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 Q&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.