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Mended Hearts for Valentine’s Day

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Everyone’s heart has a story…My mended hearts series suggests within ones contemplation of their hearts journey that they have found a peace and strength within the ups and downs.  There are very few perfect stories of love.   A love that can be perfect is the love you have for yourself.   It is a cliche, but a true one nonetheless, that you must first love yourself, before you can love someone else.  The mended heart is one that has felt pain, but can move on and move forward from the experience.  A mended heart is one that knows its strengths and weaknesses, doesn’t assume to be perfect, but is full of beauty, fused and stitched back together, full of wisdom with a history full of laughter and tears, and a heart that will be stronger because of it.   A mended heart is a real heart, true, and honest.

The glass pendants I’ve made to honor the woman’s heart that has a story are previewed below.   If you’d like to order a pendant to honor your journey please call my store, Love Life Live Life.  Contact information is listed in the contact headline of my blog.  Please remember, you cannot control how others treat you in life, but you can control how you treat yourself…be gentle!  Love,  Kimberly

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A Happy Accident

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My mother has always been the glass artist in the family.  Up until now I have focused mainly on painting and making beaded jewelry.  Recently having opened Love Life Live Life in Gatlinburg, Tennessee it became apparent to me that I too would have to learn how to fuse glass to keep up with the demand for unique pieces of jewelry so desired by my customers.

About one week ago my mom lent me her kiln and supplied me with some glass to get started and I was off to the races.

The first time I fired this piece, admittedly, I forgot I was running the kiln.  The design that I had in mind was lopsided, marbled, and fully fused, which were qualities in the piece I wasn’t, at that time, inviting.  I continued to fire the piece two more times placing a base color of blue glass behind the charcoal organic center, followed by a firing of green frit onto the pendant.  The end product is powerful, organic, and beautiful and truly is a happy accident.

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Take a Walk on the Reptile Side…

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Alligator Skin

As might be expected, some of the necklaces I make are inspired whence rummaging through a bead store and coming across beads that catch my eye. This certainly applies to my Alligator Skin beaded jewelry necklace.

I really loved the earthy quality of the triangular accent beads that I’ve used as a focal point for this necklace, and actually helped to really free style the design. This took several times of putting the necklace together, remaining unhappy with it, and reassembling it until I got it just right; balancing the slightly uncanny color palette. The result is a wonderfully expressive tribal piece that is quite reptilian. Wear it and connect with the reptile inside!

Alligators and Crocodiles have always been widely recognized symbols of power and strength, as well as, stealth, patience, and ‘hidden danger’.

Dream analysts say that seeing an alligator or crocodile in your dreams gives you an opportunity to be mindful of anything in your life that may not be visible on the surface, but is waiting to strike suddenly and without mercy.

Jungian analysts believe that an alligator pendant can be useful in keeping your inner alligator or shadow (the part of yourself that you wish the most was not there) locked away.

Ancient Egyptians depicted Sobek (their god of creativity) as a crocodile. Even Sekhmet, an Egyptian warrior goddess, was sometimes depicted with a crocodile’s head. This was an illustration of her power and ability to defend their sun god Ra by crushing his foes in order to defend his kingdom. Egyptians embalmed many of these ‘holy crocodiles’ in the same manner as they did humans. According to the Greek historian, Heroditus, the pyramids were beyond description, but the labyrinthine temples containing the mummies of crocs and kings impressed him more.

Tattoo and Totem specialists say that the alligator or crocodile symbol might suggest that there’s more to you than meets the eye, or may represent the qualities of maternal love, swiftness, survival instinct, primal energy, and an unbridled creative force.

Alligator Skin

Get my Alligator Skin beaded jewelry necklace and take a Walk on the Reptile Side!

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