Spotlight Friday: what is in the cards?

My personal life is quite a whirl wind lately. I am getting pulled in so many different directions. And often I don’t know what to do , so I get stagnant. Nothing I really like doing. But I have to be careful of not overdoing it to not put too much stress on my health and end up in  that bad place again.

I am a very intuitive person. Often my decision base more on feelings than facts.  Intuitive means having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process.

So it happened  that a few days ago I was given the chance to get a free card reading.


To many this might sound weird. But I do believe in that your body and mind send out waves or have different auras, for others to pick up in what kind of state of mind or what mood you are in at the moment.  How this works online without having the person sitting right in front of you, is still a riddle to me.

I have never had a person on person reading. I might have to take that step and find out how this would be. What am I so nervous about?

So when I got the message over FB that I could get a reading, I was really excited. Joella Notte – Art Sould Studio is her page if you’d like to look her up.

It was going to be a Tarot reading.

“The earliest known tarot decks weren’t designed with mysticism in mind; they were actually meant for playing a game similar to modern-day bridge.” By the mid-18th century, the mystical applications for cards had spread from Italy to other parts of Europe.

Etteilla was the first to issue a revised tarot deck specifically designed for occult purposes rather than game playing. In keeping with the belief that tarot cards are derived from the Book of Thoth, Etteilla’s tarot contained themes related to ancient Egypt.

The variety of decks in use is almost endless, and grows yearly. And there is no standard number of cards across all decks.The types of cards, the suits and their meanings are the same, the illustrations vary greatly.

In most people’s minds, “Tarot card reading” means a woman in flowing robes, leaning over a small table in a dark candlelit room, foretelling what bad things will come.

That is not really what Tarot cards are about, they are not even really meant to tell your fortune or future.

So Joella asked me to send her one question I had, that I wanted answered.

Once the cards are shuffled and the deck has been cut, the reader lays out the cards in a pattern called the spread.

This is how my spread looked like. spread

Each position in the spread has a meaning, and there are many different types of spreads.Once the cards are laid out, their meanings are interpreted based on their positions and their neighboring cards.

To learn the art of Tarot-card reading, you can read books, take courses and even become certified. Courses are taught online and in classes through Tarot organizations and through independent Tarot teachers.

My reading was spot on. She tuned right into what emotional turmoil is raging in me at the moment.

The reading pointed out what I deep down already knew what I need to do to change some things. But for some reason I couldn’t let go. It gave me reassurance that I am  on the right track. I just need to trust in myself and go for it.

How can randomly drawn cards have any relevance to someone’s life and what’s happening in it?

The cards don’t tell you what you should do or what specifically is going to happen in your future, but rather the possibilities depending on the path you take.

For me it was more of a little nudge to get off my  butt and do what I know I have to do.

My take on reading cards has nothing to do with occult, bad voodoo or  anything like that. I think people who do readings have this gift to pick up on peoples energies and vibes. They read you and then can tell what is going on and help you to understand yourself better. Help you to make that decision  that you already deep down know, but for some reason ignore.


What is in the cards?  I titled this whole Spotlight for today, as well as the treasuries that I put together. The first one is from Etsy, just click on the link and you can take a closer look at the items.

This second treasury is a mixture of Zibbet and Artyah items. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the particular shop.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Tarot Card The Empress Altered Art Earrings
by Threecats

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The Chariot (Le Chariot), Framed Tarot Card Assemblage
by Pandorasbox

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CAT TAROT Altered Art Charm Bracelet by artjewelryforyou

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Dragonfly Reversible Spread Cloth Embroidered, Tarot Cloth, Rune Casting Cloth
by SeleneMoonGoddess

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Gypsy Fortune Teller Wine & Drink Glass Charms Set of 6 Ouija Board, Fortune Game, More
by Threecats

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Psychic Tarot Reading- Full Ten Cards Spread
by Serena

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Badgers Print
by catbirdcraft

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Crystal Ball Psychic Reading / Scrying
by Serena

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Witches Signs Cats Tarot Card readings halloween decorations party Astrology Witches Plaques Primitives Vintage Gypsies primitive black cat
by SleepyHollowPrims


I would love to hear your take on reading cards. Did you ever have cards read to you? Do you think it’s all humbug?

I want to wish you a wonderful and successful day!

servus, Frauke


Spotlight Friday : Music in my heart

I hope you didn’t miss me too much last Friday. We had my Cousin and her family here for a short week from Germany. We hadn’t seen each other in about 5 years, so I decided not to get on the internet. We enjoyed every minute.

On Monday it was time for back to School!  Two weeks before that I took advantage of registering my kids online, so the registration day at school would go faster. I had asked my little one if she would be interested in anything else like sports or music etc.

“na, I’m good I am already doing school TV” ( She has to be in school in the mornings before 7:15 am)  Ok,  I thought, we will just wait and see if anything comes along that will strike her fancy further down the road.

Wednesday she came home with a bunch of papers for me to fill out and said: “Mama, I would like to learn how to play the Violin or Viola. Can you fill out this paper?”

It said to go online and register, so I did.

I was not quite sure what a Viola was, I knew a Violin and a Cello, but don’t remember ever hearing anything about a Viola.  Well, off I go to google…

VIOLA: an instrument of the violin family, larger than the violin and tuned a fifth lower.

I think he explains it quite nicely.

We still have to wait for a little time until she will start. I am excited for her. She did learn the obligatory recorder in school last year and she loved it.

When I was younger I learned to play the recorder as well, then later changed over to a Tenor flute. Loved the deep sound this made.


It was a little tall for me in the beginning. I still have the flute, but have not played it in a very long time.

Maybe it is time to pull it out again and start practicing.  In my teenage years I also taught myself how to play the guitar. It was a little hard to be self taught but it was enough for just me. I did sell my guitar before we move to the US. Why? I don’t know.

I do still want to learn how to play the piano. Right now we do not have enough room for one, even just a keyboard. But maybe one day.

I grew up listening to classic music and I still love listening to it today, well actually any kind of music that makes me feel good.

So from September on we will have someone practicing a string instrument, I hope she will not get discouraged from the learning curve in the beginning. I remember from boarding school, one of my room mates learned how to play the violin. And it was quite a torture for our ears in the first few weeks. She did get better and I enjoyed listening to her practice hours.

Maybe my little one and I could team up and practice together, because I am quite rusty at playing my Tenor flute.

This is my Music collection from ArtYah, click on the photo and it will take you to the corresponding shop.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage The Music Man Vocals and Piano Book 32 Pages Musical
by cookiecuttercat

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Music Lovers Personalized Photo Pendant Necklace or Key chain Piano Jewelry
by HandmadeInChico

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Tape Measure Music Love Retractable Measuring Tape
by AllAboutTheButtons

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Music Note Coffee Mug Rug | Raw Edge Applique Patchwork Mug Rug | Snack Mat |
by jen113

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White Hair Bow with Musical Notes Music Notes Hair Bow 4.5″ x 3.5″ Handmde New
by Maria32

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Renoir Copper Clip Earrings Three Notes Musical 1950s Vintage Jewelry
by VintageJewelryStore

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Peace, Love and Music Mini Cross Stitch KIT
by theartofstitch

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Vintage Sheet Music Lot Yankee Doodle Dandy Robert E lee Annie Get Your Gun
by cookiecuttercat

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Still Life of Violin and Music Cross Stitch KIT
by theartofstitch


What is your favorite music you listen to?  For me it really depends on the mood. It can go from Heavy Metal to Instrumental or Folklore all in one day, I do love listening to my R&B from the early 90’s though. Drives my little one nuts.


this collection makes me want to turn my music up and dance. Find it right here, this link will take you to the Etsy treasury so you can take a closer look.

Also I found quite a collection on Zibbet, that I would like to share with you.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Fabric Buttons, Covered Buttons, Muscial Buttons, Vintage Buttons, Music Buttons, Brown Buttons, Piano Buttons, Muscial Note, 0.8 Inch Buttons 5’s
by Retronana

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Music Treble Clef Tree Cross Stitch Pattern***L@@K***

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Metro Music I (A Portrait of a Subway Musician)
by Egilpatr

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Music Box by JustBelieveCreations

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Mini Music Note Cookies (Four Dozen)
by CakeItToTheLimit

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Silver wire crochet musical clef pendant with pearl
by CatsWire

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Handmade Pottery Turtle Rattle / Shaker / Instrument – Native American Inspired – Wall decoration
by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Little Purple Flutist Owl Print
by MoreThanZeroArt

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Antique Phonograph Blank Card
by Hollenmark Card Design

You see something you like, just click on the picture and you will be able to take a closer look.

Now I would like to wish you a wonderful day filled with wonderful music! 

Spotlight Friday: piercing

The other day we finally made out trip to North Carolina. It had been in the planning for a long time. For ages if you ask my oldest. She was one of the reasons we made the trip. For quite some time she had asked me if she could get a nose piercing. When we had talked about it we agreed that she needed to be at least 15 and pay for it from her earned money and be done with her NJROTC, because they do not allow you to wear any jewelry with your uniform.

Well after we had that agreement I had looked up what regulations are for nose piercing here in South Carolina. After finding all the information, I was thinking, maybe I should of done this first!?

The first link I had found was this one  where it said

South Carolina S.C. Code § 44-34-10 to 44-34-110 Tattooing. Prohibits tattooing anyone under the age of 21.  If a person is at least 18, they may get a tattoo with parental consent.
S.C. Code § 44-32-10 to 44-32-120 Body Piercing Facility. Prohibits anyone from performing body piercing on an individual under age 18.

Well, maybe I should of checked with the laws first.  It didn’t even cross my mind to be honest. I had mine done 20+ years ago in a jewelry shop with the “gun” they use to pierce ears.  I did find out though that this is not done in the US anymore. You will have to go to a tattoo shop to get your nose pierced. Oh boy, a total new can of worms that I just opened up.

I did find some shops, that looked good to me but they all disclaimed that here in SC you have to have parents and Doctors consent to get a nose piercing and at least 16 years old. When she had her yearly physical to get the sports physical we asked the Doc. Of course she said no.

Ear piercing and nose piercing have been particularly widespread and are well represented in historical records and among grave goods. The oldest mummified remains ever discovered were sporting earrings, attesting to the existence of the practice more than 5,000 years ago. Nose piercing is documented as far back as 1500 BC. Piercings of these types have been documented globally, while lip and tongue piercings were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Nipple and genital piercing have also been practiced by various cultures, with nipple piercing dating back at least to Ancient Rome while genital piercing is described in Ancient India c. 320 to 550 CE. The history of navel piercing is less clear. The practice of body piercing has waxed and waned in Western culture, but it has experienced an increase of popularity since World War II, with sites other than the ears gaining subcultural popularity in the 1970s and spreading to mainstream in the 1990s.

The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth.

You can find into depth information about all the piercings and their history 

When I searched our neighboring States I found out that they had different regulations. We live pretty much in the middle of South Carolina, so it was either direction not more than 1.5 hours.  Plus going up North would mean we could stop in at IKEA which we love to go to, but don’t get to go very often.

So we found a Tattoo/ Piercing shop that had very good reviews and I kept my fingers crossed that it was all true.  And it was, the store was very clean, the staff was very friendly and explained everything into detail. Everything was sterile and the piercing artist really made my kid feel comfortable and walked her through every step. She is told to come back in 4 weeks for a check up. I don’t remember me having that when I had mine pierced.

I never had anything against my daughter piercing her nose. How can I say no, when I have a pierced nose  myself. We did talk about the aesthetics and how much would be too much, and what it would mean when wanting to work in certain fields. We agreed on that this is the only one I will allow, besides ear piercing, as long as she lives in our house.

So now you know a little bit more about body piercing and it’s history.

Wow, Etsy was full of jewelry for piercing. So I narrowed it down to nose piercing. (Click on it and it will take you to the Treasury on Etsy) Or do your own search for piercing jewelry.


It was a little tougher on Zibbet to find just nose piercings. So I added other piercing jewelry into the mix. Just click on the picture if you would like to take a closer look.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
A 2mm Tiny Amethyst in Sterling Silver Nose Stud by GazitJewelry

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Cartilage ear cuff “Gold Tender LOVE” – no piercing-fake piercing ear wires- wire writing

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Beautiful Brass Flower Earrings – Tribal Jewelry by ronyibiza

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Ear Cuff Sterling Silver Pearl Pink Freshwater
by stonehorsedesigns

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Modern sterling Silver Dangle Earrings for Pierced ears,
by Menno

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Gold Belly Ring Bellybutton Jewelry Body Jewelry
by stonehorsedesigns

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Elf Ears – Enchanted Night, elven ears, elf ear cuff, elf ear wrap, elf cosplay jewelry
by SilverElfJewelry

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Horn And Shell Plug – Piercing Plugs – Tribal Plugs – Unique Plugs – Artistic Plugs
by ronyibiza

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18g little vine hoops– primitive series– handmade by thebeadedlily
by thebeadedlily

These are the ear piercing jewelry that I have found on ArtYah, I think some beautiful pieces.

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Hand carved White Jade calla lily bead earrings . 925 sterling silver earwires by BethShanIreland

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Cat on Lime Green Wooden Dangle Earrings
by wowwy

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Mini Tea Cup Earrings
by HagAndNagAntiques

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Dandelion Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Handmade Earrings – Dangle Earrings
by silvermustangs

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Feather and Beetle-wing boho earrings on birdy earwires
by BethShanIreland

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Beaded colorful hoop earrings, geometric earrings modern art earrings
by lutita

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Tribal Feather Earrings, Long Dangle Gemstone Earrings, Aztec Bohemian Jewelry
by morethanprettythings

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Large Textured Copper Earrings with Turquoise
by SilverandEarth

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Sterling silver teardrop stud earrings Understated jewelry Minimalist earrings
by Freesize

Do you have any body parts pierced? Which ones?

I did have 3 holes pierced into my earlobes on both sides. I did wear earrings in all of them for the longest. But the last few years, I hardly even wear any earrings. Don’t know why. But after seeing all those wonderful creations I might just have to change my mind.


Here is a link from another blogger, going a little bit more into detail about body piercings if you would like to read more about it.