Sparkles and Angels' Blog


Messages of love

Written messages of love can come in many forms.

Here is one from Marianne Williamson which always resonates with me:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

I found this one on Facebook:

“If YOU are NOT being treated with respect, check your price tag. Perhaps you have marked Yourself down. It’s you who tells people what you are worth by what you accept. Get off the clearance rack and get behind the glass where the valuables are kept! Learn to value Yourself more! If you don’t noone else will! AND please help someone get off the clearance rack…”

— from the Live Laugh Love page.

And the following are feedback from some of my wondrous Sparkles and Angels customers:

“Perfect, it took me hours and hours to find this gift. Thank you, it’s lovely!” — D.A., Idaho

“LOVE these!! They are just what I had been scouring for for my mother for Christmas! Thank you so very very much!!!” — V.P., Kentucky

“Wonderful seller and person. Beautiful earrings, super fast shipping, lovely packaging! A true person in every sense ! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” — N.Z., New York

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! These earrings are so lightweight and they move beautifully. They also catch the light well which was unexpected but something I should have figured out from a store that has ‘sparkles’ in their name. I have been wearing them non-stop since they arrived 😀 ” — B.C., Illinois

“Very friendly and helpful seller. Gorgeous packaging and beautiful earrings. Thank you so much!” — M.M., Ireland

“Fantastic! I couldn’t be happier – I’m sure these will make a fantastic Xmas present. A+++ — T.F., North Carolina

My heart opens whenever I read these. Infinite love and gratitude to all.

What are some of YOUR favorite messages of love?

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FREE SHIPPING during the month of November 2011

Onyx Fantasy

Onyx Fantasy

There’s something very appealing about free shipping, isn’t it? Well, during this month of November, before the holiday madness descends on us, you get to shop leisurely at the Sparkles and Angels store AND enjoy free shipping. All you need to do is enter the coupon code FREESHIPPING (in one word) when you check out. This offer applies only to shipments going to US addresses.

Snow Queen

Snow Queen

There are lots of new earrings and new necklaces, including many $25 and under. Get some presents for your loved ones, including one for yourself since I hope you love yourself!

By The Seashore

By The Seashore

The items you see here are but a small subset of what’s available. All are made by a Reiki Master, and infused with love and healing energy to help you incorporate harmony, balance, and peace into your life.

Copper Glow

Copper Glow

Go to the Sparkles and Angels store to see all the available items. I have to say that I am extra proud of my new creations 🙂


The art and craft of enameling on fine silver

Marine Fantasy

Marine Fantasy necklace

Enameling is an ancient art which dates back to the third or fourth millennium B.C.E. and is still flourishing today.

Sparkles and Angels’ modern enamel on fine silver pieces are one-of-a-kind and handmade using a painstaking process.

First, I texture and dome a disc −or another shape – of fine silver, i.e. 99.9% silver. Why fine silver? Because it allows the already vibrant enamel colors to stand out even more. My preparations also include washing the enamel powders several times. I then apply up two layers of enamel to the back, and three or more layers of enamel to the front. The piece is fired in my electric kiln after each and every coat. I add precious 23K gold leaf or enamel threads in order to create a unique design.

Beryl Seas

Beryl Seas earrings

The result is wearable artwork that glows like precious jewels.

Deep Ocean

Deep Ocean


Beautiful, precious, special silver

A Celebration of Purple

A Celebration of Purple: sterling silver and Swarovski crystals

Silver is a precious metal. From prehistoric times, through Antiquity, to this modern era, mankind has recognized the appeal and the qualities of this beautiful metal.  Items made from silver hold a special energy, look gorgeous, and make a good investment. Silver has been steadily increasing in value. Ten years ago, it was less than $5/troy ounce. Today — as of this writing — it’s about $40/troy ounce! **

Still, it is much more affordable than gold or platinum**, so you can give the gift of precious metal without breaking the bank. (You can gift yourself as well, since you deserve the very best!)

Silver is commonly found in 2 forms in jewelry: sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver, and fine silver, which is 99.9% silver. (Silver plated pieces only have a very thin layer of silver on top of a base metal.)

Earth, Fire and Air

Earth, Fire and Air: sterling silver and hematite

Metaphysical properties of silver

Just Google “silver metaphysical properties” and you will find tons of information. I like what Michael Gienger wrote in his book “Crystal Power, Crystal Healing”:

“Silver releases the emotions and encourages proper expression of feelings. It promotes generosity and empathy. Silver helps us to become more flexible mentally or to remain so and to let go of influences and dependencies, particularly if these go hand in hand with feelings of helplessness.  The imagination and the ability to visualize are all stimulated by silver… Silver also helps maintain control and balance on a psychic level…

Silver also enhances the ability to see varying qualities of light and to harmonize inner life rhythms with the cycles of nature.”

Little Birdies

Little Birdies: sterling silver and gold fill

** as of 4/12/11, silver is $40/troy ounce, gold is $1453/troy ounce, and platinum is $1778/troy ounce.

Durham Art Walk Spring Market, April 9-10, 2011

The Durham Arts Council (DAC) invites you to come celebrate art in the streets at the Durham Art Walk Spring Market this April 9-10.

Spring Durham Art Walk

One of the most important features of this Spring Market is me! 🙂 I’m going to be in the lobby of the Crowe Bldg on the American Tobacco Campus, along with 7 other vendors.

That’s right, I will be one of the vendors there, and I’m looking forward to meeting you. Come say hi and look at all the new jewelry I’ll have there. It’s so new that I don’t have any pictures to show you yet. There will be at least one Sparkles and Angels door prize, and some other goodies too!

You will find live musical performances, great food, and art and fine crafts by over 200 artists.

Saturday April 9, 2011, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday April 10, 2011, 1-5 PM

www.durhamartwalk.com 919-560-ARTS

This spring the Art Walk features Durham’s own Scene of the Crime Rovers Marching Band making music in the streets. Little Jimmy and the Glendales present Drumming for a Rain Dance and encouraging audience participation on Foster Street at Hunt.  Mallarme Chamber Players will perform at Hayti Heritage Center and the W.G. Pearson Harp Ensemble will be performing at DAC. Durham Arts Place will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special exhibition. SeeSaw Studio will be engaging visitors in an interactive art happening at DAC. DURTY-Durham Art Collective will be surprising downtown visitors with their own brand of artmaking. The Brightleaf District will be turned into a giant runway, becoming the Art Walk Fashion District with roving clothing models.  Durham Parks and Recreation will present Durham Art Walk Rocks in a new location at Durham Centre next door to DAC and there will be food trucks galore along Morgan Street.


Fantasy shopping of favorites

The holidays are over, but we can still shop, especially if we indulge in fantasy shopping. So I decided to imagine what I could buy if I had an unlimited amount of money. I am starting with an item from one of my favorite Etsy shops:

Art Glass Mini Pendant Light - Blue DuoTone Drip - by wolfartglass

Isn’t that cobalt blue just enchanting and oh so soothing?

I decided then to explore wolfartglass‘s favorites, and came up with:

Berry Bowl Set - An Ode to the Abstract - by baileybowls

It’s not that I cook often, but I just love kitchenware, and this berry bowl has style!

I then came across a print from one of baileybowls‘ favorite shops:

ACEO - Blue Blue Evening - Archival Print -by shellieartist

Those beautiful blue shades again, I can’t get enough of them! And, this print features a cat and spirals, which I always adore!

Next, looking through shellieartist‘s favorites, I found another art print:

Morning Cacti & Flowers Bloom - by papersquid

That lime green color has resonated with me for about a year now, and I just love all the sweeping and swirling curves!

papersquid helped me discover this:

Fluttering Hummingbird Silhouette Necklace in Silver - by ANORIGINALJEWELRY

Just look at those clean, simple lines! I am a fan now.

ANORIGINALJEWELRY led me to:

Porcelain Lovebirds Heart Planter, Handmade pottery Made To Order - by DarriellesClayArt

In case you haven’t noticed birds are one of my favorite things 🙂 The glaze looks all shimmery, and the gentle heart shape adds even more interest.

DarriellesClayArt did not have any favorites at the time I was fantasy shopping, so I’m stopping here for now. I hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me, and please suggest more fantasy shopping themes, I’d love to do this again!


Coupons – just in time for Thanksgiving!

Hello all my lovely blog readers,

Are you ready to do some holiday shopping? I am excited to announce that I can do coupons now!!!

From now until Monday 11/29 at midnight, you can use the coupon code BLOG15THANKYOU to get 15% off your Sparkles and Angels online purchase. It’s my way to say thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you. I have much to be grateful for.

I have many cute earrings that are not in my store yet, they are perfect as little holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. I will be adding them throughout the next few days, so keep checking!

Love,

Sophie


New Sparkles and Angels jewelry!

I have been spending a lot of time creating new jewelry, instead of blogging, as you might have deduced from the lack of activity on this blog 🙂  So now I am showing off some of my new designs! These are on my Etsy Web site, and will be at the Greensboro Pre-Holiday Market on Saturday November 20, unless they sell out first. Enjoy the pictures!

Mudra earrings

Ad Infinitum sterling silver earrings

Argentina earrings

Brushstroke earrings

Butterscotch Delight I earrings

Pearlescent Amber necklace

Good Doggie earrings

Healing Hands III earrings


The wonderful people I meet…

Part of the joy of selling jewelry is the wonderful people I meet.

A sweet woman from Denmark told me that she will always treasure the necklace she just received:

Sarah H., who bought a pair of earrings for her mother, sent me a photo of her mother opening her Christmas present:

Bob M. emailed me and said his wife cried when she saw her Christmas present:

Julie M. mentioned that her whole earrings collection is from me!

Feedback like these make my day, my week, my year. They make up for the numerous times I had to restring a necklace to get it just right (I believe 7 times for one necklace was my record), they make up for staying up until 3am to finish earrings in time for a holiday present, and they make up for the 3 days I spent assembling shelves so I could organize my beads so I could actually find them! (OK, I’m not the most handy person in the world.)

In addition to all of my wonderful customers, I am blessed with many friends I met through the Etsy forums, in bead stores, in bead shows, and in a variety of other locations I frequent in the course of my work. Thank you all of you for your help, your support, and your friendship!

I am grateful for everyone’s presence in my life.


Choices

I am learning that I have choices in my life.

I used to wallow in self-pity whenever something “bad” happens.  I would be angry with God, with my Higher Self, with my guides and angels, for the way my life was.

I won’t claim to have turned around completely.

What I can say is that I am slowly getting used to the idea of asking myself: How else can I look at this? The above 3 pictures are of the same tree, and yet they are different from each other, it all depends which point of view you choose.

What is the opportunity in this situation? What can I learn from this? What is the next step I can take, that could change the circumstances I am in? Do I want to look at this glass as half empty, or half full, or full? (It is partially filled with water, and the rest is filled with air, so it’s not empty at all, right?)

I can think of my breast cancer as a horrible and expensive illness that I did not deserve, or I can think of it as a blessing whose repercussions  I am still experiencing.  I am healthy again now, but what I was taught will stay with me forever: learning to see life on Earth as a privilege rather than as a punishment, learning to find gratitude and have faith and trust, even in the darkest moments, and learning that I am strong!

The "Choices" necklace

I created the above “Choices” necklace to illustrate the fact that I have choices. There is an abundance of shades, shapes, colors, and materials in this piece of jewelry, because we don’t have to limit ourselves to one color, one shape, one idea, or one outcome.