Happenings this weekend and beyond

The snow is finally melting! Yes, I know it’s mid-April. Such has been life in Minnesota. So much snow for far too long. Even though I’ve been snowbound for what’s seemed like forever, I also started contributing and collaborating with some awesome platforms (ok, Neil deGrasse Tyson says awesome should be reserved for science, but maybe he should check out these events too).

I’ll probably create an Events calendar, but until then, here are some upcoming happenings that I hope you can take advantage of.


 

Ageless Beauty Summit promo

I’m super excited to be one of the sponsors for the Ageless Beauty: Secrets From The Masters Summit.

The Summit begins April 21st – if you haven’t signed up do so now.
You won’t want to miss this event.  You will learn tips and techniques on self-care, mindfulness, health and wellness topics such as beating fatigue, hormonal imbalances, managing stress, osteoporosis, food allergies and digestive issues.

Building A Community To Support YOU!

This event is to create a community to support, educate and empower women in the 2nd prime of their life. Life may be different – but it’s not over!

Gifts Valued At Over $1500!

By signing up you will receive over $1500 in gifts delivered to your inbox! These gifts include music, meditations, videos, herbal remedies, detox/weight-loss program, digital books and much more!

Sign Up TODAY!


 

ECRAC IMAGE Art show logo East Central Regional Arts Council logo

If you’re local and have also finally emerged from the snow, I invite you to the 31st annual IMAGE Art Show at the East Central Regional Arts Council.

I am one of the artists participating in this juried exhibit. The opening celebration is on Saturday, April 21st from 5 to 8 pm. The show will be open until April 27th.


 

This is more of an extension of an event, but it holds a special place in my heart:
SpendIndie logo

SpendIndie was the official producer of this year’s first Wellness Expo at SXSW. I was hoping to share the news that I was one of the of event speakers, but I only made it to the standby list. I’m not mad – who would even be a no-show at such an amazing event! Amy Cousin Jewelry was also invited to have a booth at the Wellness Expo, but I couldn’t make it happen, this year. Ohhh but I am so there for 2019!!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce that  Amy Cousin Jewelry has joined SpendIndie’s online market. I have a few items posted and will be adding more. When you visit the site, will you share and rate my pieces? That will help me keep the SXSW Wellness Expo booth offer on the table for ACJ.

I appreciate your support. Have a beautiful weekend!

Amy

image of Amy Cousin from Amy Cousin Jewelry

 

I almost forgot – It’s ACJ’s Anniversary!

And it’s my birthday too. So you know what that means … Celebration Sale!! acj anniversary bday

How could I have forgotten? I’m one of those people who seriously considered a January do-over. Crossing into the new year did not automatically reset the weirdness that was 2017. To be honest, last year had just as many highs as it had lows, so I finally decided to appreciate the good stuff. I’ll be sharing the good stuff as it rolls out – soon.

So this is how it’s come to be the end of February without me noticing so much. I launched Amy Cousin Jewelry at the same time we were closing down our bricks & mortar shop. While I miss the shop and slathering fragrance oil blends on anyone who would let me, I am so thankful that I have been able to grow ACJ from wrapping tumbled stones for customers to creating a jewelry sideline for the shop to launching as ACJ and fully stepping into my purpose as a gemstone intuitive. I couldn’t have done it without your support and interest, and even telling your friends about ACJ. That’s why the best part of celebrating is sharing with you!

christmas-xmas-gifts-presents.jpgThis year’s ACJ Anniversary Sale
starts now and runs until February 28th.
Oh, and everything in stock is 50% off.

 

You don’t need any special code – the discount will happen at checkout. Just use the PayPal processing option.

 

Ummm, where’d the ACJ site go? Not to worry – it’s right here!

I am finally giving the ACJ website the love it deserves!
What that means is for a very short time, the best way to get to all of the ACJ goodies is directly through my Tictail Marketplace page. So here’s the link.

http://tictail.com/s/amycousinjewelry

 

I’d planned to have it all shiny and new before I announced the big update, but the last thing I want to do is leave you hanging in an endless redirect to my blog. Cause, that’s what happenin’ right now…

So, let’s just avoid the “wait, wasn’t I just here? where’s the site? I need my gemstone energy like right now!” drama and go to

https://tictail.com/s/amycousinjewelry

 

ACJ will be up and running on its own very soon.
Soon… that’s oh so vague, isn’t it? Okay, ACJ will be up and running by the end of June.

It’s June! What else needs to be said?

Fort Hill Farms Lavender Garden

Well, I can add a few more things. For starters, I finally hung up my big ski sweater, which had become standard survival gear in my studio. Working in an open space with lots of natural light has always been high on my dream studio must-have list, so I tried to not complain too much.
Amys ski sweater in studio  Amy in studio sans sweater

More ACJ in more places. I am delighted to announce that Amy Cousin Jewelry can be found in two new locations!

Homespun Decor and Gifts –  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Homespun open sign

I met the husband-and-wife team of Ben Cooney and Jill Hayes last year when ACJ participated in the Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival. They recently opened Homespun Decor and Gifts, which features everything from soaps to lamps to jewelry, all handcrafted by 75 Minnesota artists and makers. Needless to say, I’m honored to be in that number. It’s a beautiful shop and I added a few pieces to my wish list while I was delivering my own pendants and earrings. Homespun is located in the Nokomis neighborhood at 5006 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Fort Hill Farms and Gardens – Thompson, Connecticut

Fort Hill Farms logo

Spending a day at Kristin Orr’s Fort Hill Farms and Gardens is an experience not to be missed if you’re in the New England area. Every year, she and her family plus staff create a beautiful maze in their 6-acre corn field.  Kristin also has several lavender gardens, from which she makes ice cream and tarts as well as soaps, lotions, and essential oils. She sells them in her Bee-tique, which now features Amy Cousin Jewelry’s line of bottle pendants – perfect for holding Kristin’s amazing lavender essential oil.

 

Fort Hill Farms Lavender Garden
Fort Hill Farms’ Lavender

Fort Hill Farms lavender garden labrynth  Kristin has also cultivated a place of peace by creating lavender labyrinths in the stone foundations of an old barn on her property. I can’t wait to visit! Fort Hill Farms and Gardens is located at 260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, Connecticut.

 

My Dream Studio vs Reality

In the spirit of sharing more about myself and my process, I have been posting on Instagram. A friend commended me for my effort, saying she was sure customers would like to see “where the magic happens”. I smiled. The magic… what a nice thing to say. So here is a glimpse into my studio, sort of…

To say I have an actual studio, is to stretch the meaning of the word. What I have designated as my “studio” has gone through many changes over the years. When I ran our brick & mortar shop*, I still wanted to make jewelry at home, so I purchased a deluxe Stanley tool box (aka Portable Studio) and lugged it to work every day.ACJ portable studio1  ACJ portable studio3

It was great: sturdy, with enough room for my entire bead, wire and tool inventory, and it had wheels! Aaah, those were the days… But as time went on, my inventory outgrew my trusty old Stanley. I held on to it until the wheels broke off under the weight of my beads. Yes, that happened. That, and the kids began grumbling about child labor laws whenever I asked them to help me pick it up. When we closed the doors of our physical shop, hauling my mammoth portable studio ceased being an issue.

Working from home proved to have its pros and cons. I wandered around the house before finally commandeering the dining room table as my new studio. The plus was the natural light from our large windows. The minus was being so close to the kitchen that I appeared to be on constant chef duty. NO! Chez Ami is closed until further notice!

For the occasions when I had to be away from home base, I created my Waiting Room Studio.

ACJ_WaitingRoom_Studio

I recycled a large hummus container, and packed it with the essential tools and enough supplies to create two or three pieces. My waiting room studio also gave me a new way to connect with people who were interested in (my) jewelry. Having a few extra pairs of ear wires with me allowed me to sell the earrings I was wearing, without the ear wires I was wearing. When the kids and I were extras in a movie that was being filmed in our area, the costume designer saw me making a necklace during a break. She asked me if she could use some of my jewelry for the shoot. The scenes (and my jewelry) were cut, but it was nice to be asked.

Now, I have a space in which I create jewelry, manage the backend biz, and hang out on social media platforms to talk with you. I call it my Tiny Studio, because it is a shared space.

ACJ_TinyDesk_Studio2 ACJ_TinyDesk_Studio3

If you follow me on Pinterest (and I wish you would), you’ve probably noticed that one of my biggest boards is Dream Studio/Office. I frequently turn to Pinterest for gemstone and color inspiration. I call those lost hours research – that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Invariably, someone who knows my studio porn weakness, pins a photo of an amazing space, and I add it to my collection. Sigh. It’s all there, in my Dream Studio/Office. See what I’ve been up to. Join me, if you dare. You’ve been warned.

While I have yet to achieve my dream studio, I have come to realize that for now, just being able to create, wherever and whenever is something to appreciate on its own. I love what I do, and that won’t ever change. As it turns out, the magic can happen anywhere.

*Time for a shameless plug: While our Sirius Mind and Body brick and mortar shop is no longer, we’re still open on our website. Come visit us! click here

Rising to the challenge

Hi all – I just want to wish everyone a splendid upcoming week!

I’m looking forward to this week (dare I say Monday?) because I’m kicking my jewelry business into high gear: I’ve joined the Flourish and Thrive Academy’s 20 Sales In 20 Days Challenge!

#20SalesIn20Days Challenge
I’ve joined the challenge!

Tracy and Robin are two amazing jewelry artists and businesswomen who share their combined experience. They get it, because they’ve done it. If you are a fellow jewelry artist, I highly recommend you check them out.

As for Amy Cousin Jewelry, please join me in this challenge: my 50% Off Sale will go on for a little while longer, so head on over and start shopping!

Also, I will be posting pics on Instagram and Twitter, so please follow me there as well. I follow back. Above all, have a great week!