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Nov. 28th, 2035 11:22 pm
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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Leaf And Vine blog. Most of what you'll find here is stuff I've made, be it for commission, as a gift, or for myself-it's the best way to get a look at my work and decide what you may want. The stickied posts here (past this one!) are pricing information, commission availability, policies, and samples of my work (not necessarily in that order).

Now, all that said, a little about myself and my work.

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I'm a small town girl living in Colorado, and I've been here for over five years. I've been working as a massage therapist for just over two of those (counting my internship), which I absolutely LOVE. I don't regret a minute of my time here. I'm engaged to be married to a lovely lady, but that won't be happening for about two years or more. We're the kind of girls who fancy a long engagement.

I'm a huge nature girl. Being outdoors and around animals (especially at the same time!) are some of my favorite things in the world, as is my garden-even though that only exists in pots on my patio. I adore riding horses-though I rarely get the chance-and spend most of the time I'm not spending massaging, outside, creating stuff, or indulging in my million other hobbies cuddling my kitty, and/or my puppy.

I'm a huge bookworm, and you'll find that influences a lot of what I do, as does my nature as a healer, nature lover, and massage therapist. I'm a huge history and mythology buff, as well as a huge fantasty fan. J.R.R. Tolkien is my hero, I am a Browncoat, I am secretly a Jedi and can disapparate, the Enterprise is just out of orbit above my house, the Doctor once dragged me into a big blue box, my wardrobe is a Stargate that opens into a forest, and Mockingjays sing outside my window.

I am also very spiritual. That is not to say religious, for that I am not-religion is a man-made invention and too often caught up with dogma. I am speaking of a state where I appreciate and attempt to percieve to the height of my ability, the spirit, the simple details, the life, of everything that is around me, and to respect it.

This is a very important influence to my work. Nothing I make, and nothing I do, is without meaning. Every piece is unique, and is made with a specific idea in mind, and has a story of its own. Sometimes that story may be as simple as the client's to whom it belongs, sometimes I may imagine that the piece itself is a window into a little tale. But what remains is that there is no piece that is exactly the same, no matter that they can come close.

For this reason, I do offer pre-made items (as sometimes I create as the mood strikes me), but almost exclusively take commissions. Samples of my work can be found by clicking on the tag "sample work", so that you may see my style and perhaps be inspired as to what you might want from me.

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As to my artistry itself, I am a little bit of a Jane of all trades in that regard. I've been sewing since I was two, making jewelry for four years, a fine artist (of increasing skill) since I could pick up a crayon, knitting for several years (after picking it up at the age of six and taking a 15 year interlude), and working on my digital photography skills for four years also.

I tend to do a lot of work with socks, scarves, hats, mittens, and gloves when I knit. I'm sure I can do other things like dolls or clothing, but I've never had cause to experiment. I've got some skill with lace, but more skill with cables and texture patterns. I'm still beginning with color blocking, but I'm learning fast and it's a very simple concept to learn. I really rather love knitting, and while I am not a speed knitter like some, my work is good.

As a sewer, I do most of my work with costuming. I have very little practice piecing together my own patterns, but I am able to alter others to suit my needs quite well. I have a particular love of historical and historically inspired fantasty costumes, and movie costumes. I have been making costumes for 8 years now, and sewing for 23-all my time prior to that was spent altering basic clothing patterns, and quilting (something which I retain only some of my skill in, but which I can still do some decent, if simple, work with).

My main subject material when it comes to photography is nature and landscape based, though there are often also people and animals mixed in with that. I have a particular love of trying to find odd details to focus in on that most people wouldn't find, as well as trying to find ways to capture the beauty that is Colorado (whether city, suburb, or mountain) in ways that have not been done before.

As a fine artist, the medium in which I have the most talent is graphite, as that is what I have on hand most often. Charcoal is also a particular love of mine, as are soft pastels and compressed pigments (of those two, particularlythe latter, I use Conte pigments). I have been known to paint with acrylics on occasion, when the mood strikes me (usually more related to subject material rather than medium); I do not paint with oils. I can work with watercolor pencils, though I have less experience with them, and I have also done some silk painting, which I very much enjoy.

When it comes to jewelry, you find my main love. I work only with natural materials-metal, wood, bone, stone, bamboo, shell, flower, leaf, and glass only in Delica seed beads for spacers and the very rare blown glass pendant. Now, as I mentioned earlier, I make nothing ready made or generic-all of my pieces have meaning and a little bit of life.

That being said, my jewelry has more of that than the rest of my mediums. I find that the best work I have ever done with jewelry has been when a piece has been made for a specific purpose: a protection necklace for a pagan practitioner, a choker or collar to embody one of the Archangels, a bracelet made in memory of a loved one, a hair drape given as a birthday or anniversary gift.

I am not restricted to keeping such personalization and meaning from all my pieces, though my skill is greatest with jewelry. I can and will gladly work with nearly anyone of nearly any background, to make highly individualized, meaningful pieces. I absolutely adore being able to do this.

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Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my work, commission details or requests, or anything else that my following posts do not clarify. Thanks for dropping by the page!


-Leaf And Vine-

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The price of your commission will vary based on the commission itself. How complex and elaborate it is, the materials used, the time projected for completion, material availability, and whether or not you are ordering an original or a print (in the cases of fine art and photography) are some of the variables in calculation. That being said, I DO have some guidelines about some base price ranges, so that you can get a guess in.


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And here they are! )



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These prices are just examples. Feel free to ask for a quote regarding something I have not listed a sample for; a sample price=/=a requested commission.

CAUTION WITH ALL PIECES: Some products may contain small parts (especially jewelry). Keep away from children. Jewelry pieces are not meant for heavy duty wear; do not wear sleeping, showering, or in any circumstance where they will take a beating from use. Be sure to follow all care instructions included with the individual products as they are shipped; if these are not followed then damage to products may result, which the artist is not responsible for.

Other Useful Information: Silver and copper will need to be polished periodically, otherwise they will tarnish naturally (intended by the artist, in terms of the use of copper). Grey-colored wrapping metal is plated copper wire; the exterior plating will eventually wear off to reveal the copper-this is also an intended feature of the pieces. Silver or other solid metal wire can be used with compatible pendant materials on request, though the price will increase with the material cost. If a mockup of a custom garment piece is not ordered, or if weight gain or loss happens between the final mockup and the final product's delivery without informing me so that I can make adjustments in time, exact fit cannot be guaranteed.
-Leaf and Vine-
 
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In here you'll find all the basic information about how the store works. All that fun basic stuff that's tedious to read but is also a lovely reference point to have should you need it.
 


Policies inside! Cut for your eyes.  )

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Please feel free to leave a comment or drop me a PM with any questions!

-Leaf And Vine-

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 An oblong white stone, wrapped in a simple silver colored cage, on a sterling chain, with some clear quartz rounds, mother of pearl rounds, and silver rounds forming a simple brief break in the chain about two inches up from the pendant.


Anyone familiar with The Temple Of The Twelve will know who I made this necklace for. For anyone who doesn't-The Temple Of The Twelve is a fairy tale book series for children, equally usable by adults, which can either simply be a fairy tale or one that can aid in personal and spiritual growth.

The Lady White is the Color of innocence and of snow, amongst many other things. I decided not long ago to attempt work with the Temple Of The Twelve, and while I did not complete my first year, I DID end with Lady White. I made this for her-a necklace of White, for the White Lady, with Silver for her Silver husband, lord of intuition and magic. The pendant itself, an oblong stone approximately an inch and a half in length, is of a stone unknown to me, but chosen for it's frosty simplicity. The only few other stones chosen were clear quartz and mother of pearl-the crystalline nature of ice combined with the pearlescent beauty of snow, to my eyes. The silver chain-and the silver-colored wrapping wire-was a simple and fitting accentuation, as in this necklace I desired simple elegance and white chain is surprisingly hard to come by. It just so happens that Lady White and Lord Silver are spouses, in this fairy tale, so I thought it much more fitting to choose his color than gold as the single chain connecting her stones. The clasp, though you can't see it in this shot, is a sterling swivel lobster clasp: again, simple.

This necklace, however, is compatible to many things. Like White and her color, it's adaptable to accent or be accented by any other color in existence. Whether or not anyone who desires any necklace of this style entertains the fairy tale in which Lady White resides, I feel that it does her and her color no dishonor for a simple brilliance like this to be seen around any neck in any circle. This is one of the few pieces I feel I can recreate exactly, should it be desired. Of course, I can also switch up the stones as desired. Like I said, white complements anything, and anything complements white, after all.

-Leaf And Vine-

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A longer necklace, maybe 22" in length, with a metal owl pendant, and mother of pearl rounds, clear and smokey quartz rounds, garnet rounds, amethyst rounds, obsidian rounds, hematite cubes, garnet leaves, jet rounds, Swarovsky fire-cut Czech glass oblong, and Delica glass seed bead spacers making up the cord.

The same necklace as above, but on a black neck form, next to a bronze statue of Athena

 
This is a necklace made specifically for Athena, and is named the same. It is one I made for myself, when I needed physical objects to help me understand the deities I was researching-because I have a very strong respect for the Hellenic goddess of wisdom, and all she represents (even if the Hellenics are a bit finicky and temperamental). I chose the stones used for this necklace instinctively, but regardless of their metaphysical attributes, the story the stones tells is very much like the woman who they were made to represent.

While she is often associated with battle and war (which, one can argue, means battling one's inner demons or battling to survive simple everyday life unscathed, not necessarily someone coming at you in an alley), wisdom remains my favorite trait of hers. I therefore chose the metal owl as the focal point of the necklace, as it is a symbol of wisdom, and one she is seen with often.

Garnet, found in the form of hand-carved leaves and small 3mm rounds between, is a stone I have often associated with a very rich feel, as well as being a stone very strong in energy that complements nearly every other very well. Mother of pearl, also reminiscent of the waters to which Greece is so familiar, and Swarovsky fire-polished glass (which looks very much like a multi-colored crystal as the ancient Greeks would see it), also have that same rich feel to me-and would be seen as much more so, in her day, than in the current day. What better for a daughter of Zeus, and a goddess?

Clear Quarts aids in clarity-and Smoky Quartz, while it may not be traditionally associated with as much, has always seemed to me to simply be a mist or cloud begging to be seen through, a shroud begging to be unveiled: simply the path to clear perception with more obstacles. Both Amethyst and Labradorite are stones often associated with clarity in dreams and awareness as well. All of these stones hold these traits in slightly different ways-very compatible to a woman of wisdom who would look for all possible facets and perspectives from which to form her perceptions.

Meanwhile, Jet is a stone of protection and Hematite one of grounding, both of which are always wise to have on hand. Especially for a woman, in Athena's day or otherwise-intelligent women have never quite had the upper hand, and one can't ALWAYS be on her defense when in her books!

The copper clasp, very close to the shape of infinity, is a symbol in and of itself: learning never stops, wisdom is never stagnant; it evolves and grows over time and generations. Copper, so firey in nature and yet so visibly changed by time as it tarnishes eventually green, echoes both the passion for learning and wisdom, and also the acceptance of change and evolution of culture and self, needed to attain it and retain it.

This necklace was made for Athena, and with her and her specific traits as a goddess and woman in mind. But, it could very well be adaptable to anyone else who exemplies wisdom-such as Merlin, with his pet owl Archimedes; Raziel, Raphael, or whatever precise name of any angel of wisdom and records you most prefer; or with the simple change of the owl to a raven and perhaps the mother of pearl to onyx or wood rounds, Odhinn-as well as simply an expression or desire for traits like wisdom. It could perhaps serve as an Owl totem necklace, if you feel such stones harmonize with your totem in such a way. Take away any such strong meaning, and it can simply function as a necklace for bird lovers, intending to dress up for a night out with something a little less traditional.

(Also, I must add that the statue is not for sale. It's simply very photogenic. ^_^)

-Leaf and Vine-
 
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A necklace, about 18" in length, with a silver-wrapped polished clear quartz stone as a pendant, and oblong blue freshwater pearls, blue aventurine round, red tiger eye round, white stone chip, false pearl round, shell-and-amber round, and obsidian round beads making the cord.
 
This necklace is one of my favorites. It was made as a gift for a friend who wanted the best of both ocean and land mixed into one, but as if from the cold northern waters of mainland Europe, not a tropical island. It's called Wavefarer. The wrapping itself is not as tight as I usually achieve-I always re-wrap a stone whose wrapping is not of sufficient tension for my standards-but he insisted on leaving it be, saying as it was to be rarely worn he preferred the imperfection. Very well then! Whatever floats your boat, my friend. Pun not intended.

The combination of stones is one I love-blue freshwater pearls, an obvious nod to water, as are the shell rounds which are melded somehow with amber (which gives it some roots in land), and the false pearl rounds and blue aventurine. The white stone chips remind me very much of white river rocks, or beach stones, that I imagine may be found on such rocky beaches, and the red tiger's eye reminds me very much of rich dark earth rich with ore begging to be forged. The rainbow obsidian rounds, volcanic stone though they are, is an ode also to the black earth-and the fire both inside it and under the sea. I imagine stones like those able to be found along the ocean floor, by the fissures which let through the hear that cracks through the crust.

The clear quartz pendant itself, with its wavy wiring, is meant to embody the reflection of the sunlight on the waves of the sea, as well as the clear glass used in both lighthouse and large grounded telescopes on land, watching for ships at sea, as well as the old handheld ones used to spot land far before the human eye could do so. Quartz is often used as a clarifying stone, and can enhance the qualities of any others it is paired with, so I envisioned sight as the quality enhanced, in this instance. I picture the recipient of this necklace wearing it as he walks the coast-though it could just as easily serve as a reminder of the waters so far away, when he travels.

This precise necklace is not available for reproduction, just like most of my pieces.

-Leaf And Vine-

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