garden series

I’m recreating and renewing this garden series, using gorgeous lucite flowers, leaves, crystals and gemstones. All new and fresh for spring/summer 2012. Here are some of the pieces that were in the previous collection, called Afternoon Garden …

new gallery

Just added a new gallery for all of the pieces I design as donations or for charity auctions, as well as, some of the pieces that have been designed as gifts (from me, not commissions). Just giving you more ideas for pieces you might speak to you in the fluid language of colour and instinct. You can always send me an email at wanderingmoon@sympatico.ca if you’re interested in anything!

These new additions are from my 2011 Goddess Collection and are meant to make beautiful statements about the wearer. They have been crafted using a variety of metals and the highest quality of crystals and glass pieces that I can find. Pieces from the Goddess Collection will be on sale soon. If you see something you like before then, just send me an email!

Resonance

I’ve been thinking for some time about the nature of jewellery in our lives. While it is mostly for decoration, often stones and metal, and even simply colour, can help our energy centres. Whether consciously or unconsciously, a piece of jewellery can help to make you feel happier, more confident, calmer, more meditative, joyful, sleepy … A piece can resonate with your energy to bring you to the place within yourself where you really want to be.

I’m definitely a believer in humans as energy beings. Growing up with a Hindu background, the idea of energy sheaths around the human physical body is not strange to me. I believe and have experienced how we can touch each other before we ever physically meet.  There are many mysteries in the universe and WE are not the least of those mysteries. I love colour and believe that colour can work as therapy. I also believe that the chemical properties of gemstones and metals can work harmoniously with our bodies.  I do think about these things when making a piece but I’d like to introduce a new concept for my own jewellery adventure.

I’m working on a new line of jewellery that focuses on bringing the properties of metals, stones and colour together to create the Atman Collection. The idea behind this collection is to create pieces that will help you to focus your energy for strength, calm, healing … whatever you need. I am woring on some introductory pieces but I hope that many more are custom creations we make together. (Just a very important note that these pieces are in NO WAY a replacement for medicines or medical treatments. They are just meant to assist you with your energy work, meditation, prayers, etc. 🙂 )

Remember, remember …

November is the month of remembering for many of us. With Remembrance Day (Canada) on the 11th, there are many opportunities to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and who have died in our wars. Who are still serving and dying in our (the human race’s) wars. It takes something very special to be in the service, it’s as special a calling as priesthood,  just the battle is of a different kind … most times. I will have some pieces to commemorate this time and here is a wallpaper for November, from me to you. xo

wallpaper for june

In honour of this month’s birthstone, the lovely pearl, wallpaper 1 features a wedding set called “white dakini.” I wasn’t exactly thinking of weddings when I named it. The finished product brought to mind a poem I’d written some time before entitled … what else, “White Dakini.” The set is perfect for weddings or any other ‘princess’ type of event like sweet 16, debuts, prom, going to see Sex in the City

The poem, as you will see, is an entity altogether different. It was started during the Kalachakra ceremony in Toronto in 2004, while in-between volunteer shifts. I absolutely loved sitting quietly next to one of the spectacular floor-to-ceiling panes of glass in the National Trade Centre while the intonations of monks just flowed through the entire space. I don’t know when I’ve ever been so at peace with myself, when I’ve ever felt so open – it was really marvelous. An absolute lifechanging experience for me. One morning, as I sat there, words just came whispering down through the universe and, of course, as all writers know, they can’t be kept in. As the pen scratched away, I wasn’t even conscious of the ideas – the chants were just running through my brain. Later that evening, at home, I looked at what I had and began the writer’s careful task of matching paltry word to radiant thought. Not sure I succeeded (do we ever?) but this is the result. And here is the link to the wallpaper. Enjoy.

White Dakini

calling to my soul
with voice of
crystal chimes
sounding out the pride
and iniquity of
my ego

I want to follow
in your cold footsteps
to the heart of
the mystery of my soul
Let me unravel the
cords of karma and
lay them softly
at your feet

Hold open my eyes
to the dance of death
that all feet pattern
on the green face
of the world
Cover me with your
cool snows that I
will not heed the
inferences of my
errant passions

Shine before me
like the stars of night
imprinting destiny
on to the stretched black
canvas of my
shrouded mortality

Allow me to follow
in your transparent footsteps
past bodies of
living death
Show me the spiral
of your icy grasp
that will fling me
into the nothingness
that is the truth
of all hearts

~lara sookoo

more treasury sweetness

I’m really honoured to be a part of this amazing treasury, curated by Etsy member 1mADwoman. The theme is Lady Anne Boleyn, a woman whom I find endlessly fascinating. My “Lady Anne” neckpiece is the piece in the treasury and it’s one of my favourites. It was inspired by the jewellery on “The Tudors.” I loved the various necklaces that went with the crosses the ladies and queens wore.

When I did this one, I was trying to be true to the time period so it’s a sewn necklace. The beads are strung on satin ribbon and the pieces of satin to tie are sewn to the silver rings. The pendant is also sewn together and the whole stitched to the necklace. The end result is something I love. It could be worn by a doomed queen, a mysterious lady living in a dark, gothic mansion, a pirate princess, a chic party girl or a powerful business woman with an ‘edge.’ Please check out this fantastic treasury when you have a moment: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=131194