I’m also inspired by travel, the people, the food, and the excitement of never quite knowing what to expect, including the selection of my fabrics. While I always return to my same fabric sources, I am constantly delighted by the textiles they have made for me during the previous months.
Hello my name is Leda May Jones. My store name is Ledamay. I live in a small town of Willits in Mendocino Ca. I would have to say I love Northern California and hope to own my own little piece of it someday. I am a mother of three beautiful daughters and one son that is adored by all the lady’s in the house. My shops philosophy is to create everything with love and passion and to never get tired of what I’m making by always making it unique and different giving each piece Life!
My purpose with it all is to share a piece of myself with the world
My creative process is forever changing. I love finding old beautiful fabrics that inspire me and because I have four children and am homeschooling one …waking up early is the time I do most my creating. The kids will wake up for school and I will have fabric flung all over the house with sewing machine running and a cup of coffee in hand or will be twirling around in my newest creation and my daughters will tell me “ Mom I think that one is the prettiest one yet” haha ( they tell me this with each one.)
I am always changing my work place but I realize I prefer not hiding away I have to be near my children when I’m working and sometimes I think the background noise helps.
I love finding perfection in imperfection I use new fabrics when I can’t find something I need, But the older fabrics just have more character to me ,creating with them is so much more fun!
After I had my first two children I was a single mom needing a career so I decided beauty school was something attainable for myself so I finished and passed state board where then I got a job at Shag salon and would have to say I enjoyed being a hair artist for many years. It was after I got married and had my third daughter that my husband bought me a sewing machine for our anniversary.
I found the love for sewing and I haven’t put my sewing machine away since …………………..today is six years later……….wow………………
I would have to say the joy in creating for me is not the in the pieces I’ve made its who I have made them for, like this beautiful lady that came to see me from Oakland I created a dress for her wedding and now on the 25th she wants me to come and do her hair and makeup at the wedding, she has become a friend, and who could ask for more , I am just so blessed to know what I make brings these lovely peaceful people into my life .
Going back to thinking about my childhood and the first thing I saw being made …My mom had five children and we lived in many different trailers and pieces of property growing up, I was in awe that she always could make a home out of nothing. We would make furniture out of old tires, rugs out of old rags. She was definitely ahead of her time with creating things out of old T shirts but we never had a sewing machine and I always thought boy what I could do with one of those!!!!
“What you do really does reflect you and what you reflect comes back”
You ask what inspires me to create……… Love inspires me
I mostly sell my handmade art on Etsy and I have only done one vending booth and I loved it .
I would have to say you should give artists working out there some major credit because it is… very hard work! I think once my children are older I would love to do more.
I am very lucky to have a hardworking husband that has a job that allows me stay home with the kids. The only hard part is that it can be seasonal work so it always seems when he slows down with building my shop picks up the slack, but my dream is to own a home of our own someday that is definitely a driving force when I get tired I just have to pick myself up and find my creative flow.
I love to paint, cook beautiful food ,play on the beach and go hiking with the kids … but I am sad to say I haven’t gone to any music festivals yet. Growing up we all just played music by the campfire every night we never really had the money or transportation to do so, and having a baby at sixteen… I never got to explore that life, this team has definitely made me realize what I have missed all these years so I do hope to experience one someday !! I will be thirty this month I better get movin Time goes by so fast !
What would I like the world to know about me?
I would like to let the World Know I am a Dreamer
I never dreamed that I would be making women’s clothing let alone wedding dresses My shop on Etsy has been truly magical to me in how it has transformed and created this web of imagination and creativity in my soul I can say I am just excited to see what happens next !!!
My favorite quote is
“ everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree , it will live its whole life believing it is stupid “ (Albert Einstein)
Artist Contact info: Ledaandfamily@gmail.com
Social Media Links: on facebook L.may gowns, and Leda jones photography
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Welcome to DreamweaverSpirit.
Here you will discover unusual and unique jewellery and crafts inspired by Native American, Pagan and Egyptian cultures.
The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was from the Old French word “jouel“, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale“, meaning plaything. In British English, it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English
My name is Sara and I am a Pagan artist based in Surrey, England, U.K. I was born on Summer Solstice eve in London, England many moons ago and my family is originally from Spain. My shop is called DreamweaverSpirit – I sell Native American and Pagan inspired jewellery and crafts which are all made with love and gratitude. I love to create magical pieces that will uplift others and help them on their spiritual journey.
I also love animals and like to help them as much as I can. A percentage of all sales go to the animal charities which I support and give monthly donations to.
I work from my home which I share with my partner and our 16 year old crazy kitten cat. I never quite know what to expect when I start creating a piece. Sometimes I have an idea, but most of the time I just go with the flow and let it happen. It feels like the piece is being made through me. I get inspired by the shape of the materials I use, the crystals, wood, antler…..
When I create wands and pendants, I start by preparing the wood, cutting and sanding it. Then I bind the crystals, and anything else I may be using with epoxy resin and epoxy clay. I sand down the clay when it’s dry, and then build up the design with the same material. It can be a lengthy process as I have to wait for each layer to dry before I can move on to the next. The faces I always sculpt in polymer clay. It’s not air drying so it gives me more time to work on them. I am usually working on five or six pieces at a time. Some get finished quickly while others might sit for a while until the time is right to finish them off.
I’ve always loved art, and when I left school I went on to study photography and then fashion and graphics. The art tutor that I had at the time was one of my mentors, she taught me a great deal and also gave me the encouragement that I needed. After that I did a foundation course in art and design, then the next step was to go for a degree. I’d had enough of studying by then so I took some time out to travel. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I’ve never stuck at a job for very long. So when I came back I did a short business course and got some money together to buy a load of materials. I taught myself how to make jewellery and wands and went on to do festivals, craft fairs and Pow-wows and also selling in a shop in a craft market for a year or so and also did Tarot readings while I was there as well to make a bit of extra money.
Then I discovered Etsy and I’ve never looked back.
It has really helped me get noticed and I’ve also met some wonderful people over the past four years.
COLLABORATION PROJECT with the DEADHEAD ART ALLIANCE ETSY TEAM
Artists Jen Liput from pacificnorthwestglassblowing.com, California, USA and Sara from DreamweaverSpirit, Surrey, UK
Here’s the finished piece we came out with!
Collaboration US and UK artists
MATERIALS: Quartz, Bone, Hazel wood, Glass, Wooden beads, Carnelian, Suede, Feather, Shell, Epoxy putty
Dreamtime – Quartz And Hazel Lizard Totem Wand
I have collaborated with PACIFICNWGLASS to create this Native American inspired wand. The beautiful glass cabochons and beads were created by her and I have put it all together. The wood is Hazel, I have varnished it and attached the crystals, cabochons and bone lizard with epoxy resin. I have also attached glass beads, wooden beads and a feather with suede lace. The design around the cabochons I have created with epoxy putty. The wand measures almost 15″ and would make a lovely addition to your collection.
Lizard Medicine is the shadow side of reality where your dreams are reviewed before you decide to manifest them physically. Lizard is the Medicine of Dreamers and can always help you see the shadow. This shadow can be your fears, your hopes, or the very thing you are resisting, but it is always following you around.
Hazel wood has long been used for divination. It is said to increase intuition, wisdom, artistic ability and magical knowledge. The energy of hazel wands promote love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence.
Quartz amplifies spiritual power and is an excellent crystal for developing psychism.
Carnelian is a stone of creativity, individuality, spiritual power. It balances the sacral chakra and is helpful for grounding oneself.
The shell is a devine feminine symbol associated with venus. It represents beauty, intuition and love.
Turkey (feather) teaches us how all life is sacred and we must learn to give and be grateful for what we have.
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My first introduction to art was my Family. My father was a carpenter and I would love to watch him working. I would get bits of wood and just sit there sanding them until they were really smooth. I loved the feel of the wood and I know it’s what gave me my passion for making wands.
My creation the “Queen of the Fae” Green Woman wand is my favourite piece at the moment. I love to sculpt nature spirits and feel the magic of the forest as I’m creating them. The crystals that I used in the wand are really beautiful too. It has a lovely energy.
Nature inspires me more than anything. Trees, nature spirits and animals are what I portray the most in my pieces along with mythology, ancient civilizations, fairytales and folklore. I also get inspired by my dreams and of course the music I listen to while I’m creating is very inspirational too, … Even just looking at a crystal or a piece of wood gets the ideas flowing.
I love meeting weird and wonderful people from all walks of life. I’ve met many characters along the way and there’s nothing nicer than putting a necklace on the person that’s just bought it and having a hug For me that’s what it all about, exchanging energies with the other person and seeing the smile on their face because they now own something I’ve made. I also love buying as much as selling and I’m constantly looking for beautiful and unusual crystals. I also love going to forests in search of wood and other bits and pieces. Our beautiful Mother Earth gives us so many precious treasures.
Their has been times in the past when I’ve felt like giving it all up, but something has always happened at the last minute to make me change my mind. I’ve learned to trust and believe in life. When we give up hope there really is no point in carrying on and I know that creating is what I’m meant to do. My partner is also very supportive and encouraging and is always praising my work and needless to say my buyers keep me going too. One of the nicest things that was ever said to me was “Thank you for sharing your gift with the world”
I love to travel around England visiting Stone circles and other sacred sites, going out for a drink and socialising, being with friends/ family, Pagan festivals, meditating and yoga. I love live music, mainly heavy rock/ metal and also Pagan/ Native American inspired music. I read books on magic/ witchcraft, philosophy and anything to do with metaphysics. I also love to grow things, be with Nature and hug lots of trees
My dream would be to travel the world and sell my pieces in every country that I visited. So many people (and animals) are in need of love and healing and I hope that what I do can help a little. I would also love to have my own shop in Glastonbury, England one day. Such a beautiful and magical place. Some call it the heart chakra of world.
Thank you for reading and many blessings to all.
Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.
Artist Contact info: email@example.com
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