Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ghost Elephants by Jean Valentine

In the elephant field 
tall green ghost elephants 
with your cargo of summer leaves 

at night I heard you breathing at the window 

Don't you ever think I'm not crying 
since you're away from me 
Don't ever think I went free 

At first the goodbye had a lilt to it— 
maybe just a couple of months— 
but it was a beheading. 

Ghost elephant, 
reach down, 
cross me over— 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

When a Sale Brings a Tear to My Eye

I rarely sell an item I list in my shop on as quickly as I did today - selling my unique little fairyland jewelry box less than 2 weeks after listing it. Of course I am happy, ecstatic even, for the sale but this was one of the few pieces I have done that I become attached to while creating it. These are pieces I really don't want to sell so I price them high enough thinking that will prevent them from selling. And if they do sell, if someone falls in love with them as much as I am and are willing to meet my price then so be it. It just came as such a surprise to me today. So I will pack it up and send it off to Los Angeles to it's new home, but I'll most assuradly have a tear in my eye as I do it.

Description from my ETSY shop:

A special collaged fairyland jewelry box measuring 8" x 5" x 4" with a domed lid and interior with a sliding compartmentalized tray. My collage is built up in layers to portray a deeply forested hidden, fairy house in a tree trunk with a blue door on the front and a secret garden enclosure with a tiny blue door on the back. One side shows a tiny orange door in a stone wall and the other end shows 3 red orange mushrooms growing at the base of a tree. The domed top shows a hidden sunlit clearing in the forest with the text, "Let the little fairy in you FLY"! The domed top, front and back sides are covered in tiny crystals and miniature blue foil stars. I wish I could find this secret secluded place and live there forever! This is one of my most favorite creations ever! It will be hard to part with.

I also listed a little clock I did at the same time in the same fairyland style. 

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