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Silver inspiration to stir your holiday nostalgia. This snowy, white, silver, palette is as close to snow as it gets in Jamaica. Stellar fodder for supreme adornment. A glimpse of what is to come… With 2011 on the way I grow more sentimental by the day about 2010. Admittedly, I tend prosper more in the odd years. Overall, this year was filled with joy, patience and content. How about you?

It’s not been the easiest year and we’ve faced a few challenges. A couple of storms, an abundance of bureaucratic paperwork, a few disappointments, the loss of beloved family pets, (i.e., our brother dog, Cree, Mama and baby Guinea Pig, a couple of fish, etc.), witnessing Jamaica’s hardship and the turmoil caused by political strife here on the island, and an embarrassing fall in a grocery store, were the worst of it.

For our little family anyway.

But I cannot pretend there has not been much loss for many, many people. Haiti is still ravaged by the destruction brought by January’s earthquake, recent storms and the incidence of cholera. The passing of many Jamaicans here and abroad (including a young, very special friend) has left sadness inna whole heap of  hearts. The loss of Reggae artists, Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and several more, leave a devastating impact on the Reggae world. Our hearts and positive meditation go out to those who have lost. Perhaps, 2011 can bring peace and healing and homes to those who need them most. Perhaps each one will finally teach one and balance will be born.

I am inspired and excited for what’s to come. As my bizness grows, my hands are busier and busier. Gratitude. As the custom orders roll in and the finished product rolls out, Gratitude. I can’t help but smile when I think of all that has grown from this yard, this precious time, this little ol’ blog. All that has grown from my family, my hands, the divine communication and collaboration I’ve been blessed with.

It’s been an fabulous year! I hope you will agree.

For those of you who have suffered loss in 2010, I wish you peace. I wish that joy finds it’s way into your heart, into your home and comes to curl up on your lap and make you smile. I hope your grief passes with the end of the year and that it is transformed into inspiration, healing and a close connection with all that is. Everything is everything. We are one…

I give thanks for each and every one, your readership and support are my fuel.

One love, walk good, optimism prevails, may you be inspired…

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I am so excited for the something blu/ila blu give away later this week. I will be announcing the winner this weekend from Manhattan! Which happens to be the city of my making (TMI?). I am so excited to be travelling north to NYC, the Big Apple, hustlin’ bustlin’ city of lights, dreams, make it or break it, super-concentrated, creative energy! How fun to have the opportunity to announce our lucky contestant from the city! If you are intending to win please remember to subscribe to this blog. And then leave a comment on the final give away post. The final post will air mid week, not sure if that’s Wednesday or thursday so do check in!

I wanted to share the latest from the 3-5-7 mini bundle™ collection. Sorry ladies, this isn’t the give away piece. I am really pleased how this one turned out though she gave me some trouble about halfway through the birthing/creation process. She is nearly outside of the parameters of mini bundle™. Measuring almost four inches of bundled fabulousness.

Miss Howling Benevolence, 3-5-7 mini bundle™, one of a kind.

Hand harvested, artisan treated, drilled nikol seed from our land, cradles 7 strands of howlite, turqouise, riverstone, citrine, misc. glass and crystal and brass chain. Just under 19” , this necklace hovers comfortably around the throat chakra.

Prowess: kindness, gentle communication, positivity and stellar confidence…

This mini bundle™ can make you feel gorgeous and queenly whatever you wear. Miss Howling Benevolence can also remind you to turn up your kindness to high frequency. When we are kind to others we attract kindness to ourselves :). An all season piece, always in style and diverse enough to be worn two ways. Wear her with the white howlite stones as the focal point or turn her around to reveal her more translucent citrine nature. She can be donned with a t-shirt and jeans and will undoubtedly be the center of attention. But this queen is well fit for fancy occasions and loves to dress up.

I am so attentive lately to how what I wear makes me feel. Adornment is a special treat and has infinite potential to change our mood, outlook and confidence. Have you ever had a case of the blues and decided to put on your favorite outfit/jewelry anyway? Do you notice your best loved adornment and a smile can change the way you look and feel and the way folks perceive you! This is why I love to create handmade one of a kind, intentional jewelry. I believe that stones, seeds, metals, components, carry with them a history and a message. These components can be intentionally blended, mixing their histories and prowess’ to offer great visual and emotional impact. I believe that we infuse our pieces of adornment with memories, intention, experience and meaning. I believe that jewelry has the power to evidence those memories, intentions, experience and meaning for it’s owner.

Have you ever lost a piece of jewelry or a special bead or stone and found it again in the strangest place or time? Do you have a lucky piece of adornment that you always don when you are confronting something or someone important? Do you feel “naked without your jewels? Does your jewelry hold power? Do tell!!!

One Love, Walk Good, in the studio…

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So. I know that you have waited. Patiently. For a very long time. Waited, that is, for me to break out the goods. As in, the jewels, adorning artifacts, sweet pieces of metal, bead love. At last, a fine specimen. Fancy that.

Meet Miss Omega Sterling aka: Miss Omega S., Collection: 3*5*7*, Species: Necklace. One of a kind. 19 inches of sterling silver, steel and copper (hand formed) links celebrate the feminine. Steely confidence and elegant sensibility compliment wardrobe choices from dawn to dusk. Miss Omega S. enhances any complexion, elevates the everyday and revels in the fete. Indeed. She awaits her proprietress…

This ila blu lovely is still available. Inquire within.

And a special give thanks and big ups to Brenda Wright and Michele Yapp for styling and photographing my latest. 🙂

One Love, Walk good, a storm has arrived…

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Creative Chaos vs: Control. Woooooiiiii!!! Some days it all seems like too much. When your two year old (soon to be 3, trust me, it’s big trouble when I don’t clarify) spills an entire bowl of beads on the floor and walks away saying “I don’t know how dat happon”. This of course, after she cries incessantly  for the beads because she is after all, a beader. You hesitate and concede insisting that she stay in one place (i.e., at the table) and not carry the bowl of about a million beads around so that it spills to the floor. When you step out to the line to hang laundry only to be attacked by ants who apparently formed a nest right under your foot since the last time you pinned wet clothes. When you find out that one of the most upstanding citizens in your district (who is not yet “old”) passed away this weekend. When your finances aren’t necessarily putting their best side forward. When the studio looks like a hurricane passed through in your absence. etc… Need I go on?

That’s the time to throw your hands up and surrender to creative chaos. Something better must come. Grab the broom, some anti-sting/itch gel, buy a quart of rum (a Jamaican tradition) and plan to attend a funeral, do some creative financing and as for the studio, this too shall pass. Insert deep breath here.

I know, I know, I just encouraged you to pack a bag and head to the veranda. And I still think this sounds like a heavenly idea. A word to the wise, be prepared for damage control when you return. That’s the thing, there is no escape. Not really.

So, for today, I am feeling out of control, (which indeed, we all ultimately are). And that is gonna have to be okay. I will do what I can before heading out again to take care of some family business and maybe even have a little fun this weekend. Prioritizing is key. Two hands can only pick up so many beads. I am keeping my hands busy and planning to dirty them up a bit in the studio today. This is the only way I know to reinstate the calm. When everything spins way out I spin in by creating and surrendering to the creative chaos/goddess/universe/etc…

One Love, out of control… P.S. Did I mention the guinea pig is pregnant?

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What’s yours, is yours! Thanks so much to everyone for participating. I hope you enjoyed this little series leading up to the love. Prize, etc. I’ve posted yet another view of CoCo Love that we may all bid her farewell and a safe, happy journey to the home of her fortunate proprietress… Tata, CoCo. Or so wi say, ‘pon dis likkle islan…

Congratulations to our lovely winner, hailing from Greece, Frieda!!!

A big thanks to http: random.org for granting a winner.

Please stay tuned as this will not be the last of the lovelies. I am hoping you will all continue to drop by to see wasssup in the studio etc. I am currently involved in many projects the first and foremost involves streamlining my online profile/s. This is challenging as my experience/skills in such technical matters (although expanding everyday) are still hovering at mid pre-school level. I am opening my online shop and will keep you posted as to the status of the grand opening, super excited about that and I just know you are too!

I am building a virtual home for my mixed media, work. I will eventually have a shop for this endeavor as well. I am enthusiastic and hope that you’ll accompany me as I launch this window of my art life and work. There is an ila blu, facebook fan page in the works and you are so invited. More on that later.

In the meanwhile, pass on the love.

Make your own offering, no matter how tiny. Gifting is the greatest gift next to life. So extend yourself, your words, your kindness, your creations, your time, your money, your wisdom, your things. It all comes back to you. Ten fold. Squared…

One Love, on to the studio… P.S. It’s still the 17th here.

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Final Post!!! We’ve arrived, destination: Jewelry Give Away. Remember, you have to comment on the final post to be entered in this drawing. This is the ila blu offering, CoCo Love. Collection: Charm Lura. Species: pendant/necklace. Etched copper, love pendant, accompanied by coconut, turquoise and faceted glass, swings on a sterling silver, contemporary, Italian chain (18″). Are you loving her? Mmmm copper.

Prowess: Life energy, communication, compassion and protection for it’s wearer. CoCo Love is warm in summer or winter. Coconut shell (known as a symbol of endurance and spirituality) echos the tropics. The blu of the turquoise and glass grounds this piece in harmony. CocoLove elevates the everyday in a mindful way. A positive and healing affirmation for yourself or as a gift. This piece could easily be incorporated into a wedding, adorned by the bride on her neck or around her bouquet. Bring on the comments and the best of luck to ya.

If you don’t hear from me for a couple of days, I am giving you the time and space to comment on this post. The drawing will take place Wednesday, June 16, and the winner announced Thursday, June 17. 🙂

One Love, hope you’re winning…

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Todays theme: “Say what you need to say” (a line made popular by John Mayer and his song Say). I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have much trouble speaking my mind. I am in the process however, of learning the art of speaking my mind more gently. As it turns out, my personal learning curve is indeed steepest when it comes to knowing when not to speak. Well, knowing when not to speak and acting on it, to be precise. I know some people, truly gifted in this form of intended silence. It is brilliant in theory but easy to bail on the application. Recognizing when not to speak comes with wisdom. Not speaking can be an act of great power and significance. This being said, I think it’s safe to say, we could all benefit from a little more (perhaps, a lot more) clarity, authenticity, gentleness and directness in speaking. Upgrading and/or cultivating an awareness of when not to speak and practicing the crucial feat of listening, might just work miracles.

I share with you today SheSpeak, a piece from my personal collection, as in, the jewelry that I wear. She speak is from the Charm Lura: Collection Copper Revival Series. Species pendant. Upcycled, love treated, copper bezel encircles the word speak (the opposite side reads “she”. This piece serves me well, nearly daily. SheSpeak rests poised ever so mindfully at the home of my very voice. Although I have yet to perfect my  speak I can see my attention to the matter and consciousness shifting. Insert deep breath here…

So, if you find it difficult to speak what you really want/need/have to say, just say it. One time today, go ahead, I dare you. SAY WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY. And if you, like myself, have a hard time saying what you need to say-clearly, kindly, authentically, or just plain scuffle with when and how to SAY NOTHING AT ALL, endeavor to fine tune your speak. Embrace your silence. FREE UP, or, ahem, so to speak…

One Love, Speechless (good thing I can type)

Once again, the GIVE AWAY CRITERION

  1. Subscribe to somethingblu.wordpress.com (sign up box can be found in the right) hand sidebar.
  2. Pay attention to posts and look for the final give away post. You will recognize this post because: The post title that day will include the words: Final Post.
  3. Comment on the Final Post picture. The Final Post will include a picture of the give away prize. You must comment on the jewelry featured in the Final Post to be entered in the give away drawing. You will have three full days to comment when the Final Post jewelry picture is posted.
  4. Wait, pay attention & hope that your name is posted as the winner!!!

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