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Aphrodite's Grotto Sea Inspired Art to Wear

 

So happy to debut my new line of sea inspired jewelry.... Aphrodite's Grotto.

https://whispersoftheofae.com/aphrodites-grotto

Created with seashells found on my excursions to the local North Shore of MA and Salem MA beaches. Stunning European Oyster seashells in hues of purple, pink and sea green wire wrapped with healing crystals, gemstones, freshwater pearls, crystal beads and shiney baubles. All seashells, crystals and semiprecious stones are saged and then charged with Reiki.

My muse thinks these would be unique accessories for a mermaid wedding, or bridal shower gifts, bridesmaids' gifts or for anyone who is in love with the sea.

 

Where inspiration is born...

Waikiki Beach Winter Island Salem MA

Many of my ideas and inspiration for the jewelry and art i create comes from my walks on the beach. My favorite beach to visit is Waikiki Beach on Winter Island in Salem MA. (I can walk there on a pretty day or hop in the car and be there in five minutes.)

 

Seashells from Winter Island Salem MA

Of course one of my inner child's favorite things to do is collect seashells, driftwood and rocks from the beach. I always make sure that i do not pick up any creatures that could still be alive. The main types of shell found on this beach are European Oysters, Slipper Shells, Clams and tiny Fairy Snail shells. Lots of broken up crab shells and claws. Sometimes i will find a decent piece of driftwood. Lots of cool rocks and pebbles. 

 

Love the tidepools, lapping waves and laughing sea gulls of the island. Most of all the sea breeze aromatherapy. If only we could bottle that! After a visit to Winter Island my muse is happy, my mind and body calm and my bucket is filled with seashells! Time to go home and create. 

Since moving back to Salem MA, my husband and i have been visiting several of the local beaches as much as possible when the weather permits. I believe this has been the catalyst for my new line of jewelry and art... Aphrodite's Grotto.

Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. Know as Venus by the Romans. The Greek word aphros means foam. It is said she was born from white foam. You can almost see her while watching the waves on Winter Island!

I am in the process of photographing and adding these new pieces to the Whispers of the O'Fae shoppe now, which is a very long process. (Sometimes i feel it takes longer to photograph and do all the left brain work of writing about the piece, pricing it and dealing with all the intrigate details of making sure it is listed properly on the site than it does to create the art!) My muse would rather create all day!


Sneak peek! Wire wrapped European Oyster Shell with Sea Deva created with ecofriendly paper clay. I use paper clay instead of Fimo or Sculpey because it is biodegradable and non-toxic. I love combining freshwater pearls with semiprecious gemstones, glass beads and moss for an ethereal feel. 

https://whispersoftheofae.com/sea-deva-of-winter-island

 

Stay tuned... more will be added to our shoppe this week. Meanwhile please follow us on Facebook

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Crystals for Pets

Crystal healing for animals is a new healing modality for animal caregivers. It’s well known that crystals have been used for many years. It has been used since ancient times for healing, medicinal purposes and spiritual practices as well as adornment. Healing crystals and stones are wonderful way to benefit your pet's health and overall life. Animals instinctively recognize healing crystal as being beneficial. Crystal amulets for pets are not only a beautiful piece of pet jewelry, they bring powerful healing properties that influences and balance your pet. The crystal amulets add a touch of artistic beauty and natural healing to any ordinary pet collar with the handcrafted clip on pet. 

The semiprecious stones and crystal amulets are used not only for pet amazing beauty but mainly for their mystical healing and protection. The crystal energy of these natural stones helps in your pet's behavioral issues and overall well being. Semiprecious crystal stones can help heal your pets on a physical, mental, or emotional level such as: respiratory, circulatory, and digestive conditions, anxiety, fear, and aggression, wounds, inflammation, and arthritis. 

The semiprecious crystal amulets for pets are a great and non-chemical way to ensure your pet's emotional and physical well-being. Pets play a huge role in a family's life and keeping them safe, healthy and happy is a great responsibility. Looking for the best supplements, treatments, and cure for them is a big part of responsibility. Semiprecious crystal stone amulets help supports your pets physical and psychological Healing. It is considered the perfect stone for dog healing and can respond very quickly to the healing energy of crystals and stones. 

When attaching the crystal stone, tie it to your pet's collar and make sure it's not hanging too loose so your pet can reach and chew on it. To protect your pet's jewelry from wear and tear, when not in use, store or save properly for usage.

See our line of Healing Pet Amulets: https://whispersoftheofae.com/healing-crystal-pet-amulets 

Created by acupuncturist Jeanie Mossa, owner of Four Paws Acupuncture in Salem MA. All crystals and semiprecious stones are charged with Reiki. 

 

Magical Valentines Day Gifts

Magical Valentines Day Gifts

Wishing Bubble Wand necklaces with semiprecious stones, crystals and Czech glass all charged with Reiki. A lovely silk organza necklace is included with gift bag.

These one of a kind necklaces are handcrafted in my Practical Magic Salem studio. Each one is unique.

 

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Blustery cold day in Salem MA with my muse

 

As arctic air freezes most of the North and Northeast of the country many of us are staying in as much as possible. Yesterday we had a few snow flurries, a small dusting but not much else. This morning the roads were icy with a touch of white. Taking the dog out to pee was an adventure!

Meanwhile... i have had to move my art supplies from the sunporch studio into the living room Way too cold to work out there - so cold that my paper clay froze!

Paper clay pendants drying before they can be painted. During cold damp weather they take about 3 days to dry. Patience is not one of my virtues but i do love that paper clay is eco-friendly and does not need to be fired.

 

My muse has been having fun creating a few new spirit dolls with the seashells and driftwood found on Plum Island, Sandy Point Beach and Winter Island.

These pictures are not the best. Will be taking more when these are finished. They will be residing at The Witchery on Pickering Wharf, Salem MA sometime soon.

Before i start a spirit doll i usually have some sort of intention. I may get inspired by one something i want to use in the piece or just a thought. Yesterday while deciding what to work with i pulled the Angel card BIRTH. Aha... OK.. thank you for that inspiration!

I found two huge broken lobster claws (or are they crab? over on the beaches by Plum Island. Something so cool about broken shells. Love incorporating them into my work. It looks like it could be some sort of nest or womb for a sea babe. So inside there is a tiny clay head. Though you really cannot see it. 

The moon shells also have sea babes inside them. I love love love finding these moon shells. They symbolize the moon, prosperity and infinity. And they are stunning. We have bowls of them all over the place since we started going to those beaches. Hoping to create some jewelry with them as well. My muse is on overwhelm with all these shell ideas!

Moss and sand were added along with freshwater pearls, Czech glass beads, shimmering threads and a few other shells.

Spiritually pearls soothe the body, mind and soul while healing negativity. They are a symbol of rebirth, birth, new beginnings. The Chinese believe pearls aid in fertility as the help balance the body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles. They are considered yin and a sign of the Moon.

Still needs more work!

Not the best photo but it was night and i used my phone. She should be photographed hanging on a wall. When she is over at the Witchery there will be a proper photo taken. Still working on her name. Perhaps it will just be Birth. Is that too boring? She has three babes, two are in moon shells and the other is still in her lobster claw womb.


Another lobster claw babe in progress. This one is taking longer. Using driftwood and a branch i found. The hardest part of these is trying to figure out how to hang them. I am not a left brain person!

Today the winds are brutal so we will be staying in with short dog walks. Hoping to finish these pieces soon. My paper clay pendants are finally dry and ready to paint. Looking forward to making a mess!

Wishing all a magical day.

 

More Spirit Dolls, DIY Spirit Doll Kits and Classes at: https://whispersoftheofae.com/nature-spirit-beings-as-art

 

Create your own Spirit Art Doll online class:

http://www.udemy.com/create-a-healing-spirit-art-doll

 

 

Unique Valentine Day Gift Ideas

Valentines Day is less than a month away! I have selected a few romantic handcrafted jewelry pieces created with gemstones and crystals that inspire love and magic. Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Moonstone and Freshwater Pearls all feminine, yin stones that are used for love in all forms and healing. Charged with Reiki and a touch of magic.

Lots of pink jewelry, floral earrings and one of a kind pieces your sweetheart will adore. All come with a lovely gift bag. Free Shipping on all orders $40 or more. No magic coupon needed at checkout. Skip the mall this year! 

See more Valentine Gift ideas at https://whispersoftheofae.com/valentines-day-gifts

 

Our full line of jewelry, spirit art dolls, classes and more at: https://whispersoftheofae.com

 

Salem Sea Magic of Winter Island

A few photos of Winter Island in Salem MA. It is here that i gathered the sea water on Mabon 2018 for the Salem Sea Magick Spell Bag. https://whispersoftheofae.com/salem-sea-magick-spell-bag

Salem Sea Magick Bag

 

Winter Island is one of my most treasured places to hang out in Salem MA. It has two beaches, one is mostly rocks and the other, Waikiki Beach is an actual beach with sand, rocks and waves. This is also where i collected the sand and shells for the Magick Spell Kit. You can feel the magic of the sea here. Nothing like the sound of waves, the theraputic aroma of sea air and a bit of sand on your shoes to calm the spirit.

 

Waikiki Beach is filled with all kinds of sea treasures. On my birthday i was able to find gorgeous European Oyster shells with hues of pinks, greens and purples, Slipper Shells and tiny moon shells. There are always a variety of clam shells, crab shells, rocks and sea weed to add to my growing sea shell collection. Many of these seashells are now in the process of being wire wrapped with semiprecious stones, crystals and baubles for my next line of magical jewelry. 

 

 

There are a few hiking trails here and an old fort to explore. During the summer people camp here too. Lots of wildlife to see - groundhogs, geese, sea gulls, ducks, sometimes a few foxes, small furry creatures that look like groundhogs and rumors of a coyote.

During the winter there are a few visitors but for the most part it is nice to have the beach to myself and the sea gulls! Learn more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Island

http://www.salemweb.com/winterisland/

Please visit our online shoppe for treasures created here in the Witch City, Salem MA! https://whispersoftheofae.com

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New Spirit Art Doll - La Befana

La Befana Spirit Art Doll

Just in time for Epiphany aka Little Chrismas!

La Befana is the legendary good Italian witch aka Buona Strega who delivers goodies on the eve of Epiphany, also known as Little Christmas. Every January 5th, Epiphany Eve, Italian children put their shoes out near the fireplace or in the kitchen so that the good witch aka buona strega La Befana can fill them with candy, coins and trinkets.

As a child i was always baffled why we were the only kids in the neighborhood that La Befana came to visit. My Nonna always said it was because she only came to see Italian children. Of course i believed her! I still put my shoes out every year on January 5th, a glass of wine and some sort of treat for her. 

This is the second Befana doll i have made. The first one sold a few years ago. She is pictured below. 

I wanted to create another La Befana art doll this year before Little Christmas which is next Sunday 1/6/19. Now that i am living back in the Witch City, Salem MA i feel more inspired.

I found a few vintage embroidered table pieces that reminded my of my Nonna at the thrift shop, along with a vintage head scarf.

 

I like using recycled fabrics and materials for my spirit dolls. A nice way to be eco-friendly. I also use paper clay instead of fimo or sculpy since those are made from PVC and never break down. Not to mention they are toxic!

You can see more photos of La Befana and more details at https://whispersoftheofae.com/la-befana-spirit-doll-2

Learn to create your own Spirit Art Doll: https://whispersoftheofae.com/birth-of-a-spirit-doll

To learn more about La Befana please visit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Befana

Wishing all a very Buon Natale! May La Befana fill your shoes with magical gifts this year.

xoox

jeanie & the o'fae

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Welcome to the Whispers of the O'Fae Blog

Wishing all a very happy last weekend of 2018! 

Thanks to all who have supported our indy online shoppe, our Facebook Page, our events & classes this year. I am so grateful to each and every one of you. Our elves thank you too! 

To make room for our new line of magical baubles that are in the works, we have marked down the Peaceful Pea Pod Pendants & Enchanted Nest Necklaces. All have been handcrafted with semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and charged with Reiki. A 24 inch silver plated chain and sari ribbon cord is included. All jewelry comes with a lovely organza gift bag.

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Happy 2019!

jeanie & the o'fae