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jade hookSAVE 20% WITH SAVE20 COUPON for this and anything else in the shop. This is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. The hei matu, or fish hook, has endured since pre-colonial times (prior to the 18th century) and symbolizes abundance, and a respect for sea. The design represents the special relationship Maori people have with fishing (historically they lived from fisheries and depended on the sea for food gathering) and Tangaroa, god of the sea. Designs range from the ultra-realistic through to more conceptual styles, and wearing one is said to bring good fortune when traveling across oceans.

This beautiful piece measures approx. 45 mm long (approx.. 1 3/4") x approx. 23 mm. (just shy of 1") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 3 mm. wide.

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spiral pot janieWe recently had a delightful time at the annual Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. In addition to the amazing music, divine summer weather, and forest setting, there are always the most fun vendors – including handmade jewelry vendors – in the tents on the grounds.

This time I met JanieK Terrel, who works in a lovely combination of clay, beads, leather and stone – and one other unique element – oil! She makes and sells these great little aromatherapy necklaces. Tiny artisan pots to hold an infinite variety of therapeutic oils are strung on genuine leather and adorned with Japanese and Czech glass beads, beautiful metal findings, and semi-precious gemstones; each is unique and one of a kind.

We love the way you can see the ancient beauty of the high mountains and red deserts of the New Mexico wildlands where Janie was born. An old stone carver who has transitioned into a potter of tiny clay vessels, she now lives and works in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The necklace I chose to take home is a soft blue and brown, with a sacred spiral – a similar theme in many of Janie’s pieces. But she works in many themes, ranging from ancient symbols and designs, to simple boho, southwestern, and spiritual. The colors tend to be soft, earthy and glimmering – and in conversation with Janie I could tell she enjoys the process of seeing what unexpected things the glazes will do during the firing process – almost always a joy for experienced and creative potters.

The fact that these beautiful creations hold therapeutic and life-enhancing oils is a great bonus! Anyone who has explored the use of such oils in their life knows what a treat – and sometimes essential therapy – these oils can be. Whether you want an alternative to pricey and synthetic perfumes and colognes, or something to infuse your life with a palpable meditation aid – a healing substance – or just to enjoy – oils are a great way to go. There are lots of options, but JanieK and I especially recommend edensgarden.com for very high quality, pure oils, at wholesale prices -- with free shipping and no memberships required.

pictograph pot janieYou can check out Janie’s work in her Etsy shop EarthnOils, and you can also find her on Facebook at Earth-N-oils. This year she’s on the road, so if you’re in the following areas on the right dates, you can meet her in person. And I can officially say, she’s as delightful in person as you might guess from reading about her work.

@ the Art and Wine Festival in Red River, NM on Father's Day Weekend;

@ Nederland, Colorado for the High Peaks Art Festival; and

@ Taos, NM, July 1-3 for the CAV Freedom from Violence show at Kit Carson Park.

She plans to return to Colorado in August and September, then head back to Arizona for the Sedona Fine Arts Festival the first week in October.

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

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