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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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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.