Instagram 3k Follower Giveaway!

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IG giveaway
As a big thank you and a way for me to make another landscape ring, I'm giving away a custom ring to one lucky winner. The metal will be palladium sterling silver, and the design, width and of course, size, will be the customer's choice. Design choices are not limited to the ones in this photo, but any in the landscape section here on my website may be chosen. A small moissanite can also be added.
Entering is easy! All you have to do is:
1. Follow me on IG - @bethcyrjewelry
2. Like the post with the above image
3. Tag a friend (in that post) you'd love to spend time outdoors with - hiking through a forest, climbing a mountain, hanging out on a beach...
- You can tag more than one friend, but each new tag must be in a new comment. If you add 2 friends in one comment, it will only count as one entry.
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Additional ways to enter if you really, really want to win:
1. Share the post in your IG feed or a story, make sure to tag me @bethcyrjewelry and use #bethcyrjewelry so I can find you.
If your account is private (and we're not already friends), you have to let me know you shared. (this will count as 1 additional entry)
2. Join my email list and let me know you did - either on IG, email or message me here  If you're already on my email list you'll automatically be entered an additional time as long as you also follow me here and tag a friend - and let me know you're already on my email list. (this will count as 1 additional entry)
3. Purchase any ready to ship jewelry item from my website and receive an additional 10 entries.
Entries must be made by Saturday July 21st, midnight PDT. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the IG post at noon PDT, Monday July 23rd and will be contacted via direct message. In order to accept, you must respond w/ in 72 hours or another winner will be chosen. Open to US residents only, 18+. First class shipping included with giveaway. No purchase is necessary. Completion of the ring may take up to 6 weeks. Not associated with IG in any way whatsoever.
And thanks for following! 3k feels like a big deal, so I wanted to give away something special.
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Giving Back

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With a new ring design comes a new charity! I've decided to give the National Park Foundation  the donation for the mountain ring design. For every made to order ring, 1% goes to a different charity based on design. In 2017, over $600 was donated to the following charities:

Tree Bark Rings and Vine/Leaf Rings - American Forest Foundation

Mountain Rings - National Park Foundation

Love Rocks Rings - Geological Society of America

Subtley Rings - Great Lakes Alliance

Sands of Time Rings - Ocean Conservancy

Astronomy Themed Rings - The Planetary Society or SETI Institute

Tooled with Love Rings - Society of North American Goldsmiths

Yoga Inspired Rings - Satchidananda Ashram/Yogaville

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Here's to a Happy and Balanced 2018!

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I can't believe all of 2017 went by and I didn't blog once. Well... I can believe it, but it's just kind of surprising how long it's been. 

2017 was a big year, maybe the biggest! 

We downsized our big lovely house, after selling/giving away a lot of our stuff, we moved the rest of our belongings to storage and lived in a temporary little furnished cottage while we planned a wedding, traveled, got married and prepared to move from GA to WA. 

In September we made the big move and it was pretty crazy for awhile. The trip was amazing. Moving a business to a new state was... less than amazing. I'm still working on getting my studio set up just right, but overall, it's pretty incredible. We made it through the holidays and I'm feeling so good about the new year! 

I started off by reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. I'm pretty obsessed with the podcast Hidden Brain and the host, Shankar Vedantam, interviewed Cal for one of the episodes and really made me interested in reading the book. While it's not really geared toward an artist selling online, there are a lot of tools he gives that are really helpful.

My work day is an interesting play on using social media to promote my business while not getting sucked in to the overuse/addiction/time suck that the online world can be. 

Deep Work by Cal Newport

It tied in perfectly with one of my new year's goals of scheduling. Ever since I started working for myself, I've always relished the non-schedule. The do-what-I-want-whenever-I-want felt like the ultimate freedom. Using a calendar and creating a schedule seemed opposite to that. But I've come around and so far, I'm really enjoying the effects of scheduling my time and using this amazing planner from Native Bear

planner from native bear and mug from alex kroh

Part of me wonders if I have too many goals and changes I wanted to enact for this coming year, but I don't really think so. Part of what we wanted by moving to WA was to create the life we wanted to have. Planning time for hikes every (or almost every) weekend to see all the beautiful places on the Olympic Peninsula means no work on the weekends. Having time for friends and making connections is also really important. It means learning to be efficient with my time and scheduling the things that mean more to me than sitting in front of a computer trying to run a business...

Creating art and being outside and exercising are some of those things. And in the past 4 months have seen little of those. It's about finding a balance and not working all the time. I'm pleased that in less than two weeks I've been drawing and painting again. Yesterday I took a break and went on a run through the woods and looked at the ocean (or the straight of Juan de Fuca to be technical). Everyday I'm so grateful to be here. It took be plans to get us here and we made it. Looking forward to this year full of big plans! 

cascade mountains from port townsend

(be on the look out for more mountain and water themed rings! and paintings because photos just can't capture the beauty my eyes see)

What are you big plans for 2018? Are you planning a big move, writing a book, finally cleaning out your basement to create an art space? 

 

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Safety in Numbers

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Image collage of EtsyMetal Safety Pin project

As artists and jewelers, making things is our way of life. It's also a way to make a living and to raise money for charities and causes we believe in. A group of my metalsmithing friends got together and each made our version of a safety pin. Some makers simply made a donation to a charity they wanted to support and are wearing their pins - others are selling pins to raise money. We can all do something in our own way to help make the world a little bit better, a little more loving and a little more beautiful. Artists in order of top to bottom/left to right: Nina Gibson, Elise Worman, Leslie Zemenek, Kathryn Riechert Jewelry, Sara Westermark, Laney Clark, Victoria Takahashi, Jennifer Lawler, Christine Rose-Mighion, Cynthia Kurth, me, Rachael Sudlow

 

Mine is available for purchase here - full sale price is donated to the ACLU or Southern Poverty Law Center. 

 

See what some of the other artists are saying:

Laney Clark - Silentgoddess - Blog: http://www.silentgoddessartjewelry.com/blog
Elise Worman EMW Metalworks: https://www.instagram.com/emwmetalworks/
Cynthia von der Schmuckburg http://schmuckburg.blogspot.de/
Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal - http://vtakahashi.blogspot.com/ 

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Snowflakes and "winter" news

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snowflake christmas tree ornament by beth cyr

Every year I want to start earlier in getting the snowflake ornaments done - it's not quite as early as I'd like but it's at least before Thanksgiving! It is kind of hard to think about snowflakes when it is so warm out and Christmas seems so far away. Alex has been working really hard on these while I'm catching up on custom orders. We have 4 dozen listed so far. 

News for the next couple of months:

Deadline for custom work needed by Christmas/New Years is November 18th.

The OCAF holiday market is happening in Watkinsville Dec. 2 - 4th. I will have work in a booth with other Athens Metal Arts Guild Members (snowflakes included). 

I'll be having an Open Studio on Saturday Dec. 10th from 10 - 5pm. ATHICA will also be having their holiday market and several other artists in the Chase Park Warehouses will also be having open studios as well including David Hale and Erin McIntosh

December 15th begins the 2nd half of the yoga teacher training I'm staffing and I'll most likely be out of the studio from the 15th until the end of the year. 

And the end of the year will be here before we know it! 

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