I have some brand new gem trees AND Tree of Life jewelry to show off!
The first one you see pictured here, is a Green Hair Quartz Bonsai Gem Tree. I got my inspiration from the winter blahs. I live in Minnesota, and this week its been about -10 degrees for the HIGH. Yuck! If you're like me, you hate the cold and you're dying to have some green in your life, not white. This gem tree is a mix of darker and lighter green quartz gems on a earth toned and green, Wavellite rock base. It is a really beautiful piece, I'm loving the re hashed Bonsai design too!
The next one I'm quite proud of is a rare Phosphosiderite gem on a Rubellite/Lepidolite/Tourmaline rock base, in Bonsai form. These gems are rare in chip form, and they're hard to find. This Bonsai is really cool, the trunk looks like its growing out of the side of the rock, and the branches splash over the rock. The only way I could mount and balance the piece, was to fit the trunk onto the side of the rock! So it really is one of a kind. :-) Perfect.
I also have a couple of new TINY gem trees, that are perfect for tight spaces, tight budgets, AND Wedding Cake Toppers! They stand about 3.5 inches tall by about 3.5 inches wide. They are mounted onto a small Geode rock slab. I love these TINYs, they have a very full look and their branches are very twisted. They are priced at $15 each. There is also an Ametrine TINY, not pictured here.
I also have some brand new Tree of Life Jewelry made! Pictured here is the Amber set- pendant necklace and earrings. They can be ordered separately, or as a set. I have many sets available now, including Amber, Turquoise, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite (specially for Valentine's Day!). I added new pendants too- Fluorite, Black Jasper, Labradorite, Howlite, Tiger's Eye, Mookaite, Tree Agate and Sodalite. You can custom order earrings to match the pendant. I will be making more in the coming weeks to be ready for my show, but this is a great start!
And YES, there IS an upcoming show! February 22-23rd I will be at the Har Mar Mall Rock show in Roseville, MN! I really hope you can make it out, because its a great time with lots of cool finds and rock hounds galore!
That's it for this update. I have a few new gem trees to make this afternoon, including a Turquoise-Smoky Quartz and Green Jade, and definitely need more Willow Aura trees, they are popular on Etsy!
Back by popular demand- Willow gem trees! I've improved on them a bit, and I've decided to add "Aura" to their title.
Willows are a lot of fun, they are almost always in motion! They are very reactive to people's energies/auras, hence their new title. The branches are free flowing, and can be arranged to where they feel best to you.
I have plans for a 2nd willow design, something that more resembles the famous willow trees in the deep south. They will be bigger, with more branches, and be even more free flowing! A 3rd design is possible, solely for wedding cake toppers and small spaces. It'll probably be about 3" tall.
The first newly designed willow available is this Amethyst on Amethyst gem tree. It is now available on Etsy, as well as my shop here! It stands about 7.5" tall and can span around 9" wide, depending how the branches are arranged.
All right, I finally have a new store up on the website! I'm still playing with it, trying to figure the options out, but it looks good! It is synced with my Etsy account, so all the prices and inventory match 100%. I'm still trying to figure out the payment portal. I want to stick with PayPal because its well known, and easy to use. However, I want an option for those of you that don't have a PayPal account. You're supposed to be able to checkout without a PayPal account, but I'm waiting to confirm that. I could also use Stripe, but I don't like the fact they aren't well known and they don't provide a banner. I want to make sure everyone is comfortable ordering, that it looks very safe and trustworthy. I shop online too, and I know how important the little things are!
In the New Year, I will be getting going on more wedding items, including wedding cake toppers. I've had a few requests for Willow Trees, so pending a small redesign, they will be back up for sale.
I'm also going to work really hard at getting the crystal healing and energy healing information up on this website. Its unclear if I'll try having an online consultation sessions business or not, I don't know currently how it would work. Basically, you would fill out a complete questionnaire, and I would work with you to figure out what's going on, and offer some healing suggestions with crystals, distance Reiki, and counseling. I have done it before, and I want the service more accessible. I figure either some people have limited transportation to see someone, or for some reason they'd rather remain anonymous and not see someone in person. I completely understand, and would love to work with those who need a different type of treatment.
Finally, I really want to break more into the animal healing realm! I had another breakthrough with my cat, Angie. If you remember, she's very shy and easily spooked from her past. We just moved into a new residence this past weekend, and she's been between excited to explore, and frantic to disappear into a safe hiding spot! I finally calmed her down using her special gem trees- Crazy Lace Agate and Olive Jade. Both help in times of stress and sudden changes. Angie responded well to her treatments, and now is (mostly) settled into her new home! I'm going to take the experiment one step further, and introduce our black kitten Gracie into the world of crystals. She likes the trees, but is still at her nibble on everything stage. I want to figure out a way of getting her to settle down and sleep at night, instead of causing trouble. She has a strong pull towards my Halloween Bonsai gem tree, so maybe I'll start there, and see if it helps calm her down.
Let's make it a great year for Spirit Gem Designs!
Happy New Year to all my friends and followers! I really appreciate your support! It keeps me going and doing what I love to do!
I will be working on the new website, and hope to have something to launch mid to late January! I want to add a lot more content, and open up a much better shop. The current format is hard to manage. I've spent my time concentrating on Etsy only. I will also be more active with social media too, especially Twitter and Pinterest.
I just upgraded my cell phone to a much higher quality, meaning my photos will be much better, and I can update the web store easily on my phone when needed. All we need now is the phone to write more engaging descriptions for me. Just kidding! That's something I need to find time for.
I have new gem trees coming up, and I have a few already listed on Etsy. One in particular is a gorgeous Clear Quartz on a special, sparkly Rosasite/Gypsum rock base. I used a dark copper wire, and wow! I also have two Amber Gem trees- light or dark copper wire- and they are both mounted on a piece of dark Baltic Amber.
I've been playing with the bonsai form too, it keeps getting better and better! I'll post a photo of the one most perfect Jade bonsai I made the other night. I posted it to Facebook, and a few minutes later my friend bought it! I only can hope my future bonsais can provoke such emotion to sell quickly!
That's all I had for now. I just wanted to say thanks again, and look for great things to come in 2014! Personally, I'm excited to be concentrating solely on this business, and not sharing my time with a PT job!
Happy New Year!