Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice!

Winter solstice marks the longest night of the year followed by the gradual triumph of light over dark as the daylight once again increases. In ancient times survival depended on the awareness of seasonal cycles. The first day of winter is marked with complex...

Wangari Maathai

Follow my blog with Bloglovin We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all. ~ Wangari Maathai Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) – Kenyan-born environmental,...
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny. – Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico City, Mexico (1907). She is recognized as one of Mexico’s greatest artists; however,...
Unlikely Inspiration

Unlikely Inspiration

I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside. Karma is everything. – Holly Valance Summer evenings up at my cabin bring a mass or night flying insects hoping they can somehow reach the warm electric glow of the...
Nina Simone

Nina Simone

I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. – Nina Simone Nina Simone (nee. Eunice Waymon), was a singer, musician, and Civil Rights activist. Born in Tryon, North Carolina in 1933 Nina had a musical talent that was evident quite early in her life. By the tender age of...
Gold Plated vs. Gold Filled

Gold Plated vs. Gold Filled

Gold-Plated vs Gold Filled Jewellery   Most people know what gold plated jewelry is. The name explains that it is plated or coated with an ultra-thin layer of gold (about .5 micron). But have you ever wondered what gold filled means? Is it good quality?...
V is for …

V is for …

What’s in a name?   After using VenusVelvet as my moniker for over 25 years, I have decided to change my business name to v2design.  Why? Because I got so terribly tired of people, men usually, asking me if I was a stripper. Who knows what would possess someone...
I’d Like To Change The World

I’d Like To Change The World

I’d Like To Change The World Today I’m sharing three videos by brave women artists who aren’t afraid to share with the world what they feel is important. *Warning: course language* CatagoriesADORN BRAVE WOMEN COSMIC DIARY DIY PHOTOGRAPHIC...
Romance Under the Night Sky

Romance Under the Night Sky

On the day that man first set foot on the moon my grandmother lamented. She worried that the mystique of the moon would be destroyed.  But, knowing that the moon is just a big rock orbiting around the earth doesn’t deprive us of our imagination, or desire to...
Summer’s Rosy Glow Lingers

Summer’s Rosy Glow Lingers

Summers on Deer Bay   Christmas, Thanksgiving you name the holiday, and you can be sure that I am available to my customers and working in my studio from about 8 am to 10 pm. Design, bench work, assembly, filling orders, taking photographs, or updating my...

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