Published On: 05-31-2014 08:00pm

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As anyone who halfway knows me well, they know I am a sucker for anything celestial:  the stars, the moon, planets, the sun, Hubble deep space photographs . . . and the list goes on.  Sometimes I feel my head is in the stars as I wonder and contemplate the majesty of "out there".  This all started when I was a little kid when Grandpop took me out into the dark Austin skies (back in the days when the sky was dark there!) and started teaching me about constellations and meteor showers and moon phases.  Even though Grandpop has been gone for close to 50 years, I still hold dear what he taught me.

Last night I walked out and gave the sky a good scrutiny, as I always do.  Scorpius inches its way higher in the sky earlier each night.  Orion, with Betelgeuse as the hunter's right shoulder, is nowhere to be seen when I'm usually stargazing.  I will welcome him back as the seasons change.  The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) slowly rotates as it points out Polaris in Ursa Minor.  And if there is a lunar eclipse or a meteor shower, I'm there waiting!

It is with all of this in mind that I curated a "Celestial" Thursday night and decided to blog about it.  Some of the choices are in your face celestial, but some are more subtle.  I hope you enjoy the wide ranging celestial choices! 

I just love these brass and sterling star earrings from Lynda of WestWindCreations.  In fact I bought a pair almost 2 years ago and they are a "go to" pair - am wearing them as I type this!  

These blue and ivory lampwork beads remind me of deep space photos from Hubble - maybe an asteroid belt circling a giant planet?  The lampies were created by Susan of NewCreationBeads

Lovely night sky inspired brass crescent moon and stars embossed disc earrings.  Jessica of JessicaKlaarenJewelry then paired the discs with faceted deep sapphire blue glass beads. 

Love the rustic look to the hand painted wooden sun discs used in these earrings by Mary of PrettyGonzo.   Swarovski crystals, Czech glass and handmade spirals finish the earrings.

A whimsical Kay Nielsen lithograph that Karen of LePetitPoulailler gleaned from a damaged 1893 reference book on children's illustrators.  The originals were part of a 1914 volume of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" 

Craters and maria can be seen in this wondrous photograph of a full moon in a clear night sky over Utah.  The photograph was taken by Tom of Best-Images-of-Mother-Earth

Anna of CraftsofthePast had forged this six-pointed starry bronze pendant.  The impression was actually taken from an antique pressed glass sugar bowl that was given to her as a wedding present!  

I have used these cobalt blue and fine silver lampwork beads from Charlotte of Covergirlbeads.  The fine silver against the cobalt remind me of strs, meteorites and and comets whizzing through space.

And lastly, I'm sharing one of my own sunny designs, called "Ablaze", created with a hand carved bone sun, Malaysian "jade" beads and Swarovski crystals.  The necklace can be found in my ShadowDogDesigns studio.

You can find all these beauties, and a few more, in my "Celestial" collection.  I hope you'll stop by and take a look!

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Reader's Comments

By ShanghaiTai on 07/04/2014 @ 02:57am

As always, a very interesting blog. I love that lithograph!

By ShadowDogDesigns on 06/18/2014 @ 03:32am

Thank you, Michelle!

By PolkadotOrchid on 06/18/2014 @ 03:24am

I've been watching the planets recently because Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter can all be seen in the night sky right now where I live. The items you've picked are great reminders of my best stargazing sessions.

By ShadowDogDesigns on 06/13/2014 @ 04:41pm

Thank you, everyone!

By SolanaKaiDesigns on 06/11/2014 @ 06:59pm

I'm with you, Catherine, I love celestial arts and crafts! And boy, there are some beauties here!

By Wyverndesigns on 06/10/2014 @ 03:28pm

I'm an avid sky watcher, too! Beautiful selection of celestial items!

By bluemorningexpressions on 06/10/2014 @ 02:24pm

Oh, I love the sky! this is such a fun post with all the deep space items. I am so glad that your grandpop took you out to see the sky. everyone should be lucky enough to gaze into space at least once in their lives. great post!

By ShadowDogDesigns on 06/08/2014 @ 02:53pm

Thank you for all the kind comments!

By ChrysalisArtGlass on 06/08/2014 @ 08:58am

This is a really great blog post and I love the Celestial items you have show-cased with your comments on what they mean to you. You do your Grandpop proud. I'm not really a star gazer but can usually find the Southern Cross which is prominent in my part of the world.

By KanweieneaKreations on 06/05/2014 @ 04:15pm

another great blog post with beautiful pictures. wonderfully written

By EweniqueEssentials on 06/03/2014 @ 07:23pm

I also share your love of the night sky and have been known to get up in the wee morning hours to catch a falling star or two. :) Your celestial choices are wonderful! Your grandpop would be pleased to know that you are still star gazing.

By PebblesatmyFeet on 06/02/2014 @ 05:44pm

I have been blessed to have 12 years (so far) here in Colorado where the night sky is still dark - the few thoughtless neighbors are far enough away that their lights don't ruin it. The sky is magnificent as are the items you chose to share in your celestial theme. Great post.

By ShadowDogDesigns on 06/02/2014 @ 01:26pm

Thank you, everyone, for all the kind comments! Keep your eyes on the stars (:

By Pintody on 06/01/2014 @ 03:31pm

I just love all of it. Some great talent you have featured here. I'm so happy you still love your earrings so much. One of my favorite things has always been stars and moons just something majestic about them.

By Covergirlbeads on 06/01/2014 @ 02:56am

As children, we used to lay out at night and watch for shooting stars, satellites and the gaze at the constellations. Loved hearing about how your Grandpop taught you so many things and gave you some wonderful memories! Thanks for including my rich blue lampwork beads wrapped in fine silver.

By PrettyGonzo on 06/01/2014 @ 12:36am

Wonderful post! I too am a star-gazer, although it's tough around here with all the light pollution. Love all the items you've chosen here, and am honored that my earrings are among them. Thank you so much! :)

By ThaddeusRose on 05/31/2014 @ 11:23pm

Excellent post, Catherine!

By craftsofthepast on 05/31/2014 @ 10:38pm

Fantastic story of the night, the stars and how they inspire us here on earth to honor Creation. Even God saw that it was Good ;) Thank you for including my little bronze star pendant. Will share now. anna

By NewCreationBeads on 05/31/2014 @ 10:36pm

Thank you so much for featuring my lampwork beads in your fantastic blog! I just love the part about your grandfather and the memorable times spent with him, it brought a great big smile to my face, and sweet, sweet memories of times spent with my own grandfather :)

By zoraida on 05/31/2014 @ 09:42pm

I never grow tired of looking at the night sky on a clear night. I could sit there fixed for hours until my neck hurts. Lovely article, beautiful jewelry and illustration. Thank you :)

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