Paua Full

Paua Full RingThis is a powerful ring! The style is unisex…so could be worn by either a woman or a man. But it is not for the timid! This ring speaks self-confidence and respect. The style echoes back to ancient times and reminds us of something a king or queen or other noble would wear. Yet, the materials are also very contemporary.

Forged from heavy annealed steel base wire then wrapped in woven annealed steel, the shank is shaped to encompass the beautiful blue, silver, black, and teal opalescent Paua Shell that serves as the central focal point of the ring.

Fabulous either dressed down with jeans and a t-shirt or dressed up for an evening out on the town.

This one is truly a one-of-a-kind creation!

Comfortable size 7.5 but is adjustable to suit your hand.

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Feeling Fresh

Feeling FreshThis elegant fresh water pearl and brass ring is gorgeous in it’s simplicity. The pearl is larger than most fresh water pearls…approximately 1/2″ long by 1/3″ wide! Lovingly wrapped in the warm glow of a light gauge brass wire. This ring is something special. Wonderful for Spring or any time of the year!

Size 6

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Why I Chose AVON

Tracy Partridge-JohnsonAfter my mother passed away in November 2015, following her lengthy battle with breast cancer, I decided I wanted to align with a community of women who are actively working to do whatever is possible to combat this horrid disease.

At the same time, as a home-based business owner of more than 20 years, I also wanted to expand my income options. I’ve been making handcrafted jewelry and pyrography (art burned into wood and leather) for years. But it can be challenging to find customers to purchase pieces each month, and I’m the only creator of my art…so unless I’m constantly making new pieces, there’s nothing to sell. Which isn’t actually the problem…there’s SO MUCH jewelry and art I’ve created sitting around my office! The challenge is finding customers.

Having a background in network marketing (I started my own gourmet coffee mlm back in 1997) I appreciate the value of consumable products that are purchased on a recurring basis (products I don’t have to create myself!) by a large number of customers. I also recognize the benefit in building a team that I’m able to help train to do the same thing. And earning a small, residual income from each team member’s efforts (duplicating and multiplying my own), has always been a very attractive concept to me.

I wondered if I could find one company that would fill both needs/desires?

As I began my search for companies, AVON immediately stood out from the competition for several reasons:

  1. This is a business whose focus is on empowering women. I love that. Their Mission Statement says it all: “This is a company that puts mascara on lashes and food on the tables. That fights wrinkles with one hand and Breast Cancer with the other. That knows the value of a perfect lip, but still opens its mouth and speaks out against Domestic Violence and for women’s financial independence. This is the company that not only brings beauty to doors, but also opens them. The company that supports 6 million Representatives worldwide. This is Avon. The company that for more than 125 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and above all for women.”
  2. AVON has been leading the fight to find a cure for breast cancer for many years now. Just one of AVON’s endeavors, The AVON 39 – The Walk To End Breast Cancer,  has raised $550,000,000 by people dedicated to ending breast cancer forever.
  3. When I think about it, AVON makes so much sense, considering I’m looking to do something that honors my mother. Mom was an avid AVON fan and customer! She used their products for as long as I can remember. I grew up on regular experiences with our local AVON Lady being invited into our home, sharing her nifty little lipstick and perfume samples with us.  I’ve always adored fashion, makeup, delicious fragrances, and skincare that pampered me! So those visits from our AVON Lady equaled nothing but FUN and pleasure for me! When it was time for her to go she would always leave a crunchy, white paper bag filled with yummy treats behind! And there was always a catalog to look through and drool over until her next visit!

So, yes, when I think about it, AVON is a perfect fit for me right now!

Two more KEY factors in my decision to join as a representative were QUALITY and PRICING. I’ve looked at a handful of other companies over the past few years and several filled some of my requirements…primarily the recurring income opportunity and the quality products. But AVON is the only company that has all of the pieces in place, including the AFFORDABILITY factor. As I considered some of the other product lines I’ve looked at in the past…the sticking point, for me, was always pricing. It seems like most network marketing companies have to WAY over-price their products in order to pay out commissions to their consultants. So, they really over-stress the quality of their ingredients in order to justify the price. But with AVON, that’s not the case. I think it must be because AVON has been doing this business for soooo many years now that their company is just really solid. And because of that, they’re able to keep their prices quite low, while still generously rewarding their sales reps. The result being that practically everyone can afford their products! And that’s a HUGE bonus for me! I know there are many gals out there who care about looking, smelling, and feeling good but who are living from paycheck to paycheck and can’t justify spending money budgeted for groceries to feed their family on buying cosmetics and skincare instead. So, lower-cost is imperative for reaching a much broader audience.

And AVON is well-known for their quality products! They have great name recognition! It’s a big plus telling someone you’re an AVON representative and have them come back with an “Oh! I love AVON!” response!

Of course, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes people tell me that they aren’t “into” AVON. Or they respond with a simple “AVON, hu?” reaction that feels a little demeaning. I know there are those who believe the price of a product, and the name on the bottle, are a reflection of who they are as a person. Status and image and all that. But I prefer to purchase the best quality products, at the best possible price, so that I can spend the money saved on other products, services, or experiences I’m desiring!

All the way around, AVON delivers for me!

If this message resonates with you, if you feel as strongly as I do about supporting causes such as the fight against breast cancer, beating domestic violence, and empowering women to financially support themselves, while building a career that allows them to work from home and simultaneously care for their families, if you get excited about fabulous quality personal and home-care products at an affordable price, and perhaps you are even looking for a way to increase your own income, then I invite you to JOIN ME! Either as a customer or a member of my sales team! I WELCOME YOU to my world of AVON!

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Caged Innocence

Caged InnocenceThis beautiful, One-Of-A-Kind, milky-cream, caramel, and gray Jasper stone collected by a personal friend in the deserts of Arizona is encased in a hand-formed frame made from hammered annealed steel wire that has been buffed to a soft sheen. Then it was wrapped in a fine-gauge annealed steel wire to create an unusually captivating…simple in it’s beauty…but compelling in it’s energy and message…wearable piece of art. Approx. 2.25L x 1″W

ABOUT JASPER

Jasper is a dense, opaque, microcrystalline variety of Quartz. Fibrous and grainy varieties of Quartz are often grouped together and referred to as Chalcedony, though Jasper’s microcrystals are laid out in large, sugar-like grains rather than the fibrous layers of Chalcedony or Agate. It occurs in nodules or as fillings in fissures and may be found all over the world, in nearly every color. Jasper is colored by oxides of iron and known for its deep earthy tones of red, yellow, brown and green, sometimes in shades of blue or purple, and displays wonderful contrasts in its banding, inclusions, “pictures,” and small circular patterns.

Known as the “Supreme Nurturer,” Jasper is said to be a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing. It may be helpful in sustaining and supporting through times of stress, and bring tranquility and wholeness. Jasper is said to provide protection and absorb negative energy. It may aid in balancing yin and yang. Jasper is said to clear electromagnetic and environmental pollution, including radiation. It may encourage honesty with one’s self and provide courage to assertively tackle problems. It may be an aid to quick-thinking and help promote organizational abilities. Jasper is said to stimulate the imagination and transforms ideas into action. It may also prolong sexual pleasure. Jasper is said to be a benefit for support during prolonged illness and may help re-energize the body.

Jasper is considered a good protection stone. In mystical healing lore, jasper is said to be good for the liver, gallbladder, and soothing to the stomach.

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New Year and New Focus

Tracy and Daughter, Rome, Italy, December 2015It’s been far too long since I last wrote a post on this site, so it’s time for me to update you and talk about my new year and new focus.

A lot has happened since mom passed away two months ago…

A short week and a half after mom left us my daughter and I departed for the adventure of a lifetime. She turned 30 years old in November and as a surprise gift for her I spent the better part of six months paying for an 11 day trip for the two of us to Greece (her life-long dream) and Italy. It was hard to leave such a short time after mom’s death…but like I said, I had been planning and paying and getting all of the arrangements made for this trip long before mom died.

So, we went.

And in truth, it was a very good experience. It helped me divorce myself, mentally and emotionally, from the energy surrounding mom’s passing and I think that was really beneficial in helping me cope with my own trauma.

We returned home to Portland late on the evening of December 14th, so Christmas was right upon us. But arriving back home…my mother’s death really hit me hard. She was my best, life-long friend. We talked nearly every day the last few months of her life, and frequently years prior to that. It’s been difficult realizing that I can’t call her to find out how she is doing any longer.

So, I kind of became a hermit for a little while there. Not wanting to talk to or interact with anyone. Just giving myself time to be sad…and angry. Angry that something so cruel and so brutal could happen to my little mother. This woman who had always given generously of her time, talents, and emotions to everyone she knew. It made me mad at the universe…and if there is a God…at that being, especially.

Anyhow…moving right along…

I finally put up and decorated our tree just three or four days before Christmas, not really feeling motivated or interested to bake goodies or sing carols or much else. I literally just took the tree down yesterday, lol! It had to stay up long enough to make it worth all the effort it took to put it up!

For Christmas Jeff purchased the two of us a surprise 2 night/3 day stay in a beach-front cottage over my birthday weekend. So, we just got back from there two days ago…and it was glorious to get away and have no distractions of work or any other obligations. Just peaceful, relaxing time alone to refresh and rejuvenate. We both really needed that.

The weeks following Christmas and up until my birthday weekend we spent several full days in the recording studio at The Hallowed Halls with various artists recording tracks for our upcoming Largest Band In The World album! I can hardly wait to share these songs with you! We’ve pretty much decided to release individual singles, one-at-a-time, instead of waiting to release the whole album all at once. So, I will be setting those loose into the world as each one is finished being mixed and mastered. Very awesome!

Today I am preparing a jewelry display to take to Saint Franks Music where, in addition to the beautiful guitars, bass guitars, ukuleles, tambourines, amps, and other items musicians will want, Deanna will be selling my handcrafted pieces of wearable art. I’m excited about seeing what people are attracted to!

So, you’re probably wondering about my “new year and new focus.” True, it’s January 27th…so you might be thinking that I’m a little late to the party when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. But hold on to your knickers a minute! MY BIRTHDAY was just three days ago! So, it truly IS a brand new year for me! And in this 54th year of my life I intend to see and experience a lot of great things! Focus this year will be first and foremost on helping Jeff build our software development company, Code Hat Labs. Second in line will be continuing to work with him on our Hot Chops Music projects (two of the bands we have been funding, Just People and Ian James Band, are releasing the cd’s they have been working on this past year in the next month or few!) and five of our own Largest Band In The World singles will be ready to release over the next several months! So, exciting times!

In addition to all of that, I am working on a book about the history of Mormonism, and in my “free time” I will continue to make handcrafted art, jewelry, and pyrography projects.

At the top of my list, above everything else, is my focus on health and fitness…my primary passion in life. Especially so after watching what happened to my father and mother. So, needless to say, I’m motivated to become as healthy as I possibly can be! Central to my plan will be “consistently” following a high-carb, low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet. After reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall, and other similar books, combined with my own, personal experience with the way animal foods, fat, and particularly dairy products react in my body, I am ALL ABOUT cutting out all those kind of foods and focusing only on wholesome, plant-strong ingredients. I really do LOVE this lifestyle! It’s not difficult for me, AT ALL, to go without fat and animal products!

Thanks for listening in…I look forward to hearing about what is going on in your life!

Hugs and Blessings,

Tracy

 

Through A Window Darkly

Through A Window DarklyThis beautiful, One-Of-A-Kind, smoky Chalcedony stone reminds me of peeking through a dark, Gothic cathedral window. What is going on inside between the shadows and the light? The translucence of Chalcedony lends well to a sense of the mystical and mysterious. The stone was collected by a personal friend in the deserts of Arizona and is encased in a hand-formed frame made from hammered annealed steel wire that has been buffed to a soft sheen. Then it was wrapped in fine-gauge annealed steel wire to create a captivating sense of intrigue and wonder. It is both eye-catching to look at as well as offering a sense of comfort and peace when handled by the wearer. Approx. 2.5L x 1.25″W

ABOUT CHALCEDONY

Chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of quartz and moganite. It has a waxy luster, and may be semitransparent or translucent and can assume a wide range of colors, but those most commonly seen are white to gray, grayish-blue or a shade of brown ranging from pale to nearly black.

Chalcedony is said to enhance: Emotional balance ♥ Vitality ♥ Stamina ♥ Endurance ♥ Energy ♥ Intensity ♥ Hardiness ♥ Nurturance ♥ Generosity ♥ Liveliness ♥ Kindness ♥ Charity ♥ Friendliness

It is (said to be) a nurturing stone that promotes sisterhood/brotherhood and good will. It absorbs negative energy and brings the mind, body, emotions, and spirit into harmony. This is a stone which instills feelings of benevolence and generosity. It alleviates hostility and transforms melancholy into joy. Eases self-doubt. Creates openness and enthusiasm. Absorbs and dissipates negative thoughts, emotions and bad dreams.

Chalcedony also (may) improve mineral assimilation and combat mineral buildup in the veins. It (may) reduce the effects of dementia and senility and increase physical energy. It has been said to help heal the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system.

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Precious Things Jumble Pendant

This very special pendant is in a style that I call my Jumble pendants. It’s a mish-mash of different items that together represent a wide variety of energies and passions. There are several semi-precious stone beads in the mix; carnelian, garnet, hematite, moonstone, jasper, amber, sunstone, leopard jasper, and then some other beads such as opalescent metallic glass, and pearl. It includes a metal spiral and a piece of black rubber tubing. All pulled together in a large teardrop copper frame and wrapped with antiqued copper wire. The necklace comes complete with a 24″ chain that is not handmade, but the clasp I also forged.

Lots of esoteric and energy-based representations all combined in this one-of-a-kind work of jewelry art! Self-worth inherent in the rich jewel tones of the garnet, carnelian, and onyx, inner warmth and love in the amber and jasper, depth of personal reflection in the metallic glass beads, a willingness to flex, bend, and stretch represented by the rubber tubing, and feelings of spiraling downward but rising above all of that negative energy represented by the navy (the blues?) metal spiral. All wrapped up in the natural magnetism and healing power of copper…properly aged 😉

The pendant itself measures 2.5″L x 1.25″W at the widest point.

This is a beautiful and original piece that will bless the wearer for years to come.

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Artistic Epiphany

Tracy Partridge-JohnsonI had a bit of an artistic epiphany the other night…

For years now I have been a “hobby artist” meaning that I have never really taken myself seriously when it comes to doing what I love…creating art…and making that my primary focus and source of income. In other words…making art my CAREER.

True, for a while I fancied myself as a professional jewelry designer. And I DO love creating jewelry…but I also have an interest in so many other forms of artistic expression. For instance, I started creating full-color photo reproductions burned onto wood several years ago. In fact, I remember exactly when I started playing at wood burning…it was 1999. I don’t remember _why_ I purchased a cheap wood burning tool…but I learned about the art somewhere (online, more than likely) and thought it sounded like a fun hobby. Over the next couple of years it became an obsession. I was burning wood like crazy! I even began promoting my new-found skill at wood burning to others who would like to see their portrait or photo burned into wood. It was an unusual art that most people haven’t seen or heard of. And even if they had, most pyrographers (the official title for artists whose art is burned onto wood) don’t apply color to their work. So, I figured my skill was new and different. And I did get some customers. But still…here is what I found…it took HOURS and HOURS to create a finished piece in wood (though I loved the smell of the burning wood and enjoyed the work) and there was no way I could figure out that I could ever charge what it cost me in time and effort for a finished piece to make it worth my while.

And there was something else I discovered…if my own passion was not a part of the creative process…then the custom piece became a c-h-o-r-e to create.

So, I pulled away from wood burning for a while. And instead I started pursuing jewelry crafting. And I had a LOT of fun with it! I found that there are loads of people who love handcrafted, artisan jewelry. So, I created that for a while. In fact, I have an office full of jewelry pieces I have completed but haven’t sold. I’m not really sure why. But I think it’s because I love the creation process but I’m not so hip on the selling and shipping part of the equation.

Besides, I was busy focusing on building other businesses…my husband’s software business…and I launched an online magazine about health and healing with diet (something I am also very passionate about…but which doesn’t pay the bills, lol!) that I worked on MORE than full-time for over a year and a half…and in the meantime I was earning my primary income as a psychic counselor and spiritual coach. Which pays me quite well…but can become a real emotional burden for sensitive people (ME<—) and drained me of my energy. And occasionally, I worked on website design…something I’ve been doing since 1998…and which also helps pay the bills.

Admittedly, I like the fact that I have trickle income derived from multiple sources…it means if one source goes away for some reason, I don’t need to stress because I have other money streams. But I do crave the ability to simplify and focus on mastering one primary skill and ability.

And because I was so focused on building income, I stopped being very creative for about two years.

And then, a couple of weeks ago, all of my art supplies started calling to me…again. So, I pulled them out and started to play. And I realized that creating art makes me HAPPY! I feel more content and satisfied with life when I am expressing myself, artistically. It makes me feel more ALIVE! And then the idea came to me…what if I _could_ be a professional artist? What if I just decided to fill each of my days creating art? Would it be possible for me to sustain my livelihood that way?

I’m not sure…but it absolutely has changed my attitude and outlook on life!

Now I get up each morning excited about what project I will work on today! And I have to tell you, it really FREES me up to think that I can totally embrace being the “Bohemian”, free-spirit artist that I believe I really am…deep down, in my soul!

So, back to the idea of burning on leather…

I tried burning on leather a few months ago and it is MUCH easier and faster than working on wood! I just haven’t known how to frame a leather piece…so I hadn’t really pursued it much. But, two years ago my sweet hubby bought me a professional grade burning tool that I haven’t done too much with…so I thought I’d play with it a bit more.

I was really into the tv series The Tudors awhile ago, so thought that perhaps the show might offer something to inspire me. I found several photos that I liked and decided to try my hand at shading only with the burning tool and not applying color, which is a new approach for me. Below is the piece I’m working on…and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the way it is turning out, so far! It’s not finished yet, for sure! But it’s well on it’s way! And it’s given me a new enthusiasm and direction for my artistic abilities!

TudorPassion - work in progress

I’ve decided to follow my passion…and see where it leads me!

I hope you’re doing the same thing in your own life!

I’ll post the finished piece when it’s done.

Until then…I’d love to hear from you 😉

Blessings and Hugs,

Tracy

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Mangagement Rings

Tracy Partridge-Johnson - pyrography artist and handcrafted jewelry designerThe other day I was doing some research to find out what kind of jewelry people search Google for the most and was very surprised to find out that men’s rings, and any variation on that topic, was far and away the most popular piece of jewelry being searched on currently!

Rings, I was happy to discover, are way out and ahead of any other piece of jewelry being searched on, generally speaking, which pleased me because I really do have a preference for creating handcrafted, custom made rings. I’m not really sure what it is about making rings that I find so appealing…maybe it’s the never ending variety. Or perhaps it’s the fact that I can create one-of-a-kind pieces and have them completed, from start to finish, in pretty quick order. I don’t know…I’ve always been really fascinated with hands. Their grace and beauty. And what they represent; creation, artistic expression, touch…there is just so much wrapped up in hands and their adornment that appeals to me. So, I guess it’s only natural that I should be attracted to crafting rings.

Once I discovered that rings are the top piece of jewelry being searched for, I decided to dig down further to find out, specifically, what KIND of rings people are interested in. And that is when I was shocked to discover that men’s rings, not women’s rings, are the hot jewelry item of the moment. In fact, “rings for men” and “men rings” entered as a search term each come in at 1,000,000 searches per month! Compare that to women’s rings, which only come in at a measly 27,100! I KNOW, hu?

It was after doing this initial key word investigation that I began doing some further study into men’s rings. And I wandered upon a really cool, new trend that has been quite popular in Europe and Scandinavia for some time now, but which is just becoming trendy in the USA. MANGAGEMENT RINGS. That’s right. You read that correctly. Engagement rings for men! Too cool! Here’s an interesting article about the new trend by award winning journalist, Mary Schwager, in The Huffington Post that I’m sure you’ll find interesting and insightful! I know I did! According to Mary, Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for the Jewelry INformation Center says  that “The idea that the man will also wear an engagement ring gives relationships a new sense of equality. It is a pre-commitment, a commitment from both the man and the woman.” Makes perfect sense to me! Mary further suggests that mangagement rings are also perfect for same-sex unions and engagements. Personally, I love the idea! In fact, I was so taken by this whole concept that it inspired me to try my hand at hand crafting a couple of mangagement rings myself!

So, here they are! The first two in what I hope to be a collection of custom made, men’s engagement rings!

Galvanized and Annealed Steel Mangagement Ring

Galvanized and Annealed Steel Mangagement Ring

The shank on this first ring is created from heavy gauge, annealed steel wire and wrapped with a fine gauge, galvanized steel. Wanting to go for something masculine, yet comfortable, I formed the focal design into a shape resembling a belt buckle. This unique ring is a size 12 and available gift-boxed and ready for your special man for just $199.00

 

 

 

Annealed Steel & Brass Men's Ring

Annealed Steel & Brass Men’s Ring

Next in my new collection is this beautiful men’s ring, again, with the shank formed from heavy gauge, annealed steel and polished to a high-shine. This ring, however, was inspired by a love for medieval elegance befitting a royal hand from days long past. So, I chose to weave it’s wrap in a light gauge brass. And again, it is hand buffed to a fine shine. The Swirls add a truly regal appearance to this special ring and the slightly thicker brass wrapping add enough weight to make this a more substantial ring than the ring above. This is an absolutely delicious ring to wear and is available in a size 8, for that special man who has a refined bone structure. Just $299 and will be gift boxed ready for popping the question!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the whole idea of “Mangagement Rings”! Do you like the idea? Do you think it will catch on? Would you like to see me creating more designs along this line? I’d enjoy knowing your opinions on all of this!

In the meantime, I’m sure I will continue making new pieces to show you!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and read about what I’m up to!

Until next time,

Tracy