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Bramblefae and Cyber Monday

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Like this!

Hi folks!  Here in the states, most of us are getting ready for Thanksgiving, and some of the…more adventurous among us will be trekking into retail establishments on Friday. Not me, though. Yikes. 😀

I will be getting my Etsy shop ready for a sale on Cyber Monday. From midnight (eastern time) on November 30 to midnight (eastern time) on December 1, everything in my Etsy shop will be on sale.  That includes custom things and the new ornaments!

Not an elf bootie.
Not an elf bootie.

Also, for that day ONLY, you can order a jawbone necklace from me. This really will be the last time I offer, folks! So if you know someone who wants one, make sure they order it on Monday November 30th.

I’ll be tweeting about it pretty constantly, so keep an eye on my twitter ( @bramblefae ) for updates!

Thank you folks for everything! You’re all awesome.

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People Can Be So Wonderful

I play a lot of video games in my free time. My current favorite game is Dragon Age Inquisition, as anyone who knows me at all can probably attest.  Through this, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people.  People I call friend, even if I’ve never been in the same room with most of them. 🙂 One of the reasons I love the community so much is because we will come together to help each other.

Recently, a group of folks got together to raise some money to get a few ladies next gen consoles.  They are all going through their own tough issues and remain amazing, bright, shining parts of our fandom and I was so glad to be able to help, if only by donating a couple pieces of jewelry.  It was really an amazing thing to watch-in just a few hours we’d raised enough money to add a little light to the lives of these three people who, every day, add light to our lives. ❤

I’d offered to make rings for folks who donated a certain amount, but as things go, they ended up wanting earrings and I actually enjoyed making them! 😀

Preciosa glass pearls. I love using these!
Preciosa glass pearls. I love using these!
The purple beads are polymer clay beads I rolled myself. :)
The purple beads are polymer clay beads I rolled myself. 🙂

 

Fan Art

On being a fan

Aside from making jewelry, I am kind of a nerd. This nerdiness is, in large part, responsible for Bramblefae Boutique.  If I’d never developed my love for elves and faeries, I would never have wanted a pair of elf ears that didn’t use spirit gum.  Would I have come to jewelry design from some other way? Maybe, but I am pretty content with the way things have gone and are going. 🙂

 

At any rate, back in November, a video game came out.  Not just any game, but the third installment of the Dragon Age series, Inquisition.  I could write a blog post about my love for this world, but that can wait. The short version is that I fell in love with an elf in that game (This shocks no one who knows me.). This particular elf, called Solas, wears part of a wolf’s jawbone as a necklace.

Pajama Wearing elf
Pajama Wearing elf

I’ve done different sorts of fan art before, writing and drawing, but I’d never tried to make a piece of game inspired jewelry.  So, after some poking and prodding at wire, a few incantations (not really) and some assorted curse words, I came up with a stylized version of Solas’ necklace.

Not an elf bootie.
Not an elf bootie.

It’s been pretty popular, and yesterday, it was featured on the Dragon Age website as a part of their ongoing series “Fanquisition”.

I tried to write a post about it last night, but I was pretty excited, and very flighty. 🙂  This is all very cool and inspiring to me, to be honest.

Before Christmas, I was very frustrated with the business and with myself. I won’t go into it, but there was a lot of self doubt. 🙂  This experience, though, has shown me that this really *is* what I need to be doing, and it’s made me a little more fearless about 1)trying new things with regards to jewelry and 2)showing my ideas to folks. 🙂

 

So, thank you folks, seriously. Thank you. And keep watching because there will be many cool things coming your way from me this year. 🙂

~BFae