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Journal Entry: Wed Mar 1, 2017, 5:53 AM
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Time to change out some featured faves! Winter's definitely over in my neck of the woods. Seems crazy early this year, but we're already getting some green on the trees in Texas. Anyway, here are some recent beaded beauties that just had me stunned.

Fanyare - labradorite embroidered medallion by Sol89 Coronet Bracelet Set Collage by beadg1rl Bracelet 'Hungarian Rose' by SilverLineBeads Autumn Breeze by TheTerezkaD Galilaha by GoodQuillHunting Bronze Fission by GoodQuillHunting Bead embroidery necklace 22 by Priscillascreations Keeper of Carnutian forest_bracelet by OwlPolaris Blue dragon trade by Rrkra Iluve - Monkey Head Nebula I by Sol89 Swan and water lilies by penguine145


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Hunting for a box to ship the other day I found a rather large stash of wing and ripple bracelets that I took back from a bead store in Grapevine where they had a consignment of my stuff on offer until the shop changed hands (it's now a boutique for clothes). It's more than I can reasonably wear and so I decided to put some on offer in my Etsy store where I usually just sell patterns and instructions for some of my bracelets. I'll see if any of them shift, and then probably post more. I should also hunt for a new store to partner with in Dallas...







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Signed a Contract to Publish My Latest Tarot Deck

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 3, 2016, 6:15 AM
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After a rather mild and lovely fall it's finally getting cold in Dallas. Here's some winter-inspired art, just to put us in the mood...



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I'm very happy to announce that I submitted my New Era Elements Tarot to some publishing companies before Thanksgiving. US Game Systems contacted me back and I've signed a contract with them yesterday to have my latest Tarot deck published. We are currently working on the graphic files and I'm putting together an instructions booklet as well.

The deck should be available in stores and online first quarter of next year. I'll definitely post updates as things progress. I am very excited, and so far everyone at USGS is really friendly, professional and very easy to work with. I think this will be a great experience. Plus this deck will be copyrighted when all is done, so I should have a better handle against art theft than I have now with my unpublished Harry Potter deck.

For everyone who read or commented on my last journal entry: working with ebay and Etsy to get my stolen art removed is proving extremely frustrating. Both sites offer online forms that allow for virtually no explanation - there's barely enough space to post my DA site as proof - ebay isn't responding at all and Etsy threw out my first attempt. The thief of course didn't react to being contacted at all.

Stands to reason: every item these sites remove stops making them money, it's not really in their best interest to listen to the injured party at all. I'll keep trying, but don't see much chance of success. Here are the theft sites:

www.etsy.com/people/Tarotcraft…
www.ebay.com/itm/Harry-Potter-…

I believe it's the same guy since he offers instructions in Russian only...


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ALERT - I had my HP Tarot Deck Stolen

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 26, 2016, 4:22 PM
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Just a quick alert: I just found out that someone opened an Etsy Store here: www.etsy.com/people/Tarotcraft… and is offering my Harry Potter Tarot deck after having stolen the images from my DA site.

I have already contacted them and told them to remove the item from their store or I will flag this up to Etsy.

Please do not support a thief by buying from their site!

I have no idea of what quality their ripped copy is. If you would like a deck, please contact me

Thank you, Elly


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Tarot Card Reading - The Hogwarts Spread

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 20, 2016, 8:11 AM
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To kick this journal entry off - here are some of the amazing Tarot projects you can find here on DA. The skill, imagination, knowledge and inventiveness of the artists who are taking on this daunting project are amazing! Go check out their galleries to see their full decks!

Tarot - Ace of Wands by puimun Tarot - 18 The Moon by zsofiadome tarot, the lovers by bluefooted Inquisitor Tarot Commission #20 by qissus Page of Pentacles - 78 Tarot Nautical by windfalcon Tarot: The Emperor by Sceith-A Gryphon Tarot - The Star by silvermoonnw <da:thumb id="203927387"/> KH Tarot: The Tower by Autumn-Sacura AC Tarot - X of Swords by AngelaSasser The Sun - XIX by jodeee Three of Rods by davepalumbo

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With the Fall Equinox coming up on the 22nd I usually go ahead and do a Tarot reading for myself for the upcoming months. This time I decided to use my own Harry Potter deck for a spread that takes inspiration from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You don't need a Harry Potter themed deck to do this spread. Any favorite deck of Tarot cards will do.

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Here's how you do a reading: write down your question or formulate it clearly in your mind. Place four cards , front down, in an open square before you - these represent the four Hogwarts houses. In the center of the square place two cards, one crossing the other. This represents the Great Hall, the outcome of the reading. Turn over your cards and look at their meaning in the context of the four houses first:

1. Griffindor: The card in this position tells you about your relationships and friendships, the people you are loyal to and who stand by your side. It tells you about the image others have of you or how you want others to see you. It also stands for your aspirations and goals.

2. Slytherin: The card here gives you insight into your secrets and dreams, it tells you about your shadow, the things you may be afraid of, ashamed of or unwilling to admit to. It illuminates your weaknesses or hidden desires.

3. Hufflepuff: This position will help you interpret your material situation, possessions, health, feeling of security, happiness and success.

4. Ravenclaw: The last card of the quadrant tells you about your mental focus, what is important to you, how you make sense of the world around you, what you understand and how you think through things, particularly the problem or situation about which you made the spread

5. and 6. The Great Hall: These two cards will help you see the outcome of your question. The upright card will show you the end result. The card that crosses it will show you obstacles you have to overcome. These obstacles can be your own mental blocks and attitude, they can also be outside influences you have to work through. They may reinforce or oppose some of the aspects of the cards you have uncovered in the House quadrants.



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Thank You!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 20, 2016, 3:49 PM
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First off I wanted to thank all my visitors and watchers who helped me reach my latest kiriban goal of 666.666 pageviews in record time! I thought I'd still be weeks off before it happened. And the prize goes to Jenny from Germany! She'll get either one of 5 seed bead wing-bracelets or her own Harry Potter Tarot deck. You can congratulate her here:

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After some lovely days by the seaside, I wanted to show some amazing ocean-themed pieces from around DA. Hope you enjoy!

Commission - Tentacle Beak Megafish by Abiogenisis Sea horse by thai-binturong Distant Swimming by yanadhyana Rahab, Angel of the Deep by PeteMohrbacher Ocean flower by KL-WireDream August and Abyssal by AKOrganicAbstracts Sea Journey by fairyfrog Mirror for the hero by vimark CEPHALOPOD $17,500.00 by bronze4u winter walk by foureyes

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I've just spent a lovely couple of days on the beach in Alligator Point in Florida, kayaking on some of the small estuary rivers and bays there and doing some ocean sailing. It's been a wonderfully relaxing time and I've made some art progress as well. The Modern Era Elements Tarot pip cards are all done and the Daughters (AKA Princesses, but that's not very modern...) have been sketched. I look forward to my last push of drawing the court cards.

Also I wanted to thank :iconmouselemur: for including my commission drawing for the movie "Brokeback Mountain" in her fabulous feature of vintage and Wild West movie heroes. Check out the wonderful art she showcased here:




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666,666 Pageview Kiriban

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 8, 2016, 10:56 AM
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Just to keep up with the season: some stunning art that to me does a wonderful job capturing the spirit of the sun.

Stunning Sunny by IMikeMedia Serenity by guitarzar Young sunflower field by jup3nep Shape by paulcorfield Sunder by KimDingwall TARHMANTILH Silver and Citrine by LUNARIEEN Sunset sky tutorial by GreeGW SUR-Deco P1 by INDRIKoff Solar mandala by drakonaria Golden roses by DalfaArt The Dreamer by oprust


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Time to change out my journal - the last one's been around since April! Then again, there's not much to write about. 2016 - despite the fact that it's punctuated by rather frequent celebrity deaths and horrible news - has been pretty quiet on a personal level.

My job continues as usual and there have been no dramatic developments on the home front - the blessing of having an uninteresting life! I am making good progress with my new Tarot deck and am already in the process of finishing the 10s for the Minor Arcana. 16 court cards to follow and I am done! I will see if I can get this one published.

I've been dabbling with some geometric bead patterns and must confess that since I've got a wrecked Dremel earlier in the year my silver clay inspirations have dried up a bit. The stuff has become so expensive, too! I did get my hands on a lovely collection of cabs, though, and I should sit down and plan some new projects...

Also my pageview numbers are inching up towards a nice 666,666, and the number is just devilish enough to warrant a kiriban contest. Whoever can mail me the first screen shot of capturing the counter just on that number will have the choice between one of my HP Tarot decks (or my new one if it's ready at that point...) or one of my wing bracelets.




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Daily Deviation!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 6, 2016, 6:00 AM
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To celebrate my Daily Deviation of one of my beadwork pieces, here are some recent beaded favorites. Enjoy!

Love song - AKN8TV earrings by EskimoScrybe Eye Of The Tiger by Sol89 Dragon Take 2 - SOLD by JustBelieveCreations Hana by Sol89 India by borysbrytva Spikemania continues by CatsWire Axolotls by Rrkra  Gold Fish by Rrkra  Jasper intarsia necklace N440 by Fleur-de-Irk   Necklace Diana Goddess of Hunt by annafjellborg Greek beaded bracelet or necklace pattern by Rovenaru

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Many thanks to :iconpinkythepink: for suggesting my latest ripple bracelet for a Daily Deviation!

Pernod by Ellygator

Other DDs I got over the years:

Blue Butterflies by Ellygator Undine Evening Bag by Ellygator Fan-Tastic I by Ellygator Pride of Georgia by Ellygator Macho Death Eaters by Ellygator Firefly by Ellygator Variations on a Theme by Ellygator




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RIP Alan Rickman

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 14, 2016, 6:19 AM
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Gutted to read about Alan Rickman passing away from cancer this morning. I really only started to follow him after I saw him play Professor Snape in the HP movies, but he was a brilliant and versatile actor who gave credible personalities to villains, lovers, ordinary people and even archangels!





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Towards the End of the Year

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 6, 2015, 8:04 AM
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A few recent faves that play with blacks and whites and put me in the mood for winter. Hope you like this little selection!

Alpha by SilentKW Mythic Winter by tvurk Labradorite and Sterling Silver Long Drop by blackcurrantjewelry Intricate (In Black and White) by 2BORN02B Cold Silence by AlexNIKO

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Advent Calendar 2015 - December 4 by Vyrhelle-VyrL
Datura Leaf with Rainbow Moonstone by QuintessentialArts Taeris 2 by AlexNIKO  Blue breeze by DalfaArt  ISSINTULX  - silver and moonstone by LUNARIEEN The Tin Man by glittrrgrrl Jamie Murray by garrypfc Owl Post Necklace by Gweyeni

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As 2015 comes to a close I'd like to thank everyone who worked with me this year on commissions of originals or replicas of the following projects:

The Devil You Know by Ellygator Heart of a Poet by Ellygator Jackson by Ellygator Three's Company by Ellygator Little Moon Goddess by Ellygator HP Tarot Interpretations by Ellygator Medieval Planetary Talismans by Ellygator

It's been fun, and as always thank you for your inspiration and your business!







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Going into Fall

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 5, 2015, 6:04 PM
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Time to change for fall, which for me is a time for re-reading "The Lord of the Rings", watching what few trees we have in Dallas change to anything but shriveled-up brown, look up old vampire stores, and generally imagining myself in a northern European location and longing for the nice, cool, foggy and drawn-out falls of my childhood.


Move Into Light by tvurk Blood Moon by newcastlemale  autumn delight by MartinAmm Celegorm and Curufin finds Luthien by EKukanova Kilchurn Castle by Nelleke Brass comb by KL-WireDream  Lestat by HRFleur Liquid Autumn by Lilyas  Desire, detail by Raipun Asbeel, Angel of Ruin by PeteMohrbacher  Tranqullity by MartinAmm Shape by paulcorfield Sorbus aucuparia, Rowan Pendant, Orange CZ by QuintessentialArts

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CEXN EVA by Hart-Worx
Storm Owl by windfalcon

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So this month is a bit of a mixed bag, but I'm determined to concentrate on the good!

I'm making steady progress with my latest Tarot project with all of the Major Arcana all finished and sketching on the Aces getting under way. The creator of the Orbifold Tarot (www.indiegogo.com/projects/orb…) made me aware of a really great online printing service for Tarot cards - and other cards if you want (www.makeplayingcards.com). I have already printed some trial cards and I'm very impressed with the quality of their product and their customer service. I think they'd be a great resource to publish my new deck once it's done

A sweet woman who is managing the "Support Spike" website on facebook (www.facebook.com/SupportSpike?…) and who commissioned my latest James Marsters commission actually took a print-out of the damn thing to the latest con James attended and had him sign it for me! Such a really cool thing to do. I can't wait to get it in the mail. Apparently he really liked it!

The Devil You Know by Ellygator

Two years ago at the beginning of October I also lost my Dad, which is the mixed bag part of this month, but I've decided to not mope but share one of his deceptively simple but absolutely delicious kick-ass recipes. If I want to remember him bustling about our kitchen, teasing Mum and making the whole place smell just so yummy I cook up a batch of these and feel instantly 100% better!

Just like most self-respecting Germans have their own unique potato salad and chocolate cake recipes, they also have a potato pancake recipe. Here's ours:

Dad's Potato Pancakes


Serves 4

12 medium mealy potatoes shredded raw, pressed and the water discarded
2 eggs
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 medium onions
pepper and salt to taste
Coconut oil (my Dad used olive, but we now know it's not so good for frying) for frying

Blend all the ingredients (except the shredded potatoes) in a food processor until smooth, pour in a bowl, add 2 tbsp of oil and the potato shreds and stir with a spoon to blend well.

Heat the coconut oil to just below smoking and fry the mixture in small portions (about a large heaped tbsp of the mixture for one pancake) in the oil, flip after about a minute and brown well on both sides.

In Westphalia, where I'm from, they usually serve this with either a helping of apple sauce or with sugar beet molasses spooned on top, but I kind of like them just on their own...



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Good-bye, my beautiful dragon!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 19, 2015, 9:14 AM
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Beardie by kakequinn Beardie by damir-g-martin Lilith the Beardie ! by Lylosys-Pictures Beardie by LeoEyes Montezuma - my new beardie by Dunkleosteus-noir Beardies by rekit adult beardie_3 by macrojunkie

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I wanted to dedicate this new journal entry to my beloved beardie Mo'o (Hawaiian for "lizard"). We got her as a baby a little over 5 years ago from a very kind and generous breeder who was giving away a clutch of hatchlings she couldn't keep herself. For all the time she was with us she was a happy, mellow and playful little dragon who loved to climb, hang out with us outside in the warm Texas sun in summer, happily munched her crickets, roaches and worms and really never was sick. She had the most expressive colors and you could always tell her mood.

This year we just had really bad luck with her when she caught a respiratory infection in February which we nursed her back from with the help of our vet (we had to inject her with antibiotics, which was terrible, to have to stick a needle into your pet who trusts you and can't understand what's going on). We then had to board her in early summer, because we both had to travel, and the people at the reptile clinic that took her didn't bathe her, so she didn't shed properly from her tail which eventually had to be removed. Again she healed up and got all better.

Then last week she became all lethargic and turned pale white with a black beard and black color blotches on her sides. We went back to the vet who couldn't find what made her sick, but did tell us it was no respiratory infection this time. She hadn't been outside of her cage unless we watched her, so she couldn't have eaten anything poisonous by accident. The vet sent blood samples to a specialized lab to run some tests she couldn't do herself on Monday, but during the night from Monday to Tuesday this week Mo'o passed away. We found her yesterday morning in her usual corner looking as if she'd just fallen asleep.

I really miss my poor, beautiful dragon and I am so sad she had so many bad things happen to her this year with so little time to spend with us. 5 years was much too short!

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As a baby shortly after we got her


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Last summer in the back yard



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600.000 Pageviews - Thank you so much!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 16, 2015, 2:47 PM
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We're hitting the 100s here in Dallas now, so I wanted to showcase some faves that turn on the HEAT! Hope you enjoy....

<da:thumb id="531392730"/> Galadriel by EKukanova Citrine Drop and Copper Pendant by blackcurrantjewelry The Surfer babe. Tattoo sleeve by Peter Blackhand by Meatshop-Tattoo Fiery by AlexNIKO MB2015-430 ... 3D Abstract by Xantipa2 Crystal dragon by Viczan

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Untitled 2 by grazapp

Baby Green Tree Python by MorRokko Honey by KL-WireDream Magma by escume

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Well, last night it happened - my wonderful watchers pushed me over the 600.000 mark! The lovely :iconsamantha-dragon: got the screencap right on the mark and will be getting the lovely bead bracelet I offered as a prize in my last journal entry.

However, I wanted to also mention :icontangletree: and :iconmismatched:, who came sooo close! Sorry guys, really! But I'll be doing this again, promise!

My thanks go out to everyone who's been watching me and supporting me here on DA for the past 10 years. You are awesome and it's been a privilege to have been here for so long and been gifted with both encouragement for my art and with the beautiful and inspired art of others to watch.



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600.000 Kiriban Offer

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 5, 2015, 3:07 PM
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Just in the mood to show off some recent awesome fractals that I tucked away in my Favorites. I've been dabbling with Ultrafractal and Mandelbulber on and off, and that's given me even more appreciation of how these guys are rocking it!

Blue Cheese by 2BORN02B MB2015-374 by Xantipa2 Sacrifice by katdesignstudio MB2015-344 by Xantipa2 boring maybe by Loony-Lucy MB2015-266 by Xantipa2 Swagger by AureliusCat Woven by katdesignstudio Kaleidoscopic Fractal Virus Pendant Silver by MANDELWERK


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So it looks like the rains in Texas have finally let up. We've ended up with a whole set of nice, full reservoirs, which is good news, but also a bunch of casualties, both people and places washed away by the string of downpours. It was a really insane May! Now it's starting to feel like June with middays hitting a comfortable mid 90s. Yay for sunshine!

I've spent spring planning out my next Tarot project and am still very excited about working now on a more modern, contemporary and entirely original deck of cards. People who liked the drawing style of the HP Tarot, but weren't quite as much into the Potterverse will hopefully find a lot to like here. It'll take me a bunch of months to complete this - 78 detailed cards don't just draw themselves over night, especially since I want to offer detailed and individual pip cards, as I did the last time round. This time I also hope to be able to go commercial and have this set sit on a bunch of shelves in real stores for actual purchase.

In other news, it looks like I'm going to hit the big 600.000 here in a couple thousand pageviews, so to celebrate the occasion I am offering a kiriban to the person who manages to capture the counter at 600.000 and is the first to mail me the screenshot. The choice of gift will be either a hand-signed copy of my HP Tarot, nicely packed in a black velvet pouch or a nice, juicy, summery ruffle bracelet, namely this beauty!

Tropicana by Ellygator

Tropicana!




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Goodbye Mr. Spock

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 28, 2015, 5:40 AM
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From my Favorites

Spock by AmandaTolleson Spock by AmandaTolleson  Mr. Spock by RileyStark Kirk and Spock by TrevorGrove Spock by perselus SPOCK by AbdonJRomero Saavik and Spock by karracaz TOS Series: Spock by linus108Nicole

It was with a sad heart that I read the news yesterday that Leonard Nimoy had passed on and that an era of TV legend and fandom had come to an end.

Star Trek was my first real fandom I got involved in, including the first ever convention I went to. Mr. Spock was my first teenage crush, and many fellow fans have become real-life friends over the years.

Even though I drifted off to other fandoms and interests later on, the Star Trek 'verse and the character of Spock always stayed with me. I love the idea of an utopia where we can work for the betterment of mankind and other races and reach out for science and discovery without having to justify our endeavors to hordes of greedy stockholders (unless you happen to be a Ferengi...), but for its own sake, because it's the right thing to do.

I loved Spock as a character, because he wasn't the patron saint of the charismatic, popular kids running about with his shirt off. He was the one who made thinking things out, relying on one's mind and logic cool. Growing up as a geek and terrified of disappointing my parents, who were both school teachers with one of them even teaching at my high school, Spock's need for self-reliance, his isolation and privacy and the strained past with his father felt very familiar. Despite it all, Spock belonged, saved the humans he worked with time and time again, made a difference by using his talents and his otherness, not by hiding it and was accepted under his own terms. To me that was an incredibly positive and empowering message.

Leonard Nimoy brought this complex character to life and over the years added layers and depth to him, and while he invested his great talent into other screen projects, his music and worthwhile environmental issues, he will always be remembered for being Mr. Spock.

A Few of My Own Drawings

Spock I by Ellygator Spock II by Ellygator Three Drawings of Mr. Spock by Ellygator Spock III by Ellygator Spock IV by Ellygator



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Holiday Post

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 12, 2014, 1:21 PM
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White and Wintry


Last time this year we were already through a rather horrible 4-5 day ice-rain-snow fiasco, but this time round if I want to see anything white or wintry, I have to go back to my favorites collection. Hope you like these.


The Years of Youth by EKukanova  Hunt for Snowflakes 06 by Nam-tar  Dinali by EssiesJewels White by Venlian Uprooted by cloutierj  Assassins Creed - Snow Edition by EVentrue Galadriel Preview by Reine-Haru Santa horn pic 2 by Bonecarverpm


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Since my fall and winter so far have been fairly uneventful and I don't want to add to the overall bellyache about the new wonky DA logo (like a stoned or punch-drunk Excel "X" in my opinion...) I wanted to share a winter recipe from home with everyone.

At least it gives me a nice non-controversial pretext to change out my journal! This dish is a typical winter food in Germany and goes well with mashed potatoes or potato dumplings and pork chops or any kind of roast.

Red Cabbage with Holiday Spices

1 head of red cabbage
1 firm apple (you can go sour or sweet with this, but mealy apples are not so good as they will disintegrate during cooking)
1 large sweet onion
1/2 stick of butter
3 heaped tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
5 bay leaves
9 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Shred the cabbage into small pieces (about 1/2 inch), finely chop the onion and core and cut the apple into pieces about the same size as the cabbage.

Heat the butter in a pot large enough to hold all of the shredded cabbage and other ingredients and saute until glassy. Add the cabbage, the apple, the sugar and vinegar and all of the spices except the pepper and salt and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat so everything can simmer together but does not burn. Close the lid on the pot and just open occasionally to stir the mix.

Let cook for about 20-30 minutes until the cabbage is soft but not mushy. Adjust taste with salt and pepper (or more sugar) as needed, fish out the cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves and serve.

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Here's to wishing all my Deviant Art friends and their families happy and peaceful holidays and a successful and creative 2015!





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Heading into Fall

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 11, 2014, 12:45 PM
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Don't know what brought this on - just browsing through my favorites. Hope you enjoy

       

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It's already September and a new journal entry is definitely overdue. I had a good summer this year taking a full one and a half month off work and spending time with my family in Germany and another two weeks on a lovely beach in Florida. It was good taking a bit of an out-time, even if it didn't result in quite as many art projects as I had hoped.

I did a few bead and silver clay pieces, but nothing in the way of drawings though I'm still toying with the idea of putting another Tarot deck out there, this time with original designs and themes. However, right now it's back to work.

Incidentally if you live in DFW and are heading out to Grapefest in Grapevine this weekend, check out Beads on the Vine on Main Street. They have a consignment of my bracelets. I'll be there Saturday and bring by some additional pieces.


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Lovely Surprise!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 23, 2014, 10:51 AM
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Just some recent jewelry faves. I'm always astounded at the quality and craftsmanship around here. Enjoy!

XURILMARH (set) - silver and amethyst by LUNARIEEN Tudor Rose w blue star sapphire by Bonecarverpm Night Cloud with Labradorite by blackcurrantjewelry Eraphiel 1 by BartoszCiba AMANDES -  earrings by JoannaWatracz Beaded Bracelet, Smart Squares Narrow by NeatBeading TWINS by KL-WireDream


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So, sadly it looks like no one managed to capture the 500,000 screenshot. Sorry folks! Still, it was a pretty cool number to be breezing by. I'm looking forward to the next one!

In other news I got a really cool surprise yesterday when the guys from Interweave sent me their Special 2014 Collector's Edition of Beadwork with a selection of 37 "best-ever beading projects". My Crystal Squares bracelet that I submitted a couple of years ago and that was published in the March 2012 edition had made the cut! Sweet awesomeness!

To be one of 37 best-ever - man, I gotta pay attention I don't let that get to my head too much!


The mag with my project

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The Half Million Kiriban

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 28, 2014, 6:38 PM
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Finally a feature for the third of my Summer Contest winners. I've watched Erin's fabulous jewelry for a long time here on DA, so I was thrilled that she won last summer. I always loved the sure eye she has for color, texture and overall flow of a piece. I hope you enjoy this little excerpt from her gallery, and that it'll make you want to see the rest!


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  Enamel by penguine145 Dandy Lion Zoom by penguine145 Waterfall Necklace by penguine145 Ammonite Necklace by penguine145 Agua Nueva Agate Pendant by penguine145 Beetle 2 by penguine145 Indian Summer Dreams 2 by penguine145


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Well, it really looks like I'm coming up on the half million, yep, that's 500,000 pageview landmark. I guess that's pretty major since this is my biggest footprint on the world wide web (I'm a total light-weight when it comes to twitter, Facebook and others, since I'm not into personal disclosure much and I mostly like to keep my daily life and my opinions to myself). So to honor this pretty awesome occasion, I'd like to give the person who captures my 5 and five zeros screencap something special. And here it is:

Blue Seal by Ellygator

Rules: capture and mail me your 500,000 pageview screencap FIRST with your postal address and I will mail you this bracelet as a kiriban. 


At this point I'd like to thank all of my wonderful watchers for hanging in there with me, looking at my stuff, faving things they like and providing me with loving, insightful and often inspiring comments that have helped me grow both as an artist and a person. It's been 9 fabulous, amazing years and all I can say is this: all of you on DA, you are

AWESOME!




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Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 23, 2013, 12:21 PM
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For this journal the feature shows works from the second prize winner of this year's Summer Contest. I love the magical and mysterious quality Gejda's photomanips possess. Every single one has me try and imagine a story behind it. I am also very impressed with the great control she has of her medium. Her alterations look incredibly believable and seamless to me.


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Don't remember me by Gejda Fire witch II by Gejda Breach by Gejda Waiting for dawn by Gejda Good company by Gejda Safety by Gejda Most glorious night by Gejda


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And we are getting close to the end of another year. 2013 was perhaps not the most prolific year for me artistically, but a fun one as far as my projects were concerned.

I concentrated more on beading than on drawing, did a few silver-clay projects I'm happy about, and with the "Found in Nature" bead series started a new line of cuff bracelets that feature natural textures taken from snakeskin, fish-scales and moth wings.

At this point I'd like to thank everyone who commissioned me this year and gave me fun and challenging projects to work with.


The Chesterfield by Ellygator Caramel Latte by Ellygator Return to Sedona by Ellygator Pyramid and Ziggurat by Ellygator Spike: Into Darkness by Ellygator



I'm wishing all my friends and watchers Happy Holidays and a successful and creative 2014!



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Thanksgiving Week

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 25, 2013, 5:27 AM
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First off, I'd like to make good on my Summer Contest prizes by featuring the lovely artist who won first prize with her gothic-inspired jewelry set. She is a really great knotter and wire-worker with a sure eye for colors and textures and a great instinct for combining even quite diverse materials. She also draws, and has a beautiful feeling for color and form. Enjoy!


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Mother of pearl and jasper set by cybelemoon Pink Zebra Jasper necklace and earring set by cybelemoon Release by cybelemoon Double Brown Barrel and hemp macrame bracelet by cybelemoon Simply Floating by cybelemoon Custom ordered wedding set by cybelemoon Red Sponge Coral necklace by cybelemoon


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Well, we've finally had our first cold spell around here, which means the palm tree in the back yard is all wrapped up now, and over Thanksgiving I'll most likely attack the rest of the yard with pruning shears and get rid of all the dried and shriveled up shrubs to clear out the garden for winter.

The last few weeks have been busy, lots to do at work, and quite a few requests for commissions, now that we're getting closer to the holidays. I've already finished a few wing bracelets and some brick-stitch pieces. Now I'm waiting for supplies to come in for a remake of "Ivory Lace" and a replica of my "Zaphiria" bracelet, set with a labradorite instead of a moonstone.

There's even some progress with drawings, since I am currently working on a commish for a rather dark piece featuring Spike from BtSV, and there may be more stuff in the works. My own drawing muse has been a little quiet this year, but it's fun to work on other folks' ideas.

For the holidays I don't have much in the way of plans. We'll most likely stay put with my father-in-law joining us for a week or so over Christmas.




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