Earth Day 2017: Perspective

To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.  – Carl Sagan


That is the last line of Carl Sagan’s moving and ever insightful message about our Earth, inspired by “The Pale Blue Dot” photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from Earth. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a tiny dot (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space.


Life is complicated, and we feel divided. Here, Carl Sagan’s beautiful “Pale Blue Dot” speech inspired by that photograph, to put it all in perspective, reminds us that we’re all in this together.



From this vantage point, our Earth looks somewhat like a mere seed. A connection worth exploring. Though seeds seem relatively tiny, the entire life of a plant is hiding inside. And from Space, our Earth appears insignificant, yet holds all the incredible wonders of our natural world, our planet’s unique history involving too many creations and stories to ever comprehend. And, of course, the seed of our humanity.
And what does a seed need to grow? Well, for one, water. In commitment to our beautiful home, our Earth, our blue dot, we are donating a portion of our online sales to the Waterkeeper Alliance, a national organization committed to keeping our waterways clean. And why does our earth look like a blue dot from space? NASA says because it’s mostly covered in water.


Find out more about this organization here:


Happy Earth Day.  Every choice we make counts.  Let’s tread lightly and care for our resources on this beautiful Earth.




Let your Self have a guiding word


What happens when you distill down your focus, intentions – dare we say, life in-the-moment – into one word?




With the release of our new Wordplay collection, we’ve been pondering this question here at our WP hub… and we’ve seen a quite interesting kind of internal motivation and connection within and among us as a result.


The wearable variety of guiding words isn’t new to us.  We use little talismans of sentiment on our jewelry as touchpoints on a variety of things that matter to us.

But just one word? Yes.



One that you can wear and touch, that reminds you of the life you are creating.  Yes (yes actually happens to be Patti’s favorite guiding word).  What is yours, right now?

Let’s find out. Be still.  You may already know your word (one will come to mind pretty quickly… don’t edit, just recognize).  You may have a word that if more of a life word (like Patti’s yes) or may need one to reflect and direct something you have going on right now (feeling stuck? Wanderlust helps… something like that!).

Or maybe you aren’t sure.  Just turn inward to listen to yourself: what words do you hear over and over?  Always a good place to start.  And here, a few more places to begin the journey toward the right wearable word (or words) for you:


What do I want to cultivate in my life?

What is my essence, in one word?

What quality describes an accomplishment?

What is my truth?

What affirms my beliefs?

What is a common theme in my life that I keep coming back to?


Words are memories, motivators, affirmations, and most importantly, portals to our deepest desires. The closer we get to ourselves, the truer the transformative effects of these little efforts, these little, very powerful, words.  What word if calling out to you now?




View the entire Wordplay collection here.





Inspiration behind the Honey Love collection, straight from the hive along the Scenic Route

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Waxing Poetic believes in taking the Scenic Route, which means:

1) quite literally, we like looking at things and taking our time and not rushing and being careful to notice tiny details and unexpected treasures and sometimes going so far off the beaten path we end up in the middle of the mountains surrounded by flowers and

2) appreciating similar tendencies in others who went before us and learning from/being inspired by their journeys and discoveries and
3) being grateful for those who left milemarkers, signposts, maps, fieldguides, and star charts so that
4) when we get to a place where we feel filled enough with feeling and fervor that we want to make things, we can do so in a way that is filled with
5) Reverence for the world, for nature, for our families, for our friends, for our artisans, for our craftspeople, for the raw materials we source with great care and

6) for the tremendously gifted and giving people who help realize our vision and designs into tangible, wearable, dreamroutes.

View our Honey Love collection, along with other jewelry inspired by the Natural World here:

A Place in the Heart: Kady Lemus

A Place in the Heart: Kady Lemus
by Patti Pagliei


I wanted to share a moment that really moved me recently. It was at one of our photo shoots, and I was working closely with Kady, who has been with us for over four years. Kady gracefully shoulders much of the sales and merchandising support for our family of sales reps and distributors, but is also extremely artistic and something of a Renaissance woman – so she has her hand in many of the creative aspects at our company… from styling jewelry to creating all manners of artwork and displays for our stores. Not to mention her talent for making Halloween costumes by hand (and always blowing everyone away!).


On this occasion, Kady was styling our model Alanna, and never having noticed before that she had a distinctive and beautiful tattoo on her arm, I asked her about it.


She told me it was to honor and remember her sister, who very unexpectedly passed away at a young age after a battle with cancer. I had no idea. When Kady shared some of the details of her loss with me, there was such wisdom and clarity in the way she spoke about her sister: it was with pure love and bravery, and also surrender and acceptance. I felt her sister was among us as we were talking. To remember: we are alive here, and in the moment, and living deeply and with care. It was a moment when things that don’t make sense actually start to.


When I asked Kady about sharing this, she mentioned that it is kind of the reason why she works for Waxing Poetic. After her sister’s funeral, her mom wanted to give a special gift to a few of her friends that had helped her get through and she said that they just had to go to this really great jewelry store in Los Olivos called Waxing Poetic. So they took a little trip to the store and spent hours in there picking out the perfect gift for each friend….(which Kady said they all loved by the way!). Kady shared that it was then that she also purchased her first WP piece, the Write Your Own Way arrow, which she says is still her favorite one.



Kady got to talking to our store manager Brynn about the company and a bit later her mom said “you should look into working for them,” as Kady had just decided that she wanted to move closer to home. And “here I am,” she says, “four years later, working for WP… so this company will always hold a very special place in my heart:).”
And Kady’s heart will always have a special place in the heart of WP.

Even though I had never noticed Kady’s tattoo, I have noticed her arrow necklace and now know the profound significance both of those markers hold for her. There are signs all around us, if we pay attention. We each carry them, hold them, sometimes within, sometimes visible, but always there… all the beauty and fraglity of life.

Thank you for sharing your heart and talents with us Kady, and for inspiring us with the positive outlook on life you maintain. We are honored to work alongside you.

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