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Isolation and Creativity

I have been making jewelry while staying home, but have not updated my pictures on here. What good is this website if it remains stagnant? No good. So here goes, beginning with a new blog post and a few pictures.

recliner creativity

Usually I sit in my studio, but the office chair in there gets uncomfortable, so off I went to the living room and my recliner. I do have to give a shout out about the board you see under my jewelry tray. It was designed and made by my son, Jimi. While sitting in my recliner he measured the chair arm width and how far out from my stomach it could go, and made a curve in the board to fit around my body. He designed it to be a laptop tray, but I use it for much more than that.

Cluster necklace with green beads

Here is the final product, and is available for sale under Necklaces. Much of my jewelry is displayed for sale at Gallery 107 which is closed until Delaware goes into the next phases and businesses begin to open. But, all my jewelry is also for sale here on my website.

Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Energy and Awareness

In the best of times I have feelings of being a hermit, and now most of the world’s population are becoming hermits. I’ve always loved (but, perhaps not appreciated enough) being able to stay home and create jewelry, work in the yard, and wander around doing what calls to me. Now, I find myself wandering around and nothing much calls to me. Why? What has changed on my little piece of earth? The world has changed. Ahh, perhaps the energy is affecting me, no, obviously the world’s energy is affecting me. It took me sitting down to write this blog to figure out why I’ve been feeling more depressed, no energy, no purpose, and less interest in things that used to give me joy. Writing has always enabled my consciously unknown, innermost feelings to bubble up to the surface. But, with awareness comes responsibility. With awareness there is no going back to being unaware. Of course, I can continue to wander around, ignoring this awareness…God, help me not do that, grant me the courage to change the things I can….

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Peace and Love, Phyllis

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My 2nd Craft Show and getting ready for my 3rd!

I now have two craft shows under my belt. It was nice to support an organization that does so much for the community. The Blind Industries holiday fair was held at their training center on Northwood Drive in Salisbury, Maryland. On their website www.bism.org and facebook page the description of what they do is “…comprehensive rehabilitation and training programs along with diverse employment opportunities for blind and low vision people”. There were a lot of craft vendors there, but I was not expecting the amount of commercial vendors like Avon, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, and Paparazzi Accessories.

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I guess I had gotten used to 3rd Friday in Salisbury where you must create what you’re selling to be allowed to participate. It amazes me at the amount of creative people we have in this area and the magnitude of their different types of crafts. I bought space for two tables and surprised myself by filling them up! I realize I need a tablecloth and have bought some red burlap material. I will be sewing that up this week before I attend the Milton Holly Festival on December 13th. I’ll be in the library, which is very fitting, as I love books. I have A LOT of Christmas jewelry and think I’m going to discount it a little bit at the Holly Festival. Most people probably want to buy their holiday jewelry back in November so they can wear it this whole month. But, I have plenty that is not Christmas oriented, too. Come on out to Milton, Delaware on Saturday. It’s the 25th year for their Holly Festival and it’s so large it takes four buildings to hold everyone; the fire hall, the library, the historic Milton Theatre, and Goshen Hall. A holly wreath-making demonstration is offered at the Historical Society Museum, and a Holiday House Tour starts at 2:30 pm after the festival. I believe everything is within walking distance and located in the downtown area, but I’ve never been before. They will be handing out brochures with descriptions of all the vendors and their location. I’m really excited to be part of this festival.

Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Chakra colors versus Rainbow colors

Our bodies have energy and that energy is real. Who would not believe that? I learned about, and began studying the Chakra energy system¹ quite a few years ago. Interestingly, the colors associated with our seven main chakra energy centers correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow, or prism: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I have begun creating jewelry with those seven colors and they are so beautiful together. My dilemma occurs because since the late ’70’s the rainbow colors began to be taken over by the gay and lesbian community. I am not gay, but have friends and family members who are, and I love them and accept them. rainbow_braceletI’ve been wearing a bracelet I designed with the chakra/rainbow colors and it looks really great with my Alex and Ani bracelets. What am I trying to say in this blog? I guess I’m trying to say that I do not want to be categorized, but you know what, every one of us, including me, categorizes people when we see them. I’ve spent years and years of my life working on myself, trying to be a more loving, kinder, forgiving, accepting, and open-minded person. So what if people look at me and my rainbow colored jewelry and see a gay woman. I do try to be happy (making a joke since I still remember when “gay” meant happy). When Gilbert Baker first designed the gay pride flag in 1978 it began with the color pink, then red, and the rest of the rainbow colors, having eight stripes. It quickly lost the hot pink stripe due to that color fabric not being readily available. It has gone through a few revisions since then and now only has six colors.  The rainbow has seven colors as do the main chakra energy centers. The gay rights “flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow” ². The chakra colors begin with red on the bottom and violet on the top. I love writing these blogs because I learn so much doing the research. Blogging, or journaling, also really helps me get in touch with my feelings. Maybe this website will end up being my blog and I’ll just sell jewelry on the side! LOL.

Peace and love, Phyllis

1. Chakras      2. Rainbow flag (LGBT movement)

 

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Peace Symbol

In my “About Me” page I was going to say that I have loved peace signs since they made their appearance in the ’60’s when I was a teenager. I decided I should do some research before making that statement, and it’s a good thing I did, since I was wrong. Well, I was right about me being a teenager in the ’60’s (the late ’60’s!). After reading many articles, I decided the most reputable information was that Gerald Holtom designed the symbol in 1958 as a logo for Nuclear Disarmament “combining the semaphore letters N and D: N for nuclear and D, naturally, for disarmament”. I’m not even going into all the negative info I found online…the peace sign is for peace and that’s all there is to it!!! I was so happy when I started seeing the peace symbol all over the place a few years ago, and have accumulated MANY items decorated with peace signs. The very first necklace I made had a peace sign pendant, and it is still one of my favorites.

Peace and love, Phyllis

References:
BBC News article
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
The Peace Symbol