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Ciarra Review’s – A Discovery of Witches!

Ciarra Review’s – A Discovery of Witches!

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog! Today I have another book down for my required 24 out of the year, and this one was an interesting read! A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness For this book, I went ahead and did my first ever video review of both book […]

Something New I’ve been up to…

Something New I’ve been up to…

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I have been a little bit off the grid the last few weeks, but I have been working on some fun new things for my various platforms! And today I will be sharing with you all some […]

Lunar New Year 2019!

Lunar New Year 2019!

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog!

Today’s post is a fun one since it features my tribute piece for this years Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year! And this year happens to be the year of the pig! So let me tell you a bit about this piece as well as some quick things about those born under the year of the pig.

Illustration

Year of the Pig! by Ciarra Stebbins (@ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com
Year of the Pig! by Ciarra Stebbins (@ciarra_13)

I definitely knew I wanted to do this piece for the New Year, since I really enjoy everything to do with the zodiac, astrology, numerology, tarot etc….

But I was really unsure of what the actual subject of my piece would be, and when I find myself struggling with a concept, one way for me to work through it is by drawing in my comfort zone. For me, that would be mermaids. So that is what the subject of my initial rough drafts were, but this changed once I read up more on the actually traditions and celebration of the Chinese New Year. It is really fascinating stuff to read, and I would encourage you to check out this site HERE, since it had a lot of info to springboard you into further reading.

Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig! by Ciarra Stebbins (@ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

So let me talk a bit about the year of the Pig! If you were born in the years such as 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and now 2019–you are the Chinese zodiac of the Pig. Each year for the Chinese Zodiac is also associated with a certain metal or element which will affect the attributes of that sign for the year. An example of this is say those born in the year 2007, you would be a fire pig. 2019 is the year of the earth pig, which these pigs are characterized as being very good with social interactions and luck later in life. The other year that shares this element is 1959.

Overall, Pigs are very honest, pure of heart, good-tempered, loyal, and gentle. With everything though there must be a balance, so some of the struggles for those born under the sign of the Pig are a short-temper, materialism, hesitation, being sluggish or lacking action, and some naivety. As for your best compatibilities with other Chinese signs, you guys get along really well with those who are Tigers or Rabbits. Pigs are least compatible with those that are Snakes or Monkeys.

Year of the Pig

 As far as what you could expect from this year if you are a pig– it sounds like you guys will have a lot of ups and downs throughout the year. You will have moments with a lot of stress or frustration, especially at work. So try to avoid any major conflicts in those areas. It overall sounds like a year to really hunker down and keep chugging forward even when it’s challenging, because 2020 will be the time for you guys to really see the results of your hard work this year. In all of this, also remember to go have fun. Earth pigs are all about social gatherings, which means going to social events throughout the year will be very beneficial for you. It won’t all be downs, and there will definitely be some good luck in 2019.

Those are just some quick things that I learned about this sign during my research. 🙂

YouTube Video

Another fun thing I did for this piece was record most of the process, so if you would like to see how I worked on this piece, please do watch the video.

As I mentioned in the video, this piece will be available as prints HERE.

Thank you all so much for reading, and I hope you all have a fantastic Lunar New Year!

Were you born in the Year of the Pig?

Let me know in the comments down below!

Until Next time!

My Favorites from January 2019!

My Favorites from January 2019!

Hello everyone and happy February!  It is time to reflect on the previous month by looking at some of my favorites from January, as well as wrapping-up my thoughts on the month! Lets get started!   Enamel Pins!  In January, I found my next obsession…enamel […]

Ciarra Review’s – The Burning Maze

Ciarra Review’s – The Burning Maze

  Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! As I mentioned in my goals for 2019 post, I want to finish at least 1 novel every month. I am already on the right track with this goal by finishing my first book of the […]

Welcome 2019! Setting Goals for the New Year!

Welcome 2019! Setting Goals for the New Year!

Hello everyone and welcome 2019! In today’s blog post I want to go over some of my goals for this New Year!

Welcome 2019!

New Year’s resolutions or goals can be daunting, but I think it’s important to pick positive goals anyway, because it sets the energy and your outlook for the year. Even if you don’t meet some of your goals or they change completely, don’t beat yourself up over those things, because we all grow and change each month and so will our goals.

That being said, my whole outlook for 2019 is to be productive, consistent and have a fresh start! Coming out of 2018, I just felt stagnant and in need of new energy. 2018 was just a weird year, and even though I had important milestones that happened (such as graduating from my university and having my first solo show), it felt as if nothing really occurred in the year, and it went by so fast.

For 2019 though, there are specific goals I want to set for different parts of my life–achieving this fresh start I am craving.

Starting with…

Personal Health Goals

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Meditating Daily

This is something that I have done on and off for a few months now, but for this New Year I really want to make this a daily habit. I want to become more mindful of my own thoughts as well as the world around me.

Find more at gossamerydreams.com

Daily Fitness

Similarly to meditation, the previous year I was never consistent with a workout regimen and my health, quality of sleep, and energy levels reflected that. This year, I plan to fix all of that and become more consistent, both in working out and my nutrition.

 

Work Goals

Original Art & Merch

A big goal of mine this year is to start selling original artwork, prints, and other merch! I’m already starting to work on updating my Redbubble shop regularly, and I am in the process of finding good options for creating prints. So stay tuned for more news on that in the coming months!

Star Dust by Ciarra Stebbins, now available on Redbubble. Find more at gossamerydreams.com. Narwhal Mermaid by Ciarra Stebbins, now available on Redbubble. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

These two are now available on my Redbubble Shop!

 

Starting up YouTube again

Nothing but sketches, Youtube video by Ciarra Stebbins

This year I plan to throw myself completely into making videos again! I really enjoy watching YouTube (even though it is far from a perfect platform, but what is nowadays?), and as typical of me…if I enjoy consuming it, I want to join in on the making of it. I already have a number of videos planned and in the works, and my challenge is to have 2 videos up a week starting in February!

If you would like to see my most recent video, feel free to watch it HERE. 

 

New Skills

Artwork by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

Upgrading my Jewelry making skills

Something I’ve always wanted to try is silversmithing. I personally prefer better quality jewelry over something that is cheaper and has a limited lifespan. I know I like working with very process and tool centric mediums, so I have a good feeling that silversmithing may become a new favorite of mine…once I get the hang of it of course!

Digital art

I’ve only done a little bit of digital art in my time, and I’ve found it very overwhelming. This year though I plan to break through my awkwardness of using digital programs, and add this important skill to my tool belt. One of the ways I plan to tackle this is by making a webcomic; that way I can practice both the digital side of things as wells as visually storytelling.

 

Other

My 4 Favorite Graphic Novels for July! Read about it at www.gossamerydreams.com

The last goal I will mention for this blog post is more in the hobby realm of things, and that is to finish at least 1 book every month. I love reading, but for the majority of 2018 I was in a massive reading slump. I didn’t finish reading any traditional novels last year (but I did read some graphic novels). For my reading goal this year, I am aiming for 24 books. Very low compared to other years, but I rather start low to move out of my reading block. 12 of the books out of my goal must be traditional novels. I’m planning on writing blog posts reviewing the books I finish, so keep your eyes out for that!

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So those are some of my goals for 2019! I hope you guys enjoyed finding out what I’m planning, and now I want to know what you guys are doing for 2019!

What are your goals for this New Year?

Let me know in a comment! 😉

Thanks for reading, and I will see in the next one!

Pink Witch by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com.

 

RedBubble Update!

RedBubble Update!

Hello everyone, and I hope you are having a happy holiday! I just recently published these four festive mermaids up on my RedBubble shop! It is a goal of mine for 2019 to regularly be adding new works to my shop, as well as some […]

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues! The 2018 Huevember Challenge! Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since my last art update, so I decided to share with you all a challenge that I completed in November, amidst the busyness of my semester. Huevember!  If you would like […]

The Chakra Series-The Crown Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Crown Chakra

The Chakra Series

We are now at the final post of our Chakra Series, which is our Seventh chakra, or Crown Chakra. The Sanskrit name for the crown chakra is “Sahasrara” which means “thousandfold.” This chakra is located at the top of the head, and when working with its energies we strive towards the goal of enlightenment, self-realization, fulfillment, and the divine self.

Crown Chakra Basics

Location- Top Of Head

Sanskrit name & Meaning- Sahasrara/ Thousandfold

Associated color- violet, gold, White

Main Issue- Spirituality

Glandular connection- Pineal

Associated body parts- Upper skull, cerebral cortex, skin

Element & ruling planet- thought/ cosmic energy/ Uranus

Astrological Associations- Aquarius

Associated Sense- Beyond Self

Fragrances/ Incense/ Oils- Lavender, Frankincense, Rosewood

Crystals- Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond

Animals & Archetypes- (none) Guru/Egocentric

Physical dysfunctions-Sensitivity to pollutants, chronic exhaustion, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s

Emotional dysfunctions- depression, obsessional thinking, confusion

Sacramental association- Extreme unction

Foods- (none) Fasting

Developmental age & life lesson- (N/A) Selflessness

What is the current status of your crown chakra?….

When we begin to work with our crown chakra, it is important to know its current status. How does your crown chakra spin?

Too Open (spins too fast)- Psychotic or manic depressive, confused sexual expression, frustrated, sense of unrealized power.

Blocked (spins sluggishly or not at all)- constantly exhausted, can’t make decisions, no sense of “belonging”

Balanced (spins at correct vibrational speed)- magnetic personality, achieves “miracles” in life, transcendent, at peace with self.

How Do you connect to the Divine?- About Archetypes….

There are positive and negative archetypes associated with the crown chakra. The negative being the “Egocentric” and the positive being the “Guru”.

The Chakra Series

The Chakra Series

The Chakra Series

To learn more about the crown chakra, and also these archetypes, please check out the book “ The Book Of Chakra Healing” by Liz Simpson.

Here are a few meditations I use on my Insight Timer app for the Crown Chakra….

The Crown Chakra The Crown Chakra

I hope you have enjoyed The Chakra Series, and that it inspires you to, read more on this subject, and to work with your own chakra energies.

The Crown Chakra

Until next time,

www.gossamerydreams.com

The Chakra Series

The Chakra Series- The Third Eye Chakra

The Chakra Series- The Third Eye Chakra

  We are almost to the end of our Chakra Series! Today’s post is all about The Third Eye. The Third eye Chakra, also called Ajna in Sanskrit, means “to perceive” or “To Know.” This chakra is located above and between the eyebrows. This is […]