Category Archives: jewelry design

So Long, Old Friends

It must just be the week for de-cluttering, as I don’t seem to be the only one in the Blogosphere who is purging her studio.

Obviously, the impetus for opening all of the drawers and boxes in my studio and letting them vomit their contents all over the place was the whole Box Full of Awesome concept. Unfortunately, once the spewing of randomness began, it became very hard to stop and I have found myself surrounded by things that, pardon my implied French, just need to GTFO!

For a while now, I have felt like I am drowning in a sea of stuff. Honestly, the mixture of pack-ratting tendencies and OCD tendencies in this house could probably make for a pretty good reality show. That is, until the person with the OCD tendencies runs away from home and refuses to come back until the basement is no longer filled with broken curtain rods, empty laundry detergent jugs, and about fifty million other things that should have been thrown away YEARS ago.

But, I digress.

For the past several years (since bidding farewell to my life as a jewelry designer), I have been shuffling boxes full of jewelry-making supplies and actual jewelry around my house and studio. Sifting through all of it seemed like such a daunting task, so I just kept attempting to move it somewhere out of the way. Well, I seem to have run out of somewheres and now it is looking me right straight in the eye again. And this time, IT MUST GO.

And go it will – in little handmade envelopes to anyone I can think of who may be happy to have a small piece of my artistic past. Currently, I am sorting through things and waiting for inspiration to strike me in order to decide who each piece should be given to. It is a slow process and nearly as daunting as I imagined it would be. I just have to keep reminding myself how happy I will be to finally be out from under this pile of stuff. In many ways, I feel like having it around is really hindering my creativity. As beautiful as some of it is, it serves no real purpose other than to make me sad and remind me of, what in my mind are, past failures.

So, watch your mailboxes, kiddies. You never know when a little surprise in a handmade envelope might show up…

photo : by yours truly


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Etsy Jewelry Sale : Clearing Out the Shop

I’m gearing up for some big changes to the Etsy shop and the first step to is to clear out some pieces that have been languishing there for a while. Most have been marked down at least 50% and some come with FREE standard shipping.

So, if you’ve had your eye on any of these pieces, now is the time to snap them up. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

blue & green glass pendant necklace : $80 $40

orange pendant necklace : $80 $40

serpentine & pearl corsage bracelet : $70 $35 SOLD

multi-colored pearl earrings : $40 $20 SOLD
(these match the bracelet above)

Also, all remaining Monster Hats in the shop will be marked down this week! Stay tuned!

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I Blame Google Analytics

I have been feeling extremely edgy and stressed since last night. I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Google Analytics.

Eh, that’s probably not fair. I should probably spread the blame around at least a little. I’ll also give some of it to AWStats and that little thing on Etsy that keeps track of the views on everything in my shop.

There!  You’re all to blame, I hope you’re happy with yourselves.

Seriously, ever since I started cramming my Etsy shop with stuff and installed Google Analytics both there and on this blog, I have been obsessed with checking my stats and I’m afraid it is starting to negatively affect my well-being. The worst part is that I should totally know better.

As a web designer/host, I caution my clients against constant stat checking. As someone who wants to be successful (and, let’s face it, has a somewhat obsessive personality), I can’t help myself. All of the advice I’ve passed out over the years just flies straight out the window.

If any of my clients happen to be reading this, please ignore what I just said. Constant stat checking is still unnecessary…and bad, mmmkay?

Maybe I just need to get out of the house…better check my stats one more time first.

photo : blue and green glass pendant necklace by yours truly (available on Etsy)

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