Things I make with my hands…

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In the last two years I have found a new passion, jewelry design.  I started out making jewelry for fun and realized I love it!  The first year I started selling them in a boutique in Asheville, NC called the Honey Pot.  Now I have my own business online.  I really enjoy assembling each piece and seeing it magically come together.  I also love creating the names, writing up stories about them and finding quotes to add to the meaning of each one.  Here are a few of the pieces I’ve been working on.  If you would like to see more please visit my shop @ arcanememory.etsy.com

“Sacred Milagro”
Milagros (also known as an ex-voto or dijes) are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United States, other areas of Latin America, and parts of the Iberian peninsula.
As part of a religious ritual or an act of devotion, milagros can be offered to a symbol of a saint as a reminder of a petitioner’s particular need, or in gratitude for a prayer answered. They are used to assist in focusing attention towards a specific ailment, based on the type of charm used.
Symbolism:
-leg:staying grounded and aware, close to the earth, strength in the legs
-hematite chain the leg hangs from: helps to support strength, good circulation, and grounding
-head:the mind/ brain/ consciousness/ mental awareness and memory
-bead work the head hangs from: first bead above the head is a flower representing the flowering of mental awareness connected to the heart. Above the flower bead is one that looks like an eye. This is the eye of consciousness which aligns the mind with the flow of the cosmos. All the beads that follow are to help provide healthy function to the brain (memory, thoughts, feelings, etc) through staying in touch with the rest of the body and earth.
-arm/hand: source of creative activity, work, trade, intimate touch
-chain the arm hangs from: strength in creativity, good circulation, loving touch
Hematite is also a stone for the mind, so in keeping the rest of the body strong and grounded the mind will be more focused, have stronger memories, and creative thoughts.

“Sacred Reverence”
This talisman necklace has a lot of beautiful and meaningful elements to it. It has an earthy feel with a beautiful spring time life, due to the colorful bead work. It was inspired by the coming of spring, along with all the hand-carved and vintage pieces I wanted to include in it.
Symbolic meaning and properties of the pieces:
-Elephant: Brings luck, builds strength, provides protection, creates advanced sensitivity and social connection
-Spike:piercing through illusions
-Heart: Passionate Desires Freed
-Zuni snake: Transformation
-Hematite chains: grounding, protective, strengthening connection to the earth

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