Archive for the ‘Artifacts of Adornment’ Category

I started writing this from the car Friday morning, on the way to Montego Bay. A beautiful day for a drive, even if the purpose of the mission was to sort out yet another Jamaican postal calamity/bureaucratic bull shi*! I find I sail through such situations smoothly when I put on my happy face and grin with gratitude.

Update: Eight hours later, after a very long day of bureaucratic servitude, the grin of gratitude waned, and I didn’t have the energy to continue this post. I am having an impossible time typing because my keyboard has gone ballistic and refuses to function without an external mouse (which is sitting on my desk at home, oops).

Which reminds me that I’ve yet to share with you the very sad news that my beloved macbook is on the fritz. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so emotionally bonded to and dare I say, dependent on a machine (with the exception of my first record player, and perhaps my last mac). My mac is my home theatre, stereo, blog center, and correspondence aid. Almost everything to me!

There is no doubt that my creative, artistic and computer skills have grown infinitely in the last few years of relationship with this laptop. And I am sad to admit that this trusty mac is on the fast track to retirement. Hopefully, she will be grazing greener pastures and browsing the net in easy, relaxed fashion in no time. For now I am squeezing every ounce of usability from this workhorse for as long as the keyboard and mouse hold out. Fingers crossed!

This week I’m obsessed with flower forming and polenta recipes though not in combination. The options presented by these two very diverse mediums (polenta and flowers) are limitless. I had no idea! I am including a few pics of recent creations and am considering adding a recipes category.

Have a fabulous weekend!

One Love, walk good, fingers crossed, hope to blog again soon…

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Indeed it’s the busy season. And it occurs to me I have yet to show you any of the recent custom orders I have created, shared and adorned. I am particularly fond of Charm Lura™ pendants (featured above). I so cherish the bending, filing, twisting, infusing, sanding and shining of these precious little charms, amulets and talismans. Each radiates a story and energy of it’s own. It’s almost as though the pendants come alive. I incorporate botanical findings, text and various elements to articulate the intention/s of the client. A charming way to personalize the jewelry experience…

This is a sublime and lovely way to adorn yourself and/or your loved ones. Especially if you have a soft spot in your heart for Jamaica.  Charm Lura™ pendants are a fabulous and personal way to carry your intentions, aspirations, goals and a little piece of the rock with you. Even better, these pieces are totally customizable, color, text, elements, semi precious stones, etc. What’s your inspiration?

Have you finished up your holiday shopping?

Why not do something different this year? One of a kind, handmade in Jamaica, blows doors on China mass production. How fun for the recipient. Something to look forward to in 2011. Give voice to somebody’s dreams, aspirations and intentions when you gift them the opportunity to design their own statement piece of jewelry! Consider an ila blu gift certificate to gift yourself or a loved one. And for a limited time only, receive a free adornment session with the purchase of an ila blu gift certificate for $100.00 or more. A truly transformative experience. Recipients engage in design process via skype, email or phone to guide the creation of their ila blu statement piece/s. Together we design meaningful adornment to bring growth and joy to the wearer!

Still not convinced? Don’t worry you can win ila blu adornment! Yes for free!

Sign up to receive messages when I post and participate in ila blu jewelry give aways. The last give away for 2010 will be with in a couple of weeks. The winner will receive a $100.00 gift certificate redeemable for an ila blu adornment session and piece of ila blu statement jewelry! I know right! Awesome! And free! Don’t hesitate, go to the top of this blog, and look in the right hand, side bar, you will see a sign up form. Remember, the only commitment you are making is to receive email messages re: new posts. No obligations. Then keep your eye out for the post title “Give Away Post” (this shouldn’t be too hard, i.e., once you’ve subscribed to something blu, you receive an email every time I post). Make sure to leave a comment on the Give Away post for your chance to win this awesome jewelry prize and consultation!!!

One Love, walk good, back to the studio…



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So grateful to be back on line. We have experienced unprecedented amounts of rain this last week. Only now are we drying out, recovering and able to glimpse our healing Jamaican sunshine. Wow! I have no ceiling in my studio. It collapsed during the storm. Chances are we could have stopped some of the damage and saved the pets had we been home. But we were enjoying, or actually weathering, a long weekend on the North Coast. We were stranded for almost a week…

Bridges have washed away. Roads have washed away. Houses have washed away. People have died. Pets were lost. Two of our three guinea pigs didn’t make it, sniff, sniff. 😦  The roads are so bad that by the time we arrived in the west on Thursday we were locked out of our neighborhood by huge bodies of water at all three entrance points. Four feet and a few inches of water.

A line of cars parked at the base of the growing lake, unsure as to their fate should they brave the wet. This was our last and only potential to reach home. We clenched our teeth and cheered our twenty plus year old Toyota on as she swam through the pool sized puddle that gathered at the foot of Orange hill. She filled up with water and I had to hold my computer bag up, up, up to keep it dry. Later on, my husband confessed his fear. He thought for sure she would sink and that we would have to grab our stuff and the children and wade through the chest high water. But she made it! Ever faithful and enduring. Wouldn’t trade that car for anything, well maybe for a truck… A very tall one.

We arrived at the house in the pouring rain only to discover that it was raining inside too. Hours of wiping turned into a meditation. And somehow, we transformed our distress into gratitude. We were able to have dinner at our small family table. We were warm and dry. We still had electricity. Big smile.

Now it is time for sunshine. Lots of it! Drying out the car, the house, the land, the laundry, etc… Soon we will fix the roof. Our land is nearly impossible to get to but the water levels are slowly lowering. I hope that this bright sunshine stretches over the island and shows it’s face in Haiti too (where there is also lots of suffering/floods). We never had a clue that a small “weather disturbance” could have such an impact here on the rock!

On a more positive note, I wanted to share a little piece of blu sky with you.

This is Celestrina blu, a custom shield necklace I made for a client last month! injoy!


Collection Custom Artifact: August 2010
Family Shield Necklace
Type One of a Kind
Mood joyful
Elements Sterling Silver, Apatite, Swarovski Pearl, Turquoise, misc. Vintage & Contemporary Glass
Prowess Clarity, Communication, Spirituality, Strength, Transformation, Peace

One Love, walk good, loving the sunshine…

P.S. Stay tuned for the ila blu adornment give away!!!

Only slightly delayed by the weather. 🙂

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Meet The blu Cacoon, artifact from Collection: Sand Stone Sea Sky, Species: Necklace, One of a kind.

Hand drilled Cacoon and nikol seed harnessed in copper on a turquoise, translucent, ribbon of blu. 26” can be worn long or as a choker as short as 15”.

The blu Cacoon compliments every complexion and can be worn casually or as an elegant, natural, accoutrement in more formal settings. You choose.

A genuinely fabulous choice for year round casual style. This piece echos folklore and eco-sustainability. The naturally heart shaped Cacoon seed has long been incorporated into Jamaican adornment. The seed is also known as Chongolo, Congolo or Sea Heart and can be found in South America. Once a mariner’s favorite adornment. The pods were known to travel with sailors as well as float to tropical shores. This artifact boasts prowess in cleansing, oral tradition, one love and simple, natural beauty.

She is currently seeking a proprietress. Query: s@ilablu.com

One Love, walk good, into the blu… p.s. stay tuned for the upcoming ila blu jewelry give away!

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