Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Walking in our woods, late October

One of the cool science-y peeps at treehugger published a list called "The 13 most bizarre mushrooms" a couple of years ago, with awesome photos of said bizarre fungi - and look what we found in an early morning ramble in our own woods a couple of days ago, looking for all the world like a tribble gone wild. I think it's a lion's mane mushroom, also known as a hedgehog mushroom or a bearded tooth mushroom. Not sure enough that that's what it is to eat it, but isn't it awesome?

More shots of it. Honestly, I was a bit creeped out. I kept halfway expecting alien worm creatures to jump on me and invade my orifices, but that didn't happen because I was too damn scared to get close to it wisely kept a bit of a distance.



Does it look a bit like a creepy dog to you? Or a creepy monkey? Holding on to that vine that's growing up the tree with its creepy little dog monkey hands, and staring at me? 





.... Yeah.






Maybe. Just a bit. 






I'm pretty sure it turned its head while we were looking at it.






I wonder what took that big bite out of it - something standing on its back legs, something tall...

I took a couple of pictures of some goldenrod that's still blooming, and didn't realize there was a cool gray spider hanging on to one of the flower clusters for dear life until I got really close. Do you see her?

Let me make it easier for you...


I love these miniature morning glory-like blooms - shades of pink and purple, trying to hide in the green grasses and brown leaves, in complete denial about the impending cold weather ...

That pretty bright red fruit cap that's left behind reminds me of a holiday ornament - up close it almost looks like it's made of sequins, as though a fairy is airing out her favorite red dress.


Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and Gypsum Moon Style for vintage jewelry, clothing, and accessories for women and men.

Bright blessings,
CJ and Kay

Sunday, May 10, 2015

In Memoriam: Mikey Jones


This is a bittersweet Mother's Day for all of us at Gypsum Moon: Mikey Jones, beloved companion, little brother, soul friend, playmate, and quite arguably the world’s most all-around fabulous rockhound, left us suddenly this past Friday morning to cross the Rainbow Bridge.


Mikey was 14 years young, and spent almost every minute of those years with Kay. She adopted him when he just 12 weeks old, after he was rescued from a big horrible puppy mill in Georgia.


Mikey was a proud member of MAGMA, and loved going on digs. He had been to two Rockhound Roundups, and was always up for a gem show, or a camping trip adventure to mine for minerals. He'd fall asleep immediately in the car on the way home from events and sleep for hours in what came to be known as the Classic Beached Whale position...


Along with Kay and his other MAGMA friends, Mikey dug for gems in North Carolina at the Crabtree Emerald Mine in Mitchell County, the Reel Mine in Iron Station, the Glendon pyrite mine, the quarry at Bessemer City, the Little Pine Garnet Mine near Spruce Pine, the Garnet Hill mine near Raleigh, and he loved sluicing in and around Franklin.  He went with MAGMA in search of amethysts and more in Georgia, at Graves Mountain, at the Hogg mine, at JXR in Wilkes County, and at Six S’s Farm.  In South Carolina, Mikey went with the club to Diamond Hill Mine near Antreville many times, and he helped collect Savannah River agate in South Carolina, too.

When Mikey caught a glimpse of his reflection in a window, he didn’t see the same beautiful little shih tzu the rest of us saw: he saw Wolf, his real inner self, big and fearless, full of intuitive wisdom and determination to take care of his pack.


Like Wolf, Mikey reminded us to keep our spirits young and alive, to trust our inner strength and wisdom, and to put our packs, our framilies, first. Those are the things that those of us who loved him learned from him, and those are the things that give us comfort now, when the pain of the loss of his bright and happy spirit is heavy on our hearts.




Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Amethyst - Metaphysical & Healing Properties


You, like many people, may already know that amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February.  But did you also know that ...







Amethyst is the astral stone for the astrological sign of Pisces.


Amethyst is a very valuable ally in the fight against any kind of addiction, physical or mental, or both, because it enhances spiritual awareness and strengthens resolve. 


Amethyst is a stone of inner peace, and of healing. 







Amethyst is excellent for awakening the third eye, or inner voice, and for enhancing our ability to learn from and listen to our own guides and guardians.


Amethyst can enhance psychic abilities, and awaken dormant ones.

Amethyst is a wonderful stone to use during meditation, and for help with lucid dreaming. Do you keep a dream journal? Hold an amethyst in your non-dominant hand as you write.

Amethyst can help your muse sing again - or write, or paint, or whatever your muse does - by restoring and magnifying your creative abilities.  Surround yourself with as many amethysts as you can.


Questions about amethysts, or comments?  Please leave them below - we love hearing from you!

Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage jewelry, clothing, and accessories for women and men.

Bright blessings, 
CJ & Kay

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Amethyst - Meet the Rock

February's birthstone, amethyst, is purple quartz.
Big gorgeous hunk of amethyst Kay collected from the Reel Mine about 20 years ago - see more of it by clicking here

Its name comes from a Greek phrase that means, literally, "not drunk." The ancient Greeks named it that because they believed that it prevented people from getting drunk, or at least from feeling the effects of alcohol over-consumption. They not only wore lots of amethysts, they carved cups and bowls and goblets out of the stuff as drinking vessels for alcohol.  Hardcore drinkers, those ancient Greeks.

ancient Greek drinking vessel carved of amethyst



The carved amethyst bowl on the left can be seen if you click here to visit the delightful Moonlover's Celestial Emporium.  The one on the right can be seen if you click here, and do be sure to browse while you're in Healing Crystal Light.  Might not keep you from getting tipsy, but oh, how splendid to have one of them to use!



Amethyst is hard enough to make lovely jewelry and carved ornamental objects.  The ancient Egyptians used it for jewelry, too.



That's an ancient Roman intaglio carved amethyst on the left - or what's left of it, anyway.  




I love the look of carved amethyst. We have a lovely vintage necklace, pictured below, that has carved amethyst beads and freshwater pearls = totally dreamy combination from the 1950s.  You can see more views of it and get more details about it by clicking here.



1950s carved amethysts & freshwater pearls necklace
Amethyst comes in all shades of purple, from the palest pink violet to deep deep purple.  Generally speaking, the deeper the purple, the more valuable the stone.  

Kay's pretty sure we're going to find amethysts on our property eventually, because we certainly have plenty of quartz, and we have found the other minerals, like manganese and iron oxide, necessary to produce amethyst and smoky amethyst.  So we'll keep digging, y'all.

Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage and upcycled clothing, jewelry. and accessories for women and men.

Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine Giveaway: Waterford Crystal & Garnets in Sterling


We're having a Valentine's Day Giveaway ::::::happydance::::::

Just in time for Valentine's Day gift-giving, one lucky person will win both of these lovelies! 


A gorgeous Waterford Crystal votive candleholder in the Lismore pattern from 1999 - not vintage, but too beautiful not to share with someone who'll love it!  2-1/2 inches square and a full 1 lb 8 oz of lovely cut glass.

A dreamy vintage sterling silver and garnet necklace that has not one heart, but two - the larger heart that measures 3/4 inches has a marsala red garnet in the center, surrounded by two clear glowing topaz gemstones.  The second tiny silver heart dangles just above the larger one, and has a clear topaz in its center.  The sterling silver chain is 18 inches.

How to enter?  Easy-peasy, just the way we like it.  Use the rafflecopter entry form near the bottom of this post for up to 3 entries - all you have to do to enter is like us on Facebook at Gypsum Moon and at Gypsum Moon Rocks, and like Project HALO on Facebook for not just an extra entry but also to see some adorable doggies waiting for furever homes   :)

The giveaway ends at noon on this Sunday, February 8, to give us time to get these pretties to you by Valentine's Day.  International friends, you are most welcome to enter - you probably won't receive the package by Valentine's Day, but hey, that just means you can celebrate again!

Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage  for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage and upcycled clothing, jewelry. and accessories for women and men.

Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay



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Sunday, February 1, 2015

February

February's here!  We're that much closer to spring, friends - and I got to flip the page on our most marvelous 2015 calendar, handcrafted by the mastermind (and our dear friend) Lin at Rhody Art.


How awesome is it?  Yes, it's that awesome.  Kay and I have to take turns turning the pages.

Time for a few fun facts about February - ready?

It's the most frequently misspelled month, because of that pesky "r" that doesn't get pronounced.  We say FEB-you-airy, not FEB-rue-airy. 

It's the only month mentioned by name in the works of William Shakespeare.

"Why, what's the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?"

-- Don Pedro to Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing," ca. 1598 

It's the shortest month in the year with its 28 days, but every four years it has 29 days instead of 28, and that's what's called a leap year.  The next leap year is next year, 2016.  



I've always remembered when leap years occur because they happen to coincide with US presidential elections. 

Groundhog Day is February 2, based on an old Pennsylvania German folk belief that if it's cloudy in early February when groundhogs begin to venture out of their winter burrows and they can't see their shadows, spring will come early, but if it's sunny in early February, and the groundhogs spot their shadows, spring will come 6 weeks late.  

I don't know - six weeks seems pretty darn specific to me.  But groundhogs are so cute!  Way cuter than your average meteorologist and probably a bit more accurate as well.

February's birthstone is amethyst, glorious purple amethyst - and we'll be back with much more on amethysts very, very soon.  The amethysts you see below are just a few of the gorgeous purple gemstones we have listed right now.

If you have comments, or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below - we always love hearing from you!

Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage and upcycled clothing, jewelry. and accessories for women and men.

Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay

Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2 - Valentine Gifts Under $20

Looking for fabulous Valentine's Day gifts that are different from the same old candy-and-flowers routine, and won't hurt your wallet?  We have you covered with these great gift ideas from some of our favorite etsy shops!

Like this adorable pair of chalkware red squirrels, ready to scamper up somebody's tree, or the side of their house - I remember these from my childhood in the 60s. A steal from SpaceModyssey at only $18 -and be sure to browse for more great deals while you're there.

These amazing Japanese paper dolls from the 1950s, which you can find at Sandshoe Vintage, would delight girls of any age - and the $12 price tag makes them more than affordable!  This lovely Aussie shop has oodles of authentic vintage Japanese goodies and other wonderful things.

A trip into Rhody Art will provide you with so many truly incredible gift choices for $20 and under - remember that art is a gift that keeps on giving! This shop has quirky, funny fridge magnets, stunning original art cards that you can order individually or in sets, original small mixed media art works - some of these come with their own little wooden easels, like mine!  You can also find these wonderful ink pens that have reproductions of Rhodyart's artwork on them - we can both personally guarantee that these will help you write brilliant, insightful things  :::winking:::
These beautiful vintage teardrop shaped amethyst purple chandelier crystals would be lovely hanging in your sweetheart's window - $11 gets you both.  I found them at Vintage Home Shop, where there's a great selection of fab vintage items perfect for Valentine's Day gift-giving.
This groovy 1970s egghead couple are a pair of vintage salt and pepper shakers and would make the perfect Valentine gift if your sweetie remembers the 70s - or doesn't remember, as the case may be :::makes peace sign:::  These are available for less than $10 at Poppie's House - another shop with a big selection of affordable great vintage items.

I found this incredible 1960s beaded handbag at Living a Vintage Life for $8 - yes.  EIGHT. DOLLARS.  Gorgeous items plus terrific kitschy stuff and great prices are what fill the shelves at this shop - do not miss!

This fabulous vintage brass owl is right out of the 1970s and would make a great gift for an owl-collecting Valentine for only $16 - you can find him at DollyBird Vintage, a shop that has affordable mid century modern, mod, psychedelic and kitschy treasures galore.
How sweet is that little ceramic mouse sleeping under mushrooms?  Find him and these other precious Woodland Littles for $8 to $10 each, along with lots of other goodies, at Eli's Vintage Finds.

Back soon with still more ideas for Valentine's Day gifts!  

Visit us on etsy at Gypsum Moon Vintage for vintage and antique items for your home, kitchen, office, and yard, at Gypsum Moon Rocks for rocks and crystals, sterling silver gemstone jewelry, lapidary, craft, and jewelry supplies, and at Gypsum Moon Style for vintage and upcycled clothing, jewelry. and accessories for women and men.

Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay