This is the card my daughter made for my husband for Fathers Day this year. She worked on the card for a long time. I think this took her a couple of months to complete. My husband was born in the year of the Dragon, but I am not sure that is what the meaning is behind the image. I think it is more like my husband comes off as a dragon, but he breathes hearts. Can you see the hearts coming out of the mouth of the dragon? I nearly cried when she gave this to him. The drawing is even more impressive in person. I know she will be an artist to watch. Do you have an artist in your house?
My daughter just loves her American Girl Dolls. Recently when I went into her room she was using her iPad as a screen for her dolls. She told me they were watching a movie. Honestly, it looks like my daughter needed to utilize her time cleaning up her room, but I guess the dolls were not willing to help. I had to run to get my camera to photograph this. Is something interesting always taking place at your house?
This is my first attempt at moving to wordpress from Blogger, so bear with me. I am moving my little world here, so my themes for each day will be the same too. I hope everyone that was a follower before will continue to follow me on WordPress. I have to figure out how to add Goggle followers. If you know how to do this please let me know.
This is one of the paintings that I own from artist Craig Nelson. I really enjoy his paintings… warm tones and an old world feeling to the painting. I admired this painting from a far for months before I purchased it. Every time I went to take a look at the gallery collection this one kept my attention so long. It has a special place in my home. As I decend the steps in the morning I see her from the second floor.
What about the woman in her home? I often ask myself several questions about the piece. Well, her dress does not scream “field worker”, but her surrondings are simplistic. Is she sitting in the sun to take a break. Her dress is not party elegant, but it is pretty. The window reminds me of a basement window. What do you think? I love her hair, and it looks as though it is long.
Craig is not only a painter, but also teaches. I invite you to take a look at some of his other paintings. I am sure you will get lost in the paintings. Just a joy to behold. http://www.craigzart.com/index.html
>I have already told you that since I was a young girl I have wanted a crystal skull. A few years ago I finally got a crystal skull. In fact I got my fist one from Sherri from her crystal skull collection. She wrote that the one I bought was carved from a 90+ year old man in Peru. I still have him. Sherri owns Synergy, which is said to be very old. You can take a look at her crystal skull information here
I have been looking for the perfect yellow one, and I knew that when I felt it the right one would be there. I think I have looked at at least 1000 different yellow ones. but I finally found the one that called to me.
This on is a “Golden Healer Moon Stone” I wish you could see the details in the skull. The craftsmanship that it takes to carve these is a work of art in itself. The skull is so lifelike, and you can feel that the stone spoke to the artist. Michelangelo once said that the marble told him what it wanted to be, and these stones must have wanted to be skulls. You can feel the energy from them. Honestly, if you want to see some unique stones made into works of art go see what Eric and Susan are doing at Soul 2 Shine. Believe me you are going to be impressed.
Skulls seem to come and go in the popular culture. Some periods of time they were more prevalent than other. Crystal skulls of the South American people are said to be of some of the very oldest. Through time people have crafted skulls out of pottery, Ivory, bronze, marble, and gemstones. The first one I am showcasing is from Jordan. It is made of plaster. This skull dates back 7000 years ago. People were much closer to death than we are today. An infection could easily kill a person, and a bad year of crops could mean famine for so many. People also lived very close to their relatives, and often after a death people would make a mask of the deceased so they could have the ancestor right there with them.
This is a mosaic from Pompeii and now in the Naples National Archeological Museum. Skulls are so fascinating because of the complex symbolism. This one is full…Above the head of the skull is an instrument that a mason would use to measure angles for a “square” building. One could also relate it to a square life. The skull is hanging by a string, just as life is precarious. Hence the Latin saying… Carpe Diem or “Seize the Day”. Savoring your time in the moment. The moth or butterfly is a hint that beauty fades. The wheel is the wheel of fortune, and it is unpredictable. You may have good fortune, as the purple cloak show us the side of wealth with a scepter. The other side show us poverty, with a goats hide, stick, and a rag bag. Another interpretation is that death is the ultimate equalizer. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, you are going to die.
This is an ancient bronze skull from Italy. I wanted to show you this one since it has the bizarre looking skull too. I have not been able to find any information about the Etruscans utilizing skulls, but they used images that resembled people quite often.
Another mosaic this one of a skeleton serving wine. When the elite would have dinner parties they often gave out fully reticulating bronze skeletons. Again reminding the visitors of their home to enjoy themselves today. We may not have tomorrow.
A Roman coin with an elderly man poking his staff into the eye socket of skull. Is he trying to tell us that he is beating death for the day?
A skull in Naples that is rubbed for good luck.
An Ivory skull that is from the Roman period. There are so many examples to show you from all over the world. I have chose to focus on Italy today. As I mentioned earlier the Celtics, Germans, French, have also carved skulls.
Jewelry was given to a lady that you were serious about. You were telling her that now is the time. Two Putti are holding up a skull. This is etched in crystal.
A crystal skull with a crown, a wheel under it and then the cross. This is in the Met Museum in NYC. Death is the ultimate King, since we all die. Fortune may be good to us, or not, but religion is here to save us.
Antique Ivory topper to a walking stick. The unique look of a tooth missing adds more mystique. Again, there are so many images to show you, but so little time. I wanted to show the ancient skulls were used in so many ways. reminding people that today is the day that counts. This moment is the moment to live. Get the things done today that can be done today. Skulls have gone through transitions, we have welcomed them at times, and shunned them at times. At this moment in time skulls are everywhere. They are not to be feared. We enjoy the aesthetically pleasing look of a great skull. Big eyes naturally draw us in, it is part of our code.
Focus and find meaning in your day. One of the newest ways that I have been relaxing is playing a game on my iPad. I must admit…I am not much of a game player. I don’t even know how to play any card games. I never had an interest in learning how to play any card games.
When we were young we would go camping in the summer, and many people would gather around the picnic table and play a card game. I would read. My sister loved spending some of her money at the arcade when we would go to the mall. I just wanted to spend my extra money on books, magazines, earrings, or something girlie. My sister loved to play cenipedies, pac man, and tetris (I think that was it).
So these days I do have a few games that I really love. My obsession is “Align it” the object is to get four balls in a row. For every four balls you get to line up, you get four points. I know, it does not sound high tech, but it is so much fun.
After I had played the game for about an hour. I was flipping through my newspaper on my iPad “The Daily” and they had an article in the paper about a book that talks about how games make you focus on one task. You can not do a multitude of things while you play a game. It does take a level of focus, and it is really centering for me to play games that I really enjoy. Some of my other favorites are Chess, Checkers, Jeopardy Deluxe, Travelogue 360 Rome, Wheel of Fortune, Bookworm Deluxe, and Word Finder.
Well, happy playing for all of you. Let us know what you are doing to transform yourself?
These are some of my gemstone necklaces. I really am a jewelry junkie. I even go through phases of must haves. Sometimes I am obsessed with bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings. It is just whatever inspires me at a given time. I love designers as well as some lesser known jewelry artists.
This is just the gemstone collection. I prefer a more old world look. I also prefer gemstone necklaces that allow me to change the pendant. There are some gemstone necklaces that have a pendant that is an inclusive part of the necklace. This only screams “restrictions” to me. I really like when there is some room in between the beads, so I have room to add a pendant.
I have tried to collect many different gemstones. Right now I am loving my Peruvian Pink Opals. It has been my flavor of the month. I recently purchased lemon quartz and a Golden Rutilated Quartz.
I have always loved jewelry. I don’t know any female friends that don’t love jewelry. I am drawn to certain stones at different times. It took me a long time to get the Peruvian Pink Opals they are rare, and very costly.
Because I love the Golden Rutilated Quartz so much I had to get a bracelet too. So, I have to know… Are there others out there?