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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Gargoyles' Tree


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This was one view from our kitchen window in France. The 12th Century cathedral was built over a 5th Century chapel and it was literally ten steps from our door. I called it my "direct link" to God and would often walk inside to sit and meditate or pray and light candles for my daughters and anyone who needed strong spiritual energy. It felt as if I was inside of a mountain. The walls were made of volanic rock and it was damp and chilly inside. The Rose Window cast streams of red and green light on the walls and floors of the individual chaples. The stairs to the cript were worn in the middle from centuries of wear, candles burned at every alter and the lingering fragrance of incense permeated the air. In spring and summer a tree would grow on the roof and die back in the winter. You can see the small tree to the left.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


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Midway up a hill, just across from the musical instrument store secured by huge wooden doors painted the colors of sunflower orange and scarlet, sits a restaurant. Bright yellow umbrellas shield small clothed tables and white wood chairs from the sun. Brightly colored paintings, some still wet, rest on easels and pigeons scavenge for breadcrumbs on the narrow cobblestone street. Inside the restaurant, people are packed in like poppies in a spring field, raising their heads above the rest and yet still close enough to catch the scent of one another's breath. The French are used to it. It's the Americans who feel the crunch the most. Their comfort zones are compromised. But as the evening unfolds, fruity rose wine flows freely and course after course of Meditteranean delicacies a la Provencale tease the palate and perfect strangers become friends whether they can speak one another's language or not.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Listing on Etsy




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Yes! A new necklace. A pretty three dimensional pendant, handwoven by me with Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, Carnelian gemstone beads. It is 22 inches long with a sterling silver clasp and beads and strung on fine cable.
It has been raining all day and given me time to focus on jewelry today. Will write more and catch up tomorrow.

Have a great evening!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

VOTE ON ETSY BEADWEAVER CHALLENGE



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Please take a moment and vote for your favorite entry in the Etsy Beadweaver Challenge "Tropical Holiday." Voting begins Feb 9 through Feb 15. It's easy! Just go to http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ to cast your vote!
My entry is number 11, and there are many beautiful pieces in addition to mine, so feast you eyes and cast your vote!

Thanks for your support!
Jan