Friday, June 7, 2013

Venus of Wild Endorphins

Are you familiar with the Venus of Willendorf? She's prehistoric, carved from stone, and rather small, and there's still some debate on what her purpose was.

Source - Wikipedia
I made a wrapped wire and bead pendant that somehow reminds me of the Venus of Willendorf. 

Venus pendant by Sparkle Park Designs
I decided to call it Venus of Wild Endorphins.
The glassses are actually 3-D glasses from when we went to see "Hugo" last year!
Wouldn't it be great if the necklace actually caused wild endorphins to be released, putting the wearer into a state of delight? 

 Or you could wear two necklaces to get really blissed out.

Hula doll necklace by Sparkle Park Designs
Add earrings and, oh, wow, I love you, man!

Of course, this could be open to abuse, but would that be a bad thing – a world full of smiling people?

My endorphins are running wild, and so are my shoes!

These are suede, and they're by Born. They were on sale for $28, so they were irresistable!

The rest of the outfit is designed to induce a state of blissful comfort – old shorts and shirt (I can't even remember where I bought them). Perfect for the weekend. 

After I wrote this post and had it all ready to go, I went out to see Mr. Sparkle's band, Strange Charm, at a little wine bar. They were amazing, by the way. Thank you for asking. After the band finished, the bartender put on one of her favorite CDs - Prince - while she was cleaning up. The singer, Beth, and I and two other lovely ladies danced our asses off! They were still going strong when I left (and why don't I carry a camera with me?!*$%*). I love bartenders like that!

What are your plans for the weekend? I'll be linking up with VisibleMonday - it's Number 100 this week! 

Now it's Wednesday, and I'm gonna shuffle my new shoes on over to Shoe Shine at The Citizen Rosebud.

6-29-13 I just added a link-up to Spy Girl's Complementary Colors!



pastcaring said...

She's some sort of fertility symbol, surely, with that childbearing figure? Love all the curves and roundedness, and your beautiful pendant echoes the shape beautifully. Have you seen the sheela-na-gig figures? More gynaecological, and later in date, but also fascinating female figures.
Yes, I like the idea of clothes or jewellery adding some bliss! Actually, I think they do. I bet those fab shoes make you feel good, right?
Wish I could have seen some pics of the dancing! Have a great weekend, Val. I'm going to see Elvis Costello tonight, I'm very excited! Xxxx

Une femme said...

I love the idea of bliss-inducing jewelry. I'm coveting those leopard sneaks. Dancing to Prince is a good endorphin releaser!

Shybiker said...

Great post. I like the idea of medicinal jewelry. Fashion can be therapeutic!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

I believe that one, either intentionally or unintentionally, puts a bit of their own karma in everything they create. I'm pretty certain that these lovely, sexy pieces are carrying some of your happy karma. Have an awesome, blissed out weekend. We are off to a friend's concert tonight. I will have a handbag full of cough suppressants, LOL.

Sue xo

Connie said...

We used to have a statue like that in our house when I was growing up and I might add I had twin brothers! I guess it works so watch out!! You look quite blissful. But HEY! You got to keep your HUGO glasses? I had to put mine back in the recycling bin. There was a mean looking teen-ager standing guard to make sure we didn't take them home. I'm going to The Great Gatsby today and I'm going to try to keep the glasses this time. They really are very cute!

Megan Gann said...

LOVE the new necklace. Totally gorgeous. I like the idea from the Earth's Children book series that they are "Mother" totems and bring fertility. I think your's is a modernist approach to the concept.

You look totally blissed out in the last photo.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Arrrrrrrrggggghhhhh!!! Clearly your magical designs DO have endorphin-releasing properties - they "made" the bartender put on Prince so you could dance your ass off, thereby spreading even more goodwill and joy! Hula-girl be mine! xoxo

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You are looking very relaxed and carefree my friend... That 'charm' is workin' for you whatever it's releasing!

~julee~ said...

I'm not sure which I love more - the 3d glasses or the necklace. ;) They both make you look fab!

Dawn Elliott said...

Gotta love the Venus' and the state of bliss induced therein! That little hula dancer is a cutie, as well. And Born shoes for $28??? 'Nuff said!
My man plays music in different bands, too - what a blast it is to go hear him play. Glad you danced your ass off - way to go!

sabine said...

It never can harm to wear two talismans. I hope you had a great weekend!
Love your casual outfit, the shoes are gorgeous!

Sheila said...

I remember the Venus from my art history classes - I love your inspired design.

What awesome shoes! Fabulous.

Patti said...

yes - endorphin releasing jewelry is a brilliant idea. Add some Prince, and a sip of wine, and these are the days, my friend! You look blissful and thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

ann wood said...

Your necklace looks like it is working like a charm. Your shoes are super cool--I can almost hear them purring!

blue hue wonderland

Paula Ruta said...

Val--that necklace is so creative! Love it! xoxo

Barbara A Mizzoni Young said...

Love the idea behind your necklace. Happy to hear that you danced your A$$ off with your friends, sounds like a fab weekend.

Barbara @

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

you look so fresh and cool! LOVED your pics in VOGOFF by the way!

Mrs C said...

You look super cool in this look! I know that rock carving, I saw it in a movie called the 13th Warrior (LOL!) but seriously, I thought it was just a made up thing for the movie.. well, what did I know?

MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

Laurie said...

Love those shoes Val! I discovered Born shoes in the fall. I have two pairs of boots, two pairs of flats and one pair of booties and NONE of them are as cool as your sneakers. What a stylish steal!

The Style Crone said...

Your necklace is putting me in a state of delight! Along with your leopard print shoes.

Sounds like a great night out with Strange Charm and dancing to Prince. Those shoes were made for dancing!

The Style Crone said...

Oh, and congratulations on your magnificent VOGOFF appearance.

Zalina Walton said...

I love the necklaces. They look great together. It's awesome that you made your necklace. Great job!

Jean at said...

When will those endorphin inducing necklaces become available? Sounds like the perfect gift!! I love yours. With your wonderful comfy clothes and relaxed pose, I'll bet the serotonin is kicking in too. :-)

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Yes! I know the sweet little Venus! And I'd recognize her in your inspired piece in an instant!

Get some rest Val ... you're entitled. Certainly deserving! Glad you had a good night with the band.

Melanie said...

Perfect peace-out here, Val! Dancing your ass off, all riiight. Your necklace is surely in tune with our primal desires for lawn chairs, a great pair of shades, and hippy-day clothes. Yeah. Seriously, awesome necklace.

joyatri said...

I see a sci-fi tale in the making with your endorphin-releasing jewelry.
I just saw an exhibition about the ice age at the British Museum with a number of similar figures. This video was made about them:
Thanks for reminding me about Passport to Pimlico. I saw it years ago, but it's worth watching again!

Bella Q said...

Those shoes are so worth a week long blog hop- good looking and comfy- check and mate! Love the necklace idea- of bliss and connecting and expanding our minds on mediations of the body positive!

Anonymous said...

LOVE your necklaces!! so cool!!

Spomewhere along the way I remeber making a soft doll sculpture based on the venus!1

What size are those fantastic shoes?? Because I may have to snatch them off your feet!!

Anne M Bray said...

Such bliss that you added a linkup! Must now go find a lawn chair to emulate you!