Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Earrings Everyday: The Crow

The Crow


The crow bird. 
To some- a sad, lonely, even mean bird. 
Dark, and mysterious. 

Not what I imagine when I see the crow.
I see my (late) aunt on the lawn... feeding them bread. 
I asked her why she fed the birds- she said- 
because I like them. A simple answer. 
What else did I expect?
It's funny what inspires our art, our creations. 
A memory, a lost love, a color we are drawn to. 
Whatever it may be, we know what it means to us. 
Our jewelry doesn't always have to have meaning behind it- 
but more often than not, I think it does. 
That's what makes us reach for it and wear it and love it. 
This set of earrings was inspired by the love for this woman who raised me as her own daughter. 

 Alzheimer diseases took her away from me long before she passed away last fall. 

So now I too am drawn to crows and have a special love for them that I never would have otherwise. 

I found these white bronze charms in a small bead shop in Port Townsend, WA. We took a road trip around the Hwy 101 loop in 2012. An amazing trip with my best friend and partner of almost 30 years. 

Lots of story and love and memories behind these earrings. 

Thank you for reading along and allowing me to share. 

Available for a limited time

Peace and blessings ~ Cindy 

may 2013 - re-post

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mothers Day Coming Up

Ida & Mackie (sisters)
Mother day is around the corner. Next weekend, in fact. For people (like me) who no longer have living parents, mother's day, and father's day can be more of a memorial day. But I wont let it be sad. Instead I will remember my mothers in a loving way and remember the good days we had and the warm hugs. 

And every year, I think, what I can I do? How can I honor other moms and make it special? 

Last year I put together a Mother's day gift guide. This year, I'd like to do something different for my clients. I'm thinking a special discount for mom's to buy their own gift would be nice... 

I'll have a newsletter out sometime this week. If you haven't signed up you may do so here: http://www.artandsouljewelry.com/pages/contact-cindy

peace & love to all~ 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Handcrafted Jewelry In the Works

from raw materials every piece is worked and forged into a new creation. 

pure copper is annealed (to soften) with the torch flame and then embossed with fabrics through a rolling mill for texture. raw silver wire is torch melted to ball the ends and then individually stamped with tiny spiral images. silver rings are handcrafted from raw silver wire with stakes, mandrels and specialty jewelry hammers. this is my passion. 

I have a few new listings up this week along with more in the works. See the new jewelry section of my web store for more...



Monday, April 18, 2016

Today Is The Day

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies,or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours- it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. - Bob Moawad

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Feed Your Soul #7 Creating Sacred Space

Creating Sacred Space; 
Task #7 of Feed Your Soul 2016

 Many people who meditate, do yoga, and embrace the holistic lifestyle have what they call “sacred spaces.” These are “sacred” not necessarily in a religious way, but in the word’s original sense: “set apart for special use.”- from YogiApproved.com (link below)

Keep in mind, your sacred space can be anywhere you set it to be. To create your space use items that inspire you and make you feel at home. Items that are special and meaningful to you. Your space can be as little as 12x12 end of a table or dresser.

To create your space - as examples- you may use a special scarf or linen that is aesthetically pleasing. A small candle that smells good and makes you feel at peace. A picture and/or a small statue or religious symbol.

Okay, yes, that sounds like an alter. And you don't need props. But you do need to carve out a space and declare it sacred.

Sacred space should be somewhere other than the mundane places of your home, office or outdoors. It doesn't have to be large, but it should only be used for meditation or prayer to be considered truly sacred. 

Mind you, this is my own take on it and it may differ from your ideas.

But in calling something sacred it's no longer mundane. It's separate. Furthermore in calling it our own sacred space, it might be helpful to make it your own, so to speak. To set it aside. To only use that space as a place for meditation or prayer.

Some people may like to use incense, smudge-wand or a candle to set the mood.

Another idea, I find useful is a small bell. Giving a ring to a small bell can let your subconscious know that you are now in prayer or meditation. No longer in the mundane. It signals to your brain that this is something different.
For myself, I keep a bell on the shelf near the entrance of my studio and sometimes I ring it just to clear energy and refocus. Weather it does or not, it is true to my subconscious and that is all that matters. What it means to us as individuals.

This task can be as large or small as we choose it to be. For me, I've planned a large project that will take some time.  

I have an spare room in my home that is currently being used as storage. Storage of things no longer wanted or needed. Unnecessary things. In creating this space for myself, I have a lot of work ahead of me. My space may never be what I have imagined but I feel like I have to try. It will be created in small steps every few weeks or even months. 

You don't need to have an entire room or even a larges space. As I stated earlier, it can be a very small space. Or maybe your space is portable. You may find it anywhere, anytime you choose. You will have to decide what it means for you

If you do have a yard and pleasant weather where you live, you could make a spot outside for yourself. An area with seating or room to put a pillow or blanket down to sit would be ideal, I think.

Maybe your space is inside a closet, or a corner of your home. It's up to you.

Ask yourself: what is sacred space? What makes this space sacred for me? What will I use this space for? Will it be private or in a common area of my home?  
This exercise can be as large or small as we make it. Most of all it should speak to you on a deep level and be fun. A place to feed your soul. 

I would love to hear from you about how you made your space and what makes it scared for you. 
If you'd like to join an on-going discussion please join us at  

Checkout this dream board one of our group members has created for sacred space inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/dervie99/tower-room/

Inspired by Terry's idea, I have created my own board here: https://www.pinterest.com/artsouljewelry/meditation-room-inspiration-ideas/

Checkout this shop for beautiful mediation bowls: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mairedodd

And finally, here's a great article to inspire you even further: http://www.yogiapproved.com/om/creating-your-sacred-space/
peace~ Cindy