Creative Blog Hop

Thanks so much to the talented Heather for thinking of me and inviting me to join her in this blog hop! I am just head over heels in love with Heather’s work and have enjoyed watching her get more and more into working on and sharing her gorgeous spirit dolls. I definitely recommend checking them out!

What am I working on?

At the moment, my main focus is on making a cross-country move happen, so things have been interesting. I’ve been doing all kinds of fundraising events like raffles and auctions… My big auction is actually ending tonight, and I’m trying to think of what I can do next to keep things fun and exciting for my amazing friends, fans and customers.

I’ve been working with lots of odds and ends lately, trying to use up supplies that I have on-hand and order only what I absolutely need because anything left when we head west is going to be shipped out ahead, since we’re flying. Logistics have been… Interesting. Anyway, having a more limited palette of supplies with which to work has actually been kind of cool, as it’s forcing me outside of my comfort zone a bit. I think I’ve been coming up with some cool designs; you can see some of the new auction-exclusive pieces below.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I like to think that there are original visual elements to my work, but I really feel that the energy is what sets my work apart. Many of my regular customers have become regulars — and friends — because they can feel the love and prayers that go into my work. I am honored and humbled by how many wonderful souls have told me that they have used my jewelry to help them find their paths and improve their lives in some way. I also feel that some of my best work comes through in custom pieces — which I love to work on — and pieces made during my shifts tending Brighid’s Flame.

Why do I create what I do?

My ultimate goals in this life, other than stability and health for myself and my spouse, are to help others in whatever ways are possible, and to do the work that is most helpful to the goddess Brighid — to whom I am primarily devoted — and the rest of my spirit family. As a person with disabling health issues, I am incredibly grateful that these things have come together in my jewelry design, crafting and energy work. I get to support my wee family while honoring and working with my spirits and making people happy, and that’s pretty amazing. I love what I do.

How does my creative process work?

I usually start with an idea/request for particular colors, gemstones or energetic/magical purpose, and I go from there. If I can’t think of specific stones for a purpose off the top of my head, there’s research involved. There’s also quite a bit of intuition, in just knowing that I’ve found the right combo of materials.

Where I live at the moment, I have a dozen 6-quart shoe boxes full of beads, findings and charms. They’ve been getting lighter as I’ve been trying to work through my current supply stash, but it’s a little bit insane. I try to keep things organized and easy to find, but it’s still a bit of a chore to move them across the room and set up every time I start working. Once we find our new long-term home, I look forward to once more having a setup where I can make things more accessible, so that it will be easier to get started, take breaks, etc.

I connect with my spirits before doing work, and usually have candles burning for Brighid to help me specifically connect with Her. Most of my work, once I start actually stringing, is meditative. I spend a lot of my working time in a very light trance state, though there are certainly times when I’m more physically unwell and have a hard time finding that groove, and other times when the connection is deeper and not much of me remains in this world.

I do apologize for rambling, and hope that this peek into my work was fun and interesting for some of you! Thanks so much for reading.

 

This is a continuous blog hop hosted by different artists/bloggers every week. Next week, I’ll be passing the torch to two awesomely crafty — and quite talented — ladies, Starla of Art by Starla Moore and Dot over at Busted Button.

 

Limited Time Special Offers

We recently started a 24-hour flamekeeping shift. If you purchase the Sun Goddess piece inspired by Brighid by tomorrow night, I will include a candle lit with Her Flame in your package on request.

Regardless of what you order, I’ll be happy to burn a special candle just for you on my altar when you make ANY purchase from my shop through tomorrow night. Just include your request in the notes to seller on checkout, or send me a PM/email after completing payment.

I will also be happy to combine shipping by refunding a portion of your new S&H charge if you place a new order and your name is already on my shipping list.

If you’re on Facebook, please stop by the page regularly and show my posts your love! I appreciate it so much that y’all jump to like posts when I explicitly ask for it, but many times those are the only posts that see so much interaction… And the reach of posts without interaction is choked by FB. Every little bit of interaction helps me and this wee business, and I’m so grateful for your support! All of your interaction with my page also puts you in the running for monthly fan activity rewards.

The Home Project: OOAK Art Pendant & Gemstone Necklace for Brighid


The pendant, featuring Brighid Herself, was made by Esther Remmington Fantasy Art from a tiny archival quality print of her original art.

The necklace features golden Swarovski crystal pearls, faceted aventurine beads in multiple shades and sizes, rich carnelian in two sizes, large golden calcite beads, golden Swarovski crystal pearls, silver plated spacers and pewter Celtic knot beads.

The Home Project: Golden Goddess Aventurine Necklace for Brighid

This piece was made during a shift tending Brighid’s Flame. The pendant, featuring Brighid Herself, was made by Esther Remmington Fantasy Art from a tiny archival quality print of her original art.

The necklace features golden Swarovski crystal pearls, tiny faceted green glass crystals, faceted aventurine beads and shimmery dark gold Preciosa seed beads.

Aventurine is generally considered a stone of luck. It can be helpful for dreamwork and maintaining a positive state of mind. Green aventurine is a calming stone, helpful in bringing about inner peace. It has wonderful healing energy, useful for ailments of the eyes and lungs. Use green aventurine to balance the heart or third eye chakras. This is an all-around wonderful stone, helpful in so many ways!

Brighid’s Flame

Brighid’s Flame is incredibly sacred for many of Her people, whether they be nuns, priests, priestesses, flamekeepers, Her children, devotees… My husband and I, both devotees of Brighid, have a wee candle lit from a candle that was lit from a candle which was lit from Her Flame in Kildare in Ireland. It is said that Her Flame is held in the wick of every candle lit from it.

We would love to share our bit of Her Flame with you. This service includes shipping you a wee candle (a Chanukah candle, a little bigger than a large birthday candle) lit from ours. We/I will also say a prayer for you while lighting your candle, and then burn a tealight candle for you on our altar. This will be done on Sundays, during our flamekeeping shifts or on other holy days.

We aren’t doing this to capitalize on our goddess or turn a profit — we’re just asking for a few dollars to cover our supplies and as an energy exchange, a small gift for a gift.

At least $2 of each $5 purchase from this listing will be added directly to our moving fund. You can read more about what else I’m doing to get us to the Pacific Northwest here. I plan on offering actual handmade and decorated candles once we have found our way to the Pacific Northwest and are no longer in transition.

Surf & Sun Collection: OOAK Anklet/Choker Inspired by Brighid

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This unique piece, with a bit of a Southwestern feel, combines amazonite, faux turquoise (magnesite) and shimmery oyster shell beads with silver plated and Tibetan silver accents, including a sunburst toggle clasp.

The total length of this piece is approximately 10.75″. I can add chain, make the piece shorter and/or swap the toggle for a lobster clasp at no charge or for a minimal fee, depending on your needs. Please get in touch before purchase if you need customizations.

Click here for more pics/details or to order.

Surf & Sun Collection: OOAK Bracelet Inspired by Brighid

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This unique piece, with a bit of a Southwestern feel, combines amazonite, faux turquoise (magnesite) and shimmery oyster shell beads with silver plated and Tibetan silver accents, including a sunburst toggle clasp.

The total length of this piece is approximately 8″. I can add chain, make the piece shorter and/or swap the toggle for a lobster clasp at no charge or for a minimal fee, depending on your needs. Please get in touch before purchase if you need customizations.

For more pics/info or to order, please click here.

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