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March 18, 2021
Howdy Jewelry Friend! As 2021 marches slowly on (see what I did there—“march”es”), I’ve decided I need to let you in on a secret. It actually involves your OSJ Jewelry and I hope you don’t take this the wrong way. I’ve been leaving you messages, well, messages for your soul, for your energy to connect with, but I haven’t told you about them. I mean, I think I’ve mentioned it about three times on social media. [Which if you account for FB and Instagram algorithms keeping us apart, there really is a GOOD chance you haven’t had a chance to notice. At all. And it’s not your fault. Or mine for that matter.] Nonetheless, I guess that whole I’ve-said-it-but-you-probably-haven’t-been-served-it puts this Journal topic squarely in the “confessional” column, doesn’t it?? (See what I did there, Column, like an old school newspaper specialized opinion/informational thingamajig. But also, a way to compare and contrast pros and cons in different columns. Ok, back to the point…)
I’ve been writing messages INSIDE the bezels that hold the stones in your OSJ Jewelry. For like, two or three years. (Insert shrug emoji here.) If you have a purely woven piece, then, whew! I guess you can skip this whole confessional. But if you’re bezel-curious or bezel-positive, then maybe you should read on??
Quick side trip—"What’s a bezel,” you ask?? Great question!! The bezel is the little snuggy silver huggy I build to hold your stone inside the jewelry. So. Underneath the stones, in my rab-scrabble handwriting, are messages. From me to you. From my heart to yours. From the huge well of light that lives inside me to the huge well of light that lives inside you.
Back to the main road (well as “main” as I can ever get anyway…).
Initially, like any tiny habit and secret, it started simple. The words were simple, things like, “Soul Shine”, “Love Wins”, “Believe in You” and “Be the Light.” I didn’t keep track; I didn’t know what the message would be until I sat down and set the stones in their little snuggies. Then I started to NOTICE I was doing this. I started to contemplate what it meant. And lately, I thought I might share it with you. I might make a point to TELL YOU about all the hidden messages. So that we could consciously connect to it, so that the words could spark meaning and love for YOU in YOU.
Here’s a few of the messages inside recent work:
Ultimately, the truth of all the messages is that YOU are enough. You are good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. The money you have or don’t have, doesn’t matter, because the LIGHT INSIDE OF YOU is enough to live a life of JOY. Unencumbered, unjudged. Love wins. And we choose how we make our way in life, how we light our life.
I’m gonna say that one thing from earlier in that last paragraph, one more time:
Y.O.U. A.R.E. E.N.O.U.G.H.
It’s what all the messages add up to.
Don’t be surprised if I ask you what you’d like me to write INSIDE your jewelry if we work together on a custom piece. Because words DO MATTER. Cause I’m writing down these words, and I’ll be telling you about them in the Shop Listings. I’m also documenting them in a journal so they’re not so secret anymore and we can all drag our Light and Love from the Inside-Out.
In the meantime, check out the pieces with inscriptions HERE. Contact me about creating your own secret inscription HERE. And keep up to date on where and when I’m gonna be this year (YES!! Some shows are a GO!) HERE.
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January 17, 2021
Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. At my house, the end of every argument is ended and put to rest, FOREVER, with a Hug. Sometimes, when thoughts and emotions are too much to tame and explain, we just say, “Can we Hug it out?” Sometimes, it takes some real arguing to get there, and other times it’s fast tracked. Now, you gotta know, it’s perfectly acceptable for either party to say “No.” It hurts a little, mostly a lot, but it’s about respecting someone's boundaries and allowing them the space to decide when they want to move on.
August 19, 2020
July 24, 2020
So cute! Wooden box, all little green bits promising to thrive on neglect and small amounts of water. Surely the perfect plants for me!! Perfect size for my desk! (A desk which is the first grown up desk I’ve ever owned- bought it last fall after stalking it online and in person for nearly a half a year.) Perfect right next to the lamp (Costco buy and it’s twin is in my family room) to the right of my monitor, a bright green, adorable reminder that we are all living and connected.
Except they started dying.
I can promise you, I was giving them ALL the neglect they needed. Stressed about my green experiment and NOT wanting my husband’s over two-decade premonitive admonition to be true, I moved them over to my studio windowsill. Lots of sunshine there!! And I fussed. I may have overwatered them if my niece is right—we had a frantic facetime consultative intervention when I noticed big, bold, juicy leaves on the rug. AHHHHHHHH!!!