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Inside the Jewelry Studio

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Inside the Jewelry Studio

I've been in the studio a lot lately, working on a new line of jewelry and I thought I'd like to share with folks the inner workings of my jewelry designs and processes. I've had my good friend and business consultant Andrew Beck interview me here (if you're in need of small business consulting for sales, marketing, customer relations, or employee management, you can contact him at cottagecourtllc1516@gmail.com):  A: When did you first discover that you wanted to be a jewelry designer? B: I've been making jewelry since I was a little kid. At that time it was with beads and...

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If You're Going to Buy Stuff Anyway, Buy Local! Why?...

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If You're Going to Buy Stuff Anyway, Buy Local! Why?...

Hello Lovely People! If I am correct I think many of you have already started your holiday shopping. As I said before, I want to use this platform as a means of sharing information and positive, interesting things going on in my world. Every choice we make in life - the stores we buy from, the people we interact with, and the words we speak - has an impact. It's become trendier in recent years to "Buy Local" and as an independent, one-person small business owner, I just want to add my 2 cents on that topic before you start your holiday...

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Halloween, Samhain, & Dia de los Muertos

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Halloween, Samhain, & Dia de los Muertos

There has been about a dozen "spiritual" or "holiday" celebrations associated with this time of year throughout the last 2,000 years or so. I want to talk about two traditions relevant to this point in the cycle of seasons: the Celtic pagan Sabbat of Samhain and the Central/South Mexican holy days of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I'm pretty sure my more recent ancestors were actual indigenous Celtic people of Ireland, and perhaps in the more distant past (or in another life) I was a part of some indigenous Mexican people. I was drawn to both cultures for a long time...

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Harvesting Fall Medicine and Ink

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Harvesting Fall Medicine and Ink

Hey Folks! I'm so excited to be writing in the public sphere again. I have enjoyed writing since I was a wee lad and recently realized that there are a lot of things I'd like to talk more about. It seems everyone around me is doing amazing things that should be shared, so here it is - the first of many great things going on around us! The week before last I went to Taylors Riverside Farm on the Delaware river where I used to live. It's a beautiful organic farm and 140 acre wildlife refuge tucked away unknowingly on the edge...

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