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Moving a Rock and Jewelry Studio

It sounded like a good idea.  Moving that is.  My home is just too big  now that it's just me and a few furry friends rattling around in the house.  So, it seemed reasonable to downsize.  I don't know what I was thinking.

The Trials of Online and Point of Sale Commerce

It's January 3, and I just finished the Christmas rush.  Had a pretty good season, so please don't think I"m complaining, but it's already time to move on to the next holiday and get busy making things again.  I know this because I went into Walmart today (against my better judgement) and there are Easter candy displays up.  Wait a minute I thought; isn't there another holiday or two before Easter?  So I started looking around and although there are some Valentine's Day candy boxes, and a shamrock or two on the shelves, they really seem to be ski

Music and the Creative Process

My iPod died.  I mention this because I sat down on Sunday to work on a bracelet - a lovely turquoise and silver piece - and there was no music coming out of my iPod.  I wasn't sure I could make jewelry without music in the background. 

What's in a Name?

I was talking with some fellow jewelry makers last night and we don't agree on the name of a rock. We didn't agree on the pronunciation of another.  That's not uncommon. The conventions for naming rocks are a little vague, and are usually based on 1) who found it first, 2) where it was found, or 3) what color or pattern the rock displays.  Official names are pretty standard, but that doesn't keep those in the rock and jewelry trade from coming up with new names all the time - they do it to market the rocks.

Designing for Rocks

I spent Monday designing a necklace - for me.  I actually design them all for me, but I don't always end up keeping them!  I had been chatting with a friend about rocks and was reminded of how often I see a piece of jewelry where the rock gets "lost" in the design.  Then other times, you see a piece that just compliments the rock beautifully.  The difference, of course, is good design.

The "Jewelry Gene"

I was talking to a long lost friend last week and she was telling me how much she liked some of the jewelry on my website.  Well, that's always nice to hear.  But, we hadn't talked in years!  So, I asked about her children and what she's been up to for the last 15 years or so.  While updating me about her (now grown) daughter, she lamented that her daughter didn't get the 'jewelry gene." 

At the beach

It's been a while since I had a vacation.  Four years to be exact.  So, when I came to the beach this week I didn't expect to spend much time working at my full time job OR thinking about making jewelry, which is at best a part time job.  But, I was wandering around some shops in Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina and I noticed something - there is a lot of beach glass jewelry for sale this spring. 

What constitutes handmade?

I was on ArtFire in a chat room a while back and there was a question about getting your shop "certified handmade."  It's a big deal on sites like Etsy, ArtFire etc.  But, the boundaries have been blurred - as new ways of creating jewelry have been discovered, it becomes more difficult to determine what is "handmade."

What is it about rocks?

I've never blogged before.  I've read them, but wasn't really sure why people blog.  Now that I have something to actually write about, I get it. 

I've loved rocks all my life.  I can remember as a little girl picking up rocks and washing them off to see what they would look like when they were "shiny."  Even before my father started cutting and polishing stones, I was fascinated by them.  And, I'm always surprised to find out how many people are equally fascinated by all the rocks Mother Earth produces.

02.10.2012 | 2 Comments | in: gemstones, jewelry, rocks | Read more
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