“To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.” -Wendell Berry
I include shipping in the price of all my jewelry simply because I have sometimes been a disappointed shopper. There have been times I’ve shopped online and I’ve found something I really wanted, only to have shipping be the deal breaker. It can be heartbreaking when you find something magical and are dancing with glee because you can afford it, but then you go to check out and shipping is astronomical, putting your treasured item out of reach. I’ve talked with friends and family that have had the same experience. I never want that to happen with my jewelry, so I include shipping in the price. That way, when people look at my jewelry and find something they love, if they can afford the price is shows, they can have it! The price includes packaging and shipping via USPS Priority Mail with insurance and delivery confirmation. Your item(s) will arrive in a sturdy Priority Mail box in an effort to avoid any damage in shipping.
Insurance and delivery confirmation, when available, is there for my protection as a seller, so it is non-negotiable. It means I have proof I mailed the item as promised. It means I will *eventually* be reimbursed for the item if it goes astray or is damaged beyond repair.
If you order more than one item that will be shipped together, I will refund the packaging and shipping charges portion of the price for the additional items. All items must fit in one box (I can move up to a bigger box and you’ll still be refunded the difference, if any).
“Soft moss a downy pillow makes,
and green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie fold may rest and
sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright,
Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night.”
~ Elizabeth T. Dillingham, A Faery Song
“….enchanted worlds still exist because the child within us never dies. The doorways may be more obscure, but we can still seek them out. There are still noble adventures to undertake. There are still trees that speak and caverns that lead to nether realms. There will always be faeries and elves within nature because they will always be dancing within our hearts.” ~Ted Andrews
The last stanza of this poem pops into my head late at night when I am busy and longing for bed, yet with so many things I am compelled to finish before I do. This was the case last night, so I thought I would share its full loveliness with you today. I will have to dedicate a piece of jewelry to this poem.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together,
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl’s feather!
~ William Allingham, The Fairies.
You may have noticed a name change here at the site and at my Facebook page. I have changed the business name from Studio Florica to Blanchard Artisan. I hate changing a business name because there is so much work involved and there is always a chance of losing some potential customers to confusion (or even if they were really attached to the old name). However, I made the decision carefully. I needed a name that was at least partially recognizable locally (the Blanchard part) and represented what I’m all about no matter what I’m doing (the Artisan part) because I have other businesses. In addition to selling my jewelry and art, I have a local interior painting business as well as a gardening service, so I needed a house they could all reasonably fit under.
Please pardon the dust here and at the online stores while I make new site graphics that reflect the new business name. I’m also in the process of re-imaging all my jewelry pictures so they will all be fresh and new and will have the correct watermark. There will be new items listed at the store as well since there are quite a few things I have that I haven’t yet had time to image and list.
I’m in the middle of a large painting job that is taking all of my time. I have one more week of work, then I am taking off 2-3 weeks, before starting another painting job, so that I can catch up on the stuff I need to do for my jewelry and art. After that I will likely have more painting work to do that will see my family through the winter. Winters are cold and icy up here in Oregon’s high desert and there isn’t a lot of gardening work to do. I’m just starting my jewelry business here in my new location (the gardening business existed before I came, so that was a lucky “in”), so I have to rely on other income while I build it up. It’s hard starting all over from scratch in a place where you don’t know anyone well yet.
With that said, I’m excited about where I live now and I love my new community. It’s a unique experience living in a community of about 650 people. I have been warmly welcomed by all I have formally met in this community. When you are used to living in larger, more urban areas, it’s easy to think that a small community like this may not be very supporting for business, but I am finding that if you want to work here, people want to pay you to do it. This town comes out in support of everything and it’s so refreshing to see. My stress level has greatly reduced since living here. I don’t have to drive fast. There aren’t a lot of cars anywhere, so you rarely ever have someone on your ass. Everybody waves, even if they don’t know you. “Rush hour” here is like seeing 10 cars on the highway at the same time as you :D. There is lots of wide open space. LOTS. The pace of living is slow. We have all the time we need for everything and everything gets done. Rent (and even home prices) are unimaginably cheap. We only lock our house when we’re in it sleeping. We don’t lock our cars either and, at any given time, the keys may be in them. There is zero worry about “mashers” or creeps or weirdos unless there are strangers in town. It’s a different life.