Fall: A time for planting seeds of intention

Welcome to fall, a season of letting go and planting seeds of intention.

When we plant our seeds of intention it is wonderful to work with our stone ally’s to support us in holding the vision and bringing it to life.
Enjoy this video on how to empower your stones with intentions for your journey.

Wishing you a wondeful week,


Happy Full Moon!

Well…it is Friday, April 6th, and a full moon.  It has been a very interesting day to say the least.  It began with my dog Pele injuring his right leg as he ran outside this morning and then shortly after getting him back in the house and settled, two finches crashed into our front window.  I looked out the window and saw one laying in a shrub.  I went out to check on it almost certain it was dead…but it appeared to be breathing.  I saw another on the ground looking a bit mangled, also breathing faintly.  For a moment I paused, frozen with sadness and a deep feeling of unknowing…what can I do?…how can I help…can I help?…or is death inevitable for them.  My mind raced with questions…and at the end of every thought was “Lori…these are birds, finches, your yard is full of them, don’t worry about them, let them do their thing…if they die, they die.”  But that phrase filled me with even more sadness and I couldn’t bare the thought of walking away.

So I reached down to the one laying on the ground.  I scooped her up in my hands and we sat there for a moment.  Almost instantly I knew I needed to pull the other one out of the bush, so I did.  I sat with two very dazed finches in my hands and didn’t really know what to do next.  So I prayed…I prayed and imagined I were St. Francis. I imagined I was talking to the birds and in that moment I knew the love in my hands had the ability to heal these birds.

They remained nestled into my hands and then eventually something happened, they became more alert, and then they looked at me wondering how they arrived in my hands, yet knowing it was a safe space.  I was stunned, stunned that I was able to pick them up and stunned that they were becoming lively.Finches in Lori's hands

My husband came out with the camera…all three of us posed for some pictures.  Then one flew away.  The other, still a bit dazed sat in my hand.  Lori's hands & finches


Lori & purple finchThis little lady hung out with me a bit longer.  We had a little chat (ok, maybe the chat was in my imagination, but none the less it was quite meaningful to me).  She allowed me to stroke her feathers, to talk with her and to just look at each other with complete awe.  This was the first time I have ever held a wild bird in my hands, and it was absolutely amazing!  I’m so happy Chris was able to snap some pictures!


4th Chakra – Heart Chakra


Did you know I LOVE heart centered stones?…And would you believe I have nearly 30 different designs on my website specifically for love and the heart chakra?

I was amazed too!

I have been creating jewelry for as long as I can remember…but it was not until I created a Rose Quartz necklace and stepped into my heart that I began to recognize my ability to connect with stones and create beautiful, empowering pieces of jewelry was a true gift.  Since that time I have been creating jewelry for others who are ready to step into their heart, to offer themself the gift of love and embrace the next facet of their sacred journey.
Are you ready to begin your journey?  The pathway begins in your heart!

Much love,
Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

p.s.  I put together each of my Favorite heart centered pieces into one Collection… Jewels for the Heartshop now!

4th Chakra – Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

4 - Heart Chakra Original art in Oil on Canvas by Lori A Andrus ©2011

…the colors green and pink, is located in the center of the chest.  The heart chakra is responsible for all aspects of giving and receiving love.  It is the gatekeeper, the center point chakra between the root and the crown chakras.  It allows energy to flow evenly between all chakras creating a bridge of love between the heavens and the earth.

Affirmation:  I know the power of unconditional love.  With an open heart I give and receive love…honoring all of Creation.

4th Chakra Stones

Rose Quartz is the stone of Love!  It creates a deep Unbound Love for self, for others, and for Mother Earth awakening an awareness of our connection with all of creation!
Pink Opal refreshes your soul and awakens you to the magnificence of the universe and all that is.
Chrysoprase awakens your heart anf fills it with joy so you may see all of life with love and compassion.
Rhodochrosite awakens a deep sense of unconditional love & compassion.  It opens the gateway at your heart connecting the experiences of your life with your inner wisdom & knowing.
Peace Jade reminds us to first find peace within ourself.  It expands the heart center connecting it with both Source and Mother Earth.
Aventurine is a stone of love and vitality.  It revitalizes your luminosity, balances the energy from your root chakra through your crown, so that you shine brightly with your heart centered truth.

3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra

3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra

Original Art in Oil on Canvas ©Lori A Andrus 2011

…the color yellow, located just below the sternum it is connected with feeling worthy and all aspects of personal power and will.  When strong, clear, and balanced, it serves as a personal beacon or guiding light.
Body Parts:  Pancreas

Affirmation:  Confidently radiating who I am, my light shines brightly!

Purchase 3rd Chakra Prints & Cards

3rd Chakra Stones

3rd Chakra Stones

Citrine brings clarity to your personal will, enhances a sense of personal power, and offers the creativity needed to manifest all of your dreams.
Tiger Eye is a stone of courage, inner strength, and finding balance between all dualities.
Aragonite creates a sense of optimism by bringing inner balance, completion to tasks, and a confident expression of ones inner radiance.
Mookaite Jasper creates a deep connection to Mother Earth awakening your ability to source from the Earth for vitality, passion, and energy creating a youthful air!

A Little Music makes me Shine….

It has been an incredibly busy time…both in my life and in the Journey Jewels studio.

Lori & Wade MorissetteLast weekend I had an opportunity to meet and enjoy the live music of Wade Morissette.  He was in the Milwaukee area at YogAsylum for the weekend offering an evening of live music and a great yoga class.  His music has been a long time favorite of mine…and one of his songs (So Alive) is actually the background music in a video I collaborated with Cleveland Groove to create about my love for stones, creating jewelry and Journey Jewels… watch the video

I love listening to music while creating…I sing along, dance and get silly in my studio…Wade’s music is often at the top of the list…in particular the song ‘So Alive.’  It reminds me to enjoy every moment and every breath and to allow myself to express the beauty and fullness of being ‘So Alive’ in everything I do.

How will you express the beauty and fullness of your life today?..How will you let your Light Shine?

Much love,
Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

Holiday Sparkle


I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  This year my celebration was spread over three days…yes, three days!  It was wonderful.  Each day was filled with nourishing food, time with family, friends, and even moments alone.  For me, this was the perfect lead into the holiday season!

Holiday Feathers The quiet moments gave me time to stretch my imagination and allow creativity to flow.  It gave me space to expand into a new vision for this years Holiday Open House & Trunk Show.

I just love all things that sparkle…& this year that love for sparkle is being combined with my love for grapevine wreaths…creating Holiday Sparkle in ways I never imagained!  I hope you’ll be able to stop by during the Holiday Open House and see it yourself!  Surprises abound!

Shine Brightly!

Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

Sparkle Quotes

“People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”  – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.  Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait.  The grip in your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”  -Henry Ford

“Begin doing what you want to do now.  We are not living in eternity.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake…” -Francis Bacon, Sr.

More Changes…

I love this time of year…the leaves are changing color, temperatures are a little cooler, and oh the fall winds.  The changes all around coax me to reflect on what needs to change in my life as well.
new studio spce This past week I took some time to change the location of my in home studio.  I moved everything from the tiny little room on the 2nd floor where the vision of Journey Jewels was born and nurtured, to an expansive space in the basement of my home.  I love the new space!  And all of this change has refreshed my creative spirit…I can hardly wait to breathe life into these new ideas!
A couple things I would like to share with you this week…
An opportunity to move and connect your core… JourneyDance™ this Friday, October 21st at 7:15pm… a great way to shake out the old and draw in the new!
Every Tribal Goddess needs Feather Earrings ..Catch your Dreams and with Vision Soar to Great Heights!  Feather earrings are now available at JourneyJewels.com More info below…
Enjoy your week…and as always…Shine Brightly!
Lori A Andrus
Feather Earrings!
feather earrings
I love feather earrings…and I believe they are a must have for every Tribal Goddess!  Feathers connect us with the winged ones…they remind us to soar to great heights and embrace a greater picture for our journey!  black feathers & wreath
Each pair of feather earrings is accompanied by a grapevine dreamcatcher…so you may catch your dreams, and as you wear your feathers you may soar with the vision of your dreams!  Shop Now