Thursday, December 27, 2007
So here we have a copper and ruby crystal pendant titled Bloom, and below is a very intricate heart design - also with ruby crystals - titled The Queen's Heart. You can read more about each and acquire them at http://www.awovenwoman.com/. Don't forget to register for the trunk show while you're there - it's invitation only and you have to register to receive your invite!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Read more about this bracelet or acquire it for yourself at http://www.awovenwoman.com/
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I used copper wire for this pendant, and added some vintate aurora borealis crystals for a bit of glitzy accent. At the top of the design, I incorporated a gold ladybug bead - I mean, after all, every garden needs a ladybug! :)
You know, back when I first started making wire jewelry (about 10 years ago), I learned a lot of the basic skills from Preston Reuther. What interested me most about Preston was his personal story of how he began making wire jewelry. He was suffering a bout of depression and some other things and was hospitalized. During his stay, he began making earrings out of paper clips...manipulating the wire was soothing to him.
This year - 2007 - has not been a good year for me at all. I've had a lot to deal with, and have somehow managed to skate through some delicate situations in my life. Earlier this year, I became very depressed, and that depression lasted until August. Up until that time, I thought I knew what being "depressed" meant. I have to admit, I had no clue. When it hit me this year, that is when I learned what being seriously depressed really meant.
Through it all, I remembered Preston's story, and I would continuously play with wire in my studio. There is something soothing and calming about sitting there for hours manipulating wire. There's something about taking one bead and creating an intricate frame around it, that's very uplifting by the time it's finished. It gives you HOPE. It shows you are capable of doing something good - capable of getting something right - capable of having some control in a world that seems as if it's spinning out of control.
What got me out of my depression in August was a miracle. I'd had enough, and I couldn't take anymore. I went to God in serious prayer and instead of continuously trying to handle it myself, I asked Him to lift it from me. He did. Once I did that, within 30 minutes the depression began to lift. A week later, I couldn't believe how good I felt. FINALLY....finally I was FREE OF IT.
Unfortunately, there's always a danger of it coming back. It's so easy when the next obstacle comes along to fall prey to it, and slip back into the darkness. But I keep praying. And I keep creating. If Im not working on a painting, I'm working on a piece of jewelry. There I can lose myself in the process, and let the bad feelings pass.
Lately I've spent most of my time working on jewelry, specifically woven wire jewelry. I think for the first time since I'd read Preston's story many years ago, I "get it". I get what he talked about, and what it was about the jewelry making that helped him. With every twist of the wire, I'm praying, and I find myself inspired. With every completed section, I am instilled with hope. Every time I try on a completed jewel, I am filled with confidence. And as I look at my creations all together, I see my life before my eyes. I see the broken threads of what I've experienced, woven together into a single whole - a whole that is a part of me. I see the good parts of my life remaining in the beautiful jewel, while the trials and tribulations, and darkness and despair, have slipped through the wires, disappearing, leaving my life.
When I look at the final creation, I see answered prayers and a world in which I can smile again.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
A quick rundown of these new works of art:
Heartfelt, woven brass heart necklace featuring amethyst crystals
Serenity, woven brass earrings with an Egyptian flair featuring amethyst crystals
Sunburst, silver and woven brass with genuine lemon jade earrings
Steadfast Harmony, an incredible designer SNAIL ring featuring Carnelian and freshwater pearls
Winter Bloom, another jewel with an industrial flair, featuring a faux carved red cinnabar floral bead topped with freshwater pearls. Comes with a 24" black necklace cord with magnetic clasp.
Remember, go to http://www.awovenwoman.com/ to acquire any of these one of a kind jewels and to register for the trunk show!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I'm just now regaining enough energy to get back to work on some jewelry. After all, I have a show to prepare for! Don't forget to visit http://www.awovenwoman.com to register to receive your invitation. This is a private, invitation only show for those who register. (See details on the website.)
Hope you all have had a better week than me!
P.S. Thanks to those of you who wrote me with your concerns about Max. He is doing much better, but I have to keep a close eye on him to make sure it stays that way.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
At your next event, you could be wearing the same jewelry as the person across the room, or you can radiate with originality and uniqueness - it's your choice. AWovenWoman.Com is hosting an online, invitation only trunk show featuring original jewelry by designer Jai Johnson. Richly sumptuous, utterly feminine, and magnificently modern one of a kind jewelry will be unveiled. This private showing will feature 12-24 exclusive, hand-woven jewelry selections appealing to those who prefer the natural look of gemstones as well as those who adore the glamorous allure of sparkling crystal. Show attendees will be provided with a private link to view and purchase the designer's choice selections. This is your chance to experience unlimited luxury for a limited time - the trunk show jewelry will only be available to attendees from February 1 through February 14, and selections are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Any jewelry which may remain unsold will be released to the public after February 14. To attend this private show, please click below to send an email requesting your invitation.
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In addition to preparing for this show, I am also working a revised and print edition of my book 777 Marketing Miracle Phrases, the ebook I've been selling for five years now. The print book will feature even MORE fabulous marketing phrases as well as some additional, surprise bonus selections. It's scheduled for release on January 1, 2008, and which time the Ebook will no longer be offered. Sometime in January I'll be doing a radio show with Rachel Dickson where we'll talk about the new book, too. So yeah, I'm going to be very busy over the next few months!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This bag is a unique fashion accessory and a great tote for crafters, jewelry designers, artists and more! Customized 100% cotton canvas color accent tote. Colored highlights on top and base. Zipper closure. Well constructed with double-stitched seams. Three colors available. Machine washable. 19"x15"x5.5"
You can acquire your very own A Woven Woman Canvas Bag today for $33.85 Click here to enter the Zazzle store and customize your bag with your name in all kinds of elegant, cool, and fun font selections! (purchase will be completed through Zazzle.Com for this item)
You'll keep the wonder and beauty of the sea intimately alive wherever you go when you wear Ocean Whisper, a one of a kind woven pendant featuring a rich turquoise dyed jasper oval stone as the focal point. This beautiful stone is nestled in sculptured brass wire with genuine freshwater pearls as accents. The large bail will accommodate a variety of jewelry chains, cord, or ribbon. Measuring in at 2 1/4" long x 1 1/2" wide, this is an impressive piece of jewelry, destined to become a family heirloom.
You can acquire this jewel today for $95
Visit http://www.awovenwoman.com/ to see more photos of this pendant.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Also featured here today is a complimentary pair of earrings. Natural meets glamour in Rapture, featuring a luscious shade of purple. Created in the same fashion by the hand-weaving of the copper wire, each drop pierced earring features a genuine amethyst gemstone, a rhinestone rondelle for added glitz, and two gold plated spacer beads. The earrings are on gold plated french ear-wires and create a delightful chandelier effect when worn. They measure 2 1/2" long from the top of the french ear wire. These also can be yours today, for $40. All you have to do is EMAIL ME to secure this jewel. Shipping is included in all pricing on my website here.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
There will never be a dreary day when you are wearing "Sunset Adventure"! Gently caged inside the hand-woven brass wire frame is a glowing glass Harlequin Pink Vintage simulated Fire Opal from the 1950's. This one of a kind ring is size 7.5. The band measures 1/4" wide and the glorious design on top measures 1 1/8" x 1" in size. A unique, special ring, I can assure you it is a showstopper!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
and unique pendant is ready to hang on a favorite chain, neckwire or jewelry cord. Panthera Queen measures 1 1/8" wide x 3 1/8" long, and is priced at $70. For an extra $10, I will custom make you a black jewelry cord with magnetic clasp in the length of your choice, if you desire. Please EMAIL ME to acquire this designer pendant.
P.S. Click on the photos to see a larger version - email me if you need to see additional photos.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Today I'm featuring a couple of my jewels for the LEO's or the LION LOVERS out there. Both of these are woven masterpieces, truly one of a kind collectible jewels.
Remember, prices quote INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING and these are first-come first-served, as they are one of a kind and cannot be repeated. EMAIL ME to secure your selection.
The first necklace featured here is "Queen's Garden". I made this incredible necklace a few years ago. It features a big and chunky, han-sculpted polymer clay LION focal bead. This focal bead measures 2" in size. The necklace "chain" or "collar", is hand-woven with a variety of vintage beads, both glass and plastics, in a variety of colors and it measures 18" long with the chunky bead width being 2" wide. It's a colorful necklace, heavy, choker style - the pendant should rest right under the base of the throat. I've fashioned a fish hook clasp on the back of the neck wire to fasten. Definitely a STATEMENT MAKER - just like us "leos" like to do! The focal pendant is signed JAI with my official signature stamp on the back. The normal price for this necklace is $345. One lucky visitor here can acquire this true one of a kind jewel TODAY for only $150 (that includes shipping!). View a close up of "Queen's Garden" here.
The next necklace shown is titled "His Majesty". The perfect necklace to bring out the majestic, regal qualities in the wearer, "His Majesty" offers a cloisonne hand-fashioned polymer pendant of a lion profile (based on a photo of a real lion.) Genuine gold leaf floats throughout the design, and a tiny gold lion pawprint adorns the rich, cobalt blue background. The setting features a brass wire frame, and the pendant hangs from a hand-chained necklace, featuring rare vintage lampwork swirl beads in matching colors, fancy vintage champagne cut crystals, and glass based ivory faux pearls. Pendant is signed Jai with my official stamp on the back. The Pendant measures 2 1/2" x 2" and the necklace length is 17". Original price for this one of a kind collectible is $225...get it here now for only $100! View a closeup photo of "His Majesty" here.
Remember, prices quote INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING and these are first-come first-served, as they are one of a kind and cannot be repeated. EMAIL ME to secure your selection. Remember, if in doubt about me as a SELLER, please feel free to review my Ebay feeback.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Blue topaz is the color crystal for those born in December, and turquoise is a gemstone for those this month. I've created two rings for this month, pictured here.
To acquire either of these rings EMAIL ME.
The first ring is total glitz for the holiday season! It features three Swarovski blue topaz crystal beads, offset with rhinestone rondelles and woven with six genuine freshwater pearls. Formed with brass wire, this one of a kind ladies ring is a size 7 and it is priced at $40. In the Middle Ages, blue topaz, the crystal color for those born in December, was thought to heal both physical and mental illnesses and prevent death.
The second ring shown has a natural look, and features a turquoise bead with a fascinating pattern showing. Formed with copper wire, this ladies ring is a size 8 and it is priced at $20. Turquoise, a stone also for those born in December, attracts money, success, and love. It gives protection, healing, courage, friendship, and luck. And best of all, it eases the mind and mental tension.
Have you noticed our new name? A Woven Woman (http://www.awovenwoman.com/) was selected not only because of the type of work, but because of the womans similarity to the ever-popular ladybug. You can read about the comparison in the sidebar to the left. I designed the ladybug diva logo specifically to represent the company. The ladybug diva logo is now available on products as well --> see them on the left sidebar too! And keep watching, as I'm designing a compilation of other patterned diva artwork! Soon you'll be asking the question, What kind of diva are you? :)
To acquire either of these rings EMAIL ME. Or if you want to see more photos, feel free to email me and ask - I will oblige!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tonight at the Dickson Gallery of Fine Art @ 118 E. Lafayette St in downtown Jackson, TN, you can delve into this bevy of beautiful hand-fashioned ladies rings! Made with a variety of brass and copper wire, along with rare vintage beads, crystals, and genuine gemstones, you can feel, touch, try them on, and ACQUIRE THEM for ONLY $20 each - tonight from 7-9pm at the gallery! So stop in and check them out - a variety of sizes are available and these make FABULOUS Christmas gifts since each is hand-crafted by the artisan - no two in this bowl are alike!
But I couldn't make rings and not offer some to my online friends! So here's a few which if they suit your fancy, you can purchase TODAY by simply EMAILING ME directly. Remember, all prices stated here INCLUDE shipping! Click on any of the photos to see them in large size!
The first ring shown is a ladies ring, size 8.5, featuring a WHOPPING beautiful pink genuine ROSE QUARTZ gemstone, woven into a ring using copper wire. You can own this fashion statement today for ONLY $20!
The next ring shown here is what I call a BOW TIE design. Made with brass wire, two uniquely shaped RICH sapphire blue glass beads flank a sparkling rhinestone rondelle, forming the bow tie design. This ring is a ladies size 7 and is $20.
The next ring shown features a special, artisan made lampwork bead in colors I call CHOCOLATE MINT. Mint green with brown and white swirls, this is an amazing, one of a kind bead I've held onto for years! Mounted in copper wire with a unique swirl twist to the top, this ring is a ladies size 6.75 and it is $35.
And the final ring shown is an amazing, one of a kind, artisan cluster ring, created using copper wire, antiqued brass knotty rondelles, delicious dark brown topaz crystals, and genuine freshwater pearls. This ring is a ladies size 6, and it is priced at $45.
Acquire any of these TODAY by simply EMAILING ME directly. Remember, all prices stated here INCLUDE shipping!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
EMAIL ME to acquire any of the jewels shown. All prices include shipping. Click on the photos to see larger versions!
The first jewel shown is a strawberry pendant. This started off with me sitting down to play with wire and red beads. Soon it took the shape of a strawberry, all on its own! I added green crystal beads to simulate the leaves and a few freshwater pearls, giving this pendant the name "Strawberry & Cream". Made from brass wire, ruby red crystal beads, emerald green crystal beads and freshwater pearls, this is a one of a kind sculptured pendant. The bail is below the edge on the back, making it hang as shown when wearing. By placing the bail there, the pendant will not swivel --> it will always show the front side when wearing. The pendant measures 1 1/2" in size and the bail will hold a 2mm cord, neckwire, or chain. The pendant price is $45. The cord shown is for demonstration purposes only and is a 2mm cord. If you would like me to make you a custom length black rubber cord necklace with a magnetic clasp, I will do so for an extra $10.
The first cross pendant shown here is the first one I've created using sterling silver wire. "Emerald Ice" is the name of this unique cross, as the pendant features emerald green crystal beads and clear crystal beads on the sterling frame. The pendant measures 2" x 1 1/4" in size and the bail will hold a 3mm or smaller chain, cord or wire. The price of this pendant is $35.
This next cross pendant is titled "Potter's Delight" and features genuine green/blue/brown genuine pottery beads, as well as some unique mottled faux pearls in a gold/green coloring, all on a brass wire frame. The bail will hold a cord, chain or neckwire 3mm or smaller in diameter. The pendant measures 2" x 2 1/2" in size and is $30.
Next up is a cross pendant titled "Simply Sapphire". A brass wire frame hosts Czech sapphire blue crystals and gold plated corrugated beads, for a very striking look! This sharp pendant measures 1 1/4" x 2" in size and the bail will hold a cord, neckwire or chain 3mm or smaller in diameter. The price of this unique pendant is $25.
And finally we have this tiny, earthy jewel. Titled "Red Jade", it is made with tiny red jade gemstone beads on a brass wire frame. The bail will hold a cord, chain or neckwire 3mm or smaller. This little gem measures a mere 3/4" x 1 1/2" in size. The price of this pendant is $20.
EMAIL ME to acquire any of the jewels shown. All prices include shipping.
Currently on the work bench is another wire sculptured design I've been allowing to develop itself, as I did the strawberry pendant. This new design is looking like it's taking the shape of a poodle! So we'll see what comes out of that one!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Today I'm featuring 4 special one of a kind rings I've created recently.
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Email Me to purchase any of these one of a kind jewels!
The first ring is titled SERENITY. Featuring a vintage aquamarine glass stone encased in brass wire with freshwater pearls as accent, this ring is a ladies size 6. $45 (includes shipping)
This second ring is titled "Transformation" and it features a ruby red vintage glass stone encased in brass wire, accented with genuine mother of pearl. This is a ladies ring, size 7. $45 (includes shipping)
The next ring featured is titled "Truth" and hosts an exquisite vintage sapphire blue glass stone, in brass wire with genuine freshwater pearls. It's a ladies size 7 1/2. $45 (includes shipping)
And the final ring is titled "Glory". Glory holds a vintage topaz colored glass stone in brass wire, accented with freshwater pearls. It is a ladies size 8. $45 (includes shipping)
Email Me to purchase any of these one of a kind jewels!