Works in Progress

I have this dream in my head, a dream of myself as a well-established jewelry artist.  Totally prepared for each season and trend that comes along.  Planning in advance and not scrambling to make my ideas a reality in time for them to fit in with the season or current themes.

I think it’s a wild pipe-dream, but a girl needs to dream right?

Right now I’m juggling putting together three lines of jewelry, being sick, and moving.  Yes, I’m insane. 😛  Working hard to remind myself that it’s ok if I don’t reach all of my goals due to my health problems.  I’ve certainly had a lot of set backs due to them recently!

Speaking of which, thank you so much for all the encouragement and support from everyone who commented on my last blog post or who’s been talking to me in the forums.  You guys are wonderful and I don’t know what I’d do with out you!

Now, back to the jewelry…

The Colors of Fall

Yup, that’s what I’m calling my “Fall line.”  I feel rather silly calling it a line, but that’s the term jewerly artists tend to use and since it is a set of jewelry with a common theme…that being the colors…I decided I’ll call it my fall line and just feel silly while I say it 😛

Some of the pieces you’ll find are simply items I already had in my shop that are appropriate to the time and season.  Like this Wise Old Owl Necklace that I have:

I am also working on adding new pieces though!  My recent increase in health problems has made that harder, but here’s one of the new pieces!

As with any project, there have been set backs with this one.  I was planning on putting this line up two weeks ago and I can’t even begin to catalog the problems I ran into with finishing up pieces!  I have one piece I made that I love, but due to apparently needing smaller needles I had two beads break.  I’ve decided to tear it apart and remake it before I list it, but I have to get new needles before I can do that.  Here’s a sneak preview of it though 🙂

If anyone’s interested in pre-ordering it just request a custom item and tell me you’d like my FIRE necklace!

Looking Forward:

We’re only a week and a half from October!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I’ve decided I wanted to do what I can to support this cause.  To that end I’m working on a line of jewelry that I will start posting up next week hopefully, and I will be carrying a special section in my shop.

I’m really excited about my pink ribbon bracelet that I’m weaving!  Here’s a sneak peak:

I’m having a lot of fun with it 🙂 I’m adapting it from a cross-stitch pattern I found on-line and using pink thread which shows through the white beads a little to add to it’s over all pinkness 🙂  Only problem: I need smaller needles because the one’s I have keep breaking beads.  So, until I get to the store, I have to put this on hold.  I’m hoping to get to the store in the next day or two though so I can have this piece done in time!

During the month of October any item sold from my Breast Cancer Awareness Section will have 25% of the proceeds donated to the Susan G. Koman Fund, and any other sales made will result in a 10% donation of the proceeds.  I’ll keep you updated on how much that comes too!

Life is – um – interesting sometimes…

As you may know if you talk to me in the etsy forums, or if you read my other blog, life has been rather interesting this last year.  I have always had really serious asthma problems, but over the course of this last year those problems have escalated to a point that has been terrifying.  I’ve spent most of the last year fighting to get through the simplest chores, and there have been times I’ve quiet literally been confined to the couch or my computer chair.

The doctors have suggested several times that it might be the Eastern Wa. climate that was messing me up so bad.  I’m from Western Wa. and my husband and I had moved to Eastern Wa. for school.  Well, even knowing they were probably right, I fought for any other solution possible other than moving home.  I had a lot of reasons for doing that, I like the school, I’m stubborn, and I truly had no clue it would drag on this long.

Over  the summer that decision seemed to be justified as I was improving over all.  I still was a far cry from healthy, but I was getting more done in the day to day.  I had a couple of scares, but we got through it.

Then, during the last few weeks, I started getting really sick again.  I had to drop the class I was taking and I’ve been pumped full of meds yet again.  Finally, even I had to admit that moving was really the only option left to me.  So we started putting things into motion to move and we had everything set up to move next weekend.

This last week has been really hard for me.  I’ve been chomping at the bit to organize things so that the  move would be easier, and I’ve been really struggling with my asthma so I’ve been able to do very little.  That’s been really hard on me emotionally, but at the same time confirmed that we were making the right decision.  The week started out with me having an attack that I should have gone to the hospital with, but decided not to. (bad Ruthie)  It took a few days to recover from that, I had one good day, and then yesterday was really bad.

Yesterday I was trying really hard not to push my body to hard at all.  By early afternoon I was doing terrible.  Finally, we went in to ER.  I got the star treatment!  Which is actually rather frightening.

It was scary to have them whisk me away so quickly and have 3 people hovering over me.  It was scary to have them running blood tests, something they don’t normally do when I go in for asthma.  It was scary knowing that I was already on a high level dose of steroids so I shouldn’t BE having this many problems.  Scariest was after I’d been there for awhile, been treated, was doing better but not good, and having the doctor tell me that I wasn’t doing bad enough to be admitted.

While I do know that my doctors considered admitting me last winter…this is the first time I’ve had a doctor talk to me about it as having been a possibility right then and there.  I know it shouldn’t shake me, I knew deep down inside that I was doing bad enough that was a possibility, but it still shook me up.

Went home, called my Mom to tell her what happened, and she offered to come get me.  I talked to Mo and he was relieved that she was going to be able to!  I was so drugged up and exhausted that I hadn’t really even registered the doctor suggesting I leave town as soon as possible to get me in a new environment.  Mo couldn’t really take me because he really needs to work this last week because we’re going to need what ever money we have as we deal with all of this.

So, this morning, my Mom and brother drove up and got me.  I’m “home” in Vancouver at my parents house and trying to rest.  I’m still not breathing very well at all.  I can’t walk more than a couple feet without sounding like I’ve been running, and I’m even out of breath sitting down. I also hurt really bad from all the lactic acid build up that you get in your muscels when your short on oxygen – just like what a runner feels.

I’m really emotional right now.  I know this is the only option right now, but it’s hard to drop out of college and move back home.  We’re not going to be living with our parents, we have a house sitting gig for two months and hopefully we’ll be able to get an apartment by then, but it’s still really hard emotionally.  Having to leave a week earlier was even harder.

I know most of you guys didn’t even know half of this.  I decided I’d be open and share with all of you because the main readers of this blog are my etsy friends, and you guys have been an incredibly supportive community.

So that’s why I haven’t been around for the last day and half.  And if I sound a little extra loopy in the near future – well – I can blame it quite honestly on the really high level of steroids and other drugs in my system right now.  And lack of oxygen…

Friday’s Featured Artist – Crown Prince Treasures!

Garnet Cross Necklace

This week’s artist is the lovely Jeanette of Crown Prince Jewels!  She’s a member of the Eastern Washington Etsy Team, and great lady 🙂  Have fun getting to know her!

1. Tell us your story, what got you started in this business?

Hi. I’m Jeanette Prince. This is Crown Prince Treasures jewelry. My true treasures, however, are my two little boys and my husband. I actually discovered the love of jewelry making and gemstones shortly after the birth of my youngest son. The pregnancy was difficult and I became very ill with a thyroid disease that had gone undetected for a serious amount of time. The result was a mental, emotional and physical collapse for me on Mother’s Day of all days. Needless to say it was a very difficult time for us. But as with all hardships, many good and beautiful things came out of it. One happens to be that I discovered that I enjoy making jewelry and that others enjoy wearing my jewelry. I took up this art form to calm my nerves and give me an outlet to the difficult and strenuous task of raising two boys. And it was very therapeutic as I recovered my health (and sanity) after giving birth. The boys love my jewelry ( okay, mostly they just love throwing it, and tying up their action figures– oh and the baby likes to put it in his mouth). My husband is for giving me tons of support. He is also one of my best artistic critiques and I appreciate that. But, most importantly (warning I’m about to get mushy, cheesy and other such….) he is truly my best friend (and darn handsome too!). We hope you love our jewelry as much as we do. We appreciate you taking the time to enjoy our jewelry and we wish you all the love and joy you deserve.
Sincerely, Jeanette Prince

Crown Prince Treasures


2. Do you make any other crafts?

I do make soaps on occasion and sugar scrubs but i have no desire to sell those as my passion is jewelry and music.

3. What’s your favorite piece you have up on etsy right now?

My Favorite piece on etsy right now is my sterling silver tree of life. it means a lot to me as i have had potentially life threatening problems with my health.

This piece of Jeannette’s means a lot to me as well as I also face life-threatening health problems.  Thank you so much both for creating this beautiful piece Jeannette, and for sharing it’s meaning with us!

4. Where do you do your work and what do you listen to while you work?

I work in my dining room and i listen to the absolute stillness of the night. The peace inspires me.

5. Tell us a little bit about the teams your on and the benefits to being a member of them.

I am on easternwateam. which is a team for those artists who live in eastern Washington. They are great. I am still new to the team so I don’t know many members yet and I fumble around the blog .  But so far I’ve had emotional support and friendliness and resources suggestions from them. Very friendly people.

6. Tell us one random thing about yourself! 😀

One random thing about me is that im an insomniac and work mostly at night when the kids are asleep.

And now for a few of my favorite picks from her shop!

I love the colors in these earrings!

And we all know I can’t resist purple

And look! She makes children’s bracelets!

Face-Lift Time Baby!

Now, in general, I don’t approve of face-lifts.  I mean, I guess I don’t disapprove of them, but I would never choose to go through the pain and expense of having someone cut on my face.  I just can’t see the appeal.  *shuddder*  HOWEVER – when that face-lift is of the virtual kind, for a web-site, I hardily approve!  😀

That’s what I’ve spent a good portion of my day doing, giving the blog a much needed face-lift.  I still have a few ideas in the works, and I’ll update you as they come out, but I’m more than happy for today :D.  The other projects will be put on hold until at least tomorrow, if not longer.

So what’s new?  Well, first of all and most obvious, I have a new blog layout!  Different colors and a new banner!  I like the clean look of this layout a lot better than my last one.  I’ve been wanting to change it for awhile but I was waiting until the banner was ready.

Second, I got rid of the random blog links on the side bar.  I have too many blogs that I visit and the list would be WAY too extensive other wise.  So I created a page just for blogs!  I think this will be much more manageable.

Lastly, I just signed up for a Project Wonderful Account!  What’s that?  Well, I’ll let them tell you…  I’ve applied to have add space on the side of this blog and I hope to have that appearing VERY soon!  In the meantime, I have an account and an add, so let me know if you have add space on your blog!  I’d love to bid to be there 🙂

I’m a Believer!

Ok everyone – I am SO excited! A big thanks goes out to MagdaleneJewels for showing first showing me her videos – and then writing this blog tutorial on how to do them!
http://magdalenejewelspjk.blogspot.com/

That’s right folks – I just created my own video of MY jewelry to put on youtube!  Will anything come out of this? You never know…

Go check it out 🙂

Pretties :)

So I have some pretties to share with you guys today, but first a few updates on me 😛

I didn’t make any sales doing the Saturday Night Special.  That made me sad – but I’m going to keep trying!  I figure it can’t hurt and it’s not like it takes a lot of extra effort 🙂  I’ll do this next weekend probably and then I’ll have to skip a weekend as I move…

I joined a new team!  I’m now a proud member of the Big Damn Crafters 🙂  Who are we?  We are browncoats, dedicated to the lovely memory of the unfortunately short lived show – Firefly.  Yes we are geeks – and we love it!  I’m excited to start participating in their monthly challanges and becoming even more of a geek than I already am!  Yippee!!!

And now for those pretties I mentioned 🙂  I went to a trunk show on etsy yesterday that was sponsered by the Etsy Chainmaillers Guild and the Wire Artisans Guild.  There were so many beautiful pieces!  It’s hard to narrow it down to my favorites – but here’s a few anyway 😀  And I’m starting off with a piece from my friend Lauren’s shop because, well, she rocks!

Centipede Bracelet

Salvation Pendant

Sunshine and Spiders

Lime Green and Silver Earrings

Amethyst Bracelet

Bat Pendant

Mystic Waters

Color Explosion

Featured Etsy Blogger – Joey and Aleethea!!!

That’s right folks – it’s time again to talk about this month’s featured etsy blogger – it it’s no other than our very own fearless leader Joey and Aleethea!!!  Now, the only sad part about this is that I KNOW Joey had a real name (I read it in another bloggers post) and I was so startled to hear it after thinking of her as Joey all this time … that it flew RIGHT out of my head!  *Sigh*

Joey is a great artist and wonderful team leader, and I’m sure an even better mother!  She tells us lots of wonderful stories about her adorable kids, sews like crazy, and somehow finds the time to lead our team with a gentle hand!  I’ve gotten to work with her a lot lately as I undertake a project for the team, and it’s been a great experience!  She’s very supportive and she’s ALWAYS telling me how much I rock – which I think is an exaggeration – but is always nice to hear!

Here’s a few of her wonderful pieces from her shop!

This retro muscle car outfit is my new favorite 🙂

And who wouldn’t love a monster onsie?

And what mother doesn’t need more cute burp clothes?

And anyone who’s ever cared for a baby knows how true this is:

Thanks for all you do for us Joey!