I am a sun-child, a summer worshipper to the core. Yet each year, as Summer begins to fade and Autumn takes her place on Mother Earth's stage, it is difficult to resist falling absolutely in love with the fiery winds of Fall. Her chilly breath grips our collective souls as she dances through the trees, engulfing every branch in her gold-crimson flames. Autumn is an artist of harmony and balance - she paints with a flaming palette on a canvas of frost.
My sister and I decided to do a Fall Photoshoot in Edworthy Park here in Calgary. If any of you YYC-dwellers haven't been to this park - GO IMMEDIATELY, before all the leaves are gone! Edworthy park in Autumn is a Pumpkin Spice Daydream of red, orange, yellow and green, where every corner you turn invites you into an entirely new world so colourful and magical that you wouldn't have been shocked to see fairies having a tea party. It was the absolute perfect place to frolic with my sis and get some Forest Fairy shots of us wearing my newest Goddess Crown creation!
This Crown was inspired by the magestic colours of Autumn. Both sides have a different feathers and designs, making it like two crowns in one! The feathers on it were all found with care, as always...
Peacock - feathers given to me by a local farmer who raises peacocks
Pheasant - a taxidermy bird I found at an antique shop in BC, upcycled and given a new life
Crane - gathered along the riverbank in Saskatoon by a dear friend
Grouse - unfortunately killed by a friends dog, but upcycled and given new life
The Third Eye Stone on this Crown is a shimmering Blue Goldstone, reminiscent of a starry night sky. Draping down the sides are layers of red Jasper, blue Pheasant and green Senegal Parrot feathers, and lava stones that absorb essential oils (if you want some delicious scents to play around you!) Carved wooden leaf pendants perfectly finish this whimsical Autumn piece.
Let me know your thoughts! The crown is for sale and will be available in my store shortly. Email me if you have any questions, and enjoy the colours outside my friends. You're never too old to play in the leaves!
I think that understanding and accepting this can play SUCH a positive role in all of our lives! It's easy to look at someone else's creative flow and start comparing yourself to them. When someone is already amazing at something we're trying to be amazing at, we can perceive it as discouraging. I've definitely had times where seeing another person's creativity actually made me feel bad about myself because they seemed more developed in their process, seemingly 'better' than me at it. Those types of thought patterns are 100% ego and are very destructive to our growth as artists and as humans.
You can watch others thriving in creative abundance and let it make you feel inferior, OR you can see where they're at in their path and feel in awe, inspired by their willingness to explore that side of themselves! I look at those around me who are successful at making jewelry, or playing the guitar, or singing - the creative avenues that I love - and I now think, what can I learn from this person? How beautiful it is that they are expressing their authentic selves and boldly sharing it with us. Creativity is not a competition because nobody can ever create exactly what YOU have to offer this world. Our creativity is our way of bringing into physical existence the infinite dimension of love and beauty that dwells inside us. It's our duty to share it, bravely and honestly, free of shame and self-judgement as we learn and grow. We tend to be our own biggest critics - try to be less hard on yourself.
Instead, actively nurture your inner artist. Allow yourself to be energized and motivated by others on their unique path! There will ALWAYS be room on Earth for more expression, more art! The world is craving it!
What is your gift? Can you do something today to nourish that gift and help it be realized more fully?
Imagine. Create. Inspire.
This week has been enlightening. At the beginning of the week, I was feeling a little stressed. I had just gotten back from a two-week vacation (where I spent a little more than I needed to), only to find that my job wasn't working out. No income, no instant job prospects. Throw an upcoming apartment move into the mix and a little bit of anxiety was the result. My boyfriend kept reassuring me, "Don't worry, the Universe has you exactly where you need to be." He seemed convinced that I needed to start viewing this time in between jobs as a gift. No job = more time I can spend making jewelry. He was right.
After a day or two of hearing his guidance but not truly ingesting it, I finally took his advice. Instead of panicking and feeling like I had no control over my current reality, I harnessed my own Personal Power - the infinite supply of positive energy that floats around waiting for us to tap into it. The positive shift began in my internal consciousness with that decision and rapidly spread out into the physical world. I now feel so inspired to make jewelry and share my creations that the momentum feels tangible!
Ever since I chose to put my positive powers into action, every jewelry piece I have made and posted has been purchased almost instantly. The abundance and flow is undeniable and it all started when I decided to stop feeling like a victim. I know this is the Universe's way of showing me that reality is how we perceive our life situations, and what we choose to make of the ones we are given. We need to always remind ourselves that life happens FOR us, not to us.
To all those who have supported and continue to support my journey as a jewelry creator, thank you! From the bottom of my heart. You came at a time when I truly needed it :)
Here are some pics from my recent burst of inspiration!
Love & Light,
Something about chokers gets my creative energy soaring and spinning. I love how badass I feel when I wear one, and it's awesome that there are endless possibilities as far as style, design, and colours to play with. I'm excited to keep pushing myself to always be coming up with fresh new ideas!
If you're from Calgary, you've heard of or been to the annual 4th Street Lilac Festival. If you haven't, here's the scene: 1 day, hundreds of artisan vendors, thousands of attendees, and a ridiculous amount of good vibes. It's how Calgary kicks off festival season and welcomes the long-awaited summer.
This year I was fortunate enough to be a vendor! It was the second market I have ever done (my first was an intimate market at my local yoga studio) so going into it with little market experience was intimidating. I took it on as a fun personal challenge, and I am SO glad I did. It was the hottest and happiest day of the year so far! I got to interact with so many different people and share my passion with them. Seeing people's faces light up when they tried on Goddess Crowns made me overflow with joy, remembering how I felt the first time I tried one on. That feeling is what eventually led me to creating my own. It's been such a journey already, and knowing it's still the beginning is exciting!
I've learned that doing something that scares me is always a good idea. It's never, ever a failure because at the very least I can take a lesson from it and tell myself "You're awesome because you did it." Having a unique experience is always work the risk. And almost always, my expectations are completely blown out of the water, like they were at Lilac Festival!
Thank you, everyone who came out to Lilac. Your enthusiasm, praise and interest in my craft has been a huge help and motivator for me to continue to push myself creatively. I can't wait to see everybody's epic festival attire in bull bloom this summer season!