Summer, in a blink, it seems, has washed away with the tide, and the crisp feel of autumn is once again carried in on a salty ocean breeze. Beach bonfires are crackling and the sky is side lit. The beach, just a moment ago, bustling with visitors and brightly colored canopies for miles, is now muted and softly diffused. Quiet really does have an echo. We gently embrace this new season, and like the lotus flower, we begin anew, stronger and empowered, and with a feeling of childlike anticipation.
Sometimes after working very long hours laying out beads for my designs, I feel like leaving my studio for a while, venturing out for a break and a bit of new color inspiration. On this evening it was Cafe Namaste. To find this place, you would slip down a side alley called "Squid Row" in the small California coastal town of Santa Cruz. Aromas of chai and incense swirl to greet you at the door with a promise of big fluffy pillows on which to stretch out and stay awhile in the far back booklined room. The orange glow of the place is warm and reassuring on a chilly fall night and I grab my camera to shoot this picture. My thoughts are about how magical Santa Cruz can actually be sometimes, to me, a southern California gal. Through my camera's eye, I notice the Buddha's hands in analji mudra position and I smile, feeling calm and welcomed. I want this moment to last forever here in this warm glow, but my eye catches the right lower pane in the window there, and through the glass, I can make out the word "temporary" on a red backdrop of some sort. I love this little cafe down a side alley, but for some reason, I know intuitively it will not be here much longer, as shops come and go in a tourist town like this.
It's been closed for a while now, but I am glad I got this shot. It makes my soul happy, and it is still a color inspiration to me for the fall. Impermanence, yes. Everything is temporary.
Just a reminder to enjoy "now", remember that.
At the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains lies a spiritual retreat, Land of Medicine Buddha. Tranquil and serene, it is surrounded by enormous redwood tree energy, and is truly a sanctuary and healing place. I come here when the chaos of the ordinary world becomes way too much for me, which sometimes, is much of the time. Too many people, too much traffic, too much noise, too many choices. Of everything. It is where I come to seek solitude and inspiration for my spiritual designs. Often, we are not able to literally go "on retreat" when the responsibilities of everyday life can make us feel so tied down, yet the need to retreat from every day life at times is so very necessary. There is a retreat, though, deep within each one of us that we can access through the simple practice of silence and meditation. A beautiful world of quiet and non thought. Sometimes it is easy to follow the path to this place, and sometimes we slip up and step backward on our journey. Sometimes we just need a little help with guidance along the way, in the form of a caring friend's empathy and compassion, a loving animal trotting joyfully by our side, or a special treasure in our hand to hold tight to when we need to remember what this world is really all about. Since the beginning of time, we as humans, have looked to connect with a higher source and transport to us "that place." The handmade jewelry pieces I create are meant to help us on our path.
Wire work Up-cycled Glass Beads and Thai amulet.
Here is a peek at my latest handmade boho jewelry designs. Early morning photos at the "Flats" on Rio del Mar Beach before packing everything up for Los Gatos Fiesta des Artes this Saturday in downtown Los Gatos! The hypnotic and meditative sounds of the ocean in the background make this an effortless task, how blessed can I be! The beach is my giant soft box!
Summertime, Rio del Mar Beach after fog lifts in the bay. Rolling waves, seagulls soaring and dipping, blue-blue skies.
Turquoise, aqua Czech beads and chalcedony on stacking bracelet with leather cord..
Inspiration: a beautiful blonde goddess named Heidi...
Thank you Heidi.
The earthiness of raw, rough gemstones such as citrine, amethyst, and turquoise really call to me. Each stone is said to be known for its unique properties of empowerment and intention, along with its own rich history. While designing my jewelry I keep in mind the intention I would like to imbue in each piece, and create it accordingly. I meet many artists who love to wear gemstones that are known to enhance creativity, for example. Others are looking to enhance their spiritual connection through the vibration and energy of stones and crystals.
This bracelet features a raw amethyst and turquoise, draped with Peruvian opals and wire worked in vermeil. Amethyst worn on your wrist is said to help attract abundance and prosperity, Turquoise is a stone of protection and is known to improve communication. I added Peruvian opals to calm the mind and build a strong connection to the beauty and tranquility of the sea. This piece is a personal favorite, and was bought by a friend of mine. It lives in Los Gatos presently!
You can look up your favorite gemstones at Crystal Vault's Crystal Encyclopedia, it's truly amazing!