A little Choripán near the Rosario soccer stadium 😍
617 minutes ago
Guatemala, it’s so good to be here.
Your colours. Your sounds. Your smells. Your warm, welcoming people. I’m already in love 😍
📸 Taken during Antigua’s crazy-busy, crazy-beautiful, crazy-overwhelming Saturday market. People here - as in most markets - very rarely like their photo taken (and rightly so; they’re here to do business, not to be models tourists prying cameras). But this lovely lady - probably because I buy my fruit and veg from her regularly (she has great courgettes!) and I always make a point of making conversation, even when she clearly wants me to go away 😂 - eventually let me press the shutter just the once. So I had to make it count 😅 “Pero no voy a sonreir”, (But I’m not going to smile!) she said with a little chuckle... so I got this fierce side-look instead.
One of the first paintings I did recently that I never got round to finishing, painting and going wrong is teaching me a lot about what I need to do to go right, so fingers crossed my future paintings are a little more successful!
My appreciation and gratitude for #Gaia is unmeasurable and this reflects in my #travels and how I conduct my business. My efforts to ethically source my stones + cast in recycled precious metals and create sustainable products with the use of upcycled + recycled textiles are not lost. @openheartwarrior also plants #trees through our #Tree#Reforestation Project. Let’s respect and celebrate her everyday and in all ways we can. #HappyEarthDay !!! 🌏❤️♻️
9117 minutes ago
Ready to string pendants! 🙌🏼
It’s such a lengthy process creating a necklace or wand and often takes me weeks to do! First the crystal must be ready to work with, I have some that have sat there waiting for years before I get inspired.
I then set a base which takes me a few sits, as each part must set completely before I can add to it, which takes a few hours.
I then start to add the spiralwork, faces, pentacles and whatever other design is called for. Each step of this also takes a while to set in between, if i rush forward and put too much wet clay on top of other bits, it can collapse. (Bear in mind I work two jobs, 6 days a week, so I have days I am actually too exhausted to create at all, as I do all my work after my day jobs.
I then paint them with a pearl pigment I mix with gloss, wait to dry then repeat at least 3x.
The next step is to clean the crystals, creating with clay means it gets all over my fingers and thus, the crystals. As does the paint. So tidying up, then 3x min. more varnish coats for protection.
Necklaces then get strung. I usually wait til I have a few before stringing as this is my least favourite part and hurts my hands (hairdresser hands! 😖) sometimes threading with beads if the creation calls for it! This part usually takes me at least an hour.
They are then ready for a trip to the waterfalls or my mossy backyard spot for photos!🐾
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431 hour ago
In less than three months I will be boarding a plane to move to #Guatemala . I'm slightly terrified to leave the only city I have ever lived in, but also ridiculously excited to embark on the adventure of a life time. ❤ you, #yeg .