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.

 

I started a Patreon – what that means

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I have several invisible disabilities, most of them intermittent. Unfortunately they’re getting worse, and some of them aren’t so intermittent anymore.

I’d really like to keep working (I still have so many ideas!), but between the pain and the lack of energy, well, work isn’t happening so much. It’s not just the making. It’s the photography, the marketing, the shipping, the bookkeeping. It all takes energy. And without all of it, a business doesn’t work. And if the business doesn’t work, I don’t make enough money to live.

I’m in the beginning stages of applying for disability. And I started a Patreon.

If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a place where creators (like me) can set up a site and patrons (like you) can subscribe to a membership community. Depending on the level you subscribe at, you get access to posts I write that I don’t post anywhere else, the haiku I compose about insomnia and pain, free knitting patterns, discounts on my jewelry and handspun yarn, access to a private Facebook group, and a pair of handmade earrings each month.

If you’d like to subscribe and become part of my community (for as little as $1 a month!), it would mean the world to me! Become a Patron today!

Thank you!

Become a Patron

 

 

 

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!

I needed a fresh start

After Rob left in the beginning of May, I sank into a deep depression. I was unable to create anything, or even function much at all, for months. His leaving did not cause my depression–I have been clinically depressed since childhood–but it triggered a major depressive episode.

I thought after a few months I would feel better, but when I didn’t, I saw my doctor, who gave me a psych referral. Now that I have my meds adjusted I feel like a human being again. I can function. I can create.

I can think, and that means it’s time for me to think about my future and what I want it to be like, and how I’m going to get there.

In the year since I started my jewelry business, sales have been disappointing low. Rob and I were planning on starting an Airbnb and having an income from that. Cross that off the list.

I toyed with the idea of getting a “real job,” but depression is only one of my several chronic conditions. I don’t really have the physical or emotional stamina to go work somewhere else, so working at home is really best for me. So I need to make that work.

I thought about why my jewelry sales are low.

First, I think simply not enough people are seeing my work. I’ve had my work on Squarespace, and I don’t think their SEO is very good. I’m slowly moving items into my new Etsy shop, and I’ll be putting all new items there.

Second, I think my work is too expensive for some people. I can’t lower the prices on my existing work–it has to cost that much. But I realized I can design some pieces that take less time for me to make, and those will cost less. Look for those pieces soon. For the first time since May, I’m actually making jewelry again.

I’m also selling my handspun yarn again. Why would I sell handspun yarn again after closing Happy Fuzzy Yarn because I was going deeper and deeper into debt with every passing day?

Well, when I had HFY, I sold eight different bases of combed top and seven bases of hand dyed yarn. To order any one of the bases cost hundreds of dollars, and I had to have them all in stock to dye wholesale orders. Because I was selling wholesale, my retail prices were a lot higher than a lot of my competitors’ prices, and I had to have employees to help me with the huge workload.

I had huge expenses, and there was never enough income to have a decent cash flow.

This time, I’m not doing any of that. No wholesale, no employees, no hand dyed yarn or top. Just handspun yarn. I’m keeping it simple.

I’m adding custom spinning because hey, I like spinning. If someone will pay me to spin, I’ll be really happy.

I’m going to be adding proofreading too eventually, but that will be in a different part of this site. I’ll link to it though.

So, will I make enough money to survive? That’s the great question, isn’t it? I’m very frugal. I just got approved for food assistance, and I’m already on Medicaid. Can I bring in enough money to keep afloat, or will I die penniless and alone, living under a bridge?