Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Statement Gemstone Jewelry!

Have you visited Terra Mystique's shop lately? I've finally added some new jewelry to start dreaming of Spring and Summer! These pieces have been on my mind for a very, very long time. As I gazed upon them on my table, I felt oh-so-happy for finally being able to materialize them. I liked these so much that I even grabbed a set for myself. I usually don't wear necklaces during winter because of turtlenecks and scarfs, but I know that when the temperatures start rising I won't get enough of this statement piece.

These pieces are made to order (as usual) and feature natural gemstone nuggets or beads and raw brass or gold plated nickel and lead free metal components. They are available at my shop separately, but once the necklaces sell out I might not be able to stock them again so soon, so grab yours while you can! :)

See each piece individually here (opens a new window/tab):

Turquoise Statement Necklace
White Turquoise Statement Necklace
Turquoise Angular Drop Earrings
Dalmatian Jasper Angular Drop Earrings

Much love,
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Moon Goddess" Lookbook by The Bohemian Collective

All photographs taken by Katelyn Demidow and edited by Laura Mazurek.

Tonight is a Full Moon and Laura Mazurek from Roots & Feathers just launched the latest, brand new lookbook for The Bohemian Collective, titled "Moon Goddess". After scrolling down through the entire lookbook, I found myself almost hypnotized. I really love that sense of hidden power Laura transmits in these pictures; it fits us women, daughters of the Moon so well! The skin might show innocence but the heart is full of tenacity. The moon arm band and the brass crescent moon ring are really lovely, but that silver moon phase necklace, OMG. If only I had da moneyz. Yes, please...

Craving aside, this lookbook is a true inspiration to all moon worshippers out there. I personally have been brainstorming on some moon themed jewelry for my shop, so this ethereally presented collection of beautiful pieces of art was such a breath of fresh air.

To check the entire lookbook and the list of authors for each of the featured clothing and jewelry pieces, click here!

◯ Happy Full Moon! ◯
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Best of 2013

Ok, I know this post comes a little later than supposed! Before 2013 ended I didn't think I would actually write it but a couple of days ago I just thought "why not". My internship has gotten the best of me this week, however, as I told in my "Hello Twenty Fourteen" post, this year I won't let my full time "job" mess up with Terra. So this weekend I'm doing my best to bring brand new pieces to the shop! I've had them in a drawyer for a while but I haven't had the time to settle and take good pictures of them. But we finally had a sunny weekend so I've catched the opportunity to photograph my newest creations.

Back to the theme of this post. There were times when my twenty thirteen got a little too monotonous, but on the other hand there are also some very special memories. Here is my top 7 of 2013:

1. I moved to a new home

This was, certainly, the event that marked me the most last year. Leaving the house where I lived for almost my entire life and moving back to my hometown has changed my life completely! I'm now so much closer to my boyfriend, friends and most of the family, as well as to college and other services in general. The nostalgia of the home and environment I grew up in is present once in a while, but living in the suburbs and having to move to the urban center everyday was expensive and tiresome, as was to maintain such a big house. So this change was a huge relief.

2. Terra Mystique was born

After two years managing my first jewelry small business, Wilwarin Designs, I decided it was time for a massive change. I let go a romantic approach in return for a little metamorphosis and a solemnization of freedom and quirkiness. Although Terra Mystique is far from being my full time job, I love devoting myself to it and I hope to continue to do so throughout this new year and make it grow.

3. I was gone in an adventure...

...with my man! For the first time in 6 years we were adventurers and spent some time alone away from home. Our destination was Vila Flor in the northwest of Portugal, a place where, by coincidence, we both used to spend summer vacation with family without having met each other. We camped for 5 days and 4 nights while living each other's memories... and for a while we forgot the hustle of everyday life that took our lives altogether.

4. ...and visited the countryside

There was another summer trip, yet kind of unplanned. I met the lovely village of Almendra and some members of my boyfriend's family who live there, had meals outdoors with homemade bread and freshly harvested veggies and wandered the nearby lands to check the Douro river, a local santuary and other hidden nooks. If we could only have spared the too-hot, sleepless nights... and the zillion mosquitoes which turned D. into a huge potato!

5. Alas, the whole summer was great!

I can't remember spending so much time on a beach since high school! Most of the time the weather wouldn't be nice enough or I didn't feel like going to overwhelmed places. But this year the heat was constantly there and I had a great time exploring the beaches of my homeland, eventually finding some sheltered nooks away from the crowd. There were lots of sunbathing, meadows in bloom, ice cold drinks and beach walking under the starry sky. Ah, how I love summer!

6. It was a productive academic year

But I can't deny it, I paid with blood and sanity! There were lots of sleepless nights and very few outings. There were many field trips, tho. I met several lovely places thanks to my course and learned a lot as well. I enjoyed diverse views, saw plants I had only seen in books and even travelled back in time with the help of archaeologists, with whom we collaborated to create landscape architecture projects to valorize and promote some local hillforts. All my efforts were well compensated as my Master's grades have burst the scale I had originally set as a goal!

7. Family moments

Although this is something which - fortunately - has always been present throughout my life, I can't help but give thanks for all the gatherings and trips with my close ones and even D.'s. Not everyone has the chance to spend so much time with their families and I feel so blessed for being able to have a meal and talk and laugh with everyone at least on a fortnightly basis.

These are the things that most marked my last year, in a positive way. I seriously hope I keep them all in 2014, together with so much more!
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Thanking the Stars

Last night was a sleepless one as bad weather has also striked the portuguese mainland... I woke up around 3am with repeated lightning, strong gusts and the sound of what seemed to be very heavy rain, but when I opened my bedroom's window I was astonished to find the streets covered with hailstones as big as I've never seen before. It was pretty hard to get back to sleep. Thankfully the storm hasn't brought any harm to my home but I've heard about many places in the country which are quite of a mess right now. January is always the hardest month when it comes to extreme storms. I just hope it doesn't get as bad as last year's season.

Anyway, things are calmer now as the sun shines once in a while. I feel tired due to poor sleep but the day goes on and there are always many good things to be enjoyed. Last post I mentioned that one of my resolutions for 2014 was to appreciate everything I have in my life a little more. And a few days ago I found this great idea of a jar filled with good things that happen throughout the year, as well as a tutorial of how to make origami paper stars. I thought it would be an awesome way to help me materialize my resolution, so I started my own project of a jar of good things written on paper stars! Every night before I go to bed I'll get a stripe of paper, write something good about that day (some event, something I've learned, someone I've met...), fold it unto a little star and keep it in the jar. I might even buy some colored paper to make it even more fun!

When the last day of 2014 comes, it will be time to empty my jar(s) of grateful stars and recall all the best of the year. I know this isn't an original idea and that it has been around for a while, but I thought it would be the perfect way for me to stick to one of my goals. If you want feel free to tag along with your own grateful star jar and share your pictures of it on my Instagram!

And if you'd like to learn how to make these cute origami stars, be it for your jar or any other craft projects, here's the video that teached me how to make mine!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello Twenty Fourteen

Image found here (unknown author).

It's a brand new year! I hope you've had a fun New Year's; mine was pretty awesome. I wanted to write a last post before the great evening but the last couple of days of 2013 were such a bustle. Every last day of the year, my Mom likes to make sure that everything around the house is just as clean and tidy as it can possibly be- even though we've spent the night out at separate places. This year I had dinner at D.'s place along with him and his parents and then we both spent the rest of the night hanging out with friends. To be honest, a few hours before leaving my home I wasn't that interested in New Year's, but I'm glad I told myself "screw it" and left my comfort zone. It had been a long time I'd stepped into a club and just had fun. Sadly I don't have any pictures, but I know I will remember this great night for a long time.

Looking back to 2013, it's difficult to make a simple summary. It was a year of upcoming some fears and accomplishing some visions; of meeting a few new places and reliving a couple of old ones. Some goals were met while others are still on the table. But one thing at a time. For instance, a year ago I had set the ambitious resolution of hitting 100 sales in my Etsy shop. Today, my counter is at 95! It might sound very little but considering that Terra Mystique was born only a few months ago it all feels great to me. Also, I grew up with achluophobia (fear of the dark) and I've put my small lamp aside exactly a year and a day ago. I've been learning to embrace darkness as an essential part of life and the world, beautiful in its own way, as well as to fight my own monsters (aka negativity).

There are still many aspects in my life I want to work on, though. I'm not much into this resolution thing but since everybody got into the spirit of it why not, right? For the last few years I've found myself closing to the world as daily life takes over my mind. So my main goals this year are to open myself more to new possibilities and getting out of my comfort zone more often. To be more calm, getting over my past mistakes and not fearing the future ones. To learn with them and getting satisfaction from what I do. To learn to manage my time better, so I'll have time for myself and what I like. To read more books and be more active. To be adventurous and devoted. And to appreciate all good things in life, big or small! I know it's not exactly a humble list but I'll figure it out. What about you?

Happy 2014 everyone!
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