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Horoscopes are written by people who study the planets but in the end put their own spin on what it all means. Since we’re masters of our own lives or should be, we can read what the year of the horse may bring using my formula: take what we like and leave what we don’t.
The Chinese believe that those born in the year of the horse have a strong need to improve themselves and they make a constant effort to do so. Horse people are probably the ones who propel self-help books to the bestseller lists.
They are also energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. In ancient lore they are designated ‘Qianli Ma’, meaning “a horse that covers many thousands of miles in a day. I like the sound of that but must take care not to use up too many of those miles chasing my tail.
Believe in it as year of transformation and do what you need to do to make the glass slipper fit. Believing in Magic Worked for Cinderella.
I found a list of their characteristics on ChinaTravelGuide.com
Sweep and sew and cook and clean,
Smile when Esmeralda’s mean.
Try not to make your Stepmom mad.
All this time where was your Dad?
It’s my lame attempt at grade school poetry but didn’t you always wonder why Cinderella’s Dad never showed up to protect her from her evil stepmother and those sloth-like stepsisters? Her patience was rewarded. When the last glass shoe dropped she ended up with a prince, a palace, and a happy ending. All she had to do was work like a slave and believe in magic.
I just LOVE to be a busy girl. Why do a show if you’re just going to sit there, then pack up your jewels and take them home? Jewels should only sit still if they are in a museum. Otherwise they should be worn by people who love them.
At my holiday shows I decided to lower my prices significantly and see if I could double my sales. OOOH! It worked! I’ve been a very busy girl.
Last night was the first of my two Human Needs Food Pantry events and WOW! It was a jewel fest! So this morning I went into my web site and slashed all my prices the same way. Check it out!
After all what good are fabulous jewels if they don’t make their way out into the world.
P.S. I’ve been making the bodacious African Tribal Collar necklaces. Definitely not for the unbold. Anyway, I always take 3 or 4 to shows as window dressing and I usually sell at least one. Last night I sold two!
YES! They can.
This month I’m making that happen right there in my home town. I volunteer at The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Once a week our clients come in to get bags of fresh food to help feed their families. The pantry is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community.
In addition clients get a monthly pass to “shop” in our “boutique.” They get bags which they can fill with whatever items are available that they need in terms of clothing, personal care products, bedding and towels. Volunteers sort and organize a steady stream of donations that keep the “boutique” happening.
This year I put together a trunk show to benefit the HNFP. No matter how much comes in we never seem to have enough of some things like sheets, towels, and blankets. If you live in or near Montclair stop by on Dec 4. If you bring in new or clean gently used towels, sheets and bedding I’ll give you a $20 gift certificate to shop for jewels. There will also be lots of treats, wine, and interesting people.
Click here for the details.
A portion of my jewelry sales will go to the pantry as well. AND I designed the foodie charm bracelets pictured here to benefit HNFP? They are on sale on my web site now, and they will be available December 4 at the event.
Holiday tribes. Big celebrations. Too much cake. Too much vino.
Good. Good. And Good. So far.
Too much friends and family? OK, maybe…sometimes. But a celebration is meant to be shared. With our tribes. All celebrations are tribal.
My new Tribal Wrap Bracelets are all wrapped up with little talismans that include vintage items and beads that have unusual stamps and carvings.
The African beads have their roots in a society that values jewelry as a form of tribal identity. The “soul” of jewelry is the stories that make it more than just adornment. The first story of these beads is their journey from the hands of the one who made them to the wrists of the one who wears and appreciates them.
My jewelry is a mixture of earthy and elegant elements. Think rich hippie. African Trade beads with freshwater pearls. Pearls are associated with purity, goodness and tradition. Mixing them with tribal beads makes them less prim and more accessible; not so precious that they can’t be worn everyday.
French has a dizzying number of verbs. Hundreds! Des centaines! Each with up to six conjugations and the ten most commonly used are all irregular!!! So it goes with crystals. Hundreds! Each with its own story… Mon dieu!
Crystal Quartz is the most common. It is considered the master healer, energizer, and diffuser of bad vibes. A girl can’t go wrong with Crystal Quartz. All the other varieties share these important properties and also come with some individual benefits of their own.
Tangerine Quartz is a favorite around this studio. No particular reason for this other than most of us who work on the jewelry love it. The belief is that you are attracted to the stones that are right for you. So, maybe our karmic adjustment cries out for the lucidity it brings.
Metaphysically, Tangerine Quartz is said to create a clarity around the events that shape our lives. It fosters compassion and calms the memories associated with physical or emotional trauma.
Most tangerine quartz comes from Brazil. The orange color is the result of a rusty liquid created by the presence of hematite and water in the cavity where the quartz forms.
Wear Tangerine Quartz to help you navigate the “chaos” of the world and recognize the inherent order in the universe. A girl can’t radiate positive energy without clearing the way for it.