Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Prayer Wheel Spindle

So after writing the blog on Spinning and the Sacred, I started thinking..."Why not a prayer wheel spindle?" Above is the finished product.

It has the mantra, "Om Mani Padma Hum" on it which is the mantra that is put into prayer wheels. The tradition says that as the prayer wheel spins, it repeats this mantra over and over with each rotation. Consider spinning with this spindle, and that's a lot of mantras!

I believe this is one spindle that I WILL duplicate so that as many as possible can go out into the world. One need not be Buddhist of have Buddhist beliefs to use a spindle such as this one. At it's basic level, the mantra simply asks for more joy and compassion in the world.

There is much more to this mantra and you can explore it at these websites:

Blessings and Peace to All,


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Latest Custom Spindle

I just finished this one for a customer this afternoon and wanted to share it with all of you. Apparently she has went swimming with sea turtles and just loves them. I'm really happy with how this came out.

Just as a point of interest, this spindle took approximately two hours from the time I first sat down until I was ready to clear coat it. Then there was the time for multiple coats of polyurethane, drying and finishing. All told, probably close to three hours in it and it will sell for $25.00. Then there's materials, which aren't a lot I'll grant you, but they do add up. Just in case anyone thinks I am getting rich on these!! Laughing......

Still, I'm really happy to be doing these spindles as it gives me the opportunity to produce artwork and still stay at home and be a mom. I thank all of you who have been my customers for that gift!


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

It's that Time Already...

Here it is, the end of August and already and it's time to start thinking about holiday gifts. If any of you are even considering giving handpainted spindles for the holidays, please contact me to get in my queue of custom spindles. It's not too early! If you wait too long, it will be too late though.

It's a been a rather quiet week around my house so far. I actually took yesterday off from painting and did some things around the house and went out to gather elderberries for syrup for the winter. If you don't know, elderberry syrup is a time honored remedy for colds and flu and buying it in the store is really pricey. It's simple to make and the elderberries are free for the picking. Each batch lasts up to a year, so this batch ought to get us through the winter just fine.

So now I have some purple fingers and a lot of elderberries to clean and boil up into syrup!

Today we are planning my daughter's 12th birthday party for this upcoming weekend. I will have at least five girls ranging from 11 to 14 descend on my house for a slumber party. They are thinking of pitching the large tent in the back near the woods. I say "YES" to that!! My only concern is that they will keep the neighbors awake! So it looks like it will be a hectic, exciting weekend.

In the meantime, I have to run to a chiropractor appointment. My neck and back are still getting used to the discipline of sitting and painting for hours each day. After that, I have to pick my husband up at the airport. He's been gone to his mother's house for the weekend to do maintenance and just simply to visit. It will be nice to have him back home again.

Hope all of you out there are doing well. Feel free to write or comment as the spirit moves you. I love hearing from each and every one of you!


Friday, August 19, 2005

"Harvest" Spindle For Sale

Sold to Johanna. Thank you!

I have had a lot of interest in the "Autumn Night" spindle so I made a few others that are similar, but not the same. If you look closely at this one and compare it to the other further down the page, you will see the differences.

Anyway, I have an extra spindle and would like to offer it here for $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping within the contiguous U.S. Please ask for shipping price to other locations. Like any other spindle I post here, the first person to e-mail me who says they want it will be the one who gets it.

Thank you!

This and That...

Good morning to all. It's morning here, so if you read this in the afternoon or evening where you are, then good whatever time of day it is to you!

Above is a kind of fun spindle that I have listed on eBay right now. As you all know by now, I don't typically do "cute" spindles. I tend to do more unusual things. Sure, I do butterflies and flowers, but I really love putting odd and interesting things on my spindles. The Praying Mantis shown is a perfect example. I don't know if anyone will like it and want to spin with it, but I have always been rather fond of these unusual and marvelous creatures.

I also want to stress that I really love getting feedback from spindlers who read this blog. I like to hear ideas that you have for spindles and what you'd like to see. Some of it I will be able to make into reality and others are simply beyond my capabilites. But please keep sending your thoughts, ideas and questions.

Also, if you like a particular spindle, I can usually make one for you that is very similar without being exactly the same as the one I have made previously. So please ask. And if you do inquire, please get back to me as to whether you actually want that spindle or not. If you don't want it after asking, that's okay. I will not be offended. Some may simply be out of a budget or you may have change your mind. No problem. Just let me know so that I can move on with my present queue of spindles or put yours on the list if you so desire.

One last thing. If any of you are thinking of spindles as holiday gifts, please get your requests in early. I know things will get hectic by the end of November, so if you are in the queue for the holidays now, you will most certainly get your spindles in time.

Happy Friday to All!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Reflections on Spinning and the Sacred

Our world is full of things that spin from the glaxies in the far reaches of our universe right down to the spindles in our hands. Throughout time and history, there is a great tradition of spinning being a sacred act. Sufis spin or whirl to make contact with God. Prayers wheels are spun by Buddhists to increase positive karma and release prayers into the rest of the world for peace and liberation of all sentient beings. Many folk traditions include circle dances and there is the classic circle dance around a Maypole each spring to celebrate the return of life.

Our blood flows in a large circle through our bodies and even an egg spins as it is fertilized and becomes the potential for a new life. Our earth spins on its axis and orbits the sun. All of life is involved in a dance of circles each interesecting the other and overlapping.

In myth and legend, straw is spun into gold and in many mystic traditions aspirants are spun or they circumnambulate around a sacred space before they are taught the mysteries of said traditions.

I think that it's no accident that circles, and also spirals...which are a circle drawn out along a line... , are important in our spirituality, world and psyche. We speak of a "circle of friends" or "encircling arms". Circles are places of love and great mystery. They are sacred space for many peoples across the world.

As we spin, I believe we can put intent into our spinning and into the product we generate. There is certainly a tradition of weaving cloth with prayers and magic to make a garment that is holy or protective or whatever the intent was that was put in by the weaver. As a spinner, why not start right away with the raw material to form intent that either goes into our creation or is sent out into the universe? Each of us has the power to help make the world a better place with even the small action of spinning.

To this end, a little bit of my heart and my love goes into each and every spindle so that as it spins for you, some of that good will and my positive thoughts spin out into your hands and your yarn. I believe that our actions, thoughts and intent have real consequences for good or ill, so I don't work on spindles if I am upset or angry. I try to always work with a positive mindset and also I try to work mindful of what I am making and how it will be used.

If any of you have special intentions you want put into your spindles while they are being made, just let me know. Your spindle then becomes a sort of "prayer wheel" that generates that intent as you spin. You simply reinforce it with your thoughts while spinning. This way, the spindle is not only beautiful but generates something beautiful for you or whomever uses it.

Peace and Blessings to All,


Monday, August 15, 2005

Autumn in the Air.....

Well, August is moving along and I am feeling like painting some more Autumnal spindles. I wanted to share a picture of the first one which is called "Autumn Night". I really enjoy working on the black background as it gives me the opportunity to really use highlights and make the scene look very moonlit and like you could almost hear the rustling leaves and smell the woodsmoke.

Since Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, I am going to be having fun with more designs revolving around harvest type themes. Then there will be the planning for the winter holiday spindles! I can hardly wait!

Best to All of You!


Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Special Spindle...

The spindle has been SOLD to Lori! Thank you all for your support!

This spindle is one that is special to me in that it is the very first spindle I have actually signed. All of my spindles have the business name on the back, but not MY name. But this one took a lot of effort and a lot of time so I put my name on this one as I will continue to do from now on with my custom spindles.

This spindle is my rendition of Mary Cicely Baker's "Hawthorne Fairy". He's not exactly the same as the original, but he's pretty close.

If you consider the fact that the entire area I used in painting this spindle is 2.5" in diameter, then you can get an appreciation for the level of detail in this piece of artwork. You can also guess what it took to get that level of detail!

Also, I am really happy with the interplay of light and shadow in this piece and how all of the colors are really harmonious and natural.

Okay, so I'm waxing poetic over a drop spindle! LOL! But truly, this one has all of my heart and talent in it. So I am not going to put this spindle up on eBay but rather I am going to sell it here in this blog. I figure if you're bothering to look here, I assume you already appreciate my artwork. Or maybe you're just curious...I shouldn't assume!

So the first person who is willing to pay $40.00 for this piece of art takes it. You can e-mail me and I will go by time stamp on the e-mail if I happen to get more than one offer. Trust me, I'm not holding my breath! I know it's a lot for a drop spindle, but I really can't let it go for less considering the amount of work I put into it. So if I have any takers, let me know by clicking on the "E-mail" to your right and sending me a note. You can pay via personal check or with a credit card through PayPal.

Occaisionally, I will have a piece of this nature that I will post here. I am not going to say it will be terribly often. I have to be pretty inspired and motivated to do this kind of work!!

Thank you for looking and thank you all for your continued support!

Thank You All!

Wow, the feedback has been so overwhelming and positive that I would like to thank each and every one of you. Each of you spinners inspires me to make every new spindle more intricate and beautiful than the last one. Each of you deserves a tool that is beautiful and functional and feels good in your hand. Something that you can enjoy for many years and maybe pass on to a child or other loved one. I am so glad to be able to be part of that process.

Here are some feedback comments I have received on my spindles. I feel humbled by the kind words that have been said and wish to always live up to them.

"The package with the spindles arrived safe & sound. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!! It almost seems like an added bonus that they are good spinners as well. "

"Gorgeous, beautiful, unique spindle, spins fantastic! Fab friendly service."

"Stunningly gorgeous spindle. Wonderful Seller!!! These are fabulous~Thanks!"

"Always great-so helpful-beautiful work-awesome seller!!!"

"Beautiful spindle and spins great! Love it!! Thanks so much!!"

"Wonderful artwork and a good spinner!"

"Arrived quickly in very good condition, even prettier than the picture."

"This seller is great,And her spindles are more beautiful in your hand!"

Thank you ALL!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Popular Spindles...

It seems that spindles with a Irish or Scottish theme are very popular, With that in mind, this spindle is the latest creation from this morning. It's posted on eBay for 7 days for sale right now. I just love this combination of a thistle and a claddagh. I'm really happy with how it came out and hope to design more spindles around this theme as it's so well received.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

More Spindles....

Just more spindles to give you ideas!

All of these are spindles that have already been sold.
You can specify and idea, send a photo or e-mail a digital image you have found on the web. If the piece is copyrighted, I will alter it so that copyright laws are not infringed.

So let you imagination run wild and let me put those imaginings on drop spindles with which you can create beautiful yarn!

Just simply e-mail me with your idea. If you have a photo or idea, I can quote you a price range. All of my work is dependent on time spent on a particular spindle. When finished, I will send you a digital picture of your spindle for you to approve before paying.

Most of them range from $18.00 to $25.00. Shipping is not included, but is minimal; around $2.00 to the US and Canada and $4.00 to European countries. I accept checks, money orders and payment by credit card through PayPal.

Thank you!

Drop Spindles, Oh My!!!

Little did I know when I first started painting drop spindles that they would be so popular and touch so many lives. Since that day a few months ago, I have been busy almost every day painting and designing spindles that will, hopefully, be a joy to spinners who acquire them. Since we spin art when we take fiber and make it into yarn, I think it fitting that we spin with art also. How can one not create something beautiful when holding a beautiful tool in one's hand?

My wish is that my spindles will inspire spinners to make their own works of art, that they will soothe their hearts in times of trouble and bring them joy as they spin. I hope that my spindles will become good friends that one looks at and smiles. I also hope that spinners gift these spindles to their daughters and sons, to friends and relatives and co-workers along with their instruction on how to spin. Thus we keep the chain of spinners and weavers of dreams alive through time and generations.