:: Essence of the Desert ::

Weathered Saguaro Cactus Skeleton Cuff + Sterling Silver + Wabi Sabi + Sonoran Desert + Desert Primitive + Adjustable
340.00

Beautifully undulating lines with perforations...as close as it can be to the saguaro skeleton I found on the Sonoran desert bajada

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This is truly a beauty...first to emerge from my latest round of metal clay work!

:: The Shaman's Bag ::

Shamans Bag + Purse + Cross Body or Shoulder Bag + Amulets and Talismans + Distressed Deerhide + Desert Primitive + Offering Pouch + Medicine Bag
530.00

Like my medicine bag necklaces in purse size, with a small pouch for sacred offerings...this amulet-laden treasure is full of wild beauty

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This one speaks for itself...like one of my medicine bag necklaces, only it's a purse!  Includes a detachable offering/fetish pouch.  Yum. 

:: 25% OFF SALE! ::

I'm having a surprise sale...now through Friday the 13th, everything in this shop is 25% off, and everything in my Etsy shop is 20% off!  

Desert Primitive Fossil Earrings + Bronze Feather Discs + Organic + Primal Earth
220.00

Like a walk among the clay hills and hoodoos of northwestern New Mexico...pale earth hues and ephemeral impressions of life long past

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...I could have called it "my cat has a dental problem and there are some major vet bills coming up", but that probably wouldn't fly.  During his recent checkup at the vet, I received the unhappy news that Jasper (the Basket Cat of Facebook fame) has feline tooth resorption, which means that his teeth are decaying from the inside out.  He's only 2 and already needs three extracted...and the prognosis for the rest isn't good.  And Jasper HATES going to the vet. Poor guy.  So that, along with ongoing home renovation bills, some planned travel, etc., etc. means that I must generate some income ASAP.  

Enjoy the sale!  I hope you'll find something you love!

:: Shell and Deerhide ::

I am making medicine bags!  Here are today's offerings:

Handmade Deer Hide Medicine Pouch + Amulets and Artifacts + Desert Primitive + Rustic + Tattered + OOAK
266.25 355.00

Like the windblown leaves of autumn, an amulet pouch richly festooned with dozens of beads and curiosities

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Papua New Guinea Yua Shell Currency Necklace + Antique and Ancient Beads + Ethnographic + Light Neutrals
206.25 275.00

Cool, serene and elegant...a creamy smooth shell currency suspended on a long strand of beads...perfect for layering

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:: Shop Policy Changes ::

Hi everyone--I wanted to let you know that I've decided--after thinking it over for several months--that I will no longer take reservations for items.  I'm sorry to have to inconvenience you, especially since I have so many established customers.  For those of you who are established, I'm willing to make exceptions depending on circumstance, so if you simply MUST have something and cannot make it work financially at the moment, please contact me and we'll talk.  If you have any questions about this, please let me know.  

On the brighter side, I am working on three new pieces today: a silver weathered juniper wood cuff is cooling in the firing pan, and a very large silver weathered juniper wood pendant is in the kiln right now.  And I created a necklace with a very special elestial quartz crystal as a pendant.  You can expect to see them appearing here and on Etsy by tomorrow!

:: Two New Torcs! ::

Primitive Fossil Ivory and Wrapped Sterling Silver Torc + Stone Textured Silver + Desert Primitive + Minimalist + Contemporary Organic
191.25 255.00

The raw, elemental energy of fossil ivory wrapped with hammered sterling silver

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Primitive Wire Wrapped Torc + Found Stone + Ancient Bactrian Glass + Leather Cord + Raw + Contemporary
195.00 260.00

Raw stone, silver, leather, and ancient glass combine in a story of life-giving water discovered in a dry land

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Today's offerings...there's also a new mixed media talisman necklace in my Etsy shop!

:: Walkabout Talisman ::

Primitive Wrapped Desert Amulet Bundle + Petrified Wood + Obsidian + Mammoth Ivory + Desert Sand + Ancient Artifacts + Handmade Bronze Chain
320.00

Layers of stone, bark, sand, and fabric envelop found treasures from the desert wild...wrapped together with fibers and handmade cordage, blessed with sage and corn pollen

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An amulet of ancient artifacts and shards from distant times and places...

:: Beyond Totality ::

The end of August.  What a month, what a summer, what a year it's been!  Every time I think we're going to stop and catch our breath it just gets more intense.

I am listing a new set of Spirit Beads after I post this update.   Since returning from the eclipse, I am only now beginning to integrate it all and get back to creating.  The changes are very deep and are affecting every aspect of my life, and I wanted to let you know what that is looking like so far.  Apologies to those who connect with me on Facebook for the repetition of photo and news, but it is playing out a bit further now.  

Totality as I saw it.  A shaky, low-res image taken from my phone...the reality of being there was beyond words.

Totality as I saw it.  A shaky, low-res image taken from my phone...the reality of being there was beyond words.

The eclipse experience was phenomenal--life-changing--and I am still integrating the energies as I watch the waves of transformation ripple across the world.  I was preparing for it all summer and am glad I did.  As the eclipse went into totality I was reclining on a camp cot, watching it from a cattle ranch just south of Riverton, Wyoming.  Totality was stunningly beautiful and otherworldly, and the energy I felt...well, it's good I was lying down.  As I realized afterward, the subtle energy systems of my body were entirely rewritten.  This "rewrite" or reordering of energies was a collective phenomenon of this eclipse and I suspect many others had similar experiences.  The feeling of this was the strangest thing.  I felt completely different, yet still "me".  The purpose of the rewrite was to fully anchor my systems into the energies of the "New Earth", as many are calling it.  This new way of being is entirely unplugged from the old systems dynamics of polarity, conflict, competition, and resistance.  Words like "quantum" and "ascension" are often used to describe it.  It is characterized by a state of deep interconnection with others within it, a state of conscious awareness, unity between dimensions of consciousness, and much, much more.  It is very hard to describe, and it can be very subtle, but it has so little to do with the old way of living/thinking/being in the old world that it feels like living on another planet, even as you are coexisting side by side with those who are still wholly invested in the old paradigm.  When you live in this state, you are living in a flow, moment to moment, a fluid process of happening and interaction in the moment that is nonlinear and very organic.  Reconciling this with time as the old world experiences it is interesting.  All I can say is that it is showing itself to be more than I ever imagined life could be.  This is real, folks.  Right here, right now, if you want it.

So, in the near future I'm going to be redoing my About pages here and in my Etsy shop to better reflect where my work is coming from.  At this point, I don't see any radical changes in my work physically since I was always trying to key into that state when creating it anyway, but I am going to be more specific about the energies that are going into each piece.  What you see on the physical level is the vehicle for an energy pattern, or program, that is like a key or access point into the energy of the New Earth, or paradigm.  I have been working with the vast networks of energy in and around the Earth--Gaia--for years and lately I've been programming pieces to help folks access that energy themselves.  Originally I cleared and blessed pieces to carry the highest spiritual and blessing energy to the recipient.  In the past couple of years that has shifted into creating pieces to be conduits for the new paradigm energy, to help folks plug in.  That is now the intention within each piece.  I expect there will be other purposes infused into these pieces in the future as things progress.  

That's about all for now.  I need to get that piece listed.  There's also a drawing in the works that I may be offering soon. 

Blessings,

Dawn

:: Holding the Light ::

Beaded Deer Hide Medicine Pouch + Handmade Fringed Pouch + Ancient, Antique Beads, Bone, Stone and Shell + Ceremony + Adjustable Cord
345.00

A tiny, elaborately beaded pouch made from softest deerhide for holding a sacred stone or talisman

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I managed to complete this pouch today ahead of my road trip.  I'll be away from Saturday to around Wednesday of next week, first to drive up to Wyoming, where I've never been, to camp out on a cattle ranch in the path of totality to see the eclipse.  I have wanted to see a total eclipse all my life, and can't wait.  Afterward I'll head down through eastern Utah to some beloved canyon country that I haven't seen in far too many years, and then homeward.  

Blessings,

Dawn

:: Prehistoric Southwestern Style Pendants ::

Minimalist Jet Pendant + Prehistoric Technique + Ancient Southwest + Multi Strand Seed Bead Necklace + Hammered Bronze Findings
295.00

A black oblong of jet, worked entirely with stone tools, set with primitive bronze findings on delicate strands of seed beads and turquoise

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Red Abalone Stone Worked Pendant + Ancient Southwest Style + Prehistoric Ornament Technique + Large Pendant + Sterling Chain
240.00

A luminous tab pendant of abalone, shaped using the prehistoric methods of the Southwest, strung on an oxidized silver chain.

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I love these two tab pendants I've been working on over the past week.  Classic Anasazi style, made only with stone tools and polished with elk hide and cotton.  Many, many hours of grinding and polishing, especially the jet.  They are almost identical in shape and size, but have very different treatments for their necklaces.  

:: The Sacred Landscape ::

My "time off" has yielded this very beautiful and calming necklace as I have been spending my days creating stone-worked elements.  I think there will be more on the way soon...

:: Price Reduced on the Talisman Necklace! ::

Hey folks, I just wanted to let you know I've decided to reduce the price of my latest talisman necklace, In The Sun.  It priced out at over $400 but much of that was due to the long time it took to finely stitch that leather cord together.  So I'm now offering it to you at what is hopefully a more manageable price, $375.  More pieces are in the works!

Moon Time

Vintage Ethnographic Shell Button Pendant + Lunar Talisman Necklace + Baroque Freshwater Pearls, Antique Metal Beads, Yoruba Granulated Brass + Handmade Fine Silver Disc
260.00

A luminous old shell button from the highlands of Central Asia graces this necklace with its gentle presence...a cooling synergy of pearls, brass, shell and antiqued brass for hot summer days

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Last but not least for today, the moon follows the sun!  Enjoy...

Sun-Drenched Amulets

Desert Amulets + Talisman Necklace + Ancient and Antique Elements + Geode, Fossils, Shell, Pearl + Hand Stitched Deer Hide Cord + Warm Earth Tones
375.00

Lovely, sun-warmed desert beauty...a talisman necklace with ancient and antique elements that glow with the light of the sun, suspended from a hand stitched deer hide cord

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Here is the latest, a perfect bundle of talismans for summer days...

More to come!