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.
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.
Hi friends! Here’s my Halloween 2019 ordering info, to assist with your costume party planning:
“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 –
1st Class Mail – order by Oct 22nd
Priority Mail – order by Oct 25th
Priority Express Mail – order Oct 28th
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.
I’m winging my way down to the redwoods soon, for a very short vacation. Travel dates are Friday 8/24 – Tuesday 8/27. Orders placed before noon on Friday will post by Saturday. Orders placed after that will ship when I return. Thanks in advance for your patience!
This beautiful osprey photo was taken by my talented friend, Talia of County Line Wild . Her nature photography documents the wildlife along the Eel river. I’m really looking forward to visiting this special person and place!
A small collection of new work will go live on the website tonight at 6 pm PST (or 9 pm for those of you on the east coast).
It will include a smattering of mixed media jewelry pieces:
Those little dragonfly hair accessories that I previewed last week:
As well as a small selection of leather peacock feather hair slides and French clip barrettes:
I sincerely hope you’ll love these offerings!
I quietly re-opened my Etsy shop in June, but forgot to make a whole lot of fanfare about it. Lots of folks found their way to my website during my Etsy break, which is where I prefer to do business anyway. This gives me hope that you’ll all continue to support my craft wherever I share it. So thanks to all who showed up, it encouraged me to get up and try again!
While I’d hoped to return with a slew of new work, life had other plans. I spent time with family and friends, played in my garden, and then went another round with that old back injury. That last part wasn’t so fun, but it’s in my rearview now, so that much is good.
All that to say that I don’t have a ton of new work, but I have managed to complete a few sweet little pieces. Photos have been taken and edited, and I’ll be adding new goodies to the site soon.
Wow, I didn’t realize how much I needed that break! Im so grateful for this time to just chill and refocus.
I’m slowly getting back to my workbench, and hope have a small shop update to share soon. Thanks for hanging in with me!
A friend reached out the other day to check in on how I’m doing with that whole plan to “just create what my heart wants to”. I was embarrassed (and a little angry with myself) to admit that I have not made a damned thing since I decided to take this little pause.
And then I realized that I’ve made progress. I’ve made plans, and I am planting seeds. I realized that it’s ok for me to let go of expectations, and to just see where this road takes me. The results are still intangible, and the process is not entirely comfortable. Still, I think that this is where it starts. It starts with showing up, and being open to possibility. There is no (honest) shortcut to creativity.
Anyway, I’m rambling again. Just wanted to reach out and say that I’m still here, and still striving. Taking a bit of a social media break while I sort it all out, and hoping my friends will continue to hold space for me while I grow.
Friends, I’m going to take a giant step back in hopes that it will get me moving in a better direction.
To start, I’ll be putting my Etsy shop on pause as of March 31st, 2019.
So if you like to shop with me on Etsy, please do so this week before I put the shop in vacation mode! My website will remain open during this Etsy break, but I won’t be adding new work for a bit, and older designs will be retired as they sell out.
Last week I shared that I found counterfeits of my work on Amazon –
What I didn’t share is that this is the 4th time this year that I’ve found my exact photos, designs and/or writing reproduced by other vendors … and it’s only March! While it’s true that this is just an occupational hazard for online sellers, this ©rap is getting out of control. It’s simply unsustainable for my small business and sanity, and I need a minute to regroup.
As awful as that sounds, it’s been a big wake up call. This has forced me to really think about how this current version of my business aligns with my goals.
Somewhere along my Etsy journey (and through the recession years) my focus gradually shifted from creating work that I love and feel challenged by, to worrying too much about making “stuff that will sell”. And apparently, that stuff is attracting the wrong element. So I’m taking a breather in order to refocus and realign.
It’s scary to just walk away from my primary source of income for a couple of months, but I really need to love what I do again. Otherwise, what’s the point?
To get to that, I’m taking a leap of faith and giving myself permission to make the things that my heart really wants to bring forth into the world. Hopefully the world wants those pieces too, and the *right* people will connect to them. Or maybe I’ll just fall. Either way, this has to change.
Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me along the way! And many thanks to my beautiful daughter (pictured) for her insight and encouragement in making this choice.
Friends, I do not offer my creations on Amazon. Nor have I authorized anyone else to do so.
Should you see my work there, be skeptical. I’m not affiliated with any active Amazon shops, and cannot be held responsible if they rip you off. Even if the hypothetical listing uses my exact product, images, logos, titles, and descriptions.
I was invited to sell on Amazon Handmade during their beta phase, and I did start setting up a storefront there during the early stages of their launch. That storefront was never opened, because I had reservations about their policies. That is the ONLY Amazon shop that is remotely connected to my business – and it was never (ever) stocked.
So if you like my work, please shop directly from my site. Here, you can be sure that the work is authentic and handmade by me.
Last but not least, If you sell jewelry or hair accessories, you might want to do a quick search over there for your own stuff. I’m no expert, but it looks as though these vendors have copied entire product categories from another well-known handmade crafts site.