Been keeping busy wire wrapping beautiful, earthy gemstone beads to create these unique Large Brass Cross Statement and Small Brass Holy Spirit Dove Pendant Necklaces for Women. Unique handmade jewelry by Judy Rebman. Find them here:
A Zen Garden Pendant Necklaces. A little Oriental Asian Pagoda Style! Just finished creating these artsy eclectic necklaces. Only three (so far). You can find them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse
These lovely pendants depict an oriental style garden with pagoda and ornamental plants and trees. Inspires me to create such a place in one of my own gardens here at home. Will need to start another Pinterest board to find and save zen garden ideas for next year’s planting season.
The pendants are raw brass, solid metal. One can enamel them. But, loving to patina as I do I decided to put a little heat to them to see what would develop. Each one took on a different patina! Perfect! And, now I have a Sunrise, Sunset, and Twilight Zen Garden!
Pendants Complete! Next on the hunt for some unique beads to complement them. And where do I go to find such beads? Absolutely….Etsy! And my Etsy search did not disappoint. I do believe I am one of Etsy’s best customers, from a buyer and a seller standpoint.
There were a few Asian/Oriental themed beads I was considering as I was perusing the beads Etsy’s search algorithms felt best matched my search terms. And then the moment of GLORY!!!!!!
These adorable, unique, artsy, eclectic, cool, unusual………paper beads! Perfect! I placed my order from this lovely Etsy Seller located in Scotland no less. You really do find cool, unique items from all over the world on Etsy!
The shop owner, Gillian, immediately responded with a note letting me know she received my order and would ship it soon! And it did ship soon! And it arrived rather quickly, too! Ordered them on August 20th. Received them the first week in September. Great customer service, great quality, and unique little works of art! I was so excited and got to work on my necklaces the very next day.
Next to my bead stash to find some beads to enhance the colors in the paper beads and the pendant. Sparkly, colorful Czech glass beads were the perfect match.
As with all of my beaded necklaces, I hand wrap the beads with brass wire which has been patina’d to darken the metal. Then I hand polish the wire to even out the patina. Between each beaded link I add a small jump ring. This makes the necklace less likely to “kink” when you move around.
Next to determine the perfect length for this particular necklace. Originally I had planned on long necklaces. But after making the first one it just didn’t seem right. So back to the worktable to make adjustments to shorten the necklace. The short length was perfect. The pendant and beads just “popped”.
After I had the first necklace completed and was happy with the length I started questioning the bead placement. Originally, I had the long oriental style paper cylinder beads centered with three Czech glass beads on each side. It looked okay but……….ehhhhh. So, I laid out the beads to create the second necklace, moved them around a little bit but couldn’t decide if I wanted to change the layout from the first necklace. Decided to just go with the new layout I was considering. Well, I liked the second layout so much better than the first one that I went back to the worktable to remake the first necklace.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. Sometimes not always so cut and dry. I might have an idea that I’m really excited with but then when I create the necklace if it doesn’t scream “I LOVE THIS” then I rework it until it does. Sometimes that means I have to walk away from it for a day or two or maybe even a week until my creative juices redistribute themselves, and I know exactly what changes I need to make.
Happily, the design for these three necklaces evolved rather quickly.
So there you have it. My most recent creations. And, I love them so much I went back for three more pendants and a few more beads because maybe down the road I’ll want to make a few more of this style. Only a few. Because every day I’m different and so are the items I create.
I can’t wait for the perfect person to find this perfect necklace to go with their perfect outfit!
Swallows Nest Pottery (Etsy Shop) meets JudysTreehouse (Etsy Shop) a unique and beautiful collaboration.
“Serendipity (noun) – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”
Etsy has been a joyous journey for me. I’ve found some awesome treasures along my way…..not only material treasures but awesome people and treasured friendships I will forever cherish.
These beautiful pottery pendants were created by the most lovely lady, Eileen. Our serendipitous friendship began around Christmas time last year when I found her lovely pottery shop on Etsy and purchased a few of the beautiful pottery platters she creates for gifts. A simple question about internet providers and living in the country started a lively chatter and a new friendship blossomed.
I haven’t met her in person yet but we are cyber pals and chat weekly, if not more.
She sent me these gorgeous pendants she created and said, “Girl, see what you can do with these” and now we have a few collaborated pieces……so cool!
So the moral of my story is……”life is a journey and the people you meet along the way”. And, for me Etsy has turned into more than just a market place of cool unique treasures. It’s a cool people place, too.
Check out Eileen’s lovely pottery creations. I have one of her gorgeous egg platters and the most awesome bowl and look forward to adding more of her beautiful pieces to my collection.
Of late I’ve really been getting into and enjoying herbal teas. I guess you could say they are my newest addiction. There’s just something about the “mystic” of the blends, the “calm” in waiting for the water to heat, the “melodic” whistle of the tea kettle calling your attention, the “clarity” of the hot water as you pour it into your cup, the “anticipation” of good things to come as the leaves and flowers “meld” together to become a “unity” of unique, earthy flavors and aromas, the “vision” of nature as I add a drop of raw honey to sweeten the moment, the feeling of “peace” that engulfs me as I wrap my hands around the warm cup and bring it to my lips to enjoy the fruition of my preparations.
Truly a zen moment and one I enjoy at least twice a day.
I’ve grown herbs, dried herbs but never really started growing and harvesting herbs for the purpose of medicinal and culinary uses.
Most of my herbs and tea blends I purchase on line from MountainRoseHerbs.com. I love their blends and their huge selection of herbs and more. And, I’ve quite the supply on hand.
For quite a while I’ve been on the lookout for a cool, vintage storage cabinet type piece to create an apothecary cabinet to display and store my earthy treasures. Every now and then I would stumble across something that I thought might work but never got that “this is it” feeling so I’d continue my search.
Recently, on a trip to Lisa’s Antique Mall in Auburn, Illinois I found another piece, actually three pieces, that I thought would be perfect. Now, Greg doesn’t share my enthusiasm for old, vintage furniture. So when I would point them out to him he’d just shrug and say, “get it if you want it”. Hmmm, that doesn’t help solidify a “this it it” feeling. So I hemmed and hawed with indecision. Greg went out to the jeep for a fit measurement to be sure we could haul it home. He came back and gave me the thumbs up. We put our heads together to discuss an offer and came up with a number. But in the end, as usual, I had talked myself out of it.
Well, all this took place about two weeks before our wedding anniversary. Imagine my surprise when Greg disappeared for a few hours and upon returning told me I “had” to go out to the jeep, he had something he wanted to show me. Yep, the cabinet. So cool but the real gift is the gem of a husband I have.
So now I have the start of an apothecary cabinet. I love it. And, I think MountainRoseHerbs.com has been loving me lately, too, as I fill my shelves with herbal goodness.
Now my goal is to expand my herbal knowledge and continue to work on creating my very own herb and flower garden that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also with culinary and medicinal benefits and regenerative in nature. Not to mention more foraging for beneficial plants that grow wild and untamed. Cool places in which to further enjoy some Zen moments.
Then there’s my love of incense which has piqued my creative curiosity with thoughts of blending and forming my own little cones of sensory delights. But I’ll save that for another day. Right now I am very happy with the incense from LeftOverHippies.etsy.com. Hazel’s blends are perfectly earthy and spicy and the best I have ever enoyed. And, enjoy them I do on a regular basis.
As I grow older I find myself changing my ideas and ways of living in ways I’d never imagined. It’s refreshing and peaceful and amazing this life. And, change can lead to growth and experiences and joy you’d never imagine.
And, so I leave you now with Blessings for a joyful journey, a few ideas for perfect Zen moments, and a fruity herbal iced tea recipe…..
daily; read inspirational, deep, thought provoking books. I am currently reading Wayne W. Dyer’s “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem” Great read!
have a tea ritual like the one I explained in my opening here
take a walk in the country, breathe deep, look beyond what you seen in front of you, and listen for the sounds that aren’t obvious
think of someone you know, maybe even someone you don’t know well, look beyond their appearance and the little you know about them; think of their spirit and send them blessings
This recipe is from “The Medical Medium” by Anthony William and an excerpt from a recent post from his Facebook page.
“Lemon Balm Wild Blueberry Iced Tea
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp lemon juice
4 lemon balm tea bags https://amzn.to/2FyeF04
4 cups of water
Ice, to serve
Handful of fresh lemon balm, for garnish
Place the wild blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook over low heat until the wild blueberries are mushy, about 5 minutes.
Add the water and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat off, add the tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour everything through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher or bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice from the blueberries and tea bags. Chill the tea for about an hour in the fridge, then serve over ice with fresh lemon balm for garnish.
Lemon balm: Kills viruses, bacteria, and other pathogenic microorganisms inside the liver. Makes a better environment in the intestinal tract, which supports the delivery of cleaner nutrients from the gut to the liver. Lemon balm calms the nerves of the liver, causing it to be less spasmodic, agitated, and angry, while also calming the nerves inside of the intestinal lining, which lowers toxic heat inside the liver. It also supports the adrenals, which makes the liver less toxic.
Wild blueberries: Contain dozens of undiscovered antioxidants, including anthocyanin varieties. There’s not just one pigment inside a wild blueberry; there are dozens of pigments not yet researched or studied. The wild blueberry is to the liver as mother’s milk is to a baby. Not only do wild blueberries have the ability to grab on to plenty of troublemakers, they also hold on to them as they leave the liver, in a way that most other healing foods cannot. The pigments in wild blueberries have the ability to saturate deep into liver cells and cross cell walls and membranes inside the liver, spreading their blue everywhere. Wild blueberries enhance the intestinal tract, feeding good bacteria there, which benefits the liver greatly.”
So, let your wild self free, enjoy new journeys and adventures and always look beyond for the glory of each and every moment.