Monday, August 30, 2010

strawberry popsicles and The Book..

wow. i must really want a popsicle because this post has nothing to with
strawberry popsicles at all.

{:::going to the freezer:::}

mmm... that's good.
you know what else is good?
spending all day in the studio...
and getting stuff done!

new necklaces and rings freshly posted in The Shop.

2 new rings:

so... we have A Book to talk about, huh?
i'm so excited!
 ok, so we wandered into the bookstore last week,
really to shop for a gift, but who actually sticks to that when you're shopping?
anyway, i get about ten feet inside, round the front counter,
and the young girl is setting This Book on a display.
i don't even think the book had left her hands before i was picking it up.
i don't even remember what she looked like,
and i'm usually good with details.
i was mesmerized.
mesmerized by the front cover, people...
i hadn't even seen the inside yet!

so i am standing there flipping page after page
and my heart is racing
and my creative juices are running all over the floor and making me look crazy
and my heart is pounding 
and i'm speechless.
i didn't move from that spot until i had gone cover to cover
and when i did it was to find The Red Cat and shake him
until he would listen to me about my treasure
and he tried, but, c'mon, he's a dude and dudes don't get excited
in bookstores. 
so i bought it, and i have no idea how much it cost, and still don't, 
i just had to have it.

so, i have always had A Thing for mandalas
ever since i was a little phoenix making patterns with the condensation of my glass
on the smooth wood of the coffee table.
{maybe that's why i don't use coasters? sorry mom}
i love the rhythm they suggest.
the constant movement to the same place.
the endless patterns that seem simple but become
fractals when you break them down.
i love that all these pieces and components can be looked at as
thousands of parts becoming one whole.
one love.

rocks and stones and crystals are Another Thing for me.
jewelry was a natural art form for me to get into
once my pockets were too stuffed with rocks and i needed another way to carry them.
and once i started learning about rocks and crystals
and how they form and grow
 i realized that they are all mandalas and fractals too.
so much of our world breaks down to these Two Things.
the patterns we find in nature
are the same patterns we find in science.
and religion.
and love and art.

my Other Thing is sea life. 
no, no.. not like Orka and Flipper sea life.
i'm talkin about the little guys way down there... where you have to be special to go.
where you have to really want to be there
to be there.
the squids, and ammonites, 
the coral fish and star fish.
the octopus.
there is something about them that really gets me excited

and i've been using this inspiration in facets of my jewelry design.
i use accending bumps like the suckers on the octopus arms.
i set jewels like coral reef flowers.
i like oxidation to suggest depth.

well This Book has tied These Things that i love together for me in such a magnificent way.
the fact that there was someone else out there,
over one hundred years ago,
that loved the Same Things that i do
is just natures beauty at her best.
the fact that someone else decided to break down sea life
into it's center and find that they, too, are made of mandalas and fractals,
it's like it is the universe's way of saying,
'hey, thanks for paying attention"

so, i present to you, some pictures from The Book.
to me, every one looks like it wants to be a magnificent piece of jewelry...

 i can not wait to get started turning some of these into jewelry!
my mind is working overtime and my
creative juices are running down my chin.

i'll post some sneak peeks as they progress.
i hope you look for inspiration
 in everyday things.
let the art found in nature
guide you when nothing else does.
let your heart lead you to love when
your mind tells you to run.



  1. GOD I LOVE YOU !!!

  2. you are the best.
    i'm glad you came and liked what you saw.
    come back and visit anytime...
    next time we'll have some tea.

  3. love your blog sam...very psyched to discover it. would love to see you and cougar one of these days (especially since we are so close!!!) please, lets make plans. also, i am sooo interested in taking a metalsmithing class--any suggestions? do you do lessons?

  4. hello darlin!
    i just left you a comment (not recognizing your eyes) like i didn't know you... but hi!
    we can talk about some lessons... there really aren't any classes in the area that i have discovered, unless you go to the city, but we might be looking for something different.. send me an email with your number and we can chat.


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