Check out these brand new unique earrings! They were inspired by the "atomic starburst" design that was quite popular a few (ok, more than a few) years back!
They are a sweet remembrance of times gone by - times that hold a special place in your heart!
The Monte Sano Art Festival has been a tradition in Huntsville, Alabama for sixteen years. This art show will host 140 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media. Along with the art, there will be local food trucks and musicians throughout the park.
The Monte Sano Art Festival, a wonderful art show in Huntsville, Alabama, will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 15 - 16th. The hours of the festival are:
Saturday, September 15 -
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16 -
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The festival is free to attend - Monte Sano State Park will charge $10 per car for parking. (cash only)
I am honored to have my jewelry shown at the Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery in Lafayette, Louisiana. Here is a little information about the Sans Souci.
Voted one of the top places to shop in the South by Southern Living Magazine, this Gallery features the work of over 250 members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild. The Gallery carries one of a kind traditional and contemporary art and crafts created by imaginative and skilled artisans, in a variety of media, such as pottery, jewelry, glass, textiles, metal and wood.
The Sans Souci building may be the oldest commercial building in Lafayette’s downtown area. Built circa 1840 by Richard Chargois, an early business leader in Lafayette, it remained in the Chargois family until 1943.
At the time of its construction, the property was located on the outskirts of Lafayette and the building welcomed guests as the Lafayette Inn. It was also a carpenter’s store, a grocery market, a tinsmith shop, Lafayette’s first post office and newspaper office.
The building is named for the Sans Souci Bookstore, opened in 1943 by Ms. Edith Garland Dupre.
Renovations were completed in 2001, and the structure now resides in the urban park that was built around it and shares its name. The building was designated historic property in 2003 and today the “Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery” serves as the “home” of the Louisiana Crafts Guild.
Black onyx is the birthstone for Leos (for those born from July 23 - August 22)and the anniversary gemstone for the 10th year of marriage.
Onyx is said to be a protective stone and may be carried or worn for courage. It is also said to provide support in difficult times and to center your energy in times of mental or physical stress. It also offers the gift of wise decisions.
Contemporary authors say the onyx brings increased vigor, strength, stamina, and self control. It alleviates worry, tension, and nervousness and eliminates confusion and nightmares.
All in all, the black onyx is a good stone to have nearby!
The fleur de lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in Louisiana's history and I use it in many of my handmade jewelry designs, including the fleur de lis necklace, fleur de lis bracelet and fleur de lis earrings pictured above. Many people are interested in the fleur de lis meaning so I wanted to give you a little information about this beautiful and ancient symbol that is seen on the Louisiana state flag and in architecture across the state.
The fleur de lis is a considered a "stylized" lily (in French, fleur means "flower", and lis means "lily") that has been used since ancient times in association with French royalty and in religious symbolism.
The fleur de lis symbol has been regarded as a sign of purity since antiquity. In fact, the Catholic Church has used the fleur-de-lis emblem both as a symbol of the Holy Trinity as well as an emblem of the Virgin Mary.
So there you have it! Hopefully now you know a little more about this beautiful symbol than you knew before!
If you are anything like me, you wear the same few pieces of jewelry over and over because you LOVE those pieces. Chances are very good that those jewelry pieces carry a special meaning to you - to the past or to a specific beloved person or family member. Whatever the connection may be, those jewelry pieces are special. I have most of my mother's jewelry and I treasure that jewelry above everything I own.
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.