Sunday, January 30, 2011

Waiting for the Return of the Swallows

Take a breath and release. These calming earrings evoke the hope of spring. Waiting for the annual return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano on St Joseph's day March 19th.

Handcrafted from semi-precious stone fluorite beads in hues of sea green with a hint of purple along with Swarovski Pink Crystal beads. Pink is the color of pure love.

Fluorite is said to absorb and neutralize negative vibrations. It makes one more receptive to the vibrations of other stones. It is a meditation stone to help energize the body and raise the power of concentration. The fluorite used in these earrings have a calming sea green hue with a few flecks of purple.

Sea green glass beads with pink flowers and a few added clear glass beads add a touch of spring. Tibetan silver bird charms dangle from the earrings.

Silver ear wires along with the gold plated wire give the earrings an old world look with a balancing yin yang aspect. Silver is yin. Gold is yang.

A unique gift for valentines day, Chinese New Year or St Joseph's Day. Gift wrapped in a cellophane bag with festive confetti.

Made with love and magic in the Planet Calamari Art Studio located in Salem MA. See more art and jewelry at

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849
Born in Boston and Buried in Baltimore

The Raven

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door —
Only this, and nothing more."

read the rest at

click here to read the wiki about Edgar Allan Poe.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Romantic Eiffel Tower Earrings

Please pass the wine and cheese. ...I love Paris no matter what season!

Wear a bit of Paris with these stunning earrings. Two toned gold Eiffel Towers hang from a gorgeous lamp work bead with hues of blue, pink, white, yellow and bronze. Tiny cobalt blue seed beads with clear beads add sparkle and catch the light.

Silver ear wired combined with gold wire give these earrings an old world look.

A romantic Valentines Day gift or expression of love. Say I love you with a trip to Paris. Oh la la!

Gift wrapped in a cellophane bag withe festive confetti.

Made with love and magic in my Planet Calamari Studio located in Salem MA.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter Wonderland In Salem MA

It was a snow day here in Salem MA. Actually most of the North East has been under snow these past few days. I have been remiss in doing any art homework as i plough through The Artist Way course. So i am cheating and claiming these photos as my art for the day.

I had hoped to build a Frida Kahlo Snow-chica today.. but it is still snowing and its just way too cold to go out there for any other reason except to take the dog out to pee! And i am secretly hoping it continues to snow so we all have another day off tomorrow.

My inner child wants to play!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy 2011.. the year i resolve for MORE

It is 2011... finally. Whew!

2010 was a roller coaster filled with every imaginable emotion, hurdle and unforeseeable event. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster it is over! As John Prine would sing, "What a rough, rough ride!"

Instead of making the usual resolutions that seem to be forgotten by mid-January, i have decided to make a list of things i want more (and less) of in my life. In 201o i worked more. In fact that is pretty much all i did was work, think about work, stress about work, blog, facebook and email about work, dream and scheme about work and talk about work. I worried more about everything, i cried more and i stressed more. It is no surprise that i was sick more often. And this may be shocking.. but yes i was crankier more. Was it worth it? NO! Financially, emotionally and physically i think i would have been better off making balloon animals while playing the banjo.

To be very clear... i do not want more stuff. We only have one closet here. I do not have the need for 20 pairs of shoes, designer clothing and knick knacks. The trunk of my car is filled with stuff going to our local homeless shelter. More will be going as soon as i can make my way up into our ghost-ridden attic to clean. (Our attic ghosts being a topic for another blog.)

As one of my professors, Alex Tiberi once said "Clutter creates chaotic qi." So true. Last night instead of attending a New Years Eve party, my husband and i rearranged the living room. It is now clutter free. There is now room to do yoga without worrying about whacking my leg on the coffee table. We even carved out a meditation nook. We tried to incorporate as much feng shui as possible into the room. However the dog ate most of the paper feng shui chart as we ignored her while moving furniture around. She was not happy we made her get off the couch so we could carry it across the room. The wisdom and family portion of the chart were eaten. I am sure there is a hidden message in that for us. .. which i probably picked up today on her walk in a biodegradable poop bag.

So drum roll please. Here is the 2011 List of More:

The first thing on my list is more LAUGHTER. I want to laugh more. Giggle more. Play more. More fun. Shriek more. Laugh until i cry more. Not that shen disturbed laughter that makes people want to flee the room. But that from the heart laughing with friends or even alone. It's OK to laugh alone. ... no matter what the Pope claims - you won't go blind. There is even a Laughing Buddha so i am sure it is a divine activity.

Buddha say Laugh More.

The second thing i want more of is ART. I want to create more art, see more art, breathe more art and be an artist once again. I am not sure when i allowed my inner artist to shrivel up and hide. (I blame the working more.) So the doctor orders more art museums. More art books. Start doing The Artist's Way exercises. More playing with colored pencils, paper mache, baubles, yarn, clay, feathers, glass and what ever the muse is craving. Walk around with paint brushes tucked behind my ear. Paint stained hands and jeans. Going with that flow. Staying in the art zone. Turning off the phone, computer and unplugging. More ART.

The third thing i want more of is PEACE of MIND. I think perhaps that should have been first on the list but i do not have the will power to cut and paste the above html to make it #1! It is time to trust the Universe again. Stop the worrying. Know that it will all be OK. Believe in magic again. Go with the flow. Chill out. Because if you have that sense of ahhhhhh or shall i say Ommmm... well it is all OK. .. no matter what. It is OK. So more meditation. More yoga. More walks. More breathing. More ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. More play. More laughing. More gratitude. More of nothingness.

The fourth wish is not something i think my neighbors, cats or dog wants more of. It is selfish i suppose. I want to play more Bluegrass Banjo. Toe tapping banjo. Steve Martin laughing banjo. Just want to play banjo music that makes people want to clog like this clogging to bluegrass youtube.

And i want to play Foggy Mountain Breakdown all the way through.. with confidence without scaring the neighbors. (I think the cats will always be terrified of my banjo. Let's hope my dog does not eat it.)

Happy 2011. May this year bring MORE of whatever your heart desires.