Spring is Coming!

Spring is Coming!

The phrase, Spring is Coming, evokes much different feelings than that which is commonly uttered by those of the House Stark. (If you don’t get the reference, you’re missing out!)

For me it evokes fresh smells like cut grass and salt air ~ feelings of cool breezes coming through newly re-opened windows ~ sights of people walking their dogs, brightly colored flowers and beautiful sunsets.

This truly has been a cold and harsh winter, so I am very eager for Spring to arrive.

In the meantime, we can rely on lovely images to remind us what it is like since we can’t experience it just yet!

I came across this wonderfully vibrant image of garments from the last New York Fashion Week, with one designer’s vision of Spring 2014 fashion:

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Mara Hoffman Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

 

I love these outfits, not only for the amazingly in-your-face colors, but also because they each have a very handmade feel to them – the first with its tie-dye, the second with the woven shorts and the third with all of the little cut out triangles. I would love to see these accessorized with some of my jewelry!

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Hot pink sand dollar necklace
~A Tara White Studio handmade original~

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Deer antler statement necklace
~A Tara White Studio handmade original~

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Feather antler chain earrings
~A Tara White Studio original handmade creation~

Now that I’ve done my self-promotion, it’s time to share the love! Here is a Spring-inspired treasury of items from my Etsy team from Cape Ann:

https://www.etsy.com/teams/5334/cape-ann-etsy

pastel of Ipswich river - HalloranArt
pastel of Ipswich river

$125
Hand Painted Reclaimed Wood Beach Sign - ShackteauInteriors
Hand Painted Reclaimed …

$35
Daisy. Daisy. - ArtofBrianGerard
Daisy. Daisy.

$50
Three Sisters organic cotton/recycled polyester hoodie- Women's/Unisex - littleowlarts
Three Sisters organic c…

$52
Silver Small Vase - Decorative object. - SeashellysFiberArts
Silver Small Vase – Dec…

$20
Distance Reiki Session 30 Minutes - DownToEarthReiki
Distance Reiki Session …

$30
Painting, painting, fantasy, original, art, colors, wall decor - Ecosostenibilita
Painting, painting, fan…

$650
Small Danish Modern MidCentury Enamel Plate - LoblollyCove
Small Danish Modern Mid…

$7
Christmas Cat Ornament: "Klimt's Kat" - AuntClaresShop
Christmas Cat Ornament:…

$6
Wedding Mother and Father of the Groom gift- Blossoms - BrushStrokePlates
Wedding Mother and Fath…

$38
Upcycled Recycled Repurposed Felted Ivory Wool and Angora Yoga Bag With Graceful Green Spring Fiddlehead Ferns - DancingPurls
Upcycled Recycled Repur…

$89
Pink sunset clouds purple sky scenic New England landscape print 8.5x11 sky wall decor Home & Living America color, digital print, gift idea - amostroutstudio
Pink sunset clouds purp…

$28
Garden Scenes - BottlesByMissy
Garden Scenes

$15
Vintage Silver Flatware Cabinet - bridimattio
Vintage Silver Flatware…

$35
Magic is everywhere - Fairy sleeping in a flower - card or print. - LgalacarDesigns
Magic is everywhere – F…

$4
Prayerful Ferret Angel Stone Sculpture - SchoonerStoneworks
Prayerful Ferret Angel …

$40

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to share your thoughts, feedback and anything else below!

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Hello Summer!

I can’t believe this is my first post in nearly two months! Since the weather is so beautiful here in New England right now, the theme of this post is nature. I’ll be sharing some woodland animal-inspired jewelry, photos of my first kayaking trip of the season and some random photos taken on walks with my dog.

I’ve mentioned my Etsy shop and team participation a few times. I recently joined some new teams, one called Animal Totems (check us out here: Animal Totems Team). Inspired by the other amazing shops run by members of this team, I created a series of animal spirit jewelry. A while back I had made some bear paw prints out of clay and wasn’t sure what to do with them at the time. So I made some more paw/claw prints as well as some clay claws, teeth, antlers and a feather:

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Initially I planned to use an animal track and a claw or tooth together as part of a more eclectic necklace, like this one for the cat:

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While I do love how this one turned out, it seemed it may be too much for some people to handle, plus if I separated them out, I could make way more necklaces!

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Each of the necklaces shown above and more are available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Animal Spirit Jewelry

Since today was too hot to not be near the water, I took old Nemo (yeah, that’s my kayak) out for the first paddle this summer. Our street is on a river, Little River, which feeds into the Annisquam River in Gloucester, MA. Here’s a map showing my route with the red line:

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I paddled down Little River and passed under the Andrew Piatt Bridge…

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I paddled further and in the middle of where marshes are at low tide I saw a tiny little island, with rocks and small trees on it…

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I had to pull up here and check it out. This was a pretty cool spot that I came across and definitely beat the beach since I was the only person there!

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This certainly was a great weekend and I am looking forward to many more kayaking adventures. Here are some cool pics I’ve taken around the yard and neighborhood to keep with the nature theme!

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Animal Speak

Animal Speak

While I am not a religious person, I do consider myself to be a spiritual person. I find inspiration from the natural world, especially our animal friends.

My father, who himself was brought up in the Catholic Church, has always had a great respect for Native American beliefs. He taught my sister and I a lot about their culture, and helped instill in us the importance of caring for and respecting all animals.

I have always felt a special connection to animals and am completely fascinated by all kinds. I changed my degree focus in college from Art to Biology solely for the purpose of working with animals in some way. I spent a year as a Veterinary Technician, an experience that taught me so much and that I will always be grateful for. At one time, I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian myself. While that dream did not come true, the impact that animals have had on my life continually inspires me. (I should also mention that my sister is now a professional dog walker, so she was clearly impacted by them as well!)

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Learning to handle a sheep at Tufts’ Vet School’s, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program, 2008.

I know this is why I very much enjoy creating pieces that reflect animals in some way. I created tiny clay marine animal sculptures that I turned into necklaces, earrings and ornaments, collectively referred to as Salt Marsh Creations.

In college, one of the most interesting courses I completed was Marine Mammal Biology. The adaptations that these animals evolved to be able to live and thrive in such an extreme environment are amazing.

I wanted to be able to honor these animals by making elegant and fresh accessories that anyone can wear. I think that adults should be able to incorporate a little animal into their fashion style too!

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Narwhals, seastars, horseshoe crab and dugong sculptures.

Just this weekend I finished making some whale tails out of Paperclay. They are simple and stylish and just need the right necklaces to hang from!

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Paperclay whale tails… works in progress.

I find birds to be such amazing creatures as well. Their anatomical and physiological development has made them into such perfect creatures that excel in their role in nature. The feather is arguably one of the most significant single adaptations of all animals. It’s design is so beautiful yet functional. I have been very inspired by the feather and made many clay feather pendants a while back. They are fun and quirky and make very cute summer accessories.

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Inspired by the simple yet intricate beauty of feathers, I have created this series of jewelry. The centerpiece of the necklace is a handsculpted clay feather that has been handpainted using acrylic paint and clear lacquer.

I just started working on a new series of tiny clay sculptures inspired by woodland animals and a book I refer to from time to time called, Animal Speak. The book describes the spiritual symbolism of animals as interpreted by Native Americans. It has very interesting information and ideas and just provides a unique perspective into the animal world. This book should give me almost limitless ideas for new projects!

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New little Paperclay owls – works in progress!

I’m so glad that I shared this because it is such an important aspect of my life. It makes me realize just how much animals have impacted nearly every part of my life. So I cannot end this post without mentioning my best animal friend, Jackson. Actually, he’s kind of like my child still, even though he’s almost four! My husband and I adopted him right after our honeymoon back in 2009. He’s a hound mix from Georgia and he’s got such a funny personality. He’s awesome to come home to after work and the best companion I could ask for!

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My puppy Jackson!

From, Animal Speak:

When we learn to speak with the animals, to listen with animal ears and to see through animal eyes, we experience the phenomena, the power, and the potential of the human essence, and it is then that the animals are no longer our subordinates. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions. They show us the true majesty of life itself. They restore our forgotten childlike wonder at the world, and they reawaken our lost belief in magic, dreams and possibilities.

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This post is dedicated to my Dad, thank you!