Join us: 7th annual Awakening Into The Sun FREE health & wellness festival in St. Petersburg, Florida

7th annual Awakening Into The Sun FREE yoga, music, and arts outdoor festival is March 2nd & 3rd, 2019

This will be our best and grandest festival yet! The festival’s 7th year is sure to be the one FREE health and wellness events that will be talked about all year long, so don’t miss it!

http://AwakeningIntoTheSun.org

Over the last six years, the Awakening Into The Sun festival has been the muse to many an artist. Artists who inspire prosperous and expansive consciousness in the world. We learn, grow, and LOVE! Learn about our mission to water your seeds of greatness and help you awaken to your authentic purpose.

We’re going to have free yoga classes, free live music (and folks, these are some of the best around!), health educators, art classes*, and health sessions* such as: crystal bowls, sound therapy, massage, acupuncture and more. As well as, healthy food, pets, art, and lots of sights and sounds to behold.

*Note: Fees will be charged for art classes and certain health sessions.

And there will be lots of vendors (previous years included about 90), of which you can meet and greet, ask questions, sample products, and bring home the items best suited for you and your loved ones.

If you have a marriage license and desire to be wed at the festival, come to the band area–I’m the emcee for the event both days and a Florida licensed notary public and LOVE to marry couples in love! Imagine the blessings you’ll receive from getting married at this holistic event!

For those who have attended in years past, the musical performers you know and love will be joining us again: Duo Vida, Billy Mays III / Infinite Third, Jordyn Zentz, and Eluv (on Saturday); We will also enjoy the luxurious sounds of Lindy Romez & Sol Y Mar, and Latin Rendezvous (on Sunday); Samadhi new to the event this year, will also perform on Sunday. Let’s all of us give our aWEsOMe performers a sunny Florida welcome! I am super excited to see them all again and meet Samadhi!

Then on Sunday about 4pm, we’ll begin gathering for the closing ceremonies, which will be highlighted by the largest drum circle in Florida! Bring your drum, bring your rattles and Tingsha cymbals (I’ll have mine!), and prepare to experience an aWEsOMe awakening, heart-expanding, and soul-connecting time!

For all of the information be sure to visit the official festival website: Awakening Into the Sun

Your soul-aligned friend in Connection.

Many blessings to you in ALL ways.

Check out this original song, Dogma. It’s one of my favorites, written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

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Dichroic Glass Pendant – We Have a Winner!

Beautiful art glass dichroic pendant giveaway ended today – April 13, 2013. Congratulations Eva!

Autumn Orange Dichroic Pendant
Autumn Orange Dichroic Pendant

CONTEST ENDED

Drawing was held  April 13, 2013. Out of 19 entries, we have a winner and an alternate should the winner be non-responsive.

Congratulations to “Eva”.

Please send an email to sheila.murrey@gmail.com and let me know the USPS mailing address in the U.S. you would like me to mail your pendant to. If you have not responded in the next 10 days I will post the alternate winner.

Thank you all for your emails, comments, and follows. I blog on several categories and am happy that at least one subject area interested you.

My other blog, Orlando Examiner on Natural Health and Beauty continues to do well also, thank you for checking it out!

Special Thanks:

This dichroic pendant has been provided by Joni of Dichroic Adventures (rope not included). Thanks so much Joni!

Please visit Joni’s jewelry website -> CLICK HERE.

Artsy Glass Jewelry

Dichroic Jewelry
“Dichroic Adventures” jewelry

A former coworker of mine, Joni, and I were discussing a pendant I had on, as well as my Fenton Art glass bead bracelet. Joni mentioned making dichroic glass  jewelry. When she brought some in a few days later, I took one look and immediately hooked!

I’ve posted a photo of some of the pendants and earrings I bought from Joni – at relatively inexpensive prices too! Aren’t they fascinating and lovely? The photos really do not show how exquisite and elegant the pieces are though. As the light hits each piece you see different colors and sometimes different imagery within the patterns.

I’m so intrigued by the colors and feel of these glass items, as well as how unique each piece is. I’ve always been a fan of art glass though, having grown up near the Fenton Art glass factory in Williamstown, WV.

My glass jewelry also reminds me of how my dad (having been a truck driver) would bring home glass marbles for me when I was a kid. I loved playing with marbles!

Dichroic glass is so interesting! I continue to marvel at how the appear, when the light hits the variety of colors in the glass. Also, I put my attention on how I can see shapes or pictures within the pieces. Each seem to conjure mysterious and magical wonderings.

If you’d like to learn more about how dichroic glass is made – Click Here.

If you’ve had a dear pet cremated you can contact someone who makes dichroic glass, and ask about preserving a tiny bit of their remains in a memorial glass dichroic pendant. How loving is that?

America The Beautiful at Fenton Art Glass Company

Wearable fame

It’s not everyday that you can claim a small bit of fame by the bracelet you wear, but I’ve been able to do just that.

Bead jewelry

As many women know, and presumable just as many men since they often reach for a piece of jewelry as a gift to the special lady in their life, Pandora bead jewelry has become very popular. And so it happens that in my West Virginia hometown there’s a century plus old company who’s making artisan glass beads that rival and are quite competitive with Pandora beads. And I’ve begun my own bracelet of the beads (which, I wore everyday for years).

I’m at work, and ladies admire the beads. I’m at the health foods store, grocery store, gym, shipping store, etc. and ladies notice the beaded bracelet. At every turn I get to tell about Fenton Art Glass and how it’s “made in America” pure artisan craftsmanship at its finest.

You can check their fabulous beads out for yourself on their website (and maybe even buy some beads!):

Click Here or go copy and paste this link into your browser —> http://www.fentonartglass.com/

Proud history

Let me finish my story… I love the Fenton company. And unfortunately like so many family run companies they’ve been business challenged lately. In fact, they’ve shut down their main furnace (July 2011 – http://wvgazette.com/News/201107060631). This saddened me deeply when a cousin texted me last year that this was happening!

You see, I went to school (all twelve years – elementary through high school) with Fenton kids. I walked by Fenton a lot growing up and would look forward to tent sales in the summer when my mom and I would shop for collectible hand blown glass pieces (they made vases, lamps, bowls, little hand painted cute animal figurines, angels, clowns, and much more), or when I’d visit my hometown later on with family and look for what was new.

I’m so glad I took my husband on the factory tour a few years back. And since my husband is an artist, he told me he so admired the workmanship and craftsmanship in the making of the art there. The artisans at Fenton had such command of their art and were proud to have their work collected by people all over the world.

Fenton used to appear on the HSN television channel. As well, they used to have their wares displayed and sold at Cracker Barrel restaurants.

Living in Florida since I was 22 years of age, when people asked me where I was from, I was always happy to say I’m from Williamstown, WV–where Fenton Art Glass is made.

Though I’ve lived in Florida for more than half of my life, my hometown still lives in my heart. I have family and friends in / near Williamstown.

Ray of Light

While dining out, we’ve wondered if Fenton had explored making other types of art glass, such as light shades for bars and restaurants.

When we watch HG TV and those restaurant makeover shows on Food Network and see the ways in which designers come up with creating lighting fixtures, sometimes out of the most unexpected things, we wonder if that’s a whole genre of business Fenton may have missed out on.

I enjoy the way light shines through and reflects from the Fenton glass I own, and I appreciate the beauty of it often. I wish more people could experience the beauty of Fenton Art Glass, and believe in the workers of America again.

Part of What Made America Great

When I read this article, http://wvgazette.com/Life/201202030246 and learned there had been 460 glass factories in West Virginia, but now only 16 are in operation. This again causes me to pause and reflect upon how America is changing. Gone are so many manual labor craft jobs. And when we lose that talent and skill, it may never be replaced. Didn’t factories make America great? Where did all our manufacturing go???

Designer beads

So, back to my little beaded bracelet. When I look at it, I think of the folks who made the glass, and the artists who painted on each bead. As the beads move along on the bracelet chain I think about my hometown, I’m grateful to have grown up during a time when hard work and the arts were held in high esteem.

My first cousins’ wife works (for awhile longer at least) in the Fenton gift shop, and the economy of Williamstown and surrounding areas, Vienna and Parkersburg WV and Marietta OH, will feel the loss of this major employer. I pray and lift up in hope all those whose lives have been impacted negatively by the changing economy and I pray Fenton can find a way to rise up again, light the main furnace, and keep the heart in my hometown.

UPDATE 2017: Fenton Art Glass did eventually close down the factory. The building was torn down in order to build a new school.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g59656-d274481-Reviews-Fenton_Art_Glass_Company-Williamstown_West_Virginia.html

https://www.thenewscenter.tv/content/news/The-Fenton-Art-Glass-Factory-comes-to-a-closing–423357214.html

Check out this original song, Ain’t Workin’ Blues. It’s one of my husband’s tunes – performed and recorded in Nashville, TN. You can download it (it’s Track 7) from this link:  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself