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Winter Solstice 2016 – Hibernation

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Happy Solstice, and many thanks to all who’ve supported my craft!

If you’ve purchased something from me, liked or shared my work, or offered feedback or encouragement along the way, YOU have helped to support my creative process and I’m deeply grateful. It occurred to me the other day that some of you have been cheering me on and collecting my work for anywhere from 5 to 30 years! I am honored and humbled by this – may your kindness come back to you tenfold.

Winter is officially here, and this quiet time seems ideal for rest and restoration. I’ve been feeling rather burnt out for some time now, and it feels like a good time to slow down and reflect on what I’d like to do differently in the year ahead. With that said, my Christmas gift to myself will be to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode as of December 31st.

I’ve not yet decided how long that vacation will last, I’m simply going to hibernate until I feel ready to share new work again. It could be a few weeks, it could be longer. We’ll see how that goes. My personal website will remain open, but I do intend to retire quite a few items at the start of 2017. So if you’ve had your eye on one of my pieces or if you only wish to purchase via Etsy, now’s a good time to do so.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement. May you be surrounded with love and comfort this holiday season.

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Such a long long time to be gone…

“You need music, I don’t know why. It’s probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.”

~ Jerry Garcia

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And a Solstice Sale…

winter oak ornamentsWell I fully intended to be a curmudgeon this holiday season, but I guess it’s just not in my nature. I spent a good bit of time in my studio this weekend, thinking about which ideas I’d like to build on in 2016, and what I’m ready to let go of. In the interest of clearing out space – in my studio and in my mind –  I’ve marked down many items throughout my store. Check out my SALE section for a wide selection of items marked down by 25% or more, through the end of 2015.

These discounts can be combined with my existing winter specials, enabling you to get 35% (or more) off my usual prices! Info and coupon codes for those offers are copied below:

* All US domestic orders of $40+ are eligible for free first class shipping.
On my website, you’ll automatically see the free shipping option when your cart reaches $40
On Etsy, you’ll need to enter the coupon code “shippingfree” at checkout

* All orders of $75+ are eligible for a 10% discount. 
To receive this discount, use the coupon code “happyholidays” at checkout. That coupon code is the same for my website as it is for Etsy. Please note that this offer applies to ready made items only, not custom work.

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Wednesday Inspiration – Baked Alaskan Designs

baked-alaskaMy friends Phil and Julie are a couple of hippies who live up in Alaska, in a house that they built themselves. Now some of you might react by thinking “ewww, hippies!” but rest assured that they’re the cool kind of hippies; they are homesteading, homeschooling, organic gardening, child rearing, chicken raising, art making hippies who make the world brighter just by being in it.

Julie is a beadworker, and Phil helps with her small business, Baked Alaskan Designs . As you can see
from the photos, she creates gorgeous, heirloom quality bead baked-alaska3embroidered barrettes. Her “Stealie” barrettes are very popular, though I’m especially fond of her rosette style barrettes. They remind me of the type of beadwork that I used to see at Pow Wows – bold, elaborate and carefully crafted. Recent instagram posts from Julie suggest that she may have some new tricks up her sleeve as well. I’m excited to see the new ideas that she’s working on; so far, they look stunning!

She opened their Etsy shop a little over a year and a half ago and quickly found her niche, not only in terms of her work, but as far as community. She gravitated baked-alaska2toward groups of artists that network and encourage each other, and she clearly strives to support her fellow creatives. Julie often shares tips and info with me, and she shares my work (and the work of her many creative friends) on social media. Those things may sound small, but they’re actually HUGE. Making a living as an artisan is no small feat, so it means a lot that Julie not only  focuses on trying to make her business successful, she actively tries to bring others with her on that road to success.

With that said, I’m inspired by Julie’s art AND by her attitude. Thank you for being one of the good ones, may it come back to you tenfold <3

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Forever Grateful <3

goddesses rocking my beadwork!This photo was taken at the Grateful Dead’s 4th of July “Fare Thee Well” shows. It’s particularly special to me, not only because it’s a photo of some of my favorite people, but because it represents a much needed realization and a shift in perspective. Sales have been lean since Etsy jumped the shark, and it’s been hard not to take that personally. The lull in business has made it hard to get by and frankly, it has caused me to question my creative work as well as my sanity!

There were several times that weekend when I looked up and realized that ALL of the beautiful women surrounding me were wearing my beadwork! These ladies are not only beautiful, they are powerful… healers, teachers, mothers, artists and so much more. It dawned on me that all of these goddesses that I admire are rocking MY work — and many of them have chosen to do so for decades! Seeing this was an incredible affirmation that my work – and its maker – will be just fine.

So at the risk of being long winded and/or sappy, I’d like to say thank you to the life long friends who have supported me all these years, to my loyal customers, and to everyone who shares and encourages my work today. It means more than you know, I’m deeply grateful <3

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Winter Giveaway

Winter Giveaway

 

My handcrafted leather hair accessories are as practical as they are beautiful, and they make great holiday gifts…  in fact, I’m giving one away at midnight on December 24th 2014! A lucky winner will be randomly selected to win one of my leather oak leaf hair slides in the color of their choice 🙂

If you already own one of my hair accessories, I encourage you to fill out this survey and share a photo of how you wear your hair toy. By doing so, you’ll get 10% off your next purchase at my website or Etsy shop AND you’ll earn 2 additional entries for this giveaway!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Giveaway before 11:59 pm PST on December 23rd. Be sure to leave the mandatory comment on the blog post with the same name you use to fill out the Rafflecopter – all entries by winner must be easily verified or a new winner will be chosen. Not including usernames when asked will also get you disqualified.

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A little help from my (long haired) friends?

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peacock fan hair slide

I have a great collection of customer photos of my masks and costume accessories, but I don’t have very many “action shots” of people wearing my hair toys. With your help, I’d love to correct that! I’d like to put together a nice little gallery of  my hair accessories in action, and while I’m at it, I want to develop a general sizing guideline.

There’s a simple questionnaire below, with a spot to upload photos. It should take 5 minutes or less to complete. As a thank you, you’ll get 10% off your next purchase from my website or Etsy shop. Please understand that this offer is only open to MY customers, since obviously, it would be really inappropriate for me to include photos of other artisans’ work in my website gallery.

The 10% discount is a standing offer, open to anyone who has purchased one of my hair accessories and is willing to share their photos and feedback … but just to sweeten the deal, anyone who participates between now and December 23rd, 2014 can also get two extra entries in my Winter Giveaway!

Please feel free to share this promotion on the forums, and with your friends and family members who own my hair accessories 🙂


Hair Slide Questionnaire
  • Please describe the hair slide that you purchased from me, including the hole spacing if known. If you purchased from my Etsy shop, you can simply link to the transaction.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif.
    Please include a photo showing how YOU use your Beadmask hairslide 🙂
  • Please feel free to share any additional ideas or information that you think might be helpful

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Current Commission Status

First and foremost, THANK YOU for a successful Halloween season! I greatly appreciate your support, and I hope you had a wonderful Halloween 🙂

For those who’d like something custom for the holiday season, I’m currently booked through mid December and cannot accept any new orders for custom work until my current commissions are complete. I’ll do my best to work quickly, and will update here as soon as I have openings again.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!