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Isolation and Creativity

I have been making jewelry while staying home, but have not updated my pictures on here. What good is this website if it remains stagnant? No good. So here goes, beginning with a new blog post and a few pictures.

recliner creativity

Usually I sit in my studio, but the office chair in there gets uncomfortable, so off I went to the living room and my recliner. I do have to give a shout out about the board you see under my jewelry tray. It was designed and made by my son, Jimi. While sitting in my recliner he measured the chair arm width and how far out from my stomach it could go, and made a curve in the board to fit around my body. He designed it to be a laptop tray, but I use it for much more than that.

Cluster necklace with green beads

Here is the final product, and is available for sale under Necklaces. Much of my jewelry is displayed for sale at Gallery 107 which is closed until Delaware goes into the next phases and businesses begin to open. But, all my jewelry is also for sale here on my website.

Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Energy and Awareness

In the best of times I have feelings of being a hermit, and now most of the world’s population are becoming hermits. I’ve always loved (but, perhaps not appreciated enough) being able to stay home and create jewelry, work in the yard, and wander around doing what calls to me. Now, I find myself wandering around and nothing much calls to me. Why? What has changed on my little piece of earth? The world has changed. Ahh, perhaps the energy is affecting me, no, obviously the world’s energy is affecting me. It took me sitting down to write this blog to figure out why I’ve been feeling more depressed, no energy, no purpose, and less interest in things that used to give me joy. Writing has always enabled my consciously unknown, innermost feelings to bubble up to the surface. But, with awareness comes responsibility. With awareness there is no going back to being unaware. Of course, I can continue to wander around, ignoring this awareness…God, help me not do that, grant me the courage to change the things I can….

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Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Covid-19 and Creativity

My prayers are sent out daily…hourly…to our earth and humanity. This is a time in our history that most of us have only imagined in our nightmares. Here in Lower Slower Delaware, we have been getting cases of Covid-19 and some deaths, but for the most part have been rather isolated from all the despair in the cities. I cannot imagine….

It does not even seem to be a time to make jewelry, and I admit, my creativity has not been flowing. When I sit at my table and look at my beads and pendants, it all feels so unnecessary, what good is jewelry in theses times? So many of our jobs where we would have worn jewelry have been closed, and the restaurants and bars to go out wearing jewelry are closed. I do not wear jewelry around the house. But, it does bring beauty to our lives, and it brings beauty and joy to my life to create it. So, I keep on trying.

Perhaps I should be focused on other creative aspects that I know how to do…like sewing. There seems to be a need to make masks at home. I am not sure how protective they would be, certainly not for the medical field or first responders. But, they may be some protection when we have to go to the store for groceries. It would make me feel like I was being more creatively productive. So, I shall look up some of patterns I’ve seen posted online, go through my stash of material, and make some masks!

Please, stay safe and stay home. That’s the most important thing we can do right now for our world’s safety.

 Peace and love, Phyllis

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It’s Halloween time!

Get ready to show off the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Check out the pictures of some of the new additions to my Halloween collection. The knotted cord pieces can be worn as a necklace or wrapped as a bracelet. The jack-o-lantern pendant and dangles can be removed or interchanged, and the necklace can be worn long or doubled using the magnetic clasp. The candy corn necklace is made of memory wire to wear as a choker. ♥♥♥

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It’s that time of year…craft shows

Two weeks ago I went to my first craft show in a while…a long while. If you read my last post you will remember I have been on a hiatus. It was at the Frederica Fire Department and was very well attended, even if it did rain off and on all day. It was good to be back among crafters, though there were some Direct Sale consultants there.

After packing up all my jewelry and props and tubs, carrying them all inside, and then unpacking and setting up…I called my husband and said I really understand now what you went through when you were playing music!

It’s fun once you get it all set up and ready. Of course, at the end of the show you pack it all back up again. Do I sound like I’m complaining? It’s my fault for having too much stuff. I always feel like I need to take every piece of jewelry I ever made…and I’ve made a lot!

This year I bought wooden crates, painted them different colors, and put LED stick-on lights inside them…I like the look. Also, after much thought, I have decided I’m charging more than the market in my area is willing to pay. Tomorrow I go to another show, and I’ve marked down most of my jewelry, so we will see what happens. I may be about the only crafter there, which I hope is a good thing. I think most vendors are going to be Direct Sale consultants. So, my next post will let you know how it went.

♥ Phyllis