Thursday, January 11, 2018

This month the #DHD #subscriptionbox is featuring January’s #birthstone

Garnet! Sterling silver necklace plus matching earrings are among the NINE items in this month’s box! . . . . . . . . #blog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Astrology: Capricorn Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Capricorn Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Capricorn Energy

For those born: December 21 to January 19
Sanskrit Name: Makar मकर (means a sea goat, vahana or vehicle of God) Kamdeva, Varuna and Goddess Ganga
Symbol: Sea Goat

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

15 Helpful Phrases For Saying "No!"

I was taught from a very early age to be a people pleaser. I think many of us are, however, it is not always a healthy thing for us to live our lives pleasing others. When taking care of ourselves we often have to or need to say, "No" but it can be difficult, especially when we are caught off guard.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I really do LOVE hearing from my customers.

Just wish I HAD staff to share this with! LOL Thanks Michelle! You are a doll!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Astrology: Sagittarius Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Sagittarius Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Sagittarian Energy

Dates: November 22 – December 21
Sanskrit Name: Dhanu धनु (means an archer, a half human-half beast centaur)
Symbol: Archer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rhodonite Correspondences: Metaphysical and Physical Qualities

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rhodonite

Name: Rhodonite

Also Known as: Manganese Inosilicate

Family: Pyroxenoid

Hardness: 5.5-6.5

Rhodonite Bracelet by DHD

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beautiful Raku Beads

I have been up to my elbows in these amazing raku ceramic beads that I got for this month's DHD subscription box projects. Two great pieces of jewelry have been made for subscribers using these plus some other beads in different sizes and a few silver ones thrown in for good measure. ⠀ ⠀ 

I just love how this 16th-century Japanese craft is still used today to create such beauty. It uses porcelain and glazes to create beads, small sculptural elements, and other items, each being unique due to the handmade nature and the Raku process.

Most types of pottery are loaded into a cold kiln where the firing proceeds slowly until the desired temperature is reached. This firing cycle may take anywhere from 8-24 hours or more. When the kiln has reached temperature, it is shut off and allowed to cool enough to be able to remove the ware using bare or lightly gloved hands. The cooling cycle may last from 12-24 hours or longer. The item is considered finished when it is taken from the kiln. 

In raku, the pieces are preheated and loaded into a hot kiln. The firing proceeds at a rapid pace with the wares reaching a temperature in as short a cycle as 15-20 minutes. Glaze maturity is judged by the trained eye without the use of measuring devices. When the firing is determined to be completed the wares are immediately removed from the kiln. Since at this point the glaze is molten, tongs or other lifting devices are used. 

At this point, the process is still not complete. The beads are put into a container with combustible material such as sawdust, or leaves and allowed to smoke. The atmosphere created reacts and affects the glazes and clay and imparts unique effects and surfaces to the wares. When the beads have cooled, they are washed with an abrasive cleaner to remove all residue of soot and ash. What remains is called Raku.

I really am looking forward to hearing what my subscribers think of the jewelry that was created from these great beads!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Easy Ways To Achieve The Best Autumn Self-Care

While many people love the changes that fall brings, for others it can be a real challenge. Stress on the body, as we move into darker days and colder weather, and the mental stress of the holidays combine during this time. This combination makes it necessary to have a plan for self-care in place. Taking time to plan now will help avoid stress or "not

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Sneak Peek For You!

The Dancing Happy Dragonfly subscription box for October is being put together as we speak. I am working on the jewelry (of course!) and gathering all the gift items, crystals and goodies that are to be included in this month's boxes.

It is such a blessing to curate, locate and bring together so many items that bring sparkle and shine to the lives of my subscribers, each in a different way.  I send out "a little bit of happy in a box," as I like to say! 

It is so important to take care of yourself, take time to just "be" and to help those less fortunate. My subscribers appreciate this and I know they are pleased and proud to be doing this so easily by subscribing. I know I certainly am grateful for the opportunity to help them all and am truly happy to have met so many fantastic people in the process! 

On that note:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Get Results:12 Best Ways to Cleanse your Crystals

There are several different methods of cleansing crystals that can be easily used. Personal choice will dictate which you gravitate to, but generally speaking, most people find certain methods work better for them than others and they will use this method or methods on most occasions.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labradorite Correspondences - Metaphysical and Physical Qualities

Labradorite Crystal Healing Metaphysical Correspondences

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Labradorite

Name: Labradorite

Also Known as: Black Moonstone, Feldspar, Spectrolite

Family: Plagioclase, Tectosilicate

Hardness: 6-6.5


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rainbow Moonstone

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rainbow Moonstone

Name: Rainbow Moonstone

Also known as: Labradorite, Plagioclase Feldspar

Family: Labradorite

Hardness: 6-6.5


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Moss and Tree Agate

Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Moss Agate

Name: Moss Agate

Also known as: Mocha Stone, Moosachat, Agate Mousseuse, Birthing Crystal, Gardener’s Stone

Family: Chalcedony, Quartz

Hardness: 6.5-7