Thursday, May 31, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Happy Memorial Day weekend!
Take it light,
P.S. I've put a bunch of wonderful items ON SALE for Memorial Day! (Most of the sale prices end on Tuesday).
Monday, May 21, 2007
As I walked to work last week I had a million thoughts running through my head as I listened to some STS9 spin through my headphones.
One of the strongest thoughts was about fear. What is this fear? Well, for starters, it boils down simply to the fear of some unknown future. Fear that the actions I'm taking now will have a variety of consequences in the future which I will not be happy with. I don't want to ever regret anything I've done, nor do I want to regret things I didn't do. It is here that lies the gray area and my fear.
I realized (and perhaps have known this but was suppressing it) that maybe I am acting out of fear...I get up everyday, drink my green tea, and go to work at my regular 9-5 job (which I enjoy, don't get me wrong) and keep PinkBird Creations as a sort of "side job." But, basically, I'm working two full-time jobs, since PinkBird does take a great deal of time and energy. I think my fear is that my artistry cannot sustain me. (Or that I want it to as there are so many things in life I want/love to do).
As I walked, I passed the river that flows behind my house and I admired all the fresh growth along it's banks--all the beautiful green leaves and wildflowers. It wast then that I told myself what I must do. Release the Fear. But how? I contemplated this for awhile that day, and even mentioned it to some co-workers. I did feel a bit lighter after talking about it and after "release the fear" had been running like a mantra through my brain.
I know that in the end things will all be worked out the way the Universe has planned. I know that I will be able to distinguish between what I have become used to and what I actually want to do. As Paulo Coelho said so simply in The Alchemist, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it..."
Then, on Saturday I posted a blog to which "OmGirly" commented--causing me to read her blog. To my surprise she was discussing a similar fear issue. Her suggestion is to let her fear guide her. That makes so much sense to me.
Maybe it's not so much about "releasing" the fear but in "using" it. (Not to be confused with being motivated by fear). Using all the fear up could be the same as releasing it.
When it's gone, it's gone, no matter which way it went.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
My paternal Grandmother loved owls. She collected them; so I am also
drawn to owls. I found this large pendant at a tiny vintage shop in
Again, more owls. This necklace and earring set is made with a colorful owl charm surrounded by beads my mom actually bought and sent to me.
This Buddha on a Lotus Gemstone Necklace was one of the first pieces I made that was independently reviewed by a website/blog. It is also one of my favorite necklaces (and of course is a one of a kind and has been sold). It has a mix of beads I bought at a bead show in
The one of a kind (and also sold) “Vintage Pink Rock Candy Necklace” is another that is one of my favorites, in part because I love the color pink and more so because this necklace was reworked from a necklace that belonged to my paternal Grandmother. The pink, purple, and white cube beads are layered, and they are perhaps supposed to look like precious stones. One of my best friends, Jennifer was planning to buy it, but then a wonderful PinkBird customer beat her too it—but, that’s the nature of one of a kind creations!
I called this necklace “Sunset” because of the beautiful colors of the gemstones. It is strung entirely with a mix of red agate, garnet, tiger's eye, and red jasper gemstone chips as well as moonstone and quartz beads surrounding 3 quartz crystal points. Much of this necklace is two separate stands of gemstone chips woven together. I acquired these gemstone beads in different places, some are reworked from pieces I already had; some I bought in
This is another of my favorite items. I actually made a similar necklace for myself, but I used blues and greens (rather than oranges and browns). I wear it quite a bit and for some reason every time I’ve been to
These next earrings are funny to me because they are so “HOT!” (Corny, I know!) But, seriously, I reworked them from some decorations that were set up at a New Year’s Eve party we went to in 2006 (at a bar in Chinatown, in
I made this Goldenrod Dichroic Glass Necklace (as well as a blue version for myself) after going to the 2005 Summer Camp Festival with some friends (best friend, Janine, and her then-fiance, now-husband, Angelo) at Three Sister's Park in
These super cute friendly food earrings are made with awesome charms I bought while we were in
I call this next piece the “Sylvie Necklace” after one of my best friends. Not only is that her guitar in the photo background, but I had made her a 3 stranded rose quartz necklace like this one. See, she was going through a lot of transitions in her life and I thought she could use a little dose of Rose Quartz (said to be the stone that is unequivocally associated with all types of love; enhances creativity, opens the heart to beauty from within and without. It is also said to be calming and helps to increase self-confidence).
I made Sylvie a necklace similar to the one here and this is what she said about it, “I was wearing this necklace over a year ago the first day I met my now boyfriend. My hair wasn't fixed, I'd been in the car for two days traveling and looked awful and probably because I had this beautiful necklace on it didn't matter what the rest of me looked like. Thanks for the boyfriend Pinkbird!” (By the way, as a quick plug, her boyfriend maintains the awesomely helpful site Unknown City).
Well, that seems to be quite a bit for now, but have tons more pieces that have fun stories behind them, so I will get to those another day! Until then, Be light, BEkki
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I've added some new items to the shop:
And, here's a cute picture of one of my cats, Japhy, lounging on a pillow/pillowcase I embroidered (with a pattern from Sublime Stitching) with the phrase "tuck, tuck, tuck."
Saturday, May 12, 2007
This is it in a nutshell:
$6.00 - US & Canada
$7.00 - Austria, UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Belgium, Holland/Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand
Orders $5.00 and under shipping to the US have the option of using USPS First Class Mail for $2.50.
Anyway, I apologize for the inconvenience, we aren't making money off of our shipping, we charge enough to cover packaging materials, postage, and tracking.
In other, unrelated news, today is Laurel, Maryland's annual Main Street Festival, they close the street and describe it like so: " 3,300 feet of Fun, Food, Arts & Crafts and Entertainment! Parade Starts at 9 Sharp!" Since we only moved here last July, and live on Main Street we will be in attendance, this will be out first Main Street Festival, so we can only imagine what kind of hoop-la this will be! Perhaps next year (if we're still living in the area, though I'm not holding my breath) PinkBird can have a booth there!
Ok, well, have a great weekend,
Best wishes, jellyfishes!