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Holiday Offer and Housecleaning

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Amethyst and raven wing pearl mala – in progress with hand dyed silk tassel and rose quartz beads

November is always a challenge for me.  Wood stove season brings all kinds of new challenges to the studio – more dust, woodchips, remembering to stop working and build the fire BEFORE the studio freezes over.  That sort of thing.

This autumn has been kind so far and the work done in the studio over the spring and summer have made a big difference for me.  I have shelving and cupboards for all my storage bins and counter space and a big, sturdy central table to work on – it’s a lot more functional around here.

As a result, there are more beautiful things in my Etsy shop than I’ve had for any previous Holiday Season and more will be added in the next couple of weeks.

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Sandalwood and Jade Mala – in progress with hand dyed silk tassel, turquoise and ceramic accent beads

To celebrate and to help make your Holiday shopping a little easier, I’m offering free Priority Mail shipping on all orders over $35.00.  Use coupon code FREESHIP16 at checkout on Etsy.  This coupon is good until December 17th.

(I also think it’s nice for those of you who live to far away to make it to my holiday shows to be able to get your hands on pretty things without added shipping charges.)

I also will be putting some things in a special clearance section of the shop.  I’ve decided to no longer work with base metals  in my jewelry and have lots of earrings to move out.  Plus there are a few beautiful scarves that have been waiting for a home for a long time.  I put a lot of love and  really good energy into each scarf and I like them to go to good homes before that energy fades.

I’ll keep you posted on that.

I’ve got some Malas to finish up tonight now that the silk for their tassels is dyed and dry.

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vintage czech glass fruit clusters

And I’m contemplating what to do with these gorgeous vintage Czech glass fruit clusters.  One of our beloved local artists, Radmila Zuman, passed away this year and her family were cleaning out her studio & selling her supplies for neighborhood charities during Studio Tour.  I popped in to find some mementos of Radmila, who was vibrant, kind, intelligent, elegant and creatively productive right up to the end of her 85 years.  She grew up in Prague and became an internationally renowned bobbin lace maker and recently had been making jewelry using fine precious metal wire and ancient lace techniques!  When I found the fruit clusters among her beads, I knew that I had found a piece of her history that I can treasure for a long, long time.  I hope I can be more like her when I grow up!

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Annual Progress Report

luna1I have to laugh at myself a little.  I’ve been really terrible about blogging.  A couple of years ago I had all of these grand and wonderful ideas about all the things I was going to accomplish and how well I was going to document everything and how  gorgeously & efficiently I was going to grow my online presence  . . . .  Well, it turns out that my concepts were a little too large for a one woman show.

But that’s OK.

I make wonderful things.  People buy them and are happy.  I use the money to keep my house warm and to make more wonderful things.  It’s a good system.

What wonderful things have I been making this year?

Hand strung 108 bead Mala pearl and Amethyst by Virginia Burnett
Pearl and Amethyst Mala by Goblins’ Market

Malas.  I love making meditation jewelry.  It is a form of meditation itself for me.  Selecting the beads, dyeing the fibers for the tassel, knotting the thread, all are at the very foundation of what I love most about my art.

 

Silk Satin Ice Dyed Scarf by Goblins' Market in Tiffany colorway
Silk Satin Ice Dyed Scarf by Goblins’ Market in Tiffany colorway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice dye.  LOTS of it.

On Silk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Cotton Voile

Gblins' Market Ice Dye Pareo in Cotton Voile Tiffany colorway
Gblins’ Market Ice Dye Pareo in Cotton Voile Tiffany colorway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goblins' Market Ice Dyed Rayon Jersey wrap, wear as scarf, dress or skirt
Goblins’ Market Ice Dyed Rayon Jersey wrap, wear as scarf, dress or skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and on Tunic Dresses

Tunic Dress Ice Dyed by Goblins' Market
Tunic Dress Ice Dyed by Goblins’ Market

October will be seeing some evolution around here:  Tomorrow I will be taking some pretty things in to Soap Guys & Company in Potsdam so local folks can drop in to buy pretty things in person.

I’m going to be shutting my Amazon shop – which I never even got around to advertising here – because I really don’t like they way they want to dictate how I interact with customers.  According to their TOS, I can’t even share my blog address.  I’m an artist, not a merchant and that’s a pretty important distinction to me.

I’m also going to refine my Etsy shop this month and update my ArtFire shop, which is currently empty.  I’ll be clearing out several styles of jewelry.   So keep your eyes open for sales!   (I’ve finally accepted the fact that I’m just not a mass producer.  Dying a large run of scarves in the same colorway is one thing – making 50 pair of earring clones in one sitting is another.  Yuck!)

In November, I’ll be at the Arts Council again for Studio Tour, and then for an Art Market and the Tastes & Talents of the North Country show in early December.  I’ll keep you posted!

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