Sugar and Cyanide

The writer of Sugar and Cyanide and artist behind Desert Heart Beads design, is “a Texan landed in Michigan, a certified Sign Language Interpreter, mom of three girls, Bead freak and jewelry artisan, Zombie lover, middle-aged drama queen, lover of God and Goddess, blah blah blah...” As the “blahs” suggests, Penny is one of those special souls that oozes its way into a person’s life, and infects everything it touches with awesomeness, wit and sarcasm.

When it comes to non-stereotypes, Penny’s picture should top the word in the dictionary. I could list many traits to show her uniqueness, but I’ll let the piece she is giving away for the Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction party do the work for me. These prayer beads are a reflection of this witchy woman.
I was going to share why I believe the prayer beads say so much about Penny and her wicked lovely soul, but I’ll save that thought for my after-party comments. I’m more interested in knowing what kind of feelings the prayer beads evoke in you.

So, this is all you need to do to enter this giveaway:   
1.  What feelings do Penny’s prayer beads evoke in you?
2. Visit Desert Heart Beads designs, and then come back to tell me what piece you like best and why.

Extra Entries:
1. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture)
2. Blog about this entry, and leave a link to the post
3. Tweet about this entry, and leave a link to the tweet
4. Follow my writing site
* This giveaway ends April 17th at 12:13pm EST.
** The lucky winner will be chosen via Randomizer. I’ll announce her or his name on April 19th at 12:13am EST. Great luck, my Luvs ;-) 

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38 comments:

  1. You like me...you really really like me! Smooches!

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    1. Hot damn! my secret's out ;-)

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  2. Just came back from visiting Sugar and Cyanide, which of course I had no choice but to immediately follow. After all, who wouldn’t join her blog? All they have to do is read the part where she says she’s a Texan Zombie Goddess. Duh!

    The necklace I chose to admire more than the others is the amethyst, gold fresh water pearls large artisan lampwork bead and hills tribe dragonfly

    I like the design of two strands with opposing colors. The amethyst and gold fresh water pearls complement the yellow and purple in the lampwork bead; and the dragonfly is a cute accent.

    About the prayer beads: The necklace has a Gothic quality to it and I especially love the red and black, which are colors I wear quite often. So, I should get it. Just saying…

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    1. My thoughts exactly, how can on not absolutely adore a Texan Zombie Goddess? Specially one with brains that ooze such delicious bits ;-)

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  3. The bracelet with handmade Catholic icons...so cool and vintage looking.
    The prayer beads invoke a childhood memory of saying the rosary.
    All her work is so vintage and earthy. Love it all
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. So great when a person's art takes us back to the happy moments of our childhood.

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  4. This lady surely creates most beauteous pieces. The one you are showing to me represents the unity of God and Goddess(in her triform, hence 3 red beads in each segment), with the larger green bead representing the wisdom of the God. The silver heart, purity of love they bestow on us, and the single silver end piece the unity of all things :D Well you did ask lol.
    My fav piece on her page is the necklace made from tiny turquoise stones. It's simple construct and the purity of the stones speacks to me of innocence and clarity of thought, representing someone with an open heart and mind :D XXX

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    1. I did ask, and I love the answer. I agree 100%, Penny's work, and herself, is beauteous thought-provoking goodness ;-)

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  5. I'm following Sugar and Cyanide now. I love the first necklace the best cuz I adore dragonflies. The prayer beads mostly bring nostalgia for me since I was raised Catholic ( a long, long, time ago) but some of my bloggy friends have renewed my love for Mary and the Rosary which goes nicely with all my Pegan beliefs and Native influences too, all roads lead to the same place! Deb

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    1. Mary and Jesus are the parts of Catholicism that I like. Like in your case, Mary reminds me of the Mother Goddess, and teh range of Jesus' wisdom and love transcends. Yep, "all roads lead to the same place!"

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  6. Hello Magaly! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. Congrats for your work. If you wish to follow back that would be great I'm at http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Welcome, Nelson. Thanks for stopping by. I'm always happy to see new people at Pagan Culture. After you return and read, you'll notice that there is no need to paste your blog address, for I follow the profile link back to the site of anyone who visits and adds to the conversation by leaving a thought-provoking comment that shows some connection to the topic being discussed.

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  7. Prayer beads always evoke feelings of my uncle and auntie who were such devout Catholics and two of my favorite people in the world. They were kind and good and wise.....and he was hilarious. These beads are divine, the colors, the gothy style. What's not to love.
    Thanks for the side bar mention. I will have the second prequel tomorrow. You know how us Olde Baggs are.....never able to wait for the party. Oma Linda
    Thanks for the BD wishes, xoxo

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    1. Aries can't never wait until the thing gets started. Didn't you notice I began the party 13 days early? lol

      My favorite detail of the prayer beads is definitely the Gothic style. I'm enchanted by everything uncanny, dark and red, and this baby is it.

      And Happy, happy, happy birthday, again, Oma Linda of my heart. I'm a terrible mailer, so of course there will be a little something arriving soon, um... late.

      Love you bunches!

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  8. Gorgeous prayer beads! They have a definite gothic appearance with the black, red, and intricate silver charms/pendant pieces. I'm not a jewelry maker so I don't know what the pieces are called LOL but it's a lovely piece!

    BTW Magaly, I finally posted a "nudie." I had to change my blog settings to adult content, though. Come by and take a looksie?

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    1. Don't feel too bad, I don't know anything about jewelry either. I just like the pretty colors and the ways they fit together lol

      On my way to see your painted skin!

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  9. I love these prayer beads. To me they look old, from long ago. And, they do have a witchy feel to them. There is strength in them and lots of love ;o)

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    1. The bit about the "strength" and "love" was what made me fall for this piece. I love all the ways in which it doesn't only fit multiple prayer pasterns but also is stunning!

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  10. I love the dragonfly necklace!! The balance of amethyst on one side and the pearls on the other! Femininity and strength! And, the dragonfly means a lot to me. They always come around me, when there is big change!

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  11. I am a wicked darling ;o)

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  12. I follow your writing site ;o)

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  13. I follow Sugar and Cyanide ;o)

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  14. Sweet Beads Penny, Mags only half way through the four parter but will come back to show my love for it when I've finished it all in order.

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  15. These prayer beads invoke the beauty of all that is spiritual and love; ritual, prayer, belief and is not afraid to mingle the pagan with the catholic, the heathen with the christian. Aren't we all just trying to get to the same place? Home.

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    1. Indeed! The thing I admire most about Penny (other than the Zombie Goddess bit, of course) is how she can balance her spirituality and actually mean it. I haven't met many people who can do.

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  16. My favorite is the one made of amber and garnet because these stones have always been special to me.

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  17. Follow writing site!

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  18. New follower of Sugar and Cyanide. What a great name!

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  19. I'm a native Michigander...it has to be hard to come up here from Texas! *hugs* I think those beads are lovely and looking around they are my favorite. They speak to me about late nights, when everyone is sleeping and it's time to meditate on the long day.

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    1. I can totally relate. Living in the Midwest after New York City and the Dominican Republic was a bit shocking.

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  20. The Penny´s prayer beads evoke me a feeling of mystery and darkness. Something like a vampire emotion.

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  21. My favorite piece on Desert Heart Beads designs is the necklace made with Amethyst, gold fresh water pearls, large artisan lampwork bead and Hills Tribe Dragonfly.

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  22. I am a Wicked Darling (I follow Pagan Culture)

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  23. Following your writing site

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  24. Following Sugar and Cyanide

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