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JLynn has been in the Art, Craft & Jewelry industry for over 30 years ~ promoting creativity through Education and Media. As a published designer, JLynn is known for her detailed, colorful Jewelry, unique Altered ART Wood Tiles, and Artwork. Online since 2004, a former eBay Power Seller, and currently on Artfire and Etsy. Family, Art, Nature and Kaleidoscopes are her biggest inspirations

Friday, December 6, 2019

Goodbye 2019 - Hello 2020!

Warm Holiday Wishes and Joy to All!

Looking back on 2019, and looking forward to 2020, brings a lot of mixed feelings - but most importantly, one of thanks and blessings! 

If you didn't catch my lack of activity and MIA status in 2019 - JLynnJewels (my creative business for many years now) needed to be put on hold.  You see, in late 2018, we began the process of getting our former house ready for the Real Estate market (top left photo), and put in a contract for our new home to be built in 2019 (bottom right). Having been in our old home since 2001, it was a huge undertaking in getting the accumulated items under control to a manageable level.  UHaul LOVED us...multiple truck rentals, and multiple storage units.  Our Son and Daughter also purchased their first homes in March and mid-May too (bottom left photos) - but we still managed to get the house on the market in mid-March.  In April we received two offers, and closed in mid-May.  We then crashed with our Son for a month, before finally moving into our new home in June.  

  
Of course, in between all of this moving preparation and excitement, I also had an accident in early February.  One that required an involved surgery, with some pretty impressive hardware to put my arm back together again.  Today, marks 10 months since my accident, and I'm so very thankful for my family who have helped out in many ways (including packing up)...plus my fantastic Doctor, and awesome Physical Therapy team - both of whom were instrumental in getting me to the point where I could transition to home therapy, and continue working on my mobility and strength.  I will skip all the graphic photos of stitches, bruises, and swollen arm to myself - and just share a really cool "Hardware" photo...
 
 One of the first x-rays (of many)!

BUSINESS WISE...
Although business projects have been on hiatus this year - the months of quiet, and not being able to do much with the arm, allowed me the opportunity to analyze, think, and plan for the transition and blending of the old and new products, ideas, and the focus for the business.  If you missed the announcement on Facebook in January of last year, JLynnJewels will be joining forces with Creative Life and Home, and together will be offering a beautiful mix of Artisan Jewelry, Accessories, DIY Componets, Artwork, Decor, and some unique, small accent furniture pieces - as I get back into the swing of things in 2020.  

As mentioned above, I'm still working on unpacking from our move, but I'm also refinishing some vintage furniture pieces for the creative spaces.  During August, I purchased this lovely, vintage Armoire that was finished with Dixie Belle paint (one of my favorites).  Unfortunately, although it looked pretty, it had not been primed for bleedthrough, nor was it properly cleaned (basic, deep, and enzyme treatments for musty/smoke odors on the inside of the cabinet - which I didn't realize until I got it home).  The green pitcher photos really show just how much grime came off from inside the unit (this was probably the sixth empty/refill with basic Dawn/Warm water) - followed by deep cleaning with TSP, and then multiple enzyme treatments and sealing.  I think she is almost ready for final finishing now with a clean bill of health and extension of life!



In September, I purchased a TLC project piece for $75.  Aside from the crayon, nail polish, and other surface abuse - the entire piece had not been painted correctly, so we needed to strip this down to the original.  In the process of doing that, I located the maker marks, and after researching online - discovered it was a vintage Ethan Allen Computer Desk/hutch/chair set.  We are currently refinishing and retrofitting the pull out for a real drawer front, along with a few other subtle changes to coordinate with the cream and turquoise color scheme in the office.  Needless to say - both pieces have been a lot of work, that have been completed in small increments of time and sections...but it's definitely worth the time and effort to see them both shine agan.  Here are some pics in progress...
 



So for all of you that are tired of the social media perfection photos often seen on line - here are some real, authentic, "in the now" photos of my future creative spaces!  Proof positive that I definitely have some hot messes going on lol!

Here's the future office - and for perspective, the counter height desk is 3' x 5', so you can visualize just how much needs to be put away.  There are a few other things (stools, accent cabinet, and decor pieces) that need to be painted, but I'm definitely getting close to the finish line! 


And here's the future Studio space...this will be my area for the messier projects (such as painting, drawing, dyes, metals, patina, and more).  It's a smaller space but has a lot of storage between the double closet, cubbies, and a short line of 1/2 cabinets/countertops along one side.  The large counteretop desk in here, is identical to the one in the office too - so a lot of surface work space at 3' x 5'.  My Laundry and Utility sink are on the flip side of this space (bottom pic) - along with our Rescue Bunnies (Angel, Maggie-Moo, and Bella-Boo) - the desk under the window is the one for my office and will be moving once I do final sanding and painting. 



Well that's the catch-up...and although I haven't returned to the bench for metal, jewelry, or woodworking yet, I have begun to draw and paint again.  Here's a quick peek of my current work-in-progress...some Wooden Tree Ornaments that will hopefully be receiving an ombre dye finish, followed up with some fun handpainted details once they're dry :) 



Happy Holidays everyone!

Warmly,  JLynn





Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Calm and Peaceful Thoughts

Peaceful Holiday & New Year Thoughts...

Doves of course represent peace...
They are known to help sooth our worries,
while encouraging us to find a sense of
renewed energy and purpose in our lives.

So as we enter the last days of 2018,
my wish for you is...
Sweet White Dove thoughts
for a beautiful transition of 2018 to 2019.

For me...
2018 was a whirlwind of activity behind the scenes.
My time was split fairly evenly between looking for a new home,
that will take my husband and I, a wee-bit South mid-2019...
and preparing my current business for a transition, merge and move too.
All of which promises to make 2019 a year of lots of Happy things.

There will be time to share more of the details in 2019,
So for now, I'll leave you all with sending out
sweet White Dove Wishes for a beautiful 2019!

If you haven't had the opportunity to carve out some special time for you and your loved ones, I hope you are able to - over the last two weeks of 2018.

Happy Holidays
and special Wishes for a 
Happy New Year too!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pathyways to Emotional Intelligence

IQ + Emotional Intelligence + Creative Intelligence = HAPPINESS!

There will be no apologies because I’ve not written on my blog since January lol – but there will be a catch-up on Emotional Intelligence with a twist of Creative Intelligence thrown in here.  You see, “Intelligence” as in IQ, - is just not enough.  This morning, I felt compelled to write – because when you get upset with something you’ve seen, read, or heard - the best thing to do is, put the good stuff back out into world, to offset the bad.  In addition, if your feathers are still a bit ruffled - then take some time to be one with nature.  Which is exactly what I did for 5 minutes...I took a step outside in my bare feet and captured some beautiful photos of the Hydrangea in my backyard, during a light rain shower (in between the torrential downpours we've been having this week which are much needed though!).

Now you're probably wondering...what did I read that ruffled my feathers?  This...

“People who do NOT have (BLANK) are (BLANK)” – and those that don’t have (BLANK), are not going to get anywhere in life.

Mind you I left the actual offending words blank as most of you can fill in your own, based on your own experiences.  In this case - I don't even think you need the actual words to see or feel the not so nice energy coming from a so-called educated person.  Does all this sound familiar?  Chances are that no matter where you are, or what you do – you will have encountered a person that speaks like this. Someone that is highly judgmental, critical - and has little respect for his/her fellow people - and that same person believes that their way is "the" way..and that if you're not on the same path as they are - well - you don't get "any where" according to their narrowed viewpoint.   Which of course made me think and ask..."where", is this person's, where??  Makes you wonder doesn't it?  Is that the "where" - where you really want to be?  Not for me - no thank you - definitely not my cup of tea.

Is it possible that IQ has taken over all facets of this type of  person, to the point where they forgot their manners?  Maybe.  Or quite possibly instead - it's more about the person's education, and the fact it didn't include any type of Emotional Intelligence...  Either way, all I know, is that the "Magic 3" (my catch phrase for IQ, Emotional Intelligence with a twist of Creative Intelligence), make the best combination for peace and happiness in life.  Individuals are made up of more than the number of their IQ – and it’s the Emotional Intelligence portion that touches upon our hearts, mixes in compassion, with a generosity of mind, spirit, and sensitivity.  Add to that - there is a certain kind of freedom gained for having risen above the old ways that judge, criticize, and bully – to instead, utilize your combined intelligence (the magic three...) to encourage, inspire, and lift others up. 

So, if you have ever felt hurt by inconsiderate comments like this – let me remind you again, that ALL of Life is unique, and that ALL paths are unique, for each and every individual, including YOU.  One can focus on the downers in the world - or one can realize that there are more people showering out the good, positive vibes and energy - having focused and educated themselves to find that special balance for IQ, Emotional Intelligence, and Creative Intelligence.

If you’d like to read more on the Creative Intelligence side – and how you can BE the CAUSE for creating a more well rounded Education that encompasses not only IQ, but Emotional and Creative Intelligence - here’s the link to my latest “Inspiration Rejuvenation” article in my Facebook Group “Artisans Create Together” – called Creative Intelligence.

Looking forward to sharing more with ideas, thoughts, and creative projects as I transition and bring together JLynnJewels and Creative Soul & Home.  
~Janice

Friday, January 5, 2018

It's never too late, to...


TAKE TIME TO SNUGGLE...

 I know...January is typically the time for Organizational posts,
De-cluttering, Scheduling and Planning - but...
It's also time to take a little step back, 
and make sure you take time, to simply, enjoy life.

Shown above, is one of our Rescue Bunnies, named Angel.  She is a sweet, very curious and friendly bunny, that loves to be held.  Her favorite position is as shown - with her head tucked into your elbow.  Mini Rex Bunnies are known for their extremely soft, velvet like coat of hair, and expressive eyes.  She is the matron of our Trio of bunnies, and just over 5 years old now.  We also have been blessed with Maggie-Moo and Bella too - which I'll share pics soon.

Fur Babies, no matter what the size or type, are just full of unconditional love, and bring us a lot of joy and happiness.  As for them, and when you think about things from their perspective - is any wonder that we (as their adopted humans) are their entire world :)

So with warm and fuzzy thoughts and only five days into the New Year, I figured it was the perfect to send out these wishes to you all!

Looking forward to sharing more creativity this year, 
in a variety of Art and Craft mediums, that will include Jewelry, Jewelry Components, Artwork, Mixed Media and Decor! 

Happy New Year!
JLynn

Monday, December 4, 2017

Take TIME this season...

Take time this season, for a little breather...

Time does fly...
Every moment - is a moment we will never relive again - so make them count :)

I suppose if I think about that sentence above - that's exactly what I've been trying to do this year.  It seems more and more people become divided on the importance of the social and things on the internet - but I'm more about simply popping in and writing when I'm able to - and when I have something to share.

In late 3rd quarter of 2016, I started a Closed Group on Facebook called "Artisans Create Together" - it's about bringing creative people together.  Although it originally started out with a focus on Jewelry Designing and those that create Jewelry components for designing - it has slowly evolved into "more".  Not sure where it will all go to - but it's been such a lovely place for expressing and sharing opinions and creations when we have time.  One of the Group favorites is the monthly Inspirational Color Challenge - centered around photos from Pinterest that I create into a monthly theme/collage for our Members to be inspired and create from.  The photo here is December 2017 theme - and brings to my mind a peaceful and calm type of feeling - grounded in nature, and a way to celebrate the true spirit of the holidays and season.
If you'd like to join me there too...just click on the link:


October 2017, I started a monthly "Inspiration Rejuvenation" post - that always has a message and assignment to help you balance and recenter things in your life.  Nothing heavy or things that require a text book lol - just a little common sense, and a reminder to breath and re-prioritize the things in your life.

This months Inspiration Rejuvenation is centered on TIME.
Time truly is precious - and it consists of little moments that you never get back
So my motto has, and always will be - make them count in the most positive and happy ways you can - with the people that mean the most to you.
Heart & Happiness in the mind and soul...
join me in the Artisans Create Together Group
 for a few more tips and fun exercises

Warmly, JLynn

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What goes around - comes around, and comes back around lol!

Tribal Scrimshaw Woodburned ART Tiles

When I looked at my Blog - and saw my last post was June - I was like OOPs!  Let the ball drop on that - but fortunately it's a bouncy ball ;)

So the quick run-down...
Life is a rollercoaster - people and things change - we do Happy Dances and then are balling our eyes out - Fur Babies get sick - we get overwhelmed - someone left chewing gum in the pocket of their pants and it stuck to the inside of the dryer - are you in need of a vacation like I am - or maybe some devoted creative time with no interruptions?  Does that about sum it up for all of you?

Well - let's see...I don't like Rollercoasters (I did when I was younger) but not anymore.  I still love to do Happy Dances and still ball my eyes out for a variety of things.  Our little Maggie Moo (Dutch Bunny) is gravely ill - and we're not sure if she'll pull through or not - my son was the culprit of the gum episode (he's also going to be 28 this year lol).  AND time off for good behavior is coming in September for me (complete with creative time) :)

Which leads me to the creative new components for my Jewelry... and if you're part of any the Sales Groups on Facebook - you may catch one of my Showcases with my ART Tiles and other fun components for jewelry diy.  If not - join the JLynnJewels Circle (that's the Customer Group for Inspiration, Tips, Techniques and a quarterly Sale) and you'll always get a heads up before they happen.  So - here's the promised eye-candy and happenings from the Summer...
 
This was a snippet of some of the pieces that were sold in August - I've had a blast with doing some pre-orders for Fall ART Tiles - as well as creating a variety of Artisan Fused Glass (over 8 hours in the kiln to fuse and anneal) - if you paint...fusing is similar to painting - but just with little pieces of glass.  Next Showcase in the "Circle" will be in October (although I will have a 1-day Showcase in the Handmade Component Bazaar on 9/8 - and may do a Flash Sale in the JLynnJewelsCircle on the 15/16th) :)
These are the "Aged ART Tiles"
Snippets of my Watercolor Artwork, sealed on Antiqued and Crackled Brass
(general antiquing/crackling technique I was taught in the 90s)

  

Molten Metalwork
Shown in my Rustic Archaic Finish & Ombre Watercolor finish
(if you are familiar with a torch and like playing with fire in a controlled way...
there are so many different things you can create - these are copper & lead/nickel free solder melted to molten - then impressed and allowed to cool)

 


CraZy Color Dot ART Tiles
Wood-burned Hand-dyed and painted
with lots of tiny details
(doodling and relaxing by painting- life long thing) 


Tribal Scrimshaw Woodburned ART Tiles©
I've been woodburning since the 80s - but this
combined my love of painting with woodburning
in a very delicate and fine way.  



In the 80s...I actually loved to do wirework - so I brought back some of my 
favorite designs and components that coordinate with the ART Tiles

AND...more of my Artisan Fused Glass - this time petite Cabs
that I've paired up with distressed Brass Filigree pieces.

Well...creativity is part of life, and ever-evolving...

AND...Next on my list of to-do's is...
Revisiting my Polymer Clay days, Precious Metal Clays, and Enameling
  
It's funny but my husband is always like - OH so this is the new thing - what happened to the old thing (when discussing creative endeavors and mediums) - but then he adds - wait...the new thing, used to be an old thing, wasn't it??  And I'm like - it is the "new thing" now, but it's still connected to the old thing lol!  Of course I mean, what comes around - goes around - and then comes back around again (kind of like all the Musicians and Bands, that say, they are retiring...only to come back for a "come-back" tour) ;)

The beauty for me with creativity is that they REALLY are, all connected - through colors and expressing oneself through a variety of "Art" forms.  Of course I do admit to feeling a little like a beautifully aged relic, when considering how many things I've "retired" myself - only to bring them out to play again, while making the old - new but with a little contemporary twist!

With that my friends - I leave you - as my Creative Muse is calling me...until the next time - have a wonderful upcoming Holiday weekend and stay safe!
Warmly, J-Lynn