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You can find me at these events.

Wasatch Yeti Bash 2018.

February: I'll be vending at the yeti bash Winter Arts Market in Ogden Utah February 2nd at the Union station. https://www.visitogden.com/yeti-bash/

I'll be demonstrating some stitches, weaving, brick and ladder as I make a new necklace I've designed.

I'll be taking the teddy yeti, at least that's what I'm calling them, I made these earrings in a brickstitch pattern with coral stitching.

Stop on by The Local Artisan Collective booth for these earrings and lots more art.

Teddy Yeti.

February 2nd is also the first Friday art stroll from 6-8pm at The Local Artisan Collective where over 70 artists display their beautiful artistic talent. You can find the The Local Artisan Collective at 2371 Kiesel Ave Ogden, Utah 84401.

March and April

This year a new event has been born from needful energies in our area. A thirst for knowledge like never before as ascended in our state. The Hidden Sage, a store at 

1661 N Main St, Sunset, UT 84015, has decided to put together a two day spiritual event on March 31st and April 1st. I'll be vending there as well as giving two talks/classes. You can find more information and buy tickets here: www.spiritconutah.com/#/

Tickets are $40 for a two day event. This is the lowest cost for a Pagan event I've seen in a long time. 

May

Infinite Possibilities Higher Consciousness Festival 2018

Friday May 11, 2018 Hours: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday May 12, 2018 Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Sunday May 13, 2018 Hours: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Golden Spike Event Center

1000 N 1200 W,

Ogden, Utah 84404

Three days of readings and healings, displays and demonstrations, networking and socializing, a magical marketplace for all your unique gifts and spiritual shopping needs! Entertainment for your eyes and ears,artists,musicians and performances from some of Utah's Finest . We are now in full swing creating this year’s event.

$5.00 at the gate gets you a wrist band for the whole weekend! AS ALWAYS Kids 12 and under are FREE!

June

The Grateful Goddess Gathering 2018

The Grateful Goddess Gathering has been the brainchild of Janet Gioffre, and is a “Hand-made, Home-grown, and Healing” event.

The Grateful Goddess Gathering will be at the Lorin Farr Pavilion and Park, 1691 Gramercy Ave Ogden, Utah 84404,  from 11:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.

This event also benefits Freedom Counseling.

Find out more about our charity http://www.freedomcounselingutah.com/

"At Freedom Counseling, you benefit from working with a therapist who has experience treating anything from extreme to minor issues. We are the non-military division of the Military & Veteran Counseling Center, which means your therapist has expertise treating everything from combat trauma, torture, and rape to anxiety, addiction, and depression. Our therapists specialize in treating the effects of trauma. We have a variety of clients from all backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures. Some of the groups and issues we work with are:

Trauma and PTSD Police officers and first responders Grief and loss LGBTQ Addiction Refugees Depression and anxiety Couples Families Military personnel and veterans

We use tools and methods backed by research.

100% of single-trauma victims no longer suffer from PTSD after six 50-minutes sessions. 84-90% of single-incident trauma victims no longer suffer from PTSD after three 90-minute sessions. 77% of multiple-trauma victims no longer suffer from PTSD after six 50-minute sessions.

We work with adult individuals, couples, families, teenagers, and children. If you need change, seek help from a therapist who has advanced experience, education, and training to help you find the root of your problem and move forward. Your struggles are important to us.

If a warrior is strong enough to accept help, so can you.

Civilians, welcome to the department built just for you, Freedom Counseling Center!

For military personnel and veterans, please visit our Military and Veteran Counseling Center website for more information on how we can assist you.

 

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Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo 2018

This January 12th to the 14th you'll find me at the Golden Spike fairgrounds for this three day event. 

Here you'll find healers of your body, soul and peace of mind. Tarot and energy readers of all kinds can be found too. Lots of holistic and healthy items will be available.

I'm in love with the stones I find each year. Last time I was there they had children's books, beautiful books waiting for adults and children to read and drift off to sleep dreaming of new adventures. 

The art is incredible, mind blowing creations that fascinate and make you wonder. 

Fun eclectic items to buy for bookshelves or coffee tables that'll be a conversation piece for years to come.

I'll be here selling my Artisan handmade beaded jewelry. I really like this event, people I meet seem to be happy and love to talk. People are so interesting, everyone has a story to tell, sometimes it's like they are telling my story, other times it's foreign to me. It's such an ego boost when someone buys my jewelry or comments on the beauty or work in my art. 

That's why I'm a vendor and a shopper at the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo in January. 

It's also my birth month, if you wish me happy birthday I'll have a gift for you at my table! I hope to see you there!

Lots of fun for kids, make sure to visit the balloon lady!
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Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo

October 20-21, 2017 we vended at the Golden Spike event center for the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo. 

On Friday we had a trickle of customers, most just looking at what was available. Saturday there was a steady trickle of customers, many looked at my jewelry, but didn't buy. I found from other vendors that their sales were far less than expected. 

I usually sell from $250-350 for the entire event, this time I sold $30!!

Talking with the other vendors we came to the conclusion for our low sales, 1. The economy is poor right now, and most of the items are items people want, not need. Luxory items are the last things people buy. 

I did however sell an ornament and a pair of earrings.

Ornament I sold.

I bought more from other vendors than I sold. 

Jasper pendant I bought from this vendor.
Scott Tuckfield draws these amazing pictures in free had form. His art is incredible. Take a look at his website for more beautiful work.
Lamp work pendant by Mike Hurst. Mike and I belong to The Local Artisan Collective here in Ogden Utah. If you're ever in our area please look up the store, it's really amazing how many artists live around me. Maybe it's the water?!

Over all I had a good time, bought beautiful items to make into extra ordinary jewelry for amazing customers. Be watching this page for new jewelry.

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Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Festival

This past weekend I vended at the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Festival. At this event the following happened….in the cold….in winds up to 60 mph…drumming circles, hula hoop dancing, yoga, art, tai chai and fire rituals. Luckily the winds had died down to a measly 20mph by the time the fire rituals started. Seriously Utah was doing its best to confuse us all. Would it rain, will the wind stop, will we ever get warm again??!

Despite all the confusion, mother nature sent some of the nicest people to my booth. I loved all the colorful hair and clothes and the smiles and laughter were great too.

If you missed this event you can catch a similar event from the same person who puts this on, it’s called the Infinite Possibilities Higher Conciousness Expo. Yep same name, different time of year, one’s in January (Expo) and the other’s in May (Festival). I loved both of them, the energies we’re high, laughter was everywhere. The balloon lady was a hoot, seriously, her hats are amazing and her balloon art is really great!

Hopefully I’ll see you next year!

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Ogden OM Fest

Picture by Roderick Dye.
Picture by Roderick Dye.


I’ll be at Ogden OM Fest this weekend, August 19-21, for my first vending gig. Gasp! I’m scared, excited and wondering what I’ve gotten myself into, all rolled up into one messy emotional rollercoaster.

Ogden OM Fest is in its third year now, it started out small but has grown into a medium sized event, with a large army of volunteers. There’s nothing like a group of your neighbors, friends and people with common beliefs and ideas coming together to create an event focusing on body/mind wellness.

I’ve lived in Ogden since 1977, as a young wife of a military man. The husband left, but Ogden always was there to see me through the tough times. The LDS church is very much the main religious belief in Utah, but the Mormons are very inclusive about the religious rights of others, most likely due the past events in their history of intolerance. The Ogden OM Fest is not actually a religious event but more of a spiritual experience. It’s been in nature where man has sought out and found spiritual guidance, and what better place to find this than Fort Buenaventura.

WARNING: personal information, skip this if not interested. No offense taken if you skip this part, I’ll understand completely.

I hope I’ll see my friends on and off Facebook. And I’m hoping to participate in the events beside vending these three days. I’m bringing my daughter and my best friend with me. This will be a hugh stepping stone for me. Because you see I’m in a wheelchair, working my hardest to remove myself from that chair. It’s not something I talk about or tend to bring up, but my struggle is real. I yearn to walk again, without losing breath or feeling like my legs will collapse. You see five years ago I was active, walking, working, on the go all the time woman, mother and wife. What I didn’t realize at that time was I was carrying a time bomb in my DNA. At some point in my life it went off. Why? We still have no clue. The short story is I have heredity lymphedema. I remember as a child the struggle my great grandmother had with this disease. My mother told me of her great grandmother, my great, great grandmother and how she also had the same disease and the suffering she went through. Today there are numerous treatments which include wrapping and massage. Back when my great, great grandmother had this disease little to nothing was known about lymphedema or hereditary disease.

So come by, see me, say hello, talk a while. Take a load off, we’ll have extra chairs.

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New beading book purchase 💗

I recently bought a new beading book. This is a history and art lesson with a tutorial attached for all 30 projects. 1468022972774

I’ve unsuccessfully hunted for ancient designs of jewelery until I came upon this book. The designs run from beginner to advanced. The beads used are what I’d call your base beads, seed beads, bicones, and drops. Many books I’ve tried to use for designs have beads from other countries that are either too expensive to ship or just too over priced. Ancient craftsman used what was avaiable in their area. In egypt beads consisted of coconut coins with a hole bore through them, today we have wooden coins or glass too. Either way they made/make a lovely collar. Egyptians were big on collars, yet Greece was big on plant shapes in beads or glass, and Romans loved big pieces of semi precious stones strung with other glass beads.

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Book Reviews on Beading Books

Recently I bought a new book on beading. I thought I had them all, the magazine’s, the books and the free projects online.

So here’s a great book I reccomend. I really like the step by step instructions using everyday common to find beads. Some books use speciality beads and not list a store or resource where to find them. Not in this case, most times I had the beads or wire on hand. A valuable resource guide and tutorial also.

This is one book every beader should own. From size charts, to identifying hard to find beads, and a list of resources in the back of the book. Many of the projects are simple yet beautiful with great tips and tricks.

This next book is great for both beginners or advanced stitchers. The book only has 79 pages. But each page is packed full of projects. What makes this book so unique is it uses components and builds from there. You’ll start out with a simple circle, then a triangle, square and onto create rings, bracelets and so forth with each component. The Venezia Pendant uses the square, triangle, and toogle clasp and that’s just one part of the necklace. You won’t regret this book purchase, it’s one of a kind.

This is a serious beading book duplicating the jewelry worn by some of the most famous women of the world. The first piece I created were the post earrings worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961. These earrings included a 14mm Swarovski rivoli encased in a circular peyote stitch of beads, with an outside fringe strands. Other designs are based on jewelry worn by other actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ann Sheridan, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and many others. Each piece has a synopsis on the actress and what movie she wore the jewelry in.

I hope you liked these book reviews, I’ve enjoyed each book and you’ll find many of my pieces come from several of the books listed here.

Until next time! Keep on beading…

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Beaded Bezels

Beaded bezels are some of the most beautiful parts of a piece of jewelry. There are two kinds of people when it comes to making beaded bezels, you either love them or you hate them. I’m of the latter, I’m really bad making beaded bezels and it’s limiting me on what jewelry I can create. So I’ve started on lessons on making beaded bezels on the beading daily website.
beaded bezel tutorials