Monday, March 1, 2010

Life after Facebook

As mentioned in my last post, I gave up Facebook for Lent this year. Anyone who knows me is aware of my propensity to banter and muse at an alarmingly frequent level and I am often told by my friends that they look forward to my posts for a good chuckle if not a split in the side. The good thing about Facebook is that in it's own capacity it keeps me connected with people who are genuinely near and dear to me - cousins, siblings, uncles, old friends, new friends - but what happens is you go on for one thing and it just spirals from there. I guess for me it's kind of like being the compulsive shopper who walks in to a store for one thing and leaves with enough for three people. Anyway, I decided to give it up all together except for Sundays (which are feast days in lent and exempt from your fast), going on only to update the DST fan page. I love the sense of peace that the free time has brought to me. I write in my journal more, read more, seeing friends in person more, and of course beading a whole lot more. My last post mentioned being in a better place to concentrate on my business and I am feeling better about it every day. Over the past two weeks I was lucky enough to have five sales - two of which were custom orders. And, a friend of mine from High School (re-connected for almost two years via...Facebook) has ordered two custom first communion pieces for her son and goddaughter and also passed on my information to a friend who's son is in CCD class with her's. All of this is certainly encouraging and I am looking forward to continuing the momentum. I took some of the money from the recent sales and ordered some great parts from some of my favorite sites, and will be posting some new work soon. For now, here is some work made over the last week or so (I've been busy!).

Anglican rosary - brown/gray mottled jasper with orange painted wood and copper accents

Anglican rosary - black onyx and black/blue blown glass with black stone cross

Catholic one decade pocket rosary - smoky quartz and desert jasper

Catholic one decade pocket rosary - blue/gray labradorite

Anglican rosary - brown mottled jasper with carved animal bone and wood Celtic cross - a personal favorite!

Anglican rosary - wood with red glass

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter in to Spring

I'll have to check back and see, but four months between postings might be a new personal worst for me and the DST blog. I suppose it's not without good reason since there has been so much going on around here. We had a great Christmas vacation and New Year and took off to Williamsburg, VA for the week in between the two. The new job is going quite well and I am finally feeling confident and relaxed enough to concentrate on beading again. To further commit to that, I have decided to give up Facebook for Lent, specifically so I can free up creative energy for making prayer beads among other things that I miss out on on account of spending too much time there. On one hand I believe Facebook is a great thing - I have made and re-connected with some very genuine friendships. On the other though, I spend far too much time on there when I could be concentrating on a better balance in my life like spending time beading, being with my partner, reading and learning from a good book - just freeing up creative energy by combating avoidance. I hope and pray that it leads to better habits!

Below are some photos of recent work with a couple of them being tried with new "staging". Also, I have decided to concentrate on Anglican rosaries since I am finding they sell better but more on that later.

Mother of Pearl with Wood Anglican Rosary

Desert Jasper and Faceted Onyx Anglican Rosary

Wood and Copper Anglican Rosary (sold the day after I put it up!)

Red Coral Catholic Christmas Rosary

Quartz and porcelain Saint Theresa Catholic Rosary (sold this one and got a custom order for an identical one decade (: )

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Treasury Feature & October Facebook Promotion

Well, it's been an age and a half since I've last posted on here. A lot has been going on and I've not had much time to design and create. On a positive note, I am starting a new job on the 26th of this month. Since I have this coming week off, I will be preparing the Etsy shop for the holidays with new inventory that I will be working on.

Please take a moment to visit the beautiful Etsy Treasury I have just been featured in compiled by the Esty Rosary Guild, of which I am a proud member. My blue agate Saint Michael the Archangel set is featured among exquisite work from other artisans. It will only be up for 48 hours from 10/17 so please show your support to all us crafters by clicking on all the pictures and maybe leaving a comment.

On a final note for now, get a jump on your holiday shopping and take advantage of our October promotion - 10% off and free shipping in the mainland US when you mention my Facebook Page. Discount is refunded via paypal post check out.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New for the Week of July 19th

It was a pretty busy weekend around here, but I managed to put a few things together. I especially enjoyed making some new Bead for Life pieces - specifically four 24" necklaces that can also be used as triple strand bracelets on the average wrist. The focal points are the recycled paper beads made by the Ugandan women in the Bead for Life program, which I posted about earlier this year. I separated them by color and carefully chose accent pieces that compliment and really let the BFL beads stand out. In keeping with the unique nature of the beads themselves, I broke away from symmetry (tough thing for a Virgo designer, trust me) and strung the beads in an off centered and random fashion. There is no rhyme or reason, just what felt right in each creative moment. As mentioned previously, a portion of the net proceeds are donated back to Bead for Life - in addition to the contribution already made by me purchasing the beads. Until next time, here are some photos - and, please tell everyone you know about Bead for Life!

If your colors were like my dreams - red, gold and green!

Copper, turquoise and tangerine dream

Mellow blues and yellows

Pink and purple haze

Monday, July 13, 2009

New for the week of July 11th

I've taken to organizing "project bags", which in a nut shell involves laying out designs and formations, then putting the materials I need together in a bag to be made when I have time. I'll end up bagging up 6-8 pieces at a time, and it's a great system because all the materials are there and ready when I am to provide an evening (or two) of projects for me.

Here are some things that I designed and created over last weekend and am posting for sale this week:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New for The Week of July 6th

I look at these post dates and I can't believe how much time passes between them! You always hear that time flies, and I am experiencing that every time I log on here! Just wanted to take a moment and share pictures of some new pieces made over the July 4th weekend.

One of my favorites is the orange and green Bead for Life necklace that I made for a co-worker of mine who has become one of my best customers :) I have mentioned BFL in a previous post and I have sold several pieces privately, which raises awareness for this beautiful program. I'm happy to say that I also have a custom inquiry for a BFL rosary!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work. Links are active for the items I have already listed and will activate the rest when I list them:

Copper Celtic Knot Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Gray Stone Bracelet w/Nail Cross Charm

Custom Bead for Life Necklace for LG

Custom Bead for Life Necklace for LG

Carnelian Hebrew Chai Charm Bracelet

Wood and Abolone Shell Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Purple and Gold Glass Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Jasper and Soapstone Scarab Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Red Glass and Amazonite Anglican-Episcopal Rosary

Monday, June 8, 2009

Custom Orders

Since launching the business a few months ago, I've been fortunate enough to have had several custom orders. I had referenced some of these in a past posting (that I managed to somehow delete while editing) and mentioned how much I enjoy working one on one with people, especially on their prayer beads. They deserve a place on line somewhere, since they don't make it in the shop so here are some pictures - and contact me with any custom inquiries for custom rosaries or jewelry in any quantity.

Fifteen Anglican Rosaries (Jasper & Amazonite) for MC in San Diego

St Therese One Decade Pocket Rosary (Rhodonite & Pearl) for CL in Bucks Co., PA

St. Joseph Rosary Bracelet (purple glass) for MB in Brooklyn, NY

Fluorite and Amazonite Anglican Rosary for JH in Philadelphia, PA

Picture Jasper & Amazonite Anglican Rosary for CT in Indiana

Rose Quartz One Decade Pocket Rosary for DT in Boston, MA