The All New Me

Since I last wrote My Favorite Blue Piecean article on my blog, a lot has happened to me physically. In April 19 this year I had a Stroke (Acute Arterial Ischemic Stroke, Vertebrobasilar, Thalamic) and have some annoying numbness in my left hand and mouth as a result. Of course I was hoping to recover feeling in my dominant hand but it didn’t happen yet. I am still praying every day for that miracle to take place. Apparently I was blessed that this is the only problem I have since fatalities are common when someone suffers such a stroke. My whole world was shaken with this unfortunate event which happened coincidently the same day my youngest sister Agnes attempted suicide. We are all grateful she survived this ordeal after two weeks in a coma and is basically healthy and getting better, as I am. What brought on the stroke was inactivity from my broken foot that took 6 long months to heal. I don’t want to be ranting about how difficult life is, but want to let you know why I have been so quiet. Life has been quite overwhelming with MRI’s and many doctors and chiropractor appointments which didn’t help much.

In July I started having horrible Migraine Headaches which actually are still present I am sorry to say. They were triggered by the stroke. Any kind of stress triggers them. I have a hard time tolerating any medicine that is not natural, so all the medications for headaches gave me terrible side effects and I had to stop. One wonderful woman told me about Medical Marijuana (or Cannabis) which is about to be legal here in Maine where I live. Honestly I wasn’t thinking that would even be an option for me. When I heard that there are Cannabis Tinctures that are not dope but actually used for pain for people with autoimmune diseases, cancer and other sicknesses, the light went on. I have been using this for now maybe a couple months and the greatest thing is that it helps my sleep as well.  So I am slowly getting my life back.

Hand Knotting a Blue Pearl Necklace

In spite of all these intense hurdles, I never closed my Etsy Store. I continue to make new designs and love what I do. Most of my fingers are numb on my left hand but I still can feel them, so I am able to wire wrap and solder and do most of everything I like to make… but with more effort and sometime frustration though!

I bought some gorgeous High Quality Freshwater Pearls from my two favorite suppliers in the Greater Boston area a few months ago. I made for the holidays a lot of new Single Pearl, Double and 3 Strand Pearl Necklaces and Pearl Earrings with these amazing pearls. I have also removed from my store the custom orders because that takes too much of my time and brings on stress. I love what I do and put all of myself in it. I am happy to say that all my efforts haven’t been in vain and this past month of November was my best month ever in my almost 7 years on Etsy.

Please take a look at my New Designs if you get a chance,

Happy Holidays to you and a Merry Christmas

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“SRAJD Blues” Treasury

A SRAJD (Self Representing Artists in Jewelry Design) Etsy Shops Collection

Curated by The Passionate Pearl.

I put this together when the winter blues were really getting to me.

We’ve had a rough, long and cold winter here in Maine

and snow is still on the ground trying to melt!

I love blue, it’s one of my favorite colors.

Enjoy!

SRAJD Blues

Leaning into the Fall Season

I was busy this summer and into the fall with some new Jewelry Designs and minor health problems at the same time. It is always a challenge to keep going some days. I turned 65 in June and I feel that my body is not keeping up with the program. So I am sorry for not having written more the past few months. I went to Europe where I am from, to visit my family and came home really exhausted and it took me months to recuperate.

In Maine where I live we have had an amazing summer with the most beautiful weather.

I  have gone through a real creative phase recently which I love. Here are some of my new designs. Please go to my store for more details on these listings.
http://www.thepassionatepearl.etsy.com

All Systems Go

Just been a busy time here at The Passionate Pearl. Here are a few photos to show you Jeanne’s Little Factory. It’s been quite a stressful weekend with special orders and going back and forth by email with customers trying to find the perfect color match. These are hand picked Freshwater Pearls. Just wanted to show you what I do.

 

Orders in process
Orders Getting Ready for Shipping
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Ready To Ship
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Fun Custom Order for UK
Custom Order in Process
Custom Order in Process
Trying to find the right purple to match the other 4 pearls, after 30  back and forth emails...that's not really fun!
Trying to find the right color pearls after 40 back and forth emails…that’s not my favorite part, as of 4/10/14 this order of 3 pairs of earrings is still sitting on my table waiting for a green light.

 

Update on The Passionate Pearl Jewelry

15% DISCOUNT SALE – LIMITED TIME ONLY

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Where I Live
Where I Live

It is the end of a long and very cold winter here in Maine and it’s time to have a fun time. Enjoy this short-term sale. I have had a few health issues (not terminal) this past few months and just haven’t written on my blog…too tired to do much of anything. My shop has grown with new items these past few months. I am now selling a lot of my Interlocking Rings Necklaces from 2 rings to 6, both in Sterling Silver and Gold Fill. I have Family and Mother Necklaces. I couldn’t make enough of them during the Holiday Season.

14K Gold Filled 4 Ring Family Necklace
14K Gold Filled 4 Ring Family Necklace
Making a Double Ring Necklace
Making a Double Ring Necklace

Mother Necklace

My Bestseller
My Bestseller – Double Ring Necklace