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Milestones!

I just noticed that I've hit 12,000 likes on my Facebook Fanpage !  That's pretty exciting.  I remember when I first started it, I often felt like I was talking into a void because I had almost no fans at all.  It's so exciting to see that so many people are enjoying my LMJ fanpage.

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It's been a while!

I'm dusting off my blog and I'm going to try to keep updating it.  I do love the long form of the blog and having more space to connect. 

So keep your eye on this space...thoughts will be presented soon.

I'm back...with new beads!

I had a pretty amazing trip and bought soooo many new beads and cabochons. This is the most I've bought at one time in quite a while! I found such amazing new stone and I cleared out some vintage items too.Sadly, even before I left I knew I was coming down with something. Sure enough, I was sick for the last week and a half, though it seems to have finally receded.In the meantime, I've been working as hard as I could on new listings! I'm a little over halfway through now. Here are a few of my favorites:
14 mm round rutilated quartz round beads on eBay
Gorgeous faceted ametrine beads on eBay
Vintage reproduction offset leaf beads on eBay
One of my favorite purchases--shiva eye shell beads, on Etsy
So many beads, so little time! I'm nearly done with the sorting, but I'm still trying to get everything listed. I still have a huge set of vintage brass stampings, more vintage reproduction beads, and some semiprecious beads left, as well as a huge selection of new semiprecious stone cabochons.Stay tuned, there's lots more to come!

In which I pop up just to say goodbye for a month

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I updated!During that time I restructured my entire eBay store, relisted hundreds of items with new photos, had a very small flood in the basement, and a few other minor but inconveniencing things occur. Plus the holidays and visitors and...you get the picture!I don't think I've ever been so busy with my business before. I've gone a little crazy trying to keep up with the regular business while updating my whole eBay store. I have taken 4000 pictures in under two months. Now that it's all finished, I am running away for a month on a business trip. I'll be buying all sorts of new and delicious fabulous beads and cabochons. I am planning on making this my most splendiferous trip yet--I am so excited about what to buy!I probably won't have time to update this blog until I get back, but you can always follow me on twitter at @laurelmoonjewel and I also update my Facebook fanpage at Laurel Moon Jewelry & Beads while I'm gone.I hope you all have a lovely beadful winter--see you at the end of February!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all the very best holidays ever--full of all the things you love most!

The importance of objects

It's been another busy month for me. I've been trying to get all sorts of listings done and expand my selection in different ways.I've almost gotten to the point where I can relax. Just two more large sets of listings and I could take a small break.Only the universe has other plans, apparently. Yesterday I received a phone call that I did not expect; something that might mean restructuring my entire eBay store.Later that day, I ran downstairs to look for a bag, and I found a leaking pipe instead. It could have been much, much worse. It hadn't been going on long, and the damage was limited to a small area. Sadly, it was a small but vital area, where I had artwork and mementos stored along with my jewelry boxes. I moved things last night and called the plumber, and then went and ran a necessary errand, trying to keep a brave face.Today the plumber arrived, and the news was very good. The repair was swift and easy, and it's all done. So tonight I braved the mess again, wanting to organize things.Each new ruined thing was a wave of sadness; each salvageable thing a small victory. I found that more was ruined than I had originally thought; I found things which somehow were protected by a lucky coincidence like a plastic bag inside a box. Posters and artwork and beautiful paintings by my great-uncle were destroyed; photographs from my late grandmother's house were miraculously preserved, having perched on top of a ruined album that took the brunt of the water. The strange twists of fate were illuminated as I opened each box.Now it's just a matter of drying out the ruined jewelry boxes and paper. I think most of it can be recycled, at the very least. I am borrowing an industrial dehumidifier from my sister, who has weathered several floods. We'll wrestle it into place tonight and hope for the best. It could have been so much worse and I take comfort in that.I'm just trying to look out on the pond today and feel peace.

So. Much. Brass.

I just bought a new set of brass stampings. Pendants, charms, components, links, blanks...you name it.
There are zodiac signs, reindeer, teddy bears, turtles, bulls, Scotties, flowers, cats, saddles, tennis racquets, and seals.
I spent today taking 280+ pictures. Yes, you read that correctly. And then, because I just couldn't stop there, I edited them all, cropped them all, saved them, and then uploaded them. So tomorrow all I have to do is write the listings. New listings take a lot longer than existing listings, but hopefully I will be able to share these all by the end of tomorrow, or at least Thursday night.
After that, I will be tackling the huge job of the new semiprecious cabochons. whew!

New and fabulous beads and cabs

I'm back from my last buying trip until February, and I really outdid myself this time. Waaaay outdid myself. I could barely lift the bag, honestly.But that's a good thing, right? Wait until you see these yums.
From left to right: sage amethyst briolettes, fossil coral, lodalite, faceted lodalite, sunstone, fossil coral, rhyolite, amethyst, GARNET EEEEE LOOK AT IT SO HUGELY WIDE, rutilated quartz, amethystI also picked up many more beautiful vintage reproduction beads:
I adore these gorgeous jewel tones so much--so beautiful and vivid and the amazing floral designs are scrumptious!I've been really thinking about expanding my business and selling different things, and I've decided to try selling a new category of merchandise. Semiprecious stone cabs, present yourselves front and center:
This is a small selection of what I bought. So many delicious stones here--quartz stalactite, rhyolite, Botswana agate, bloodstone, rutilated quartz, chaorite, fossil coral, and more. I can't wait to start listing these!

I'm off...

...no, not my rocker, off for the weekend!My dear friend's birthday is this weekend, and I'll be visiting her so I can join in on the celebrations. And also indulge in a quick buying trip! I can't wait to get more awesome beads and cabs.It's nice, being able to take a long drive here and there. I find that having a nice block of time that is just me and my thoughts and my music can be really energizing and inspiring. October was a mad scramble, and November was pretty busy in a different way, so I'm really looking forward to having a nice little weekend vacation.Have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you next week!Here's a picture of my pond from yesterday to tide you over:

Jewelry for Mom

My parents stayed with us this weekend, and my mom reminded me that I hadn't made anything out of the pendant she'd bought from Nawbin earlier this year. It was made of Tiffany Stone set in sterling silver, and it's been sitting on my desk for months.I always like consulting with the person the jewelry is for, so it was great to have her opinion and incorporate the beads she wanted. Here's the final piece:
Even more fun, I got to repair a vintage piece! My mom loves this bracelet, which she got from her mother, and wore to prom:
I've always loved it, too. The band is so clever; it's incredibly comfortable to wear, doesn't pinch at all, and opens and closes so beautifully and smoothly. Plus, it's incredibly flashy and fun.Sadly, I didn't have the exact vintage crystals to match, but I did have other vintage crystals that were the same size. They aren't AB coated, and they're a slightly different cut, but I think they still had enough light and facets to do the job.Interestingly enough, it turns out the band was made in Japan:
The original beads are Swarovski, of course, that divine bicone/round hybrid that I adore. It was marvelous fun to make the bracelet whole again; it was missing nearly twenty of its sparkling baubles, but tonight it looks great again.
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