Elements & Artifacts' Anniversary Celebration!

I’m excited to announce my new collection of work, not just because September has always been a pinnacle month for Elements & Artifacts in terms of the autumn/Halloween mindset, the size of my creative output, and the anniversary celebration swag…but because of what it took to get this collection in particular ready.

You see, in March I sprained my wrist in a random maple syrup bottle incident and, although I carried about the next few days as normal, it slowly dawned on me that something wasn’t quite right with my left (dominant) wrist. There was evidence of a ligament/wrist sprain, bruising on the median nerve, and a volar cyst. Instead of self-resolving with a little rest and TLC, it degraded into worsening nerve pain, swelling, and symptoms consistent with some random combination of Guyon’s canal, ulnar neuritis, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I am finally seeing small improvements in my condition…six months, three specialists and two physical therapists later.

What started as a typically upbeat mindset faltered as the weeks turned into months with no improvement, which meant that returning to my usual pace of creative output was getting further pushed out to an undetermined point in the future. I tried shifting into art/illustration projects, but it was just as difficult for me to do as the metalwork.

During those first few painful months, I ruminated on my schooling and the momentum-driven 13-year development of my creative freelance business. What did this long break mean? Would I regain my momentum? Would I have to rebuild my clientele? Should I go back to school on an earlier timeline than anticipated? Re-learn a language I once knew well? I navel-gazed. I walked endless paths around my neighborhood. I pushed through dance classes despite the nerve pain. I laughed and cried. I had an identity crisis, which makes sense when my work is defined not by the medium but by my creative introspection and output: 35+ years of creating, halted by my wrist even for lazily meandering through a project to fill my time as a casual hobby. Who am I without art? How do I slough off the stresses of daily life without creative output, when that is my typical grounding point? Frustration and boredom set in. I languished.

And then? I picked my ass up and dusted myself off and realized that, no matter what life throws at me, I always eventually bounce. Resilience is my superpower! So here I am against several odds with a September collection ready to celebrate nearly 10 YEARS ON ETSY, with 7 of those years officially doing business as Elements & Artifacts. The existence of this collection is a triumph despite the fact that my wrist is not completely better, and despite the fact that I don’t know how much longer it will take. It is a product of works that were in varying stages of completion at the time of my injury plus a slow, careful, painstaking perseverance to finish those items while leaning heavily on the use of my non-dominant, uninjured hand.

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. —Viktor Frankl

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your patience and for your new and continued presence. Thank you for your excitement, referrals, feedback, comments, and support over the years. Every single thing means so much to me and enables me to shape and grow this offbeat combination of intensely creative art, jewelry, and design work. 

Here is a list of things that kept me sane this summer:

  • My husband and daughter and all the joy, love, and chaos they bring.
  • A few lovely friends, who served as a sounding board and/or a fun social distraction at certain points over the past few months. 
  • Copious amounts of bad and not-so-bad TV.
  • Contemporary dance classes.
  • Walking, especially at dusk.
  • Sitting on the porch on languid summer nights. 
  • Brushing up on a language I once knew well.
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.
  • Dozens of TED Talks.
  • Everything Brené Brown has ever written.

 

Now for the goods! What are we celebrating? Elements & Artifacts officially turns 7 this month and the existence of concept jewelry (alongside my design and art work) will officially hit 10 YEARS next month!

To celebrate, I will be sending out swag, swag, and more swag! While supplies last, all September orders will arrive with a random selection of a custom line of luxury glycerin tablet soaps from PaintboxSoapworks. She has created a gorgeously synaesthetic cluster of scented gemstone soaps in garnet, ruby, emerald, sapphire, amber, amethyst, and moonstone.

While supplies last, you will also receive a random selection of gourmet caramels from Botanical Sweets & Treats of the Pacific Northwest. Featured flavors are caramel apple, vanilla bean, and sea salt.

I will also be sending out a random assortment of swag E&A stickers, pins, Elements & Artifacts pens, and mini reusable Sunshine Polishing Cloths to shine and polish your jewelry!

Domestic orders over $100 placed in September will receive a free upgrade to a Priority Mail flat rate box.

Everything will go live at elementsandartifacts.com on Wednesday, September 9 at 1:00pm Pacific. Thank you again for all your love and support! Happy September; it’s almost autumn!  

E&A Halloween Haunt/Dark Autumn Preview II!

This is the second preview from the upcoming E&A Halloween Haunt/Dark Autumn collection which goes live on Wednesday, September 10th at 10:00AM Pacific!

To mark my 6th year of Elements & Artifacts and 9th year of selling on Etsy! To celebrate, orders placed in September will receive the following, while supplies last!

Individually-wrapped handmade artisan marshmallows* from Sweet Jumbles bakery! These are fresh, fluffy 1.5" cubes hand cut into two halves and lovingly packaged. They are gluten-free, contain NO high-fructose corn syrup, NO preservatives, and use fair-trade chocolate (where applicable). The flavors are:
Vanilla Chai
Cinnamon Sugar
Caramel
Chocolate Chip
Sour Cherry

(*Marshmallows will not be distributed into 
reserved/installment orders freshness/quality reasons.)

Elements & Artifacts click pen in burgundy and black, one of two spooky art postcards, a felted acorn (extremely limited supply)E&A Magpie button pins, rustic pumpkin stickers, and E&A Sugar Skull stickers, digital 10% off thank you coupons, and Priority shipping upgrades for domestic orders over $100. 


And now, your previews:












E&A Halloween Haunt/Dark Autumn Preview!

This album previews items from the upcoming E&A Halloween Haunt/Dark Autumn collection which goes live on Wednesday, September 10th at 10:00AM Pacific! This month marks almost 9 years of selling on Etsy with 6 of those years officially as Elements & Artifacts! SWAG, SWAG, and more SWAG will be previewed early next week!













E&A Autumntide 2014 and Shakespeare!

This year’s August collection brings both an exciting Shakespeare collaboration and a much lighter tone to autumn than is usual for my work. I chose to make a stronger division between the waning summer and early autumn….and the chilly, dark autumn that comes later in the year.


Although many of us are still in the throes of uncomfortable summer heat, the start of August marks the first harvest festival or waning point of summer. Many of us are already busy with preparations for the new school year which is another signal that the end of summer is near. There begins a slow shift from summer growing time to harvest time which, in modern day, is often represented by introspection and reflection of the year’s accomplishments. 

In mere weeks, the mood and sensation of the year will decidedly shift as the changes in the light from the waning sun become evident. Those of us who love autumn are waiting impatiently for that change in light, that first cool breeze, and the rustle of leaves! 




I want to explain the collaboration that I’ve been so excited to present! Last year Stephanie, my dear friend since at least 2nd grade, approached me with an idea for a collaboration between my concept jewelry and her vast knowledge of all things Shakespeare. My schedule didn’t permit it to happen right away, but that gave us extra time to really dig into the presentation of this collection. (Here's an old backstage photo of us during a Night of Theatre community performance; she was one of the Three Witches from Macbeth and I was in a separate skit as the Lady in White from Les Miserables.) 


This Shakespeare collection was easily the most intensive creative process I’ve undergone since my thesis. I was buried in it for weeks just doing basic research & development for sketches—and Steph even laid all the groundwork for me! 





Stay tuned for details on the annual Elements & Artifacts anniversary celebration in September! I’m already very excited about several things! 

E&A Autumn/Halloween Sneak Preview

I'm excited to share this first look at next week's release of Autumn and Halloween Hauntings! It will kick off the E&A five year anniversary celebration with swag, giveaways, coupon codes, and shipping upgrades. The update will go live on Wednesday, September 4th at 11am Pacific!!!! More details to come!














Autumntide 2012


I imagine that many of us are still in the throes of uncomfortable summer heat, but this year August 1st marks the first harvest festival of Lughnasadh. At this time, there begins a slow shift from summer growing time to harvest time which, in modern day, is often represented by introspection and reflection on the year's accomplishments. 

In mere weeks, the mood and sensation of the year will decidedly shift as the changes in the light from the waning sun become evident. Those of us who love autumn are waiting impatiently for that first cool breeze and rustle of leaves!

This year I chose to include a sub-series on Dream Masters with spirits and deities from various pantheons who act as guides and messengers in our dreams. It seemed fitting to pair it with autumn, a time for introspection.

And, of course, there is gorgeous autumn, full of leaves and vines, twigs and ombre faded gems. I hope you enjoy this year's offerings! 

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Stay tuned for details on the coming Elements & Artifacts anniversary! It's going to be a fun one! 

Elements & Artifacts Halloween & Anniversary Celebration!

I am very excited to present my Halloween 2011 collection, not only because this is one of my favorite times of year, but also because I've decided to once again mark the anniversary of Elements & Artifacts with a celebration.

Elements & Artifacts is officially "three" this month and I have been selling on Etsy for almost six years! When I unveiled Elements & Artifacts, I had no idea it would grow and evolve in so many amazing ways. Thank you all for your excitement, word-of-mouth referrals, feedback, comments, and support over the years. Every single thing, big or small, means the world to me.

To celebrate, I am offering the following celebrations which are valid now through September 30, 2011:


1. EVERY order will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an exclusive 50% off coupon code, good on any one order (excluding custom work) through the end of 2011. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2010.


2. While supplies last, EVERY order will receive an unreleased Masquerade blank note card. It was created using a never-before-printed ink drawing from my archives.

ETA on 9/12: I have run out of Masquerade note cards at this point in time, but every order will still receive a free note card during September!


Masquerade
Created in 1993, Unearthed from the vaults in 2011
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth. —Oscar Wilde



3. EVERY order will receive a secret coupon code tucked inside the order package, which can be used anytime throughout the end of the year.


4. Domestic orders of $50 or more will automatically be upgraded from First Class to Priority Mail at no extra cost.

Enjoy your September, welcome Autumn, and bring on Halloween! :D







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Autumn 2011 and Mystic Forest

At Lughnasadh, the first harvest, there is a shift from summer growing time to harvest time. Although summer temperatures may still be high, the mood and sensation of the year is decidedly different as the changes in the light from the waning sun become more evident. Those of us who love autumn may feel a spark of excitement.

At this first harvest I chose to present a Mystic Forest sub-series to mark the balanced transition between summer and autumn. Twining leaves and vines are paired with stunning gemstone cabochons in an all-metal-clay collection.

Autumn enters just after Mystic Forest. It's a huge collection with more surprises to come as we approach the actual Autumnal Equinox.

Enjoy!



Sneak Peek II

As promised, I am previewing five more items from Mystic Forest and the first part of Autumn! All 75 items will go live tomorrow (Wednesday) morning sometime at or after 9am PT.

This is Harvest 2011, a revisit of Blazing Autumn with iridescent titanium druzy agate, Trinity and Dewdrop from the Mystic Forest series, and a pair of antiqued brass lacy oak earrings.