Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report - May 31, 2012

Here it is the end of May, already. It's unbelievable how time flies.

I have a few beautiful treasuries to share this week. Please take a moment and take a look at wonderful works of art that these talented curators have collected.



Our Purple Feather Earrings were included in Sweet Days of Summer, by Sue Cashman, of My Lady Gourds.






It was our pleasure to find and feature many talented artists in Garden Song.



Until next week - Blessings


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Featured Artist - Pamela Mallow of Dallas Soap Company



This week's Featured Artisan is Pamela Mallow - Dallas Soap Company! Yummy delights to indulge yourself!
Dallas Soap Company is proud to offer you handmade soaps, premium bath & body products, along with a complete line of home fragrance products. We use only the highest quality ingredients and fragrance oils.

Formerly Decadent de'Lights. Same great products...but we moved and have a new name! Decadent de'Lights is now our line of candles and home fragrance products.

Being a candle enthusiast, I started my business back in 1999 and slowly began developing a complete line of home fragrance and bath & body products. I am currently a homeschool mom and the owner of Dallas Soap Company. I pride myself in offering top quality products at the best possible prices, while providing outstanding customer service. We appreciate you as a customer and want you to be happy!


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Stones of Gemini - Alexanderite


Alexandrite is a rare gem recently discovered, according to a popular but controversial story, by Finnish mineralogist Nils Gustaf Nordenskjold on Alexander II's 16th birthday (April 17, 1834), in an Emerald mine in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Being a green color, it was originally believed to be an Emerald until introduced to artificial light where it color became a glowing red. The largest Alexandrite cluster to be discovered was found in Russia in 1840 and consists of 22 dark green crystals and weighed in at 28,620 carats (5724 grams). It is known as the Kochubei’s Druse and is housed at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum. The largest uncut Alexandrite individual stone of gem quality was discovered in 1967 by Jules Roger Sauer, in Bahia, Brazil. The stone, named the Sauer Alexandrite, weighs 122,400 carats and is held in Sauer’s private collection. One of the largest faceted Alexandrite (at 66 carats) is part of the Smithsonian collection.

Kochubei's Druse
Alexandrite was first attributed with mystical powers by Russian writer Nickolai Sumyonovich Leskov, who defined the gem as a prophetic stone. French author Eliphas Levi connected the duality of the colors with the duality of our blood and referred to the gem as “the favorite charm of our time which clears and strengthens blood vessels”. Alexandrite is said to balance emotions, assist with confidence and self-esteem, and helps to empower oneself. It helps to clarify doubts about love and marriage, brings happiness and success. This stone is regarded as having regenerative powers and can assist in death/ rebirth situations. It furthermore enhances the rebirth of both inner and outer self. Alexandrite is a stone of prosperity and longevity. It can pacify the soul and promote spiritual growth. It is believed to make the wearer calmer and strengthens creative abilities by fostering the imagination. It is also said to boost intuitive abilities. The green daytime appearance brings luck and good fortune, and at night, the red appearance is closely associated with love; and intensifies the feelings of love and sensuality.

In Indian, or Verdic astrology stones are linked with planets. Alexandrite is linked with Mercury, the trickster. Mercury is a fast moving planet represented by the messenger and magician. As Mercury is connected with air, Alexandrite is an air stone. Alexandrite’s ability to change colors and obvious dual nature associates it with Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury. However since Alexandrite can be green (a color connected with Mercury) or red (which has been coupled with Mars), in some references it is also associated with Scorpio, which was once ruled by Mars until the discovery of Pluto. The caduceus symbol used by doctors and medicine is likewise a symbol of Mercury, who is associated with healing and was originally the god of medicine. Therefore Alexandrite is a healing stone. Since Mercury is also the planet of communication, Alexandrite can also enhance communication skills. Mercury furthermore governs the mind and nervous system; therefore Alexandrite is effective in helping to clear the wearer’s mind of stress and to be less susceptible to its physical manifestations.

Alexandrite can also come in Cat’s eye forms which are associated with Ketu or the South Node of the Moon (the point opposite the point where the moon’s orbit crosses the path of the sun). Cat’s Eye versions are usually connected with the sign of Pisces and water; and are believed to save one from enemies, lessen sorrow, poverty, diseases and calamities. They are also alleged to guard against evil spirits, hidden enemies, and can help to find lost money and bring luck.

Associations:
  • Zodiac: Gemini, Scorpio, Pisces
  • Planet: Mercury, Mars
  • Element: Air, Water
  • Chakras: Crown, Heart, Naval
  • Deities: Mercury

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report - 5/24/2012

We have some really beautiful treasuries to share this week. The talented curators have made some fantastic finds. Please take a few minutes to take a peak, and show some love.


Marsha Bourquin, of Bags by Hags, included our Orange Feather Earrings in The Colors Of On Fire ForHandmade.......


On Fire Sunrise by NaLa, of Jewelry by NaLa, also featured our Orange Feather Earrings.


Rhonda Wojciak, of Nani Originals, also selected our Orange Feather Earrings for Sunny Delight.


Johnnie Belinda, of Molten Art Studio, featured our Spring Tree of Life Pendant in Chakras crystals and rainbows zen full things.


Our Carnelian and Amber Ring was  included in On Fire For You! by Sue Cashman, of My Lady of Gourds.


We found some really great items to feature in our treasury, Fire on The Rooftop.


Thanks to all the curators that included our items in these lovely treasuries.


Theresa

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Featured Artist - Fran Ramales of Armored Hearts

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This week's Featured Artisan is Frann Ramales - Armored Hearts! Beautiful Chainmaille creations by a very talented lady! You can find Amored Hearts on:

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Zodiac - Gemini


Symbol: The Twins
Element: Air
Quality: Mutable
Ruling House: 3rd
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Ruling body: Arms/lungs/hands
Day: Wednesday
Lucky Numbers: 5, 9
Colors: Yellow
Flower: Lavender
Metal: Quicksilver
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
Best for Marriage or Partnership: Sagittarius
Virtues & Strengths: Energetic, Clever, Imaginative, Witty, and Adaptable
Weaknesses & Negative Traits: Superficial, Impulsive, Restless, Devious, and Indecisive

Geminis are from the 3rd house of the zodiac and represented by the Twins. They are associated with transition from spring to summer, because of this they are considered a mutable sign, and are a mix of yin and yang. Mutable signs are represent by months that join the changing of seasons and signify a dualistic nature that is easily adaptable. As air signs they prize intellect and consider it  the key to all things.


Mercury
The planet Mercury rules this sign. Mercury is the planet of childhood and youth, therefore Geminis have the graces and faults of the young. Like the God Mercury which rules this planet, Twins are quick thinking, quick witted, and fast on their feet.


Castor & Polydeuces
In an ancient Greek tale the Twins are the egg-born brother Castor & Polydeuces (Roman- Pollux). Zeus had seduced their mother, Leda, in the guise of a swan, the same night that she had lain with her husband, resulting in the birth of the immortal Polydeuces, who possessed great physical strength, and the mortal Castor, who possessed great ingenuity. Upon Castors death, Polydeuces begged Zeus to let him share his immortality with his twin to keep them together, so Zeus transformed them into the constellation Gemini. To the Romans the Twins were Hercules & Apollo, Placed in the sky by Jove, to honor and exemplify their brotherly love. In Christian traditions, they were believed to be Adam & Eve.


Duel-natured Twins
Twins are duel-natured, elusive, complex & contradictory, which enables them to be extremely versatile. They are normally lively, happy, egocentrical, extremely imaginative, and restless. They can be affectionate, courteous, kind and generous to those who are suffering. Geminis are keenly intuitive, have a sometimes brilliant intelligence, and love mental challenges. They are also expressive, extrovert, love to talk, curious, and always searching for information. They are the life of the party, even though they can rationalize forever. They can easily see both side of a situation. Twins are adaptable, dexterous, and can tackle many things at once.


Geminis are considered that jack of all trades, due to their curious nature and extreme intelligence. They have a considerable talent for dialogue and love to argue. They have a tendency to believe they are always right and won’t change their mind until the next time the same argument comes around then they will take a totally different stand and deny earlier opinions. They may know a little bit about many subjects, because they are driven to impress with their opinions they marshal this knowledge skillfully, so they seemed well informed. Twins are talkative, but secretive about their personal affairs. They have the ability to bluff their way out of tight corners.


Twins have a tendency to live on nerves and should be careful not to strain their highly sensitive nervous systems, which can break under pressure. They are flirtatious, multi-faceted, busy, logical, spontaneous, cunning, and not overly emotional. They are physically agile, especially in the hands and are skill magicians and mimics. They love sports and excel at team events.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Tiger's Eye


Since I was unable to complete last week’s stone blog, this week’s will refer to Taurus as well as Gemini (which is almost here).

Tiger's Eye Donut, Yellow Jade, and Copper Necklace
Tiger’s Eye is one of the obscure stones for the Zodiac signs of Taurus, Capricorn, and Leo. It is also the planetary stone for Gemini. Tiger’s Eye comes in a variety of colors; golden brown, red, & blue [aka: Hawks Eye]. Due to its appearance it is said to be an all seeing eye, and is used for insight. It also enables, as the name suggests, one to acquire the characteristic of the tiger.

Tiger's Eye Earrings 
Tiger’s eye is primarily a stone of the mind. It is used to focus the mind, consolidates one’s thoughts, and provides clarity; so that a person can think more clearly. It also makes one aware of one’s own needs. The wearer will be able to see clearly what is needed for them to act with confidence and without illusion.

A stone of protection, the Tiger’s eye is said to protect a person from evil, negativity, and is a psychic protector. It provides confidence and bravery. Legends say that Roman soldiers would wear engraved stones into battle to enhance courage in battle and protect from evil.

Tiger's Eye Chip Necklace
This stone is said to contain the power of the earth and fire, therefore it is an excellence choice in providing balance. Tiger’s eye stabilizes mood swings, emotional unrest, and calms the mind. It can also balance one’s yin and yin energies. Tiger’s eye is said to be an excellent meditation stone. Also, harmony is restored in one’s mind, body, and spirit.

Golden Tiger’s Eye has a reputation for attracting wealth, bringing good fortune, and is helpful in business. It can also curb impulsive spending or risk taking. It’s believed that if you hold the stone toward the moon when it’s at its fullest that the stone will be even more potent. 

Blue Tiger's Eye Ring 
Red tiger’s eye is a stimulating stone and overcomes lethargy and provides motivation. It speeds up slow metabolisms and increases low sex drive. Blue tiger’s eye is calming and releases stress. It aids the quick tempered, overanxious and phobic. It’s believed to slow the metabolism, cool overactive sex drive, and dissolve sexual frustration.

Associations:
  • Zodiac: Taurus, Capricorn, Leo, Gemini [Planetary]
  • Element: Fire, Earth
  • Planet: Sun, Earth
  • Energy: Projective
  • Chakra: sacral, solar plexus
  • Deities: Ra, Sakhmet, Durga

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report - 5/17/2012

Since I was behind schedule getting last week's Treasury Appreciation Report out, we don't have a lot to report this week; but they are all beautiful. Please take a few moments to check out the gorgeous work collected by these creative curators.


Lauren Constantino of Green Street Mosaics featured our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace in Blue Jean Blues.


Our Ruby in Zoisite and Garnet Ear Sweeps were included in some greens!!!!!!!!!!1, by Ayse of Angel of Anatolia.


This week's theme for the On Fire Team Treasury Challenge was "Your favorite song or movie". I had such fun with Come Out, Ye Black and Tans.


There are some true works of art featured in all of these treasuries. Don't miss the opportunity to take a look and show some love the artists and curators.


Blessings,
Theresa

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Featured Artist - Dean Design

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This week's Featured Artisan is Tracie Dean - Dean Designs. Beautiful Creations by a beautiful lady! You can find Dean Designs on:


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Celtic Astrology - Huath, Beach


The popular Celtic Tree Astrology is based on works by Helena Patterson, who in turned used Robert Graves’ work The White Goddess. Additional research has shown Graves’ system to be greatly debated by scholars. See The Fabrication of ‘Celtic’ Astrology, if you are interested in following the debate. That being said, I am sharing this information strictly for your amusement.

May 13 - June 9

Blodewwedd -Owl by Jen Delyth
Tree: Hawthorn
Ogham word: Uath (Huath)
Birth Animal: Bee /Seahorse
Gaelic Name: Beach
Celtic Symbol: The Chalice
Ruling Planet: Vulcan
Birthstone: Topaz (gem of the setting sun)
Deities: Olwen (Daughter of Giant Hawthorn& summer flower maiden), Govannan (smith god), & Blodewwedd (the May Queen)

Hawthorn is believed to mean ‘hedge’.  It is a small tree of the rose family, which represents human nature, sexuality, reproduction, and fertility. Christian Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea planted his staff in the ground at Glastonbury and it became a hawthorn tree, always blooming on Christmas day. To this day a blooming twig is annually sent to the Queen. Fairy spirits are believed to live among the bushes; and because of the sharp thorns the tree stands for physical protection. For the Turks, a branch is considered an erotic symbol.

There are supposedly two types of Hawthorn personalities. The ‘New moon’ character, associated with the first two weeks of this period; and the ‘full moon’ character, associated with the last two weeks. The ‘new moon’ individuals are more impulsive than those born under the ‘full moon’, and have a more sensual nature. They are extremely focused and driven once they have decided on a course of action. ‘Full moon’ persons have a distinctly different approach to all things. They are difficult to “pin down” regarding personal relationships or any type of commitment. They have a wider vision which can open the ‘locked doors’ of the mind.

Hawthorne
Hawthorn tree people are charismatic, creative, and full of innovative ideas. They are also multi-talented, able to adapt easily to change, and often excel in performing arts. Hawthorns have a gift for influencing others while remaining sympathetic. They are lively, spontaneous, have good communication skills, and an abundance of self-confidence. Those born under this moon are honest and sincere as friends, good listeners, and have a sharp sense of humor that’s brimming with irony, a talent that attracts many to writing and journalism. They are well adjusted, versatile, naturally curious, and have an interest in a broad range of subjects. Hawthorns are also able to see the big picture and are very insightful, a talent that makes them good parents, because they are not easily fooled by clever children.

Hawthorns are easily bored, crave mental stimulation and challenges, and love to try a little bit of everything. They have a volatile temper resulting in bursts of anger. Their knowledge regarding the weakness of adversaries or opposing forces does not make them ruthless, merely clever strategists.

The Druid Animal Oracle, Illustrated by Bill Worthington
The bee (Beach) is the animal most associated with this time. Simivisionos, which means bright time, is the Celtic name for this season. Bees are busy, social, methodical in their way of thinking, and like to take the lead. They are also divine, fruitful, charismatic, fertile, creative, and always full of new ideas.

Bees are compatible with the crane(Jan 21-Feb17)  and the swan (Sep 2-Sep 29); and relate well with the bear (Mar 18-Apr 14), the cat (Jul 8-Aug 4) or the owl (Oct 28-Nov 24).

The other animal I found associated with time was the seahorse, which has an amazing memory and a sharp mind. They are also clever, flexible, resourceful, versatile, adaptable, and hard to follow.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bi-Weekly Treasury Report - 5/12/2012

Hi everyone. Sorry I have been remiss in thanking and featuring the great curators that have included our items in their beautiful treasuries. This report is several days late, and it includes two weeks of treasuries. We have had an illness and death in the family, so we are behind with everything.


Better late, than never I want to give a 'shout-out' to these great treasuries. I hope you will take a few minutes to give them a look.


Ayse from Angel of Anatolia featured our Ruby in Zoisite and Garnet Ear Sweeps in green^^^^^^^^^^^yellow.


Debbie and John from Thunder Rose included our Purple Feather Earrings in Atouch of purple for Mother's day.


Kim from Expressions Floral also featured our Purple Feather Earrings in PurplePlethora.


Cindy Wilson from Mommy's Dream included our Organite Pyramid in Purplecomes in all styles.


Jasmina from Jasmina’s Unique Jewelry also featured our Purple Feather Earrings in Purple Bee.


Sibel Design included our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace in flyto the sea.


Maggie Dempsey from Beach Plum Cottage featured our Barefoot Sandal in ADay At The Beach - Treasury Challenge #48.


Karen Neill from KN Jewelry N Designs also included our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace in Justa Beachy Kind of Day.




We have also had the pleasure of curating two treasuries, featuring some beautiful work by some amazing artists. Please take a look.


Shadesof Purple


DownBy The Seaside




Thanks for taking a peak. Have a wonderful week.


Theresa

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Featured Artist - Court and Spark

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This weeks featured artisan is Phippa Harding - Court & Sparks! Phillpa has darling creations. You can find Court and Sparks on:


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Copper


Raw Copper

I realize that copper is a metal (not a stone); but since I found out about its relationship to Taurus, I decided to include it any way; especially since it’s one of our favorite metals to use in our art and jewelry.

“Cuprum” is the Latin root word for copper, which originated from the older Latin word “cyprium”. The Greeks referred to it as such because most copper was mined on the island of Cyprus, which was sacred to the Goddess Venus. In alchemy, the symbol for copper was also the symbol for Venus. The Mesopotamians also associated the mineral with Venus and the Queen of Heaven. Copper, brass, and bronze were also called “chalkos” in Greek. Brass is an alloy made up of copper and zinc; and bronze is alloy of copper and tin.

CopperDead Sea scroll- Thescroll is made of copper alongside the jar it was found in
In legend, Copper is said to also be one of the metals of the Greek God Hermes, God of quick wit and mental agility, and messenger to the Gods. Egyptians used the ankh symbol, which represented eternal life, to denote copper in their hieroglyphs. In Asian culture and religions, such as Buddhism & Hinduism, it was used on palaces, temples, and ceremonial vessels. Rituals using candles and chalices call for the use of copper in Christianity. In the US police got the nickname ‘cops’ due to the fact that their uniforms were fastened with copper buttons.

Copper is an excellent conductor of energy - from electricity and heat to spiritual energies - and is considered the mineral of mental agility. According to myth, copper has the ability to conduct spiritual energy back and forth between individuals, crystals, auras, the mind, and spirit. It is also believed to enhance and transmit thoughts, even over long distances.

Statue of Liberty
Copper is referred to as the bestower of good. It is believed to provide harmony between body and spirit, and to stabilize energies of intuition, sexuality, desires, and vitality. It is also thought to combat lethargy, passivity, restlessness, excitability, and non-acceptance of oneself. Copper is also said to stimulate optimism, diplomacy, and independence. It can also be used to straighten the properties of stones and crystals.

Copper is a natural antibacterial; as such it inhibits the spread of bacteria in water and air distribution systems made from it. It is also the third most abundant mineral found in our bodies, the brain and liver containing the largest amounts. The human body needs to consume 3mg of copper daily, which is transported by protein in the blood to our organs. Copper has been used in traditional folk remedies to treat arthritis, relieve pain of broken bones, sexual instability, and low energy.

With all these wonderful attributes of copper, I’m glad we use in our work. I definitely need to start carrying some around with me; I need the energy boost. :-)

Associations:
  • Zodiac: Taurus, Sagittarius
  • Planet: Venus
  • Energy: Receptive
  • Element: Water
  • Deity: Venus/Aphrodite, Hermes, Hathor
  • Chakra: Heart & Base
  • Powers: Energy direction, Energy balance, Healing, Love, Luck, Protection, Money  
Until next time,

-Liz

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Featured Artist - Made for Me by Oaklie

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This week's Featured Artisan is Anne Hopfer - Made for Me by Oaklie. Handmade knit and Crochet Fashion Accessories made with YOU in mind! You can find Made for Me by Oaklie on:

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