Happy Dia de Los Muertos! New Work and Day of the Dead Jewelry GiveAway

Happy Dia de Los Muertos, Halloween, & All Souls Everyone!!! I’m hosting a jewelry Giveaway for a pair of Day of the Dead painted charm and sterling silver earrings below.

Happy Dia de Los Muertos, Halloween, & All Souls Everyone!!!  I’m hosting a giveaway for a pair of Day of the Dead painted charm and sterling silver earrings below.

But first, check out this cool Gulian vine bead from the Philippines. Huge, wood, dyed and lacquered. I am trying to find out what kind of plant it comes from… anyone know?

I think it may also have grown in Kamala’s garden, thus the Buddha pendant… more on that soon.

And surprise! Day of the Dead jewelry !! Haha 😉

I’ve moved from the fall color palette to blingy with color and crystals.  And am finally inspired to start experimenting with embellishment; something new for me; like the finish on the little Buddha charm above, or Vintaj metal treatments to these cool silver metal charms.  I am still a sterling silver/gold vermeil purist- but for now, these Day of the Dead charms are too fun to pass playing with.  Festive Music.

It’s Marina of fancidevices, er her designs and tutorials, that are inspiring me to take more risk.  There is a spontaneity to that grrrl’s jewelry designs that puts me in awe- even though our materials and styles are nothing alike, and I don’t alter finishes or rework materials much (too hooked on bling!). But the originality of her compositions draws me in- as if each piece has been on a long journey and we just happened to be in the right time and place to find it, whether in a museum, or digging it from the dirt: each piece fascinates that way.  But I’ll crush on Marina’s work, and her tribal, victorian, assemblage world later as I get into her tutorials.  For now- it’s her creative output that’s got me hooked (addicted!) to her blog. That and her crazy fun, dark, LOL humor.  Check her out- and (she’s having a sale now).  Her packaging is a world unto itself- nautical maps…Hindi advertisment papers, DNA like octogons cut from children’s books…wow.

And you KNOW of my long time Artists Crush on Charlene of Black Mud Studios:  Her stonewear sugar skulls this year are the BEST, and I won’t stop working with them any time soon. Holidays or not.  Inspired by Fall Migration  colors of Monarch butterfly.

And a gold/vermeil wire-wrapped chain version-More colors to come.

Loving these Biwa pearls. Never too precious for Tibetan laughing skulls 😉





















JEWElERLY GIVEAWAY:  In honor of Day of the Dead celebrations today and tomorrow- I’m hosting a giveaway of these earrings (actually, a very similar second pair, but my camera just died, and I MUST get back to booking gigs, so this pic will have to do… ; )  You can read about them here-

To win them- leave a message on this blog post saying what you think of the Day of the Dead holidays. (All opinions welcome- but NOTE: kids visit too- so nothing rude).  Also- be sure to put your e-mail (soo many of you don’t have links back to your blogs, email, or contact info- even on your avatars.  Make sure I can reach you!)  Open to everyone- international customers welcome.

Oh wait, almost forgot- a piece of jasper that inspired a dream that inspired a poem.  A cartographer working in a very small, dark room…

“When one could wander, listless, but instead closes one’s eyes to hear the heart,
One awakens in the Cartographer’s Dream, seeing what to map next.”

“She studied the mauve plain.
Fissures and fractures
leading to the ravine- all yet to be mapped, and
fumaroles and holes so deep they would draw down all
of her ink just to color their reflections in indigo…”

from The Cartographer’s Dream,  TL

This and more inspirations from poems, book bits, quotes are getting posted along with jewelry pieces in my shop Three Muses on etsy.

Embellish Yourself! Calavera Style

My Love affair with October begins with the wonderful Day of the Dead practice of decorating oneself as Calavera.

This happy custom comes from traditional Dia de Los Muertos celebrations back in the day in Mexico, where people would paint their faces and dress as a skeleton (calavera), and pretend to be either themselves or someone else- in plays, parades, and publicly performed skits.  I love this tradition! To come back as your skeleton self to the world of the living, means a slightly altered perspective no doubt- and helps create the funniest parodies of life and all our petty concerns within it. Of course, politicians and famous folks were the favored personas to target and enact.   Wouldn’t it be awesome to have this low-brow entertainment again! Every year in your local town plazuela!! It seems like it would bring release, and instant perspective into an often silly too-serious world.  So I start with myself, sing into a skeleton, add marigolds, swallows, and a few tattoos…

And its just ONE-more thing to adore about PicMonkey.  I think they must have these features seasonally- So I’m going to doll up everyone I have pics of. (heeeheee- beware my friends…;)

You can make yourself scary too. Especially if the photo is out-of-focus, your eyes were closed and you need to open them up with bright, orange, cat eyes!

A few fun things I’ve slipped into the timeline of late, between working/ touring/ performing:  is getting my recording gear spinning again, redesigning my studio, and making a few new jewelry bits.  Yay!!!

First, I’m finally on Pinterest.  I got on to figure out how to bring together different ideas for the studio I want, and a new artistic vibe in my space.  Of course Dia de los Muertos and mermaids will always reign supreme, but I’ve decided to let my scientific roots show a bit too within my artistic world.  In my previous incarnation, I studied marine biology, researched and raised fish, and moon lighted as an environmental scientist- all while playing drums in punk and power pop bands on weekends.

Only when music started to ‘eat my lunch’, did I decide to choose my Master.  Occasionally, science would appear: a band call ‘The Succulents’; sea sirens, lyrics of deep-sea lovers, secret powers of cyanobacteria…

Now, coincident with Fall, I’m craving bathymetry, scientific illustration, & glasswork in my soon-to-be new Apothecary Studio!