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!
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!
Travel Advisory: I leave for the gem show tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. All orders placed before 12 pm Pacific time on Saturday 2/2 will ship before I leave town. After that, all orders placed from Feb 2nd – Feb 10th will ship on Monday 2/11.
My apologies for the shipping delay, but I promise to bring back wonderful treasures to share!
PS. This photo is from gem shows past. It showcases several large and gorgeous amethyst geodes, since amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. So welcome, February – and much love to my fellow Aquarians 🙂
Yesterday was the first day of summer, and man do I have plans! To start, I’ll be taking a road trip vacation to spend time with old friends. When I return in early July, we’ll be digging in to a major home remodel project that’s expected to take up most of July. Since it’s likely to get a bit hectic around here during that time (and since I’ll have limited access to my studio) I won’t be taking on any new commissions until that’s complete. I’ll also be working behind the scenes on that business name change/new direction that I mentioned in my last blog post … so you’ll hear more on that when I resurface from this remodel.
While I’m traveling, both my website and Etsy shop will be placed in “vacation mode”, which means that no orders will be processed. This will commence on June 26th – and run through (at least) July 10th. Since the shops will be down for a fair bit of time – and since summer has officially begun – I thought it’d be nice to go out with a small celebration! As of right now, all items on my site are eligible for a 15% discount – just use the coupon code “summervacation” when you check out. This offer starts today (Friday 6/22) and ends on Tuesday 6/26.
I hope this season holds exciting plans and relaxing moments for you too. Thanks, and happy summer to all!
My year end sale has begun! Many of my handmade offerings have been marked down by 15% until 12/31/17. I hope you’ll find some great deals on gifts, while helping me to clear the way for new work.
In addition, I’m offering 10% off all orders of $50+ from Thanksgiving – Cyber Monday (11/23/17 – 11/27/17). Just use the coupon code Holiday17 at check out. And yes, this coupon can be used toward already-marked-down sale items!
Please note that we’re traveling for Thanksgiving, so any orders placed during the holiday weekend will ship when we return on November 28th. Thanks in advance for your patience, and Happy Holidays to all!
Over the next two weeks I’ll be doing a bit of traveling. I will be coming back home for a couple of days between trips, but I’ll be gone more than I’m home. With that being said, there will be minor shipping delays during this time. I typically ship (at least) three times a week, but during this time I will only be shipping once a week.
To reiterate: From June 25th – July 7th I will only be shipping once a week.
This information will be visible on the shopping cart and checkout pages, so that you can make informed decisions.
My world has been crazy busy for the last few weeks! The pace is intense, but I am grateful for it — and for the most part, I actually enjoy it. Over the years, I have had to learn to pace myself… while a truly bustling Halloween season is great for my wallet, it can be murder on my hands and my stress level. So despite the flurry of activity, I am trying to be conscious to take time out to relax and take care of myself too.
Today is a movie day with my sweetie, and if I can talk him into it, maybe a drive to the country to enjoy the fall colors. I’d love to say that I’ll take the whole day off, but that’s unlikely. There are a few custom orders that I’d like to peck at, as well as some fun designs that I want to play with… More bat wings, more sugar skulls, and another variation on the headdress pictured here. Yeah, that’s a slow day at Casa de Beadmask this time of year 😉
Oh! And I’ve also created a new Artfire shop, just to check out what that venue is like. I don’t have a whole lot listed there yet, but I’ll probably add more stuff in the coming week. Cause y’know, I just don’t have enough on my plate already 😛