Friday, June 29, 2012

Mistress Nemo Dons A Steampunk Octopus Neck Sculpture

What would Captain Nemo's Mistress wear to the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ball? I am sure it would be a lovely midnight black gown with purple and sea blue sequins, lace gloves with a gorgeous updo.

I have always been intrigued with undersea creatures, especially cephalopods. It is no surprise that my favorites are the squid and octopus. They are able to change color faster than a chameleon and can also change texture and body shape. If those camouflage techniques don't work, they can still "disappear" in a cloud of ink, Magic in the deep blue sea.

This one of a kind octopus neck sculpture was created by crocheting non-tarnish bronze copper wire into strands then plaiting them. I used an assortment of recycled, and vintage glass beads in hues of violet, purple, aurora borealis, sea green and blue weaved into the strands. A brass victorian octopus charm is securely wired onto a recycled brilliant blue capiz shell. The shell measures about 2 inches in diameter. This necklace has an old world Steampunk victorian feel.

This one of a kind neck piece is lightweight and measures about 19 inches. It closes with a bronze lobster claw clasp. The wire can be gently scrunched smaller or into a slightly different shape to compliment your neck.

I have a special octopus bracelet listed at

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rest In Peace Nora Ephron

Thank you Nora Ephron for the laughter and the tears. A heroine when it comes to writing Chick Flicks. Like a good friend she was always there when you needed comforting. I spent so many lonely nights and holidays watching her movies. Pour a glass of wine and watch your favorite Nora Ephron movie in honor of this brilliant woman.

Here are a few classic scenes that i could watch over and over.

When Harry Met Sally Restaurant Scene

You've Got Mail Ending

Sleepless In Seattle
Affair to Remember VS The Dirty Dozen

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Bring Your Dog To Work Day!

 Quan Yin Kali Wu

Staff PR Advisor 
(Pawsitive Relations)

"First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

the sound of unheard music...

And those who were dancing were 
thought to be insane by those
who could not hear the music.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Healing Amethyst Jewerly

This feminine bracelet and pair of earrings was created by crocheting strands of delicate pink non-tarnish wire along with weaved glass lavender beads and semiprecious amethyst chips. 

The gem stone Amethyst is used for healing on all levels, body, mind, and spirit. It is said to raise vibrational frequency and protects against negative energies. This stone carries a history of warding off drunkenness and helping provide a clean, sober mind. Placing the stone under your pillow or right on top of your head is supposed to bring about peaceful dreams and relieve pounding headaches. In Ancient Egypt, the stone was used to guard one from feelings of their own guilt. Violet Purple is the highest vibrational color of the spectrum. The color of royalty, magic and even worn by the Pope!

Amethyst is the birthstone of Aquarius (Water Bearer): Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Amethyst is also the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 6th year of marriage. 

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Once upon a time there was a capiz sea shell curtain all tangled up living at World Market. Not sure what to do with it, employees walked by it for several months pretending to ignore it. One night i had a vivid dream with images of all the possibilities of things to create with these poor battered shells. So pressured by the guilt that these shells would end up in a stinky dumpster, i bought the curtain. I could almost hear the sea shells screaming thank you.

For sea shell geeks, Placuna placenta, also known as capiz or windowpane oyster, is a bivalve marine mollusk in the family of Placunidae.

Oysters and their pearls were once held sacred by the Celts.  The Cauldron of Regeneration is said to have been lined with pearls, and when Morgana  Goddess  of the Sea  appeared in the guise of the moon, she was called the ‘Pearl of the Sea’.

This one of a kind piece was created by crocheting strands of bronze non-tarnish silver plated wire. Weaved into the strands were capiz shells in lovely sea hues of blue, chartreuse peridot greens and glass beads of sea mint green and lavender.

The neck sculpture is about 21 inches long and closes with a bronze lobster clasp. It can be gently "scrunched" to be made smaller or a different shape as the wire is very easy to manipulate. The green sea shells are 2.25 across and the teal blue shells are 2 inches across.


This necklace makes a statement and is not for a shy woman. Its bold and beautiful. Wear with confidence. A lovely accessory for an elegant evening, sea cruise or beach vacation. I have several pairs of earrings created from the capiz shells that could be worn with this necklace.

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Monday, June 04, 2012

Inspiration from under the sea...

This necklace was created by crocheting bronze non-tarnish wire while weaving glass beads through the strands in various hues of blue, sea green and lavender. The effect gives an under the sea look. Perhaps buried treasures hidden in the coral reefs. Could this necklace be a romantic gift from Captain Jack Sparrow?

I always loved the soundtrack from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. (Not a fan of the movie. Walt would not have been impressed by the computer animation.) However the lyrics of Under The Sea bring images of swimming through the coral reefs with sea turtles and buried sea treasures.

This bracelet was created by crocheting bronze and silver plated non-tarnish wire while weaving glass beads in various hues of blue, sea green and lavender. Perhaps it fell off a mermaid's wrist while she was playing with dolphins.

In ancient Greek mythology, Amphitrite was a sea-goddess and wife of Poseidon. Of course living with Poseidon must have been trying. So sometimes she would sneak away on holiday with her girl friends and a good bottle of sea wine. Splashing to fun music and dancing the night away. Girls with flippers just want to have fun.

These earrings were created by using recycled blue Capiz shells rescued from a shell beaded curtain that was being tossed away. (There should be a rescue shelter for sea shells.)
I crocheted strands of delicate pink silver plated wire with sea green glass beads. A delicate blue sea shell hangs from this strand.

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Under the Sea lyrics from
The Disney movie The Little Mermaid

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?

Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea

Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who's gon' be on the plate

Under the sea
Under the sea
Nobody beat us
Fry us and eat us
In fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea
Under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here