Monday, December 8, 2014


"We can say 'Peace on Earth,' 
we can sing about it, 
preach about it or pray about it, 
but if we have not internalized 
the mythology 
to make it happen 
inside us, 
then it will not be." 
-Betty Shabazz

Happiness and Peace to all! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

We're All Ears :: November Reveal

Every month on the Earrings Everyday blog, we have a challenge hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz. The November challenge comes from this animated short. A very inspiring tale of renewal, growth, and freedom. At least that was my take on it.

Everyone participating will have their own view of it's meaning and what inspires them most. For me it was the colors and the wings and also the woods. A sort of magical place where your spirit could soar. 

I was immediately inspired. (In my minds eye) I could see white(ish) wings made of porcelain (by me) along with some pale blue Jasper beads. The beads were the perfect colors. Pale blue, white, ecru and some molten browns. 
Time went on and the reveal day quickly approached. And I had no wings made. Which to me is just as well. I sometimes (usually) prefer non-literal interpretations. So, it's just as well I had no wings to work with. 

Still holding on to my original inspirations as I rifled through my handmade ceramic beads, I found a set of white(ish) tube beads that I liked. They have a nice, rustic character from the texture and the glaze is not quite white.
I put the Jasper beads up to them on both ends and decided they didn't work. I put some hoops up along side and even wired them in at one point. Later, cutting them away. 

And finally I pulled these sterling silver cast leaf beads I have had in my collection for *years. To me they are really special and for those types of items you need to find just the right project. This was the perfect time to let them go. 

By the same vendor I found these studded silver caps. Perfect for a magical-themed earring set.
I am very pleased with my end design. Even though they ended up being not much like my original idea, they were born of pure inspiration and literally came to life as I was making them. I love the silver, oxidized with the white beads and their long form. 

Available at Art and Soul Jewelry. 

Please take a moment to check out the other participants pages! All the other pages can be found here: 

Peace, Cindy

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Autumn at Lake Sacajawea

I took these pictures October of 2007. The morning was blanketed in a light fog with the sunlight streaming through. A really beautiful sight. I have had these in a file on my computer, on flickr with no one viewing them, no one enjoying them, but me.

I want to share them. Because I know I am not the only one out there in love with Autumn. Please feel free to save, copy and share these images. These photos were all taken by me and are free for personal use.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Instagram Earring Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all who played along and re-posted the earrings on Instagram! To each one of you I am very grateful! I am a little late announcing the winner today and I apologize for the delay! Without further adieu...

Drum roll please.... 

The winner is... 

Raymond Scott Jewelry! Thank you so much Raymond! I will be contacting you to get your shipping details. Whoo hoo! Happy Saturday!! 

~ Cindy 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Instagram Promotion Giveaway

As a thank you to my friends, family and supporters I am giving away these earrings! Super cute blue ceramic beads handmade by yours truly, fine silver rings and Amazonite stones with pretty flower headpins. A really special set, made with care and love.

Winner will be announced this Saturday, 11/01. 

This is an Instagram only promotion/giveaway. Don't know what Instagram is?

It's a photo sharing app for your smart phone. You can only share photos there from your phone. If you don't have the app, find it, download it, and have fun! It's a great app that I use all the time for sharing photos of my jewelry, my beloved Molly dog and of nature. 

To play along and win the earrings you must save this photo (click photo for full size) to your phone. To do that, go to your smart phone browser. And open this page Save this photo and then share it on Instagram. Add a hashtag to the posting #cindysartandsoul . After that, please follow me @cindysartandsoul 

I know this may sound confusing if you are not familiar with Instagram. And I apologize that this promotion is not a one size fits all. It's just for Instagram this time. 

I do want to say a big THANK YOU  to all the friends, family and followers to support my little jewelry biz. You mean more to me than you know! 

Here are some helpful vids for anyone who would like a demo on how to save images from your phone. This is really helpful for saving photos directly from Instagram and other apps. 

How to take a screenshot on Android 

How to take a screenshot on Iphone

Check back Saturday around noon for the winner!! 

Peace~ Cindy