The Forest ~ Magic & Mystery

Lately,  I have been obsessed with all things related to Puzzlewood, in the Forest Dean. Forest Dean  is located in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire, England. I watched a video awhile back and was inspired by it’s beauty, magic and mystery.

I would love to spend a few months living there, sketching, painting and mostly drinking in the sheer beauty of this forest, but for now I am satisfied with the inspiration and burst of creativity the video stirred up in me.

From a dream;  A young woman walking in the forest with a crescent moon suspended in the sky where trees dream and owls fly overhead. She loved the play of moonlight on the leaves ~ shadow and light. The wind playing with her hair ~ the sweet smell of the damp earth beneath her feet, Mother Earth whispered “Child of the forest reach out and touch your wild nature for therein lies your power.” To be continued….

Forest Spirit ~ Digital Painting ~ 11 x 15 inches

This is as far as I got on the painting today. I’m not sure about the background. The crescent moon will stay but the rest may change. The forest floor in my dream sparkled with shades of purple, muted greens and browns with silver moonbeams thrown in. The forest  bejeweled in moonlight.

I was able to capture the forest floor part of the dream in a necklace that I created last week. I have only three of these ceramic goddesses left ~ one of a kind ~ each one different from the other.

I chose this Goddess pendant because it reminds me of  an ancient goddess relic with the soft muted moss colored glaze and rich earth colors sprinkled about. The piece is signed and will soon be available at http://www.rosearizmendi.com/shop/

To learn more about Puzzlewood located  in the Forest Dean click here

If you love owls ~ You will love this beautiful Video!

Star Of The Sea

Copyright Jewelry by Rose Arizmendi

I finished the starfish necklace.

Using sterling silver, I created a wire wrapped bar of vintage fabric, fresh water pearls to show off the silver starfish pendant, then I added a vintage clay bead with the words “the sea” collaged onto it. Next I  attached wire-wrapped gemstones to the main bar and added freshwater pearls, sea shell beads and gemstone dangles. Lastly, I added a silver bird charm.

The necklace is approx. 18 inches long featuring two lovely blue lace agate nuggets along with blue topaz, lapis and chrysocolla beads. Unfortunately, the photograph doesn’t catch the beautiful swirl patterns on one of the nuggets. They look like ocean waves!

As I was finishing this piece I felt the need to visit Bodega Bay, it’s been awhile since my last visit and I long to feel the sand between my toes and listen to the waves crashing along the  shore line. The ocean calls me with her siren voice and my heart longs to listen to her song and of course the chance to find some treasures to bring home to remind me of my visit.

My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you are interested in purchasing “Star of the Sea” necklace, please contact me.

Gathering Treasures

Lately, I’ve been hunting and gathering treasures to add to several necklaces I am currently working on. I found some beautiful clay beads which I collaged words onto and a  pendant that features two herons with their necks intertwined.The clay pendant has a Celtic motif with a gorgeous Raku finish. Love it!

Below is the back of the pendant with words collaged on it. When the glue has dried I will add some color over the paper. The clay bead above the pendant is finished and ready to be added to the other necklace.

While I was waiting for my pieces to dry I was able to work on one of my acrylic paintings and feel pretty happy about the way it’s going.

Today, I’ve been flitting back and forth from one art making project to the next and loving it! xox

Creative Chaos

Please Stand by . . . Creative Jewelry Muse on Board!

For the past week I have been in the process of designing a couple of beaded necklaces and unfortunately because of space constraints I’m using our dining room table as a temporary beading area.

The good news is I unpacked all my beading supplies and found all kinds of goodies I had forgotten about. I had purchased some beads for a pair of earrings about four years ago and stashed them away for safe keeping and completely forgot about them.

I got so excited about finding the beads I just had to sit down and make the earrings. They are made with Poppy & Maple Jasper, Carnelian, Botswana agates, turquoise beads with sterling silver spacers.

Sacred Source – Earrings by Rose


thought for the day; “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

Jewelry Muse

My Jewelry Desk

I have spent the last couple of days creating some new pieces of jewelry for my new PayPal Store. Needless to say my jewelry muse is in the house and hard at work. lol

Today, I’m working on the “unique one of a kind pendulums that I make, and some new meditation beads & rosaries. Go here to see some of the pendulums I have made in the past.

One of the pendulums I made this afternoon is similar to the Amethyst Pendulum Necklace at my Gaia’s Garden Blog site.

thought for the day: “Help me to find my happiness in my acceptance of what is my purpose: in friendly eyes; in work well done; in quietness born of trust,  and, most of all, in the awareness of your presence in my spirit.” – Alistair MacLean, Hebridean Altars

Chakra Meditation Bracelet

Today, I got my beading supplies out and made another Chakra Meditation Bracelet. This one has both an amethyst bear and a lapis bead for the third eye. Reason being that the bear represents the person’s favorite animal spirit. I also added pink quartz dangles  to symbolize  love & the compassionate heart.

I used a hematite heart for the first chakra, carnelian for the second chakra, and amber for the third chakra. For the fourth chakra I chose a beautiful hand carved rose quartz bead, and an aquamarine bead for the fifth chakra, for the crown chakra I selected a rainbow quartz bead.

Each bead is individually wire wrapped by hand.

Chakra Meditation Bracelet

Chakra Bracelet

Made with 925  Sterling Silver Wire & finished by a  Bali Sterling Silver Toggle.

I love making sacred jewelry and it was a perfect way to spend my afternoon. Happiness for me is being surrounded by a sea of beads, drinking in all their vibrant colors and energy.

Shiny Baubles

Today, I played around with some of my favorite gemstones and created a necklace. The necklace is made  with jade, citrine, blue lace agate combined with rich golden freshwater pearls, swarovski crystal beads, copper spacers and a copper closure.

Some lore of the gemstones used in the making of this necklace

Citrine is useful for balancing and aligning the chakras and increase prosperity.

Copper is said to be an excellent conductor of energy and healing.

Blue lace agate is a gentle, calming stone that promotes tranquility.

Jade is considered a stone of good fortune and divine blessing.

Pearls attune the wearer to the ebb and flow of life, and promote faith, charity, integrity and truth.


Tranquility – Necklace length: 16″

Creative Jewelry Day

It has been raining cats and dogs all day long here in Northern California, and just recently we were alerted of possible flooding in our area.

Not a good day to be out and about, so I pulled out my jewelry supplies and created a necklace. For me rainy days are perfect for creative activities such as bead stringing, wire wrapping, etc…

Brigid

Brigid “Celtic Goddess of Healing”.

Ceramic Goddess figure, Moss Agate, Red Jasper, Sterling Silver Findings.