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Friday, March 16, 2018

The Little Island

Nights and days came and passed
And summer and winter
and the rain.

And it was good to be a little Island.

A part of the world
and a world of its own
All surrounded by the bright blue sea.
When I need to recharge, one of my favorite places to go to is the Indian Keys.

Lovely place, this little island...only a couple miles away from the constant noise and hum of the civilized world, yet, once you get there, everything seems so far away. Your mind is suddenly clear and awed before the incredible display of organic Art forms that The Great Artist manifests, in this moment, just for you.
If you want to read about its history, click here.

Back home, I made this little pewter charm using a cool looking sea creature skeleton fragment that I have found on the island. 
A happy experiment. Unfortunately, the skeleton fragment broke to small pieces before I had the chance to make its pair...so, One of A Kind it is.

 I'll treasure it and save it for a special piece. 

💞 Stay inspired. 💞

Love, Laura xo

Thursday, February 8, 2018


                            Listing on Etsy all these rustic guys tomorrow evening! :)

My talented friend Jacqueline from Mooseberries will have two huge jewelry shows this Spring and she has asked me to let my soul dance and play and so I did! :)

Made with joy, hope you like them! ❤

Laura xo

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Egg ~ food for thought and earrings photos for inspiration

A quick post, just to share a couple of pictures and one of my favorite short stories ever, The Egg. I have read it a few years ago and loved it. It has been translated in many languages and many people know it, but for those who don't, here it is:

"You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me. And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words. “There was a… a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I… I died?” “Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said. You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?” “More or less,” I said. “Are you god?” You asked. “Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.” “My kids… my wife,” you said. “What about them?” “Will they be all right?” “That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”

You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty. “Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”

“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?” “Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.” “Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,” “All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.” You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?” “Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.” “So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.” “Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”

I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had. “You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”

“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?” “Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.” “Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?” “Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”

“Where you come from?” You said. “Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.” “Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.” “Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”

“So what’s the point of it all?” “Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?” “Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted. I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.” “You mean mankind? You want us to mature?” “No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.” “Just me? What about everyone else?” “There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”

You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…” “All you. Different incarnations of you.” “Wait. I’m everyone!?” “Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back. “I’m every human being who ever lived?” “Or who will ever live, yes.” “I’m Abraham Lincoln?” “And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added. “I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled. “And you’re the millions he killed.” “I’m Jesus?” “And you’re everyone who followed him.” You fell silent. “Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

You thought for a long time. “Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?” “Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.” “Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?” “No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.” “So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…” “An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.” And I sent you on your way. "

By: Andy Weir

It is impossible to love the others like you love yourself as long as you still see them as " the others"...life is a school and this is one of our main lessons to learn.

Have an inspiring weekend! 

Laura ❤

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Easy Stone Setting and other Jewelry Design Ideas To Try plus Great Jewelry Designers/Websites To Learn From

 I have recently bought a lot of loose faceted natural gemstones, all great clarity and color, and while I was in awe admiring them it dawned to me that I have never set stones before ( gasp! ) so I started looking up online easy stone setting methods for beginners, like me. And there it is, click on it...

Something like this looks easy and professional, of course you have to measure the stones first. I could try to make my own, perhaps I will one day, but for this price is it worth the time? And how do I place this text in the middle of the two pictures above, anyone knows?!? Ughhh....forget it. This blogging thing is Chinese to me.

I have to bookmark this shop on Ebay, good prices and free shipping over $50

And, you know how you start looking up something and end up in a totally different place? Well, this is exactly what happened today, but instead of getting trapped for hours in some useless internet black hole like I usually do, I have actually discovered very useful and inspiring stuff ( huh! ) so I have decided to put it on my blog, this way I'll see it later and use it for a change.

Here's a website with many useful jewelry tips to learn from and lots of inspiration, it's called Kernowcraft. 

Perhaps I should let them know that I wrote about them..? 

Another good one to get inspired from is Twistonline and they have featured one of my all time favorite jewelry designers, her name is GRAINNE MORTON  
 feast your eyes, her work is amazing! 

 Two more jewelry designers that totally blew my mind: 

 Melissa Joy Manning

Brandon Holschuh
I have a huge crush on his work, so organic looking... just perfect!

What have I been working on?? Oh gosh, I thought you'd never ask lol! Well....I made a bunch of rustic components for a custom order that I totally messed up because I got sick and couldn't finish it on time, but the lady I was making them for is super awesome and understood so is all good. I'll probably list on Etsy most of them, here they are:

these already sold! :)


Laura xo

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