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This is the signup post for the Last Chance Pre-Holiday Instant Gratification session! I will be doing simple custom work from approximately 9 am to 5 pm (eastern time) on Thursday, December 11th.

If you can describe what you in one paragraph and I have the necessary materials in stock, I will make it for you! Simple is the operative word - I should be able to look at your request and immediately start working without having to ask for more information. Please be very specific about what you want and how much you want to spend. There is a $10 minimum and a $50 maximum for these pieces.

Details, caveats and restrictions:

To place a request, leave a comment on this post and tell me how much you want to spend, what you want me to make ***including specifics of color/material and wire type*** and how big it should be.

(Please please please PLEASE make sure you include all of those details in your comment; any requests that require clarification will be bumped to the back of the queue. Your assistance in keeping your Friendly Neighborhood Wirebender sane is greatly appreciated.  She has neither elves nor minions these days and is bad at mind-reading.)

You should be able to comment on this post via a wide variety of social medial login options, which may or may not email you when I reply to your comment. You can also tweet your request to @wyrdingstudios, or email it to kythryne@wyrdingstudios.com. I will reply to your request with a link to a reserved-for-you listing in the store. If you don’t get an email by Friday morning, check back to get your link.

Please plan to either pay for your item or let me know that it’s not to your liking within 48 hours. If you pay by Friday morning, it will be in the mail Friday afternoon, and stands an excellent chance of getting to US addresses before Christmas Eve or the end of Hanukkah. Any unpaid items will be made available to the general public on Monday morning

I’m limited to the materials I have in stock (but since I stock over a thousand varieties of shiny objects, that’s not much of a restriction) and I reserve the right to limit this to a maximum of 20 requests and one item per person, as well as to say “that needs to be a regular commission" for any requests that are too complex, vague, or time-consuming for this format.

(Need inspiration? New here and not sure what I make? Visit Wyrding Studios to see what I’ve been doing recently or browse through seven eight nine years of photos on Flickr.)

Signups are currently open!

 
 
Current Location: Magpie House, Concord NH
Current Mood: excited
 
 
20 November 2014 @ 12:56 pm

I have decided that Wyrding Studios will not actively be participating in Black Friday this year. Instead, for the rest of the year, I will be focusing on offering a wider range of affordable items in the store, with occasional flash sales, coupon codes, and special offers via social media.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about this over the past few weeks, and this is not a decision I’ve made lightly. The short explanation is that Black Friday has become something that conflicts strongly with my personal values, as well negatively affecting my creativity and putting undue stress on my physical and mental health.

The longer explanation is significantly more complex.

Like most retail business owners, I usually see a substantial increase in orders between October and December. (The origin of the phrase Black Friday is sometimes attributed to it being the time of year when retail businesses tip over from running in the red to making a profit.) However, over the past decade, I’ve watched Black Friday creep earlier and earlier every year, put more and more strain on retail workers and business owners, and become more and more violent and mindless.

As a one-woman business, I have a great deal of flexibility about when and how much I work; I have to maintain a consistent level of inventory and keep up with website orders, subscriptions, commissions, and wholesale orders… but when I do that work is mostly up to me. If I want to start working at 2am on a holiday I don’t celebrate, it’s my choice to do so and no one else is significantly impacted by my actions.

But if I continue to participate in Black Friday, I’m tacitly involving myself in something that I’m finding more and more at odds with my personal ethics every year.  As many of you know, 2014 has been a very difficult year for me. It has also been profoundly transformative. Some of you have probably heard me talk about my belief that tikkun olam - literally, “heal the world” - is part of the responsibility of being an artist. Part of that work is making the conscious decision to live as mindfully and compassionately as I can.

As Black Friday loomed every closer on my calendar, I found myself more and more uncomfortable with both the prospect of trying to take on the additional workload and the implications of continuing to participate in something that becomes more materialistic, violent, and disruptive every year. When I decided yesterday that I needed to opt out of it, it felt like a giant weight had dropped off my shoulders. For the first time in entirely too long, I truly looked forward to going into the studio today.

That alone tells me I’m making the right choice for myself. Whether or not it will be the right choice as a business owner remains to be seen, but I think it’s the only choice I can make in good conscience.

 
 
03 November 2014 @ 01:27 pm
Nine years ago this week, I was sitting in my Manhattan apartment, watching leaves swirl down past the window behind my workbench, more than a little stunned at the leap of faith I'd just made, and hoping I'd figure out how to fly on the way down.

It's astonishing how everything can change and yet stay so much the same.

Wyrding Studios has been my primary job for almost a decade. Some years I made enough to support my entire family single-handedly; other years it brought in just about enough to pay for groceries and replacing the boiler, or a new roof. It's ebbed and flowed along with my life, and in recent years I haven't been able to spend nearly as much time as I want working, but In a world that devalues art, it's nothing short of astonishing that I'm still here, still making jewelry, and still thriving.

2013 and 2014 were a hard, hard years. I had brain surgery, I was fighting C-PTSD, Miles was only in preschool a few days a week, and my marriage was falling apart. On more than one occasion I seriously considered giving up and closing Wyrding Studios for good, but I could never bring myself to actually do it.

In May, I found myself abruptly on my own after nearly 14 years of marriage. I have a young child, a mortgage, and multiple debilitating illnesses. I had no idea how I was going to survive. I was terrified. So I asked for help, and I kept making art, because it was what I knew how to do. Keep moving.

I'm still here. I'm still making art. I'm still kind of terrified, but I'm surviving, and even starting to thrive. Starting over wasn't what I wanted, but it was apparently what I needed. I'm making some of the best art of my entire life, in multiple mediums... and today, I'm sitting here in my house in New Hampshire, watching leaves swirl down past the window behind my workbench, and hoping I can figure out how to fly on the way down. Because it's still a leap of faith, even nine years later.

This is my love letter to all of you. Some of you have been with me from the very start, some of you found me over the years, some of you have just stumbled across me today, or last week. You've shared your stories with me, trusted me with your secrets so that I could make them into art for you, sent me silly things in the mail, kept me company virtually when I've worked far too late into the night, bought my work, told your friends about it. You've helped keep a small business - and the woman behind it - going for nine years. A quarter of my life.

Thank you. I write something like this every year, and every year I don't really have the words to say how much it means. This year, more than any other year before, I don't have the words. Just... thank you.

The annual Wyrding Studios Anniversary Shenanigans are kicking off today. There will be contests and giveaways, there will be a Magpie Rummage Sale because I found a cache of old show inventory in the basement last week, there will be new shinies, there will be flash sales and new shinies and I don't even know what else yet.

And there will be gratitude, and hope. Because I'm pretty sure I'm learning to fly on my way down.
 
 
This is the signup post for October’s Instant Gratification Monday session! I will be doing simple custom work from approximately 10 am to 4pm (eastern time) on Monday, October 27th.  I will be livetweeting the pieces as I make them - follow @wyrdingstudios on twitter for shiny picspam and other randomness!


If you can describe what you want in one paragraph and I have the necessary materials in stock, I will make it for you! Simple is the operative word - I should be able to look at your request and immediately start working without having to ask for more information. Please be as specific as possible about what you want and how much you want to spend. (I am bad at mind-reading.) There is a $5 minimum and a $50 maximum for these pieces.


I will reply to your request with a link to a reserved-for-you listing in the store. I do ask that you either pay for your item or let me know that it's not to your liking within 48 hours. Any unpaid items will be made available to the general public on Friday, October 31st.


Caveats and restrictions: I'm limited to the materials I have in stock (but since I stock over a thousand varieties of shiny objects, that's not much of a restriction) and I reserve the right to limit this to a maximum of 15 requests and one item per person, as well as to say "that needs to be a regular commission" for any requests that are too complex or time-consuming for this format. Wirework only, please. If you're redeeming rewards points or using IGM credit, please tell me how many points you want to redeem or how much of your credit you want to use when you place your request.


Requests are open as of now and will remain open until approximately noon on Monday or when we hit the 15-request cap, whichever comes first. Tell me what you'd like and how much you want to spend and I will do my best to make it for you. I will be working through requests in a roughly first-come, first-served basis.





You do not need an LJ account to comment, but if you comment anonymously, please sign it with your name or initials and remember that I won't have any easy way to reach you, so check back later to get your link. You can also tweet your request to @wyrdingstudios or email it to kythryne@wyrdingstudios.com.  Please DO NOT use Facebook messaging - I find that to be extremely unreliable and I would hate to miss your request because I don't see it in time.


(Need inspiration? New here and not sure what I make? Visit Wyrding Studios to see what I've been doing recently, search the archive, or browse through seven eight almost nine years of photos on Flickr.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
28 July 2014 @ 01:03 pm
I'm in a mood, so I've decided to do a series of flash sales through the end of the month. To start: 25% off any order of $75 or more from the Shiny & New section with coupon code flashsale25!

What will I do next? Even I don't know!
 
 
 
Obligatory "oh look it's a store update I'm too tired to remember how to put images in a post and anyway does anyone actually still read LJ anymore?" entry.

So. Yeah. Shiny things. You might want to go look at them and buy them maybe? Or tell your friends?


P.S. I'm keeping the house. It's my first night here alone since Amy moved out, I'm a little freaked, I'm working non-stop, but I'm also profoundly relieved and grateful. Thank you all so much.

P.S.S. There are llamas. In the update.