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 2014!


The release is here! I'm excited to present the spooky Halloween Haunt/Dark Autumn collection for 2014! This is both the most intensive and most fun set of items to create each year. I tend to have about half the turnaround time to create significantly more items than usual, in addition to swag prep for the annual anniversary celebration. So...



Elements & Artifacts turns six this month! I am also just shy of nine years of selling on Etsy! When I unveiled Elements & Artifacts and its conceptually themed creations, I had no idea it would grow and evolve in so many amazing ways. Thank you all for your excitement, referrals, feedback, comments, and support over the years. Every single thing means so much to me and your support enables me to continue this intensely creative work. 

To celebrate, I am offering the following swag perks which will be passed out through September 30, 2014 or until supplies run out, whichever comes first: 

1. While supplies last, each order will receive an individually-wrapped handmade artisan marshmallow 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


2. While supplies last, orders will receive a custom-printed 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


3. Each order will receive a digital Thank You coupon through Etsy for 10% off any order through December 31, 2014. (To receive this exclusive coupon code, you must enable “Receive coupons, promotions, and recommendations from Etsy shops you love” in the General Notifications settings of your account. In my experience, these emails only come from shops you have purchased from and do not barrage you with a generalized set of promotions.) 

4. Domestic orders of $100 or more will automatically be upgraded from First Class to Priority at no extra cost. 


Thank you, once again, for all your love and support over the years! Enjoy your September, welcome Autumnal Equinox, and bring on the dark and spooky magic of Halloween! :D




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 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!














Elements & Artifacts Halloween 2012 and Anniversary Celebration!


I am very excited to present my Halloween 2012 and Queen of Witches collection! Autumn is hands-down my favorite season and Halloween one of my favorite holidays and I am once again marking the anniversary of Elements & Artifacts with a celebration!



Elements & Artifacts turns four this month! I am also just shy of seven years of selling on Etsy! When I unveiled Elements & Artifacts and its conceptually themed creations, I had no idea it would grow and evolve in so many amazing ways. Thank you all for your excitement, referrals, feedback, comments, and support over the years. Every single thing means so much to me and your support enables me to continue this intensely creative work. 

To celebrate, I am offering the following celebrations which are valid now through September 30, 2012:

1. Every order will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one exclusive 50% OFF coupon code*, good on any one order (excluding custom work) through the end of 2012. 
2. Every order will be entered into a drawing for a chance win one exclusive pair of wire wrapped gemstone earrings*
3. While supplies last, every order will receive a FREE unreleased Spook-O-Ween blank note card. It was created this summer with ink, ebony pencil, and Prismacolor pencils on smooth bristol. I wanted to revisit the symbols and tropes of Samhain and Halloween in a fun, spooky cute way. I hope you like it!

4. Every package will include a secret coupon code. The discount can be used on any orders placed through the end of 2012. 
5. Domestic orders of $50 or more will automatically be upgraded from First Class to Priority at no extra cost. 



Thank you, once again, for all your love and support over the years! Enjoy your September, welcome Autumnal Equinox, and bring on the magic of Halloween! :D




*The two giveaway winners will be announced here and on Facebook on October 1st!

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Halloween Preview: Spook O' Ween!


The Halloween 2012 and Queens of Witches collection will go live on Tuesday, September 4th at 11 AM Pacific Time! I will be celebrating four years of E&A and seven years of selling on Etsy by offering a September full of shipping upgrades, secret coupon codes, an exclusive FREE note card with new artwork titled "Spook-O-Ween", and two end-of-month giveaways! 

Here are sneak previews for Halloween Night, Bewitched Halloween Leaf, Dead Man's Hand, All Hallow's Eve, the NEW 2012 version of the E&A Sugar Skull, and Burial Shroud.







There are almost 150 items in this year's Halloween update: Queens of Witches, classic Halloween and Samhain themes, spider demons and goddesses, ghosts and haunts, chilling bones, spooky skulls and skeletons, winged bats, ancient fossils, iridescent leaves, haunted carnivals, vined pumpkins, Trick or Treat earrings, and so much more!

I'm so very excited to release the Kraken Halloween collection! Be ready! :D

Halloween Preview: Creepy Crawlies!

This Halloween preview features spider goddesses and other creepy crawlies with Tangle Web, Spider Demon, Lolth's WebOver the Graves, and Arachne's Sentinel!

The new work will be available on Tuesday, September 4th as part of my E&A anniversary celebration for September! Full details on the September giveaways, swag, shipping upgrades, and more are coming soon! There will be one last preview on Friday!







Halloween Preview: Batty!

Here are previews for the more "batty" portion of the E&A 2012 Halloween collection!  

The first two are the new 2012 versions of The Soft Sound of Wings, followed by a revisit of last year's The Soft Sound of Wings, new Moonbat earrings, and a little Von Batty Bat







Stay tuned for a details-specific announcement for the update timing, the anniversary swag and giveaways, and more previews! All news will be posted here and on my Facebook Fan Page!