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Friday, February 26, 2010

Like a Hillside in Arizona Seen Through Thick Spectacles

How many little blogs like this are floating around in the ether? It feels like they take up space, but do they? Just because something shows up on the computer monitor doesn't mean it takes up any space at all, does it?
What about psychic space?
My shop has been running on overdrive lately and I've been putting along making mala after mala. Trying to stay mindful and present as I make each one. These past two and a half years online have been so educational—teaching me mainly about society and it's expanding boundaries. The definitions of what friend and stranger are seem very elastic in this day and age when you can "meet" people with such similar interests all over the globe.
I'm currently working on a mala made with a combination of red aventurine, carnelian, red banded agate, and serpentine. The feeling is of variegated oranges and reds, very natural. It looks like a hill side in Arizona seen through thick spectacles! Here's a photo of one like it, but the one above doesn't have the carnelian and red agate, so it's not quite as varied looking.
So much fun to decide where to put each bead to get the right pattern of reds and oranges.

Enjoy your weekend. I hope to get my camera out and take some interesting pictures soon, but the rain might put a damper on that. :-)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Amazing Hunk of Quartz in Laguna Beach

I found this amazingly large and beautiful quartz crystal in Laguna Beach at a crystal shop. It was up the canyon towards the art school. It's the largest crystal I've ever seen.

If I stood beside it it would reach above my waist, and I'm 5' 5"!
At first I was sure it was rose quartz, but the owner explained that it was a clear quartz crystal with a layer of iron, making it rose-colored. Nonetheless, I think it embodied love and compassion the way rose quartz does. Who knew quartz crystal could disguise itself?

When I find the name of the shop I'll pass it on. They specialized in very large, rare crystals, meteorites and such.
Quite amazing for a geology buff like me.

But you'd have to see it and feel it in person, this photo doesn't show how grand it is. So go to Laguna Beach, California, (I realize this is quite a trip for some of you!) drive up the canyon where the Festival of the Masters is, and just past that a bit is a crystal shop on the right, (south side). You won't be sorry you went out of your way to see it. And while you're there, play in the ocean.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Game Etsians Play...Treasury-Making

Click to enlarge the photos above so you can see them better.

Here's an Etsy treasury that Etsy seller Knotworkshop made. Looks pretty Valentiney, doesn't it? My quartz crystal mala with blue lace agate is in the bottom right corner. I have to add that Knotworkshop has quite a wry sense of humor.
All the artists represented in it have very unique work.

When Etsy sellers aren't making beautiful and unusual things, sometimes they make these treasuries. I haven't done one yet, but I love to look at treasuries others curate. Thanks, Knot!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Burning up the Highway

Surfer Dude With Abandoned Sports Car—Circa 1975?

Well, I shouldn't listen to the news. Not very much, just enough to know what's going on. These constant reminders that my Toyota Corolla needs a new gas pedal are a bit much. I've been doing a LOT of driving lately. Burning up the highway between my home in Encinitas and my parent's town inland. I got the **&%# car ('scuse the language) because it looked so reliable, so dependable, so safe and comfortable.

Dang. That's how Samsara is. You head for comfort and safety and you're out of luck. It invariably ends up with me getting into more trouble. Might as well not even bother.

You know what that word Samsara is? It's a Buddhist term (Buddhist blogger here) for the circle of life and death. We supposedly go round and round again and again, suffering and creating and purifying karma until we've somehow learned—after lifetimes of work— enough to let go and become enlightened. "Samsara is an ocean of suffering, unendurable and unbearably intense", goes the line in a Buddhist prayer. We're supposed to be motivated by this to use our lives well. Sometimes it gets a bit heavy, though. You have to think about the other accompanying thoughts of joyful human birth, impermanence, and the law of cause and effect for it all to work out conceptually in a useful manner. These together are called the Four Thoughts, and they're the entrance to the Buddhist path.

Sigh. So I'm driving down the freeway in this Toyota listening to the radio—NPR and its constant reminders that my car is being recalled along with millions of others. It's not the most reassuring feeling. I know to put the car into neutral and gently apply both feet to the brake. I watch its acceleration. I drive way too slow.

But as I drive through coastal chaparral and past gentle hills and river valleys, I just try to keep it all in perspective. This too will pass. I just look at the clouds and the the sun on the land. Say a little prayer for everyone on the road and keep on driving.

Lots of love,