Am I Too Woo-Woo for You?

Who I Am, What I Believe...

Did you hear that deep sigh I just let out? I just got out of meditation and the message that I got was that today is the day that I tell you who the real me is. If you’ve taken any how-to-sell-handmade-online classes chances are you’ve been told that it’s essential to tell your story, so that your customers can connect with you.

I’ve tried it multiple times over the years, but it’s never felt 100% genuine. I mean, the different iterations have all been true, but they haven’t been the full story because I thought, that sure is going to be a small audience! Plus, it’s always morphing.

Right now, my About page touches on it but I realize that it took me so long to write because I was being very crafty in tiptoeing around telling you what really makes me, ME.

Just a photo of one of my hand-stitched evil eye tapestries, to break up all these words

So, the meditation guides have called me to task, and when you go in asking for guidance, and tell them that you want to hear clearly, it’s probably a good idea to do what they say once they tell you, right? And really, it’s probably not that big of a deal, but, here goes..

I'm a Closeted New Ager, for Lack of a Better Label

I have been this way my entire life, even before I knew what it was called. I guess you could call it my religion, but it’s not a religion. I believe that the sole purpose of a soul is to seek; to experience and learn, in this case, through this physical existence. I believe that we choose what we want to learn in this lifetime before we come here. I believe that we are not fated, nor that everything is pre-destined, but that we are presented with situations every single day that give us the opportunity to move closer to experiencing and learning that which we have chosen. We can choose not to learn what we chose, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There will be plenty of other opportunities if we want to try the same lesson again.

another hand-stitched piece on fabric to lighten the mood

I've Studied Lots of "Out There" Things

I’m a certified hypnotherapist, past-life regressionist, yoga nidra facilitator, and Reiki Master. I was baptized Catholic, didn’t practice, then was confirmed as an adult. I spent 10 years at an evangelical christian church. I’ve studied Taoism, and resonate with that system of belief, or non-belief, the most. 

I’ve studied a lot of modalities that most people have never heard of, and connected with most every one of them while doing so. I’ve spent time doing Shamanic journeying, inner child work, EMDR sessions, and many types of energy work over the years. I spent a year doing a secret order alchemy correspondence class. I believe in the law of attraction, and the other universal laws, although those kind of things have much deeper meanings than those that are presented to the masses. I still consult fellow woo-woo people to help me when I’m stuck, or can’t shake something bothersome.

I believe that everyone is perfect just as they are, and have lived my life by trying to put myself in other people’s shoes in order to gain understanding, and compassion, even when I don’t want to. I believe that difficult people in our lives are some of the most brave souls because they chose to come here and play that crappy role in the script of our lives so that we can have the experiences we chose to have. It doesn’t mean I have to like them, or spend time with them. They’re just here for a reason, just like I am.

I am fascinated with duality, and root causes of what makes people behave how they do, and how situations get to be how they are. I thrive on problem-solving and figuring things out.

I believe that we are all one, and while I have gotten glimpses of it, it’s a hard concept to hold for an extended period of time. I believe in everything, and I believe in nothing.

If I could have anything I wanted in life, it would be to be in what I call “the flow,” 100% of the time. I guess you could call that wanting to get back to the Source, because that is what I imagine that feels like.

Oh. And I talk with rocks.

How to Take Art with You Everywhere

Do You Need Art Like I Do?

I’m sure you’ve heard artists say that they need to create. It’s a compulsion. I’m one of those artists. But I also need art around me, whether I’m creating or not.

I know this is going to sound weird, but having art all around me makes me feel like I’m in a warm, safe, cocoon.

These little guys sit atop the cabinets in my studio, and watch over me.

I’ve been known to carry artist-made glass beads, in my pocket. If I’m in a place where I can’t take them out to enjoy looking at them, just a quick fondle in my hoodie pocket soothes me.

The dilemma came in when I would wear things without pockets. Then what? Easy solution: only wear things with pockets, right?

 

I Found a Better Solution: Jewelry

I was never a jewelry-wearing person. I mean, I like a sparkly thing as much as the next gal, but traditional gems and metal don’t do it for me. 

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long but I finally realized that I could make any kind of jewelry I wanted. Well, duh. Isn’t that what an artist does?

I didn’t have to make what I thought people wanted to wear. I could make art. Art to wear. I feel silly admitting that because it’s so obvious, isn’t it?

Upcoming Mirror Mirror Collection - Sterling silver, moonstone, and glass.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m creating art that you can wear, so that you always have inspiration right there with you.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

How Inspiration Strikes

To be honest, the inspiration for this upcoming collection came from the stones themselves.

I’ve mentioned before that my rocks talk to me. So, that’s where I usually go first. I had purchased some moonstones a while back and was enthralled with their sparkle and depth.

I loved them so much that I hung them on my desk light above my work bench so we could hang out. As I sat with them I got the distinct feeling that they wanted to be included in a collection that had something to do with the divine feminine. They’re very on trend, these mighty little stones.

You can see where we started. Neither of us were feeling it until about the 8th sketch. Then, bam! There it was.

Mirror Mirror.

As I continue to work on the collection it has me thinking about women’s issues. How we give so much power to what we see in the mirror because of what we’ve lived our entires lives hearing about our appearance.

I started to feel sad and disappointed because I knew that these gems wanted to be uplifting, and I felt that I was failing them with my thoughts

Disney Villains are More Interesting

Then I remembered, part of the problem that we, as women, have taken on is exactly what I was doing. Trying to ignore that there ARE issues, and putting on that smile that is expected of us.

Oh, no, no, no. I couldn’t have that. That’s when I heard the evil queen chime with a “Mwuahahahaha. I have just what you need.”

I decided to dive into the duality that we all have inside us, and harness the power of the evil queen with some poisoned apples and berries.

I know. Taking a little darker turn, yes? But if you think about it, the villains are usually more interesting, aren’t they?

As I worked I wondered why that was. The only thing I could come up with was that I think we secretly long to be able to do some of the shit that they do. I mean, set our sights on something and go for it without having to hold back. Show the world the power that we have inside us because whether good, or bad, we’re pretty damn powerful.

I can’t wait to show you how the next phase is shaping up!

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