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It’s the Holiday Season…

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It’s supposed to be shiny and bright and full of hope and promise, but somehow this year feels a bit different to me. I’m a bit darker this year. Not in a depressing, angry way just more of a desire to look at the dark corners of my life that I haven’t really wanted to notice before.

I’m looking at the truths I have been afraid to speak, and finding that I finally have the courage to speak them. I’m now able to do that in a real, honest, non-drama filled way. I can see my part, and I can own it. As uncomfortable as it may be.

This took work. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last few months after participating in Nicky Scully’s Egyptian Mysteries Retreat in Oregon this past August, and it builds on other work I’ve been doing for many years now. Whatever this is and for however long it takes to complete itself, there is growth, and that is good. 

In the meantime, I’m going to take full advantage of the dark and play in steampunk land with design for a bit…

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Natural Rubies with Mixed Metals, Crystal, and Howlite 

$18- Silver-plate  (Available with Shepherd’s Hook, or Lever-back as shown)

$25 – Sterling Silver  (Available with Post, Shepherd’s Hook, or Lever-back as shown)

Phone orders only

 

 

BTW – Sorry for the not-so-great photo… I have a camera & photography station on my wish list! 🙂  See, there’s a smile! There is light at the end of the tunnel and this time it’s NOT an oncoming train .

Strut for Sobriety

save the date 2016I am very excited to announce that on Saturday September 10th I will be a boutique vendor at the Strut for Sobriety Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine – 3777 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego.

Recovery programs figure big in my world, as being supportive to those struggling with addictions is of paramount importance to me. I grew up around many uncontrollable things, and it took me a very long time to realize that I was affected by other peoples addictions… fast forward to today, life is wonderful and getting more so, the more I stay connected. So being at this particular show, and sharing love and healing through my energy-healing jewelry is my way of giving back to those paths that helped heal my life.

The boutique will be open to event attendees from 10 – 3 (there will be a break from 12-2 for lunch and the fashion show).

I hope to see you there and show you the beautiful work I’ve been up to for this very special event.

Brightest Blessings!

 

Back to the Drawing Board

Valley-of-the-Queens-Triple-Bracelet-boxed So… I’ve just finished up a wonderful 8-week course on the ins-and outs of the jewelry business that has helped me re-think a lot of what I was doing in terms of design for the wholesale marketplace. Many years ago when I first started looking at doing business on this level I made the mistake of partnering up with, and listening to, influential people who convinced me to follow their visions, and who gave me all kinds of empirical evidence as to why that would be a good choice.

It wasn’t. Not even close.

I didn’t figure that out, however, until too much time and pain had worked their way into the scenario, and I eventually abandoned the business to my partner. I am SO grateful that I never used The Enchanted Bead Factory name during that venture… I didn’t want to share it… just in case…

Fast forward to today… I am currently designing a beautiful line of handmade jewelry that incorporates the beauty of semi-precious stones and precious metals, and is made with magic of inspirational and healing intent. I am also writing my book, “Designing with Intention: The Sacred Jewel Maker’s Craft” which goes along with the class I’ve been teaching at Southern California Gem Faires. I’ve been studying and working with gemstone energies since 1990 and really enjoy bringing their beauty and energetic gifts to my clients, and I look forward to doing that in a bigger way in the future with the creation of the wholesale line that I’m working on.

More to be revealed… stay tuned…

Brightest blessings,
Maria

 

Spring Awakenings…

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March 20, 2016 – Ostara

I met a music man today that literally crossed my path and ensnared me in a set of headphones – luckily they were playing the most beautiful piano arrangement I’ve heard in a long, long time.

Now…

Those of you who know me, KNOW that were it not for a miracle, the man would have been lucky to still be standing. But something did not allow me to unleash the “poised to  kill” Dragon that lives inside of me – it was the music…

What happened instead was that the peacefully happy and optimistic heart of a teenage girl from long ago emerged.

Indeed, I hadn’t seen her young heart for many years.

Yes, I bought the CD he was selling. How could I not?

When something touches your heart like that, it is beneficial to bring more of it into your life. I don’t care what art form it is – move some more of it into your life. It will help call out to and wake up the other wonderful parts of yourself that you may need to reconnect with.

Today the light held the dark in balance – both for all of us on the earth in the form of the spring equinox, and for me especially in the form of music.

Thank you, Greg Wisener!

 

BTW- His CDs and intro sheet had no contact info, but he said something about the San Francisco area… happy searching. His music is well worth the finding!

Way Too Much Time…

This is going to be a rant of sorts.

I am struggling with pictures and WordPress and blogging… I am not a photographer. I am not that interested anymore about learning all the ins-and-outs of the website game, and as you can tell… I’m not a blogger. I’m just not. I write a lot of material by hand in my journals, but getting onto my site and being consistent with activity is not my cup of tea. It takes WAY too much time. Time that could be spent making jewelry or studying the sacred mysteries and healing arts.

So I’m putting a request out to the Universe: Please help me to find out how to do everything that needs to be done for this website in a way that makes sense for me.

That’s it.

I’m not spending one more minute today trying to figure out the photo gallery thing. There’s too much jewelry to be made, and I just wasted way too much time.

BB,

Maria

For the Love of Jewelry

I had an unusual experience at the Oceanside Sunset Market last week… well, I always have unusual experiences at markets, but this one stands out because someone observed it and stopped me in my tracks. I was assisting a customer that was attracted to a certain necklace, and had it been the right length for her, she would have certainly purchased it. But the piece wasn’t meant for her. It was for someone else whom I haven’t met yet.

All my pieces are for someone specific. They all have an owner who hasn’t claimed them yet.

The customer was lovely, and had a beautiful structure to her collarbone, but the way the piece fell on her didn’t do her beauty the proper justice. I didn’t feel good about the look, and even before I offered to lengthen it for her, I knew that it wasn’t meant for her. She declined the offer, as I knew she would, but she took my card as she left my stand and said she would come back another time. Perhaps she will, and perhaps I will have a piece that belongs to her at that time.

A neighboring vendor said to me, “You’re really not about the money, are you? I know you’ve said that, but I didn’t believe you until I saw that. You could have sold her something, you could have sold her anything, but you didn’t. Damn, girl, you are an artist.”

I smiled.

It’s funny. I haven’t gotten very far with building this site, or putting up pictures, or a shopping cart, but I’ve been making a lot of progress with defining who I am and what I do when it comes to jewelry. I’ve been working on speaking with my true voice, and not looking to be everything to everyone. I connect with people and get them to look inside themselves and see what they want to bring out. Who are they really? How do they want to heal themselves and the world around them? That is what I want to know, and that is how I want to relate to them.

For me, jewelry is about transformation, and it’s been a very interesting journey thus far.

Yes, I’m working on lots of new designs, and ideas for putting them online… all in good time…

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

 

 

Nothing Short of Inspired

Howdy!

Just a quick note before I run out the door… Over the last several days I’ve been having amazing and inspiring conversations with women, either online or on the phone, about my upcoming class on June 13th – we come from many different places and have walked many different roads, and it seems that we are all coming together to create some very special and sacred pieces for our own deep healing.

I cannot even begin to describe how honored and excited I feel to share this journey with them!

Brightest Blessings!

Maria

New Happenings!

Real quick… I am so jazzed about a spiritual class that I recently co-taught with David Wirth at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship in Vista on Personal Psychic Protection! We had a blast and really enjoyed all the questions and feedback from the audience! Can’t wait to do it again!

Also – I just added 3 dates for my new class: “Designing with Intention: The Sacred Jewel Maker’s Craft” at GBM in San Marcos, so check it out and register!

I love this stuff!

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

With the Spring Comes Rebirth in So Many Ways…

winged heartI wasn’t actually planning to post anything, but something made me wander to my website, and I though “Oh… I haven’t been here in a while…”

Where have I been? Many places, growing the new seedlings that have come up now that winter has passed… among the many activities I’m involved with, I was elected to the Executive Council for Spiral Earth Explorations, and I Officially dedicated my Coven and began working with Seekers.

I am also creating a new workshop for GBM which will focus on creating sacred jewelry; it will be lecture and based with some experiential exercises on energy and “vision”, and I am hoping my students will find it both fascinating and inspirational. I am looking at presenting beginning in June… more details to come.

That’s it for now… I’ve got a really busy day in the studio ahead of me.

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

Well, whaddya know? I’m recovered and I’m back!

I am so happy to be able to share this 🙂

I am feeling well, and I have been consistently feeling well since Thursday, January 29th!

What changed?

I did something I’ve never done before, something I never thought I would do: The Master Cleanse.

You may have heard about the cleanse, you may have even read the book… I heard about it from a friend about 10 years ago. She had stayed on the cleanse for 40 days (something about tying it to a religious text) because she had been having serious health issues, and swore it changed her life. As she explained it to me,  I nodded in excitement for her and thought “Yeah, right… I will NEVER do that to myself!”

Then came the whole season of never ending illness that had been going on since  last October, and I got desperate. I’ve been living with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis since 2004, and serious, life threatening bronchial asthma and allergies since I was a child – I’ve had my share of sick, and I was sick of being sick.

I’ve learned over the years how to manage my health using alternative means, and have been doing pretty well for the most part, but something about this last round of sick wore me to the bone. I felt drained beyond drained, and I was at my wits end. So I prayed for guidance. And I paid attention to what was showing up.

First thing that got my interest was a post on Facebook that spoke about resetting one’s immune system and how that could be accomplished in as little as 3 days. I was intrigued and thought, “Gee, that’s exactly what I need!” When I read further into the article, it spoke about using The Master Cleanse, and I thought “No way, am I ever doing that! That’s that crazy thing my friend told me about all those years ago, and I can’t do that! How could I ever not eat?” But the idea of having a reset immune system was very appealing.

So I prayed some more. I asked my angels for some clear guidance on what was the best option for me – Western Medicine, or something else. The answer showed up a few days later in an email ad about, guess what. I said “Hmmm… what if?”

I did some more research and thought some more, but I was not quite completely convinced and prayed for further clarity and guidance. And that’s what I got, clear direction during a meditation that the master cleanse would be a good option for me. So I decided to give it a try.

I went into the journey by saying, “My goal is to reset my immune system, and I understand that this can take as little as three days, but I’m only going to take it a day at a time, and not commit to more than that.” I bought enough supplies for three days, but was committed to being gentle with myself, and taking it one step at a time.

I did have some headaches and weakness in the first three days, but by day four, I felt a new spark inside of me come to life – it was almost as if a seed that was planted in the ground suddenly came to life. I knew that the next day would be really good.

On day five, my energy skyrocketed, and I was thrilled! I hadn’t felt that good since the previous September!

On day six, my energy was still incredible, but I got clear guidance that it was time to release the fast and to gently begin reintroducing food, so that’s what I did. I worked food back into my routine slowly over the course of four days, and have been feeling wonderful ever since.

I’m still taking it easy on myself with my work schedule; I need to exist at a gentler pace than I want to believe I need.

I remember all the years of burning the candle at both ends working full-time, being a mom with perfectionist  Martha Stewart inclinations, while simultaneously training in the craeft, and trying to be of service in my community. Now, I’m a full-time job, and everything else needs to work around me. It’s still not easy for me to grasp, even though my life has simplified in many ways with the kids being grown.

I’ve been thinking about the classes I want to teach, and I realized that I don’t want to teach technique as much as creation with intent, and all the layers of meaning and magic that can be used to build a piece of jewelry. The original series of classes I taught EarthSpirit’s Rites of Spring gathering in western Massachusetts many years ago is what I would like to do more of, and so that’s what I’m going to be working on.

I don’t know when I’ll post again, and I’m not making an impossible schedule for myself, so we’ll just see how this unfolds. Love to all, till we meet again.

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

 

 

 

Mother of All Ruts

So when I started this blog, I did it with the intention of growing it and being able to share exciting things on a consistent basis.

That hasn’t happened.

What has happened is that I allowed my life to get too busy, and I got sick. Really sick. Then each time I started to feel better, I tried to pick up where I left off and catch up. That didn’t work either, and I got sick again. and again. And again…

I’m beginning to thing that an immune system is something that only “other people” have.  I’ve got to change something in my life, because I can’t keep doing this to myself.

I decided that I’ve created an awful rut for myself, and that I’ve got to take some time to really heal and rebuild my health. Don’t know what that looks like yet… but I’ve got to rest and restore. So that’s what I’m going to do.

No more apology blog posts. I’m giving myself a break until my joie de vivre is back. Be well! Au revoir!

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

 

Downward Spiral

Difficulty creating at the bench today.

No inspiration or enthusiasm.

I dislike days like this immensely. I waited an entire week for a free day to begin creating a new line and bam. It’s out the window.

Nothing looks right, feels right, and I just wanna go home. So that’s where I’m going.

Time for a cup of tea.

BB,
Maria

Trade Beads and Google Hangouts

Happy Friday, everyone… or just me as I’m probably the only person who’s reading this right now… that is not a whine, it’s just a probable fact as I am still very new at all this and taking it very slowly. I’ll eventually have a mailing list and followers and lots of product, but for right now it is what it is. I’m learning new stuff about websites each day from all kinds of friends, and I like it.

A couple of days ago I was doing some work for a friend at her house, and knowing that I make jewelry, she offered me some beads from her antique collection … now these aren’t just any beads… they are magical beads… and they aren’t just magical beads, they have a real, serious history to them. When she showed them to me I thought, and I’m embarrassed to admit this: “Oh, large glass beads, nothing really unique.” Then she told me about them, and it was all I could do to keep my jaw from dropping. I only took three of the cobalt ones, but then she said “Don’t you want a pink one, too?” So I took a pink one, too. She said take I should take more, but I couldn’t – they were too valuable, and need to be shared with the world in a very special way.

What exactly were these unassuming-looking beads? Trade beads. Trade beads handled by Lewis and Clark, traded to one of the Indian Nations in exchange for food and assistance on their journey west. Can you imagine? These beads meant that Lewis and Clark ate and received all the aid they needed to make their vision a reality.  It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to stories. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love jewelry so much – there are usually fascinating stories to be heard, and I love a good story.

What was the world like when people offered exchanges like that? What does it look like when I say: I am in need of X, you have X, would you be willing to take Y for it? I imagine that the conversations may be much deeper than what happens in our local grocery store. Hmm… fun imaginings…

Anyway, as I was finishing up my work  my friend said she had to go to the ATM to get some cash to pay me. I said “How about a trade instead? What I’d really like is a signed copy of your book and another book as well.” She said, “That’s it?” And I said yes. She gave me the two I desired, and a third as well. I felt like I had received a king’s ransom! Then she called me into her office and taught me how to do a Google Hangout, and encouraged me to practice. I think she has some big plans for my future if I’ll just take the leap. So in the spirit of trade and learning and growing, off I go to make my first hangout. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever make it publicly available, but who knows?

I just may be teaching jewelry classes via hangouts in the future. Hmm…

Oh – and before I go, if you are interested in the trade beads mentioned above, let me know and I’ll make the connection for you!

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

REAL Cobalt Blue & Pink Trade Beads - used by Lewis & Clark

REAL Cobalt Blue & Pink Trade Beads – used by Lewis & Clark

So what happened to October and what do you mean it’s almost Christmas???

Yeah. Life happens. Especially when I build too many things into my schedule.

Getting used to the idea that I’m trying to build a web presence had taken a back seat to all the endless needs that presented themselves since September… and my habit of blogging had not been firmly established yet, so it took a real back seat.

Then there was the trip back to New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, my childhood home and stomping grounds. And losing my login and password to the admin section for this site (well, it wasn’t really lost, I just left it at home, and didn’t want to mess everything up by attempting to re-set it – I’m sure someone feels me), and to top it off I got the flu. A bad, bad flu.

I learned a lot from all the experiences though.

The number one thing I learned was that of all the activities and comings and goings, my FAVORITE thing to do is spend time connecting with students and peers in the jewelry world! I’ve been getting such a kick out of teaching and sharing tips and tricks with everyone I’ve been meeting! I want more and am excited for the next round of classes. I’ve met some amazing, courageous and loving women, and I can’t help but smile every time I think of them. I’ve also been offered some amazing opportunities, and I’m excited to explore them.

As for the never-ending flu… well, I learned a lot about natural remedies and alternatives to antibiotics. I rarely get sick, but when I do, I get REALLY sick. I stopped taking antibiotics back in 2011 when my health took a real tumble, and have been relying on alternatives ever since. Some work great and really fast, some take a bit longer, and some simply don’t resonate with me so I don’t use them. I’m learning how to listen to my body better. This time when I got the flu, it was paired with a throat infection and I could sense that bronchitis was on the way. I used Oil of Oregano, which worked wonders on the throat infection for the first day, then added Grapefruit Seed Extract, and followed that up with a mixture of Fresh Garlic & Raw Honey. Oh, and I took an enzyme formula to deal with the congestion.

All of that may sound crazy, but it did wonders to stop the infection in its track and keep the bronchitis from taking hold (I used to suffer from chronic bronchial asthma, so I know the signs of it coming on all too well). What was never-ending was the sheer exhaustion and feeling like I was on the edge of it all coming back. That took a while to clear.  I’ve noticed that since I was diagnosed with MS back in 2004, my body takes longer to heal, and I need to be patient and gentle with myself – this has been a huge challenge for me, and I am happy to report that I am getting a bit better at it.

Last but not least, the trip back east was really a soul’s journey on which I learned why “you can never go back.” It is possible to revisit a place if it still exists, but you can’t go back, simply because you’re not the same person anymore. In some instances that insight was a relief, in some it was bittersweet, and in others there was a deep sadness of the past being gone forever (like finding that Elvee Rosenberg, Inc. is no longer doing business at their store on 37th street) . I had to give myself time and space to lovingly let go. This trip was about collecting the joy in the memories, wherever I could, savoring them, and choosing to move forward in my life only with the good stuff. I’m not ever going to deny the bad stuff happened. I just simply have decided to build from the good stuff, and let the bad just fade into the background. My new motto is: “Take what you like, and leave the rest.”

SO forward we go into the New Year… what New Year you may ask? Well for me, my spiritual tradition celebrates the New Year on the first dark moon after the Pleiades set, and that fell on October 23rd this year, so Happy New Year! (I celebrate the calendar New Year, too, have no fear!) And yes, if you’re doing the math, it fell on my trip back east… the celebration was actually the primary reason for my trip back east. I try to go back as often as I can to celebrate with the members of my spiritual family, to do inner journey work, and to honor all those who have come before me. It’s a wonderful time for reflection, and I think that having the flu slowed me down just enough for me to actually pay greater attention to the messages that I was being given. If I had to sum up the trip with a tarot card, it would be the 8 of Cups –  moving on.

Back to the New Year… what am I expecting? Lots of time to heal and grow, lots of jewelry classes & learning, lots of love and lots of fun. But as I start dreaming up the new, I’ll try to keep my head in today and work at building a blogging habit and a fully functional website.

Brightest Blessings!

Maria

Elvee Rosenberg, Inc., pillar of the jewelry community since 1914 has left 37th Street forever :(

Elvee Rosenberg, Inc., pillar of the jewelry community since 1914 has left 37th Street forever 🙁

New Gems

New and beautiful gems on display in a new store on 37th street.

 

 

 

Classes and Meet & Greets and Jewelry Needs – Oh My!

Well the bad news is that the time factor I wrote about in my last post hasn’t changed. More time has not been added to my days. I guess time really is a limited construct in this dimension. Sigh…

The good news is that several classes, open workshops, and a Meet & Greet have been scheduled for the month of October at my bead-shop partner’s location in San Marcos.  Erin, Sue, and Tommy at GBM Bead Mall in San Marcos have been so kind and enthusiastic, they are a pleasure to work with!

Last Saturday I spent a few hours at the store meeting jewelry makers from every level and walk of life. We shared stories and ideas, and had a wonderful time. The one theme that kept recurring was that of caring and resilience. It seemed that almost everyone that I spoke with had something difficult in their life, and that creating jewelry was one of the things that was helping them to move forward and keep their heart open. It really brought home the whole “Jewelry Therapy” idea that I’ve been working on.

Energy management is another thing that has been on my mind. My daughter started a new job a couple of days ago and she is being trained by the person who is vacating the position. There was a lot of frenetic energy around her during her first day of training, and she arrived at the house after work with a migrane headache – her first one ever. I offered Reiki*, which she gladly accepted, and we were able to get the headache to dissolve quickly. As she rested after the session I created a protective necklace of Labradorite and Tourmalinated Quartz to shield her aura. Her next day at work was more difficult than day one, and yet she was able to make the most of the day, and not get a horrible headache in spite of what was going on around her. It felt really good to know that she is learning energy management techniques, and that I could be a support to her in her process. That’s what it’s all about for me! Oh, and the necklace was really pretty, too…

I’m really looking forward to all the happenings in October – it’s going to be fun. Check everything out on the “Class Offerings” page. Hope to see you in October at GBM!

Brightest Blessings,

Maria

 

* Although I am a certified Traditional Reiki Master, I am frequently guided to use many non-traditional techniques. I go with my guides.