Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

new jewelry for July

I've been on a little earring binge this month... 

Still working on the new website! Stop by and see more at
☮ Cindy 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Focus On Life Week 29 - Celebrate Sweetness!

Week 29: Celebrate Sweetness!
Sally instructed "Think outside the box with this prompt."
Ok, how about a brownie recipe that is outside the box? It's pretty sweet!
But even more sweet is my daughter who made them for me. How sweet is that? She is so busy with homework from going to school full time and yet she still found some time to make her mom some brownies! She knows I love sweet treats and also (trying) to eat healthy.

These are not from a box- but rather from scratch. And she tells me they are made with black beans! She did not send me the recipe... but I found some on Pinterest that look like maybe they could be a match. FYI, Pinterest is the best place for food inspirations!

Also really sweet is the fact that she sends me these "snaps" on snap chat just to say love you! And I get to see her beautiful face! (love that app!) Of course I did not take this picture but still- very sweet!

Ok, enough about my perfect child.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Being a Mermaid

The mermaid is the primal Archetype for all things wild and free within us. I believe that is why we are drawn to her image, why we love her so... 
I had never given mermaids much thought or interest, until sometime in my late 20's. 

John and I had been arguing and generally just getting on each others nerves. As it is with any couple, (I believe) love isn't always a "pink cloud". We needed a little break. So I took the kids and went to the beach to visit my aunt for a few days... or a week... I can't remember. 

I specifically remember it was in that time that the true spirit of the mermaid began to resonate with me and I fell in love with her. 

Like always, I had brought my polymer clay with me. I could never be without it - as I am now with my beads and metal. I began sculpting mermaid figures. Each one with her own story and soul. 

Sculpting clay of any kind is one of the most meditative and therapeutic work we can offer our spirit. And sculpting a human or other-worldly figure is even more so, I've found. Of course this is different for everyone but this was my experience with clay. 

Maybe that is why I have come back to it. Albeit porcelain clay, I am still drawn to clay and most importantly, sculpting. 

We have learned by now that our beauty does not count as a possession.
The only thing we truly own is our legend
author unknown.

Since then I have gathered a small collection of mermaid figures, beads and books.
I turn to her when I need revived from the stresses and strains of everyday life... and loss. 

Some fun mermaid books I have and some I would like to have...

Available at artandsouljewelry.com

Do mermaids speak to your inner wild woman? 
How do you feel about mermaids as an archetype?
Let me know what your thoughts are. 
I would love to hear from you! 

☮ Cindy

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Focus On Life Week 28 Celebrate the Season

I think this weeks photo prompt is pretty open to interpretation.

Each and every day we can choose to celebrate life. Celebrate by honoring the seasons and the seasonal changes. With a reverence for nature and our connection with it.  

Therefore I choose my Blue Heron photo to share for this weeks post.

Seasonally, you can see how green the grass is and how tall the cattails are around the lake. 

I'm not sure when or if this bird migrates seasonally. I see them around the lake throughout the year but not so much in winter months. 

A truly beautiful and majestic bird, I am always in awe when I get a glimpse of one.

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☮ Cindy