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Social Distancing & Creativity

We’re adjusting to this whole social distancing thing, and I hope the same is true for you and yours! May this update find you healthy, safe, and sane 🙂

When this shift began, I told myself that I’d just hunker down with my beads and my seeds, and do my best to create and grow my way through this whole experience. While that’s still the ideal, it seems that my muse (and my focus!) are currently MIA.

At first, I was angry with myself about this. I should be “using this time productively” and “finishing all those projects”! Now I’m just breathing through those expectations, and letting them go. Seeds are planted, and I’ve got creative projects on the table. More importantly, everyone that I love is still upright, and adapting.

My creative work is happening slowly, and I’ve decided to just go easy on myself, and accept that. I hope you’re all cutting yourselves a bit of slack right now too… you don’t HAVE to start a new project, or knock out all of those chores. Just breathe. Love your people, stay human, stay home, and be well.

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Look for the Helpers

Well then – it’s been a crazy couple of weeks! Thankfully, all of my loved ones are healthy and well, and my husband has been able to work from home. There’ve been some adjustments and inconveniences, but overall, we’re well. I hope the same for you and yours.

One thing that’s helping me to cope with the news of the world, is seeing how my friends and neighbors are stepping up to help. People are offering to pick up groceries for elders, streaming live music from their living rooms, and sharing ideas, kindness and hope. That’s how we’ll get through this.

The fabric scraps and elastic in this photo are for a group of neighbors who are sewing masks for local medical workers. Who knew that my craft hoard might come in handy in an apocalypse? All jokes aside, I’m looking for the helpers in all of this, and seeking ways to be of service.

What are you doing in the way of self care? How are you reaching out to connect with others? What are you doing to help your community?

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Creative Hibernation

semiprecious stone beads and cabs

My creative energy seems to go into hibernation during the winter months. This used to frustrate me, but now I accept that I’m simply not prolific all the time. I’ve come to appreciate this time to rest, restore, and plan.

It may not look like I’m doing doing much … but below the surface, I’m dreaming, planning, and planting creative seeds for the year ahead.

My semi annual trip to the gem show always helps to kick start that creative vision. It’s a much needed dose of sunshine, family, friends, and rocks! It’s also an opportunity to hand select high quality materials for my work. Playing with these sparkling stones definitely helps to awaken the muse!

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A Rave Review

interleaf leather hair slide

Just received this rave review! I love that they took the time to create a collage with before and after photos of their new hair cut.

✩✩✩✩✩ “I love my custom order! I previously bought some gorgeous fall leaf slides that I wore every day, but then as the weather started to turn I knew I needed an icy winter leaf as well. Andrea was very helpful throughout the process, finding pics of other fantasy style leaves she’d made to help me decide what I wanted, offering me options for designs, informing me about stick options. She’s wonderful to work with. And the quality is excellent! I could not be more enchanted with this piece.”

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A Classic Updo

red rose leather barrette

Returned from vacation to find that I’d been tagged in this stunning photo! Her updo has such a classic look. Not sure if it’s “classic 40’s” or “classic Victorian” – but either way, it’s elegant. I’m always envious of folks who can pull off these perfectly coiffed looks. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful photo!

PS. Came home with a mean winter cold. I’m resting and healing, so please bear with me if I’m slow to reply or don’t post much for a bit.

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Rainbows and Moonbeams to Close Out the Year

lunar phase earrings

I’ve just added a small collection of jewelry items. Many of them feature rainbows or moon phase motifs, so I’m calling it my “Rainbows and Moonbeams” collection. Though to be fair, there are a handful of pieces that don’t really fall into either category.

In any case, there’s a limited selection of new jewelry pieces to choose from, click here to see them all! 

This will be my last shop update for the year, and my last shipping date for 2019 will be 12/23 (meaning that you should have your order in by 12/22 if you hope for me to get it out in the mail the next day). After that, I’ll be doing a bit of traveling to spend the holidays with family. The shops will remain open while I’m on the road, but if you order after 12/22, it will not ship until I return in early January of 2020.

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2019 Winter Holiday Shipping Deadlines

holiday shipping deadlines

 

It always feels too soon to start talking about holiday shipping deadlines. Still, the first shipping date for international orders IS coming up quickly, so I do want to put this info out there:

USPS first class mail is the most affordable shipping option from the US, so here’s a friendly heads up for my friends across the pond. If you’re hoping to order something for arrival by December 25th, I strongly encourage you to place your order by November 25th.

If you need to wait a bit longer, there are still other options available … but they do get more expensive the longer you wait! I encourage you to browse my offerings soon, for the best selection of holiday gifts and best chance of arrival by 12/25.

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Falling Leaves Collection

leather leaf jewelry with gemstones

I’ve just added a small “Falling Leaves Collection” of autumn inspired jewelry. This mixed media jewelry collection incorporates leatherwork, semiprecious stones, and wire work. Inspired by the changing seasons, it includes hand crafted leather leaves and feathers, accented with high quality gemstones.

Click here to see these newest additions to the site!

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A Halloween Treat

leather masks

This customer message was probably one of the best treats of my Halloween season!:

“This was, by far, my favorite Halloween costume I ever had. Your mask stopped people passing by me in the streets!!

I was (Greek goddess) Persephone. (If you are not familiar, she is goddess of springtime flowers & vegetation. Her story explains why we have seasons. I love Greek mythology. 💚) My husband was a Forest Demon.

No joke, the second I saw your mask, I knew it belonged to me. I had already envisioned my entire outfit by the time I had paypaled you the money.

And make no mistake, I did not get the mask to go with my outfit. The entire outfit, down to the very last detail, was all to go with the mask. It deserved no less than a godly presentation😊

A million thanks. Your stunning creation produced a million smiles on Saturday. As well as a night I will never forget. And I will treasure it indefinitely. 😊💚🌺

I love it when people connect with my work like this, and it means the world that she took the time to tell me about it! THIS is why I love my job.

PS. His mask was made by fellow mask artisan, Larry Wood of Fantasy Guilde Studios. Wood’s masks always have so much character, and this one is no exception.

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Halloween 2019 Ordering Info

day of the dead mask with red roses

Hi friends! Here’s my Halloween 2019 ordering info, to assist with your costume party planning:

Availability –

Ready to Ship” items are in stock and ready to ship quickly

Made to Order” listings for existing designs from my catalogue can take 1-3 weeks to create, before shipping. These listings will be available until October 1st, 2019.

Custom Work” designed to your specifications can take 2-4 weeks to create, before shipping. An estimated timeline will be provided in advance.
* Very limited availability ~ Halloween commissions close 9/15/19 *


Suggested ordering dates for probable delivery by 10/31/19 –

✫ USA:
1st Class Mail – order by Oct 22nd
Priority Mail – order by Oct 25th
Priority Express Mail – order Oct 28th

✫ INTERNATIONAL:
1st Class Mail – order by Sept 20th
Priority Mail – order by Oct 15th
Priority Express Mail – order by Oct 22nd

USPS 1st Class Mail is the default shipping method. Expedited shipping options are available at checkout.

Click here to see typical transit times for each shipping method.