Thursday, May 28, 2009

of ruins and relics

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Herbert Pfostl

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Remembering Salem

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Salem Candle by D.L. & Co. ~ Created in remembrance of the Salem Witch Trials: "New England maple, hickory and walnut are set ablaze in a ravenous bonfire consuming the imagination" In colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693, over 150 people were arrested and imprisoned based on accusations of Heresy and Witchcraft. The two courts convicted twenty-nine people of the capital felony of witchcraft. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were executed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nigredo

The alchemical process is a metaphor for the spiritual journey toward living in an enlightened manner. There are three phases of transformation in Alchemy: Nigredo, Albedo, and Rubedo. Nigredo is a process of blackening, purification through Fire...the burning away of ignorance...Ego Death. Albedo is a whitening process, purification through water, enlightenment...Ressurection of the Spirit. Rubedo, the final stage, refers to reddening, the incorporation of enlightenment into one's life. The alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the Philosopher's Stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter.

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In psychology, Carl Jung interpreted nigredo as the moment of maximum despair, that is a prerequisite to personal development. Nigredo is "the dark night of the soul". He says "Right at the beginning you meet the dragon, the chthonic spirit, the devil or, as the alchemists called it, the blackness, the nigredo, and this encounter produces suffering..." It brings the ego into contact with what it fears. The state of Nigredo is often caused by a traumatic experience, and signifies the natural period of despair. This is where the alchemist has to lose everything. He must give up all attachments and become like a child again. Everything has been destroyed in the fire...Nigredo is the corruption that must take place before growth, the chaos that gives birth to cosmos.

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To put it simply, Nigredo is the melancholy that makes one slow down, and examine life, to eventually seek therapy, and to witness the shadow side of one's personality. Seeing this shadow makes one encounter one's own powerlessness, guilt, and worthlessness, and work through these with suffering. One instance of the use of nigredo in Greek myth about the Goddess of Spring, Persephone and her seasonal descent into the Underworld...the Winter of her despair.

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Images from Touché par le Feu (Touched by Fire) featuring French photographer Martin d’Orgeval’s photos of the famous Parisian taxidermy house of Deyrolle after the devastating fire on February 1st, 2008.

Where There’s Smoke…

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"Pieces of furniture are literally burned, after which they are preserved in a clear epoxy coating. Except for three baroque
products, which are reproduced by the Dutch label Moooi, all Smoke products come from the Baas & den Herder studio
in The Netherlands. Since 2004 gallery Moss and Maarten Baas collaborate on the “Where There’s Smoke…” A Smoke collection of well known design classics of a.o Rietveld, Eames and Gaudi. Besides this series, Baas has done commissions for collectors and museums around the world."

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Below: Designers Camillo Vanacore & Djordje Cukanovic

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Haute Macabre

Happy Sunday Everyone! Just in case you don't already know, I'm a guest blogger over at Haute Macabre! My posts are now tagged "Lady Lavona" just in case you need to catch up! Go check it out!

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Reem Alasadi AW'09-10 Collection

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Spread your wings and fly Allison!

Now that this season of America's Next Top Model is over, I have to admit I watched it religiously! I am NOT ashamed! My favorite model this season was Allison...hands down! Ceila, second runner up...love her! I'm really glad Allison didn't actually win though...I think she has more potential than just to be a spokeswoman for Cover Girl products! I love her unique look, she reminds me of strange beauty, Lily Cole. I hope to see her doing couture fashion editoral shoots for designers like Alexander McQueen very soon! Don't you just love this photograph of her!?

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Friday, May 22, 2009

10 New Tattoos by Christopher Conn Askew!!!

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I was reading my friend Chad's blog and he mentioned he wanted to get old-school roses tattooed all over his arms! I love the idea! I immediatly thought of Chris Conn because he uses alot of roses in his artwork. I love his style...he is definitely one of my favorite artists! I was thinking it's too bad Chris retired from tattooing...he worked as a tattoo artist from 1990 until his retirement from the industry in 2006. Since then he has thrown himself into his artistic and illustrative work. His medium is primarily watercolor, ink, graphite, gouache and gold leaf on paper. I went to his website to see what he's been up to lately and guess what!? Chris will be doing 10 new tattoos...no more...no less! He states:

"so, i am hereby announcing that i will do ten tattoos in NYC in August of this year. this definitely IS NOT a return to my previous tattoo career. anyone who foolishly places a bet on this being the beginnings of my return to the skin trade will lose their money. on june first, i will begin to release the 10 gift certificates on ebay. i will release one certificate per day, and each one will be on the auction block for 24 hours. after the bidding is over on one certificate, the next one will be released, until all 10 certificates are sold. each gift certificate is good for one person, on one specific date. if you win a certificate, that date is yours, and you have the entire work day (8 hours) with me. this includes consulting, drawing and tattooing. during this day, you will get my undivided attention, which means i won’t be consulting with other customers, taking phonecalls, etc. i will spend the entire day (minus an hour for lunch) focusing on the work at hand, slowly and patiently, and with a minimum of distraction." Read full details HERE!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Black Forest Relics

A new collection of Black Forest Relics have arrived! Here's a sneak peek of the items I'll be adding to my Etsy Shop later this evening! *Layaway options are available* Feel free to contact me to make payment arrangements or to reserve something! xo Lavona

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Ghost Bees

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"Acclaimed artists like Marissa Nadler have shown no hesitation in their incorporation of psychedelic and shoegaze elements in folk, exposing a sub-genre that many have lovingly labeled as “dream-folk”. Ghost Bees are the latest to join the ascending ranks, portraying a hauntingly elegant form of folk music over lyrics that are poetically invigorating in meaning. Taking their lyrical influence from classic works of literature that deal with Gothic fiction, you can expect a slew of entertainingly original tales on the enchanting Tasseomancy." (link to article)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Nature Girls Rock!

I need to take a moment to do a little shout out to two fabulous girls! Emine of Cloven Hoof Jewelry and Pamela of Pamela Tuohy Jewelry! Not only are these girls are both talented couture jewelry designers inspired by Natural History...they are both sweet, thoughtful and generous! Incidentally, both of their jewelry collections can be found at Urban Flower Grange Hall.

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I feel privileged to say I actually have a collection of Cloven Hoof Jewelry! Emine and I trade jewelry...and she always throws in something extra, she just can't control herself! This time she threw in this fabulous taxidermy deer eye rosette pin! Thank you Emine...I LOVE everything!!!

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Check out these giant rhinocerous beetle brooches! The locket opens on one of them and has red jeweled eyes! I also have a tiny green jewel beetle necklace that I cherish! Her website is currently undergoing a tranformation but I'll let you all know as soon as she relaunches!

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I wrote about Pamela Tuohy's gorgeous 'Lovers Eye' jewelry here a while ago. She was really happy to be featured here and said she enjoyed reading through the archives of my blog. When she asked me for my address I thought she was going to send me a post card or a lil' something. I couldn't believe my eyes as I opened the package she sent me...I cried! A lovely keepsake box containing one of her beautiful, one of a kind necklaces was accompanied by the sweetest most thoughtful note! And look, it's an OWL!!! Thanks again Pamela...I LOVE my necklace!!!

Lyell

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Lyell Spring 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rockettothesky



so beautiful...I can smell the forest...via Art and Ghosts...I also thought you might like this photograph of Meryl Streep sitting pretty...

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Kitchen Witchery Update!

Hello Loves! Hope you all you Mamas out there had a lovely Mother's Day! Here's a little update about my magical kitchen transformation! For those of you who have just recently found me, check out my Kitchen Witchery archives! Anyway, below is a pic from one little corner of my kitchen. See that wood slice with white magick weaving? It's 1 from a set of 2, called: 'As Above~So Below' by Chad of Mon Petit Fantome! (The significance of this phrase is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic are claimed to function by this formula.) He gave them to me as a gift...what a wonderful surprise! I have both of them nestled between a set of 3 antique Black Forest hunting trophies! Love ya Chad!!!

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I bought these lovely prints from Caroline Gaedechens! Click here for a closer view They're printed on vintage book pages. I was going to frame them but I found these vintage wooden clip hangers, which I think will look pretty cool!

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More inspirations~ On the left: medicine woman, Susan Weed! I really want to take her Herbalism Correspondence Course!

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On the right: Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper. I've lost sleep over this wallpaper! I just wanted to cover one wall, but I rent my apartment so I'm not going to invest in something I can't take with me. It's $195.00 per roll, so even one wall would kill me! But there's good news...I found these canvas birch tree curtains for only $29.99 per 2 pack! If you remember me complaining about the ugly blinds in my kitchen, this is the perfect solution! I can create that birch forest aesthetic and get rid of my ugly blinds!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Supernatural Specimen Giveaway Contest!

I've recieved a bunch of emails from people asking if I will be listing anymore Supernatural Specimens! Here's the deal...I got a wholesale order from Bona Drag! I'm so honored, she has a amazing selection of jewelry! Once I get my Website up and running I will start offering them again, but until then they will be offered exclusively through Bona Drag! However, Bona Drag will only be selling my Butterfly and Snake Medicine Specimens. So if you saw one in my shop that you love...such as a root, bone, seeds or other such...see below...contact me and I will make one especially for you!

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These are the Butterfly and Snake Medicine Specimens before I added the jump rings and chains. The Butterfly Specimens are made from a collection of vintage butterflies I bought on Etsy...and the Snake Specimens are made from the snake shed of my friend Viva's Boa, Morpheus!

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I made two prototypes using small vials, but Heather opted for the larger ones. Soooo...I'm going to do a Give-Away! Leave me a comment...and I'll draw the names of 2 lucky people and list the winners next Sunday! Don't be shy...you might win! Good Luck! xo Lavona

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and the winners for the contest are: Hannah of (Hello Mr. Fox) and Savannah of (Outlaw Knitters) Congratulations ladies! Please send your mailing address to ladylavona@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 9, 2009

missmouse

I wrote about missmouse quite some time ago in my 'Antler Craze' post...but I must express my love once again! I'm currently coveting her grizzly trophy and shotgun pins...perfection!

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Dita Von Teese

Dita is my favorite 'living' style icon...yes, she wins hands down! Of course there are others on my list, but no one can hold a match to Dita! Don't hate her because she has the perfect outfit for every occasion!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Chemex Love!

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Every morning starts off the same...the coffee ritual. I really can't talk to anyone until I've had at least one cup or somebody might get hurt! But after that I'm all sugar and spice! I've used the same Bodum french press for almost 10 years. We've had some great mornings together but another coffeemaker has caught my eye. My french press just isn't doin' it for me anymore...I'm leaving my Bodum for a Chemex! Oh yesss...Chemex really lights my fire!

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"Chosen as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times. The Chemex® Coffeemaker is found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and fine gourmet stores everywhere."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Making Magic!!!

I made some Beltane oil for a customer! It turned out really nice...it's warm and sweet! I made extra, so if you need to heat things up in your life this oil is for you! Beltane is a cross-quarter Pagan celebration in the Wheel of the Year. It's a mid-point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice and celebrates the awakening of the feritle energies of Nature creating passion and attraction...both which are needed to manifest your desires! Check out my Etsy Shop, click on "Custom Potion" and type Beltane Oil in the message box when checking out...unless of course you require a different custom potion!

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Things are getting magical lately. Today I was on the bus with my son and there was this fella sitting behind me... he started chanting/rapping something about "conscious connections...ascension...hear the message that I'm sendin" When I was getting off the bus he smiled and said "Stay strong Ma" Someone knows what time it is! Thanks for the reminder magical messenger man...whoever you are!

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I also added two handmade Elder Futhark Rune Sets! Available in Amethyst and Bloodstone!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cecile Bortoletti Photography

oh yes...my sentiments exactly!

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Cecile Bortoletti Photography