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Choosing Veritas Faire…

I recently selected Veritas Medieval Faire as Butterfly Sundries’ newest Featured Charity and I want to tell you why this particular charity event is so very close to my heart. I chose this event because it offers something good, something honorable… and maybe even something compassionate to the residents of Grant County, Washington.

Both Veritas Medieval Faire’s parent non-profit, Kron, and my own business office were victims of multiple thefts during our respective years in Moses Lake, WA; as we shared building space, we both suffered substantial losses simultaneously.

In the case of Kron, the thefts included replica swords used in programming, blunt training weapons used in their educational videos on medieval combat, armour on loan to the organization from their Executive Director, a handcart to make transportation easier, an amp used for the program’s microphone system, a Bluetooth car stereo donated for the org’s vehicle to make long car rides safer and more enjoyable,  and more… items used in the service of others, most of which the organization has still not been able to replace.

In the case of Butterfly Sundries, I lost a smartphone, (all but 4 cups from) my Gramma’s Depression-era china set which I was using to inspire a new jewelry line (some of the few items of hers I was able to keep as most were given to other family members), a laptop computer, memory cards for my camera, a welding/torch set for a jewelry expansion, a CASIO keyboard, and more…. None of which have I been able to replace.

One of only four cups remaining after a theft in Moses Lake claimed the rest of the Depression-era china set I received from my Gramma.
One of only four cups remaining after a theft in Moses Lake claimed the rest of the Depression-era china set I received from my Gramma.

As some of the building space was offered to staff or volunteers for free storage, there were personal losses as well… including childhood collector’s items or toys, DVDs, etc.

The losses were heartbreaking. I still feel violated by the intrusion and have dreams related to it. Despite a number of wonderful people I met in the area, my personal experiences and memories are tainted by the sadness I feel.

It was with a certain amount of surprise I heard that Kron intended, last year, to bring Veritas Medieval Faire to Grant County, Washington. After the crimes they had been victim to in that area I wouldn’t have blamed them if they had written off the area after relocating to Ellensburg, WA. Instead, they decided to respond to their experiences, as well as the crime and gang rates associated with Grant County, by offering an event which centers on the culture of the knight, a warrior in his own time, with the Code of Chivalry as the central focus. They decided to offer an alternative to the crime and gang culture still-associated with that area by bringing engaging educational opportunities and programs to an area which might not otherwise have access to enrichment activities. I want to support them in that quest.

For my part, I want something good to come out of my negative experiences in Moses Lake and Grant County. The crimes to which I fell victim hurt my heart and my business- but if I can take that negativity and turn it into something good, perhaps I can create new meaning from the losses. The thefts made me aware of the horrible problems Grant County still needs to work on, but if my awareness does not move me to action it is valueless. I’m turning it into motivation to help a non-profit do good work in an area I know needs it. If the Code of Chivalry makes a difference in the life of at least one child or helps even one youth reconsider what it can mean to be a warrior and gives them an alternative code to use of character building… I’ll count it as a success and the losses worth it.

 

The life of even just one is worth far more than the material losses I suffered… and I am grateful to Kron for reminding me of that with their Veritas Medieval Faire.

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In the Heat of Summer…

It’s getting hot (and strangely muggy) in this part of Washington…. So, just as I do every time summer comes around, I’m having serious cravings for white or iced wine. One of my favorite white wines comes from a winery with a tasting room up in Leavenworth, so my goal for the summer is to- at some point- take a day off for a road trip to buy a bottle of wine and bring it back for a wonderful candlelit dinner and some quiet time with my sketchbook….

But, meanwhile, I’ve got thoughts of white wine preoccupying my brain and it’s oh so distracting!

Sorting through a recent bead order, I discovered two Swarovski crystals which were immediately claimed for this new design…

These Tendrils of the Vine Link Earrings feature Swarovski crystals on Argentium silver wire. A perfect pairing for your next wine tasting! ;)
These Tendrils of the Vine Link Earrings feature Swarovski crystals on Argentium silver wire. A perfect pairing for your next wine tasting! 😉

 

They made me fall into a daydream of beautiful summer afternoons with a nice white (maybe an iced) wine! Since I only had enough crystals in this color for a single pair of earrings I had to make them count, so I paired them with one of my personal favorite designs from the Tendrils (of the Vine) Collection. With the Argentium Silver wire leaf swirls, handmade silver head pins and bright crystal colors- I’m having a wine craving just looking at them! These are being saved for next week’s delivery to Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards, but you can find the Siam version on Etsy here.

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Port of Inspiration

When it comes to wineries, I’m happy to mix business with pleasure. A recent stop at Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards to drop off their first installment of consignment inventory gave me the opportunity to taste some absolutely wonderful wines. While all the wines had distinct character, I was still a little hesitant when Continue reading Port of Inspiration

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Go Wildcats!

*Happy Dance!* I’m starting to feel like a Ellensburg, WA local!

I had a meeting today with some lovely ladies from the Central Washington University Wildcat Shop… and I am now- officially- one of their local artists!

They are currently in the process of adding a selection of Butterfly Sundries jewelry to their shop, including necklaces, earrings and a bracelet!  In their present inventory they’ve got two items from The Lotus Collection,

These beautiful wire lotus pendants, part of Butterfly Sundries’ original Lotus Collection, help support the YWCA ALIVE, a program of YWCA of Kitsap County.

 

This beautiful lotus pendant is part of Butterfly Sundries' exclusive (and original) Lotus Collection, supporting the YWCA ALIVE program of YWCA of Kitsap County!
This beautiful lotus pendant is part of Butterfly Sundries’ exclusive (and original) Lotus Collection, supporting the YWCA ALIVE program of YWCA of Kitsap County!

 

a cuff bracelet from my Tendrils of the Vine Collection (inspired by Washington wines),

 

Tendrils Wire Cuff
Wire copper cuff, part of Butterfly Sundries’ original Tendrils of the Vine Collection- inspired by Washington wines!

 

some earrings which will appeal to their music majors…. and much more!

 

These beautiful treble clef earrings feature garnet beads.... and they're sure to delight the music-lovers on your gift list! They are also available in silver by custom order!
These beautiful treble clef earrings feature garnet beads…. and they’re sure to delight the music-lovers on your gift list! They are also available in silver by custom order!

 

I feel so excited about the honor of being asked to include my work in their gift shop…. and it’s giving me ideas for some upcoming designs which might appeal to theater and music students!