Hello Mother. Hello Child. Hello Lavish Earth of Green.

May is whizzing by. Mother’s Day has come and gone, but to me, May is the month of Motherhood. I was born from my Mother. I grew into a woman and now am a Mother. I am my daughter’s Mother. Sounds so weird putting it into words, but I look at my life and sometimes wonder…  how did I get here?  Just like David Burn’s words from Talking Heads. He nailed a very powerful thought in those 4 words!  Truth is, I still feel like a child. My parents were ultra strict with me. First born.  I couldn’t wait to depart from the family nest. My relationship with my Mom was hot and cold. I began rebelling at the age of 17, shortly before graduating high school.  I honestly thought I was done with it upon graduation, but little did I realize, it came with me once I entered the “art school” environment. In my glory. Free at last. Until I missed her food. I missed family meals. I missed the luxury of the washing machine and dryer at my finger tips.  At that time, my Mom wasn’t sure how to handle me. I had left the roost and was proud of it. Probably could have been a bit more humble, but I wear my emotions and thoughts on my sleeve. I’m still trying to hone in on that one. My daughter, on the other hand, wise beyond her years.

Born in another era. I always thought she was born at the age of 5. Needless to say, wiser than I growing up. I find myself consulting her at times due to her astute common sense. This I have now, but lacked  growing up due to feeling so much restraint. This is the notion of the child becoming the parent. So bizarre when you think of it, but it definitely happens. I am aware of falling into this trap, which will burden her prematurely. Being an only child, I can only imagine the scenarios she creates in her imagination about her Dad and I aging.  Goodness, Dava, keep it in perspective, I tell myself. But the fact remains, we become our parents. Then our children become us. They later become our caretakers, with a new sense of responsibility. This is called the circle of life. The seasons turn and evolve like clockwork as life goes on. Never once to forget how fragile. Because at the drop of a hat it can disappear. It’s crucial to remind yourself daily to appreciate what we have.

We are deeply emerged in the spring evolution and the buoyancy of how refreshing it is. I observe  the sun graze through the sky during the day, teasing its colorful light through the leaves. Each night as it sets, offering a bevy of colors such as a watermelon, cherry, paprika, mandarin, and  periwinkle if we’re lucky. Gazing off into the sunset — with the delicate silhouette of the branches of the  trees  casting  themselves against the colorful sky; such an inspiring feeling. It brings me deep within my soul and reminds me that the child resides within. She wants to play in this weather, but sometimes needs to be enticed to escape from her safe place. I want to dance naked in the rain and play. No space for any inhibitions here!

Pluviophile

The beauty of the mist warrants such frivolity. It is very freeing and primal. No conditions. Letting go. Something about the rain, lately, that I find soothing.  I’ve referenced my love of rain in recent blog posts, and anyone in my life knows this to be a fact. As odd as it may seem. What I learned in creating this particular blog journey, is that I am a Pluviophile. Lover of rain; one who finds joy and peace of  mind during rainy and misty days and evenings. If we can practice this through meditation, or what ever spiritual practice what have you, the inner child will coddle you. Nurture you. This is where your true spirit lives. Getting in touch with her/him daily will unlock all sorts of pent-up, repressed thoughts and notions that can prevent you from growing and pursuing your life  purpose.  Naturally, the rain does this also. The rain is no longer a melancholy message to me. It induces inner peace and in that, enables me the freedom to weave my life into any form imaginable. All I have to do is stay out of my own way! Can you relate?

As the month of May progresses, the peak of spring is so easily recognizable. The grounds are saturated in luxuriant abundance of natural color, grateful to Mother Earth’s gift of rain, moisture and mist. The terrain is fresh and rich with lush, invigorating green hues. This is contagious. Nature produces fresh nutrients this time of the year. Asparagus and fiddleheads will pop into your mind immediately. However, when I was in Chicago for Mother’s Day, Aya and I ordered this amazing, yet simple appetizer at Ema. It features a Mediterranean inspired menu. We had Avocado & Sweet Pea, with jalapeno, lime, cilantro and mint. It felt like spring in each and every bite. Watermelon radish, an endive spear and sweet butter lettuce off set this dish of Spring. The combination, was unique yet simple and delicious.  I highly recommend this restaurant if you visit this great city.

The Greens of May

It’s no mystery why green is the color of the month of May, consequently offering its birthstone in a variety of new green tones. Traditionally it was Emerald. What I have since learned, is that there are more gemstones used for May birthstone now, more than ever.  A modern list of May birthstones have been assigned by gemology associations. My favorite is Chrysoprase. I’ve used these brilliant stones in the past, but not for a while. Ironically upon attending the latest Gem Show a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the brilliancy and aliveness of these stones. I scooped them up. I should say, they invited me to take them home. That’s the uniqueness of live creatures from earth. Yes. Gemstones are alive, hence the reason they hold many healing powers, and to some, magical ones. That’s what it can really feel like when you’ve met your match. Or when your Gemstone Match finds you!  The elements below are entering production.  They consist of 14mm faceted Chrysoprase rondelles, and 4mm faceted Peridot gemstones.  This brilliant stone appears to glow, in the dark and in the light of day.

Chrysoprase is said by the ancients to promote love and truth.  It also inspires hope to allow personal insights. It stimulates creativity and encourages fidelity in business and personal relationships. This stone attracts live, abundance and prosperity. It can aid in coping with depression and anxiety. Chrysoprase encourages deep meditative states, is calming and creates an open mind to new situations. It is a non-egotistical stone, casting the bearer to trust in life and what life offers.

The photo teaser directly above is in production now. The disc is Chalcedony base, tonal similar to Chrysoprase. The Diamond design sets on top with a pave ring surrounding the near 2″ disc. This brilliant piece will be available for purchase soon.

For immediate gratification, however the two necklaces above are currently in stock. They reflect a bit of earth combined with the brightly colored Chrysoprase gemstones. The choker has an 18k gold OM pendant and clasp. The other piece is a single 32″ strand consisting of Chrysoprase briolettes, Pyrite and Sandalwood. They wear beautifully together in harmony or alone.

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Here we are in this beautiful season. I hope I’ve tantalized you into discovering your purpose, opening your eyes and heart to the beauty of nature we are surrounded by, and inspired you to appreciate all of your loved ones, near and far.

Thank you for reading, until we meet again.

I remain, yours in joy

Dava

Awakening the Senses

No doubt, Spring has arrived. Ready or not.  Slightly resistant of the notion, personally, since as I’ve gotten more mature I embrace fall and winter. But it’s the time to embrace and not hold back. Make way for what wants to enter. Clear the space. Spring is here!  And here we have Wisteria, Italian style.  The color is simply divine. The species is rather invasive. I wanted to begin my post with nature, as always, and thought this was a great way to sum up Spring’s arrival via a shot I took in Italy. Welcome to this journey.

Below we see the unusual cypress trees indicative of the Italian countryside. I love them! When I shoot photos, I just go with my instincts and what captures my eye.

Easter has come and gone, but I spent my time in bed with a flu that I never saw coming. The trip to Italy this month I pretended to be my end-all, be-all. The trip with answers. My salvation.  Enlightenment. Or so I thought. I am on the up from being so far down, hallucinations during the night and all in a numb yet feverish state for more than three nights in a row. In retrospect, I think it was a mind altering drug. Not. I now realize my body shut down. Had no choice but to embrace hiding from the 80+degree days Easter Sunday and Marathon Monday. Simply hiding. Tossing and turning within my deep charcoal linen sheets enveloping me in within this tumultuous turmoil of fever. Thank God for grapefruit juice and blinds. This too, shall pass. I digress.

The Church. It’s Palm Sunday. I am in Florence. For the second trip from our home base of Montecatini- Tuscany. The highlight of my trip to Italy, in all honesty was the serendipitous discovery through the scent. Incense smoke from the cobblestone back streets in Florence, not far from the Santa Maria Train Station, leading my sister and I towards this elegant antique structure. The the overpowering fluid scent moving with intoxicating lure through the air – beckoning a surprise discovery. Here comes the mystery…..Embarking on this beauty and spirituality in this environment.

Palm Sunday 2017 Florence. Love. Heart opening.  The scent of Frankincense filled the Church’s entirety. Oh Bless.

We took part in Palm Sunday Mass, in Latin, like eras gone by in the US. The experience and the authenticity of  church, the nuns, looking like a painting, the architecture. I  was transported to another century. The history was soul grounding. Aren’t the ladies gorgeous?  Their graceful voices filled with melody envelop the entire church. The scene below I captured with my phone  during mass. A no no. But look at them! This scene looks like a painting. Their cloaks so majestic! This Latin mass set the tone of the day trip to Florence for me.

As we left this beautiful scene behind us, we ventured out by foot into the tourist driven scenes around the city of Florence. I placed my eyes and camera to work, seeking new discoveries and nuances along the beaten path. No stone left unturned. Taking nothing for granted. The history and age depicted below from a simple shot of these weathered shutter doors spoke to me of their years of wear and oh, what a beautiful patina tones.

OH the architecture with effortless beauty and stature. I recognized various tones of Ochre sprinkled throughout the country as its signature color. The rustic buildings and terrain lend themselves to these earthy tones.

I never tired of seeing these colors everywhere. The building below is a bit more elaborate than those above, regardless the natural age and beauty took breath away.

Food, Glorious Food

I wish I had a bevy of photos portraying the amazing food we had, but much to my dismay, the food was not that at all. It seems to me that there are more Italian restaurants with better ambiance here in the United States. And you can be sure you will not have to listen to the likes of Joe Cocker or Elton John while dining, as we did there in these very brightly lit rooms. WHAT THE HELL? I say. And no, we were not in tourist areas. We found little places family run, speaking next to no English. No candlelight. Just artificial flowers and ghastly lighting! Crazy!

The pasta was light, certainly delicious, but what’s with the lack of vegetables on every single menu? This  dish below was the best one on the entire trip. Succulent. Fresh wide pasta tubes crawling with seafood. Simply delicious! Not to mention the Tuscan wine we had to accompany our meal. Just a delight!  So wrapping up my trip, I will say that I missed having vegetable options, and am perplexed as to the void of them. Upon my return home, I hightailed it to Russo’s market in Watertown. I was immediately elevated back to a level of sophistication, in-depth produce offerings and fresh pastas unlike I’d ever seen. Alas it IS Spring.

I am totally perplexed as to the absence of all vegetables in Italy. Not in the street, on the menus, no where in sight! Perhaps it was the region we visited. I am not certain, but I do know this – here, they prominently thrive and exist.  I am very grateful and blessed to be a part of this earth here in New England. You serve us well! Spring represents many things, but in the realm of food, as the soil becomes richer and richer in nutrients, the spring bounty awakens. Artichokes and asparagus are the most obvious foods that represent Spring to me. Stuffing artichokes is a ritual I grew up with. It was our holiday food. I celebrate many different holidays with this beautiful vegetable. Slightly complex, but worth every moment. The Romans and Greeks advocated the medicinal and health benefiting  qualities of this thistle.  The high fiber content not to missed either.  The antioxidants and vitamins also offer vitamin C, vitamin K, rich in the B complex not to mention high in potassium. They need some time to prepare, but worth the effort. I love to sautée them after they have been cut in quarters and trimmed, with shallots, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. They are delicious one leaf at a time. The stems are especially hearty and fibrous.

Mushrooms on the other hand are plentiful at Russo’s market. They have so many varieties, and in all honesty- slightly scary to me since I am unfamiliar with many of them. The concept of foraging mushrooms turns me on, but that is not my calling. I’ll leave that to the pros. Radicchio, baby lettuce and fresh asparagus below in major abundance. The bitter deep red leaves of radicchio just taste so good raw, or grilled. Have you ever tried to grill them? They take on a very nutty flavor. Drizzle a little olive oil, salt, pepper and just a dash of balsamic before they hit the heat. I’ll show you a salad I conjured up in celebration of my return from Italy below, using escarole, radicchio, clementine slices and black Moroccan olives.

This salad was so refreshing, especially after the absence of raw vegetables. The colors, textures and  the taste was spot on, balanced and divine. Oh did I mention shaved fennel? I’ve posted the dressing recipe in the past, I believe. Please for pardon the repeat. 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2tsp dijon country style mustard, 2 minced cloves garlic, 2/3 cup olive oil drizzled into the mix. Add a small amount of cracked pepper. Voila. Done.

Marilyn Sang ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’

There you have it! Spring has sprung. April. The month of Diamonds. The birthstone for April. Clarity. Purity. Diamonds glistening in the sun, catching the light with grace. The healing properties of this magnificent stone are abundant. Diamonds truly are the symbol of purity. Their white light can help you bring your life into a cohesive whole. They bond relationships bringing love and clarity into a partnership. This stone has been the symbol of wealth for centuries. It is a stone of manifestation, attracting abundance. Diamonds are also well known to impart fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain, reducing fear and bring about new beginnings. This is a highly creative stone stimulating imagination and inventiveness. Happy Birthday you April babies!  One of my new pieces, AMODINI,  shown below looks like a relic from the Victorian era.  The multi strands of hand cut amethyst stones are wire wrapped making the connection. I’ve attached a locket as the pendant, swinging from a diamond bale which is held by all 5 strands. A halo of diamonds surround the enclosed locket. The circle measures 1.25″ and the necklace is 17″ in length.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! They simply make you feel good and rich when wearing them. Anywhere on the body!  For some reason, I’m favoring the circular shape, so here are a pair of diamond disc earrings, PRAMA, suspended on 18k gold earwires. These babies are 15mm and ready to order. I have 11mm in stock. Aren’t these dangle and drop earrings gorgeous?

And let me introduce to you a brand new piece featuring a circular Sunburst with a dangling tourmaline in the center. The piece is suspended from black onyx, spinel, lava and olive wood. The only color visible here is the subtle blue tourmaline. It was shot in early morning light against my zinc desk. Soon enough the weather will break and allow me to shoot outdoors once again.

This Diamond Sunburst makes me think about the sun growing higher in the sky, as the season sets in. Summer will be here before we know it. It’s time to embrace the warmth and all of the newly sprouted plants. Our souls are also sprouting. Remember that. We are living creatures with awakening senses. Time to celebrate our renewal!

I hope you enjoyed this blog journey.

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

Smile Inducing Spring

As the month of March quietly passes through, we experience cooler temperatures again, powerful winds, and even an unexpected snow storm! We’ve endured four seasons within this one month. Life is not boring in this climate. As the weather acts up and dances through the month, signs of the awakening from the dormancy of Winter begin to poke through the ground. Plants eager to sprout, baby animals coming out of hibernation, and birds of all kinds, including the Robin, which I have seen have returned to their New England roost. We welcome longer and brighter days with open arms.

The month of March is the link between winter and spring. We think about fluffy little chicks, delicate pale colored tulips and how about after dinner mints! We begin shopping for lighter tones, in contrast to the Fall and Winter months when we gravitate towards deeper saturated ones, as well as jewel tones. These darker colors seem to provide a blanket of protection on our bodies. Spring, on the other hand, presents all sorts of colors that resemble the spring awakening of Earth. The newly sprouted fresh greens, baby birds hatching out from their shells. A Pastel palette begins to shed soft tones as we welcome the arrival of Spring.  Pale mint, pinks, yellows and greens are all examples of these tones.  The palette is soft, feminine and pleasant to the eye, opening our hearts for the new season embarking upon with the promise of warmer days ahead.

Color is light, and light is energy.  Color can stimulate, and excite us. It can also have a tranquil, calming peaceful effect.  The softer hues of pastels bring forth freshness and emerging energy from earth. These colors combined with neutrals create a feeling of sophistication and earthiness. You can’t help but feel happy. This is the time of the year for rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation.  There is also something very child inducing to these beautiful tones. Pick up a piece of chalk, and feel the sensation in your fingers. The results of playing with pastels either on textured paper or even a random sidewalk is freeing.  In allowing your fingers to move effortless, you are tapping  into your inner child. The sensations provoked are worth the experiment!

PASTELS

Updating your wardrobe once Spring hints can be a daunting task. Never mind the cost of replacing your fall-winter attire for lighter fabrics, there is this sudden urge to don lighter tones as well. All is not lost. Don’t fret! Introducing shots of pastels into your palette is easy. It can be done via scarves, clothing and even jewelry. Developing a collection within your wardrobe can create a fascinating and updated look. Majestic Filatures is a great label that offers just that. As the brand Ambassador in shop at Bloomingdale’s, I thought a descriptive was in order.  The Majestic  linens and lighter weight fabrics are offered in a bevy of tones that can easily be incorporated into your existing wardrobe for day and night. I can show you how. I am in Bloomingdale’s 4 days a week. My contact information is always available to you. The new Spring collection is scheduled to arrive this coming week. Take a peek below. You can see some neutrals, gentle brush stroke stripes and pops of color. This is a perfect example of how to incorporate these softer tones into your wardrobe now.  I suggest that you consciously begin to allow the ever so popular and over worn “color” black to fade from your daily wardrobe. Yes it is easy, but it’s not only boring if not worn with textures to create interest. Black also absorbs all sorts of energies you come in contact with. The feeling may be subtle or you may hardly notice, but hark… it’s there and can be draining from your own entire energy source. Hence, wearing pastels with other tones can begin to alter your seasonal wardrobe.  If you’re still uncertain how, I invite you to come into Bloomingdales, and I can help. Alternatively, we can set up a one-on-one private session. It is liberating and a very sensible investment. Working with your existing wardrobe first is a great place to start! No time like NOW.

HEALING GEMSTONES

If you wish to experience the energy of pastels, another option is through gemstones. I’ve just completed a unique one of a kind Talisman necklace using a fairly large Rose Quartz druzy stone, surrounded by a halo of diamonds, all of which are suspended from a hefty rustic looking sterling silver cable link chain.

An instant click will bring you to the page with complete descriptions, pricing and ordering ability. This could the moment I announce Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, instead however, I prefer to share with you another new piece of jewelry which reminds me of tiny fluffy chicks. Although I am referring to a brilliant yet subtle colored stone, this Rutilated Quartz necklace is perfect for Spring as an accent for your wardrobe. This piece is versatile enough to wear all year round, but exudes freshness to me.  The brilliant accent stones muted in the back ground remind me of Easter eggs. Love this piece!

Before I embark on food, I wanted to share another piece that I simply love. The Baroque pearl is upfront, and the whispering tourmalines are but an echo lying quietly in the background. How utterly romantic! Take a look below.  Pure, demure and shy. Pearls are wonderful to bring about new beginnings, as are diamonds. Spring exudes exactly this! As nature begins to sprout, color becomes more important in our lives. The dormancy of winter is dissipating, as the pastels begin to shoot up. You’ve heard me time and time again discuss the life that stones carry from earth. This is why they are healing when worn or held. The outcome can be profound. I love creating these pieces of healing art adornments for the body.

PASTEL FOODS

In keeping this blog post on the lighter side, here are a few creative concepts in which one can ingest pastel foods.  These foods are whimsical, enchanting and fun! First up in keeping with the season..

Easter Eggs:

Mint Ice Cream:


Subtle Seduction- French Macarrons:

Cotton Candy Classic: 

Oreo Cookie Finale:

How can you not smile? Hence, my smile inducing and joy inspiring blog post for March. It was fun. I hope you enjoyed it too. The longer and lighter days have just begun. As nature awakens, I hope it will inspire you to listen to your heart and soul. There is a bounty about to Spring out there. What will you do to celebrate?

Thank you for taking this journey with me. You all inspire me to write. That alone, is enough for me to be grateful for.

Thank you!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

February’s Muse

Without Winter, there is no Spring. True winter showed up late this season. Current status. My long awaited snow storm finally arrived  in full mode.  Somehow, as I’ve grown more mature in my skin and environment, I look forward to the peaceful nuances that accompany this season.  We have a choice to move away from it, or to embrace it. I choose to embrace it. I’m inspired by many opportunities and effects from the weather. It calms, soothes and relaxes our over stimulated minds. To embrace the cold is courageous. Discovering nuances within it is an alternative mode in thinking. We experienced a Full Snow Moon Eclipse this week. See photo below with description taken from the web.


THE INFLUENCE OF THE COLOR SPECTRUM & THE IMPORTANCE OF CHAKRAS

Now we shift the topic to other aspects of February, such as the month’s Birthstone – Amethyst, and the color purple – the creative stone. Need a spark? This is the stone. Feeling a void in your life?  Are you experiencing  stagnancy? The rich hues and the energy of Amethyst are stimulating, and can enhance your inner visions.  I love color and purple is among my favorites. Check out my purple board on Pinterest. I’ve written extensively about purple in past blog posts.

There are many approaches to color and how they can effect you emotionally, physically and mentally. Yes, we feel color. Color indeed stimulates the brain. The warm side of the spectrum inspires passion, fire, assertiveness and stimulation.  The cooler side, such as blues, greens and purples can calm and provide a sense of serenity.

Have you ever realized that you’ve been drawn directly to a specific color? This is one way color affects our emotions. Some colors simply feel good. Others do not. It’s a personal preference. The influence of color dates back to ancient Egypt, India and Greece.

Chakras are centers of energy found in everyone, and these centers receive, transform and distribute that energy throughout the body. Chakras play an important part in our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Although purple and Amethyst are associated with February, so is red because of Valentine’s Day, hearts and candy. In Ayurvedic medicine, the color red is a grounding hue representing passion, danger, power, determination, desire and love. Red is the Root Chakra, at the base of the spine.  Yellow is a color for power and ego, associated with the Solar Plexus, or navel are below the chest. Orange is the combination of sultry red and joyful yellow. Orange is associated with sunshine, the tropics and spirituality. Worn by Buddhist monks  for many centuries, it was an easy color to achieve when dyeing fabrics. The tradition stuck and now the color orange is the choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia, while maroon is the color for Tibetan monks. The robes themselves symbolize simplicity and detachment of materialism. The orange chakra is associated with the Sacrum and genitals.

Green is the color of balance and growth. The smooth tumbled green Tourmaline below reflect the fresh richness of the color. Harmonious Tourmaline aids in creating synergy with earth, and in relationships. It is used as an energy cleanser, and promotes self confidence as it diminishes fear. Bringing this color into the home evokes the fresh air feeling of bringing nature indoors. The color green is associated with the heart chakra.

Blue improves concentration and mental clarity.  It is the color of the sky and sea. Both linked to soothing serenity. It is a good color to aid in meditation and relaxation. It is known as a color of trust, peace. Blue is associated with the Throat Chakra. Wearing stones of blue such as Lapis Lazuli or Kyanite assist in opening the channels for freedom of expression. The provocative photo below taken from the web, portrays a very fine example of blue and pink. Masculine. Feminine. Blue. Pink.

Pink represents unconditional love and nurturing. It triggers giddiness and femininity.  The stones below are Rose Quartz. The stone for inducing self love, respect and nurturing. They are soothing and calming when held or worn. Rose Quartz is a wonderful meditation stone. As you can see by soaking up the visual, the softly hued pink color calms the mind, mood and environment, if living in it. I recently chose this tone for a room to add soft warmth and a glow. Painting a room can create a calming space in which to dwell. Like a glow. Just like a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt light.

Pink Himalayan salt benefits include a detoxification to the body or relaxing cramped muscles if used in a bath.  This natural crystal salt has gained much popularity in most recent time here in our country. There are 83 trace minerals found in Himalayan salt which are extremely rare to find in food. The salts are mined from 200 hundred-year-old sea beds completely free of heavy metals and other toxins which appear in sea salts harvests from the oceans of today.  Do not confuse your mind with traditional salt. Himalayan sea salt has very strong healing qualities not found in the latter. Drinking it with water will actually assist in keeping your adrenal glands intact, and prevents dysfunction. I’ve lived it. This was an amazing antidote, but what I recently discovered was even a more powerful experience!

SALTANA CAVE

The Saltana Himalayan Salt Cave Spa in Ridgefield, Connecticut blew me completely away. Entering the space (white socks only), one becomes submerged in this glowing room radiating with energy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  http://saltanacave.com   You will be audio guided with an introduction. Three inches of deep loosely poured salt on to the floor, as you lie in a gravity-less lounge chair. You can submerge yourself into this cotton candy like room, and will want to go back again for more. I felt like went into another zone. You can read all about the true experience by clicking the link above. Saltana Salt Cave imported tons and tons of Pink Himalayan Sea salt and created a healing haven. Euphoric is how I felt upon leaving this unique space.

THE MAJESTY OF PURPLE

February’s Muse. Purple. The color of imagination and all things creative. Ruler of the Crown Chakra. Purple combines stimulating red with the calming stability of blue. The color purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, creativity, mystery, independence and magic – all wrapped up into one beautiful, majestic color.  Amethyst is the gemstone and the birthstone of the month of February. It is a very powerful and protective stone with an unusually high vibration. It guards against psychic attack-transmuting that energy into love. This stone is a natural tranquilizer and blocks negative energies.

Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, enhancing spiritual awareness. This stone is one of my favorites. I’ve used them in many different Nymph designs, and enjoy watching the beauty of the stone find its rightful new owners. The stone has dual properties. It can stimulate a stagnant mind or calm an overactive one, whichever is called for.  The magnificent geode below is shown against two 18k gold necklaces with multi-colored Tourmaline stones. As you can see, the color purple below is a vision of intense beauty. Amethyst exudes a sense of royalty placed near the richness of the gold beads.

The color purple was worn by the Roman magistrate, and became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, then later worn by Catholic bishops. In Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor.

This luxurious color is associated with royalty, magic and mystery. When combined with pink, the color purple is associated with eroticism, femininity and seduction. Don’t you need some Amethyst in your life? We all can use a boost from purple and Amethyst. Visit Nymph Jewels and check out this month’s regal gemstone. Don’t see anything you like? I will design a custom piece for you.

Wishing you a splendid rest of the winter season. I’d love to hear from you and your feedback on this blog post.

Yours in joy & style,

 

Dava

The Season of Vibrancy and the Great Pumpkin

Summer, I’m so sorry to see you leave! Actually, I lied. I am thrilled to see you fade. Your presence, these past several months, conjured way too much havoc on my soul. Too much heat. Too much fire. Not enough water. “Completely out of balance,” said my soul. I love you Summer, but am happy you’ve disappeared. For now. Sun, you are beautiful, especially during your sunrises and sets. You offer such pleasantries morning, noon and night.  The sunset below was on  the Fourth of July glowing over the Boston skyline.

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Autumn, you are more than welcome!  Nothing stagnant about you. You are feisty as you move and change. You’re air brings a sense of crispness and finite freshness every day. You’re offering of such radiant colors  appear to be overflowing from a cornucopia.  The Autumnal palette is  captivating and  visually addicting. Everywhere you look this time of year, there is a promise of vibrancy and intesity. A visionary or artist’s most desired dream.img_3486

I am in love with you, Autumn. You offer so many different elements which enamour me. You are easy to embrace. You’re knack for titillating the senses, despite the time of day inspires me. Early morning- crack of dawn beauty the most subtly obvious. With it, comes  Dew. Fog. Clouds. Haze. Mist. The photo of the candles below portray our newest addition to our candle series. This collection is entitled VAPOR.  They are $30 each. 60 hour burn time. Beautifully packaged, and poured here in the US. These soy candles have a cotton wick, offered in 4 different scents.  Each one more delicious than the next. Here are the titles, their tag line and scents.

Dew- Glimmers of Promise- olive, lavender, eucalyptus, hayacinth

Fog- The Mystery of what’s Hidden – cassis, citrus peel, fir

Cloud- a hint from the Sky- lavender

Haze- Before Clarity Comes- cedar, jasmine, fig

Mist- A light kiss at Dusk – A light kiss at Dawn- cucumber, watercress, mint

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In keeping with this season’s tricks are not only the great Pumpkin, but also some beautiful specimens of Squash. And so the story begins. Pumpkins and Squash are a fruit. They are nutritious, and versatile. They offer seeds, flesh and flowers all of which are edible and rich in vitamins. The notion of carving pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns  originated in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Back then, potatoes and turnips were used to carve them. When the Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered pumpkins, the Halloween ritual was born. The photo below shows all sorts of squash and pumpkins. All are edible.

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Pumpkins and squash are low in fat and sodium, high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, B, iron, protein and potassium. The varieties of these fruits seem to have increased in recent years. Each year, they seem to become more and more elaborate. Who knew?  Cinderella Pumpkins, Cinderella Squash, Blue Doll Pumpkins, Fairytale Squash to name a few. All unique in character.

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The tonal offerings during this wonderful season never cease to amaze. Down below are what is known as Porcelain Blue Doll pumpkins. These exotic, eye-catching beauties are a haunting shade of blue with deep-set crevices distinguishing their personality.

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My favorite recipe is roasting these fruits. Either butternut squash, or pumpkin diced small, piled onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Add diced eggplant, sliced fennel, mushroom medley, tomatoes, garlic and shallots minced. Sprinkle a generous amount of olive oil over the mixture, along with basil, oregano and parsley, French salt, black pepper.  Roast at 350 degrees. The flavors will meld together. While they are all roasting, be sure to turn gingerly with a very large spatula in order for the flavors to become dispersed evenly. Voila. I made this the other night, and a few days later added cooked long grain wild rice to the vegetables. The texture took on a new presence, and the flavors got sent into another dimension. Absolutely delicious!  Try it! The photo below shows butternut squash medley mixed with wild rice, boasting flavor and texture.

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OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE… You lucky Librans! You get to choose between the traditional Opal and the alternate Tourmaline. Opals are beautiful because each gemstone is adorned with a one-of-a kind color combinations. Tourmaline is one of the most radiant gems in the market. It is a bit more contemporary with out the old lore as many other gemstones carry. Tourmaline is known as the peace stone. It is known to dispel fear and create a calmness for the wearer. It promotes inspiration, happiness and builds confidence. Available in a myriad of colors and various tones of greens, brown, aqua, deep teal, and rose-pink, red, violet, orange yellow and black.

img_0538 Fresh off the press, may I introduce you to Delilah.  18k gold, tourmaline briolettes and a large rutilated quartz creates this beauty. This Nymph piece will delight your eyes and adorn your neckline. The various tones of these faceted  gemstones dance around and in between each golden bead. The clasp in the back is also 18k gold. There is something so magnetic about this necklace. It is 16″long, and has the fluidity of a knotted strand of pearls. https://www.etsy.com/shop/nymphjewelry

img_0564I leave you with the following thought. Thank you, Mr. Rumi for your inner kindness and wisdom.

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Yours in joy,

Dava,

The Culmination of Summer

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verb
reach a climax or point of highest development:
synonyms: come to a climax, come to a head, peak, climax; …

Having a birthday in September has taught me many things this year. I didn’t understand why I was so intensely effected by what most felt to have been a tremendous Summer. That it was. The sun shone on a daily basis, with its joyous rays peering down upon us all.  However, if I wasn’t on

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or near beach, I found myself unusually frustrated and irritable. You name it. I loved the misty grey mornings as they arrived at the crack of dawn, many days offering a beautiful gloomy overcast. Grey skies. Neutral, quiet, calm. Then poof. Gone. The relentless rays of the sun begin to poke through the muted skies of grey. Next thing I saw were the crisp cerulean blue skies peaking through and then, voila… She (the Sun) appeared stronger, vivid and even more majestic  than the days prior. When will this change?  June, July, August and now here we are in September, nothing’s changed! Barely even a tinge of chill in the air.  The relentless Sun lit up the skies daily, allowing  the long distance between my respite of darkness. Dusk to dawn. How dare she!  Vitamin D is very important in our daily intake of vitamins granted, but I decided at this point in the intense heat of the summer, I’ll drink it. I’ll eat oranges daily. Just leave me alone!  Not an option this time around. The sun has created havoc on my soul. There was no water.

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No balance.  The concept of water falling from the sky  ( rain) became as valuable as a pot of gold. A figment of my imagination. Easy to imagine since it’s what kept my hopes up, but yet- Mother Nature…  How could you be depriving us so? Hark! Born in September. Earth sign. Balance required. TOO MUCH FIRE!  My soul is burning to a crisp!

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This is what I’ve learned this season from my solar birth month.  I am so happy to be born again this month. Yes. We all go through this, depending on your own birth month. Mine happens to have been bloody sick of the summer! First time for everything and shocking that I state this here, in my blog journey. I now realize why I love Morticia Adams and her whole entire family right about now. I am all set to move into that house of theirs and live happily ever after. Dark, musty interesting like a haunted museum. Now we’re talking!

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I’ll come out for that stray ray of sun  or a  down pour and thunderstorm. Hopefully soon, a blanket of calming snow will cover the ground and bring us all peace. At least me. But for now, the sunsets  I can catch nightly, from my dwelling will help calm my soul.

img_3210Once upon a time, putting my focus on the weather aside, I simultaneously am planning to open my “atelier” to clients, friends, customers. On September 25, we celebrate the gradual ending of Summer, and my birthday, here in Weston. I will have my gemstones on display, have a guest visitor: my sister, Celeste here, along with her own jewelry collection. Providing some of my vendors ship on time, I’ll be offering some Autumn apparel also. Diane Fraser will be reading insights for you privately. See the invitation embedded here. Let’s celebrate this wonderful season together. RSVP requested, please.

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I took a break from writing last month. The dry weather just wasn’t inspiring me. I hope you enjoyed this short journey, and my messages within it.

Yours in joy,

Dava

The Vibrancy of June

And so it is. Awakening each morning for yoga class to the hints of sizzling sunshine, longer days, refreshing evenings, and even an early cricket or more! I’ve heard them and thought – something must be off. Not really sure, I’m thinking it might be a figment of my imagination. The month of June is a bright month. Associated words can be Summer Solstice, BBQ, weddings, graduations, reunions, heat, sizzle, oh, let’s not foget about the birthstone of the month; pearls. You know I wouldn’t leave those out!  My brain is ruled by color and gemstones. The piece below is a very summery necklace boasting tiny natural turquoise stones, and a Baroque pearl focal pendant. The golden tone in the back is – of course- Citrine, brings to you,  energy from the sun, abundance and warmth… an accent to the cool watery turquoise, and the volutptuous pearl.

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Allow me to speak of the myth and folklore accompanying the cricket. So I’ve heard, that if a cricket decides to visit you inside your abode, with it comes good luck. DO not kill it. This would be a bad thing. It’s been known to bring ill fortune to those that rid of a cricket. This sprite insect has connections to happiness and good cheer, protecting you from bad spirits. The crickets found in North America are generally black in color, and mostly a nocturnal insect. This connects them to the dreamtime, intuition and psychic abilities. Their long antennas give them a heightened sense reminding us to trust our intuition, higher knowlege and guidance. Trusting what you have always believed is just a reminder that this creature and create. When you hear the Cricket’s song, it is a reminder of hapiness in relationships. … excerpt from Universal Sky.  And as skies go, last night’s was no exception.  The Summer Solstice, June 20, 2016 just so happened to have had an additionalScreen Shot 2016-06-08 at 7.12.44 PM

Solar treat last night, for the first time in 70 years. The Full Moon blessed us with her powerful beauty and energy on the Solstice.  This time is an opportunity to tune into your intentions, and what you’d like to manifest in the upcoming months. Emotions may rise to the surface. Physical pain may be heightened. Regardless, this is the perfect time to create more harmony and unity in various areas of life. This excerpt taken from Jill Jardine’s  Full Moon Summer Solstice newsletter It’s loaded with all things solar and astrological. .http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Happy-Full-Moon-Summer-Solstice–Summer-Sun-Sign-Forecast.html?soid=1102157698296&aid=zoOt9jLaC

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 6.38.34 PMI’m not sure how many of you feel the aftermath of this potent full moon, but must say, I have. Something provoked me to begin wearing black pearls, and I have never worn them. My intuition led me to placing them on my ears. I love the smooth deep lustre of them. Very mysterious and sensual.       The lore of the pearl. June’s Birthstone.

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These glorious dark pearls are grown in the woarm, clear waters of French Polynesia, by large black lip oysters. Few oysters survive to reproduce a single fine peral. Tahitian pearls are still considered rare, and the most valuable cutlrued pearls in the world.  Interestingly, the Greeks believed the pearls were raindrops that had fallen into an oyster. When Venus or Aphrodite, the goddess of love was born from the sea on an oyster shell, drops of water that dripped off the goddess became pearls. The beauty below is one shot of a multi strand hand strung brass necklace with several Tahitan pearls dancing through out the brass beads. It is secured with a sterling clasp, and accented with a ruby.

 

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The sultry dark tones of these pearls vary. Pearls are associated with purity, innocence and love. They are wonderful organic matter that are connected to the Godess with in, and to connect women with their inner feminity. For more on the pearl, or gemstones and healing jewlery, please visit my website on ETSY. https://www.etsy.com/shop/nymphjewelry    The piece below demonstrates a unique mix, using the Tahitian pearl as a focal point accompanied by the use of garnets, a ruby cluster suspended from oxidized sterling silver wire wrap with oval faceted prasiolite (green amethyst) stones.

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Happy Summer, everyone! Enjoy the long days, replenish your souls with all of the sunlight. Eat your vegetables, and please take advantage of the outdoors. It is a short lived season, and it’s been a beauty thus far!

Yours, in splendid summer joy,

Dava Muramatsu

PS.  Please come to visit me at Majestic Filatures in Bloomingdales. Floor II. I look forward to showing you around, and having you view the vast collection offered. Styles and sizes for everyone.

 

May Shows Off Green’s Calming Bliss

May is one of the most lavish months in the year, its birthstone is emerald; gem of Venus.         Calming, balancing, and nourishing, emerald helps ease emotional upsets. Emerald is useful during transitional times in your life. It assists understanding changes and new directions taken. It can also be used as a cleanser to rid yourself of any lingering negative energies.IMG_8182

This stone is known as the stone of successful love. It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss. Enhancing unconditional love and unity, while promoting friendship. Emerald stimulates the heart chakra. This stone focuses intention and raises consciousness. Emerald inspires positive actions, eliminating negativity while enhancing the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. The triple strand necklace (shown below and available for sale) holds a beautiful pave diamond angel wing, signifying new beginnings.

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Green is the predominant color for the month of May. It is the color of renewal and rebirth. This is what Spring is all about. Rain nurtures earth. The grasses, shrubs, and trees become alive and rich showing off their various green hues. The list of green tones are practically endless, however I’d like to name several because I find the subject stimulating, creative and fun. Starting with nature; olives, apples, fir, leaves, fern, lime, mint, moss, peas, pine, sage, and sap. Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth and movement. Asparagus, broccoli, artichokes, escarole, dandelion greens, the list is vast.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 10.36.34 PMDifferent elements in nature can calm the soul, inspire the mind, and unleash  hidden thoughts. Early morning dew on the blades of grass below appear as sparkly diamonds on the blades of grass.

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Nature appears in many forms. Gemstones are another one of my favorite categories portraying shades of green. The photo below is a pile of polished and tumbled green tourmaline. I find it hypnotic, calming, and soothing to the eyes. Gemstones tell stories, have healing properties, coming straight from Earth. They cleanse, purify, and transform dense energy into a lighter vibration. This brilliant green gemstone grounds spiritual energy, clears and balance Chakras as they form a protective shield around the body. This stone is good for awareness, creativity, and inspiration. See? Other than the natural healing qualities of this beautiful stone, the correlation with nature is obvious to the psychology of the color green.

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 12.06.44 PMA Nymph creation in the photo below are various stones in Jade, vintage silver with ruby accent. Jade is a symbol of purity and serenity. It signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. Jade is associated with the heart chakra and increases love and nurturing. It is a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm, offering harmony. It is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade stabilizes the personality as it integrates mind and body. It also releases negative thoughts and soothes the mind. https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/NymphJewels/tools/listings/page:2/235854082

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It’s been said that people who love green tend to be loving and nurturing. Truth be told.  Just realized the color combination above, will resonate once again in the interior photo below. Adding just a touch of the “opposite” tone to the mix of greens can be the most welcoming and stimulating combination ever!

Bringing the energy of green into the home is a wonderful way to create an in-home retreat. Using this color in the environment can depict tones reflecting the outdoors. It’s clear that the contrast in the month of May is rather vivid by comparison to the doldrums of the winter months, as nature  becomes alive, it spurns the same within our own lives.

An in-home treat can serve you, and be a natural relaxer and haven where you find yourselves refresh and renew. The designer that created  the room below was fearless in portraying a variety of different tones of greens, including olive, chartreuse, a muted bluish-green patina on the walls, and added magenta into the mix, for additional interest. It works.

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.21.35 AM Green is the color of money, prosperity, and nature. Green can also have negative connotations such as a green monster, or green with envy.  Its color is more positive than negative.  I choose to  find it restful, inspirational, calming, and stimulating. Olive velvet is so rich. The color is wonderful to live with, on the walls, or in the form of clothing. It is nearly a “neutral” evoking pure nature.

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The woman standing in the haunting green light below might provoke a sense of fright, mystery or beauty, depending on how the color effects you. The magic of the color green!

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Back to nature, which I love and can not imagine living apart from, is a photo of moss. Serenity, calm, rich, and lush earth. Imagine walking through the moss field in bare feet, allowing the energy of earth to soak through the roots of your body, as it noursihes the soul. I envision it feeling cool and refreshing underfoot.

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The woman in the photo below appears to be completely content with emerald silk covering her body. The color is so profound, yet calming at the same time. I never tire of looking at this color- doesn’t matter which tone, or shade of green. This is because I always feel renewed and restored when I wear it or gaze at it. It nurtures my heart, uplifts a low mood, soothes, and calms my mind and heart. Green is nature’s medicine.

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I’d love to continue uploading photos portraying the many shades of green and allow myself to get carried away with the never ending calm the color exudes, however- I have a very important message for you- two, actually.

I listened very carefully to the subtle whispers inside my head. As life has revealed a few new adventures and opportunities to me, MATSU is in the process of morphing  into another form. The creation of my tiny little “jewel box” of a sanctuary served me well for 16 months. I provided a nurturing space for clients to come in, shop and learn a bit about themselves through the power of gemstones and jewelry. This will not change. As I guide the business along, it organically morphs into another form, moving to Weston. The Sudbury location was an easy commute, easy parking and on a main road, but unfortunately the area did not support it. I thank all of those who did come out and visit- it’s not really that far, but for some a definite destination. I needed to make it easier for you and more stimulating for me.  As of June 1, I’ll be able to receive you at my in home boutique by appointment. Just 12 miles west of  Boston,  Exit 26 off of 128. The rest is easy! I will be holding events, readings, astrological lessons, and of course pop up trunk shows. Fall apparel will be on display among other finds waiting to be discovered later in the summer, pre-fall. Why? Simultaneous to this realization and  discovery  of feeling the move would be positive, I was hired by MAJESTIC FILATURES. Yes, that wonderful Canadian manufacturer- made in France, luxurious basics and other pieces now added into their collection. I have been a promoter of this merchandise since early 2006, and now have the opportunity to grow the business and run their in store boutique in Bloomingdales, Chestnut Hill.  You will find me here weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I will be sending out a formal announcement by June 1. Here is a shot of the boutique after I finished merchandising it last week.

The color Green is all about growth and go. Moving forward and springing ahead, with harmony and balance. Everyone, this is now my direction, and having the opportunity to work with a product I’ve loved and supported for many years, along with housing my treasures back in Weston, I do believe I have manifested the balance and harmony within the many facets of my life.

I look forward to seeing you very soon. Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me! I would love very much to hear from you.

Yours in joy and style,

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The Whisper of Spring

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. “~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~Robin Williams

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

And here we are. Enjoying these moments of seeing the happy daffodils and crocus peering up through the newly fallen snow. Such a happy site. The past and present culminating at once.

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Energetically, I personally don’t feel as wiped out from the hibernation we never really got due to the unusual winter season we endured. The days seemed longer, the climate certainly milder, the fear of slipping on black ice nearly non existent. I guess it’s a great time to be in New England. Embracing it, and letting go of my own expectations for that dramatic snow storm never experienced. Time to move on! Smell the flowers, embrace the buds sprouting on all of the bushes and trees. What a sight!

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Spring time is also a time of year when we begin to feel stale from the colder months we have just endured. Color is the perfect antidote. Perhaps giving a room a new fresh coat of color can help, a new scarf, a rather juicy piece of new healing gemstone jewelry from Nymph. These are all ideas that will help elevate your soul, not to mention your look and mood. The piece above reflects one of my new Lariat Style Necklaces. I created this for versatility, ease, uniqueness, color and for the healing properties included in each little piece. These are all natural stones. Uncut, not tumbled, just their organic pure selves.

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And there they are. Dancing with delight on their sterling silver chains. They are light, airy, colorful, healing and decorative while creating a statement. The blues are all Fluorite, the Autumnal tones are all various Garnets, and the clear facets are Herkimer Diamonds, the clear ascension stone. All of the above offer healing properties. You may check my Etsy site for details. Also please note. I am working on my own site, and hope to have it up and running soon. But I will share, building a web site is no picnic! It’s tedious and time consuming. I think the rewards will be worth it. I’ll have the ability to offer more than what Etsy limits me to sell. I just need to maintain patience through this along with the daily goals it takes to continue to roll out this site. Stay tuned.

I’d like to thank all that came to support Matsu during the LILITH Trunk Show last weekend. I realize many of you were dying to see this wonderful designer once again, and hadn’t since the Newbury Street location closed a few years back. Ironically, I was approached by another new designer that I discovered while at Coterie, scouting new ideas for fall. We will be holding a SHOSH NEW YORK Pop Up Shot at Matsu in April for 10 days only! Watch for details.  Spring stock  available to purchase.

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I am excited to share this collection with you and hope you can make it down Route 20 into Sudbury for a couple hours or a couple of minutes! Flexible hours enabling you to visit.

Happy Spring 2016! Until we meet again,

I remain yours in joy & style,

Dava

A Trio of Inspiring Journeys

What winter? This season has definitely made it easy for us to move around  in an uninhibited fashion. This rare weather has cooperated with us resulting in less fear around falling icicles or black ice, just to name a few. As a result of this mild winter I’ve been fortunate to experience the ease in traveling. No storms brewing to delay flights etc. The first journey, begins with the New York Gift Show Accent on Design, held in early February. People shop and scout replenishing their empty stores as a result of the Holiday mayhem. They are creating while re inventing their look for the season upcoming. The same holds true for those with e-commerce sites. It’s always a thrill to help these buyers and possibly inspire them to purchase items they may not have known existed before! This is a very creative period for us.

For this season,  we went with a malachite effect on the walls.  The deep green hues were applied in a way that gave the walls an authentic gemstone like effect.  This could  very well become our new signature color. We basically created a 4 day Pop Up shop. Then the tear down. The complete process is a lot of work, but very fun, stimulating  and inspiring – especially seeing  the buyer’s positive feedback. Our wares include hand-made brass table top utensils, seen below, several candle collections, skillfully crafted make up brushes, porcelain cell plates as seen on the top shelf in the rear of the booth, to name a few. I begin to wind down, and travel back to the Boston area once the show is over. Then the processing order time frame begins.
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I found myself in 87 degree dry heat amidst the mystical gems of the Tucson Gem Show. The vibration and frequency from this show continues to resonate within me.  I think the crystals were performing their magic! I know I felt it! How could one not?

The single terminated crystal quartz  display below is one of millions shown. These are the most common type of crystal, with a single six-sided point at one end. They are used to charge the chakras or to disperse negative energy. Crystals remain extremely popular for their beauty and therapeutic healing properties. Clear quartz crystals hold the vibration of White Light. As we open our higher chakras we become receptive to that Light and to the crystals that embody it.

IMG_1130On my journey, the next discovery was such an unexpected find. As many of you may know, I have been incorporating Herkimer Diamonds into my collection of Nymph. They are diamond like, due to their natural facets and their clarity. How do they grow? I wondered. What does it look like?

IMG_1077Here, above you can see a large chunk of Earth. The Herkimers have lodged themselves into the crevices of this mass. They are discreetly suspended within the crevice. I have an example of this at MATSU so you can actually see it with your own eyes. Herkimer Diamonds are raw quartz crystals mined in Herkimer, New York. Believed to be nearly 500 million years old, each stone naturally formed with eighteen facets, six sides and two points. The diverse crystal appears with a number of mystical inclusions, adding to their value and character. These stones are ascension stones. They can take you to the highest spiritual vibration possible while still being in your physical body. This stone energizes, enlivens and promotes creativity. Below I show a finished piece of jewelry as an example. From Earth to  body adornment. These beauties swing from 18k gold ear wires. They catch the light with every movement. These are available with many more styles on their way. If interested please contact me!

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The grand finale for me was my acquaintance with this enormous gemstone. Cool to the touch, feeling a sense of security and magic all at the same time, as I hugged this beautiful rock.

IMG_1187Time to go. Heading North by car, it was impossible not to gain sight of the terrain. So different from the East Coast. Dryness, cacti and arid vegetation all over and forever it appeared.  I had the sense that John Wayne or Clint Eastwood were about to gallop out in front of my car on a horse being chased.  To my disappointment, this did not occur. Instead I feasted my eyes on all of the  new scenery and simply enveloped the vegetation. I knew Sedona was near, but it wasn’t until the car seriously approached these majestic mountains that I was completely awestruck. Looking like an oil painting, I had to pinch myself into reality. And, yes it was indeed real. This trip was so inspiring on many fronts. So much beauty, right here in the USA. Before I take you back to

IMG_1332           East Coast reality, please allow me to share this unique dining experience in Sedona. Driving by, my eye caught this amazing rustic structure. It sits high up on a mountain and if that isn’t enough.. the spectacular views from the veranda and dining room makes a creative canvass for the unusual them and menu. MARIPOSA;  A Latin inspired grill captivating nature surrounding the grounds as it also entices the stomach. It was truly a delicious experience. I strongly suggest you visit this or any of Lisa Dahl’s other dining establishments when in Sedona. You may click on the link http://mariposasedona.com for additional information. The food, views, service and hospitality was spectacular. I grew very fond of JB Mariposa’s Maître d’ rather quickly. His gracious demeanor and charm was just enough to inspire me to share this with you. Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 7.58.24 AM

And the view from the veranda.. Simply breathtaking!

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Next up: Fashion Coterie. Market for Autumn/Winter 2017. Back to East Coast fun.

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With arrivals beginning in late July, I chose the hues, shapes, textures and styles for the next season. Ordering 6 months out. I was so excited about the tones I saw. It’s been a while that deep midnight blue has appeared  in fashion. I was delighted to see it in the collections done  by most of the designers I was attracted to. You can expect seeing that tone again at MATSU, in combination with Ochre, Deep Green, Bordeaux, some bright shots of deep Pinks, and finally harmonizing all the tones a deep Charcoal Grey appears. Harmony! Look at the bevy of color below. These scarves are all designed in Paris, made in India. They each tell their own story.ImageOn the Nymph front, I would love to share one of my newest pieces. It’s a locket filled with diamonds! I’ve paired it on a simple sterling silver oxidized chain. The choices are 18 or 32″. A small garnet briolette is the “garnish” accent for this piece. It’s brand new, as I’ve just turned out another collection. Most of it is complete, just waiting for the weather to break so I can shoot outdoors. Do you like it ? It’s royal, rich and brings creativity and enhancing the new directions your goals are to take you.

IMG_8670What would my blog posts be if I didn’t add some nutrition? I made this last night. Salmon in Parchment. The flavors simply melded inside the parchment. Cooked at 375 for about 45 minutes. The original recipe from Martha called for leeks. I thinly sliced leeks, tiny red tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, added fresh tarragon, black Moroccan olives, salt, pepper , olive oil, drizzled white wine, sealed the paper with – staples, and voila! Delicious. All the flavors permeated together and the end result was simply amazing! Served with sautéed okra with garlic and shallots accompanied by wild rice. Yum!

IMG_1609 I started out with a shorter concept, but it kept growing. How can I leave anything out ? I can’t! My goal was to share my experiences with you, and I hope you enjoyed them. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Can’t wait to see you again in my shop once my abbreviated hours are revised. Until then feel free always to give me a call. I am happy to meet you at 92 Boston Post Road, in Sudbury. Here is my number. 617.510.6369

Yours in joy and style,

Dava