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Coming Alive to 2015

While I was taking photographs at The Butchart Gardens, this bee decided to claim a flower for its own.....
While I was taking photographs at The Butchart Gardens, this bee decided to claim a flower for its own…..

I find one of the hardest things about being a business owner, particularly one with disabilities which impact my immune system, is allowing myself the time off to get healthy. It’s especially difficult when I have commitments I need to honor. When I can’t do everything Continue reading Coming Alive to 2015

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The Sleeping Tree

Recently, while on a day trip with my sweetheart, I found myself momentarily overcome with feelings of sadness, loss and longing. It had been a great day- but looking out the window I was surrounded by a dark, drizzly winter day. Fog and bare trees were all around me and I longed for the warmth and color of spring. As I looked at the trees, seeing their limbs reaching for the hiding sun, I began to think of their sleeping potential- waiting for the right time to blossom.

 

This "Sleeping Tree" copper pendant is a brand new addition to Butterfly Sundries' new "Beautiful World" Collection!
This “Sleeping Tree” copper pendant is a brand new addition to Butterfly Sundries’ new “Beautiful World” Collection!

Our lives, I believe, mirror those of the natural world around us in many ways. We go through cycles of birth, growth, death and rebirth. And for those of us sensitive to the seasons, we feel the need to hoard, hibernate and await the appointed season to reemerge refreshed and rejuvenated- ready to blossom with our potential.

 

Nature is beautiful. The sleeping winter trees, which have withdrawn into themselves until the time is right to bud with their potential, are beautiful in their promise. They remind me that this season of dark cold shall pass. Spring will come again and the sleeping creatures shall awaken.

If you are in your dormant state this winter, get ready. There’s hope. There is light at the end of the darkness. And, it’s almost time for you to bloom.

 

Find more designs in the Beautiful World Collection  on Etsy!

A snapshot of one of my photos, available through Butterfly Sundries, taken in the Okanogan Valley.
A snapshot of one of my photos, coming soon to Butterfly Sundries, taken in the Okanogan Valley.
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Winter & Holiday Jewelry

With Halloween behind us, I’m finally ready to look at my plans for winter-themed jewelry. While I’ve not yet pulled out my Christmas music (I try to wait until after Thanksgiving), I’ve found myself humming the tune to Silver Bells more days than not. In fact, that tune is one of two songs to inspire this new earring design:

Silver Bell Chandelier Earrings
Silver Bell Chandelier Earrings

But, it was the memory of one of my favorite holiday cartoons (brought to mind by the reports I’ve been seeing on Facebook about friends and family already enjoying the first snowfall of 2013… I’m still waiting!) that inspired these earrings:

These beautiful snowman bell earrings are sure to ring with delight!
These beautiful snowman bell earrings are sure to ring with delight!

Both earring sets will be coming to my Etsy shop soon! I’ve got several more winter-themed designs in process, but these two pairs should be listed by the end of the week!