Sunday, October 30, 2011

Getting ready for Christmas!

Ready or not winter's coming!
We had a super surprise snowfall on Saturday - don't you just love snow on Saturdays! It reminded me that winter's coming and along with it the special yummy smells good cookin' parties happenin' holiday times.

There will be no more swimming for quite a while....
Toooo chilly and besides the winter cover's on the pool now.
Lil Bear had just the right idea, sitting on the porch in a lovely warm sunbeam.

Best seat outside of the house! Smart pup!
We spent the weekend going out every so often to shake off our sacred trees - they haven't had a chance to shed their leaves yet and the snowfall was hard on their delicate branches. 

Then in the wee hours I began to dream about the holidays - I LOVE them, don't you? Special holiday movies - Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, Witches of Eastwick, Heaven Can Wait, Bonneville, The Big Chill, City of Angels, Sixth Sense, lots of ways to celebrate the soul...during Halloween.

And right after Halloween comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas! So I've been creating like a maniac (my hubby figures I sleep about 3 hours a night but my math makes it at least 5 or 6). I can't not do it - take a look!
Beautiful antiestablishment pearl earrings!
I've been making earrings, necklaces, bracelets, light catcher car jewelry - all to prepare gifts for your friends and family and don't forget yours truly! If you're like me, it's one for you and one for me when buying =:o
Labradorite necklace glowing in the last of the autumn sun
Gorgeous dangle earrings....
Green teardrops with sterling silver chain
And doesn't Vix do a great job showing off! Check out my blog post about when she arrived to help me let you know how things look when you have them on. She loves being outside with the wind in her hair and the sun sparkling all over her Dreamkeeper Creations.

AND I've discovered a new style of necklace, so new that I don't even have photos yet. But it has to do with briolette beads and sterling silver wire wrapping - took me about 3 hours to learn that this weekend - looks much easier than it is. Check back to see!

Til then,


Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Style of Necklaces - YAY!!

So by accident I discovered a new style of necklaces to make for you! A gift from my wonderful artistic muse in the wee hours of the morning between Friday and Saturday. Aren't artful accidents sometimes so lucky....

Gorgeous First One of the New Style!
Doesn't Vix do a great job of showing off the new style?! For more details on Vix's story check out the story of when I bought her. (Use your browser back button to return here.)

New Style of Necklace, First One

I discovered this style late in the wee hours of Friday night/Saturday morning when I was making a bunch of leather necklaces to put with the pendants that don't yet have any on my Etsy site, Dreamkeeper Creations. I saw the leather sitting there and put on this gorgeous green bead, then put some complementary beads on either side, and voila! The new style was born. I hadn't before designed necklaces on the leather without having the end pieces all done first. Then I found myself staying up all night doing a bunch more. Yes, I greeted the dawn, lovely foggy morning with birds tweeting the sun awake.

The new style of necklaces aren't interchangeable with sterling silver chains, but the pendants are, and I spent a bunch of time making leather necklaces for all the pendants that don't yet have them.

Vix Showing Off the Nile River Goddess Necklace
The goal is for all of the pendants I sell in my Etsy shop to be ready to wear. So putting the pretty leather necklaces on the pendants has been good for that. Most of these are interchangeable with sterling silver chains, which I've been able to buy at fairly affordable prices so you can have your everyday wear, and pop them onto sterling chains for specials.

The other good thing I've discovered is that I like putting lobster clasps on instead of the old style of silver hooks. I think they hold up better. I'm toeing the line between small enough to look good and not weight them so much that the clasp wanders down where it doesn't belong - and big enough to grab with your fingers to maneuver. Let me know how you feel about the lobster clasps as that'll help future design.

Current Lobster Clasp
I'll be putting tails onto the necklaces soon, look for updated photos. My friend told me her significant other thinks the tails are sexy, and that's always good!

Check back soon,



Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Earring Style Yay!!

So I stayed up all night again all inspired to create earrings. I should say the ones I finished are available and up on Dream Keeper Creations at Etsy. The ones I did last night are all about freedom.
Red Bamboo Coral and Hill Tribe Silver Dangle Feather Earrings
Years ago, when I realized my 16-year first marriage was over and there was zero, zilcho, NOTHING I could do to save it, in-between getting the children all taken care of and a new place for us to live, I took a little detour to a gorgeous jewelry store in the middle of the pristine mountains of Colorado, the place that restored my heart and soul. I had no money to speak of, started our new lives with a lot of balls, no secondary education, and $5,000 dollars, which isn't a whole lot, but more than many people begin with....

There, I bought myself a ring, handmade by a Navaho artist - it was a golden feather based in sterling silver that encircled my middle finger, to remind me that I now had the freedom to really spread my wings, to remind myself to be strong, to reach for the stars, fly high, and never again let anyone tell me "you can't."

My Freedom Ring
Sometimes you just need something to remind you that you can believe in yourself, and you can accomplish what you barely ever imagined, given half a decent chance. Sometimes you have to make that chance come about. It takes a whole lot of courage, belief in yourself, and maybe a little stupidity. 

I found it all does come out right in the long-run, though now there are "chapters" in my book of life, instead of the uninterrupted story I imagined as a young girl. Chapters are good. Really good.

So I've created for you some feather earrings, each with its own kind of gemstone energy - quartz, bamboo coral, amethyst, onyx, turquoise, agate, pearl - and in the end it's up to you to see which one will give you wings. Just believe that you can ... and you will!
Blue Quartz Dangle Feather Charm Earrings
Go for it, big or small, never give up!

What's coming up in Dreamkeeper Creations soon? Gorgeous Friday or Saturday night earrings - definitely not for work. Take a peek--
Luscious Gemstone Earrings
These are totally luscious! I'm wearing the ones you see here, but will make lots more so you can have some too. They're extra empowering with loads of gemstones, including goldstone, agate, aventurine, jade, onyx, fluorite, labradorite (one of my faves), and a ton of others. Keep in touch, Christmas is coming and maybe you know someone who would love some yummy gemstone jewelry and all that comes with it!