Crystal & Stone Studio

Back To Olde Cape Cod

Nicki LeMarbre
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An intuitive friend contacted me in Mid-March, writing that my face had popped into her morning meditation; she asked how everything was going. "Not so great" I said. "I need a car and a place to live!!"  I was so tired of the three months of Gypsy living, but I could NOT seem to find the right rental in Brant Rock or Plymouth. I was frustrated, and even started looking at places in Portsmouth, NH. I wanted a little place of my own, in an artist community by the sea; I could feel it, but had not yet found it.

"Wow, my neighbor has a fabulous studio apartment in Cotuit that she is fixing up," she wrote. "It will be ready in a week or two!"

"Seriously!!!???" Better than I could ever imagine ... as Karen Paolino would say!! Thank you Spirit!! 

The photos she sent me were beautiful and the price was great. "I want it!!"

Brant Rock was so much fun in many ways (I will miss my Marshfield friends, the Jetty and breakfast at The Hop) but it seemed like it was my time to go. Admittedly, after four storms I was really tired of packing all my things up at work for fear of more flooding. Sand and Water took the news gracefully and everything happened so easily.

I moved into my adorable studio apartment on Easter Sunday. The exhaustion from the Winter upheavals have dissipated in just two weeks and I feel like I have never been happier or more grateful. 

Cotuit holds some pivotal memories for me. As I unpacked and placed my few belongings (everything I own fits in a 5' x 5' storage space) I realized the watercolor I hung in the bathroom, I had painted in 1995 just a mile down the road at the original Cotuit Arts Center, right behind the Cotuit Market. I was stepping out of my first marriage and remember Jamie Wolf saying "we are just going to write on your forehead 'Shit Happens'." The photos of the girls I hung above my stove, I realized had been taken in 1998, just three blocks away on the beach across the inlet! Then dating my second husband, one of our favorite outings with the girls was taking his boat to that cove. And it was Loop Beach that I would walk nearly every other day with Marla in the Spring of 2010, as I stepped out of that marriage. Cotuit has been a place of creativity, hope and healing. It is perfect to be back here now. This time I feel as though I am stepping into marrying myself and my artwork. All the desire pent up in my heart to be alone and create, free from all other distractions, is finally realized. AHHHHHHHHHH.

So, I am very happy to get caught up with this website while juggling my new graphic design job with my jewelry making and event schedule. The 10 designs I've completed so far are shown below. The first orders are being printed for Florida stores in Dunedin and Cedar Key next week; so excited. I will soon be placing my own order so that I can have some of them to sell here and would LOVE to know which designs are your favorites ... they all have an UVPF of 30, are dry fit .... meaning they don't absorb water (or body odors) and will be between $27 (tanks) and $30 (t-shirts) ... if you would even be interested. New England Designs will be finished in the Fall.

Like everyone, I cannot wait for it to warm up!! I am looking forward to a super creative Summer on beautiful Cape Cod. I will still be travelling about with my events and artisan fairs and hope to see you here or there! 

Happy Spring!! 

In Light With Love,

Nicki

 

$100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Nicki LeMarbre

Drawing on February 1st at 12:01am

Like Crystal & Stone Facebook page and get one entry

Sign up for my e-mail list to get another entry

Share my new website on Facebook and get another entry

Share the FB drawing post on Facebook to get another entry

Post a photo of you wearing a piece of my jewelry and get yet another entry

Buy something from my new store and get an entry for every $10 you spend

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Getting Clear In The New Year

Nicki LeMarbre
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The sculpting of our lives is unending, it's true. We are forever adjusting and tweaking. But there are times when life events inspire us to take stock of what we have and where we are; to see what is working and what is not working, and then make some changes. This new year has brought me to one of those shake downs. Losing my Mom in December then losing my Jeep to the storm surge of Winter storm Grayson definitely helped me to STOP and see that change is now necessary. (Lets face it, being a Selenite Gypsy is not a very lucrative endeavor.) 

I was pretty depressed and discouraged when I magically stumbled upon an online course last week called the 2018 Jewelry Brand Makeover Bootcamp. The title glimmered with hope from my Facebook feed. I clicked, checked it out and thought "why not" then I committed to the week of training. It was AWESOME and exactly what I needed!

As I answered the questions they gave us for homework I began to realize what a gift my jewelry business was! There were over 4,600 jewelers on the FB page for the training and many were struggling with sales.  While I have sold nearly every piece of crystal and stone jewelry I had ever made! My problem has been not having enough jewelry to keep up with wholesale inquiries and not having enough time to get to those custom order inquiries completed. HELLO!!!!!!

The course helped me to then acknowledge my "why nots", I had some hidden fears within me that were clouding my vision and they needed to go. It was as if I were just too close to see what was RIGHT in front of me! As the week went by, I began to wrap my mind around the possibilities of treating my jewelry business as my number one priority. 

My #1 goal for the past seven years has been to educate people on the benefits of Selenite. My #2 was to help people feel better and neither of those had changed. In reality, my jewelry does both of those things! Selenite and Sound Events and sessions also do this but what would happen if I switched, and made Selenite jewelry my primary business?

Once I got there the next step was to investigate what would I do differently? And the back burner list came into view. All those things I had recommended to others, and toyed with doing for myself but never got around to.

First thing obviously ... spend more time on jewelry related efforts and cut out the art classes and some of the meditations. Then create an amazing on-line store with a cool name; something less transient and more stable. I traded SeleniteGypsy.com for CrystalandStoneStudio.com (thank you daughter Rachel!) and hired Squarespace to host my storefront. Then I made a light box to photograph each piece of jewelry in, to get the most detail possible and took my time. I could feel my addiction to rushing through things begin to fade. 

Going live with this site was a project and a half! The GoDaddy purchase of my domain name needed to be connected with Squarespace hosting which needed to be connected to G Suite for my new email address and that needed to be connected to MailChimp for newsletters! PHEW!!!

Next up is creating a new e-mail list of people who are who are genuinely interested in my creations and really want to stay connected. So I am creating a promotion for that and am offering a $100 gift certificate drawing on February 1st. Just sign up to win. And if you share my post on Facebook your name will be entered twice!

Future plans include offering on-line videos of my creative process and info about crystals. And of course creating amazing jewelry ... taking my time and caring about making each and every piece as beautiful and unique as I can. Yup, clarity, focus and action; that's the plan! When the going gets tough ... the tough get going.

Thank you in advance for loving my work enough to want to stay tuned by signing up on my E-mail list!! 

Wishing you clarity, peace and abundance always,

Nicki