Warm Hearts Around the World :: at home with my daughter and I

So where is the Warm Hearts Necklace now??? I think it just arrived in Seattle, WA!

It's been several months since the necklace made its way home following the international tour. I didn't want it to get lost among the influx of all the holiday packages and mail going around so I held onto it for a bit before sending it off again. Then I blinked and turned around a couple times and it is now almost the end of March! 

But I'm so excited that the project is on again!  Slowly but surely.  Can you believe that it's been a year and a half since this began?  I feel like it's the slowest progressing project/contest ever...but I guess traveling around the world takes time.  To those who have participated and are still on the list to receive the necklace, thank you for all your patience!  I promise, the best things come to those who wait.  If you're not familiar with my Warm Hearts Project, or can't remember what it was about, you can read about it here in this post and see where it's traveled to here.

Before I sent it off, I figured I should snap a few photos to contribute to the collection.  Here is my little firecracker playing around with the necklace.  She just loves being in front of the camera (and that's probably my fault for always being in her face with one).  I hope I'm not creating a little monster!



While I was taking some product photos for Noelle (of Xenotees) and Brian (of Western Art Glass), I figured I could do some Warm Hearts photos as well.  It's not often I'm in front of the camera (for a plethora of reasons, including the fact that I feel like a complete goober and that I'm sure most people don't want to see me in my usual pajama attire), so I took advantage of the opportunity.  I think this is actually the first time I have ever modeled my jewelry in photos aside from my wearing them in regular family photos.

I gotta say, modeling is hard work if you're not a natural, and I feel as unnatural as they come.  Good thing I had my husband yelling out directions.  I think he had a good time trying to enhance my dork factor in this whole process.  Thanks, honey!  :)

Hey! What's that on the wall?

Gooberriffic!  I'm glad you can't hear me snort through these pictures.

Your fly's open! Wha?.... Your shoes are untied! Not falling for it.. I'm not wearing any shoes.

Changing it up.  :)   Modeling is exhausting!  Good thing I have a mannequin.

With almost 30 upcoming destinations (and counting) I hope you'll continue to follow along on this journey!  Stay tuned to the next Warm Hearts post to see who's wearing the necklace in Seattle!  ;)

You can still sign up to participate in Warm Hearts Around the World
(my traveling necklace project, raising awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

Click here to read more or just email me at warmhearts[at]envedesigns[dot]com to be added to the list.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!


Featured Artist :: Elemental Alchemist

Have you ever viewed a work of art and immediately connected with it because you could feel the artist's heart and soul exuding through the work?  That's just how I felt when I stumbled upon today's featured shop: Elemental Alchemist.  There's something very natural and effortless about these designs, from the raw gemstones to the organic, rustic feel of each piece, reflecting so much personality of the designer as well as of the potential owners of each piece.  When I discovered this shop, I actually had my eye on one ring in particular, which has since sold and I'm a little sad I didn't buy it in time.  Hopefully, the right ring will again come along at the right time and it will be mine.  And you better believe I have my eye on this shop.  Let's meet the artist behind Elemental Alchemist!

.......................... the interview .........................

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. 
My name is Sunyata. I live in Vancouver with my wonderful artist husband and my most amazing 16 year old unschooled daughter. I am a retired homeopath. Currently my passion is a psychotherapeutic method of assisted self study called Hakomi. www.hakomitransformation.com I am interested in human being-ness in general.

A random fun fact about yourself:
I can get a wee bit addicted to collecting things; I have 50 or so shades of Mac eye shadow, 40 + tarot card decks and hundreds of cook books! Not to mention my vast collection of crystals and gems. 

The first 3 random words that pop into your mind:

Curiosity, compassion, kindness. 

What's your favorite read of all time?
Impossible to answer! I’m not much in to novels but love to read subjects that I’m interested in.
My last read was ‘The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing’ by Bruce Perry.
I love all of Daniel Siegal’s work on Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mary Oliver’s poetry and the spiritual writings of Adyashanti. 

Any guilty pleasures?

‘Unwrapped’ on the Food Channel. What can I say…I love watching candy running through massive conveyer belts!

If you could be any place in the world right now, where would it be?
I’m right where I want to be in this moment.

(Ok, now onto business)
How would you describe your work?
Earthy, organic, raw and slightly edgy.

How long have you been at it?
I’ve been dabbling on and off in jewelry designing for years. Taking my metal smithing ventures to a more serious level has been quite recent.

So for you, is it an innate talent or practice makes perfect?
Both. At this point my imagination surpasses my technical ability! Although, this doesn’t seem to hinder my desire to try new things. There is no method to my madness just yet.

Do you dabble in any other forms of art? I use to design, sew and sell children’s clothing way back before my daughter was born. I consider cooking an art and I love cooking for friends. There’s a rumor flying around that I’m a good cook. I won’t mind if you spread that bit of gossip about me ☺

From where/how do you find inspiration?
I’m mostly inspired by the stones, specimens and jewels I work with. They seem to dictate what they will be made into. Other artists who think outside the box also really inspire me.

Share something about your creative process that most people wouldn't know.

It’s hard my to explain but I’ll try to convey my common practice…in my experience ideas it seems are born somewhere prior to their arrival to ‘me’. I hang out with materials in hand and wait until an idea arrives in my body/mind and then use my skills to bring it forward. Sometimes an idea comes as a gentle wave, and sometimes like rolling thunder. Often I’m nowhere near my studio so the idea moves on and likely finds its way to someone else. Try to follow an idea you think was yours back to its source. Very mysterious indeed!

What was your most memorable creative experience?
Helping my husband come up with ideas for some of his bigger works. He has two large installment pieces at the Vancouver International Airport and brain storming around those was quite exciting.

What do you do when your inspiration and creativity is tapped?
It has not happened to me yet. It seems the collective pool of pure creative potential, fortunately, is endless.

Any memorable low points that you've learned from?
I’ve had a few torch accidents. It took me three fire ball experiences before I realized my torch was faulty!

What is your formula for success?
It would depend on one’s definition of success I suppose. Success it appears, means very different things to different people. My formula…hmmm… I would say do what you love. Be open and trust in that love. If that results in happiness, then I’d call it a success.

Was there a moment when you realized that you'd achieved success?
It doesn’t seem like an arrival point so while I’m satisfied with my progress, I see there is always room for moving into a deeper process with it.

Any advice for those having a bad case of artist woes?
Let them be…seems what we resist, persists. Sit mindfully and fully experience the woes…everything passes or transforms eventually. I’ve noticed the more I try moving away from a feeling state, the longer it stays with me!

When not hard at work on your designs, what would we most likely find you doing?
Spending time with my family and friends, perusing Etsy, cooking something new, walking by the ocean or in the forest, practicing Hakomi.

In a parallel universe where you are not an amazing artist, what would you be?
I would be an ‘interpersonal’ neurobiologist.

What are some of your favorite etsy shops?
So many! Too many to list. Recently I found Temi Kucinski and love her designs.   Barby303 has an adorable shop.   She sells patterns and tutorials for creating the most whimsical little felted animals.

What's at the top of your etsy wish list?
Any wool clothing by Sandmaiden

And, as a fun tribute to my inner psychologist, what might this be?  
White square with black circle ;-)
Ok, I’ll play along…it’s an abyss and I’m about to fall into it……………

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 Thank you so much for sharing your art, Sunyata!  :)


Finding Extra (in the) Ordinary :: Waiting for Sun

It's still chilly and gray here, but here and there are hints of spring.  I cannot wait!  Wherever you are, I hope you're finding warmth and light!  ;)

View all photos in my Finding Extra (in the) Ordinary series.



Versatile Find :: Fleece Knit Jacket by ErinAlexandraKlym

How incredible is this jacket!!??!!  I'm glad you can't see me drooling on my laptop right now.  Not a pretty sight.  Super chic and comfy, plus you can style it however you want!?  That's everything I want in...well, everything!  I think my closet is screaming for this jacket.  Dear husband, if you are reading this, please consider.  Thank you.  :)