At long last: I’m mere weeks away from releasing my first printing of my oracle card deck, Sacred Spiral Oracle. I even created a section for it here on my website. And today, which is the Summer Solstice, I created my listing for pre-orders on Etsy!
This deck has truly been a labor of love and healing. I created the original handmade cards in tribute to two years I devoted to a holistic healing program. I continued to work on them sporadically for the next three years to bring them to their current form through times of depression, struggle, healing, and recovery.
Summer is a time of great heat and energy. For me, it seems like everything happens at a faster pace, and yet the heat also can feel heavy and draining. It’s also a great time to bring projects into fruition.
Just a few of my recent works. I’ve been busy learning how to market myself on Facebook and Instagram while also consistently making new pieces. I’ve sold a few items on Etsy, too. I’m loving what I’m learning and realizing that it takes a lot of persistence and patience! I am determined to continue doing what I love and sharing it with others.
When I was in late elementary school through middle school, my father dated an artist – a potter, to be specific. She made everything from teapots to bowls to rattles, all with a fanciful and semi-Southwestern flair.
I always got the feeling that she didn’t know what to do with me as an adolescent. However, she did know what to do with me as an artist.
Her studio was an artist’s playground. Of course, she had clay. She also had the materials for stained glass, jewelry making, collage, and much more. I could spend hours there creating. She also showed and taught me some things: how to make a bowl from a mold. How to solder stain glass together. How to make earrings with beads and headpins.
Of the techniques she taught me, jewelry making stuck with me most. I made several pairs of earrings and put them up for sale at my dad’s yoga studio. While it would be years before I would return to the basic wirewrapping techniques, they somehow stayed with me. Years, later, my boyfriend’s mother gave me a wirewrapped pendant. I loved it and wondered if I could make something like it. She gave me some copper wire to experiment with.
I didn’t until I held a piece of blue kyanite in my hand, a stone that my mentor told me would be good for psychic protection. “Are you going to wire wrap that?” She asked. I resolved to try, and used the copper wire to wrap the piece, complete with a spiral in the center. And that was my more recent beginning with playing with wire and stones.
I wrapped a few stones after that, and then resolved to really learn and refine my techniques this past fall. I took classes. I spent hours experimenting and practicing, and discovered what worked for me.
Now, I have my own materials and a solid collection of stones. I am still learning and playing. Sometimes, I have a design in mind. At other times, the wire and stones speak to me and turn into something that surprises me.
Sometimes, I think about when I started making jewelry, how exciting and rewarding it was to create a finished piece. And honestly, it still is. It’s often the activities that I enjoyed when I was younger that suit me best now as an adult.
Someday, I hope to have my own studio, full of all kinds of arts and craft supplies. There, perhaps I will teach someone else a technique, and this will inspire them to create for years to come.
My first arts & craft fair yesterday was unfortunately interrupted by the weather, intense gusts of wind that threatened to topple over my entire display. Also, it was unseasonably cold for Albuquerque in May.
However, I did it! I learned so much about how to prepare and what to expect. I made a few sales, too. I met other vendors and make some good connections. I need to practice setting up the table and display – I didn’t anticipate the amount of time it would take.
I’ve had fun gathering my display items together – I found a few pieces at yard sales, one at a discount store, and I gathered the branches from a local park. I’ve been enjoying looking at objects in a different way and imagining how I can repurpose them. I absolutely love the dish that I used to show off my rings:
While it was disappointing to have the fair end so abruptly, I’m really grateful to now have a solid inventory of jewelry. It’s been good for me to get into the rhythm of creating. I’m looking forward to future craft fairs – and hopefully, if they’re outside, the weather will cooperate.