Friday, October 30, 2009

Feature Friday: Fuss Jewelry

Must resist... must resist... oh, who am I kidding? I just LOVE Fuss Jewelry. I'm so smitten that I'm a little intimidated and star-struck even writing this feature.

Somewhere in the Tri State area, surrounded by gardens and one-time farmland, Wendy has been handcrafting her unique style of jewelry. She has long loved designing this gemmy goodness, and I have been a fan since the first time I laid eyes on her highly photogenic work.

I love semi-precious stones, and I love that her impeccable wire-wrapping allows them freedom from the cage of a bezel or other torturous settings. The heady floral feel and trance-inducing colors are enhanced by the classic shapes and massive variety of stones and pearls she employs.

Reading about her background was fun, and I discovered that, like me, she is a biologist by degree. I feel a connection there, and I think our mutual fascination with all things floral must be a common result of that scientific background. She writes in her Blogger profile, "I love creating freeform, organic shapes with underlying structure and rhythm." Uh-huh. She takes beautiful photographs of her jewelry, as you can clearly see, and shares other yet equally fabulous pictures on her blog.

Thanks to Wendy for graciously permitting the use of her photographs and letting me gush about her rare and fantastic talent! I'm inspired!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

TheJuneBride News: Wooly Goodness

I was lucky enough to have been noticed by Rebecca of the Try Handmade website, and today I am thrilled to be featured in their Going Green segment "Where the Wool Things Are". My Mocha Latte Carnation was pictured, and she made note of my Etsy-enabled charitable donations. Which gets me thinking that it's about time for another round of that as the holidays approach and the weather (hopefully) gets cooler...

I just went on a photographing spree yesterday since the weather was sunny and the children accomodating. More brooches, cashmere newborn hats and fleece hats for all sizes of people will be added soon! Here's one of my favorite new items... this mossy green is just as soft as it looks...

Monday, October 26, 2009

TheJuneBride News: 2000 Sales!

Last year, nearing the holidays, my goal was to make 1000 sales by the end of the calendar year, after about 10.5 months on Etsy. I didn't make it, but I came pretty close. I then decided that in 2009 I should finish that thousand and add one more thousand before the end of the year. And here we are, not yet into the midst of the holiday spree. I am very pleased! So I snipped my shop to commemorate the occasion:

I'm also secretly glad to have something to write about! We're still recovering from the 3 week-old illness that has swept through the family and is still holding us hostage in small ways. I did manage to get out into the yard with my camera yesterday, so hopefully I have some Fall-ish pics up soon as well.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Life in a Nutshell: Sick

That about sums it up. This first Fall cold has hit us hard, and I'm still struggling to accomplish those everyday tasks like, maybe, get a shower? I managed some laundry-related work today and successfully saw all three children through the day without a single casualty, so I'm going to call this a win. Maybe next week will be more like the crisp, outdoorsy-type of week I had envisioned before the fever and chills set in. Maybe by this weekend even... a trip the apple orchard? Raking leaves? Taking the kids to the park? But seriously, I'll be happy to simply not feel like I've just been hit by a truck.

So stay healthy out there. It's harvest season, folks... there's no reason not to eat an apple a day :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

My Life in a Nutshell: Musings

I just read this NY Times article after an unsettling evening of hanging out with some very close friends. In case you don't feel like reading it yourself, the basics of the article are that new research indicates that, when faced with anomalies, the brain reacts by searching even harder for meaningful patterns to counteract the absurd. They surmise that situations that call into question one's sanity cause nervousness and a fear or contemplation of one's own death, thus triggering a mental scramble for order.

For some reason this seems right on to me. Tonight a friend told me about two separate situations of people dying who really shouldn't... a 3 day old baby, and the mother of a different 3 day old baby. Awful, heart-wrenching tragedies that immediately made me consider myself in the same situations. What would I do if I lost a newborn? What would my family go through if I died unexpectedly after childbirth?

It seems absurd to even ponder situations so far removed from me, yet I can't help but dwell on those affected by these recent happenings. And it's making me feel like writing when earlier I had no inclination. I want to go solve problems, help people, stop horrible things from happening. I can't do much at this hour, but my mind is not at ease.

I've gone through and still manage some amount of depression in my own admittedly wonderful life, nothing I consider serious, but I know when my moods are affected beyond the ups and downs of a normal day. I have wondered sometimes if the absurd anxieties of those emotional troughs open up the mind to a greater ability in some areas, a renewal of energy seeking an outlet. I have to think of the many socially awkward artists, outcasts in their time, who've created works to ultimately define new eras of art. Like Van Gogh. Was this intensity brought about by fear?

According to the studies in the article, being faced with the bizarre often leads people to fall back on routines to re-establish a sense of order and safety. In that vein, I'm heading to bed and hoping that in the morning I'll be back to thinking about less anomalous scenarios, even if it makes me less artful in the process. Good night!