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It’s 2018! What’s Coming Up?

Hey! I hope you had a great holiday season! We had a wonderful break, visiting family and taking time to rest up and recoup from the whirlwind of holiday events we did. By the way, thank you for supporting us and helping us have another year of doing what we love for a living. We really do appreciate each and every one of you. We’re not huge, and we don’t pretend to be, so we see each share on social media. Every sale, like, share and encouraging word helps us keep doing this, and I can’t thank you enough. And if you’ve not done any of this, don’t feel bad! Seriously, you’re here, right now, reading this post, and that’s helping this site rank higher in searches, so Thank You! I don’t have an Etsy shop because I kept getting ripped off, so this site and social media are the only places I sell things on-line. Thanks for getting me up in the rankings! ^_^

So, what’s coming up for us? Well, in addition to some upcoming shows, I’m going to set up a Patreon very soon (as in, later today). Once I get it looking good and I’ve got things more or less sussed out, I’ll post a link and scream it from the hilltops. Show-wise, I have one confirmed SCA event happening in March – Gulf Wars! I don’t have any hard details like what spot I’ll be in, but we’ll be there. I also have applications going in for a few local craft shows in February, and I’ll let you know once they’re confirmed. January is the slow month for us, so I’ll mostly be concentrating on getting all of the chainmaille from the Renaissance Faire and the new items I made over the holidays up on the site. Right now, I have things set up so that a new item appears every morning, so check back every few days to see what there is!

Speaking of new, Here’s the latest piece of silver that I’ve put up. Isn’t is gorgeous? I love labradorite so much, and this piece just glows, it has such a strong fire in it. Click on any of the pictures if you want to snag it before I decide to keep it for myself.

Labradorite and sterling silver pendant by Sinclair JewelryLabradorite and sterling silver pendant by Sinclair JewelryLabradorite and sterling silver pendant by Sinclair Jewelry

Well, that’s all for now. If you have any ideas of what I can offer my patrons, please comment and tell me your idea! If it’s feasible, I’ll probably use it.

Talk to you alter, and thanks again. ^_^

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Down for the Count

I’ve been away for a while, which happens when life comes at you.

First off, illness and the Little One’s school year being over. Going from school to summer schedule is always a bit rocky, but compounded with a sinus infection, it was doubly hard. After that, the sun poisoning and poison ivy hit!

On Memorial Day, we helped out a friend who was locked out of her car. In searching for her lost keys, I got sun poisoning. I’ve had it before, and while it sucks, I can deal. It’s the poison ivy that’s been causing the most trouble. I decided to clear it out after we got home, and it’s not pretty. You see, I’m normally immune to poison ivy. I clear it away from our lawn in the summer, and I have no problems. But this year, I’m covered! And new blisters keep appearing, even now! I think the oil got into my bloostream via a cut or a bugbite. Either that, or I’ve lost my immunity, which can happen.

Either way, open, seeping blisters on my arms shouldn’t be in a workshop. I have to dry them out, so they’re not exactly covered, and if the fumes, compound dust and metal shavings get in there, it won’t be good.

So, I’ve been doing a bit of chainmaille in preparation for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, which will be here before we know it, and trying not to scratch. Luckily, the worst of it is starting to heal, and I should be back in the shop soon.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) Night Markets every Saturday, and I’ll keep doing them until the Saturday before Pennsic. Then it’ll be Pennsic, and then the Ren Fest, and then MORE Night Markets ni October.

So, yeah – Busy busy busy! Hopefully I’ll see you around!

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A New Arrival

Sleepy Mara. She settled in quick!

This brings our cat count to three. I’d like to share how Mara joined our family, because I believe it’s a perfect example of the Universe (or whatever you want to call it) providing you with exactly what you need when you ask for it.
Now, some backstory. This time a year ago was one of the worst times in our lives. We lost three pets and my grandmother in a period of about 8 weeks. Losing four immediate family members hurts, furry or not. Among those we lost was Bentley. He loved us all, but it was very obvious he was Brian’s cat. He slept next to him, curled up on his lap as he wrote, sat next to him in the dining room – He was just there, at all times, and he helped Brian manage his depression in ways only a pet can.
We adopted Simon, and while he’s the strangest, silliest, most clownish cat I’ve ever known (I swear he’s part dog) he is simply not a lap cat. He loves hugs. Pasha, our black cat, is a shoulder cat.
So, Brian’s been missing a lap cat for a year, and it was getting to him. I’ve always said that if a homeless animal came to us, they’d have a home. He said that he wished he had a lap cat again.
Guess what happened? The day after he said that, Brian was hugging Simon while he dozed in the cat tree at the dining room window. Brian looked outside and saw a cat come out of the woods a few houses down. She confidently walked though the back lawns (not at all like outdoor cats or strays – they tend to slink) until she got to our fence. She jumped up onto our fence, looked Brian in the eyes, and walked along the rail straight towards him. She sat down on the gate post and stared. Waiting.
Brian called me so I could watch her while he got his shoes on and food ready. He got her in the house, where she scarfed down almost two whole bowls of dry food and drank a ton of water. She was clearly a pet – Clean, friendly, and a bit tubby. Not knowing if she had been turned out due to illness or simply lost, we took her to the shelter so they could scan for a microchip and give her a health check. We took a ton of pictures and hunted for her owner.
To make a long story short, there was no chip, no one came to claim her and we couldn’t find her family. We couldn’t get her out of our heads and by Friday night we decided to adopt her. Saturday morning she came home, and even though it hasn’t been two weeks yet, it feels like she’s been here forever. We named her Mara after the goddess of love in Skyrim, which is quite fitting.
She settled in almost instantly, and within hours found her proper place. On Brian’s lap.


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Jewelry and Legacy

Rings from my grandparents
Together Again

I’m sharing this picture of my grandparents’ rings because, as of Sunday, they are together again.

My grandma was 95, and lived alone at home. Grandpa died a few years ago, almost to the day, which was almost their 60th anniversary, which was almost her birthday, Valentine’s Day.

I almost posted a blog post about the sample sale going on, and the shows I’m applying to. I almost decided not to say anything about it, but that would feel like lying.

Art is ultimately about life, and life gets sad and messy at times. If artists didn’t acknowledge that, there wouldn’t be “Memento Mori” jewels or mourning rings filled with delicate braids of hair. There’s lots of beauty to be found in the tragic parts of life; we just have to dig a bit harder to get to it.

So I’ll keep going. I will keep up the Project 365 I’m doing on Instagram, even while I’m in NY. I’ll reschedule the sale post for another week. I’ll keep going with my big, crazy fashion show plan. I’ll look for more shows to apply to. I’ll laugh and draw and make things.

But I won’t be mailing out any shipments until next week.