Here I am again after a long absence. A long series of physical issues and overall exhaustion have kept me from blogging. I’ve had my foot in a boot more or less for 4 months now. The ER misdiagnosed a sprain. I had extreme swelling, extreme pain etc. Eventually MRI showed that my foot was badly broken and on top where the healing takes the longest. The Prognosis on Nov 17 was 3 more months in the boot. I am coming to the end of what feels like a prison sentence. I love to walk and haven’t done that since September 26. The good thing is that I have been getting around a bit because it is my left foot and I can drive. Snow and ice in Maine haven’t helped but it has actually been a mild winter for here. CT Scan in a few days will hopefully show that the bones have fused together and the boot will come off.
In spite of everything I haven’t stopped doing and selling jewelry these past few months. God has been good to me and taught me to relax. I prayed for patience and will never pray for it again!!!!! Since Sept 26 when I fell I was able to fulfill 67 jewelry orders which seems like a lot but has been done at a slow pace and in peace – something I couldn’t do before. I have learned patience and perseverance through this trial. I have also learned to really appreciate my kind, loving and caring husband who has been just amazing through it all. I am eternally grateful for him. He is also an artist so we do have flexible schedules and that really has helped this healing process.
I just want to also let you know that there is a 25% off sale in my shop. This is a good time to get Valentine’s, Anniversary or Birthday gifts.
This Necklace – one of my latest designs – looks like something insignificant but it’s not, and it took a long time to put together. I had this Design on the back of my mind for a good while before I actually put the necklace together which happens a lot in my business.
The first thing is that I wanted the necklace to have a blessing. I thought of the high priests in the Biblical Old Testament who wore on the breastplate of their garment 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. I research this issue. There has been a lot of analysis on this topic and different people say different things about colors and content of these gemstones. I just didn’t want to deceive my customers.
I tried making this necklace with 12 stones after having decided from the information I gathered what the colors might be and it just didn’t look right, it was too many stones for the design. What was I to do with this dilemma? I love the number 7 as it is the number of perfection in Biblical terms. I have studied Bible Symbolism and Biblical Dreams and really wanted people to be able to wear something that has a lot of significance.
So I picked these beautiful simple and significant Semi Precious Gemstones and this is the final result after changing quite a few colors to make this a happy and go with everything necklace to would bring a lot of blessings to the person wearing it.
The Stone Necklace is s full of Biblical Symbolism with 7 Color Semi Precious Stones. Number 7 being the number of Perfection.
* Pink – Love, Wisdom (Cherry Quartz)
* Purple – Royalty and Intercession (Amethyst)
* Red – Wisdom, Anointing (Red Jasper)
* Blue – Revelation, Communion (Blue Jade)
* Green – Growth, Prosperity (Green Aventurine)
* Orange – Perseverance (Orange Chalcedony)
* White – Holiness, Purity (Mother of Pearl)
Throughout history, in every civilization, gemstones have been highly prized and sought after. The Bible makes numerous references to jewels and precious stones. To name a few passages, In Exodus 28:21 the Lord ordains precious stones to be used in the making of the breastplate of the High Priests’ garments. Zechariah 9:16 says that the Lord’s people will be like jewels in a crown. In Revelation 21:19-20, John names twelve stones that adorn the foundation of the New Jerusalem.
Update on Etsy the venue where I sell my jewelry – About a year ago Etsy decided to add wholesale shops and it seems like this had drowned the handmade arts and crafts original idea they started with. Jewelry is a very saturated business everywhere but specially Etsy. I started almost 5 years ago and have learned so much. I have had months even this year where I did remarkably well and I was getting all excited. Everyone on Etsy has been complaining about loss of sales, whether it’s because of the general economy or just an Etsy issue, nobody is really too sure. I try to keep my prices very fair as I work alone and do everything from A-Z. I see Freshwater Pearl,Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Jewelry on Etsy that is made in China mostly and sells for under $20.00!I couldn’t even buy the supplies for that price most of the time. This kind of issue makes my business really difficult and discouraging. Many people will buy a product like that but it might be silver plated or gold plated and will not last because it’s made in mass production.
I turned 65 this year and am dealing with physical issues that some days like today make it really hard to do anything. Today is computer day, I have no energy to make any stock to prepare for the holidays. I have a form of Fibromyalgia, tiredness and sleeplessness is one of the major symptoms. This is one of the reasons I do not keep up with this website.
I wish you all a wonderful fall (for those living on this part of the planet). Here in Maine it has been the most beautiful fall I have ever seen since I moved to the USA from France in 1975.
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.