Thursday, May 2, 2013

The sun sets and she appears...

Hello internets. Yes ... its been a while. A long while. Oops.

 This is me, trying to get back on the blog horse again. Like all those other times.

However, since October I've found a lot of new pieces in the jigsaw puzzle that is my physical & mental health, and my own personal brand of Chronic Fatigue. Wheat gives me hangovers, and yet I tested negative for celiac disease (but that's apparently not unusual). I've been diagnosed with a sleep disorder called Alpha Wave Intrusion, which barely any part of medical science has studied except to notice that it happens sometimes. Sweet potatoes give me tummy aches.*shrugs*

I also had a nice “Aha!” moment relating to the sleep disorder. Maybe the anxiety problems I had about five years ago aren't so much over with, but I've just somehow learned to ignore them better. And looking through my old self-help books on anxiety vs. depression rang a lot of bells.

So for right now I've decided to take a break from my social life, while maintaining home and work lives for my basic survival needs, but this time on purpose. I need to work out what's wrong with me and how to either fix it or live with it. Sacrifices had to be made, especially when it came to vending engagements and cons. But without so many distractions, I'm forced to examine where I am and what I'm doing, and its already starting to make a difference.

On the other hand, when I do get bits of energy back over the norm, I can just put that right into jewelry without being tempted by the outside world. Because it is a low-energy activity that I've loved for years, and things that make me happy and content are rare nowadays.

This means there will be blog and Etsy shop updates! Not sure how long they will last, but I've broken out my old seed beading skills for my lunch breaks, and went to the NY Whole Bead Show in March, so there will be new stuff. I even photographed all of it last weekend, with some new backdrops for my light box, which is about as exciting as it gets around here.

If you're interested in seeing my daily dance with chronic fatigue, and my latest adventure in organizing my life for maximum savings of “spoons”, plus tarot fun, take a look at my other blog:
Chrysilla on Dreamwidth!

If you're just here for the shiny stuff, here are a few tidbits to tide you over ;-)


Chrysilla ;-)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Elphaba, a necklace of Oz

[for sale here on Etsy]


A magnifying glass hangs from a long lariat necklace of vintage style pale yellow cathedral beads, matte onyx, swarovski pearls, and olive green goldstone.

The necklace is 25.5 inches long, and does not include a clasp.

Queen of the Cat People, Class with a cult following.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Harvest Bat necklace

Harvest Bat
[for sale here on Etsy]


An adorable wooden bat hangs from a chain of copper, red tigereye, and matte black onyx. All links were wrapped in copper wire entirely by hand.

Necklace is 21 inches long, the pendant hangs down two inches, and includes a copper colored toggle clasp.

Queen of the Cat People, Class with a cult following.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bleached Bones necklace

Bleached Bones
[for sale here on Etsy]


A Djebah coin, from Catherynne Valente's 'The Orphan's Tales' books, with a deep red Swarovski crystal, hangs from a length of white agate, shell, mother of pearl, and coral woven through with white ribbon.

Necklace is 18 inches long, and includes a clasp of silver plated copper. Djebah pendant is polymer clay, and about 1.5 inches long.

Queen of the Cat People, Class with a cult following.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Farewell My Automaton, a Steampunk necklace!

Farewell My Automaton
[for sale here on Etsy]

Display your affections for your favorite love, whether they be flesh and bone or metal and gears ... or perhaps a combination of both.


A working heart-shaped padlock hangs from a length of pearls, Czech crystals, and vintage style cathedral beads in a rainbow of bronze and gold tones. A translucent golden ribbon weaves around and through the beads like mist.

This necklace is 19.5 inches long, the padlock is 1.5 inches long. The padlock itself clasps the necklace in front, and included are two matching keys for opening the lock. (not pictured)

Queen of the Cat People, Class with a cult following.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Strawberry Owl earrings

Strawberry Owls
[for sale here on Etsy]


Two rhodonite owls with white catseye, wrapped by hand in silver plated wire, hanging from sterling silver earring hooks.  Each earring is two inches long.

Queen of the Cat People, Class with a cult following.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

House Targaryen, a Game of Thrones necklace

House Targaryen
[for sale here on Etsy]


A necklace worthy of the true rulers of Westeros. Black agate nuggets wrapped in silver plated wire with dark red garnets and black onyx.

This necklace is 18 inches long, and includes a sterling silver toggle clasp.

Queen of the Cat People, Class with a cult following.