I give up

I can’t do this anymore. I’m exhausted all the time. I’m in pain all the time. I’m lucky when it’s only mild pain. More often it’s severe pain. I’m sometimes happy, but I always return to being depressed. But what’s really doing me in is my increasing inability to concentrate. I just can’t do it.

I’ve known for years that I had depression, anxiety, migraine, asthma, and anemia. When I was diagnosed last year with fibromyalgia, it made perfect sense. I’m pretty sure I’ve had it since childhood.

But I’ve realized in the last few years that I’m also autistic and have ADHD.

When I was a kid, they didn’t think girls could even be autistic or have ADHD. (Yeah, that’s what happens when you list only the symptoms of boys who have it and say “these are the criteria.” Kind of like when they write cardiology textbooks and only describe heart attacks in men, and then a woman goes to the hospital having a heart attack and they say, “You’re not having the textbook symptoms of a heart attack, therefore you’re not having one. Go home,” and she goes home and she dies.)

I’m realizing now how much autism and ADHD have affected my inability to make a living. I have tried. I have really, really tried. But there are so many things one needs to do to make a business really work that my brain just cannot do.

And getting a job somewhere is just something I don’t have the energy to do anymore. I get really tired. And executive dysfunction and inability to concentrate are big problems in pretty much any job.

I’m in the beginning stages of applying for disability.

I am not going to be making jewelry anymore. I just can’t do it anymore. I started selling off some of my beads in another etsy shop I opened a few weeks ago, TreetownBeads.etsy.com (yeah, I forgot to tell you about that. Told you my brain wasn’t working). I’ve been adding things pretty slowly (because I have no energy), so let me know if there’s something you’re looking for.

I took down the listings for custom spinning. Realistically, I am not going to have the energy to deal with carding someone’s fiber, so yeah…no. And I am not going to take any custom orders for jewelry. I still have a few pieces of jewelry that came back from a gallery that I haven’t had the energy to photograph and list yet (are you seeing a pattern here?), but I will not be making any new pieces. If you want to buy any of my jewelry, ever, well, it’s now or never.

I still have a ton of my mom’s jewelry to list. I think I’m going to start putting some things up in lots rather than individual items. When I have the energy.

Mama Liked Shiny Things

I mentioned it everywhere else, but forgot to mention it here (my brain may be a little fried) — I opened an etsy shop to sell my mom’s vintage and antique jewelry. Mama Liked Shiny Things (because she really did!).

Don’t worry; I’m keeping some of her jewelry. The pieces that really speak to me. But most of her jewelry isn’t really me, though a lot of the pieces are really beautiful and interesting. I’m having a good time researching vintage jewelry and learning a lot. Using clues to gather more information, like the type of catch on a brooch narrowing the time period when it could have been made, reminds me of when I used to do interlibrary loan. I like it!

It’s going to take a long time to get everything researched, photographed, edited, and listed, but I’m getting a few things up every day or so. Like this Austrian gold tone mesh and rhinestone brooch from the 1950s.

vintage austrian brooch, gold tone mesh with green and clear rhinestones

I wish I could ask my mom more about some of these pieces, but I can’t. I remember some of them from when I was a kid, but there are so many I’ve never seen before. And there are some I remember her wearing. I was even with her when she bought some of them.

New designs and holiday shipping deadlines

It took me several weeks to make these necklaces; when I started them, I was only able to work two hours a day, so progress was pretty slow. By the end though, I was able to work 5-6 hours a day (I am feeling so much better!), so these necklaces represent a sort of victory for me!

 

They are all up on etsy now. From left to right: Upper Peninsula copper ore with vintage mother of pearl buttonocean jasper with Baltic amberrain forest jasper with garnetbumblebee jasper teardrop, and bumblebee jasper triangle, all set in fine and sterling silver. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Do you need to get a gift order somewhere before Christmas? The last day for ordering is December 19. I can’t guarantee it will get there in time, but USPS says it should, for US addresses. So, you should order sooner if you can. (This applies to in stock items. If you need me to make you something, if you order it NOW, I MAY be able to get it there in time. I will try!)

Last chance! This is the last day of my 20% off sale!


It’s Monday, so that means it’s the last day of my 20% off sale.

Copper moonscape earrings

Yes, time flies. Don’t ask me to explain it. I’m time impaired.

All I can tell you is today, everything in my shop is 20% off. Tomorrow everything will be back to full price.

Today all US orders ship for free. Tomorrow you’ll have to pay for shipping.

If you want to buy awesome handmade jewelry or handspun yarn and save some money (which you could then spend on something else, like chocolate), then shop now.

If you want to spend more, then wait. (No chocolate for you.)

 

It’s Small Business Saturday! Save 20% off everything with no minimum order!


Hey, it’s Small Business Saturday! I’ve expanded the sale so it’s now 20% off everything with no minimum order, and you don’t need a coupon.

And US orders ship for free!

silver and lapis earrings

Just go to my shop, and you’ll see the sale prices, next to the regular prices.

Sale prices are good through Monday, so don’t dawdle.

 

Slowly I get things done


I added five new pairs of earrings to the shop last week. Like a turtle wading through molasses, I’m finally showing them to you now. [I finally got a diagnosis for my exhaustion and pain. I have fibromyalgia. I’m not happy to have it, but I’m glad to finally have a diagnosis. I’ll be writing more about that in a later post. As you might imagine, I have a lot to say about it.]

But for now, earrings. All images link to their respective listings in the shop.

Copper moonscape earrings

Perforated sterling silver earrings with lapis

Foldformed bumpy copper earrings with lapis and bronzite

Foldformed copper earrings with kambaba jasper

Copper and silver earrings with Chinese turquoise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry for Yarn Lovers is here!


jewelry for yarn lovers
Click the image to go directly to the collection.

Some pieces incorporate handspun (wire corespun) yarn. Some pieces incorporate vintage buttons. And of course shawl pins had to be part of the collection, right?

If you love yarn, wool, or textiles, I think you’ll find something in the Jewelry for Yarn Lovers collection you really like.

Shop the collection now.

Jewelry for Yarn Lovers is coming tomorrow!


If you love jewelry and you love yarn, I think you’ll really like this collection.

close up of yarn bracelet

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll do the unveiling, and you’ll have your first chance to buy these new pieces. Some are colorful; some are neutral. From a distance you wouldn’t realized they were made with yarn, so it will be fun to wear them and hear people say, “Wait a minute, is that…?”

One more day!

Coming soon! Jewelry for Yarn Lovers!


I’ve had jewelry for people who love textiles for a while. Shawl pins, pendants made with felt or vintage buttons, and most recently, my necklaces with wirecore yarn. I’ve decide to expand on this and make it into an actual collection.

handmade parts. copper links with wire-corespun yarn
in progress…

I’ve been working behind the scenes on some pieces I think you’ll like. I’m going to launch the new collection next Tuesday afternoon.

Stay tuned!