Throw Back Thursday (TBT) Love for Green

Tuesday, June 24, 2014  

Love for Green

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; 
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ernest Hemingway

 The reason I use so much green and brown in my work... Earth. I just came to realize it. I always go back to the green. It doesn't sell well, it's not popular, but it's what I love. 

I stopped in a bead shop in Portland the other day. Not intending to SHOP but I did, shop. Found so many beautiful dirty, matte, rustic strands of really old looking new beads. I don't think these will last long for me- I have ideas for all of them already. 

My first set, a pair of earrings with African glass, Tibet agate and some California beach glass I picked up earlier this year while on vacation. 

I don't know if it's PC to like your own work, but I love how these turned out. Really love the GREEN and *Earthy brown agate together. 

(SOLD)
 Just listed these today on my new website at www.ArtandSoulJewelry.COM 

What's your favorite color for jewelry? 
Do you pick out the outfit first or the earrings? 

☮ Cindy

Sweet Summer Pink Blossoms

The sweet summer is upon us now and I can see pink trees as far as the horizon here. Our little city is blessed with these sweet little pink blossom trees that begin sprouting in spring and by the end of spring and the first of summer they are in full bloom. 

Their little blossoms look like pink snow floating through the air. It gives you a sense of being in a make-believe land. As a child even. 


Since I don't have any photos of the glorious pink trees I will instead share some incredible flowers that just exploded in my garden. I planted these last year and now they have doubled in size. I'm just thrilled seeing them grow bigger each day. 

I must admit, it has been easy feeling happy and grateful with all the beauty and warm warm weather around me. And while all this is great, I know it's temporary. So I do not take any of it for granted. Not for one second.

When I need inspiration it is only as far as a short walk to the lake. Nature has been my RX and inspiration so many times. 

If you have woods or a lake near you, or even a nature trail, I urge you to get out today and just be there with it for a while. I guarantee you wont regret it. Who goes on a walk and says- dang I wish I hadn't done that!? You know? 



My focus right now has been with pink and with pale blue. You'll see a lot of aquamarine, Kyanite, Larimar and now I bring you Rubies... I love the pink, red and purple shades of this stone. 

These earrings have recycled silver nugget charms with two sizes of rubies and sterling silver lever-back hoop ear wires. These are great for active people or for when you want a little extra insurance that your earrings will be staying in place. This set is only two inches long. A great length (I think) for any day, work or play.




The second set I have added this week features a slightly paler shade of pink, larger silver nugget charms and solid silver, Hill Tribe beads with a tiny flower motif.  






Also! These ocean-blue ceramic beaded earrings... incredible color, offset by the rustic silver charms. Click for details. 


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Enjoy this beautiful day! 
Peace and blessings,
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New Boho Jewelry for Spring!

Rubies are here! 
Boho bliss just got some new additions...

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Peace & Love, 
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Cindy's Art & Soul Jewelry, New Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings

2018 has been busy so far in the studio! Coming from March, I was focused on Aquamarine and porcelain. Moonstone has been my obsession this month. Pairing it with silver, ceramic, gemstones and symbolic imagery...

MORE at www.ArtandSoulJewelry.com 

 

Porcelain Beads vs. Ceramic Beads. How Durable and Strong Are They?

I was asked yesterday; if my Porcelain beads are fragile. The quick answer is no. My beads are mostly round or roundish and they are quite strong and durable. 

Can they be worn in water? Yes. They are glazed and also fired to high temperatures. 

How durable are they? Very. 

I used to make another kind of bead that is refereed to as polymer clay. Which is not clay at all but rather a form of PVC plastic. 

While the colors were bright and I was able to make beautiful patterns with the clay, I found it picked up dirt and oils from the skin that were difficult to clean once embedded. 

High fired clay beads however do not hold this problem and are very easy to clean and even dishwasher safe! (if needed)

The clay I use come from Georgie's Clay in Portland, Oregon. I have used several of their clay types but my favorite so far is the White Salmon. It is said to be a "kissing cousin" of porcelain. I am currently making beads from this and also from Silver Falls Porcelain. 

I have had great success with both these clay bodies and I like the way my glazes look on them. 

Another clay I have used is their Trail Mix Toast. From the samples it looked like it was going to be "toast" color. However, I found it to get quite dark and even reddish color. For some reason this was my experience with the bag I had. Maybe it was a fluke, I don't know. 

I found it difficult to make small beads because of the "beefier grog". Grog is "added crushed unglazed pottery or brick used as an additive in plaster or clay". If you can imagine how that feels... 


Once I figured out how and what glazes to use with it, I had some nice results but I definitely prefer the lighter colored clay. 

Back to the original question; Are your beads fragile? No, they are NOT fragile. Just like glass or gemstones, ceramic will break when smashed hard enough!

I had a porcelain pendant I bought about a decade ago from a bead show in Tacoma, WA. I LOVED it. I wore it all the time. It was all blue with a fish on the front.  One day I was getting into the shower and decided to remove it and toss it to the counter. Well, it hit the counter just right and broke. Sadly. (that was not one I made, fyi)

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So, you see that yes, in normal wear they are strong and durable and can be worn in the shower or for extended periods but try not to slam ceramic or glass for that matter on to hard surface.

For every day wear, ceramic beads are super durable, strong and beautiful. I would not use them otherwise. My beads, jewelry and pottery are guaranteed against defects. Always. 

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The Ethics Of Jewelry

I want my jewelry work to reflect my ethics and values. You may notice some changes In my jewelry. I have made a point not to use bone in my previous work (with one exception because I was convinced it was a "found" object) I did however use leather and that will no longer be the case going forward.

I mean, think about it for a minute. We don't wear fur anymore. Why is it okay to wear one animals skin but not another. Just because we find one cute and furry? Leather is the skin of an animal. That's gross, right?  


I have come to realize as with bone and my previous feeling about it, leather is also from a living breathing creature who wants to live and has a right to live in peace without suffering. And not knowing how that animal died or suffered within it's life and death, the fact is that leather does hold very negative energy. Even if you are not vegan, I would not recommend wearing it for that very reason. 

 

However my reasons for not using leather go much deeper than that. I have come to see that animals like us have lives worth living and do not deserve the life we've bestowed on them. They deserve to live in peace and without fear or suffering. 

 

If not for the animals, then for your health or for the health of the planet. There are so many reasons for going Vegan. 

 

Once you stop and look around you'll see that animals are exploited in countless ways that can be prevented. 

 

Are you against testing on animals? Do you know what brands of cosmetics still test on animals? Find out. You'd be surprised. 

 

March 25th  will be my "veganiversary". I can hardly believe it has only  been a year that I decided to go vegan. It feels like such a natural part of my life that has always been there. Dormant maybe? Just under the surface.

 

 I have always considered myself an animal lover. Going vegan for me, is putting my values into action. Every meal, every day of my life now, I know that I don't have to kill or harm animals in order to thrive

 

And that feels damn good! If you are interested in seeing how this can work for you, please checkout the 22 day challenge.

 

And if you need more inspiration, I have a TON. Please message me if you want more info from me. Or Checkout James Aspey's page and videos. He's got answers to all the questions you might have. http://www.jamesaspey.com.au/

 

Honestly, it's the best thing I have ever done. I don't regret it for a second. 

 

Connect with me on Pinterst for more inspiration.  https://www.pinterest.com/artsouljewelry/boards/

 

You can change the world. 

One meal at a time.


Hello Spring I've Missed You.

I don't know if it's me getting older or if the weather really has gotten colder and the winter longer. I feel like winter is dragging on and it's so cold. I don't want to be outside at all. My poor sweetheart, Molly is so bored and depressed, and missing our time at the lake too.

Thank goodness Spring arrives tomorrow! Even if it's still bitterly cold out I know the warm is coming. 

Little tulips and crocus flowers are popping up. My favorite. And the trees down the way are all in full PINK bloom. It's glorious. Soon their petals will line the streets to resemble snow but - so much prettier. 

We had a break last month and decided to go to one of our favorite spots on the coast.

The first night was at Dungenous Forks Recreation Area. A place we've been but not stayed before. It was great. I loved the quiet and peaceful feeling here. The camp host was super sweet and most gracious.  

We drove into Fort Townsend the next day and stopped at Wynwoods Bead Gallery to find some treasure. Lois was working the counter and I got to say hello. She is one of my favorite artists and she's (semi) local for me. So, I love being able to shop with her, in person.

This little flower charm is one of hers. It's white bronze with her signature stamp LV on the back. Love the rustic, feminine look to her pieces. Beautiful. 


Aquamarine Gemstone Bracelet.
The weather was changing, quickly. We dove South hoping to outrun the snow. But that night the snow feel. And Oh, it was so pretty. 

Thankfully we camp *inside* a trailer so we were able to stay warm. Others were camping in tents! I was surprised the campground was almost full. But then, the rain forest is always beautiful no matter the weather.




I knew the roads would only get worse so we headed farther south about midday when the temperatures rose above freezing. 



We camped at Kalaloch at a spot on the bluff above the beach. Normally, I would love this spot but at 27 degrees it was a bit cold to enjoy. 

I can't complain tho. Camping anytime, almost any where is good for me. I love being in the woods or at the beach. At the North end of WA we have both. 

Recharged. I'm ready to get back to work... 

Updates to the shop include a two new collections. Boho Bliss Jewelry featuring the softer side of bohemian. 

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And Embers and Ash; deep red paired with black and soft gray.

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Some items have been added already and I will continue to add more over the next three days. If you receive my newsletter, please look for it tomorrow for more on what's new and special offers. 


Happy Spring!
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Hitting The Reset Button

This is the time of year we hear a lot of talk about resolutions and staring new things, or ending bad habits. Honestly, I'm not one who makes "new years resolutions". I first heard of this tradition when I was about 12. Or that's the first time I remember hearing of it. 

I vaguely remember getting together with my cousins, who were my best friends back then, and writing out our resolutions on tiny strips of paper. The paper then went into balloons and somehow we picked the ones that landed face up when we popped the balloons or some nonsense like that. Well, we were kids! 

However, I do believe in hitting the reset button so to speak. We have times that *feel like beginnings and those times can inspire us to pick our hearts up off the ground and begin again. To start new projects or end old ways that are destructive. 

These times include, but are not limed to new years day (month!), a start of a new week, a new moon, a celestial event like the solstice or a holiday. Maybe a birthday, a new decade. Any marked change of time. Hell, even a new day. We feel that change internally and we can use that to build on. 
 I'm one of the weird people who LIKES Monday... for this very reason. It feels like a new - something. It's a fresh day a fresh week. Leaving last week behind and begin again. 

Maybe you don't believe in that. Maybe you don't *need that, you say. Whether you believe in it or *need it, it's there. It's a part of who we are as humans. If it weren't, we would not have little stars on our calendars to mark special days. Days would all blend together and have no meaning. 



These pictures are some I took Christmas morning. I woke up and everything was encased in ice. It was so peaceful and quiet and surreal. I wanted to remember this moment and breathe it in. It's like walking in the rain, or a wind storm, this feeling of frozen - everything comes over you and fills you with peace. Also sort of a reset button. It has to be. Because for a time, everything stops and is commanded by it. Nature. 

I believe it is good to notice the change in time and celebrate that if you feel inspired to. It feeds the soul and nourishes our spirits. Pause, breathe, hit the reset, begin again. 

Love and Peace~ Cindy

A Year In The Life


Glacier Peak Campground, WA
This year has been a time of change just as I new it would be. Focusing on the positive has been difficult at times but I am keeping the faith that good things are coming. 

My jewelry / art work has slowed this year as I have concentrated on other things. I decided early this year to further my education and take some college classes. It was a real eye opener for me. I hate to say, I'm not as quick a learner as I used to be. However, I found sort of pride and strength in the will to go on and pick myself up after each failure. 

I have immensely enjoyed the last few weeks of working on jewelry / ceramics again (and also camping!) while on school break. Immensely. It truly feeds my spirit. I know now that I cannot live without it in my life. It sustains me in so many ways I cannot describe. 
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Classes start up again soon and I'll be deep in studies. I am afraid. I am worried I wont do well, I wont be able to keep up. I wont understand the work. But I'm going anyway. I am trying it all the same. Deep breathe. One foot in front of the other. 

Meantime, I have about a week left of working with silver and ceramics. I will take custom orders up till the end of the year. After that, it will be as I have time. 

Plans and goals; more proactive jewelry, more sculpting and clay work. Growing a new collection called Embers and Ash. Growing my Peace, Love and Beach Rocks collection. Taking more naps, more dog cuddles.... eating more veges, practicing yoga daily.

Motto for the coming year; do all things with love and you can't go wrong. 

to those who are celebrating, my your Christmas be filled with laughs and love and may you be surrounded by family and friends.

Cindy 










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I wished to live deliberately; Camping Leavenworth WA

 Glacier View Campground
Glacier view Campground, WA




“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,


on icicle creek road, Leavenworth, WA

and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. 


Eightmile Campground, icicle creek, Leavenworth, WA
 I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.

  
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, 


to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life,

icicle creek, Leavenworth, WA
  to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms..." - Henry David Thoreau


Throw Back Thursday (TBT) Love for Green

Tuesday, June 24, 2014   Love for Green “It is good to have an end to journey toward;  but it is the journey that matters, in the...