Long time, no post

This is just a quick note to say yes, I am still making jewelry, even though I have not updated this blog in a blue moon. If you are interested in following updates, coupons, sales and offers, the two best places to look are now the official Sihaya Designs Facebook and my personal twitter feed, @sihayadesigns.  See you around the web!

Warmly,

Christina

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What Does the Future Hold for Sihaya Designs?

Hi everybody! As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been quieter than usual for the past few months.

Part of it is that I was sick quite a lot this winter. I was too sick to hold pliers for at least a month. It was long, and exhausting, and very frustrating. And then after that– well, the brainweasels got me. Depression and anxiety run in my family, and coupled with lingering sickness and general winter doldrums, it severely impacted my productivity. And there were other things happening, too: I got my first nephew through unusually dramatic circumstances, there were a few health scares in my immediate family, and of course, Nox’s ongoing cancer.

As many of you ask for periodic updates on Nox: he’s had his ups and downs. His blood tests are continuing to be good. His appetite? Not so much. He’s always been a fussy eater, but that has gotten worse since his diagnosis. He’s still eating medicated food for us, but it’s a process. And medicated food, plus his actual medications and vet visits, have been rather pricey. That’s not a complaint by any means: we’re committed to his quality of life for as long as he’s with us, and that’s the price you pay. It’s what you do for family. Through it all, he’s been a very good boy, and absolutely relishes all of the extra attention and snuggles.

So, acknowledging that I’ve been rather MIA for two months, I thought it’d be a good time to discuss the future of Sihaya Designs. Which, at the moment, is a bit nebulous.

My husband recently accepted a promotion that will require us to move to the suburbs of Washington, DC. While DC is merely an hour away from our current house, it does mean a rather hefty raise in our cost of living. DC is not cheap! To add to that, we’ve been having serious discussions about timelines when it comes to starting a family together. Generally speaking, we hope to begin near the end of 2015. And that is also very exciting, but not cheap.

Realistically, we will be moving in late Spring. Most likely in May or June, but possibly sooner if something perfect falls into our laps. And at that point, I will begin searching for a different job. I absolutely love being self-employed, and I am proud of everything I have accomplished at Sihaya Designs. That said, I am trying to be realistic about the additional costs our household will incur, and that may mean it is necessary to find another job– especially as our move will mean I will have to give up my current part time position.

What does this mean for Sihaya Designs?

Well, I’m not sure. It entirely depends on the jobs that are out there. Maybe I find an awesome full time job and scale Sihaya Designs back to part time. Maybe I find an awesome part time job that pays well enough to allow me to continue Sihaya Designs full time. It’s too early for me to say just yet.

But I do know one thing: whether full time or part time, Sihaya Designs will continue to operate through the end of 2014. Earring club people, I gotcha covered. I don’t expect to ever stop making jewelry. I will probably always be available for commissions, depending on my schedule. I will probably release periodic collections. It just may not continue to be my full time job.

In the short term, I will be vending at Art of the Belly in Ocean City, MD in March. I have been accepted to vend at a few more spring-time shows, and I am contemplating my current fiscal realities, now that it’s clear that a move will be happening sooner rather than later. If I have any more vending details, I’ll be sure to post them.

I hope to have a small update up in March. I expect to have my regular spring sale at the start of April. Save those pennies, ’cause it’s going to be a good one!

And, of course, I am incredibly grateful for the amazing groundswell of support I have gotten from my customers over the years. Everything from evangelizing my work to checking in on the kitties– it has all been enormously touching, and I know that I am truly blessed.

Onward, onward. Let’s see what the future holds.

Warmly,

Christina

Sihaya Designs Choose Your Stone Commissions!

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As I have done several times in the past, February is the perfect time to run a “choose your stone” commission run!  I have photographed all of my available labradorite and druzy. Here’s how it works:
1. You got to my flickr album and click on the individual pictures of stones you’re interested in. Each individual picture has a caption that describes the stone’s size and any other relevant details. Here’s the album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sihaya09/sets/72157632854027627/

2. You tell me you want it. First come, first served!

3. After you reserve, you convo me on Etsy to tell me what you’d like to do with it. This includes telling me what metal(s) you’d like, any design specifics, if you’d like other gemstone drops or accents. If you need some ideas, I have an album of previous labradorite jewelry here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sihaya09/sets/72157626883372409/

4. I will tell you a price. The minimum price will be $75, and will increase by how much metal I need, the complexity of the design, gemstone accents, special considerations, etc.

5. You pay up-front, and in 3 weeks or less you have your made-for-you Sihaya Designs original!

If you have any questions, you can tweet me, ask on facebook, or email me at christina@sihayadesigns.com !

Clearing the Cobwebs Sale 2013! 20% off Sihaya Designs Jewelry

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Exactly what it says on the tin! The Autumn update will be launching in approximately two weeks, and I need to make some room.  20% off all orders during the sale period, excluding custom orders. Have any questions? Please contact me at christina@sihayadesigns.com !

For those of you who have never used a coupon code via Etsy before, it can be a bit confusing to find it the first time. Hopefully this will help. Click to embiggen!

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Want 15% off at Sihaya Designs? July is Customer Appreciation Month!

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Last week the first update of the summer landed, with many seaborne reliquaries, shimmering waves, and warm-weather greens.

If you’ve been a fan of Sihaya Designs for a year or more, you probably know that in July, we run a Customer Appreciation promo. This year, I’ll be upholding the tradition, running it again.

Here’s how it works: 

– You have from now until 11:59pm on July 31st to send a picture of you wearing a piece of your Sihaya Designs jewelry to christina@sihayadesigns.com. Please make sure “Customer Appreciation Photo” is in the subject of your email, so it doesn’t get eaten by spam filters. If you prefer, you can also send it to me in an Etsy convo.

– In return, I will email you a 15% off coupon, good on any one (non-custom) order until the end of August.

– Please keep in mind that I often publish pictures sent in to my blog; if you would prefer that I not publish yours, please let me know.

— You can also browse the Customers of Sihaya Designs gallery, which features some of the submissions from past years.

Thank you all so much for your support throughout the years! I hope you love your shinies!

Warmly,
Christina

Fuchsia Holographic Faery Wings!

Fuchsia Holographic Faery Wings

 

Have you seen these new fuchsia holographic faery wings?  While I was out and about in Ellicott City, MD with my husband last month, I came upon a store that had a dizzying array of interesting glitters. I fell in love with one that exactly matches my hair, and also has some lovely holographic sparkle, as well.

I just posted my first batch of the resulting wings over at the shop, with opalescent white crystals, aurora borealis crystals, and crystals that color-shift.  Of course, if you’d like a custom pair, those are available as well.

Here are a few quick snaps!

Fuchsia Holographic Faery Wings

Color-shifting crystals in the classic design.

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White opal crystals in the “fancy’ double-swirl design.

What do you think? Do these hot pink stunners call out to you?

Warmly,

Christina

A Few Notes on International Shipping

A few notes on international shipping: I use Etsy’s wonderful shipping widget, which both allows me to ship more cheaply to you (because it gives me a business rate) and more efficiently (because it fills out all my forms for me, like magic). The address you put in when you purchase an item is the address that goes on the envelope. The only thing I do is weigh the package and choose the mail class. Which I think is pretty cool– it saves me hours of time during my week, and allows me to pack my orders much more quickly.

What I charge for shipping covers only postage (which sadly has nearly doubled for international customers) plus about a dollar for gift packaging and a bubble mailer. It does not cover your country’s customs fees.

And tangentially related– since Etsy’s shipping widget is so marvelous, it fills out the customs forms for me. But what this means is that there is no way for me to edit the value of your item. If you made a $40 purchase, the customs form reads $40 value. I am sorry, but I cannot reduce this to avoid customs fees outside the US.

Please let me know if you have any other questions regarding international shipping. I’d love to answer your questions!

Warmly,

Christina