She has the same short form of Victoria, my sister had – Vikki . . . and spells it just like that. We lamented how people have a tendency to spell it different and insist that “no, there must be an ‘e’ or a ‘c’” and as the carrier of the name, you are sure there is no “e” or “c”.

As they walked out of the store, and I thanked them, I also thanked my sister for the energetic boost. It makes me feel less loss when I think she can hear me. . . as well as my mom and dad.*

My friend Scott shared once, and I do paraphrase , that we don’t really know where a persons soul goes when they pass from this earthly plane . . . there is more than one plane and if you believe in reincarnation, (as I do), it’s not likely that the spirit or soul of a your loved one is still hanging around.

It’s possible that events collided and I have simply attached meaning, as it suits me, and is relevant to me. I know I was looking to “draw” good energy and work into the store . . . but I don’t believe in “fate”.

AND, the sum of our experience is translated through our lens . . . what we want to believe.

I am still working this out 🙂

What ever I was creating/drawing/desiring, I got the “message” I needed.

I am walking the path that I created and am spose to be walking 🙂

The rest of the day went back to quiet. The flurry was there and then gone.  AND I had a sense that everything was going to be OK.

I am reminded that when I am in a state of love and grace, it is the true way of the world and all the other stuff – is just stuff. Art is one way that I am able to demonstrate love. Healing +100

Much Love and Light,



*For those reading my blog for the first time, or new to my email list . . . and have not read my bio, my sister passed away in 2011; my mother in ’86 and my father in 2013.


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