Back to School: Save 15%!

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I have a new offer for you, my loves! Use the code “BACK2SCHOOL” to save 15% on all jewelry.

On another note, I am also still looking for questions for my next Q&A post. Please submit any questions you may have, whether serious or just for fun, and I’ll answer as many as possible next time around.

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It’s Q&A time!

I had a lot of fun working on my Creative Blog Hop post recently, and then answering some questions that were asked in response to a gettingtoknowyouQ&A post on Facebook. I’ve been trying to make time to post more unique content here on my blog that might be interesting for customers, friends and fans of my work, and I thought that a regular Q&A feature might be a good idea. I’m going to share answers to some of the recent Qs here; please feel free to add your own in the comments here or send me a PM on Facebook — instead of responding directly, I’ll save them up for my next Q&A post. You can find them all here in the future by searching for the “Q&A” tag.

Without further ado, onto the Qs and As! Thanks so much to those who asked this first batch of questions, and thank YOU for reading! 🙂

How is the pending move coming along, will you be able to make the move when you had hoped?

Unfortunately, sales and fundraisers have been so slow since my last auction ended that we won’t be able to buy our tickets this month. We’re really hoping to be able to purchase tickets in September and be in Seattle before Samhain and our birthdays (which are in the first half of November).

Do you have a link to some info about your flamekeeping? I’m a new learner, and I love finding new facets!

There isn’t much yet, but writing more about this is definitely in my future! In the meantime, you can check out the flamekeeping tag here on my blog. If you haven’t yet, I’d also recommend checking out Ord Brighideach.

What is your favorite color?

Depending on my mood, dark reds and black or greens and blues. That’s been the case my entire life.

What is your most prized possession?

That would probably be this piece. When we ended up homeless a few years ago, we lost pretty much everything that we owned, including almost everything that was sentimental; we still don’t have a lot of physical possessions other than heaps of beads, and we’re okay with that. We get to start fresh when we find our new home!

How long have you been making jewelry?

I’d dabbled a bit previously, but I started making jewelry seriously, building a business and incorporating it into my spiritual practice, in late 2010… So I’m coming up on 4 years!

If you could visit one place that you’ve never been, where would you go?

Ireland, without a doubt. We hope to be able to make a pilgrimage trip to all of Brighid’s wells someday. In fact, once we get situated in Seattle, that will be the biggest single thing we start saving for.

What inspired you to make jewelry instead of something else?

When AJ’s mom was in the hospital battling cancer, we knew that the end was approaching for her. She and I hadn’t liked one another previously, but we put aside our differences for his sake since I was there as support for him, and we ended up becoming real family. She started showing me some simple wire techniques — which I need to get back to — and gave me some beads to play with. It fit well, and people responded well to what I was doing. Plus, the simple designs I started with were easy to do on a miniscule budget. I’d been trying to find something I could do for a while… I baked, did a bit of catering, we had a fledgling photo & video service for a while… None of it took off or looked like it could become a real source of income until I started making jewelry seriously.

Halloween Collection: Ruby Red Necklace with Obsidian & Skull Key

This piece features rainbow obsidian chips, large black obsidian beads, silver-lined ruby red Czech glass seed beads, silver-plated skull beads and spacers, and a skull key pendant. (The skull beads flipped upside down here and I didn’t realize it until I’d put my makeshift photo studio away, but they move freely and do not stay as they’re shown.) The findings are silver-finished steel or Tibetan silver. The total beaded length, including clasp, is approximately 24.5″.

For full details or to purchase, click on the image to visit the shop listing.

The color silver is often associated with goddess(es), the moon, psychic development, fluidity, insight, reflection and money.

Obsidian is a fantastic protection stone; it repels negativity and helps dissolve confusion and untruth. Obsidian aids in healing traumas and emotional wounds, including those from past lives. It is a stone of strength, compassion, honesty and clear sight. This is also a stone connected to death and rebirth, and its energy can aid in divinatory practice.

The color red is associated with the root chakra, physical energy, passion of all varieties, grounding, independence, courage and confidence.

Flash deal… And hello to Instagram!

2014-0825-Flash19Eek, I almost forgot to share this here! Through Wednesday night, use the code “FLASH19” to take 19% off all regularly priced jewelry in my shop. You can click on the image to be taken to the main page and peruse my new seasonal additions, as well as some very well-priced clearance pieces. I’m going to the post office at the end of the week, so all new orders placed during this offer will ship then, and every package will include a free gift!

In other news, I’ve started posting to Instagram! If you’d like to follow me there, here’s a handy link. 🙂 Huge thanks to the sweet friend who sent me her old iPhone just so I could start using Instagram.

For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, my next fundraising auction for The Home Project is coming up September 5-9. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here. I’m starting to get really excited, and I hope to see you there!

Wishing you all many blessings and hoping that your week is off to a wonderful start!

Love,
Bri

Samhain Collection: Gemstone Necklace for Protection & Grounding

 This piece was made in honor of the warrior goddess Morrighan, with protection in mind. It features spiderweb jasper in a rainbow of neutral shades, smooth and faceted black agate, a bit of black obsidian, magnetic hematite and bright copper beads, along with a bronze skull pendant. The findings are bronze-finished steel or Tibetan silver.

Click on the image to visit my shop listing for full details, pricing, or to purchase.

Agates are stones of protection, harmony and strength. It is helpful in summoning creative energy and easing anxiety, and is a wonderful stone to use in children’s jewelry and charms, with how strong a protector agate tends to be. It is also a fantastic stone for neutralizing or dispelling negative energies. Depending on the variety of agate, it is well used in chakra balancing; just match the color of the stone to that of the chakra.

Hematite is a very grounding stone, often used in various forms of healing. Black and similar, dark colors are associated with the root chakra, which governs our relationship with the physical world and self-preservation.

Jaspers are calming stones. Egyptians saw jasper as a tool for increasing sexual energy, while the Bible claims it is a gift from the Christian God. It is fairly universally considered to be a healing stone. Various jaspers are helpful in chakra cleansing, used according to color. This stone aids in astral travel. It is a warding, energizing stone.

Copper tends to stimulate and encourage optimism, independence, harmony, luck, sexuality, intuition and general vitality. Copper is a wonderful conductor of healing energy and its properties are useful in many areas of healing.

The total beaded length, including clasp, is approximately 26.25″. The pendant, including the black agate bead the skull is suspended from, hangs down about another 3.25″.

Auction September 5-9 [Plus: Let’s Connect!]

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It’s official! The next fundraiser auction will be held starting September 5th; regardless of when they are listed, all items will end 11:59 PM EDT on the 9th. I hope to see you there! Click on the banner image to visit the Facebook event page and RSVP.

I’ve also had some customers and fans lately tell me that they didn’t realize that I’m very active on Facebook because they rarely see my posts in their feeds, but they follow my blog or keep track of me on other sites… So I just wanted to let you know that most of my recent posts here are summaries of what I’m up to, but there is a lot more in the way of daily content on my Facebook page, since most of my customers and fans of my work are solely connected with me there.

On the subject of connecting, I’m working on diversifying! In addition to TwitterTumblr, Pinterest and Google+,  I’ll soon be posting to Instagram — thanks to an awesome friend gifting me with her old wifi-friendly smartphone — and setting up a mailing list once we get to Seattle and rent a PO box! (You can also friend my new account on FB if you want to see more of my posts in your feed!)

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