Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Amethyst and Its Healing Powers

I finally overcame some inner blockages and resumed the work on my website. The page that describes amethyst's healing powers in detail is already up, and I even listed 3 amethyst gem angels - a necklace and 2 pendants. Today I took new pictures, so more items will be added over the next couple of days. 

Resisting Picnic was hard and you see the result above - a poster with some keywords about amethyst's healing properties:-)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Amethyst and Rock Crystal Angel Necklace

A client recently asked me to make a pendant necklace with stones that will assist her during upcoming exams. After discussing it, we found that clarity of thinking and concentration were two things she would benefit from.

Rock crystal is known for helping up see and think clearly, while amethyst is the best concentration stone. What is more, they are both from the quartz mineral group and generally go well together.

Amethyst and Rock Crystal Angel Necklace
We went for cut gems, as their power is stronger than the one of the polished ones, and also felt as a better choice for the person in question.

The necklace's pendant

However, I made sure to remind her that crystals only offer additional help and are not expected to resolve a problem solely by themselves.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rhodonite, the Forgiveness Stone, and Some Gem Angels

Rhodonite is pink with black lines and its pink colour comes in different shades. It is known to help with forgiveness issues - and who doesn't want to let go of old grudges? On a physical level it's the best stone for wound healing, as well as for strengthening muscles, heart and circulation.

Rhodonit hilft zu verzeihen und fördert gegenseitiges Verstehen. Körperlich is er der beste Wundheilstein. Außerdem, stärkt er Muskeln, Herz und Kreißlauf. 

Renee. Rhodonite Angel Pendant
Rhodonite and Hematite Angel Earrings

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Farfallina & Marcel by Holly Keller

The book's front cover
We found Holly Keller's book "Farfallina & Marcel" in the local library and it attracted us because of its beautiful front cover. The gosling and the caterpillar looked cozily snuggled together, leaving a warm feeling.

My 3-year-old daughter loves the story, which is about the friendship between these two very different beings. Written in a gentle way, it is full of sweet little details. For example, when the characters play hide and seek, Farfallina hides close to the ground, because she knows that Marcel cannot climb. When Marcel's turn comes, he hides just behind the nearest tree, because he knows that Farfallina moves slowly.

They happen to separate while growing, and it takes them a while to recognize each other after that. The scene of their reunion is emotional  and always brings tears in my eyes.

My daughter and I both love the watercolor illustrations with their bright, vibrant colors.

A beautiful story about friendship and growing up, told in a highly captivating way.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Rainy Walk In The Woods

My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful walk in the woods yesterday. It was a public holiday and our daughter was staying with her godmother. We do not have any relatives here in Germany, so it was the first time we were together without her - usually when one of us is away, the other one stays home to take care of her.

It was nice to finally do something as a couple, and despite the heavy rain we opted for a long walk in the woods. We took a huge rainbow umbrella, and absolutely enjoyed ourselves. 

The rain sharpened the colours and made the view even more magical. It was like walking in fairytale - and yes, it felt as if the fairies were just a step away:-)

One does not need much to be happy...

Monday, June 13, 2011

E.coli - Hopefully It Is Really Over Now

Germany lived with E.coli for over a month, but since Friday officials believe to have found what caused the infection, which claimed the lives of at least 30 people: beansprouts. The alert against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce was lifted on the same day.

Reading the news felt great, but it might still take a while before everybody calm down. Even here in South Germany (far from the most affected area) people were worried and stopped eating fresh vegetables. Some even decided against fruit that you cannot peel - such as strawberries and raspberries, which  was a pity, because they had just come in season. The supermarkets were forced to drastically lower salad prices, and could not sell them regardless. 

The hectic around the issue made it worse. Reports were published before finalization of investigations, and as a result Spanish produce got the blame for more than a week. Later officials admitted that they had no clue what was causing the infection, and people got even more worried, as they clearly did not know what to eat. The media was additionally spreading scare with outrageous reports and fear-based headlines.

We can only hope that this time the real cause of E-coli was found and there will be no more infected people.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hats, Hats, Hats!

I met Claudia from Croos Handmade at a craft show and she had exactly what we needed - a beautiful sun hat for our daughter.

Die Claudia von Croos Handmade auf DaWanda habe ich beim Kunsthandwerkermarkt kennen gelernt, und sie hat genau das gehabt was wir gesucht haben - ein wunderschöner Sonnenhut für unsere Tochter!

You can even turn it inside out and voila - there is a second hat!

Das ist sogar ein "2 im 1" Hut, da es man umdrehen kann:

As a matter of fact, I preferred one of the other designs, but my daughter absolutely loved this one, and refused to look at anything else:-)

Mir hat's ein von die andere Designs besser gefallen, meine Tochter hat aber Ihren Wahl gemacht:-) Übrigens, der Markt ist in Herrsching am Ammersee und läuft bis morgen Abend (19 Uhr). Außer Sonnenhüte, hat die Claudia noch supersüße Kinderkleider und Taschen.

My daughter must have done some growing recently, because out of a sudden all her hats were too small. Two weeks ago another fellow DaWanda seller benefited from our hat-lessness: we bought the sweet crocheted red hat you see above from Brigitte, aka schmuckstube-textil. The weather changes quickly here, and there are both cooler and warmer days. Our little one has a hat for any weather now.

Unsere Tochter hat bestimmt gewachsen und alle ihre Mützen sind  plötzlich klein geworden. Vor zwei Wochen ist eine DaWanda Freundin auch von unsere Mützenlosigkeit begünstigt worden: die süße Häkelmütze in rot (siehe oben) haben wir bei Brigitte - schmuckstube-textil gekauft. Nun ist die kleine Maus für jede Wetter gedeckt:-)

Monday, June 6, 2011

And My Friend Chose...

I made two bracelets for a friend's birthday, which was yesterday. Her boyfriend meant that she would love a turquoise bracelet, while I felt that red-orange-yellow would look better on her. 

She had the choice between the two and even though I told her she could have both, if she feels she would wear them, she went for...

Red jasper, carnelian, yellow aragonite and orange calcite bracelet
Well, well, it seems that boyfriends are not always the ones who know best when it comes to jewelry:-) 

Of course, that doesn't apply to all men - I recently met again a male client, who had apparently bought exactly the right necklace-and-bracelet set for his girlfriend.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Birthday Present With Choice Options

We are invited to a friend's birthday party this afternoon and her boyfriend suggested that I gave her a handmade bracelet. He thought that turquoise would look good on her while I was thinking red jasper, carnelian, orange calcite and yellow aragonite. I made both and she can choose herself!

The turquoise is reconstructed and combined with dyed howlite. Real turquoise is soft and tends to break easily, which makes it expensive and difficult to find. What is more, many suppliers try to sell you stabilized or reconstructed turquoise for the real thing, so I generally keep away from it.

Howlite is a white semi-precious stone with beautiful gray and black lines. Easy to dye, it is widely used as a cost-saving alternative to turquoise. It is the only dyed stone I work with and customers don't mind, especially as I clearly state what it is.

The second bracelet is made of real gems only: red jasper (the twisted beads), cut carnelian, orange calcite and small yellow aragonite beads.

It is my choice for our friend and certainly something I would wear myself!

Which one will she go for? We'll see this afternoon:-) In both ways she will receive it in this gift box: