beaded fish

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This is my etsy shop. I have posted about it a few times but this time I thought I would show what I have in the shop, or at least show a few of my favorite things I have made in it. I started this shop by making hair bows, like in the last two images, using different color combinations then I started to make other ones, like the rainbow one or an Oakland A’s one that I have in my shop. (Im from that part of CA, it was one of the few sports teams that I know off the top of my head.) Then I started making video game sprites, like the Butterfree in the top image, and it just kind of went a little crazy from there. I have a lot more in the shop.

In any case, I am super broke and unemployed right now. Just sharing my store link to hopefully make a little money. I can do custom orders but please message me about that so we can work out if what you want is possible. I can’t do everything.

Store link: HERE

Butterfree: HERE

Pajama Sam Icon Set: HERE

Fred Fish Icon Set: HERE Sold out

Rainbow Bow: HERE

PokeBall Bow: HERE

THE TLANCHANA

Its name comes from ancient times and is derived from three voices of Nahuatl atl, water; tonan, mother; chane, magical being or spirit. 


For many visitors it is rare to find a mermaid 500 km from the coast and more than 2600 meters. However, once the Toluca Valley in the State of México territory had nine lagoons surrounded by small communities of Otomi and matlazincas people;compared to Nevado de Toluca or Xinantécatl and near the Great or Chignahuapan River Lerma today. 


The myth originated in ancient times, when the Aztecs invaded yet Matlazinca this fertile valley.

According to tradition, this lake area was ruled by a strange queen, half woman and half snake water. It was said that behind the tulle and grass lagoon on an island could see a beautiful naked woman wearing a crown and beads and strings of fish, crayfish and salamanders in the waist. 


She had a possessive, fickle and vengeful temperament; if she was happy her tail was of a black snake, and allowed fishermen to obtain abundant fishing with nets. When she fell in love with a man she could turn his legs and tail grounded out to look; if a man tending her melodious call the tail of a serpent was used to surround and drag it to the bottom of their domains until drowned.

Over the centuries the lakes dried. The new religion changed the small farming and fishing communities. But the song of the ancient siren still captivates researchers, artists and people in general, and in the early 90s of last century it was decided to install the Tlanchana a principal place of Juarez Park.


Today, instead of tail viper’s Tlanchana have one fish, perhaps due to the influence of those who came with other traditions of the Old World, which is known as the siren of Metepec, although municipal chronicler Bertha Balestra “ (…) it would be nice to have back to Original Tlanchana, made of clay, symbolizing not only the myth, but the main activity of Metepec ”. It also suggests redesigning the source, local and garnish with aquatic motives and that has a plate with the legend of the mother fish to remember remote aspects of local history.

La Tlanchana.
Su nombre proviene de tiempos remotos y se deriva de tres voces del náhuatl: atl, agua; tonan, madre; chane, ser o espíritu mágico. 

Para muchos visitantes resulta extraño encontrar una sirena a 500 km de la costa y a más de 2 600 msnm. No obstante, este territorio antaño contaba con nueve lagunas rodeadas por pequeñas comunidades matlazincas y otomíes; frente al Nevado de Toluca o Xinantécatl y cerca del río Grande o Chignahuapan, hoy Lerma. El mito tuvo su origen en tiempos prehispánicos, cuando los mexicas todavía no invadían este fértil Valle Matlazinca.

Según las tradiciones, esta zona lacustre estaba regida por una extraña reina, mitad mujer y mitad serpiente acuática. Se decía que detrás de los tules y hierbas de la laguna, sobre un islote podía verse a una hermosa mujer desnuda ataviada con corona y collares y sartas de peces, acociles y ajolotes en la cintura. Poseía un temperamento posesivo, voluble y vengativo; si estaba contenta su cola era la de una serpiente negra, y permitía a los pescadores obtener abundante pesca con sus redes. 

Cuando se enamoraba de algún humano podía convertir su cola en piernas y salir a tierra a buscarlo; si un hombre no atendía su melodioso llamado utilizaba la cola de serpiente para rodearlo y arrastrarlo al fondo de sus dominios hasta que lo ahogaba.

Con el paso de los siglos las lagunas se secaron. La nueva religión cambió las pequeñas comunidades agrícolas y pesqueras. Pero el canto de la ancestral sirena todavía cautiva a los investigadores, artistas y pueblo en general, y a principios de los años 90 del siglo pasado se decidió instalar a La Tlanchana en un lugar principal del parque Juárez.

Hoy, en lugar de cola de víbora La Tlanchana la tiene de pez, quizá debido a la influencia de quienes llegaron con otras tradiciones del Viejo Mundo, por lo que es conocida como La sirena de Metepec, aunque para la cronista municipal Bertha Balestra, “(…) sería hermoso tener de nuevo a La Tlanchana original, hecha de arcilla y simbolizando no sólo el mito, sino también la actividad principal de Metepec”. También sugiere rediseñar la fuente, adornarla con motivos locales y acuáticos y que cuente con una placa con la leyenda de esta madre de los peces para recordar remotos aspectos de la historia local.

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Oh man, it’s done! This is my entry for the-guardian-of-fun’s Winter Prince Contest. I used a combination of watercolor, copic marker, gel pen, and other media! It’s supposed to be sort of like a mobile, but it reminds me more of a dream catcher at this point?? I wanted there to be some 3d elements to this piece, so I secured Jack and the snowflakes to the moon using several chunks of cardboard to push them off of the backdrop. I then hung various blue and clear beads from fishing line, also attached to the moon. This piece is meant to hang from either ceiling or wall, as pictured!

I’m very excited about how this piece came out. Quick shout out to my mom who gave up a lot of her cool beads for this project!  The Winter Prince design was challenging and fun to replicate. What an adventure!

Honestly, I wasn’t going to enter this contest when I first saw it. Like a lot of others, my initial thought was, “I won’t win, why bother?” And then I saw the-guardian-of-fun’s post about everyone feeling the same way, and started wondering when it was I had just stopped trying? Where was the harm in at least trying? If I didn’t try, I couldn’t ever win. Reinvigorated,  I went on to make this piece. I changed my mind a lot and almost thought I wouldn’t get it done in time, but here it is! I’m happy with this piece, and so glad I did end up trying. Thanks to the-guardian-of-fun for saying the words I needed to hear!

Alright, I’ll step off my soapbox now!