Thursday, May 31, 2007
Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. I guess that's how life is, eh? This one worked out pretty well, I think.
$15.00 here at my etsy shop.
While I spent an afternoon making picture frames, I watched a movie called "America Versus John Lennon." Since I'm generally pop-culture challenged, this was of great interest to me (although it would have had more credibility if Geraldo Rivera hadn't been on it.) Anyway, it really got me thinking, as I rolled and molded, about the nature of nationalism and how our collective need to be at the top of the pecking order makes us (and by us, I mean the US) come off as arrogant bullies. It also brought my mind to a topic I think about quite often, which is the nature of idealism. They say that as we grow older we become more practical, more loving of the compromise and the middle ground. In the primaries, we vote for the "viable" candidate rather than the one with true democratic values. And in the thousand decisions we make every day, we search for diplomacy and middle ground and fitting in. Well, I'm going to remain an idealist like John Lennon was. Nope, it ain't practical. My candidate will never win, because he/she is too left of center (and likely too smart) for the general populus. Just because it will never happen doesn't mean we should stop fighting. I'm not specifying what the "it" is; I'm just saying that we need to keep idealists in the world or pure concepts (like peace) will disappear and we'll be left with nothing but murky, diplomatic middle ground. Middle ground isn't good enough.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
This may or may not become a regular feature. Remains to be seen.
OK, give them a random shuffling and pull out the one that undoubtedly has great meaning for me at this moment. And the winner is...
Upright Meaning: An artistic, creative and witty person. Fun to be around and very capable of assisting others. A social butterfly.
Reversed Meaning: Prone to sudden changes of opinion. Someone who is self-centered and paranoid.
Questions: Are you caring too much about what those in your social circle think of you? Are you putting your creativity and wit to good use or are you using it to belittle others?
Advice: The motives of the person you’re questioning (it could be you or someone else) are pure and well-intentioned. A shallow exterior may be covering up a good heart and capable mind.
I've been reading a fair amount of Cordy fan fiction lately, not on purpose, by chance. Some is about high school Queen C (I've written some of that myself, actually) when she was shallow and popular and the girl all the sheep wanted to emulate. And then there's later on, when she's matured and taken on responsibilities and, well, she cares.
So where am I? I'm a little bit stuck between young and old. I'm creating fan art and fiction and hanging out online like the young, hip people do. I comment back and forth with someone, and then it dawns on me that, yikes, this is a college kid I'm talking to. I'm amazed at the confidence and insight these kids have - I sure didn't at that age. Not that I was a Cordelia - my insecurities may have been the same as hers, but I displayed them differently, and I surely was not in any way ever popular! There are not words to describe the joy I feel at being the age I am, allowing myself to enjoy my creative side, and having the wisdom (a tiny bit of it anyway) to realize that my life is good and to relish every moment of it. So I guess the Queen of Wands Cordelia message for me here is look how you've grown. Amen.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
It's about 6 inches long and 3 inches high, and it sits on your desk, attracting everyone to you like magnets (and you thought it was your shining personality).
Where did I get that funky, retro fabric, you ask?
I didn't. It's polymer clay cane work, painstakingly handmade by me, cut into thin slices, made into "upholestery," and applied carefully over a frame made of lightweight aluminum foil.
You know you want one.
(More colors/patterns coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with requests.)
I've improved my presentation, too. Each pair of earrings has its own hand-stamped/collaged card in coordinating colors. It's a tent-fold, so you can stand it up on a dresser. And it makes for a lovely gift. All my jewelry now comes in hand-folded paper boxes, as I have piles of beautiful scrapbooking paper sitting around saying "fold me, fold me!"
Monday, May 21, 2007
here at my etsy shop.
Friday, May 18, 2007
You are free to use any beads purchased from DivaDea in your own items for resale, but I would greatly appreciate being given credit for the designs. Thanks, and happy beading!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
To the tune of Finlandia by Sibelius
This is my song, oh god of all the nations
A song of peace for lands afar and mine
This is my home, the country where my heart is
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine
My country's skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine
But other lands have sunlight, too, and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine
Oh hear my song, thou god of all the nations
A song of peace for their lands and for mine
Sung by Marmalade - www.marmaladies.com
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
These earrings and much more are for sale at my etsy shop: www.divadea.etsy.com. Thanks for looking!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Poppy Necklace (this one's listed here at my etsy shop)
Lots more unique jewelry listed at www.divadea.etsy.com.