Announcement Announcement! I have decided to change the name of my shop to my old business name where most of you know me as. "The Goode Huswife" ( pronounced "good housewife") is old English from the 15th C by Thomas Tusser who wrote wonderful, charming poems, of a sort, about life centuries ago. And....PLEASE VISIT MY OTHER SHOP: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesacredmaiden for more of a vintage French religious assemblage style of jewelry.
Announcement! I have decided to change the name of my shop to my old business name where most of you know me as. "The Goode Huswife" ( pronounced "good housewife") is old English from the 15th C by Thomas Tusser who wrote wonderful, charming poems, of a sort, about life centuries ago. And....PLEASE VISIT MY OTHER SHOP: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesacredmaiden for more of a vintage French religious assemblage style of jewelry.
patknit1 on Sep 28, 2016
I just love this wonderful piece, and appreciate that a former owner wrote their initials on the back. It is quite special!
LuvJules on Jun 13, 2016
Love this piece & love this shop! Thank you very much!!!
Sarah on May 28, 2016
Wonderful fun, very nice to wear, thank you!!!!
Ah, now I get to use more letters. 5000 in fact!
As I said, I've always been self employed and have always had a need to create. The job I had previously was owning a cross stitch needlework company (The Goode Huswife) for many years. I designed all the patterns and it was a great job.
Previous to that I dabbled in lots of creative outlets, including painting. While being a needlework designer, I painted many, many miniature samplers (if you're familiar with the antique school girl art) on wood. This, in a round about way, led to soldering pendants (Sally Jane style) with needlework inside each one, instead of collages.
After ten years or so of designing, doing shows, and living 99% in the needlework world, I sorely needed a change of venue. A friend was doing repurposed jewelry and I gave it a try. It was addicting to say the least! And....which is more fun..shopping for all the little vintage and antique pieces or making something out them?! It's a toss up!
Creating jewelry is now a passion and there is just no limit to the ideas. I try to evoke a feeling or a memory with each piece. Although it looks simple to "throw together" a necklace, those of you who also do this know it can take hours (days!) to come up with the perfect combination.
My worktable(s) are always a huge mess, for a number of reasons. First of all, I have to be able to see what I have to use. If it's in a drawer, I forget about it...although collecting old sets of drawers (wood or industrial) is another love of mine. Another reason is that when I make something, I often have to try many different combinations of chain, beads, etc, etc until I'm satisfied. Sometimes I end up with something I never thought of in the beginning, which is also part of the fun. How many "hidden" designs does one have...just waiting for the right bead or little trinket to unleash them?!
So, I try and try to stay organized but it's really a complete failure and I have to admit to myself, I'm an utter slob. I usually have many projects going on at one time so, of course, they all need to be out in sight as well. :-)
A little bit more about me....I have two little dogs. One is a pretty little Shi-shon which is half Shitzu and half Bijon. She is female and her name is Ruby. Her named was inspired by a TV show I watched while living in Belgium. There were very few English speaking shows and to find one I loved was a bonus. It was about a very heavy woman who lost a lot much weight. She started at 600 lbs I think.
The other dog is a miniature poodle named Curly. He's a doll and loves to cuddle.
For the picture section, I think I'll post pictures I've taken here and there and write a little caption. I hope you enjoy them.
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Owner, Designer, Owner, Designer And Worker Bee.
Make it short, it says. How does one explain such a passion in 250 words or less?! :) I've been a self employed artist my whole adult, working life. It nurtures my soul and keeps me excited about life. Every day....new possibilites!
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