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1. a beautiful sweet gift from Kinsey, all the way from India.  i cant wait to fill this baby up.
2. a copy of artful blogger
3. with my blog banner in it!!!
4. we put up our christmas tree last night
5. my beautiful journal from miss money bags, a sweet gift made from my mom's shirt fabric
6. bella's new soft bed that she is obsessed with
7. i found the perfect hat - target // beautiful scarf c/o chicwish

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This is my dream xmas list.  I call it my 'dream' list, b/c in reality I know most of these things are just not realities... b/c I apparently I have really expensive taste... but it was fun browsing and collecting some of my favorite things that made my heart flutter.
1. Run With The Tribe Gaia crop top in desert sand.  Alana's work just touches my soul, and knowing her heart makes that run so much deeper.
2. Novella Royale Floral Stripe Janis Bells.  I've been wanting these for ever... they were sold out for a long time and now they are back.  She is my alltime favorite designer.  I could wear every single item she sells, if only I could afford them...
3. Bird Trouble Spanish Double Headed Eagle bag.  I have never come across a bag designer I love more than Alexz.  My favorite bags I own, and this one just screams my name.
4. The Curators Prints 'La Luna' print.  Needs to be on my wall.
5. Canon 5D Mark II.  I told you it was a 'dream' list.  This baby has been in my dreams for a long time... I'm saving my pennies for a 'one day'... Oh yes.
6. I Heart Norwegian Wood Scarf Top.  A long time fan of this shop.  This top makes me ooze with drool.

7. Clarissa Pinkola Estes The Creative Fire audio book.  Or any other book or audio by her.  I'd love to have her entire collection of works one day. 

8. Prismacolor watercolor pencil set.  The 36 one, you know, the big one.  Because I don't dig the primary colors, just the beautiful shades that they only add to the BIG sets... I'm picky with my colors like that.  

9. Mary Ink Ventana sweatshirt.  Long time fan of Maryink.  Love their work.  And we've met them in person and talked to them for a good while... super amazing down to earth peeps.  Love them.

10. Siamic Wear tribal leggings.  This shop is a brand new find for me and oh. my.  In love.  These leggings are so ridiculously rad, yes yes yes!!!

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I had the strangest dream last night, and thought it would be kind of fun to share it here on the blog.  This might be kind of long, and if you get grossed out easily, you might not want to read.  (although that would personally only entice me to keep reading).

It started off with James and I, with two other friends (still can't remember who it was), driving down a long straight road.  I knew we were headed for a getaway or vacation of some sorts.  I remember seeing the car in front of us veer off the road really fast and make its way through the countryside in a very twisty, make no sense kind of way... And as it went, it tore up the grass behind it making a new road.  I remember feeling very unsettled about it... like something very bad was down that road and they were leading themselves to doom.  This set up the mood for the rest of the dream.  Kind of like in a horror movie, when something happens that should get your attention to 'beware', turn around and go home... but of course nobody ever does.  Then as we were getting further down the road, a whole stream of work machinery trucks came through that had super long arms on them with gigantic metal spinning blades.  They were like no other machinery I had seen before, and I knew in my gut they were being used for something bad.  Again, my gut instinct that I didn't listen to...

Then we got to this building that I think was part of our 'vacation' destination, like a museum or something.  When we walked in, it looked like a normal building... clean, put together, etc.  There was a door you had to enter through to see the exhibit, so we went through.  We walked down a long curved hallway and entered what appeared to be an empty room besides a round table with four chairs.  Just enough for us.  So we sat down.  We then realized there was place settings at the table, already prepared for us, with photos of each of us when we were younger.  At first it was fun recollecting and looking at our old photos, but then we realized, 'wait, why do they have our photos here'?  There was a drawstring back in the middle of the table instructing us to place our photo inside the bag.  Everyone else immediately went to put their photo in the bag, and then I said no.  I said I had a feeling that by putting my photo in their, I was someone volunteering myself for something I wouldn't be able to back out of later, and I was scared.  

Then a lady came out to greet us.  She was soft spoken and nice seeming.  She was trying to let us know why we were there, but I was having a hard time understanding.  She was talking like we had arrived home...  To our destiny.  She was pleased we had made it there.  Then she put a bowl of something on the floor, pressed a button, and walked out of the room.  The next thing we knew, from the other side of the room as a mass of human size grubworms crawling towards us.  Huge, nasty, fat, slimy, white grubworms.  Some were full worms, and I noticed some looked like they were part human.  They were coming to feed on whatever she had put on the ground for them.  I quickly realized we were in the middle of something very very bad.  

(this is the gross part, warning)
Then I remember seeing all the grubworms just eating away, along with other humans who had not yet turned into worms.  They were dirty, slimy, and lifeless, no energy, so very sad looking. When I looked closer, I realized what they were eating was rotten, mushy part of human bodies.  It was disgusting.  It smelled and the whole room was just vile.  I remember seeing an old friend from high school and yelling at her not to eat the flesh.  But she was so desperate for food, I saw her grab her hand into a mush pile of human foot and tear off a piece and eat it.  I realized they had all been starved to the point where they had no choice but to either eat it, or die. 

I realized that this was to be our fate if I did not do something.  I remembered that I had opted out of putting my photo in that bag.  I realized then that I had a choice to stay or a choice to leave.  I remember James just standing there like he knew he wasn't going to leave.  I remembered going up to him, grabbing his cheeks, kissing him, and telling him I was going to get him out of there, and to not give in and eat.  I left with one of our friends to go get help.  As I was leaving the building, others I recognized from high school were walking in, like it was any other day, and they were going to visit their loved ones who had stayed and turned into grubworms.  I told my friend that if we called the cops, they wouldn't believe us, and even if they went to the building it would be like that movie 'people under the stairs', where they wouldn't be able to tell what was going on b/c it was all behind walls that appear to be normal to the passerby.  

The next day we went back, and I sat down at the table and was coloring a picture.  Bizarre.  I saw a girl I used to know who was about half way turned into a grub worm.  She was like a big blob who couldn't move herself, she was just depressed.  She was also sad b/c I was not going to be staying with them.  I took my drawing to her and told her she could keep it.  I felt so bad, but I knew there was nothing I could do for her at that point.  

The last thing I remember is driving away from the place, with all four of us, but I don't know how we all got away.  I woke up at that point, so I'm not sure what would of happened after that.  But it was one of the most bizarre dreams Ive had in a long time.  I always have pretty vivid dreams, lots of re-occurring themes and such.  But I love it when I have one that is just plain weird.  It didn't really creep me out, I actually wanted to continue with the story when I fell back asleep, but by that point I was too awake b/c I had gotten up to tell James.

My conclusions on this dream:
1. Shelley and I were just having conversations last night about how weird dreams are and how we both remember our dreams vividly.

2. When I got home last night James was watching something on the tv and the guy ate a live grubworm, and it was gross.

3. James and I ate chic-fila two days ago.  The first time I've eaten fast food in years.  When we were in line there were two lanes you could order from.  Everyone in front of us was only using the left lane.  So we were talking about why, and by the time it was our turn, James too, went into the left lane, where we had to wait behind another car, instead of just going over to the other lane.  I asked him why he did that, and he said he didn't know, b/c nobody else was going over there, it must of meant something.  I immediately had a mini rant about how that was what was wrong with so many things in our society.  People are afraid to stray from the norm and make up their own minds about what to do in their lives.  That he shouldn't be afraid to go in the right lane just b/c everyone else was going in the left.  (a little dramatic for a drive though discussion, I know, and I totally made him feel bad too, which is not what I meant to do, sorry babe!)  But it got me thinking about a show we had watched where they did behavioral testing in groups.  And almost always, if everyone else in the group was doing something, the people who weren't aware they were being tested always followed suit and did the same thing.  It's ingrained in our brains to follow.  Even though this may be a bit of over analyzing a dream, I can't help but think that this is where this dream stemmed from.  When I look at the scenary of this dream, this is what I get from it.  Our given destinies, and our own choice and free will to say no. 

Do you have very vivid dreams?  I think our dreamworld is utterly fascinating.  So very surreal, and yet sometimes so very real. 

(a post without a photo, gasp)

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I am so completely grateful and blessed for the love that was shared in our shops this weekend.  Thank you so much to everyone who purchased something during the black friday/cyber monday sales!  I was overwhelmed with gratitude from the response.  Ive been a busy bee all weekend, yesterday (and today) preparing everything to be sent on its way.  I'm so happy to see the handmade community flourish like this.  Not just with me, but so many other artisans out there.  (I know not everyone made sales this weekend, and I hope this isn't discouraging if you didn't... don't give up!  Persistence is key!  Keep on doin' what you love!)...   *the beautiful drawing above is something my mom made a very long time ago*

I'm excited to celebrate by hanging out with my bestie tonite!  It's been weeks since I've seen her and I'm about to go bonkers without her!  

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SoulMakes is a collection of bohemian free spirited jewelry and accessories made by MacKenzie (above) and her partner in crime Trevor.  Together they have created and branded a beautiful line perfect for any boho lover.  I love all of their beautiful photographs so much.

Today they are giving one of my readers a chance to win some very awesome loot!  $100 towards anything in their shop + free shipping + a hard cover copy of their beautiful lookbook ($50 value). 

SoulMakes is having an awesome Cyber Monday sale today in their shop!  Get 25% off + Free Shipping by using the code BLACKCYBERSALE.  

But if you can't spend the dough today, don't worry!  They have a special code for my readers for an entire week!  Get 20% off your order using the code 'rootsofmysoul' for a week from today!

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 The winner of the Sheinside sweater giveaway is LAURA SHANE!!  Congrats!

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shorts // f21
tights // target
boots // blowfish shoes
left earring // sea of wild
right earrings // roots and feathers
copper + triangle ring // jade stone
crescent moon ring // laurel hill
buffalo ring // maiedae (discontinued)
necklace // violet bella

This is what I wore to Thanksgiving at my Nanna's.  My favorite color palette in the world, Autumn.  When I got this sweater in the mail I knew I wanted to wait to wear it on Thanksgiving.  I love how 70's it is, reminds me of an embroidered pillow.  And its just the right shade of green.  Im excited its tights weather!  Although Ive poked holes in almost all of my cute tights already.  I can hardly wear a pair of tights without poking holes in them... anyone else have this problem?  And I usually do it the first time I wear them, and most often, within the first hour.  Maybe I need to go back and embrace my 90's teenage self who loved tights only if they had holes in them.  (Ever+mi.crush carries my Violet Bella jewelry!  You can find it here).

We had a really nice thanksgiving gathering at my Nanna's house.  I love that I have a loving family who doesn't fight and can just be with each other.  It was very laid back with lots of really good food.  So much to be thankful for.  Of course it was a pretty bittersweet day for me, as all holidays are now without my mom and dad.  But I kept them close to my heart, like I always do.  I'm always reminded by someone in my family how much I resemble my mom, and that makes me happy.  I need to take a photo of us side by side for you guys to see!

I know its kind of been outfit post and giveaway central around this blog lately.  As fun as those things are, I am yearning for some good time to blog more heart to heart.  This season just keeps me so busy.  I'm planning on changing some things up here on the blog at the beginning of the new year.  I will no longer be doing as many individual giveaways, and doing just a small handful a month in big groups.  (kind of like I use to).  I'm also hoping to change up the layout of the blog in general as well.  Lot's of regrouping, brainstorming, letting go and simplifying.  It's what I need. 

We are still having sales in all of our shops, through monday!  Things are selling out fast!!!  If your looking to do some of your holiday shopping with handmade artists and not go fight the hustle in the city, there are so many great deals online this weekend!  Get 20% everything in Roots and Feathers, Violet Bella & Skyline Fever with the code BLACKNUMBERONE at checkout.  (Get an extra 10% off if you leave a note at time of checkout telling me where that code came from).  We will also combine shipping if you order from both shops.  We will refund you when we are shipping the items out.

Today I will be filled up with packaging orders and cleaning my house.  While listening to loud music and drinking tons of lemon water.

Please read my last post to see if you were a giveaway winner!

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Are you doing early christmas shopping today?  Stay home.  Buy Handmade.  Support small business.  We are having a 20% off everything sale through cyber monday on all 3 of our shops - Roots & Feathers // Violet Bella // Skyline Fever.  Just use code BLACKNUMBERONE at checkout.  


I am having a huge giveaway on Sincerely Kinsey's blog later today!

The winner of the Moon Time E-Course from Moondaughter is STONE SEER.

The winner of the Gypsies Caravan Dreamcatcher Earrings giveaway is ELISE SMITH.
Also if you are LATTE WITH ONE SUGAR please email for winning the Nanoukiko necklace giveaway.

(please email me at violet_bella (at) hotmail (dot) com to claim your prize!)

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Yesterday I spent some time re-organizing my jewelry wall.  I grew up in an artist's home, my mother being a jewelry artist, and did hundreds of art shows with them while growing up.  My mother taught me the wonderful part of being an artist called bartering.  I always thought it was so cool that she was able to trade with her friends and fellow artisans, works that they had both spent loving time with their hands creating.  Over the years, as I developed my own artistry, I have done the same thing.  I have been so fortunate to be able to trade goods or services with so many talented artisans and friends.  Which, has led to an extensive jewelry collection.  One that I am so very fond of.  Each artisan made piece in my collection I hold so dear to my heart.  I of course have a few pieces mixed in that are store bought cheapies... but the bulk of my jewelry is handmade.  I love love love supporting other artisans (as you may notice through my posts), and being able to pick out a special piece to wear each day is a delight.  And instead of cramming it all into drawers or boxes, I love to keep it out as a part of my art, I guess you could say.  They are all little works of art, so why not?  Everytime I pass by this wall, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude, and feel so very blessed.  I am continually grateful for these friendships I have formed through the arts.  Like minded creative souls who have entered my life, in turn continuing the inspiration spiral.  This wall is so much more to me than just a huge collection of jewelry, it is a collection of stories, of friendships, of lives around the world being lived similar to mine, at least in the common creative thread.  There is a spirit behind handmade jewelry that you just cannot get from mass produced jewelry.  This wall, is full of spirit.  Intermingling.  Beauty.

For those of you who might ask, the big wooden piece hanging on the wall with the necklaces is part of an old piano.  And the black shudder came from off of my parents house.

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- outfit details -
hat + crochet vest // c/o chicwish
flowerchild tank // skyline fever
velvet bell bottoms // iconoclasp
bronze flats // blowfish shoes
braided crystal necklace // christi jay
quartz ring // moorea seal
chevron bracelet // f21

I can't stop wearing my velvet bell bottoms from Iconoclasp.  I could wear them everyday.  It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is just in a couple days.  I'm excited to see my family, and to roast some yummy root veggies... but I've also been a bit weary lately.  I definitely feel like my body is in a winter cocoon of sorts.  I've been in a state where I can cry at a wrong word used, or even a wrong look.  My emotional levy has broke, and it's opening me up to many different feelings.  I laid on the hammock for a few minutes the other day and a butterfly landed on my glasses, reminding me that this cocoon state I'm in is only preparing myself for something much more beautiful... but through this process, it hurts.  It is not easy transitioning.  Especially when its a kind of transition happening from within, one you cannot see, or put words to.  I take that back... I can put words to it.  Grief.  It's just that I thought by now it would be a little easier, but its only getting harder.  Part of that is my own doing, from not allowing myself to feel certain things that seemed unbareable to really feel.  I still don't want to feel them, but I know I must to truly heal through it.  A big gentle deep inhalation is needed on my part... followed with a long silent calming and grounding exhalation.  With my feet rooted in the earth, and my heart being guided from the spirits of my ancestors.  I need to allow myself to congratulate myself for the things I have accomplished, to celebrate them.  For so long now, I have not been doing this, and I think it has sucked some of the joy from the journey.  It's time to remind myself that I am worth that.  And that I am worth it to stop, regroup, realign the things in my life that need it.  To allow myself to let go of the things I no longer need in my heart, that I cling to.  And to know that it is okay to feel all of these feelings, even the depressing ones, so long as I do not remain dormant in them.  But, I must go through them, and not try to crabshell my way around them like I am so good at doing.  It is okay to cry.  It is okay to hurt.  It is okay to be angry.  It is okay. 

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