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Inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds…

Another year has blossomed, and I am once again reminded of how fast life moves, how quickly it can get away from you if you aren’t paying attention.  And really, how quickly it gets away from you even if you are paying attention.  So here I am, at the dawn of 2011.  It sounds so far in the future.  But it’s so now.

What it is about a new year that makes us all attempt to cut the crap, mind our p’s and q’s, and toe the line.  Why don’t we do that all the time?  What is it about January 1 that makes us think we are super-human enough that we can create habits that are good for us, resist evil temptations, and be the person we want to be?  As I think about this, I realize that I know the answer in a deeper place, a place that I know through my yoga and spirituality.  The answer is that it’s not super-human at all; it is simple and natural and a part of the grander scale.  It’s a renewal of energy on such a basic level that we are all inclined to participate and be a part of this new wave of energy.  It’s a beautiful thing, to see people who aren’t normally inclined towards spirit and metaphysics, tap into this energy force and be encouraged to turn over a new leaf.  And that’s what the New Year is- a renewal of energy, a time to start anew.

And now that I look at the New Year in this metaphysical light, I realize how special it is.  It’s not about the champagne, the dropping of the ball, the fireworks.  It’s about new energy, about looking back only to move forward.  As I look back over the past year of my life, I realize that I have done a pretty good job at being the person I am supposed to be, from a “get it done” standpoint.  Heck, I coordinate and successfully executed a move across the country, on personal and business fronts.  It was a task that seemed daunting and un-accomplish-able, even up until the last minute.  Even while we were doing it.  With the amount of stuff that needed organizing, packing, unpacking, and re-organizing, it could have taken decades.  But I got it done (for the most part).
There are lots of other things that I checked off my list this year that I feel proud about accomplishing and tackling, but I won’t bore you with the details.

But I realize as I reflect on the past year, that there are a lot of “me” oriented tasks that have fallen to the wayside.  I tend to get caught up in all of the things that need doing, and I forget how important the personal side of life can be.  I know, but I choose to ignore, how inter-related all of this is.  That if I don’t rest enough, I am not performing at my best.  That new ideas don’t come out of a vacuum.  That resting is nurturing.  That spending time with friends and family is like feeding the soul.  I forget- or maybe I need to re-learn- how important it is to sit down and read a book, to have a romantic dinner, to get a massage, to have a chat with a good friend on the phone, to take a day off, to write in a journal, to have creative play-time, to give of myself to others less-fortunate, to dream, to just sit and be quiet.  To stop and smell the roses.  I’m like that inchworm that Hans Christian Anderson wrote about, “inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds.  Seems to me you’d stop and see how beautiful they are.”    I am measuring away, and I don’t have the time to stop and see how beautiful my life is.  And it’s funny, because I consider myself to be a fairly in-tune person.  I think I am pretty well connected to my spiritual, yogi side.  But then I stop and think how much richer my life could be if I were to give myself more time for these things; that they really do matter.

And so as I move into this New Year, I resolve to take more time for me.  I will stop and smell the roses more often.  I will relish in the beauty of the quiet moments, and stop more often to see how beautiful life is.

Wishing you all a bountiful 2011, with time for all that you hope to accomplish, resources to make your dreams come true, and a desire to make your world a better place.


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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : January 2, 2011 - 11:19am

New designs just in time for the holidays!

bluepeacockfsThat’s right, folks.  I’ve been busy, and I have FINALLY had time to photograph and get some fresh new designs up on the website. It’s been a long time.  I really long time.  Between the boxes and the shuffling of papers, I just haven’t found the time.  But I spent some time on my website last week, and decided that it really needed some freshening up.  So I have cleared out some clutter, and added lots of new work, all for your perusal.  Just visit the SHOP section of my website, and you’ll see lots of new!

And you’ll be happy to know that there’s even more coming down the pipelines.  I have a show at Portfolio Art Gallery in Columbia, SC this-coming Saturday, December 4th.  So I will be a busy beaver all week, creating more new pieces for the weekend’s event.

I’ll try to post some more pics as these pieces come together.

I hope you all had a fabulous Turkey Day.  I actually took Friday off too, and Aveesh and I relaxed by the fire.  It was so wonderful and rejuvinating.  I also have a new yoga DVD that has me feeling rather on-top-of-the-world-ish.  So things are looking up for me!

Off to melt some glass ;-)

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : November 29, 2010 - 5:21pm

I pray for grace

dsc04589Do you ever feel like things just aren’t right?  Not just a few things.  Everything.  It’s like the opposite of the Golden Touch.  Nothing is aligned right.  As hard as I try to envision and expect Divine Order, I end up with mishaps and mess-ups and madness and muck.  I don’t know why, and I have tried to figure it out.  I am remaining positive, my spirits are up, I am taking care of things, planning ahead, working hard, being healthy, but something is amiss.  It keeps going on and on, and just when I think “this is it, we’re going up from here,” there it goes….worse.  It’s amazing, really.  The only thing I can say is that I realize this is what I am supposed to be experiencing right now, and so I embrace what is going on in my life.  I am completely accepting of whatever life has in store for me.  And so onward I go.

Does this ever happen to you?  Do you ever feel like you just need to hit “Restart” and start over again?  What do you do to realign?  Do you have any advice?

If you’re the praying kind, please say a prayer for me.  I believe in the power of  intention, and in the power of many minds together to control the outcome of things. So say a prayer for me, for Divine Order, abundance, and grace.  For your thoughts, tips, and prayers, I am thankful.


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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : November 7, 2010 - 1:50pm

Happy Divali Sale!

Happy Divali!  The festival of Divali, for which my jewelry is named, is today, November 5.  This year, Divali coincides with the start of my first holiday show and Aveesh’s birthday.  I think all of these coincidences are very auspicious, and Divali is an auspicious day in itself: a celebration of light and color, and a time of giving thanks and love.

And so I invite you to celebrate with me by taking 15% off of all web purchases for the month of November.

It’s been an unusual year for me, and a year of hard work.   Aveesh, Finn, and I moved our home and businesses across the country, and are now happily settled in Charlotte, NC.  We are loving our new home, and are happy to be close to family again.
With all of the chaos of the move, I have had little time at the torch.  With the holidays upon us, I have finally gotten my studio back up and running, and am making jewelry as fast as my little fingers can melt glass.

Celebrate the color and light in your life, and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with this special offer.  Most pieces will be made to order, so this is a perfect time to order a Divali piece that strikes your fancy.  I will coordinate with you regarding your delivery time-frame, but most pieces will ship within 2 weeks.  I have a wonderfully vibrant selection of new jewels available that have not even made it onto the website yet.  I will be posting these pieces on the Divali Glass Jewelry Facebook page, and I’ll post some below.  If you are interested in any of these, please message me.

To use the 15% off coupon, please enter “Divali2010″ at checkout on the Divali website.

The sale also includes all pieces in my Temple Singh collection,


which are shown at This site is not e-commerce enabled, so you can message me with any inquiries about these pieces as well.

Here’s wishing you a Happy Divali, and many thanks for your continued support.  And here are a few new designs too!

The Empress Wears Blue Necklace

The Empress Wears Blue Necklace

From the Heart of Me Necklace

From the Heart of Me Necklace

Blue Lotus Necklace

Blue Lotus Necklace

Cinnamon Sparkle Necklace

Cinnamon Sparkle Necklace

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : November 5, 2010 - 4:33am

Divali Glass Jewelry in the Queen City

Fireworks necklaceWell hello Divali fans.  It’s been a long time, and quite an unintended long time.  I have been silent here for so long.  But not for lack of desire….I have just been making hay so fast I haven’t found the time to blog.
We are settled in Charlotte, NC, and loving it.  This is such a beautiful city.  I am having so much fun exploring all of the parks, finding new walking routes, finding new restaurants, meeting new customers, and getting re-aclimated with the South.  I truly do love the South.  I wouldn’t give up my time in Berkeley for anything in the world.  But this feels like home.  There is something very special about being able to see family and long-time friends so spontaneously.  It is very comforting to my soul.

I have been super busy getting Beads Forever and Bead Trust re-situated.  We had 8 (yes, you read that right: 8!) 53 foot containers of “stuff” that we hauled from CA to NC.  So you can imagine that it took a LOT of energy getting all of that put back together again.  We are back up and running, and I have finally found time to get back to my torch.  In a way, it was nice to long to be at the torch.  I had so many ideas that bumped around in my head while I was away from my creative outlet.  And for three months I spent more time with the beads in the (Beads Forever) warehouse than every before.  It was such a great education; I noticed so many beads that I had never noticed before, and really got a good grasp on our products.  One of our weaknesses in the CA showroom was that we weren’t organized; so I got to organize every detail here, and it is so refreshing and uplifting and logical to be organized here!  It feels good to be more hands-on with the beads and the business.

Now that Beads Forever is up and running smoothly, I am devoting more of my time to Divali Glass Jewelry.  I am gearing up for a show in Texas in 2 weeks, and am having so much fun creating new styles.  The picture at the top is of a necklace that I made last week.  The beads were inspired by a dress I wore to my cousins wedding last weekend.  Being a jewelry designer, I have to create a showstopper to wear to fun events like weddings.  So this was my showstopper last weekend.  And excuse the unflattering picture, but here is the dress.  It’s fun to see the inspiration and the piece!  img_3525The necklace has beautiful fireworks-like designs on the surface of rainbow-striped beads, interspersed with beautiful shimmering Citrine nuggets.  I have a lot more pieces in the works.  I am trying a new creation tactic: instead of working on one piece at a time, like I normally do, I am working on about 10 pieces at once.  I make a few beads for each piece, and then lay them out on my work table the next day, so I can see my progress as I go.  It’s feeling like a very natural evolution, and I’m enjoying it.  And then one day sometime in the next few days, I’ll have enough beads for about 10 finished pieces, and what an exciting day that will be!  I leave for Dallas early next week, so I hope to have time to string and photograph some of the new work before I head out.

More from me soon.  I hope that really means soon.  I’ll do my best ;-)

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : October 26, 2010 - 9:37am

With Spring comes a new beginning!

dsc03561We all know that Spring brings new life and new beginnings.  I’d like to announce to all of my loyal customers and fans that in May, I will be moving to North Carolina! I have enjoyed every minute of my 5 years here in Berkeley, but family, friends and the South are calling me back.  My husband, Aveesh, and I are packing up all of our beads and all of our belongings, and relocating to Charlotte, NC.  We look forward to this new chapter in our lives together.

The decision came about due to a number of reasons.  The East Coast is home for me, and it will be wonderful to be near family again.  Much of our business is on the East Coast, and there are a lot of bead and art shows that are only 1 day’s drive from Charlotte.  California is a wonderful place to live, but an expensive place to operate.  We feel like we are running all of the time to keep up.  I heard a theory recently that the higher the rent is in a location, the faster people move, the more stressed out they are, and the less inner peace they feel.  We are hoping that with our move we will bring about a change of pace, more savings in the bank, and more inner peace.

The next few months will be a bit hairy, but I am doing my best not to get worked up about it, and to take it one day at a time.  I am moving forward with grace.  I was listening to an Eckart Tolle book on cd this weekend, and really found strength in a point he made: stress is nothing more than our opposition towards our present situation.  With that in mind, I will take each step with full intention, attention, and acceptance.

I will miss all of my Bay Area fans and customers, and I look forward to reconnecting with my fans in the Southeast.  For those of you who will now be far away, don’t forget that my website is always full of delectable delights for your perusal.  And for those of you who will be near me again, I look forward to seeing you soon!

I thank all of you for your support and enthusiasm over years, as Divali has moved from East coast to West, and now travels back East.  This should be an exciting adventure, a wonderful new beginning.

With gratitude and joy,

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : March 8, 2010 - 3:34pm

Hey, remember me?

I’ve resurfaced, this time in Philadelphia, PA.  I’m here for the Buyers Market of American Craft, representing a new direction for Divali Glass Jewelry.  This resurfacing is reason in part for my absence on my blog.  I’ve been busier than ever before, to the point that I haven’t even had time to check e-mails and blog and other things that I normally consider part of my everyday routine.

So what is this new direction, you ask?  It’s very sparkly and colorful.  Ever since I moved to Berkeley, I have been eyeing the sparkling high-end Precious and Semi-precious bead cases at Bead Trust.  Looking at the sparkling strands of London Blue Topaz, Apatite, Pink Amethyst, Toumaline, and Peridot always made my heart flutter and skip a beat.  I love the look of sparkling gemstones.  But I was scared of the commitment.  Scared that the sparkling natural color palette wouldn’t match the handmade color palette of my glass.  Scared of cutting the strands apart, for whatever reason.  Aveesh kept encouraging me to give it a try.  So one fine day back in the Fall, I decided to take the plunge into the sparkling sea of semi-precious.  It took lots of trial and error, lots of designing and re-designing.  And then I found my groove.  This is a collaboration of two hearts and minds.  One of the reasons Aveesh and I are so compatible is because we share a love of color and sparkle.  These new creations are made with both of our strengths; my love of glass and color, and Aveesh’s love of natural stones. Temple Singh is the name of the new venture.  Please take a look and let me know what you think:

Temple Singh is not just about sparkle.  It is about the healing and spiritual powers of the gemstones.  We believe in the powers of the Earth and the knowledge of nature to affect humankind.  Temple Singh Jewels are talismans of beauty and nature.  Each piece will come with a card detailing the spiritual and healing powers of the gemstones that comprise it.

Divali Glass Jewelry will continue to grow in its own direction, and Temple Singh will too.  It will be a fun new adventure, sparkling and bright.  To see the new Temple Singh Collection and Divali Glass Jewelry in person, please visit the Contemporary Crafts Market at Fort Mason, San Francisco, March 13-14.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : February 14, 2010 - 11:21am

It’s that time of year…

Divali is coming up!  This year it’s on Saturday, October 17 (this Saturday).  I am going to do the annual sale a bit differently this year and host the sale in my Etsy store.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Etsy, it is a fabulous website for handmade objects and objects related to making things.  I find that it’s so easy to get lost in the pages and pages of fabulous things there.  I have long wanted to get an Etsy store going, and have never really put in a concerted effort.  All of that is changing this week.  I have started listing Divali Sali items, and will continue to list them throughout the week.  I’ll keep the sale going until things slow down, or until the sale items are gone.  And then I’ll restock with new items for Fall and Winter!  It’s always fun for me to clean out the jewelry box.  I am a nester and a hoarder, though I fight the hoarding part.  And it feels so good to let go of the stash.  It always makes mental room for new creative endeavors.  Here is the banner I’ve created for this year’s Divali Sale:
divalisalebannerTake a peek now, take a peek tomorrow, take a peek later in the week.  The offerings will grow as the days pass, and I think you’ll be pleased with what I’ve got to offer!

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : October 12, 2009 - 3:23pm

“When the journey of the soul is recognized…”

I’ve been going in a direction lately that feels a bit strange to my soul, but it’s the right direction.  This I know.  I’m being drawn forward, like a moth towards the flame, to something that I only understand in its periphery.  To say I have scratched the surface is being liberal.  I am making realizations, finding truths, opening doors, and hearing sounds that are ancient and true, and far from what I have ever consciously known.  And I’m fascinated.  I know this all seems very vague, very foreign, not what you usually find at this blog.  But please bear with me, we are going in a good direction.
One of the things that has inspired me today is this video of a Sufi song, from the film Jodhaa Akbar.
I haven’t seen the film yet, but the music will guarantee that I do soon.  It’s about Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar, the greatest Mogul Emperor, and his journey that was intended to be political and religious, but turns out to be about finding true love in Princess Jodhaa.   Sufiism is a faith that has often intrigued me.  The art and the artistic expressions of Sufi poets and musicians is very alluring and magnetic for me.  It is, after-all, known as the mystical dimension of Islam.  There is something ancient and innate to humankind in this song.  Though I can’t understand the lyrics, I relate to the emotions in my soul.  The gist of it is in reaching out to the Divine in this life, not in waiting for the judgement at the end.  This song is like a soundtrack to my life right now.  I can’t quite explain how, but it’s about moving in a direction that is innate to the soul, in being open to the messages that the world is sending, and in accepting and embracing the truths of those who have come before me.

Shirley Maclaine, in her book The Camino, wrote, “when the journey of the soul is recognized, a restabilization of the emotions takes place.”  That’s what’s happening here.  Stay tuned to see where I go!

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : October 7, 2009 - 9:08pm

After the sparkle, and new designs from the heart

The aftermath of the wedding sparkle has been a bit, well, not so sparkly.  I didn’t realize how exhausted I was.  And it didn’t help that I returned to the inevitable mountain of paperwork and past-due orders, with boxes upon boxes that needed unpacking, full of contents that needed re-stashing.  Talk about out of the sunshine, into the clouds.  Things went from happy and cheery to back the grindstone rather abruptly.  But I forged through and have to say that married life has been fantastic thus far.  We are happy and in love, and that’s a beautiful thing.  But it doesn’t give me the re-energizing that I needed.  I’ve been trying to take it slow for the past few weeks, and I am realizing how much I needed to do just that.  I slept for about 14 hours lastnight, and I just don’t do things like that!  So I am trying to be easy with myself.  No forced strenuous workouts, no forced late-night torch sessions, no jewelry making if I’m not in the mood.  Just trying to get the important things done, take some time to read relax with my husband (that word still feels strange), and make time for lots of sleep.  I’m doing a cleanse and taking some homeopathic tonics to support my adrenal system, and I can feel my energy returning to me.  I think some good times are around the bend.

The months ahead hold something very exciting that I can’t quite share yet, but I know that I will need lots of steam to make it up the hill.  I’m like the little engine that could, but I know that I need to conserve my resources.  We have some changes coming that are going to be a challenge, but an exhilarating one.

In the meantime, I’m working on a new line for Fall and Winter.  I’m only scratching the surface of where I want to go with this, but the creative energies are flowing.  It took me a while to get back into the groove of things, after being away from the torch for over a month.  I have a few wholesale orders going out in the next week or two, and at the same time will expand upon these ideas.  Divali is also in a few weeks, on October 17, and I hope to get a sale together to celebrate.  I’ll keep you posted here.  In the meantime, here are a few new pieces to tickle your fancy and tempt your imagination with ideas of things to come.  These pieces are reminiscent of work I have made in the past, very whimsical and vibrant; but there’s more to these than the ones before.  These are the kind of pieces that seem to elicit a response from many people that makes me realize we all need more of this vibrance in our lives.  ”Oh, those are so cute for little girls,” or “Oh, that necklace is perfect for a teacher.”  Bah humbug.  We all have an inner child, and that inner child loves bright colors and whimsical shapes and hearts and flowers.  We are only as old as we feel.  In these tough times, we need things to make us smile, and this jewelry is sure to do just that!

I’m off to tick some things off that to-do list.  Back again soon, feeling rejuvenated and renewed-

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Posted in Uncategorized by Carter : September 29, 2009 - 1:53pm

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