Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Artist and Blogger

I discovered a brand new blog and shop!

French Vellum Miniature Interiors

I just love her miniatures - if her pictures
did not include the Marie Antoinette paper doll,
one would not know that they are miniatures!

This is a French day bed

French Empire Style Daybed  Miniature Dollhouse Furniture Scale 1:12

Her Etsy shop is very unusual and one of a kind in that
the context of the furniture, both historically and
culturally is included.

She explains that her love of miniatures 
started as a child, and she focuses on French and Swedish

A Napoleon III style couch!

Napoleon III Style Sofa in Blue and White Toile Miniature Dollhouse Furniture Scale 1:12

Her blog French Vellum Miniatures Interiors 
you can read about how she finds the bits n pieces,
her process of putting them together,
her research and more

A Marie Antoinette bookcase with
hand made vellum books

Marie Antoinette Bookcase Miniature Dollhouse Furniture Scale 1:12

Look at this miniature scene -  it is a miniature
terrarium in a box that she made

I just love these topiaries

Her blog is filled with beautiful photographs -
be prepared to be wowed! if you love
miniatures as much as I do.

You can find her Etsy shop at
and her blog at

French Vellum Miniature Interiors

Featured here

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Am the Immaculate Conception

I am the Immaculate Conception
was her words to Bernadette

She was a poor shepherdess,
growing up at the foothills of the Pyrenees,
on the banks of the Gave du Pau.
Tending the very poor family's
small flock of sheep
When the most miraculous vision 
appeared to her.
A vision of Light
with roses on Her feet.
From this numinous event
flowed forth a stream of healing water,
a holy place was born,
Bernadette's life was transformed
into one of passion,
commitment and a vocation to the highest Love

Bernadette's message : God is everywhere!

A place where the fire was lit long ago
and the fire of your Soul
and Its unconditional love
is kept alive

And such is the miracle within our own hearts
as She brings forth the waters of regeneration,
healing and wholeness,
teaching you that Love is everywhere

A wearable altar to
Our Lady of Lourdes
L'immaculee Conception

Hand soldered lead-free silver
patina'd by hand
Vintage prayer card set between glass
creating a miniature shadowbox filled with
seed pearls and small freshwater pearls 
as well as a tiny vintage Lourdes connector

Vintage buttons from a street market in Paris
a tiny crown
a vintage Lourdes medal with prayer on the back
an image of Our Lady of Lourdes set in resin
in a sterling silver cup

beaded chain that contain mother of pearl buttons,
aurora borealis
a tiny sterling silver Agnus Dei heart locket
and two different kinds of linked antiqued chain

The back of the pendant contains the basilica
of Lourdes from the same vintage holy card

Stacked mother of pearl buttons,
swarovski crystals
silver toned roses
aurora borealis
freshwater pearls

Sterling Silver element with artist's name engraved on it

You can read here how my sacred altars
are prepared with holy relics and oils

with love,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A sacred altar Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris
Our Lady of Paris

A Sacred Altar

Each tiny disk contains the image of
Notre Dame and on the back
the rose window in the Notre Dame Cathedral

a tiny vintage Miraculous Medal

rondelle, real pearls, freshwater pearls
and smoky aurora borealis beads

an elegant chain with tiny dangle at end
at the closure of necklace

a holy card set in an aged
brass filligree frame
with a tiny brass cross underneath

Pieces of a magnificent rosary brought back
from Notre Dame de Paris.  I brought this rosary
back from my previous pilgrimage to France and only now
have had the time to use it in a wearable altar.

The pieces are solid brass and the detail magnificent.

with love,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mornings with Mary

These pictures were taken early this morning
in my one Mary garden shrine.
It has been extremely hot here and the scent
of these angels' trumpets or moonflowers
are wonderfully pungent.

The Seventh Teaching from Ten Teachings, Wisdom from Mother Mary
by Gina Lake

Follow your Joy

You were given a compass,
and that compass is joy.
You are meant to in the direction
that brings joy, not in the direction 
that brings suffering. The egoic mind
promises you joy, but delivers only temporary
satisfaction and happiness.
Then the suffering that comes with feeling
you are never enough returns.

Most people do not follow their joy.
Instead, they follow the sense of not having
or not being good enough.  They allow the
sense of lack to drive them forward, seeking
here and there for fulfillment,
for what will fill the sense of lack created by
the human condition.
However, nothing that the mind suggests can fill that lack,
because the sense of lack was created by the same thing that
proposes to fix it.

The sense of lack can only be solved by
dropping out of the mind.  When you drop out of the
mind, you lose the sense that anything is lacking.
There never was anything lacking, and that is 
all you have ever had to see to feel full and

The sense of lack is so ingrained that most
people are unaware that it is there.
They just react to it as if it were true.
For most, this sense of lack, is a deeply held
belief.  It seems absolutely an
unquestionably true.

The sense of yourself and the sense of lack are both
manufactured by the mind.  They create the human condition
that is one of suffering.  You not only believe you are who you
think you are, but these thoughts about yourself tell you
that you are lacking and that your life - indeed, life
itself - is not good enough.

This unrelenting sense of lack interferes with the joy,
that is possible whenever you are willing to simply
be with whatever is showing up in your life.

The assumptions causes you to overlook the
happiness that is present at your core and ever
available in this simple and sweet present moment.
The happiness at your core is very subtle
unless you turn your attention to it and
allow yourself to experience it for more than 
a brief second.

When your attention is focused on fixing a perceived
problem, it is not available to notice the quiet
beauty, peace and joy that is already
present with you.

A wonderful Morning with Mary to you!
I changed the name to Mornings with Mary - with the
time difference and everyone's full schedules, anyone
can join in on any day.  The post stays up for the week -
just scroll down past my new posts.

Gloria was the only one who linked up last week - Gloria, I will
send you a full set of Mother Mary blessings seeds
and some of my brand new Archangel Michael Seeds!!

A blessed, joyful and art-filled week to you!