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What’s Happening at JeriAielloartstore.etsy.com?


 

 




FullSizeRender (2)  In our region, we are told that if the month of March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.  This prophesy tells us that the opposite is also true. Today is March 2nd.  Yesterday, March arrived with cold, windy, rainy weather.  This leads me to believe that March will leave us on a warm, sunny day.

March is fun for me at my little art shop.  I enjoy making items with a theme. March has celebrations.  Folks certainly enjoy sporting green colors for Saint Patrick’s Day events.




IMG_8132 (2)  My Saint Pat’s jewelry features shamrocks amidst a variety of pretty green beads.  There is also an abundance of lovely green jewelry that that looks great year round.  My fun comes in the making of these creations. These are one of a kind originals.   My customers will not see themselves coming and going.  For each special occasion, I also make a little something special for myself.  I like to wear seasonal jewelry.  I often forget that I am wearing my art until I get a compliment from the people I encounter.  I guess I need to carry business cards when I go out, so that I can be a walking, talking ad.  My Saint Patrick’s items are always available, however I will stop  promoting these goodies after next week.  This will give the post office plenty of time to get purchases where they need to be.

The remainder of March will focus on Easter in my shop. IMG_8133 (2)The Easter jewelry is whimsical and cheerful.  The Easter animals are enjoyed by  critter lovers during all seasons.  I love return customers.  Repeat customers mean that I am doing a good job.  Last week, I sent this little Easter lamb set to a lovely return customer.  We have grown to know each other via Instagram. I am happy that this sweet set has found a home with her. She notified me that she loves it.  IMG_8134 (2) I offer more than jewelry during Easter season. There is a handmade dream catcher with Easter egg beads and a long Macaw feather.  I have a similar one hanging in my home. IMG_8135 (2)  I also offer my framed original abstract painting of the Easter Bunny.  Rabbit lovers admire this one, especially during spring.  The painting is another creation that is nice for all seasons.  I will stop promoting Easter as we begin the last week of March.

Moving from the Lion days of March to the Lamb days of March keeps me aware of how much our seasons bring us.  I feel grateful for these symbols of spring and I enjoy passing some of my joys along to others.

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Snowflakes, Catch Them When You Can ( Myasthenia Gravis & art)

Myasthenia Gravis is nicknamed the “snowflake disease” because snowflakes are different from one another.  MG patients are  also different from one another.  All muscle groups can be effected by this neuromuscular disease.  The disease can vary, like snowflakes, within the same person from day to day.  Sometimes changes happen from minute to minute for a snowflake patient.

I am sitting in a room with some of my watercolor paintings, framed and hanging on my wall.  These were painted prior to five years ago.  This is when I began noticing my symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis.  My double vision began to distort what I saw.  I could not grip the paint brush.   I dropped it.  This was a profound loss.  I did not understand what was happening to me.   With diagnosis, treatment, and a support group, I have learned how to manage my illness.  It is frustrating to find that I could do something an hour ago, but cannot do it now.   I am learning that I might be able to do it later, after the muscles have rested.

When I lost my ability to create with watercolors,  I explored different mediums.  I found that I also loved colored pencils.  I began catching new snow flakes.  More recently,  I discovered needle felting.  Creating with wool is new to me and I love it.  Because it involves repetitive motion, I need to limit my time with needle felting or my hand muscles weaken.  Art experiences, even when brief, light up my life.  My past watercolors were detailed.  When I lost my ability to see clearly or to control my paintbrush, I experimented with abstracts.  I surprised myself by selling the original and a print of this abstract at JeriAielloartstore.etsy.com. IMG_3551 (2)I do not know if I would have dabbled in abstracts if I were not pushed in this direction.

After having spent several years,  not being able to hold a paintbrush to try detailed watercolors, I find that I am currently able to do it.  When I found that I could do this, a part of me became afraid. What if I can’t continue to do this?  What if I experience this joy and loose it again?  I do not know.  I imagine that I will grieve the loss again.  For now I am grabbing onto my watercolor snowflake.FullSizeRender (2)This is a current detailed watercolor.

I have been a  slow learner, but my illness has taught me to live for the day. I am more present and am able to be in the moment.  When I say, “I can do this” or “I cannot do this”,  it is not a concrete statement. I change frequently.   I would like things to be predictable, but I am not able to predict.  All that any of us have with certainty is right now. My illness keeps me aware of this.

I continue to hear from other MG patients. These fellow snowflakes tell me that they are helped and encouraged by my experiences.  I know that not everyone reading this is an art enthusiast. I also know that  other MG snowflakes have experienced losses.  Perhaps this will be an inspiration to look for alternatives for other particular losses.  For today, I am a snowflake who can paint with watercolors.

 

 

 






February, Season of Love

IMG_7824 (2)February causes me to think of spring and relaxation. I know many do not feel the same. I am aware of complaints about a long winter. Some report having an after Christmas let down. Yes, it is true that February sometimes brings heavy snowfall to my Chicagoland area. Our weather is plummeting toward  zero as I write this.  In spite of it all, I like February. For most of us, the Christmas trees are down and decorations are put away. The people who find Christmas stressful can put it behind them until next year.

A big holiday arrives tomorrow. Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, will step out to look for his shadow. If he does not see his shadow, we will have an early spring. What a lovely holiday.  I have never met anyone who feels pressured by Groundhog day shopping, office parties, or big holiday dinners.  We simply enjoy the antics of our friendly groundhog.  Of course, I did see an online post today that stated Groundhog day is not based on science.  Some yahoo believed he needed to point this out to the rest of us.

Another sign of spring/summer for me is the return of Dairy Queen. Our local Dairy Queen closes up for a few months every winter.  They always reopen in February. This is a promise of summer that makes me smile.                                                    FullSizeRender (2)

Valentine’s Day will be here in two weeks.  Again, we have a low pressure holiday that folks can participate in or not.  For me, Valentines become my featured items at JeriAielloartstore.etsy.com.  I created my new Valentines during December.  I began to feature them, the day after Christmas.  IMG_7874 (2) I have a lot of fun making seasonal art. Customers let me know that they like my Valentine earrings, necklaces and bracelets. A nice feature about heart shaped jewelry is that it looks great all year round. This is different than Halloween and Christmas styles that may be limited to that season only.

I also make heart shaped dream catchers. These make unique Valentines.    IMG_0029 (2)SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLast year, A customer wrote me a letter about her  terminal illness.  She expressed gratitude and said the dream catcher was the perfect gift for her to give to her love on their last Valentine’s Day. I am touched and honored to have been a small part of their experience.  This was a profoundly meaningful interaction.  Working from a small at home studio leads to different kinds of customer relations. I have formed a nice friendship with a return customer from California.  As time passes, we find that we have much in common. When folks buy gifts, they sometimes write to let me know the recipient liked the present.

During this upcoming week, I will focus on Valentine products at JeriAielloartstore.etsy.com. I also offer a small selection at Artyah.com.  People with paypal can buy directly from me.  A small online business is perfect for me as I cope with Myasthenia Gravis. Sometimes I can work hard on my little shop.  Sometimes I cannot because of symptoms of this illness. Making art gives me a sense of purpose.  Being online keeps me connected when my illness isolates me.  I am moving on through February, the season of love.