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I just LOVE to be a busy girl. Why do a show if you’re just going to sit there, then pack up your jewels and take them home? Jewels should only sit still if they are in a museum. Otherwise they should be worn by people who love them.
At my holiday shows I decided to lower my prices significantly and see if I could double my sales. OOOH! It worked! I’ve been a very busy girl.
Last night was the first of my two Human Needs Food Pantry events and WOW! It was a jewel fest! So this morning I went into my web site and slashed all my prices the same way. Check it out!
After all what good are fabulous jewels if they don’t make their way out into the world.
P.S. I’ve been making the bodacious African Tribal Collar necklaces. Definitely not for the unbold. Anyway, I always take 3 or 4 to shows as window dressing and I usually sell at least one. Last night I sold two!
YES! They can.
This month I’m making that happen right there in my home town. I volunteer at The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Once a week our clients come in to get bags of fresh food to help feed their families. The pantry is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community.
In addition clients get a monthly pass to “shop” in our “boutique.” They get bags which they can fill with whatever items are available that they need in terms of clothing, personal care products, bedding and towels. Volunteers sort and organize a steady stream of donations that keep the “boutique” happening.
This year I put together a trunk show to benefit the HNFP. No matter how much comes in we never seem to have enough of some things like sheets, towels, and blankets. If you live in or near Montclair stop by on Dec 4. If you bring in new or clean gently used towels, sheets and bedding I’ll give you a $20 gift certificate to shop for jewels. There will also be lots of treats, wine, and interesting people.
Click here for the details.
A portion of my jewelry sales will go to the pantry as well. AND I designed the foodie charm bracelets pictured here to benefit HNFP? They are on sale on my web site now, and they will be available December 4 at the event.
Holiday tribes. Big celebrations. Too much cake. Too much vino.
Good. Good. And Good. So far.
Too much friends and family? OK, maybe…sometimes. But a celebration is meant to be shared. With our tribes. All celebrations are tribal.
My new Tribal Wrap Bracelets are all wrapped up with little talismans that include vintage items and beads that have unusual stamps and carvings.
The African beads have their roots in a society that values jewelry as a form of tribal identity. The “soul” of jewelry is the stories that make it more than just adornment. The first story of these beads is their journey from the hands of the one who made them to the wrists of the one who wears and appreciates them.
My jewelry is a mixture of earthy and elegant elements. Think rich hippie. African Trade beads with freshwater pearls. Pearls are associated with purity, goodness and tradition. Mixing them with tribal beads makes them less prim and more accessible; not so precious that they can’t be worn everyday.
French has a dizzying number of verbs. Hundreds! Des centaines! Each with up to six conjugations and the ten most commonly used are all irregular!!! So it goes with crystals. Hundreds! Each with its own story… Mon dieu!
Crystal Quartz is the most common. It is considered the master healer, energizer, and diffuser of bad vibes. A girl can’t go wrong with Crystal Quartz. All the other varieties share these important properties and also come with some individual benefits of their own.
Tangerine Quartz is a favorite around this studio. No particular reason for this other than most of us who work on the jewelry love it. The belief is that you are attracted to the stones that are right for you. So, maybe our karmic adjustment cries out for the lucidity it brings.
Metaphysically, Tangerine Quartz is said to create a clarity around the events that shape our lives. It fosters compassion and calms the memories associated with physical or emotional trauma.
Most tangerine quartz comes from Brazil. The orange color is the result of a rusty liquid created by the presence of hematite and water in the cavity where the quartz forms.
Wear Tangerine Quartz to help you navigate the “chaos” of the world and recognize the inherent order in the universe. A girl can’t radiate positive energy without clearing the way for it.
Nothing gives us bigger yuks than the fashion victims starting back at us from the old photos of ourselves at what we though was our most alluring. This month, share your fashion mentors and the advice they gave you. Go here right now and post your stuff! We want pictures AND the wisdom of Moms, wacky aunts and crazy teachers everywhere!!!
Would you take hair tips from Snooky? How about fashion advice from Queen Elizabeth? Even the royal jewels don’t provide enough wattage to outshine some of those matronly pastel ensembles. Two divergent personalities. Two strong personal styles. Either or Neither could be an inspiration or an abomination
Which brings us back to what momma said all along: wear what suits you, always wear clean underwear and don’t dress like a street walker unless you’re walking the streets.
Share wisdom HERE!
1. Never be bullied into bad fashion choices. Whatever they are (to you).
2. Never allow yourself to be a (fashion) victim. Take full responsibility!
3. Do not accept anyone else’s definition of personal style: define your own.
4. Don’t dress like you’re cleaning out the basement (unless you’re cleaning out the basement).
No. Yes. No. Yes. But…
Tall tales of happiness, wealth, healing, health, good fortune, and romance. Who doesn’t want it to happen to them? Stories and powers have been associated with gemstones for centuries. This mythical connection between gems and humans goes at least as far back as the fourth millennium B.C. (that’s the “Pre-antibiotic Period for sure!).
In the “Pre-Antibiotic Period” Ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Egyptians all show evidence that their Medicine Men used gemstones to create healing potions which they administered to their patients as needed. For illness, anxiety, and protection, it was also common for healers to order a patient to paste or wear certain stones on the body to displace demons and cure diseases.
What we don’t know is if these ancient diagnostics worked. Did that gemstone infused elixir cure the patient? If the patient was cured, did the healing happen spontaneously? Did the right gemstones create a stronger braver warrior? Modern medicine is a long way from ancient history, but the myths endure and are a large part of what makes gem lore so fascinating.
Magical stories create magical thinking and magical thinking has been cited in many inexplicable ways for healing what was thought to be incurable or creating unprecedented achievements. This all seems to make a strong case for the old saying “to conceive it you have to believe it.” So to answer the question, “Can a rock change your life?” The answer lies within the wearer. Intention is everything.
There’s no denying the power of jewels to cure the blues, lift the spirits and create happiness.
Love the stories. Wear the jewels. Be a believer. What have you got to lose?