Friday, May 29, 2009

A Novena...what is it?

I have received "novenas" from several friends who don't seem to understand the meaning of the word. While what they sent me is lovely and appreciated, this is what a novena really is.

Wikipedia tells us:

A novena is a devotion consisting of prayer said (most typically) on nine successive days, asking to obtain special graces. These may consist of small prayer books, recitation of the Rosary, or small prayers through the day. There are four recognized categories of Novenae, those of mourning, preparation, prayer, and those which are indulgenced, however, a given novena can belong to more than one of these categories.

The practice of saying novenas is derived from Scripture. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, he told his disciples to pray together in the upper room and devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). The Apostles, Blessed Virgin Mary, and other followers of Jesus prayed together for nine consecutive days, concluding in the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Though the novena is primarily a devotion used by members of the Catholic Church, it has spread to the Orthodox, Anglican, and even some Lutheran churches.

Here is an example:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Necklace for a Graduate

Necklace for a Graduate
Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
This one is going to a high school graduate for whom we are having a reception next Sunday after Mass. She is a wonderful young woman off to Texas A&M in the fall.

Again, a vintage button.

Friday, May 22, 2009

SwapBot Bracelet

SwapBot Bracelet
Originally uploaded by SiouxCiySue
I made this today for a Swap Bot jewelry swap. It's going to the Slovak Republic.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Interview with Journal Bliss author Violette

Violette in her kitchen

I am honored to interview Violette Clark, author of Journal Bliss. I was even more honored to visit Violette in her home outside Vancouver, British Columbia.

Here is what Violette had to say:

Question: What real person that you know personally was the greatest influence in your life and why?

Violette: Hmmmmm..........REAL PERSON???????? Well I am thinking it would be one of my mentors - Lawrence. He used to be an art marketing director. We volunteered together at a place for Street kids about 10 years ago. He created my first brochure for me. We were teaching arts and crafts to Street Kids (in a very casual way) and when things were quiet and the kids were either off in another room or intensely at work creating a bracelet I would doodle away. Lawrence would notice my art and ask me why I wasn't doing anything with it. I'd explain to him how I didn't really know how to promote myself or how to make a brochure or anything (oh, and by the way, did I have any talent at all???). So he set out to make my first brochure, all by hand - printing out photos of my art and writing copy and gluing everything down. He's the first "artistic person" who truly believed in me. Having someone who was so talented and who came from an art background go to bat for me like that touched me. He is mentioned on my gratitude page - I could never forget Lawrence for believing in me. Mentors are worth their weight in gold!

Question: What is your favorite color and how is the best you have used it in your art?

Violette: I have three favourite colours - chartreuse, orange and purple. My magic cottage is painted purple with chartreuse trim and my livingroom is painted with a bright orange faux finish (I know you've seen my home, Sioux!) - my home is my art, too, so I suppose that's my best use of those colours - I can enjoy them every day. They help me to feel juicy and jazzed on grey days. We have many grey days on the West Coast. These bright colours help lift my spirits!

Question: Where do you hope to be in five years with regard to your art?

Violette: Oh good question Sioux. In five years I hope to have a number of online classes, e-books and products, creativity packages, maybe even another book? My hope is to be living in a smaller town far away from traffic and closer to nature. Because of the internet and global access I can conduct my artful business anywhere. I am really a homebody at heart and love to work from my sanctuary. I might be doing some retreats as well but am not big on traveling too far to do them. Public Speaking, if I can get over my fear of talking to big crowds, might feature in my future, too. It's funny but I didn't have a five year plan. I had planned to publish a book which I have and it's almost as if the time line stops there. The possibility of inspiring people all over the world is greater now than ever with the internet so I can see using the net as a vehicle to teach, inspire and create more than I have in the past. It's all very exciting isn't it?

Thanks so much, Violette. You have inspired many, many people around the world, already, and we all wait anxiously to see what wonderful art you will create next!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Jewelry

This has been taking up a little of my time as I made these for the church's Crazy Hat Luncheon tomorrow. Also made two purple pillows and baked a red velvet cake. Enjoy!

Tomorrow an interview with Violette, author of Journal Bliss! Stay tuned!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Necklace for a special lady

Can't tell who this is least not yet. Anyway, I am back in a jewelry-making mode and loving it. I'll put up some more photos soon.

I am on Facebook more than anywhere else, so if you want to contact me there, please do...just look to the right of this page to find my Facebook link.

Thanks to Terry for giving us such a beautiful anniversary tribute.

Love to all!!


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