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3rd Friday in downtown Salisbury, Maryland

I finally took my jewelry out into the world on October 17th…the world with real people walking by, looking and touching. I’ve had my website up for about six weeks, but I had not uploaded pictures of all my pieces, and being in front of a computer screen is not at all the same as being in the middle of an arts and crafts event. 3rd Friday in Salisbury is all about supporting the artisans and musicians and entertainers. They do not charge us to set up a table, but we do have to register and be approved. Not being charged a fee to set up is a BIG deal, especially when you are just starting out and nobody knows you or your wares yet.

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My dh even took off work to help transport and set up my table and lights. He contributed the tripod stands that were used to hold the lights when he was in a band, and found a copper pipe to to go overhead. Those LED rope lights kept it quite bright even when it was fully dark. I was invited to participate in The River City Arts Jam by a board member of the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council who was going by checking out all the tables. But, we are going to be camping with friends on November 1st.

My daughter-in-law bought a Halloween necklace for my granddaughter, and then her sister bought three or four pieces…but I was REALLY happy when I made my first ever sale to a complete stranger!! My granddaughter decided she wants to go with me every time I set up a table at a craft show. She had found a woman down the street who was painting on zombie faces, and loved standing there in her zombie makeup talking to the people who stopped by. There were a lot of people dressed up for Halloween in some really cool costumes. You can see my table behind the girl with the blue hat at one minute into this 3rd Friday promo video of the event.

I have started on my “Christmas Collection” for next month’s 3rd Friday…see you there!

Peace and love, Phyllis

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Taking pictures of jewelry

Let me tell you that taking pictures of jewelry is a whole other art form…one I have not yet conquered. I want you to see my jewelry like I see it and so far have not been overly happy with my pictures. I am a perfectionist, but not as bad as I used to be, thankfully. I’d hate to think I have to invest in one of those expensive cameras and then learn how to use it. BUT, if I’m going to try and sell jewelolympus stylus sz-15ry online, the pictures have to do it justice. I’ve done a little research and found out I need to make, or buy, some type of light box to set the jewelry inside for the pictures. I’m supposed to use a tripod, haven’t done it yet, and I actually do own one. I better go dig it out of the closet (after I figure out which closet it’s in). So, in the meantime, I am still going to take pictures with my little Olympus Stylus SZ-15 or my Samsung Galaxy S4 and do the best I can.

Peace and love, Phyllis

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Chakra colors versus Rainbow colors

Our bodies have energy and that energy is real. Who would not believe that? I learned about, and began studying the Chakra energy system¹ quite a few years ago. Interestingly, the colors associated with our seven main chakra energy centers correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow, or prism: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I have begun creating jewelry with those seven colors and they are so beautiful together. My dilemma occurs because since the late ’70’s the rainbow colors began to be taken over by the gay and lesbian community. I am not gay, but have friends and family members who are, and I love them and accept them. rainbow_braceletI’ve been wearing a bracelet I designed with the chakra/rainbow colors and it looks really great with my Alex and Ani bracelets. What am I trying to say in this blog? I guess I’m trying to say that I do not want to be categorized, but you know what, every one of us, including me, categorizes people when we see them. I’ve spent years and years of my life working on myself, trying to be a more loving, kinder, forgiving, accepting, and open-minded person. So what if people look at me and my rainbow colored jewelry and see a gay woman. I do try to be happy (making a joke since I still remember when “gay” meant happy). When Gilbert Baker first designed the gay pride flag in 1978 it began with the color pink, then red, and the rest of the rainbow colors, having eight stripes. It quickly lost the hot pink stripe due to that color fabric not being readily available. It has gone through a few revisions since then and now only has six colors.  The rainbow has seven colors as do the main chakra energy centers. The gay rights “flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow” ². The chakra colors begin with red on the bottom and violet on the top. I love writing these blogs because I learn so much doing the research. Blogging, or journaling, also really helps me get in touch with my feelings. Maybe this website will end up being my blog and I’ll just sell jewelry on the side! LOL.

Peace and love, Phyllis

1. Chakras      2. Rainbow flag (LGBT movement)

 

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Seriously…costume jewelry? No way!

I had never even thought about jewelry categories until I rode by a house with a big sign out front that said “Costume Jewelry”. What? Why would anyone call their jewelry by that name? To me, when I think of costume jewelry I think of cheap looking plastic stuff. But that sign made me start thinking…and researching. I discovered the jewelry I design is not considered “fine jewelry” which is made out of gold and diamonds and emeralds and sapphires and other precious gems. The jewelry I create really does fall in the category of costume or fashion jewelry. I still slightly cringe at that name, but it’s getting better. Writing about my feelings has always helped. Renaissance wench costumeThe best quote I found came from an article in Forbes “The design is what makes the difference between junk and costume jewelry”. I surely hope my designs make that difference plain!! Then I found a very informative article in Wikipedia which contained a wonderful word, which I wish I knew how to pronounce. Fallalery. If I ever have another cat that will be their name. I looked up the definition of fallalery, and there were a few. The Oxford dictionary definition was “tawdry finery”. Maybe that’s why my favorite costumes at the Renaissance Festivals are the wenches! But, I do NOT consider my jewelry designs tawdry, which means cheap and poor quality. Definitely not. The definition I liked the best was “a bit of finery; a showy article of dress”. My jewelry is fallalery!!

Peace and love, Phyllis

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Peace Symbol

In my “About Me” page I was going to say that I have loved peace signs since they made their appearance in the ’60’s when I was a teenager. I decided I should do some research before making that statement, and it’s a good thing I did, since I was wrong. Well, I was right about me being a teenager in the ’60’s (the late ’60’s!). After reading many articles, I decided the most reputable information was that Gerald Holtom designed the symbol in 1958 as a logo for Nuclear Disarmament “combining the semaphore letters N and D: N for nuclear and D, naturally, for disarmament”. I’m not even going into all the negative info I found online…the peace sign is for peace and that’s all there is to it!!! I was so happy when I started seeing the peace symbol all over the place a few years ago, and have accumulated MANY items decorated with peace signs. The very first necklace I made had a peace sign pendant, and it is still one of my favorites.

Peace and love, Phyllis

References:
BBC News article
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
The Peace Symbol