Monday, April 26, 2010

I Made my first Treasury on Treasury East!

Hi, friends,
It took me forever to figure out how to do this, but I curated my first treasury on Treasury East and I'd love it if you took a look at it and maybe even commented.  Here is the link.  It's a celebration of Cinco de Mayo and all the saturated colors and delight I associate with Latino culture.


Click here to go to the treasury.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Filigree and Fiddle-dee-dee to Fashion

There are lots of blogs telling you what to wear.  I won't do that.  I am going to tell you to have fun with your jewelry.

Why not?  I have fun making it.  I'm always on the look-out for interesting materials and juicy gems.  I love the hunt.

For instance, I recently found these antique brass filigrees that remind me of flowers, and combined them with gorgeous golden freshwater pearls and sundrops of citrine.  And Voila!

They'd be lots of fun, especially on someone with light-colored blonde to red hair, or short hair of any color.  Very feminine and Victorian feeling ~ like one of my favorite flowers, the fuchsia.

I have more citrine, if anyone wants a nice little necklace to go with these earrings.

GEM LORE: Pearls are very fashionable this year, but do you know they have healing properties as well?  Pearls are cooling and soothing, can help balance emotions, and symbolize purity.  They are very absorbent of whatever the wearer feels, but when pared with citrine, which deflects negativity, the energy is very balanced.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

El espíritu de la fiesta. The Spirit of Fiesta

En español or in English, the word fiesta stands on its own these days.  The word fiesta connotes more food, more music, more color than the word party does.  Many parties are joyful, colorful and fun, but not all.  I expect a fiesta to be wonderful.

There are pity-parties and home-shopping parties at which you are enticed to buy Tupperware, and those uncomfortable to escape parties: familial days of guilty obligation. Who among us, not having the proper stylish attire, hasn't tried to fade into the wallpaper at some chi-chi soiré ? Would you long to hide at a real, live fiesta?  Probably not.

You'd show your true self, because that's who was invited.

The espíritu, or spirit of a fiesta, is the festival, or celebration of a feast day.  Originally these were spiritual or religious in nature, and that may be why they're different.  At a true fiesta the host is more concerned with the welfare of the guests, the celebration, than in selling Tupperware, or an idea of oneself as stylish decorator or gourmet cook.  At a true fiesta the hostess splurges on food, music and the children's piñata before her dress and the silverware.

(That's why I designed my Fiesta Collection of celebratory jewelry with affordability and joyful color in mind.)


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