Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

i hope that the human spirit will rise ~

" I hope that the human spirit will rise. I hope that human beings are not going to allow themselves to be swallowed by the forces of economic growth and the materialistic paradigm, because the human life is much more than high-rise buildings and motorcars and highways and airports and cyberspace. Human life needs relationships, love, compassion, caring friendships, generosity, time to read, time to study, time to meditate, time to go for walks, explore mountains and forests and rivers - to be rather than have and do. The human spirit needs to be fed as much as the human body needs to be fed. So my hope is the tide will turn and darkness will be extinguished by lighting many many candles around the world. That is my hope."

~ satish kumar

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

earrings for sale! ~



 A while back I wrote a few posts about the wolf willow here and here...since then I have taken the process one step further and have handcrafted these earrings. Excepting the seeds, these earrings are made entirely from copper. The seeds came from the berries of the wolf willow. Of course, each seed is completely unique and beautiful in its own perfect way. It has been a wonderful process making these earrings from the wolf willow berries...magical to find such beautiful and useful materials in nature. The hooks were handcrafted by me also using recycled copper wire.  I  purchased the copper stems (with lovely copper drops at one end), which I wrapped around the top of the seeds. Here is the elegant wolf willow (beautiful photo ~ source unknown):
 
 

I am also making my copper spirals which are handcrafted from recycled copper wire. I handcraft the copper wire hooks for these earrings also.


If you have any mind to purchase these earrings for gifts or for yourself, either the wolf willow or the copper spirals, you can email me at julieshona@hotmail.com and place an order. The cost for each pair is $10 plus shipping (which I imagine will be quite inexpensive).

Each pair of earrings will arrive on a card backing exactly as shown below (burgundy coloured card backings are also available) and will also be protected in a reusable plastic jewellry bag:




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

mushroom ~

this mushroom looked to me as if it was made from clay, fired in the kiln even...pottery.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

the mullein and the chickadees ~


I did not plant this mullein in my garden. It came on its own accord. Why are you leaving it there some people asked this summer. Hmmm, I was not sure. But as the mornings become chilly and fall is almost here, I watch the chickadees bicker over which of them gets to eat these mullein seeds. It got me thinking that leaving things as they are, and allowing life to unfold, can bring about unexpected gifts that in the beginning we are unable to see...not everything can be known at its inception, sometimes it makes sense only later.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013