I’m not sure if I should really be calling myself a breakthrough blind crafter because I’m sure that other totally blind people have crafty skills. I have spoken on a that list to a few wood carvers, for example, when I was considering expanding my skills in that direction to create custom designed talisman jewelry from scratch. A few very knowledgeable guys talked the trade to me enough that I decided it probably wasn’t for me. Too many tools and I’d prefer a hands on class before investing to be honest, but they knew their stuff. while I haven’t seen or touched any of their work personally so can’t vouch for it, we’re assuming it’s decent.
I give myself the title, for the sake of this article, of breakthrough blind crafter because I haven’t seen/heard anyone else on youtube who is blind making D.I.Y videos anything like mine. I think with or without sight I make some pretty cool/unusual items. Purses from Steampunk purses and headbands entirely comprised of gemstones to name a few.
I didn’t think my ideas were too complex, but as I’ve not seen anyone else doing them, i am beginning to develop an appreciation for them and change my mind. I suppose when anyone `has a natural talent it doesn’t seem hard or like that big a deal…which is what gives it the cool factor in part I think. I wire wrap gemstone pendants, make gemstone bead bracelets and sculpt wire into pendants as well, and again didn’t think it was a big deal. I don’t know a lot of blind people doing wire wraps, but hell I don’t know a lot of blind people in general, having always attended public school and having mostly sighted friends anyway. A few years back, though, my perspective on that changed as well.
My husband and I were members of our local gem and mineral society and I came to help them make jewelry for a sale. It’s fun because they have all the supplies, rocks, and fun tools that you can use all you like in any creative way you choose if you’re helping make stuff for free for them to sell. So enjoying the creative outlet it was a thing I did for a little before I finally gave up on waking up by 9 AM or so to get it done because…lets face it, for some of us 9 AM is an ungodly hour in the middle of the freaking night when NO ONE should be out of bed!!!
So I’m there at the gem and mineral society wire wrapping tumbled stones into pendants. I tend to be a faster person in general, moving quickly and talking quickly, according to others, but it’s just my natural flow so I don’t usually notice. Apparently I made 5 really nice pendants in the time it took all the other ladies with 20 20 vision to make one. They were on about how fast I was, so this became another new thing I began to appreciate about myself that I thought was just normal’ previously. I assumed anyone could wire wrap that quickly, and some people surely can, just not most from what they said.
I personally don’t think that makes me special but loads of people seem to assume that not looking at something makes it nearly impossible to do. I feel that my hands often provide more and faster detail than someone’s eyes, but I’ve only had my hands to see with so I honestly can’t know.
Anyway, the point is if your creative, into making neat and different things, but also lazy and not wanting to put a ton of work into your crafting, check out my youtube D.I.Y play list below, because I’ve got you covered. After all, if a blind chick can do it…
We are fans of mythology, as could be witnessed from our articles. If you’d like to see some mythology related videos we posted on youtube, here are two dedicated to Medusa and her child:
Morticia also has a large Medusa ring you might be interested to watch in this video:
Learning From Stones,
By Morticia Seinfeld
Just as humans were created with thinking minds, feelings, likes and dislikes, so did Mother Earth create stones. Stones from the high grade ruby in your ring to the common ‘rock’ under your foot as you go for a walk, is a child of the earth. Each has survived on this earth for thousands of years or more! Each has a lesson to teach. The trick is learning to hear and perceive these lessons from our earth elders. Once this is achieved, the knowledge to be gained is boundless!
For example, garnet can teach how to keep the body’s aura strong which serves to protect from illness as all illness begins in the aura. Green aventurine teaches our hearts the way of joy so that once we’ve learned how it works, we’re always able to be happy any time we like. Rose quartz can teach us of all the many and complex layers of love so that we may always be filled with it. Those are just a few examples. Each stone listed above can teach us these things and so much more!
There are numerous books written on the subject of the metaphysical properties of stones. Many of those speak of stones as objects rather than living beings which were born and have grown in the earth. Working with a stone as an object only limits the success that shall be reached with that stone. Working with it as another living being, and one who is much older and wiser than any human, opens the learning experience immensely. It frees the mind of the student to hear more than he or she may expect.
There are several ways to communicate with a stone. Meditation is a wonderful way to begin as it is done from a calm quiet place where all outside distractions are cleared away. Meditating with a stone isn’t only for beginning to know a stone, however. it is quite useful to take a stone friend into meditation with you at all times for messages and lessons. To communicate with a stone during meditation, try the following exercise.
Lie down and become comfortable. Place the stone on your forehead. If it is too big, lay it just above you on the floor or a pillow, allowing some part of it to rest against the crown of your head. This closeness with the head is so you may better receive the messages from the stone into your mind. Relax and deep breathe, taking yourself deep into a meditative state. Then think of the stone you’ve taken into this peaceful journey with you. Feel it against your head. Just reflect quietly for a time on its energy before even trying to speak with it. Can you feel it doing anything?
Many times a person understands a stone’s actions or lessons in the way the stone is making him or her feel. If, for example, if a person is meditating with or wearing a green aventurine, and that person begins to feel quite happy, they’ve just learned a lesson. Green aventurine is a very joyful stone, and it is teaching that person to feel joy.
If during meditation the stone is doing something, merely reflect on that. Make a note of the activity as a lesson the stone is teaching. There is no need to rush through the process, for the language of stones is very different from our words. It is a mental language of feelings and concepts. As the human mind isn’t used to speaking in this way, it requires some time to process and understand what the stone has taught. Because of this, the information may not be fully understood until days later. That is perfectly fine.
After reflecting on the stone’s energy for a time, open the conversation if you are ready. Ask the stone what it does. What are its talents and strong points? What lessons is it willing to teach you? Does it feel you need to learn any specific thing first over another? If so, what is it?
Again give each question’s answer some time to sink into your mind. Only move on to the next question when you are ready. There is no specific time for when any of this should be completed. It could be done in one meditation or it could take weeks. Each person is as different as each stone, and we all move at our own pace. You’ll find that some stones are faster than others, some more saucy, and some more calm. Each stone has its own personality, and getting to know it is a wonderful rewarding experience.
After you’ve meditated with your stone at least once, you’ve at least begun the introduction process to becoming friends. Carrying the stone with you everywhere for at least a week is a sure way to continue the process at a good steady pace. Stone jewelry is convenient, as it is very easy to keep on the body at all times. There are also bags for wearing about the neck for those stones too large to wear or for those people not interested in jewelry. Pockets do fine as well. Holding a stone in the hand while working or watching evening T.V. keeps the closeness going and allows person and stone to get even more in tune with each other’s energy.
While spending time with your stone, keep track of how holding it or having it on your person makes you feel. For just as in meditation, this is the stone’s way of teaching and relaying messages. If you’re looking for a particular lesson, and aren’t sure which stone can best teach it, a reference book can never hurt if used properly. For example, if you’d like to study the art of healing your own body from one of Mother Earth’s children, it is acceptable to research the metaphysical properties of healing stones. However, don’t believe everything you read for it may not work the same for each individual. Don’t assume the stone will have the same lesson for you that it did for the writer of the book or article. Instead, get the stone for yourself, and meditate with it. Ask it if it will teach you what you wish to know. If not, it surely has another lesson for you, so there was no loss.
The magic and knowledge in Mother Earth’s ancient children is far too vast to be covered in a mere article, or even a book. There are so many different stones in the world, it would be next to impossible to speak of all of them in depth as they deserve. There is also the fact that each person may have a different experience. Many times a stone has some of the same lessons for everyone, but it is always best to check for yourself. May your friendships with these earth elders be rewarding, and your lessons come just when they’re needed.
If you enjoyed Morticia’s article, you might also find our gemstone hauls to be of interest:
As the wheel begins another turn into the year 2009, we all begin to think of new beginnings, fresh starts, and new year’s resolutions. To begin new ventures, or even to begin the ending of old habits, one must draw on inner resources of courage.
It is no coincidence that January’s birthstone, Garnet, is a stone of courage. It’s strong empowering energy gives us the push to go forward…to do what we must. It gives our gut feelings support, and we know that ‘IT’, whatever ‘IT’ may be, can be done! One step at a time is the best way, but the first jump…the first step must be made. The energy and strength of garnet encourages our spirit on this path.
Other than strengthening our courage so that we may eagerly move forward, garnet has many other talents. It is a wonderful healing stone as it cleanses and strengthens the aura. As all illness starts in the aura, garnet’s cleansing and strength can help to nip illness in the bud. This is best when garnet is constantly worn or carried so that it does not lose contact with the aura.
Garnet’s cleansing abilities are also useful when giving or receiving psychic readings. This is because our aura picks up gunk from everyone we come into contact with. If when giving or receiving a reading, the aura is cluttered, things won’t be as clear as they otherwise could be. Garnet cleansing out the auric area helps in this greatly, however.
The most widely seen garnets are the red ones. This red can manifest itself in a manner of color ranges from a brownish orange to a lighter red, to a very deep red, to a red that looks black unless held under an extremely bright light. Green garnet isn’t as often seen, but it’s energy is very soothing. Rainbow garnet is a more rare variety, and very lovely. Like most of the earth’s children, garnet comes in many more colors than are commonly displayed in typical jewelry stores. Each is unique, powerful, and lovely, and should be remembered.
Happy New Year, and Happy Stoning!
If interested in garnets and metaphysical properties of gemstones, feel free to also check out our garnet video on youtube:
I honestly usually prefer raised/3D designs for my extensive bat collection so I wasn’t sure what drew me to this piece. I kept thinking about it once I saw it online, though so eventually bought it several months back and have not taken it off. It’s just beautiful and the design is unique. It is light weight, sturdy and comfortable to wear, all of which are very important to me. It is elegant so can be worn with dressy outfits or to dress up a casual one and give it that special touch of spook. I love the ribbon slide closure as it’s comfortable, durable, won’t break, and is very to adjust to any size wrist so you won’t have to worry that the bracelet will e too big and slide off a smaller wrist or too small and press into your arm too much simply because you can make it any size you want in a blink. The fancy looking design on the clasp is also a nice touch as many designers don’t worry much over how nice the clasp itself looks. I have done an even more extensive review of this on our youtube channel simply because it’s so unique and I highly recommend this bracelet.