Friday, June 24, 2011

Skeleton Keys - Unlock Hidden Doors

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius

What waits for you behind the unopened door – perhaps it’s fate? 

The first locks and keys were probably invented by the Egyptians around 4,000 years ago, but since they were made of wood, they haven’t survived. Once keys and locks started being manufactured of metal, especially bronze, which doesn’t rust, they became collectibles. Skeleton keys consist of a bow (the part you turn), a handle and a combination (the part inserted in the lock.) Many of these antique and vintage keys have highly decorative designs on the bow. A set of Victorian keys in different sizes, for instance, might be beautiful when arranged and framed against a background of velvet. You can wear an ornate key as a necklace. You could even weld or glue several together to make an impressive brooch. If your home is older, leave them sticking out of door locks, or from the locks of cabinets, sideboards or pianos. String several together to create a unique wind chime. Tie a key onto a vintage bottle to create a unique flower arrangement. Try your luck at hunting down some vintage keys at garage sales, auctions or maybe your Grandmother has some in her basement just waiting for you to explore with some creative ideas. Who knows they may even unlock the door to your future...

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell

Skeleton Key Necklace - Mystic Journey - SOLD

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Nest

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” Chinese Proverb

I have collected fallen nests since I was a little girl. The idea that one little bird could create such beauty, so effortlessly is amazing. Nests are architectural wonders, tiny homes tucked safe away from danger. Dorothy said it best “there’s no place like HOME” my home/nest is where I create and work.  My jewelry is often inspired by nests, birds and wings.

Brooch - the Nest - SOLD

Pocket Watch, Nest Necklace - the Promise - SOLD

Copper Etched Stamped Cuff - Awake My Soul

I remember the first time I dreamed of flying, I was 5 or 6 years old. I was high above our house, looking down on my family and wonder why they weren’t flying with me. I’d tell my Mom in the morning I was flying all night and she would say “you must be tired, sometimes you have to put your dreams to rest and sleep”. I’d wake up from those dreams and wish I could go back into the dream for that sense of total freedom. To this day I still dream of flying, flight has and will always be magical to me. In reality, we cannot really fly thus, such dreams can be representative of things that are beyond our physical limitations. Another way of interpreting flying dreams is that these dreams symbolize your strong mind and will. You feel indefectible and that nobody can tell you what you cannot do and accomplish. I encourage everyone to fly or a least listen to the songs of the birds because we all have our individual songs to sing. Each one as magical and beautiful as the next...

Original Watercolor Cameo Brooch - Brinley Blueblue

Feather Earring - Fairy Whispers - SOLD

Shadow Box Locket Necklace - Wings of Hope