Spring!

I used to say I couldn’t live anywhere where the seasons never changed. Well, I’ve changed my mindset because I’m sure I could live anywhere because this world is a beautiful place to be no matter where you live. I am a firm believer in finding the beauty and joys that fill your life with happiness and love wherever you may land.

But, with that said, I do so love how the seasons change here in the Midwest USA. I’ve gone from living in a mid sized city to living a rural lifestyle here on our farm. And, as much as I enjoyed my urban lifestyle I must say that I am in awe of the nature that surrounds me here in the country and the changes that evolve in what sometimes seems like the blink of an eye.

We welcomed spring here on Saturday with temperatures starting to warm up but still a bit chilly so I grabbed my jacket and took the dogs for a little stroll and thought I’d share a few photos of our little farm.

Peace Love and Joy,

Judy

Artisan Handmade Jewelry – Limited Edition Necklaces

Dalmatian Jasper with Pink Rhodonite Natural Gemstone Stone Necklaces by JudysTreehouse

I have an obsession confession. Sometimes (okay, often) when I’m perusing for unique stones or beads to work into my jewelry creations I come across some pieces that almost make me hyperventilate with that “gotta have this” feeling. Although my habit (okay, my reasoning way of thinking would/should be) is to wait a day or two before purchasing to “make sure” this is truly an “object of my affection” and not a “passing phase” that will fade by the next day, sometimes I just can’t wait. I get nervous thinking that I might miss my window of opportunity if I don’t buy it RIGHT NOW! I’ve even found myself unable to sleep during my self-induced “waiting period” and have jumped out of bed in the middle of the night, vetoing my inner voice that says “wait” and moving forward with a “buy it now” mentality. This results in a momentary sense of peace and the ability to then garner an hour or two of much needed sleep until I start thinking about matching beads.

This is the case with these ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS dalmatian jasper teardrop pendants. First I purchased one, then I purchased a few more. I think I purchased six (maybe a couple more than that) in total, and I REALLY WANT MORE! But, I restrain myself so that I will make just a few limited edition pieces which will make them all the more precious for those discerning few fashion fanatics who strive for individuality.

These short statement necklaces feature natural semi-precious gemstones and stones with each dalmatian jasper pendant supported by a strand of a contrasting yet complementary gemstone beads. Although similar, each necklace is unique in color combination not to mention the eclectic designs created by the natural occurring striations, bands, inclusions, and veins found in each individual stone.

Dalmatian Jasper with African Bloodstone Natural Gemstone Necklace handmade by JudysTreehouse
Dalmatian Jasper with Rainforest Rhyolite Natural Gemstone Necklace handmade by JudysTreehouse

These are the few necklaces I’ve created with these cool dalmatian jasper pendants and anticipate I’ll finish up the last few within the next couple of months.

In the meantime, did I mention these awesome amazonite and tiger eye pendants I recently stumbled across………

You can find my handmade limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces in my online shop at https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse

And, if you’d like to see some of what’s to come as I’m “Currently Creating” you can follow me on my Facebook page and Instagram @ JudysTreehouse

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Questions? You can reach me through my goimagine shop by clicking on the “Contact the Maker” icon. https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse

Limited Editions – Handmade Jewelry By JudysTreehouse – Petrified Wood Natural Gemstone Statement Necklaces

Natural Gemstone Statement Necklaces by JudysTreehouse

Absolutely Gorgeous! I can’t really take the credit for these beautiful natural gemstone statement necklaces. After all, it is the beauty of the natural stone that makes them so stunning. I simply enjoyed the process of bringing it all together; the pleasure of “the treasure hunt” in finding these gorgeous petrified wood (agate) pendants, then the quest to find the perfect matching gemstone beads, being in the moment as I wire wrap each bead and polish each beaded link. It is a joyous journey and one I find very meditative. Dare I say good vibes woven into each piece!

Limited edition creations! These necklaces are unique and one-of-a-kind with their earthy natural colors, striations and inclusions. Currently, I have these three stunning necklaces available in my goimagine shop. https://www.goimagine.com/judystreehouse BUT! I so adore these pendants that I have a few more ordered and on their way. Each pendant exhibits individual earthy characteristics and each necklace I create will have a different strand of beaded links.

I did have a bit of a challenge photographing these beauties. They are so glossy that my photo lamps were reflecting off of their shiny surface. But, the photos taken in natural light don’t quite display their rich colors.

Photos taken in natural light

You’ll appreciate their beauty once you hold them in your hands. They are enchanting!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

A Manifesto

https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse/

Good Morning! I’m sure many of you have seen the movie, “Jerry Maguire”. Enough said, I think you’ll get the gist as you read further.

“Complacency is the Antithesis of Excellence”. This quote was passed on to me years ago during my time spent in the corporate world. It resonated and stuck. I was working for a very large national corporation. They had a mission statement of “Vision, Strategy and Values. Integrity was at the top of their list of Core Values. I believed in them, I worked hard for them, and I had faith in their mission statement and core values. I was happy and grateful to be a part of their team. I worked hard to accomplish their goals by adhering to their mission statement and core values. With them I also grew in knowledge and wisdom and personal development. I was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a business and team with these goals and values.

But, as years went by and I advanced into upper management positions I realized the integrity of the company was only as good as the integrity of its employees; no matter their position, title, or income. I started seeing individuals encouraging and/or allowing traits of tweaking and skewing data in an effort to “attain” successful key measure results. In other words, I saw the habits of some people within the organization were not in line with the core values of the company. I was determined that I would not become a part of this group of self-accommodating individuals. Unable and unwilling to become lost in unethical roads to success I decided it was time for me to move on. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in that corporation, their mission, and their core values. I so enjoyed each and every position I held and the growth and opportunities the company provided for me. I was grateful for the years I worked there and often miss the hard, challenging, stressful work that helped me grow individually and professionally with the satisfaction of a job well done. I wish this company continued success!

Now, I find myself at the same crossroads with my small handmade jewelry shop. I’ve been grateful for the years I’ve been a seller on the Etsy ecommerce marketplace. When I opened my shop there in 2014, Etsy gave me the opportunity to offer my handmade creations to people all over the world. I can remember the joy I felt when I realized that people in each of the 50 states had found something to enjoy from my small shop. Etsy helped me to grow even further individually and professionally, and I am grateful for the opportunities provided to me as a seller within their online marketplace.

Yet, “nothing endures but change”. Another quote that has stuck with me throughout my professional career. And, sadly, I am finding that Etsy is changing and evolving in a direction that doesn’t fit with my personal mission statement and core values. Individual shops exhibiting traits without a sense of core values, only greed and poor customer service are starting to infiltrate this marketplace which once focused on unique handmade and vintage items. And, yes, there are still great people within Etsy’s network of sellers offering quality handmade and vintage items along with honesty, integrity, and great customer service but it is getting more difficult to weed out the good from the bad. Etsy is hugely successful in the world of ecommerce, and I’m certain they will continue to be so. But, the time has come for me to re-evaluate the group with which I’m associated, and I’ve found that perhaps Etsy and I are no longer such a great match, at least with their current state of sellers. I wish Etsy continued success, it’s just my opinion that they no longer cater to niche shops and discerning customers.

I’ve decided it’s time for me to step away from the Etsy platform and find a new marketplace and group of sellers that are more in line with my personal mission and core values. I believe I might have found that group within Goimagine.com. Time will tell. They are just beginning and they have a dream, a vision, and a different way of looking at success. I believe they are a better fit for me and my small handmade shop.

And so, I am gradually moving items from my Etsy shops to my shop within the GoImagine marketplace https://goimagine.com/judystreehouse/ . I hope those of you who are searching for that perfect, cool, unique, unusual something will find your way to this new, innovative marketplace; a marketplace with a slogan of a #caringeconomy. They have a dream and a vision of change. A change more economically beneficial to the society in which we live. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit their website to learn more about their mission. And, I hope you will give the GoImagine marketplace and their eclectic mix of shops with handmade items and artistic creative sellers the opportunity to provide you with a great on-line shopping experience while at the same time working towards the success of giving back to the community by way of their #caringeconomy mission.

And back to my initial reference to the movie “Jerry Maguire”; in today’s world it may be a struggle to maintain one’s ethical stance with high moral standards but the end results are much more satisfying when you attain success through hard work and a commitment to your own personal core values and those of the people with which you associate! Nobody says change is easy but “Nothing changes if nothing changes”.

Currently Creating at JudysTreehouse

I won’t call it the winter doldrums because I find the winter months to be beautiful and calming. A white blanketed landscape creating a pristine canvas, the jolt, awakening, renewal of a blast of cold air, the crispy feeling of cold on your cheeks, that scent of freshness that permeates the air, the silence of the gently falling snow. Everchanging and beautiful is each and every season of the year here in the Midwest USA.

Winter at our farm.

But, beautiful and refreshing as I find winter to be, I also enjoy the coziness and comfort of being tucked inside my warm home. The slow down I find in the season of winter gives me the opportunity and time to be creative.

Here are some of the things I’ve been working on the past few months!

boho wall hanging
boho home decor
earthy home decor
pink flower wall hanging home decor
purple flower wall hanging
spring summer wall hanging home decor
earth tone wall hanging home decor
flower floral wall hanging
flower sun catcher

So, as I am enjoying these last few months of winter I’m also looking forward to Spring.

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

These large floral wall hangings and small floral sun catchers will be available here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouseToo

Dream a Little Dream

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Our home farm, Summer 2020

Do you ever stop to ponder where you are in life, how you got there, where you’ve been, where you are headed?

I’m an avid reader. And, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, someday I’d like to write my own stories. “someday I’d like to” Do you see anything wrong with that statement?

A quote I read once upon a time that I often repeat to my sons went something like this: “four birds sat on a wire, one decided to fly away, how many were left on the wire?”

Just because I want to or would like to or think about doing anything doesn’t get it done. I dream, I think, I ponder. These are good starting points but where is the action that catapults these thoughts/dreams/wants/desires into reality.

Ponder, plan, and proceed.

I just finished reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. A great read in my opinion. It has given me a different perspective as I ponder where I’ve been, where I am, how I got here, and the direction in which I travel.

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Follow your dreams! You may face fear, uncertainty, obstacles. It may take some hard work, stamina, motivation, encouragement, time, frustration, and patience. But with your drive, determination and effort, someday in your future as you ponder where you’ve been and how you got there you will find the joys in the journey of your life.

May you make all of your dreams and wishes a reality!

Peace Love and Joy!

Judy

“It’s Never Too Late To Reinvent Yourself”.

Good Morning Sunshine!

Be excited because today is the day you get to start reinventing yourself.

Put on some Reiki, Zen, Piano, (whatever resonates with you) music, maybe something to evoke your spirit which will help you find your purpose.

Fix yourself a cup of tea.

Light a candle or burn your sage smudge stick while your tea is heating.

Open a window to help release negative energy from your home.

Find a quite, beautiful place to sit and listen to the music while you sip your tea. Maybe on your porch or outdoors so any negative energy can dissipate and you can absorb the beauty of nature.

Clear your mind and breathe (takes practice).

After this do a few stretching exercises to show your body some appreciation.

Grab a paper and pen/pencil/paint marker; something pretty to write on and with, maybe even one of your color book pages you can jot down thoughts along the edges.

Without thinking about your current circumstances; where you live, what you do, what you’ve done, your age, your health; write down your dream life; the career that will make you happy, where you will live, where you will travel, who you will be with, people who make you happy (known or not yet met), how you will dress, items that make you happy, activities that make you happy, how you carry yourself. Everything you can think of you can do. This is where you’ll start.

It is never too late to reinvent yourself and become the person you’ve always dreamed of or get back to that person that you once were.

Change starts from within and your thoughts become your reality.

When/if any negative, destructive, or self doubt creeps into your mind, go back to your page and doodle, draw, color, write, read and remind yourself what a STRONG, CONFIDENT, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN/MAN YOU ARE!

I believe in you and can’t wait to see you blossom through this new challenge in your life.

Be invigorated, enthusiastic and excited as you rediscover yourself.

And, just so you know, just writing this note to you is giving me the same incentive. Let’s do this together!!!!!!!! Have a terrific day!!!!!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

Hippie Chic Jewelry

Deep down inside we all have a little Hippie Soul…….what color is your inner hippie? Check out some of my handmade Peace Sign and Flower Jewelry. You can find these and more of my handmade Boho Bohemian Hippie Style jewelry, decor and gifts in my second shop on Etsy,
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouseToo

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Thank you!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

“Where Does Your Creative Spirit Take You”

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I love to write!  I’ve always loved to write!   I want to write a novel…….someday!     I’d love to have my novel published someday……

So you’d think that with such a strong desire to write, I’d at least keep up with blogging on a more regular basis BUT…….(insert excuse(s) here).

Writing is hard!   I’m in awe of every writer who has not only finished a creative, thought provoking composition but just plain started on a journey of combining words with intention to begin with.    Getting started is the hardest part!    No, finishing is the hardest part.    Or, maybe believing in yourself is the hardest part.

Back in the day, when I was working in the corporate arena, I remember sitting in one (of many) business meetings.   (Most of them a lot of talk with no action; just going through the corporate motions….I digress).   Anyway, at the start of one of these meetings, when they go around the table and have you introduce yourself and then say one thing……like; what college did you attend (me:  none); your favorite singer (me: Barbra Streisand: at that particular moment, that got some eyebrow raises); one thing you want to accomplish in your life (me:  write a book) to which the head of the meeting looked at me and said, “well, doesn’t everyone want to write a book?”

I’d never thought about it…….the creative spirit of others.   And, everyone has a unique, creative spirit although some may not have tapped into their’s……yet.

I still want to write.   And, I do from time to time; I have a pen pal (I met her through etsy when I bought some of her beautiful handmade pottery, and we made a connection that created a bond.   We’ve been pen pals for over a year now).  I write/make a lot of my own birthday, Christmas, note cards (snail mail).   I write when I list an item in one of my etsy shops.  From time to time I drop quick posts on my Facebook page and/or Instagram account.   And, then, not so often I do write here on my blog.     Not too often do I blog because……writing is hard!…….because I “think too much” (according to my husband).

But, I still “want to write” a novel.

I have some story lines in my head (one in particular is on continuous “feed” in my thoughts).   From time to time something will spark an idea for another story line…….something I’ve seen; something someone says; someone I meet…….there is a plethora of story fodder/fuel out there (and in me) just waiting to come to life.

But……..I’m still on the thought page, kind of like those old corporate meetings I used to attend, all “thought” no action.     Oh, I have books on how to write (developing plots; developing characters; purple prose; finding editors/agents/publishers)…..did I mention that I love to read, too!  But, the “research”…….could it be just another form of procrastination!

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So, all these ideas swimming around in my head with plots and characters and dialog why don’t I just sit down and write!   Because writing is hard.   Besides the story line and characters and suspense and romance there’s those nagging voices in the background saying things like….that’s not the right word, does the comma go before or after and, when should I start a new paragraph, people will criticize, no one will like it,…….the excuse list is endless.

My pen pal friend once told me that you can be a writer without being an author.     Good advice.    If I want to write, I should just write; not worry about who might read it, who might edit it, where my comma’s should be, where a paragraph should end or begin, what a critic might say, will someone like it.   In the end all that matters is writing something from my creative soul, my heart, my spirit.

A while back I stumbled across some great advice.   Something I’d never thought about before.   It resonated deeply and inspired me so I copied, pasted, and hung these words where I would see them often.  (I’ll add it to the end of this post just in case this is too small to read here).     Well written because someone had something to say and so they did, in their own unique way, their own style!   It’s the meaning, the intention, the spirit, the soul put forth into any creative endeavor that is the heart of the creation that adds the value and character to the piece; whatever it may be.

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Everyone has to start somewhere      So I say to myself just write; because that’s one of the creative outlets my creative spirit keeps prodding me towards.

And still I sit, pen in hand, blank page.

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Over the years my creative spirit has taken me down many beautiful paths.   I’ve learned to garden, create jewelry, sun catchers and dream catchers, paint, move furniture around to create our unique living areas, electroforming copper elements, etching on copper and glass, weaving dream catchers.   I’ve tried my hand at acrylic flow painting, acrylic painting on canvas, soap making, candle making, lotion bars.    I dry herbs and forage, create herbal tea blends, take long walks along creek beds looking for and collecting cool rocks and treasures from nature………I have an endless list of creative catalysts.

So where does your creative spirit take you?    No matter how big or small your creative dreams may be I hope you take the time to go there; start your creative journey if you haven’t already.    Realizing and embracing your creative spirit is the first step; talking about it, reading/learning about it, visualizing it may be your second step……BUT the greatest step of all is doing it!   No matter how big or small; no matter how talented you may or may not “think” you are (you are talented, never doubt that), no matter what obstacles you may have or perceive to have that may be keeping you from starting, don’t let a potential negative keep you from creating positive vibes with your creative spirit!     Share yourself!    You are a beautiful, creative spirit!

Here are a few of my creative ventures over the years; some complete, some in the works, some good, some ehhhhh, all inspired by creative spirits, in me and around me!

Some of my ever changing landscaping projects.    Each year it’s different.    Working outside; it’s uplifting, meditative, healthy, mindful, invigorating, if not a little messy.

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Shadow Art!   I love when I’m stopped in my tracks by a beautiful shadow creation.  A combination of nature, things, and timing!

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Creating with herbs, flowers, and plants foraged from my gardens and the woods and fields around our home.  (Don’t be a poacher; get permission before heading out to forage on property you don’t own…..)

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Soap, lotion and candle making.   Creating unique scents and textures.   Utilizing and sharing handmade items brings a deep level of satisfaction to my creative spirit!

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Here’s my father-in-law and his creative project.   In his 80’s and restoring this old Farmall Tractor!

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A chalkboard I created from an old dresser mirror frame we found in the attic.

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Paint and wine night I attended with one of my daughters-in-law a few years back.   Hoping to host a paint night someday with friends and family!

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Little stories and rhymes I’ve written over the years for my grandsons.   Self published for each of them!   Well look at that, I am published!!!

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Always creating good eats!   Simple or complex……a little love is always mixed in.  Creative dinner parties are fun!      Have fun hosting a pop up potluck party….spontaneous events are my most cherished events and extremely creative……on the fly!

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Creative canning recipes……food from the garden fuel for the body and soul!

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Creative Shares!     Love creative gifts from friends and family throughout the years!    Unique!   Near and dear to my heart!

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Egads!    This beautiful piece of handmade pottery received some rough handling.   Couldn’t part with it so I’m trying my hand at a kind of kintsugi.   Still working on it……along with my patience which is one attribute that pairs well with a kintsugi process…..I have some ideas (if not patience) for finishing this!!!!

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Music for my creative spirit.   Having my own piano and learning to play have been a long time desire of mine.    I now have the piano ($15 at an auction…..score!)   Playing and practicing…….in due time.

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Found this old set of wooden stairs in an old barn.     It called out to me.    Set it up on a hillside next to our home.   People ask, “where does that stairway go?”  …….   To wherever your imagination takes you!

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Find your inspirations and let your creative spirit soar!

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Someday I’ll finish that novel I want to write.   In the meantime I’ll continue to enjoy my creative ventures and hope you do, too!

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The joy is in the creative journey and the destination!

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

 

‘Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.’ {Ira Glass}