Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


Milagro Spirit Icons: The Heart

Milagros is Spanish for Miracle. In Folk Art, Milagros are talismans against illness, trouble and pain. They are symbols of hope or dreams; a promise made or fulfilled.

I became intrigued with Milagros during our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico in September, 2007. The Milagros I purchased during that trip became the inspiration for this series of icons.

Today I present the Heart Milagro Spirit Icon. The heart Milagro represents love, healing, and gratitude. It is the most common image offered at shrines. Unlike our heart valentine, traditional heart Milagros are anatomically correct; some even have blood vessels coursing across the front. A heart Milagro may bring you a healthy heart, and may bring passion to your life and to the love you have for another.

The Heart Milagro Spirit Icon is approximately 10″ tall. His halo is a hammered bottle cap with a patina finish. The Milagro can be removed and worn on a necklace or bracelet. The Blessing Bottle holds prayer or wish.


Sculpture in Santa Fe

The art in Santa Fe is simply amazing and inspiring.  And the sculptures are, for the most part, very large.  Even the small indoor sculptures are at least 12″ tall.  I kept hearing Bruce Baker’s voice in my head as he encouraged artists to make their art larger for those art collectors decorating their large homes.

Here are some of my favorite sculptures.


What a great place to read your favorite book!

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This sculpture of a female Native American is larger than life.  The quilt work detail was simply stunning.  Unfortunately, I can’t recall her name; she is an actual person from Santa Fe’s history.


And they say everything is bigger in Texas.  I think Santa Fe is giving them some competition.  This ant is actually a chair.  Would you like to sit on his lap?


We had the pleasure of meeting Bill Worrell the artist who created this piece.  He is a former art teacher in his early 70’s.  These pieces were inspired by cave drawings.  Bill was white water rafting one day and had to pull out of the water due to inclement weather.  While taking shelter in a cave he noticed the cave drawings and as they say, the rest is history.  In this gallery he had smaller sculptures, wall hangings, mixed media paintings and jewelry all using the same character.  One of his smaller sculptures came home with us.


I love the flow and shape of this sculpture.  There are four turtles rising toward her, each in successively smaller sizes.


Who said the moon is a man and made from cheese?


It is said that this is what will happen if you stay in Santa Fe too long.  I’d like to try out that theory.

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Picturesque Northern New Mexico

Here are a few of my favorite shots from Santa Fe and surrounding areas.

The views from our hotel room at the Inn & Spa at Loretto (Santa Fe):

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White Rock Overlook (Los Alamos)

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Bandelier National Monument (Los Alamos)

In Bandelier Monument you can take a self-guided tour of extensive ancestral pueblo ruins.  Ancestral pueblo groups occupied the Bandelier area for more than 400 years.

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The Rio Grande Gorge (near Taos)



Return to Home

After a glorious week of just “being” in Santa Fe, we returned home last night around 9:30pm.  I can’t recall being in Logan Airport and witnessing such a quiet environment.  There were no more outgoing flights on United (at least in our part of the terminal.)  There were no vendors selling their wares, except for the Dunkin Donuts across from baggage claim.  I talked with a lovely lady there; she was from Morocco.   We were away from home for a week and that means a nearly empty refrigerator will greet us.  I bought a couple muffins for Sunday breakfast.  The lovely lady from Morocco worked the counter.  She told me DD is open 24 hours…because people really like their DD coffee.  I told her I didn’t drink coffee but love a good cup of tea.  She told me I must try Moroccan tea; she highly recommended it.

Returning home from vacation can be a mixed blessing.  After some vacations, I can’t wait to get home (ask me about our trip to Whistler, BC.)  At other times, I wish the vacation would continue.  Or that I could at least bottle it into a nice little container and keep it with me forever.

Santa Fe was one of those vacations.  When we were preparing to leave Santa Fe on Saturday I had this nagging feeling that I was missing something.  That I was leaving something behind.  As strange as it may sound, I think I left a little bit of myself in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe has a population of 68,000 which includes 5,500 artists and 300 galleries.  The vibe is pretty laid-back and people are quite friendly.  The sky is forever blue.

The energy in Santa Fe is interesting; a mix of creativity and spirituality, a smattering of politics and a rich history that includes Spain, Mexico, Native Americans, the French, Christians and Jews.  You see art on almost every corner.  And the food is not only regional (Southwest and Mexican) but Indian, Thai, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and traditional American.

And the scenery.  There are wide open vistas, mountains, and deep gorges.  Adobe style homes dot the land.  And that endless blue sky.  Apparently New Mexico is a prime location for painters because of the perfect light.



Santa Fe is a mecca for artists.  It ranks right up there with New York and Chicago.  Of course, with 5,500 artists in one area, the competition is bound to be strong and I’m sure some of the waitstaff we met were artists trying to make ends meet.  However, the inspiration is endless and my head is full of ideas.

I will need to remember this vacation over the next few weeks as I gear up for the Paradise City Arts Festival, a couple of small shows, and fill wholesale orders.  I will write more about Santa Fe when I can in the upcoming weeks.  There is much inspiration to share.  And if words can’t be formed, perhaps a picture will suffice.