Summertime

My summertime creative muses……  a.k.a. a walk through my gardens.    If you were ever to visit my gardens you might see weeds and bramble or you might see flowers and vines……you might see icky bugs or butterflies ….. you might see work to be done or buried treasures……. I hope if you were ever to visit my gardens you would find the magic they hold.     Life is how you decide to see it!    Enjoy!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

New Adventures in Alchemy

Well, I haven’t unearthed the secret chemistry to convert base metals into gold…….

HOWEVER…….

I am totally enjoying my newest endeavor……….

Electroforming!

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“Electroforming is a metal forming process that forms parts through electrodeposition on a model, known in the industry as a mandrel. … The mandrel is most often separated intact or dissolved away after forming, but occasionally (as in the case in decorative electroforming) left in place.”   As so defined by Wikipedia

Don’t know how I stumbled across this cool process but glad I did.    The internet is an amazing source of creative catalysts.     While searching for something not even remotely associated with electroforming, or so I thought, a YouTube video caught my eye.   Then one thing led to another and before I knew it I had purchased all of these gadgets and chemicals and protective gear and what nots……because I just HAD to give it a try.

Now mind you as I’ve grown older I’ve become much wiser (ha, ha, let’s say I have).    And, had I known then what I know now I would have been a much more attentive student back in the day.     Researching electroforming and finding all of the technical terms and formulations can be quite intimidating.   Especially for someone like me who was always present but often bored during her high school years doing just enough to get by.    Imagine if I had really applied myself.    Oh, well, it’s never too late to improve, enhance, and grow in ways you might never have imagined.

Electroforming………..it’s complicated, it can be dangerous, it’s messy, it’s time consuming, it’s marvelously interesting and challenging and frustrating and enjoyable!

So, here are my first few pieces.     Are they perfect?     Hmmm, well, that’s a matter of opinion.     I think they turned out awesome!      I still have much to learn and a lot of hands on trial and error but each piece that comes to fruition is an amazing piece of self satisfaction and joyful accomplishment (pat self on back).   Plus, they are so very cool!

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What’s up next?    Some falling leaves for autumn and whimsical deep sea creatures.

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Huge Thank You for all of the YouTube videos on electroforming by Jason Welsh.   I’ve learned SO MUCH from his videos.   His style totally resonates with me.    And, I did purchase his formulas for graphite paint and electroforming solution which has worked wonderfully for me.    Still have much to learn but getting better bit by bit.   Trial and error and then those AH HA! moments!    That’s how I tango!

Well, that about sums up what I’ve been about for the past couple of months…….well, that along with creating new jewelry pieces, gardening, foraging, learning herbs, delving into homemade lotions and tinctures, and everyday needs and necessities.

There’s so much joy to be found in the journey of discovery and the sense of accomplishment with personal development and growth.    Find Your Passion, Grow Your Wings, Get in Your Groove……… and, Wishing you a Beautiful Journey along the way!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Angel Coins…….Coins from Heaven

I believe………

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This is my jar of dimes.   Not just any old dimes, they’re special.     You may have heard that old saying (or song) “Pennies From Heaven”

What a beautiful song…..(link copied from youtube)

Like pennies from heaven, I receive dimes from heaven and/or my guardian angel perhaps.     It’s true!     And, I believe.

I’m not sure when I started actually “noticing” these dimes that would show up out of place and for no apparent reason.        On a step as I was climbing the stairs from my basement…….the steps that I had just gone down but hadn’t noticed a dime.          On the kitchen counter plain as day.    In a shoe….yes, a shoe.       In my pocket…….might seem a normal place but why in my pocket where the only thing I keep is a tissue.     In the washing machine, again might appear a normal place always just one single dime.      On a couch cushion.

Yes, all seemingly normal places to find a stray coin but for me it’s always that one single dime.   No other coins.   It shows up out of the blue……shiny and bright………all by itself……..for me to find!     And that is my way of knowing that it is a special coin.     I see it.    I notice it.    I pick it up and pause.      Always, always makes me smile and brings me a feeling of peace, an affirmation that things are as they should be.     It is a gift, a sign, a message of hope and joy.

Somewhere along the way I decided these little tokens of love, encouragement, peace, joy, remembrance needed to be gathered and kept…….so here they are, in a pretty little vase on my desk.

They don’t come often which makes them so very special.

Maybe you’ve noticed your guardian angel, too.     I believe we all have one, they just show themselves in different ways.    Some may be in a different realm of existence, some may be living breathing people.      Sometimes you see them, that person that pops up out of no where with a word or action that was just the message you needed.    Sometimes you may not.    But they’re there.

I was a bit hesitant to share this story, not because I was afraid you’d find me strange, but because I wanted to keep it to myself, it’s special, it’s mine.     But, no, I decided to share because I do believe.    And with belief comes hope.    And with hope comes strength.   And with strength comes action.     And with action comes results.

So believe……in yourself……and in God…….and in Guardian Angels…….and in “Pennies From Heaven” and do things, good things, with this amazing life……and you will find your way!

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Merry Christmas

Tis the season……..

To Celebrate Jesus……

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Away in a Manger….

To spread joy and good cheer.

To be generous and caring.

To create and share memories with family and friends.

To enjoy family traditions.

To find wonder in all things big and small.

To cherish the moments.

To believe in magic and miracles.

To count your blessings.

To reach out to others.

To smile.

To laugh.

To by jolly.

Merry Christmas to you!   From our home to yours.     May your days be Merry and Bright and your New Year be filled with joy and good cheer.     Judy

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