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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 .

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!

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

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.

 

 

Getting Ready For School

I’ve been plugging away at creating classes and partnering up with a local bead shop to provide some wonderful events to would-be jewelry makers, and it’s been taking up quite a bit of time. I’m kinda resentful about the time factor. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do, and it really pisses me off!

I know, I know “Welcome to my life,” you say as you giggle…

Well… it still isn’t fair! I’m having too much fun, and all of a sudden it’s time to call it a night.

I kinda feel like the kid at the amusement park who just didn’t get to go on all the rides, and is really not happy with the park closing.

The good news, of course, is that I’m really jazzed and I’m doing what I love.

I just want more! I want to give more! And I’m excited that I get to start doing this again. It’s been a long time.

Right now I’m taking a break from creating some of the class handouts to finally put up a blog post – as I think I’ve mentioned before, building this new habit of blogging  hasn’t that easy for me, but the good news is, it’s getting a little easier. New things have a way of doing that. Remember using your first cellphone? Yeah… it’s old hat now, huh. That’s what I’m hoping for here, too.

Brightest Blessings,

Maria