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More creations from my heart, hands and mind

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I call this piece “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.

 

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I call this piece “Elephant Heaven”

This particular piece is named after a haven for elephants in Thailand. I watched a documentary several years ago about a woman who created a haven for elephants in the mountains of Thailand called Elephant Heaven. I never forgot about it or the struggle of this beautiful animal. This woman became care-taker to abused and traumatized elephants and created a place for them to live in peace. Her care for these animals and what they had suffered really touched me and stayed with me all these years. So, this piece is made as a tribute to her and all those beautiful creatures she is looking after.

Here’s an article I found if you would like to know more about it…
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/10/1017_021017_elephantheaven.html

 

You can find both of this necklaces on my etsy sight along with many other beautiful pieces.  Please stop by my shop and have a look anytime.  arcanememory.etsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

New Beginnings

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Hey there world, for my first post I would like to share a new beginning for me!  In the last couple of months I’ve gone head long into creating an online shop at etsy.com.  This has been a new experience for me.  I have been spending more time then ever at the computer and online.  I have to say it has been a lot of fun and inspirational!  I am really impressed with the work being presented on etsy by artisans; from the painters to the illustrators to the jewelry designers, assemblage artists, collage and so much more.  I have been brought up around many different types of artists and it makes me so happy to see a sight providing a space to help artists all over the world share their work.  It is a great venture for me and I hope to see my self thriving in it!

So, let me close this first entry by sharing my shop on etsy with you!  I hope you enjoy what I’ve put into it so far!  I really do take pride in my work!  My heart and soul go into it! Thank you for letting me share my love and magic with you!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArcaneMemory?ref=pr_shop_more