:: 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
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
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!

Shaman's Necklace

Shaman's Necklace + Amulets & Talismans + Handmade Wrapped Sterling Chain + Fossils, Artifacts & Desert Impressions
345.00

A new take on an ancient amulet necklace in shades of sage, copper and silver

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Here, finally, is the new necklace I have been promising.  This is a new style I'm trying out, another way to make a multi-talisman piece, with each one attached to a link in a sterling silver chain.  The piece's title is in honor of the stunning landscape I drove through in northwestern New Mexico yesterday.  Abundant snow and rain this year have given us a spectacular spring and the sage was as verdant as I have ever seen it, from horizon to horizon.  

I have to apologize for my absences lately; I have been dealing with personal issues and major home repairs simultaneously and my attention has been divided...and distracted.  But I am working whenever I can so keep checking back for new items!

Chaco Canyon was my destination yesterday.  I drove out there with a friend of mine, not for the usual visit but to make prayers and offerings in support of the land...incredibly, it is currently endangered by fracking.  If you know anything about Chaco you understand that doing so would desecrate the greatest archaeological site in the country, a National Park and World Heritage Site, which is ancestral sacred land to many Native tribes.  Furthermore, the area is home to many Navajo who only wish to live and work on the land in peace and good health.  If you are interested in learning more, here are some sites you might find helpful.  Please sign their petitions if you are so inclined; every voice counts.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-chaco-canyon-from?source=c.url&r_by=12295764

http://www.environmentnewmexico.org/programs/nme/dont-frack-chaco-canyon-0

http://nativevoicenetwork.nationbuilder.com/stop_fracking_newmexico_petition

:: Hopi Point ::

Desert Primitive Heat Textured Cuff + Sterling Silver Bracelet + Fossil Tree Fern + Picture Jasper + Wabi Sabi
520.00

A substantial sterling silver cuff, textured like the raw desert landscape, set with two large cabochons held with heavy sterling prongs.

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I did decide to list this bracelet after all, and here it is!  I realized that what I needed to keep was the visual information and I am also confident that it will hold up just fine to normal wear.  This may be my favorite piece of jewelry so far.  I love everything about it.

This morning a severe storm came through as I was doing yoga to try and help my lower back, which I seem to have done something to, and rain and hail soaked the new studio carpet as well as our bedroom.  I spent the rest of the morning standing on towels to absorb as much water as possible and moving furniture out of the studio, all while keeping a nervous eye on the sky.  The problem is our aging, leaky windows and deteriorating exterior stucco and I can no longer ignore the fact that they both need to be replaced.  This is going to mean a major work disruption but they simply have to be done, first the windows, then the stucco.  I don't know the timetable yet, but will keep on working as best I can in the meantime.  

So even with all the chaos I have almost finished the fiery Goddess Spirit Beads and if possible I will list them tomorrow...we'll see what the weather brings and if the window estimate allows me the time.  

Never a dull moment!

:: Desert Archaic Talisman ::

Desert Primitive Talisman Necklace + Archaic Style + Buffalo Hide, Antique Orissa Brass + Heat Textured Silver + Fused Fine Silver + Fossil Tooth
340.00

Like an antique Native American ornament, only straight out the desert Dreaming...an assemblage of beaded buffalo hide, tattered fabric, fire-scarred silver and more

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Here's my latest offering from the desert Dreaming...