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Time is the gift & love is the answer...
😻 2-years ago today, my kitty baby Jupiter crossed the rainbow bridge. I’ve wanted to do a memorial piece in his honor, so this is what I’ll be working on this week...
😻He was the sweetest soul I’ve ever known & lived until he was almost 20. He was one of my soulmates in this life. We adopted him not long after my hubs & I got married. He chose me. It was one of my greatest honors to care for him for over 16 years. I’m blessed he was mine. He taught me that love can change your stars & that love truly is the answer. He had been abused & when we adopted him, we were told by the shelter he was surrendered b/c he was aggressive. No, he was defending himself. Not once was he ever aggressive towards us. Animals give love in the way humans can not. I’m a better person because of him & treasure the memories & time I had with him. I imagine he is chasing butterflies across the 🌈 with my other 3 that are there....
💗Love is the Answer💗this pendant is headed off to her new home, THANK YOU🙏🏻💗...
💗This is a heart healing talisman, created using the color of green for the #heartchakra (which is white quartz w/ #malachite & #chrysocolla naturally swirled throughout the stone), paired w/ a pale pink #scolecite which has natural striations that look like sun rays beaming down into a crystal cave. A soothing color pallet that was just as soothing & healing to me to create...
💗It is my hope that she will be just as healing & soothing each time she is worn over the heart!! She’s finished with a plumeria flower, leaves & decorative silver work. I enjoyed every moment of putting this one together....
💗I’ve had an exceptionally hard time getting back into a creative groove since my sweet Kaliope kitty passed suddenly in July. The loss has left a deep crack in my soul. I’ve tried many times over the last 6 weeks to sit down & create, but I draw a blank each time. My creativity comes from deep w/in my soul & when it feels broken, it’s hard for me to allow creative energy to flow. I’ve tried, but in the trying, I’ve realized I have to release into it & not control it or force fake happy, leaning into the heartache in order to heal from the break. So I’ve been doing just that, b/c heart work is incredibly important. And tough. I also know Sept 16 & 17th is around the corner and those dates are exceptionally hard for me. So rather than “pushing through” I’m trying to honor the breaks, feel the emotions that come with them & let the energy flow as it needs to. I know that the wound is where the light enters & I hold that Rumi quote exceptionally close in my heart while doing this important deep soul work. Thankfully I have tools & art & this was exactly what I needed to make to help💗...
Welcome to the Makers & Shakers Hustle with Heart Loop Giveaway! I have joined together with more than 40 other fabulous Instagram shops to (obviously) give some free stuff away & introduce you to people you may be missing out on, but mainly to celebrate the diversity of all you IG small business supporters. When it comes to personality & style, your individuality shouldn’t earn you a label, just a whole lotta love. ❤💚💙💛💜......
✅I'm giving away this “Light Within the Dark” Necklace & earring set (see next pics)-crafted of solid sterling silver w/ brass accents....
✅My giveaway is open to international entries & I will pay $5 towards the shipping fees (free shipping in the U.S.). 1-entry per person allowed.
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4. Repeat the process on each page until you make the loop back to my shop. It’s a long journey, but you will be discovering amazing people along the way, so it’s totally worth it...
✅Giveaway ends Monday, 9/2 @ 7:00 pm EST. Each account will announce their winner as soon as they can after close. Winners are chosen at random by whichever method each account deems most convenient for them...
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This was the first cuff I had ever made & when I pulled it out today, I realized I never shared it, but it is today’s armor! Adjustable copper band with sunflowers flanking a glowing labradorite stone that reminded me of the sky at dusk, right before #sunset & it’s warm & comforting to me. The colors of the glowing stone, the feel of the copper, the silver sunflowers shining their light. It also connects me to this place I call home & reminds me so much of where I currently reside. Wild #sunflowers grow all over the place here, pushing through the red earth, growing in ditches, along farmers fence lines & randomly in the median of our roads. I love them, they feel like pure sunshine to me🌻💙 and I need the sunshine. I’ve been in a bad place since my sweet Kaliope passed. I haven’t been able to create. I’ve tried, and I can’t. I’ve been ever so slowly working on my current customs, but it’s been extra slow. I’m hoping I’ll be able to bring more sunflower goodness to life soon though. It’s what I’ve been dreaming of. Navigating grief is not a fun process, especially when it triggers so much you’ve work so hard to get past, but the only way over is through & I know I’ll get there, one day at a time! Thank you all for being here with me, and following my #smithing journey! I hope to have new work available soon. #sunflowercuff#sunflowerjewelry#sunflowerjewels#sunflower#labradorite#labradoritejewelry#nofilter#sunburstjewelry#sunburstjewels#silversunflower#ilovesunflowers#instasmithy#ladysmith#touchedbythesundesigns#shineyourlight#riojeweler
I just wanted to stop in and tell y’all thank you so much for the big big love you’ve been sending our way! From the cards, flowers, care packages and messages, it’s all felt, received and deeply appreciated. This loss reminds me of how loving the human spirit can be, from beautiful souls I’ve only met virtually. Seriously, THANK YOU💗💗💗I cry less each day, but still feel a deep ache in my soul. I’ve been trying hard to keep myself grounded through this process & to find the courage to not get lost in the grief. I’ve been reworking some of my #malas as I find it very therapeutic and calming for me. After melting countless bezels on this one, I finally got it to work. A redbud leaf, which is shaped like a heart, I found in my path this week. It finishes this #mala off perfectly and the warmth of the copper paired with #moonstone#amethyst#rosewood#rudrakshabeads & #mossagate have been helpful armor for me. I’ll continue to be absent from #insta but I’m hoping to be back at my bench this weekend working on golden #sunflowers which I know will help. I’ll also be dropping some personal, vintage destash items in my #etsyshop so I can restock my silver, so if you are in need of some vintage beauties, I have a couple listed already & more to come🙏🏻💙. Thank you all for being here, I’ll be back when I’m able🙏🏻💗sending #biglove & #bravelove out to all who need it💕 #malamagic#malalove#malahealing#rosewood#108#handknotted#comfort#therapy#love#yoga#yogalove#meditation#goodenergy#healingvibes#yogi#yogajewelry#touchedbythesundesigns
🌸GROWTH🌸it’s the other side of fear🌿and for me, today, that’s in the form of a solid sterling orchid, completely hand sawn, formed & crafted by these 2 hands🙌🏻 & ❤️ & made completely out of silver sheet. That’s right, NOT CAST!! Stay tuned to see what she will become🤩my 4th hand-crafted flower in my flower series🥰
-•🌸-•As my other creations on my bench were in their different stages (tumbler/pickle, etc), I thought “I need to break in Big Bertha (my new #anvil), so I went to my list of favorite flowers and saw orchid, so I took a big gulp, plucked a withering orchid from my plant, dissected it and here she is! I’m a little weepy over this one b/c fear is an all consuming liar sometimes & when you decide to push past fear & go for it & you accomplish it, well....it’s profoundly rewarding.
•-🌸-• I also want to take a moment to recognize & thank Nicole @ringgoldnicole who is living her #dharma on this earth! Not only is she an amazing artist (if you aren’t following her, please do), she’s the best teacher I could have ever asked for! Not only did she teach us many of her very unique techniques, she encouraged us to forget the “rules” and just go for it. I truly became an artist during the week I spent in her workshop, it shifted something in my soul and empowered me to try. What’s the worst that can happen, you melt some silver?? Thank you Nicole🙏🏻💙🌸 #silverorchid#notcast#handmade#fearisaliar#icanandiwill#livingthedream#cantstopwontstop#ladysmith#artist#happyhuman#artnoveau#letyourlightshine#shineon#beingyouisyoursuperpower#touchedbythesundesigns
🌻The Golden Hour Sunflower Pendant🌻while this one is spoken for (thank you🙏🏻💙🌻), I do have a similar stone & have added a MADE TO ORDER listing to my #etsyshop **UPDATE SOLD**. This will be my only other available one like this & it will be created some time in August. Head on over to #etsy if you’d like to make the MADE TO ORDER one yours!
-•🌻•-There is a magic hour at the end of each day, before the sun sinks completely into the horizon, to give way for the moon to shine, where the light is soft & the energy is soothing. I call it the golden hour & this pendant captures that feeling for me. The flower is crafted of brass & gives the pendant a soft golden glow. The chunk of turquoise is just magnificent w/ it’s #starry matrix & brighter #turquoise blue coloring. On the bottom, I tucked a golden #citrine round into the silver work, to represent the days fading golden light. On the back I’ve hand stamped “Let Your Light Shine” to remind the wearer that no matter light or dark, or the hours in between, like the sun & the moon, we can let our light SHINE🌟💙
-•🌻•-After taking my #smithing workshop in June, I’ve wanted to really practice my new skills & reinforce what I learned, so when I was sipping my morning coffee a while back, the💡 went off & I messaged Becca @beccabeepottery asking if I could use her mug design as inspiration for the design idea for a sunflower pendant & sent her my sketched drawing & out of that, was born this bright beauty. Her mugs are my absolute FAVORITE, so if you aren’t following her, please go check her page out!
-•🌻•-I’ll be doing a series of all of my favorite flowers & will be listing them as I complete them. The first 2 I did were with apple blossoms, #prehnite & a #fern & the 2nd one was a pansy I made in my class & paired a KILLER #8turquoise Since #sunflowers are my all time fav, it only felt right to bring that to life next. And if you’ve read this far, I’m curious, what’s your favorite flower?
🌸The True Nature Pendant🌸 this beauty has just been added to my #etsyshop (link in my bio👆🏻)***UPDATE-SOLD🙏🏻💙***
-•🌸•-Pansies are amongst my favorite of all flowers & I made this pansy (by using a real Pansy & leaves as the template) in my #smithing class last month in WA & brought it home to pair with a vibrant stone & this high grade # 8 #turquoise was the perfect fit!! The blue is bright & vivid and reminds me of water droplets on Mother Earth after a long soaking rain!! It’s the most expensive stone I’ve set yet, but I wanted this piece to be extra special!
-•🌸•-Some pansies are as yellow as sunshine and some as dark as a starry night, reminding us to be of good cheer & calm spirit. Pansies are vibrant, colorful, edible & have been used in medicinal purposes for centuries. They are some of the first flowers we see before spring bursts forth, while the earth is still covered in the quiet of late winter. I think this is why they are said to bring about a calm spirit
-•🌸•-While reading up on pansies, I found they are great in an environment if you are overstressed, so with that in mind, I made this pendant for someone who needs a calming #talisman in their life, to wear over their heart & to help calm the spirit. I also hand-stamped “Adopt the Pace of Nature” on the back, as a reminder of the healing powers of nature
-•🌸•-Have you ever wondered why we seek nature to heal, to renew & to find solace? It’s because we are nature, we’ve just surrounded ourselves with noise & “stuff” that detracts from the essence of our beings. When we return to nature, we return to ourselves, coming back to who we truly are at the core of our being. Nature is the path back to our truest selves. I know that’s why I feel most alive in nature💚🌸🌿 #natureheals#natureishealing#pansies#flowerpendant#pansypendant#number8turquoise#turquoiseoverdiamonds#turquoiseovereverything#turquoisetuesday#turquoiseeveryday#turquoiselover#turquoisependant#artisanjewelry#handmadejewelry#fashion#touchedbythesundesigns#sunburstavailable#sunburstjewelry
🌿ROOT DOWN, RISE UP🌿 the Earth Goddess Fern Fringe Earrings 💚UPDATE - SOLD💚and just dropped in my #etsyshop link on my page @touchedbythesundesigns 👆🏻
These were SUPER fun to make & were partially made in my class w/ @ringgoldnicole last week, but I knew I wanted to add color when I got home, so while working on customs this past weekend & the pendant for my dad, I decided to finish these up. They are asymmetrical, playful & full of whimsy💚🌿They are the perfect weight, not at all heavy & playful with the fringe. On the back I hand stamped “ROOT DOWN RISE UP”, the saying the keep playing in my mind while creating these. I also spelled rise up, from the bottom up⬆️ as a reminder to be playful & not always follow the rules in life! The saying comes from my many years of yoga practice and is meant to remind the wearer to stand strong on Mother Earth, rooting down into her supportive energy & drawing it up through your body, rising and bringing your power with you! They are meant to remind you of your own strength and your own power, while being playful and fun!! A balance in life I often find hard to master. They are one of my favorite creations & I hope you love them as much as I do! #fernearrings#silverferns#fernjewelry#silverearrings#havefun#beplayful#whimsical#fullofwhimsy#azuritemalachite#handmade#madewithlove#yogaroots#earthgoddess#fringeearrings#mothernaturerocks#touchedbythesundesigns#silversmith#artisanjewerly
🇺🇸FREEDOM ISN’T FREE🇺🇸 This #eaglependant is for my dad, who is a #navyveteran & it is a belated #fathersday gift. I stamped #FEEDOM ISN’T FREE on the back. It also features a hand carved #baldeagle (from ethically sourced #buffalo bone), a nugget of gorgeous rustic #Turquoise that has blue, green & brown, 4 stars for each of his children & a branch of #mediterrean#redcoral from the 70’s!! Original, undyed, untreated....from the necklace in the picture. It was my mother’s. She gave it too me a couple of years before she passed to restring & wear. My dad bought it for her when we were stationed in Spain. There’s a good chance I teethed on this necklace. My mother wore it my entire childhood. I wanted to find just the right branch I could set into a piece for my dad before I restrung it & this was it, complete with a heart shaped branch at the end. This is one of my favorite and most meaningful creations to date & the only one I’ve ever signed (meaning not stamped with my business initials, but signed w/ my signature). I wish more than anything that I could gift a hand forged piece to my mother, but she passed before I knew I had this gift inside of me, so instead, I created something for my dad❤️💙! My parents gave me my love of handmade (my mom was a #fiberartist), my love of rocks came from my dad, and my love of turquoise, #nativemade & #southwestjewelry came from both of them. And, from the other side of the #stars my mother lead me to this path of #silversmithing in a dream I had. I am #blessed & I treasure this life I’ve been given. It’s short, so I’m doing my best everyday to #liveitwell -•❤️-•-💙-•-❤️•-
🌟🌙🌕FULL MOON VIBES🌕🌙🌟who else felt the power of the #fullmoon this past weekend?? For me, it always brings a new well of inspiration and energy to pull from, and a great sense of renewal. I also try to purge what is no longer serving me, reorganize & clean my space, & allow myself to flow with my inspiration that comes. So, this past weekend, while working on customs, I took a broken #mala & restrung it while my pieces were pickling/tumbling/cooling from the torch. I also created this sweet little thumb ring from some scrap I had left over. I’ve been in need of a new one & decided to try my first ring band, created from sheet silver. I added moons & stars & a glowing moonstone, to match my mala. They both bathed in the light of the full moon and now I can carry that energy with me. While I’d change some things if I made another ring like this, I am happy she’s imperfect & mine!! One thing this craft has taught me is how to really slow down & that nothing is perfect, because it’s all #handcrafted ❤️. I am a perfectionist at my core, and it’s always served me well in life, but this craft is softening that for me & I fall more in love with it each time I’m at my bench😊🙌🏻 #happyplace#moonstone#moonring#moonchild#moonstonemala#amethystmala#108#ohm#om#shinefromwithin#letyourlightshine#sacredpath#healingjourney#fullflowermoon#fullmooninscorpio#moonpower#ladysmith#instasmith#instasmithy#touchedbythesundesigns
🌙UPDATE-SOLD THANK YOU🌙Moon Goddess🌙🌟Seeker of the Stars Pendant🌙🌟swipe to see the next video too👉🏻🤩🤩🤩This is my only available & ready to ship creation at the moment & is in my #etsyshop & ready to find her new momma🌝 I won’t have any new creations for a while as I’m spending the weekend catching up on pre-orders & then I have a number of other projects lined up. I hope everyone reading this has a FABULOUS Saturday🙌🏻💘Do something today that makes you happy🕊💘 I am headed to my bench for the rest of the day-my happy place!!😊🙌🏻💘———————————————————— This beauty is crafted of solid sterling silver & features an artisan hand-carved peaceful moon face, 2 sunny yellow round citrine stones & a super sparkly blueish/purplish teardrop goldstone, that looks like a billion sparkly stars in a velvet night sky. The top has 3 stars & the bottom has a mixture of stars as well. On the back, I’ve hand stamped “Let YOUR Light SHINE” along with a mix of #stars & a couple of little hearts, rising up, as a reminder to shine even during dark times. Finished with a dark patina to highlight the silver detail, in all the right places, and then polished to a high shine. The perfect #celestial combo of #darkandlight#nightandday#sunandmoon 🌙💙🌟 #letyourlightshine#shinebright#moonpendant#celestialpendant#ladysmith#instasmithy#instasmith#silversmithing#moon#celestial#moonjewelry#goddess#shineon#sunmoonstars#touchedbythesundesigns#sunburst#moonchild#moongoddess
🚫GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED🚫 the winner is @barsbybecca you can see little Juno pick the winner in my stories👆🏻 thank you all for entering!! Stay tuned for more giveaways as I approach my 1-year Smithing-versary💫GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY💫 As Easter approaches, I’m reminded of every single thing in my life I have to be grateful for. I count my blessings daily, but there’s just something extra special this time of year that stirs #gratitude a little deeper in my soul💘 I am also approaching my 1-year anniversary of #Smithing and I’m planning to do a couple of giveaways between now and then!! And this is the first🥰
————————————————————-”The Rugged Old Cross” forged from my hands with fire & silver bits collected from MANY other projects. The Cross was completed back in Feb while waiting on my silver order & since then, I’ve been trying to figure out what to add to it...but this weekend I looked at it & it just said ”perfectly imperfect the way I am”! So I added a halo type bail & finished it up! This one is full of love and I want to send it out into the world🙌🏻💘measures around 2.25” tall by 1.5” wide and weighs 17 grams.
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That’s it❣️ I will pick a winner within the next 24 hours or so, so I can ship it in time for arrival by Easter. Anyone can enter. 1-entry per account, no giveaway or spam accounts. This is not affiliated with IG in any way. Free US shipping, if you’re international and win, I will pay $5 towards shipping, you just have to be willing to pay the rest and any duties/customs to ship to your country. #faith#hope#love#andthegreatestoftheseislove#loveistheanswer#lovewins#radiatelove#bekind#kindnessmatters#radiatepositivevibes#werisebyliftingothers#sharethelove#giveback#payitforward#gratefulheart#handmade#madewithlove#ladysmith#instasmith#instasmithy#silversmith#silvercross#ruggedoldcross#crosspendant#touchedbythesundesigns#giveaway#sunburstavailable