Going Through Changes

As you may have noticed, I’ve not posted very much lately.  I’m actually officially announcing that I’m taking a break from this blog to focus my time and effort on building Knitting Naturals.

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I’m working on a series of YouTube videos to promote the shop, showcase new products, and provide tips and suggestions on making other ecofriendly choices in all aspects of life.

My goal is to have at least 50 items in the next month or two (before summer starts in June), which will be pushing myself since I’ve been picking up more hours at my day job.

I do encourage everyone here to visit and follow the blog on Knitting Naturals though!

I plan to return to this beloved blog, and I thank each and every one of you for your support.  I never imagined that people would actually read what I have to write, but I’m very proud and happy with where things have gone 🙂

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I wish all of you the best of luck on your own projects, and will see you soon (hopefully over at Knitting Naturals!)

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Friday Features – Penelope of UniqueP Crochet

Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.

Today’s feature is all about Penelope from UniqueP Crochet on Etsy!

Tell me about yourself and your shop.   I love being silly for my little boys.  I also love to hunt fro the perfect gift for my beloveds and make unusual gift wraps for it.

How did you start, and why did you choose your craft? How much experience do you have so far?  I couldn’t imagine how creative crochet is (my aunt tried to teach me when I was a little girl, but was not successful). 3 years ago, a friend let me know about internet tutorials and the interesting designs on the net. Once I tried I was hooked and now I can’t stop.
Crocheted Shark slippers

What influences your work from your life or city? (or anything else that influences you)  I’m most inspired by my family, and especially my boys.  That’s why I have so many boy’s projects in my shop.  As you can see, my shop is a little of this and a little of that because I get bored easily and I like to create something new every time. Most of my patterns are something I needed personally (a toy for my boys, a gift for a friend’s baby etc).

What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration?  Actually I do nothing because I can’t stop ideas popping out of my head.  Sometimes I go crazy because I have so many ideas but only two hands to accomplish them.
Funny Crocodile hat Eating your Head-Crochet pattern
What is your best achievement?  My best achievement…is everything I have made that has brought a smile to the face of the receiver of the gift.
What does handmade mean to you?  Creativity and diffusion of  tension. When I have to think or clear my mind I need to do something with my hands.
Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do?  I  love doing custom made items because it is a challenge for me. For now though I’m more concentrated on creating my patterns because I want to give others the chance to make precious, funny, or silly projects.
New Baby Gift Set crochet pattern-PDF-Permission to sell finished item
What plans do you have for the future of you business?  I hope people find my projects  interesting and give me a boost to continue coming up with unique patterns.
Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items?  My only advice is if you believe in your crafts go for it and sooner or later people are going to appreciate your work. Be patient!

Many thanks to Penelope and be sure to check out the rest of her shop!

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End of Season Sale!

Being the last day of February, I’m starting to prepare for spring and summer items in the shop.  But first I’ve gotta get rid of all this winter stuff!

40% Off - Hand Knit Fingerless Gloves - with or without White Pom Pom

Welcome to the End of Season sale, where all ready-to-ship items are 40% off! (Yes, it’s awesome, I know.) So, if you’ve been admiring anything in the shop, now is the time to pick it up before the sale ends.

40% Off - Chainmaille Earrings - Bronze Mobius Flower

I’ll also be featuring a different item in the sidebar everyday for the sale, so check out the shop to see if anything catches your eye!  Start stocking up on scarves for next year’s holiday gifts or get yourself a cool new pair of earrings just for the heck of it.

Go crazy at LittleNoteCrafts!

40% Off - Long Crochet Fashion Scarf - Open Lace Design in Ocean Blue

Friday Features – Nicole of Eva M Designs

Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.

Today’s feature is all about Nicole from Eva M Designs on Etsy!

Tell me about yourself and your shop. 

I am the creator of Eva M Designs, a shop that features a little bit of everything. I’ve always loved crafting but didn’t get into the business end of it until I started making jewelry. Needing a way to fund this addiction, I started a shop on Etsy. Eva M Designs is named after my grandmother, Eva Manko, who passed on her crafty-gene to me. I think she also passed on an entrepreneurial spirit — I remember hearing stories of her and my grandfather running all sorts of ventures, from an ice cream shop to selling eggs to clothing alterations. Having recently decided to leave a career in teaching (and a decent salary) to manage a non-profit animal shelter in Olean, NY, I could use a little extra cash. I’d like to make Eva M Designs that “second job.”
As for an interesting fact about me — I am an adoptaholic. I started adopting dogs when I brought home Molly from a summer course I took in Mexico after my freshman year of college and have found homes (generally within my friends and family group) for 5 other dogs since. It’s practically an addiction. The great thing is, I will soon be paid to do it!

Colorful Glass Magnets - Pastels

Colorful Glass Magnets – Pastels

How did you start, and why did you choose your craft? How much experience do you have so far?
I’ve always been crafty — I got into scrapbooking in high school, and I did a lot of sewing. For a few years I participated in Civil War reenactments (haha, yes, I’m a geek), so I sewed all my 1860s-era dresses myself. I also made a number of quilts and my prom dress. After I began college, my time was swallowed up with school and work, so it was just within the last few years I’ve gotten back into crafting. I started making jewelry in 2010 — first, for myself, and then as Christmas presents. I briefly ventured into Etsy at that point, but my time was again taken up with graduate school (M.Ed. in Middle and Secondary Ed) and I abandoned that first try. I got back on to Etsy late this fall, utilizing the little time I have after work (when I’m not planning, grading, calling parents, etc.) to create! Finding teaching not to my liking, crafting has been a way to cope with this stressful year. I’m looking forward to my move to Olean, finally getting into a career that I love, and I hope all that positive energy will flow back into my creative work!

What influences your work from your life or city? (or anything else that influences you)
When it comes to jewelry, I am always most confident about pieces that I myself straight up love. If I would love to wear it, I know someone else would, too. I love working with beach glass – it’s so unique and pretty – so I am in the process of creating some pieces that blend modern, professional jewelry styles (the type of stuff I’d wear as a young teacher) with the use of beach glass as opposed to beads. Right now I’m working on a double strand sterling silver necklace (one strand figaro chain, one basic cable) with beach glass sprinkled strategically throughout the chains. I recently sold a similar necklace that used teal, brown and ivory beads — I am shooting for the same look but with a unique touch! I’m definitely starting to feel I am figuring out my niche. 🙂

Bronze Copper Wire Wrapped Clear White Beach Glass Sea Glass Dangly Earrings

Wire Wrapped Clear White Beach Glass Sea Glass Dangly Earrings

What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration?
Pinterest. Or browse through Etsy. I just love seeing what other people have created, and it always brings ideas to my mind. It’s also just inspiring to look through the listings and see people finding real success selling items similar to my own. It gives me hope that I can get my shop out there too!

What is your best achievement?
While I hope I don’t say this my entire life, the greatest thing I ever created was my senior thesis at Allegheny College. I worked my butt off for an entire year, researching Native American women in Puritan New England, digging through primary resources, creating a REAL and ORIGINAL argument, and writing over 100 pages of text. I even won an award for it from the History department. I really do consider it one of my greatest achievements and probably the thing I am most proud of.

What does handmade mean to you?
To me, handmade means it is not made thousands of miles away in some factory by a minimum wage paid worker on a long assembly line. It means it is uniquely designed and created by someone who sees their work as not just a paycheck but also art.

Mara: 1920s Inspired Opera Length Ivory and Bronze Necklace with Teal Swarovski Crystals

Mara: 1920s Inspired Opera Length Ivory and Bronze Necklace with Teal Swarovski Crystals

Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do?
I would definitely be interested in creating custom listings! I have made jewelry pieces for family, friends, and friends of friends, etc. who have seen my jewelry on others, and I would be happy to do the same through Etsy as well!

What plans do you have for the future of you business?
I just want to see my shop grow and who knows from there! I am trying to learn all I can about the business aspects, marketing, photography, social media, etc. and am excited where all this might lead.

Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items?
Try it. What do you have to lose?

Many thanks to Jill and be sure to check out the rest of her shop!

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Friday Features – Jill Duke of Jillybeans Studio

Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.

Today’s feature is all about Jill from Jillybeans Studios on Etsy!

Tell me about your shop.
Hello! My name is Jill. I am a six year survivor of head and neck cancer. I had three fourths of my tongue removed. My speech is hindered and I live daily with chronic pain. I didn’t allow the “C” work to slow me down. I have taught myself to make jewelry, crochet, and paint. This has been my outlet and therapy for the physical chronic pain following cancer. And BONUS, I found love to do these things! When I’m not working on my Etsy crafts I also love a good cup of coffee and relaxing with a good book. I’m also a health nut. I love to run, work out, and eat a good clean diet. My husband and I have five children between us so our life is never boring!
By the Sea hand painted canvas 40X50
How did you start, and why did you choose your craft? How much experience do you have so far?
I started painting on canvas in 2005 to find some relief while undergoing chemo and radiation. While my family was sleeping and I couldn’t at 3 in the morning I would be found painting pictures of my children in my kitchen. I then learned I loved painting. Making jewelry and crocheting were something I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy but I tried both and loved them. Now, five years later I alternate my crafts so I don’t get bored with repetition of one craft.
Escape and Relax Starbucks inspired original 30X40 canvas
What influences your work from your life or city? (or anything else that influences you)
Relaxation is the key to a happy life. I love to relax in a coffee shop or library setting. I apply the same to my crafts. When I am painting I recreate the coffee shop setting in my home. I am a neat person so I start with a clean home. I play music that inspires my work, open blinds and allow the light to flow through our home, light candles, and make a fresh cup of cappuccino.  If I enjoy the time I spend crafting I find the customer is more satisfied with the finished product.
Hot Pink Princess sign and Granny Square afghan
What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration?
I have a BIG imagination! I love to pin on Pinterest. It it the worlds biggest craft spot and one of my favorite things to do when I need some “me time” or down time from a hectic day. Having five children is also an excellent source of entertainment and ideas to paint and craft. They ask me to make things for them and their little ideas inspire me to paint and crochet.
Sock monkey canvas and 3X3 afghan gift set
What does handmade mean to you?
My best achievement was learning how to use therapy and my ability to create new things. I found I could no longer work in the real world after living with chronic pain. It is exciting making things and achieving new goals. If it weren’t for my ability to make handmade things I am not sure I would know how to overcome pain or find my purpose. Making handmade items has helped me to come to a good place in my life.
Blue and Green Boys Granny Square afghan
Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do?
I do offer custom made items. I offer this is a variety of my work. I can add a name or initials to any hand painted sign or canvas. I have painted many paintings to match children’s bedroom schemes. Some special orders have been made by painting by customer request his or her photo on canvas. I can recreate any afghan in the customer’s color requests. I love to make customer made orders! It’s a new opportunity to expand my creativity at the customer’s request.
What plans do you have for the future of you business?
I have found consistency brings the most from business. Most of my customers have been through word of mouth and friends at church or our community. My Etsy business is still a new baby business. By being consistent, creating the best quality work I can make, and by the help of bloggers like you I believe my store will grow in time.
Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items?
Making something you love and selling is great therapy. I’ve found setting goals is the greatest way to feel great about your accomplishments. Make sure your having fun while creating. If you enjoy what you do you will make better quality items. Your customers will also enjoy taking advantage of your beautiful quality work. Good luck creating.

Many thanks to Jill and be sure to check out the rest of her shop!

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Friday Features – Ei Crafter of Colorful Compositions

Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.

Today’s feature is all about Ei from Colorful Compositions on Etsy!

Tell me about yourself and your shop. 

My shop aims to bring color into the lives of others. I make and design many customizable and functional items. However, despite the many colors I work with, my favorite color will always be yellow! I have a new obsession with watching movies: they let me live lifetimes within a few hours.

How did you start, and why did you choose your craft? How much experience do you have so far?My shop just started a few days ago. I have always loved crafts and would design small things for myself. Suddenly, I realized that I could bring the items I make to others. Thus, I have little selling experience, but have been doing crafts for many years.

Custom Hanging Hot Air Balloon Tea Light Holder

Custom Hanging Hot Air Balloon Tea Light Holder

 

What influences your work from your life or city? (or anything else that influences you)

I create my work to stand out. Since I live in the city, sometimes my surroundings just aren’t colorful enough. Ideas come up on how I can brighten up life, and then I get to work.

What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration?

I look at nature. I think about how I can bring it inside and convert it into useful objects.

What is your best achievement?

I would say its my first ceramics piece. It was a mushroom cookie jar.

Custom Lidded Mushroom Jar

Custom Lidded Mushroom Jar

What does handmade mean to you?

Handmade means something that is made with the heart. Every handmade piece is slightly different, because people aren’t machines. It means that one took care and time into actually creating something with his or her own energy.

Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do?

I do offer custom made items. Since my shop is new, I haven’t had any requests. However, I think I will like doing it, because I love trying new things.

What plans do you have for the future of you business?

First, since my shop is new, I plan to make some sales and get into the market. Then, I plan to start a blog for my shop and try to help others.

Custom "Overflowing" Bowl

Custom “Overflowing” Bowl

Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items? 

I am new and needing in advice myself, but I would say so far that I have learned that it never hurts to try new things. Post a product and see how people like it.

Many thanks to Ei and be sure to check out the rest of the shop!

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Friday Features – Kris of Boho Groove Designs

Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.

Today’s feature is all about Kris from Boho Groove Designs on Etsy!


Tell me about yourself and your shop.

I started making jewelry on a whim because I wanted hippie bohemian jewelry to wear but didn’t have the money to buy the pieces I liked. I got some tools, some beads and never looked back! I’ve been in business since July, 2012.

What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration?
When I need inspiration a look through my bohemian pin board on Pinterest. I’m often inspired by color combinations and different textures.

What is your best achievement?

My greatest achievement is how well my shop has done since I started about 6 months ago. I’ve had over 100 orders (Etsy and private orders) which far exceeded my initial expectations and goals.

Turquoise Boho Bracelet - Bohemian Jewelry

Turquoise Boho Bracelet

What does handmade mean to you?

To me, handmade means something that has been designed and created by hand.

Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do?

I do offer custom orders and have actually had quite a few. I enjoy the challenge as well as working in collaboration with the buyer to make exactly what they have envisioned.

What plans do you have for the future of you business?

This year I have started a team for makers of bohemian, gypsy and hippie jewelry on Etsy called “The Hippie Bohemian”. I have a goal of 15 orders a month on Etsy and then additional private sales.

Colorful Bohemian Chandelier Earrings - Bohemian Hippie Jewelry

Colorful Bohemian Chandelier Earrings

Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items?

The best thing I ever did was hook up with Etsy. It makes promoting and marketing your handcrafted items easy and helps you streamline the process. If you don’t know anything about selling something, Etsy has groups, teams, articles and other various tools to make you as successful as you dream to be. It’s a great community to share your craft and meet other people doing the same thing you are doing.

Many thanks to Kris and be sure to check out the rest of her shop!

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10 Awesome Free Tools for Your Small Business (and Your Life)

It hit me today that, WOW, I have a lot going on.  And it sure is overwhelming.  But who’s life isn’t like that?  We all juggle jobs with family and hobbies (if we are lucky) on top of keeping up with everyday life (food, laundry, shower, cleaning–again if you are lucky to get to that).  Now that I’ve opened my second Etsy shop, Knitting Naturals, and acquired a new part-time job, I need to stay organized and on top things more than ever.

Whether you run your own small business or not, these tools have greatly simplified my life and I’ll bet at least a few will work for you too.

1. XMind

This cool brainstorming tool allows you to easily create mind maps so you easily brainstorm and organize your thoughts.  You can create topics and subtopics for your new project, and I’ve found it to be a great tool to organize all the major areas of consideration for our tiny house project.  Start with one of their easy to use templates or begin from scratch, I find this a flexible tool that fits many needs.  You can even attach pictures and documents to your subtopics, upload files, insert a matrix (spreadsheet), and then share your mind map with others.

2. Evernote

I picture Evernote as the digital place for all the notes I have jotted down on Post-Its and scraps of paper on my desk, in random notebooks, and floating around in my purse.  It’s a place to keep quick notes, thoughts, ideas, or pictures, and you can even sync Evernote from your home computer to an app on your smartphone.  No more fumbling for pen and paper when you have a great idea on the road!

3. Dropbox

I only recently started using Dropbox, but I love it already.  Whether you want to share photos and music with friends and family, make documents and spreadsheets available for colleagues, or simply want to sync files between your computer and your phone, Dropbox is a great cloud storage solution.

4. Square

I got my Square to use at craft shows so I can easily accept credit card payments right there.  This is a great advantage and can certainly increase sales when so many people carry a card with them instead of tons of cash.  It’s easy to sign up and they will send you the little square device free of charge, there’s just a small processing fee per transaction.

5. Google Analytics

A must-have for anyone who runs their own website.  See all the details of who is visiting your page and how often to get some insight on what’s happening and be able to make better marketing decisions.

6. Fount

This nifty tool allows you to identify any web font you see.  Find an awesome font on a site and what to use it on your own web page?  Now you can find out the exact name and download it yourself!

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7. Wave Accounting

A 100% free accounting app made for small business owners and freelancers. You can create and send professional invoices, track expenses, create reports, and eliminate accounting headaches.  An added bonus:  Wave will track your business and your personal finances, which I love.  I used to use Outright, but like Wave much better because of this feature.

8. Mail Chimp

Want to start a newsletter for your business to keep customers engaged and up to date on your happenings?  Try Mail Chimp, a free email marketing and email list manager.  Granted, it’s only free up to 2,000 email subscribers, but if you have that many people interested in your business I think it’s probably worth it to upgrade.  You can choose from different templates and create custom lists to focus your promotions and news.

BONUS:

Life Tools for Extra Money Making

These last two sites are actually simple ways to make a little extra money on the side if you have the time.  I’ve enjoyed both with pretty good success, so trust me, they are actually legit operations.

9. Inbox Dollars

Yes, it’s a bit gimmicky, and the site is full of colorful ads and such, but I’ve made some decent cash simply from doing surveys, reading emails, and watching video ads.  You can also browse the offers to earn extra money on services you may already be considering (like Netflix or TurboTax).  It’s helped pay the cell phone bill and buy a night out to eat.  So all in all, not a bad deal.

10. Daily Feats

Earn points for doing daily feats (anything from flossing to eating healthy to volunteering to playing with your kids), then turn those points into rewards.  Rewards can vary (and they change regularly) but are usually coupons or gift cards to different sites.  I’ve seen Ebay gift certificates, gift cards for Starbucks, and coupons for Walgreens.  It’s easy to rack up points, and I’m finding it motivates me to read more, walk my dog, and make sure I get my vitamins in every day.

New Adventures in Knitting Naturals

A few months ago I attended an Entrepreneurship Extravaganza workshop to get some insight and inspiration for LittleNoteCrafts.  Little did I know that I would leave with a terrific, hit-you-like-a-ton-of-bricks, light bulb moment.

I’ve always loved nature and the environment and being outdoors.  I know a lot of people say that, but I’ve always felt I held a stronger conviction to it than most.  As a kid I first wanted to be a vet or a zookeeper so I could care for and save animals.  By the time I graduated college I wanted to work for the National Park System to promote the benefits of parks, recreation, leisure, and conservation.  I even studied abroad in Uganda, East Africa one summer to learn more about national parks, nature conservation, and sustainability.

One of my favorite shots in Africa

One of my favorite shots in Africa

I almost couldn’t believe I hadn’t previously thought of combining this love for nature with my love for knitting, but I’m very excited to announce my new shop: Knitting Naturals!

Knitting Naturals is all about hand knit accessories made from all natural, sustainable, ethically-produced yarn.  I even have my own fancy website!  Very cool, right?  Here are some ways I’m striving to be environmentally-friendly and better the Earth:

  • source all-natural alpaca yarn from local farms
  • use only organic cotton and organic merino wool (read about the harmful processes of non-organic fiber on the Knitting Naturals website)
  • ship products in all recycled or recyclable materials
  • blog about ecofriendly DIY projects to help readers be more environmentally-conscious in their daily lives
  • save for and build a tiny, low-impact, self-sustaining house to serve as headquarters for Knitting Naturals
All Natural Alpaca Wool Fingerless Gloves - Dark Chocolate Brown - Ecofriendly

All Natural Alpaca Wool Fingerless Gloves

Check out www.knittingnaturals.com to read all about the different yarns I’m going to use or learn about the mission and vision of Knitting Naturals.  You can also browse my new Etsy shop, and new items are being added regularly!

I’ve also started a second blog there to show more ecofriendly tutorials and document the planning process for the tiny house.  For anyone who feels strongly connected to this cause, I’ve also included a place to donate towards the tiny house project.  Every donation is greatly appreciated, and shows your willingness to help and support more sustainable ways of living.

I hope you will follow me on this great journey into the world of natural yarns, tiny living, and environmentalism. See you there!

This baby merino sheep sure is happy to be in this field!

Friday Features – Cassandra of Lyn and Lee

Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.

Today’s feature is all about Cassandra from Lyn and Lee on Etsy!

Tell me about yourself and your shop.

Hi! My name is Cassandra and I am a small town girl living in a big city. I have a fondness for mercury glass, snickerdoodles, football, animals, good movies and books and love having a great time with family and friends. I create one of a kind jewelry, great for any occasion using semi-precious stones, jewelry that works with jeans during the day and a little black dress at night. I strive to make jewelry that makes everyone feel like that inner goddess that we have in all of us.

How did you start, and why did you choose your craft? How much experience do you have so far?
I have always love jewelry and have always been creative; it made sense that two would go hand in hand with me and turn into what I loved to do. Lyn & Lee (which are the middle names of me and my sister) officially came into fruition in 2012. I had been creating jewelry for year and a half prior, giving gifts to family and friends for every holiday and birthday until they finally said “Enough is enough! You need to start selling these.” And so the ride begun.

Teal & Peacock Freshwater Pearl Woven Boho Beaded Hoop Earrings

Teal & Peacock Freshwater Pearl Woven Boho Beaded Hoop Earrings

What influences your work from your life or city? (or anything else that influences you)
So many things influence me, new stones that I just got in, a book I am reading, a color I am currently in love with, etc. The list goes on and on

What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration?
Sometimes I just open everything, just grab and see what comes out of it.

What is your best achievement?
My first sale to someone other then friends or family. I reaffirmed that the road I was heading down was the right one.

Faceted Brecciated Jasper and Calcite Stretch Bracelet

Faceted Brecciated Jasper and Calcite Stretch Bracelet

What does handmade mean to you?
To me handmade means the thought and emotion that is put into a piece.

Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do?
At this time I don’t offer custom items, my pieces are one of a kind, so in a way they are custom.

What plans do you have for the future of you business?
My plans are to keep trucking on and I am looking toward the time where Lyn & Lee is my only full time job.

Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items?
If it is something that you really love, it isn’t always the smoothest journey but then again the things that are worth it never are. And trust me it can be worth it.

Black Obsidian, Cream Quartzite and Purple Fluorite Woven Necklace

Black Obsidian, Cream Quartzite and Purple Fluorite Woven Necklace

Many thanks to Cassandra and be sure to check out the rest of her shop!

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