When Stones Get Effed Up

When you eff something up, throw it back into the water. Let the waves and time wash clean your attachments to a desired outcome. (mandala stone rejects from jenny hoople)

I could show you the awesome ‪#‎hooplemandalas‬ I painted this week, but I’d rather show you the rejects:   When something doesn’t go as planned, keep going until it’s amazing. If it becomes totally effed up instead of becoming amazing, then throw it back in the water so the universe can turn it back into… Read more »

My Mens Jewelry Now Guaranteed For Life

Mens jewelry by Authentic Arts comes with a lifetime guarantee on broken cords, chains and clasps!

Even cooler than my men’s beaded jewelry now coming with a lifetime guarantee (see below) is that I’ve upgraded to a stronger beading cord and to stainless steel clasps and jumprings. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize the cord I’d been using wasn’t the strongest one out there. I owe a big thanks to one… Read more »

Trying to Feel Grateful in the Midst of Chaos

Trying to feel grateful in the midst of chaos.

My house is a mess, my Christmas tree is still up, my toddler is “cutting” the sofa with a butter knife, but there’s a corner of my mind that still has it’s finger on the pulse of the universe. ‪#‎grateful‬‬ ‪#‎hooplemandalas‬ Wishing you as many moments of connection as possible this fine Saturday! ~ Jenny

Spring Nature Moments

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Spring is the best season. Hope growing out of death, flowers popping up where you’d least expect them, the whole state of Wisconsin brimming with birdsong and flower buds. I could go on about spring forever, but instead I’ll leave you with these images from my daily walks around my neighborhood and with a hope… Read more »

I Won’t Tell You How To Make a Meditation Altar

Your meditation altar is whatever is meaningful to you wherever you happen to be. (Click through to read more!)

You already know how to make a meditation altar. In fact, you’re the only person who can make a meditation altar for your practice.  You don’t need tips about what colors or stones to include.  Spiritual connection to the universe doesn’t come out of a feng shui encyclopedia, it doesn’t come out of a rock. … Read more »

The Spirituality of Stones

Stone mandalas and sourdough bread. A perfect morning.

Thinking about the spirituality of stone and…eating breakfast. There’s something about the permanence of ink on stone (as opposed to ink on paper) that cultivates my ability to pay attention.  And to paraphrase the Buddha, paying attention is what it’s all about! Namaste, friends! I hope you can pay attention to the heartbeat of the… Read more »

New River Stone Mandalas are Here!

Mandala Stone Mother's Day Sale 2015 -- Coming April 29 to http://jennyhoople.com/product-category/fine-art -- New mandala stones, a thoughtful gift for your favorite bird-watching, trail-hiking, ocean-gazing mom.

Each stone mandala is one of a kind and comes gift wrapped.  They’re the perfect gift for that nature loving Mom in your life.  (Mother’s Day is May 10!)  You still have a week to order a stone mandala gift to get it in time for Mother’s Day!! Click here to buy a stone for… Read more »

Moms Want Love For Mother’s Day

When something doesn’t go as planned, keep going until it’s amazing. If it becomes totally effed up instead of becoming amazing, then throw it back in the water so the universe can turn it back into a beautiful, singular, peaceful stone.

It’s not the things we give each other, but, rather, the love we give them with that makes gift-giving meaningful. This is the time of spring when you sit up and say “Darn!  Mother’s Day is in a week and a half and I didn’t get my mom/sister/wife anything yet!!”   I’ve got good news!!  I’ve… Read more »

Why Did You Pick Up THAT Stone?

Lake Michigan, a great place to find smooth stones for art making!

Of course you can’t help but pick up interesting stones. But, what makes a stone interesting? Why did you pick that stone over this stone? Why did I pick up that striped stone while you picked up the stone with the hole in it? What special stone powers does it possess that you should zero… Read more »

Finding Peace and Communion in a Hectic World

Mandala Stone Mother's Day Sale 2015 -- Coming April 29 to http://jennyhoople.com/product-category/fine-art -- New mandala stones, a thoughtful gift for your favorite bird-watching, trail-hiking, ocean-gazing mom.

Contrary to the evidence from my Instagram feed, my days are not filled to the brim with nature walks and art-making, and punctuated by cute baby moments. My life is full of what your life is full of, chaos. Nature walks and art-making are the thin threads that keep me connected to the heartbeat of… Read more »