over50feeling40: Meet the Stone Whisperer and Win One Creation! Plus Fashion Flash!
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Jan 19, 2015

Meet the Stone Whisperer and Win One Creation! Plus Fashion Flash!


This week I am so pleased to introduce you to jewelry designer, Carole Weaks, called by some... the stone whisperer!   She has a powerful story of healing which has culminated in her work, her passion, at age 72.  I am going to let Carole tell you her story in her own words (unfortunately, I had to edit this down, but the heart of her story is here):
“It has been nothing but a love affair with art since I started.  I got sober 27 years ago and that was when I discovered that I am an artist. I was very sick back then…..totally broken emotionally, physically and mentally. I weighed only 103 and most people didn’t think I would live for even a year.  I was racked with pain, both mentally and physically, and was suicidal for about 10 years. . I had been sick with fibromyalgia since I was around 23, but no one knew anything about that…it had no name, nor was it even acknowledge as a disease….doctors told me I was a hypochondriac. I felt so alone and really had begun to think I was crazy, too….as people in my family told me that frequently. I had just started the divorce process when this occurred. And he had been my knight in shining armor for a long time, so that didn’t help how I was feeling.

A few years before getting sober I had read in “The Road Less Travelled”, that a person’s mental illness was relative to the distance between them and their creator. It was then that I decided to start on a spiritual path.  I really thought I was crazy. Getting sober was the beginning of the path. I was blessed to get sober in Newport Beach, close to Laguna Beach where I met up with a lot of “Sensitives”, who were also sober, and many of whom were artists.

They kept telling me I was an artist and that there was nothing wrong with me except that I was a “Sensitive” and that was why I felt, heard and knew things others didn’t understand.  They also told me I was an artist and…to the degree I loved something, was the ability that I could do the very thing.  I chose to believe them and signed up to take a class in drawing. 

I discovered that for the 4 hours I drew in that class…..I had 4 hours free of physical pain. Being a colorist at heart,  I  didn’t care for the starkness of  charcoal and white that drawing afforded….so I began with watercolors, and quickly moved on to oils.  I had found my artist within. One of the first paintings that I sold, was bought for over $1,500.  I was a bit overwhelmed by the creative energy that was waiting to be unleashed and had no idea of where it was coming from. It was as though I had uncovered a renaissance woman, and she had to be satiated with constant creativity. Painting was my thing at the time and I quickly moved into galleries. I painted every day, and finally after a few years, I started healing emotionally, mentally, and physically. 

I must admit though, that painting was very difficult for me…I never felt totally at ease with it….like something was missing….and there was always a brush between me and my creations. 

It was during that time that my grandmother, who had died of childbirth when my mom was 7, came to me in meditation.  She told me that she was the other artist in my family of origin, but she never had been able to express herself creatively before she died. She said that she was expressing through me and we were doing it together.  Then I began to realize that was that force that I felt inside of me pushing me deeper on my creative path. She helped me heal my relationship with my alcoholic Mom, with whom I had never had a relationship with. I painted my heart out for the whole period that I lived in California. But I always had to paint with my little group….never able to paint alone at home.

Then I moved up here to the Seattle area and stopped painting altogether. I went back to writing and photography which had been my other outlets.  I also moved to Whidbey Island where I was totally and completely isolated from the world. That was 15 years ago this coming year….1999 in the fall.  I walked on the beaches alone and discovered all kinds of secrets that Nature held for me….including all kinds of beautiful stones on the beaches there. 

When I moved back to the mainland, I was visiting my daughter and she taught me how to create jewelry with beads. That was the only the beginning for me. I started doing real estate as my job, and created in my spare time.  I was in heaven working with beautiful gemstones and metals.  But it wasn’t until one day about five years ago that someone came in my home and stole every single piece that I had designed for the last 40 years….all was gone in one fell swoop! 

Now, I am a person who believes that there was a gift in everything and every experience that comes to me. So instead of sitting in a pity party, asking “Why Me”, I decided to ask my Higher Power, “Please show me the give in this experience.”  It was then that market fell apart, and my way of making a living had disappeared. My friends all told me that I should start selling some of the jewelry that I was making, to help make ends meet.

I married my fashionista, who has always been a very integral part of me, to my little rock lover who had always had a rock altar in my house, and whoa…..together they were ready to go.  I had unleashed another renaissance woman, only this time it was even more powerful than before. I took classes to learn how to work with wire and metal, and more classes and workshops to learn how to design, cut and polish rocks and gemstones.  The duo was unstoppable….I just had to get out of the way.

This time there was nothing between me and my work….I could feel the stones and their energy and they told me what they wanted me to do with them.  One of my friends told me that I was the “Stone Whisperer,” and I love that name. It seemed so real to me, because I can hear them talking.  I don’t have to research much anymore, because it just keeps on coming to me from nowhere…..I had found my place as an artist! And it feels so good.

About a year after I started, it was a fourth of July, and I was home alone, so I decided to go over to my Rock Dealers house. She never goes anywhere, so I knew she would be home. She told me to look in the bucket across the room, that she had put a lot of ends and pieces into it.  It was then as I picked up the very first stone in the bucket…..my grandmother Loretta was staring at me from the top of the pile.

Ever since I started my new career of creating jewelry, I have felt like I am in heaven.  I can’t get enough of creating…..I create here in my home, all by myself, and I love it.  I breathe, eat and sleep it.  I think of it all the time, and it fills my heart and soul with positive energy….a lot of it coming from the stones I am sure.  So now, I am the “Stone Whisperer” who listens to the whispers of the stones, telling me what they want to look like, and what they want to be! And I get to see how what I create can bring so much joy to others.”


Now one of you will receive this beautiful Rosette necklace designed by Carole. 
 Each piece she makes is unique...unlike any other. I love how vibrant my necklace is....I thought a couple of co-workers would rip it off my neck if they could!!  She is also giving away this bracelet with TABLER PARTY OF TWO! Click the blog name to enter there. The fabulous blogger, Andrea, is Carole's daughter.

Thanks to Carole for inspiring all of us to pursue our passions at any age.   To see more of her designs just go HERE TO CAROLE'S ART.


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17 comments:

  1. What an amazing story! Maybe it's shallow in light of all she said here, but she looks far younger than her 72 years! I hope I look that young when I'm 72! Beautiful necklace you are wearing, and I love the stone pictured in the story! Karen

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  2. How wonderful to read about her journey and the passion she has found for her work. Just to find that is a blessing indeed. Her creations are lovely! You can almost feel the energy radiating from them.

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  3. It is so wonderful to read about someone that has really figured out what they love in life and it has turned them completely around!

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  4. What a great story. It is wonderful to read about someone that has really turned their life around and figured out what they love doing. That is such an important thing in life!

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  5. A designer whose work I need to learn more about. Your necklace is stunning.

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  6. Your post was the perfect inspiration for a Monday morning. You wear this stunning piece with élan. Thanks for the introduction to Carole's work.

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  7. I was the founder of a organization that supported women in advance stages of cancer. One of the therapies was art therapy. The patients loved it. Very inspiring story and beautiful pieces as well. Thanks for sharing this story.

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  8. What beautiful jewelry! I have alot of Indian heritage so the use of rocks and stones means alot to also Carol's story really touched my heart because I have RA and also Fibromyalgia so I know about the pain she has been through and that feeling of people thinking that you are crazy! I joined the giveaway and have to say I am absolutely in love with that bracelet but I like the necklace too!

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  9. It's amazing how healing finding your passion can be!

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  10. wow! inspirational story and such beautiful jewelry. Theres an artist in all of us, I believe, just some of us never discover it fully. This is a great post Pam and thanks for allowing others to share their journeys with us through you :)

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  11. Sooooooooooooooo clever, my friend
    Thank you sooooooooooooooo much for sharing your art.
    Besossssssssssssss

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  12. What an interesting artist and her work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  13. Please enter me.
    Lucky you to have such a beautiful piece of jewelry to wear.

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  14. It's time to vote on Share in Style, dear friend.

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  15. Very interesting story. Some people get a lot of pain to work through. I love the jewellery. The heart looks good on you. It is very nice of you and Carole to offer this gift, but I won't enter.
    Greetje

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  16. I love the story and the jewelry. I love that piece. It looks like my birthday stone, amethyst, which I love. What a great birthday gift that would be for Feb 8!

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  17. WOW! I am enthralled by this story & resonate for a number of reasons. Beautifully inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing her with us! You are both awesome women!. hugs to you two!

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