Wednesday, November 27, 2013

About Thanksgiving

I celebrate American Thanksgiving.  And like Christmas, I celebrate the holiday secularly and in my own way.

I do not believe for an instant that hundreds of years ago a group of religious zealots sat down with “savages” and enjoyed a meal of peace and brotherhood.  A cursory internet search backs me up on this. 

What I do believe in is taking a day and making a thoughtfully, lovingly crafted meal and sitting down to eat it with those I love most (geography permitting, of course) and being conscious of all the gifts in my life.  I enjoy cooking, so making the big meal is no hardship for me.  It’s a fun challenge.  One day I would like to master timing and have everything finish cooking at once, but I digress.

Something else I believe in is eating consciously.  My husband and I are in the process of switching over to all real food.  If it can only be made through science in a laboratory or it is being preserved with jaw-breaking chemicals, it isn’t going to be found in our pantry.  We are in the early stages of this life change so there are still things around that qualify as franken-food, but it is diminishing.  (Why do they have to taste so damn good!?)  The reason I bring this up is the turkey.  Every year my employer hands out free turkeys to all employees.  This is a very nice gesture, but it’s a Sysco* turkey and right on the label it says something to the effect of “contains an 8% solution of sodium and other chemicals to enhance flavor and juiciness.”  Ewwww.  So next year I will save up and plan to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a farm raised bird.  A Heritage breed, most likely. 

Another reason to switch over to a farm raised bird is to stop supporting the monstrosity that is factory farming.  It is a horrifying and sickening thing.  That is a post (or twenty) for another time, but my goal is to stop buying any meat that comes from places like that.  Ideally, someday I will be able to look out my window and SEE my future food walking around happy in the sunshine, but that day is far away.  Until then I can only do what I can do.  This year I eat an injected Sysco turkey because that is what I have.  Next year if all goes well I will have a humanely raised turkey on my table and a smile on my face about it.

*I have nothing whatsoever against Sysco.  They are a great company and provide food to a lot of people.  I have issue with where their meat comes from, but that’s a battle I can’t fight.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Samhain Blessings

Ah the start of the holiday season.  Also the Pagan New Year to some of us.  I follow the typical calendar everyone else does for day-to-day living, but today is the spiritual year-end for me.  I haven't quite figured out if it's also the beginning of the next cycle or if there is an in between period of rest and reflection between here and Yule on December 21st.  I don't really have anyone to ask either; I think it is something I will have to work out on my own.   I am leaning heavily toward a limbo of rest and reflection, though.

Since I am feeling my way down this spiritual path alone (and happily so), I don't do much outwardly.  I'm dressed like a punked-out Goth version of myself as I type this (*grins*) but that’s just dress up and playtime for Halloween at work.  

Tonight when I get home I will light a fire in my wood stove with more ceremony than usual.  I will light my candles and put them near the windows to light the way for those that need it and then I will venture out into the dark and bury apples for the dead.  I put one at the front  door and one at the back as an offering.  I say a quiet prayer of my own making and wish all who are able a smooth transition through the veil. 
I think of my loved ones who have passed on and remember them with love and light. That’s my Samhain.

Halloween in fun and candy and silliness, Samhain is for the soul. 

Blessings to you and yours,


(Clipart taken from the word program I wrote this in)

Monday, August 12, 2013


There are several aspen tress on my way home that are turning bright yellow!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thinking of Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my favorite holiday, although I do love Thanksgiving too.  It isn't even August yet and I would swear that I can already feel Fall coming.  It's still hot during the day and everything is about as lush and green as Colorado can manage at this altitude, but I feel it.  Just the first faint tendrils around my ankles and against the back of my neck.  It makes me happy.

There is a woman whose blog I have followed for some time now and to her October is a holy month.  I agree with her on that, whole-heartedly, but September and November glow a little for me too. 

I follow the Wheel of the Year (in heart always, if  not always outwardly) and to me October 31st is the end of the year and the start of that in between dark, restful time until Yule.  I have more Halloween/Harvest decorations than Christmas/Yule ones and I keep them up as long as I absolutely can--some years I actually have to dust them before I pack them away again.

So right now it looks like this....
which is lovely, don't misunderstand me on that.
But soon it will look like this....
and the tang of wood smoke will fill the air and I'll get that sense of anticipation that always shows up in the Fall.  I hope that one day I'll understand what it is I'm anticipating.  It always feels like something is just around the corner and if I crane my neck just so I'll be able to see it.

Every year bright Fall fades into chill Winter and I get a sense of loss and let down like I missed it or was forgotten.  I am ever hopeful that this will be the year I figure out what it means. It doesn't mean I enjoy Fall any less though. 

Even if it is only the end of July and August lays ready to pounce.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Man, I'm bad at posting


As the title says, I am bad at posting.  

So much going on in life.  Every go so fast it seems like standing still?  

I am very tired of being in the planning stages of everything.  I want to DO.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Election 2012 (orig post date 11/6/12)


Happy Halloween (orig post date 10/31/12)

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Gathering thoughts (orig post date 10/2/12)

I have recently been doing lots of reading about jumping into running your own business and the how-to's and whys. There is some really great info out there. My most recent neat find is about creating a solid brand for your product. I would very much like to do this. I have no idea what to pick, but I'm thinking on it. Something simple, definitely.

So I come up with a brand, then I order everything to match? Yes? I think so. Business cards (which I need to reorder anyway since my name just changed), a banner for the craft shows I hope to do next summer, a banner for the blog and the associated sites with matching icons/avatars/what have you, and a packaging style with the logo on the packaging somewhere. The husband and I have recently discovered we LOVE rubber stamping stuff, so I am thinking of having a custom rubber stamp made and using that. I don't know. The possibilities stretch for miles.

Something else that really caught my eye and my mind was in an Etsy write up of E.M. Papers. She says that in her newsletters she always makes a point of keeping everything in her actual voice as though she is sending an email to a friend rather than a client. I really like that idea and it touched on a problem I've been having for ages; how formal to keep the blog?

Thing is, I don't want to keep it formal. I want it to be fun and funky and showcase who I am and what I do. Now that is still a confusion for me since I want to do so many things that my head feels like a junk drawer at times. At the same time though I don't want it to be too personal either. It’s a fine line and I really haven't found my balance yet. But I'm working on it!

And so it begins anew (orig post date 8/7/12)

On July 28th, 2012 my best friend and I were married.  
We are very happy.  This is a large understatement. 

Now all those plans that were labeled "after the wedding" are coming on deck.  I'm deeply excited to get started.

Saturday I pulled out all the inventory I have for the stores and made a list of everything by type.  I rebagged everything and labeled it all with a name, an item code, and a price.  Now I have to take new photos and get loading.

This project has not been helped by my (very ancient) desktop computer becoming infected with a hostile virus that is demanding money to go away.  I have news for it....not going to happen.  I'll wipe the hard drive and recycle the old girl first.

So wedding completed and plans being generated constantly.  I couldn't be more excited for the future.


J.D. Lynn

A short update (orig post date 1/17/12)

Having a ball planning the wedding. It's fairly time consuming though. I'm just enjoying the ride. The plans are almost all complete. Implementing those plans will be another interesting bit on its own, but without plans where would we be? I'm torn between leaving this blog just focused on crafting (as was the original intention) or expanding it to cover my entire life. I'm just not sure. I'll figure that out another day.

Going to need a new name for this soon (orig post date 3/14/12)

I started this blog to chronicle and share my adventures in jewelry making and selling, but I'm deeply interested in farming and agriculture too. I don't want to start another blog (I can't even update this one regularly!) so the only real option I see is to let this blog expand into my farming adventures too.

There are so many things I want to do! The jewelry is fun (and shiny!), farming and agriculture is a deep rooted interest (pardon the pun), I just discovered aquaponics and I really want to learn more about that. AND I'm going to go back to school this coming fall for copyediting. I am a busy woman.

Everything except building the hoop house and planting the veggies is on hold, pretty much, until after the wedding though.

I ordered all our seeds for the year the other day and they should be on their way soon! I think my kitchen table is going to turn into a seed starting station (wow, say that fast) I am so excited about the hoop house. I'm planning to document every step of the building process on here.

Now I just need to come up with a new name for the blog. I wish I could come up with a farm name that felt right. I can come up with names all day long, but I want that One. The one that when I hear it, I feel it in my chest.

Another quick update (orig posting date 2/28/12)

Still wrapped tight in wedding plans. We have never been happier in all the years we've been together. This is so much fun!!!

I bought a glue gun (with two temp settings!) and a big bag of glue sticks to make Kusadama origami flowers (I think that's what they are called anyway) I'll actually have crafty pics to post next week! What a shocker!

A new year of possibility (orig post date 1/2/12)

What a crazy ride it's been! I finished the order for the casino and got them in the gift shop. I sold a few more pieces to co-workers and then life got absolutely nuts for awhile. Which is basically an excuse.

I started putting off beading and furthering my craft in favor of other things. Things that didn't improve or enrich my life that much, but definitely were fun at the time and amazing time sucks. I don't regret doing them, but I wish I had gotten more crafting done as well. There is no use wishing for a better yesterday though. It is a new year and a new day and time for another new leaf.

My long time love proposed on November 23rd and we are getting married in July! I couldn't be happier. I rearranged the house a bit and found a great place for the craft table in a spot that feels perfect for it. I even beaded a little this weekend.

I have to renew my tradename by March 1st and I have to go annoy the Department of Revenue agent that hides in the DMV and find out why my sales tax license is still MIA.

I have lots of ideas to try out in the coming months and I will post some of the pics here. Maybe one day I'll even have people following this blog that will see them! *grins* All in good time, no?

Focus Grasshopper (orig post date 3/19/11)

Grasshopper being me, that is. I really intended to post every week. I did! However, I am still trying to get that big order for the casino done and it's got to be my focus. (Not that I'm complaining! I am thrilled to be so busy so soon! Beyond thrilled, really. Flabbergasted is closer to the truth Anyway, moving on...) I had to interrupt myself this past week to fulfill another order for someone at work as well. I'm really happy with how that turned out too! The packaging, the product, everything! I'll say more about that once they've been given as the gift they were intended to be.

I have another window open with my brand new flickr account open in it. I'm hoping to get some of my photos up there and have them accessible when I'm not here at the home computer.

Want to see my new business cards? *bounces* I am so excited to have them! I feel all official and stuff. 

I bought them from Vistaprint. I've seen them rec'd many times on various blogs and articles, but to be honest with you, I won't be using them again. It feels too much like a con to me. The lead in hook is that you can get 500 cards for something like $4.95 but if you want anything extra the fees really start to pile up. By the time I was finished my order (counting shipping) was 47 something. Well, here....I went and found the digital receipt I saved. I'll just show you that. er...apparently not. The browse button decided it didn't want to work on the "add picture" so I'll have to save that for another day. Bottom line is, I love the cards. I love the little leather case I bought to go with them. I didn't love the final price and the outrageous shipping charges. Let me clarify that a bit; if at the outset they had said it was likely to end up costing that much I wouldn't have a problem. It's the con part of it that I don't like. I also don't love the daily used car salesman-like emails hitting my account either. I'm not saying don't use them. I'm just saying I don't think I'll be using them again. Okay, enough with my public service announcement.

If I can get blogger to let me upload more photos I'd love to show you my new packaging design. Let's see how cooperative its feeling. 

Look at that! I did that! One piece of cardstock, one sheet of duralar, about 2 feet of polished hemp and my cute little stamp circle I made. And the butterfly of course. Can't leave that little time sucking buster out. *grin*

Alright. Time to get back to work. I've got 5 more dragonflys to make this weekend plus packaging. If I'm really lucky I may even be able to get the pics done on the prayerbeads and actually get something up on the Etsy site. *crosses fingers*

Talk to you soon!

Wide eyed and wonderin' (orig post date 2/24/11)

Wow. What a week! (And it's only Thursday) Sometimes things snowball in an amazing series of events.
It started with me being asked to modify my wire dragonfly onto a hairpin for a co-worker's wife. Here's a picture of the dragonfly that inspired his choice. The one I sold to him had blue wire instead of gold and blue/purple crystals.

A delivery driver saw it sitting on my desk at work and asked about it. He liked it so much that he commissioned me to make a butterfly pin for his daughter. I was so happy with the way it turned out (and the display box I found a tutorial for here) that I showed it to the lovely ladies of the marketing department. The director liked the butterfly and the display box so much she offered to buy TEN of them from me!!!

You could have knocked me over with a feather! I didn't need Redbull to give me wings on that day, lemme tell ya! I was floating!

To be honest, now that I've had a moment to catch my breath and think about it, I'm more than a little intimidated by the order, but this is an amazing turn of events and I'm not going to let my worries swamp me on this. I'm hard at work each night when I get home now, making butterflys, dragonflys and display boxes.
Last night I streamed season one of Xena (don't laugh) through my computer and angled the monitor towards my crafting desk so I could see it while I worked. Between dinner and taking care of the dogs I only got one finished, but that's one more down. I have about six dragonflys already finished, but the more I look at them the less happy I am with them. I may do 5 more of them and use the new things I've learned to make them look better. Mark says I'm being overly critical, I don't know. Maybe I am. But I don't want to put out anything that's not the best that I can do. That makes sense, right?

The marketing director also asked me to go as fast as I could on the insects so that she can bug me for shamrocks in time for St. Patrick's Day. (This is me jumping up and down in excitement!)

I am so busy making bugs to fill the Casino order that I don't have time to get the layout here tweaked and turned how I want it. I have the Deviant Art account that needs updating and it would be really nice to get some product up on Artfire and Etsy too!

Wow. When it rains it pours.  And that is seriously not a bad thing in this case.

The Beginning (org post date 2/15/11)

This is my very first Blog entry ever! Seems like everyone and their dog has a blog these days and I am running way behind the eight-ball. *thinks* Oh, wait. That sounds like my usual spot, so everything is perfectly okay! *grins*

But really, here I am, joining the blog-o-sphere. My name is Jenn and I am starting this to follow along with my adventures in crafting. My eventual goal is to be able to craft and create full time and leave the “glamour” of small town casino work behind me. My fingers are crossed and it’s seriously hard to type with your fingers crossed, lemme tell ya! *wink* I work with wire and beads. I have several ideas that I am dying to try out and I’m trying to balance that with creating a line of the things I already make, along with keeping house and working full-time with almost an hour commute each way. There is seriously not enough time in the day for everything I want to do!

The basics. I am a thirty-something, southern-born, mountain-living, dog-loving, hermit. I live on an acre of thistle infested land in the Colorado Rockies and most days I love it. Some days (snowy days when I have to drive to work mostly) I hate it with a purple passion, but it’s lovely, it’s remote and it’s mine, as much as land can ever be anyone’s anyway. I share this space with my sweetie and my dogs.

My first attempt at having a business crashed and burned. That old adage about not doing business with family? Yeah, there’s maybe a reason for that. Not going into details, but we tried and we failed. Very painful. But I’m trying again, and this time I’m doing it on my own.

I’ll be posting some pictures soon, and my current goal is to do at least one post a week. We’ll see how that goes. For now, I have to get back to work!