Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Happy Valentine's Day--much love to everyone!  I honestly can not believe how fast time is flying by.  My studio had a very busy 2012 holiday season where I spent my most all of my time creating custom mug orders.  Still working on the ones that came in late December and January.  I think I'll enclose a few pictures here, I try to get some pictures out of every batch out of the kiln if possible.

 Custom pair travel mugs with silicone lids (custom order).

Custom pair of coffee mugs, ordered by BFF's for eachother.  How awesome!

Purplelicious travel mug - custom.

Custom soup mug "Breathe"

 Custom purple soup mug (over-sized coffee mug).

Hey, I've been thrilled with glaze mixing results lately!  My new favorite is the agate glaze with two other (unnamed) glazed where the kiln alchemy turns them into gold.  LOL...for me they are gold. I'm so excited about these colors because they represent EARTH, WOODS and SKY.  I'm thinking of calling this glaze combo "Ohio Woods," how does that sound?

 New glaze combo  "Ohio Woods"

Also been going bead crazy making tons of beads for pendants and earrings.  Hearts galore!  I really love to make beads!  I've got them listed in my Etsy shop and most of them on my own website too.  New earrings also! 
Ceramic candy hearts created using laser decals (3 firings,
bisque, cone 5 high and then cone 04 low again.)

  Ceramic candy hearts using letter stamps; high fired to cone 5.

(Link to my Etsy shop listing for these earrings).

 Oh, I have to add a photo of Buddy playing in the snow!  He brings me such joy!  

Big stick?  Check!  Snow?  Check!  Life is Good!  Wheeeeeeee!

"...And here's my serious look"  Buddy Brower

Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!  I'll be buying chocolate tomorrow for 50% off.  Yes!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Where has 2012 gone?

Oh my goodness!  Where has this year gone?  WOW!  It's flown by and now I find myself mid-way through August already.  Teachers and students are getting ready to go 'back to school' this week and its been pretty busy in our store.  I've been busy in the studio too, working on a wholesale order and lots of custom orders this summer.  Below are mugs in the process of being glazed for my wholesale order.
Also creating more ceramic travel mugs and I just ordered more lids! After wholesale order is complete, I'll start making some completed ones for my shop so they'll be 'ready to ship.

Some new earrings...

 New ceramic beads...

 And new pendants with brown leather rounded cord..

Also created a new themed mug in Honor of Mother Earth and all that she's going through with our planetary ascension.  It's called "Love Our Mother."  Hope to get more of these made too!  This was my prototype.  I designed the logo and had a stamp made.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year - New World - New Life - New Age

Happy New Year!!  Today is actually the new Lunar Year, the Chinese New Year--Year of the Dragon and the New Moon!  That's a whole heck of alot of NEW energy flowing in today!  Well, I say bring it on!  Imagine what we want to create in our lives and Imagine the NEW WORLD that we want to live in!  I'm personally very psyched for 2012.  It's the ending of one cycle and the beginning of another.  And, if enough of us carry the LOVE vibration we can raise our frequency high enough to carry all of us into the New Golden Age. Today is also the official jump start of the Age of Aquarius!  Finally!  Don't know about you all; but I've been waiting eons for this show to start and we have the front row seat.  Or the back stage pass, whichever you prefer. Lightworkers, Rainbow Warriors, Peace Keepers, Light Bearers, Star Seeds I'm talking about YOU!

It thrills me to no end to see the positive changes taking place in our world right NOW.  Occupy Wall St. or where-ever is one such example.  People speaking up, taking a stand for what they believe in.  Indigo Kids raising money to help their brothers and sisters in Africa get their own wells for clean water is another.  The rise of Volunteerism in our country; people helping others without looking for compensation. I'm talking about people volunteering at the local Food Co-Op, Tutoring Students, helping out at Habit For Humanity or the Red Cross; among thousands of other amazing causes!

Overall, the change in attitude is palpable.  For the better!!  Look around.  Maybe it's because we've just experienced a crazy few years of the world's economic system collapsing, including Wall Street bailouts while home-owners across the country lost their homes and/or jobs; add a healthy dose of earthquakes, tsunami's and other natural disasters--and you just can't take things for granted anymore.  We appreciate each other, our jobs, our homes, our local communities and our global communities we've created on the internet.  We want to re-use and recycle old items and turn them into something beautiful!  Artists do this everyday.  Communities are doing this on  Why throw out something that someone else can use?  Keep the landfills empty and help out your neighbor!

The world is small.  Those of us who interact on the net have friends all over the world.  We communicate on FB and share videos on YouTube.  We have the same needs and concerns.  We all want to be loved and live a happy life.  No enemies here.  Different viewpoints, yes.  But the same would just be boring, yes?  A variety of cultural flavors and colors makes our global human family rich, diverse and beautiful!

Let your light SHINE!  We are all here for a reason, we all have something unique to share. We each have something special to add to the whole.  Live from your heart and the New World will be born within us first, then will manifest all around us!  Namaste!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Earrings and Pendants!

Lilac Purple "Flower" earrings

Crop Circle Peace Pendant
Hello!  I've been having lots of fun lately creating ceramic jewelry.  I hand form small circles and squares to create ceramic charms and then turn them into earrings and/or pendants.  Since I'm a big collector of artisan jewelry, this is thrilling for me!  Some pieces are stamped for texture while others are adorned with peace symbol or crop circle decals, then fired again to burn the iron oxide into the piece. Most of the ear wires that I'm using are purchased from another Etsy artist who specializes in metal.  I love her creations!  So, these earrings are a collaboration.  I love the oxidized look, whether it's copper or silver. If you haven't checked out my CropCircleClay shop recently, please do!!

Large hoop peace earrings

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Spirit Quest to Serpent Mound & Messages from the Keeper of the Sacred Site.

Introduction:  In November of 2009, I went on a solitary pilgrimage to visit the Great Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio USA.  I felt a calling to connect to Mother Earth there, to sit and meditate and to bring some healing energies into this Sacred Place.  It's only about a 2 hour drive from my home, so I picked a beautiful Autumn day and took the drive.  I had a wonderful visit to the sacred site and felt very peaceful for days afterwards!  I knew that it was part of my Mission to do this and it felt very good!  I wrote about my experiences in my Angel Journal where I meditate and do 'automatic writings' when I connect to Spirit.  A week or so later, I had an idea to communicate with the Keeper of the Serpent Mounds.  I believe there are Spiritual Guardians over sacred sites all over Mother Earth.  They guard and protect the sites from dark energy.  So, I made the intent to connect to the Keeper of the Serpent Mounds and I received a wonderful love filled message from a being called Tekmut.  The first message is below.  (Note that I wasn't sure if I got a particular spelling correct, which is why I put a ?? after the word).

Friday, November 20, 2009 
Tekmut – Keeper Guardian of Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio
"Dear Diana, yes you are right, you have the right to know these things and since your heart is true I will share them with you.  For you see, I am Tekmut and I am the Guardian of this place that you call Serpent Mound.  I have been here for thousands of your years and even more than you know about. A Promise was made from the highest realms that if a true heart such as yours was to seek out my gifts that I would share them with that soul.  Seems like to day is that day and I have a special gift for you, for you are the true heart that has asked for my gifts.

A special star was chosen to signify my return upon this plane and it has been called Zeleb(?) by your people.  This star has come to a full return now and can be seen in your skies.  Listen dear heart, for your heart is pure and I will share my story with you.  The ancient ones saw this star and knew that it was prophetic, for the power of this star would help to bring about the great change that they saw for mankind.  Mind you, this was thousands of years ago and their Seers were very powerful.  Yes, they were correct.  They built my structure to align with this great star and knew that when the star would return that my heart chakra would align with this star and be the trigger for the Ascension as you call it.  Of course, there are many other triggers in place but there needs to be a number of them occur at the same time for the act to occur, do you see?  I have been waiting for millennia for a true heart to share my story with."

Celestial marker for sacred ceremonies "Max Southern Moonset".  

Tekmut continues:  "The design of my earth mounds are very sacred and can be seen as a connection between heaven and earth.  For you see, the snake is not eating the egg, but rebirthing it, or coughing it up.  This is an ancient symbol of resurrection as you call it.  Rebirth, Transformation, Renewal.  This symbology was popular and widely known at the time of my creation.  And it refers not only to Mother Earth but to all of humanity as well.  Everything is going through a transformation right now, including the solar system as you know it.  

Yes, so in summary, I am connected to this star, Zeleb(?) and when it appears again the time is ripe for humanity to rebirth itself.  For Earth to rebirth herself.  And dear heart, that time is now.  It is not a coincidence that you are here now and connecting with me, do you see?  This was a vital part of your current lifetime and one of the many reasons you came here (Ohio).  You wanted to be here now in this lifetime to help with this event in any manner that you could.  The mere presence of your human body with your true heart and soul helps me to connect with my star again.  Your energy is encoded with the frequencies of light that I need.  Indeed, many Lightworkers also feel this and come to visit me to impart their energies too.  I am truly grateful for this and that is another reason why I am sharing my gift with you.

How did the ancients know all of this?  Well, as I told you, they had very powerful Seers and they also had other assistance from your Starry family.  The Pleaidian Light Beings also helped them and you were also a part of that team.  Things are indeed all connected, dear heart and you are learning this well.  The Pleiadians connected to the enlightened one of this tribe and explained to her the reasons for my creation.  The tribal leaders agreed that my creation should be done for they believed the Seer and her visions.  They also felt the power of my spot before I was created here.   The ancients were very connected with the earth, they felt the power spots and revered them."

Diagram closeup
Tekmut continues:   "I hope that I have done my part to impart wisdom to you, dear heart.  I do not mind if you wish to share this information in your writings for I felt that it would be a beneficial way for others to learn about my dharma.  I believe that you will trust my wisdom with respect and that is why I shared it with you.   We will meet again, to be sure and know this:  You are here for a very important reason and I am grateful to you for all you have done." (End).

Aug. 29, 2010...This morning I just learned that a Star Knowledge Conference is going to be held at Serpent Mound on 11-11-10 this year!  I am very excited and hope to attend!  This news made me think again of Tekmut and I wanted to connect with this wonderful Spiritual Guardian again.  Here's the second message which I received from Tekmut.  Also, I was concerned because I wasn't sure if I spelled the star's name correctly, so I asked for clarification on this.  (Note added 1-30-11: I didn't get to attend the Star Knowledge Conference because of an illness in our family).
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tekmut – Keeper Guardian of Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio
 "Listen dear heart for it is I, Tekmut whom you have asked for. I am here with you now even though I am also watching over my sacred grounds at what you call the Serpent Mounds. Yes, many native peoples come to my resting place and observe the sacred passing of time at the events you call the equinoxes and solstices. I do not know of this thing you call the Star Knowledge Conference, but I am aware of many native peoples from many tribes who come to visit my mounds. Their energy is loved and appreciated by me and Mother Earth. For yes, this is indeed a sacred spot and I am blessed to be the one chosen to keep it sacred and protected these many millennia.

I am honored also that you wish to speak with me again, dear heart. For yes, I remember you well. You are pure of heart and soul. Your mission is a great one which will benefit many and we are quite a good team. My mission has been to assist Mother Earth also and to help her through her changes for many millennia. She has grown and changed and stretched her muscles when needed. She is ready now to give birth to a new form and that form will be a pristine new version of herself. In order to do this, she must shake and quake and shed some of her layers, this will purify many of the surface areas of her body. Many of your people will be lost but many will also be saved. This process is necessary for her to complete her cycle. She does not do it to harm anyone, but only to progress. It is a part of the natural order of things. You and those like you have come here in order to assist her in making her changes go as smoothly as possible. Your job is to bring in energy for her to make this transition as easy as she can. The more work you and your kind (i.e. Lightworkers) do to help, the better off you will all be. This is easy on your part, you must continue to focus healing energy and love to her. She needs this very much. She is a living Being, but only a different form than you currently inhabit. We are ONE and we are here to help.

As I told you before, I am built on sacred energy portals that the native peoples sensed many, many millennia ago. I (the Serpent Mounds) are part of her re-birthing process and am directly connected to the star Keleb in your skies. Do not worry if the name has changed or is not correct. This star was named so in my time and I am not aware of what your people call it today. My alignment points straight to this star which is really a planet which you may know as Niribu. Yes, I see that this name is familiar to you. This is a planet which sits on a very wide or large orbit and only comes by Earth on very rare occasions. It has been so far away for millennia and is now on its return path to Earth. I was built by the native peoples to mark Niribu's return and to announce when the rebirth of Mother Earth would take place. So, you see, dear heart, this time is fast approaching and this is why you and your kind, the Starseeds or LightBearers must also do your part! "

Closeup of serpent's coiled tail.  Very powerful spot for me.

Tekmut continues:  "FOCUS, FOCUS on sending love and light from your hearts and home planets to Mother Earth! Bring in that Galactic Energy and Universal Love Light to fill up Mother Earth so that she can make her transition smoothly. For a smooth transition will benefit all of mankind! We know that you know this to be true. Continue to visualize clean, clear water and glorious landscapes and vistas for Mother Earth. Fresh clean waters for the ocean life and deep blue skies and green lush forests and jungles. Your peoples are beginning to see how they are connected to her and are starting to see how to live in harmony with her. Of course, there are still many who do not care and those will pass away. All is connected and One and this is the future. This living in harmony with all beings will be your new future and the future of those who act as caretakers of Mother Earth. See the future that you desire and you will all create it so! This is what you came here for, and what those of like spirit came here to do. Your intent is powerful and those like you must join forces to envision the New Earth that you all desire.

I am here to tell my story, dear heart, so that you may share it with others. The native peoples of this land were great Seers and they knew that this time would come. Their visions told them so and they created my mounds with great love in their hearts for your generation. They imbued within me their strength and hope and love. For they loved Mother Earth and were great caretakers of her. They loved and respected her and have passed this love down through me. I am here to communicate and share this love with you and your kind. Please share my words and allow the love of other like-minded souls to hear my words. I am Tekmut and I am the Keeper of the Sacred Serpent Mound. May your journey bring you joy and enlightenment."

View from the "tower" that visitors can walk up to gain a higher perspective of the mound.  Visitors are now allowed to meditate on the grounds surrounding the mounds, as long as you don't walk on the mound.  This was fantastic!!

Footnote from Diana: Because of my wonderful love-filled experience connecting with this very powerful sacred site, I encourage all Lightworkers to honor your instincts when you receive a spiritual nudge to visit a sacred site!  It appears that it's not only good for our own well-being, but just being there and sending our love and energy also greatly aides Mother Earth and the site itself.  If you cannot make the trek in person I would suggest looking at a photograph and meditating on it.  Namaste!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm in the mood to create teapots!

Happy New Year!  Maybe it's the season....cold, dark winter and lots of snow; but I'm ready to dig my hands in the clay and make some teapots.  Pot 'o tea, anyone?  Earl Gray is my favorite tea, how about you? As any potter will tell you, the teapot is one of the most difficult pots to make because of all the components that must fit together and work in unison.  Honestly, I'm a bit fearful of lids. They have to fit exactly and I'm so not an exact type person!!  I need lots of practice on making lids. Spouts and handles are fun for me!  OK, to pump myself up for the challenge, I've been searching online for fun ideas.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you.  They're all from ETSY SHOPS, of course! Enjoy and buy if you're tempted!!  Amazing artists, every one!










Monday, June 28, 2010

I have a thing for MUGS--can you tell?

My husband had to build me a couple of shelves in our dining room just to house my mug collection.  And they're full!  The kitchen cupboard is also over-flowing with my ceramic mugs.  I LOVE to buy one mug from each potter that I adore.  They are a wonderful reminder of that artist's personal style.  As you can see from my picks below, I like bright, cheery mugs!  These artists all sell their creations on Etsy and I wish that I could buy them all! Click on link under each picture to go directly to their shops!  Each of these mugs is for sale!  Please buy handmade, support your local potters. Mugs make the perfect gift, don't you think?