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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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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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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