DUE COURSE: THE SCENIC ROUTE

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.

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

https://www.waxingpoetic.com/collections/themed-jewelry/natural-world/

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.

LOVE IS OUR BEST RENEWABLE RESOURCE

There is always a higher purpose, a higher office, the unseen truth and a way out of darkness. Love.

 

We are one, and we are a force for collective good that can’t be stopped or divided by any single person.  We may be lacking for the things we think we need, but we can always renew the most important quality in ourselves that we sometimes misplace or forget when anger and hatred takes hold, and that is the ability to be love, to spread love, to shine that love into the darkest, most misunderstood, scary places.

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Let’s be the change, each one of us.  Let’s better understand and aspire to our highest nature. Transformation can happen, it must happen. It is the only way out.  Love really is our best renewable resource.  Let’s use it, and then keep filling it back up and up.

Wishing everyone peace in our hearts, purpose in our actions and love in everything we do.

 

Love to all, always,

Patti

WANDERING STAR

Our Inspiration: The Situationists, an art movement in Paris in the 1950’s, used a word “dérive” (in French, it means “to drift”) to describe the art of getting lost, on purpose, in your own city, in your own life, if just for a little. To rediscover who you are in the world, to relearn what you love, and why, and to remember that it is perfectly ok to find yourself floating, drifting…  precisely so you can find your way home.

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Our Process: Drawing aesthetic inspiration from 20th century Modernist jewelry, star charts and tables of the present and the museum-housed past, the music of the spheres and optical or navigational devices of antiquity, we created the WANDERING STAR COLLECTION.

 

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We employed classical forms and glyphs — orbs, stars, arcs, ellipses, etc. and chose some very antiquity-friendly materials in terms of their celestial associations for this group, namely Sterling Silver (the element Silver is associated with several different moon goddesses, most often Artemis, Diana, and Selene) and Moonstone (thought by ancient peoples to be moonlight magically housed within a stone, and blessed with mystical properties), as well as…

 

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… brass, whose grounding properties keep our starry-selves in balance.

See Our Entire Wandering Star Collection Here