Ch-ch-ch-changes

My skin-shedding process is continuing, and I have to be honest, I’m kind of loving it!

One thing I’ve been contemplating is closing my Etsy shop. It seems a shame to do so after all the work I’ve put into it, and it is doing well enough, but I started a new job in the late winter and I just haven’t wanted to spend my free time photographing, editing and listing items on Etsy.

I still love making prayer beads, but getting them onto Etsy is somewhat tedious and time-consuming. This is nothing against Etsy, I have LOVED working with their platform—they make things really easy. But trying to get good photos and decent lighting, and editing them, and weighing items, and typing up descriptions and, and, and…I was getting really tired of it. In fact, I haven’t added anything new to my shop for months because I’ve been avoiding the process.

So, after much thought and journaling, I decided it was time to close my shop for now. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned while running my little shop, and I’m grateful for the many wonderful customers I’ve gotten to correspond with while it was open. If you’ve had your eye on any of my prayer beads, now is the time to get them at 50% off!

I will still happily make custom orders of prayer beads and rosaries by request, and you can contact me here if you are interested. I still have a lot of beads and charms, and I will most likely add some details about what I have available to the shop section of this website toward the end of the month so you will know what kind of stock I have to work with.

Other than that, life has been puttering along. I still feel like I’m in limbo, but I’m content with it.

I’ve been trying to cook more, and have been loving the simple, seasonal recipes in a cookbook I found called Simply in Season (do be aware, it is a Mennonite cookbook, and thus contains some Christian references, but if that doesn’t bother you, it is fabulous!).

I usually plant a couple of tomatoes in containers every year, but this year I expanded my container garden to include zucchini and cucumbers, and also added a few new herbs to my herb container garden. I grew the zucchini and cucumbers from seed, which I’ve never tried before, and what a revelation! If you’ve never grown anything from seed, try it! It is magical. I’ve really been enjoying puttering around in my little garden.

I’ve also been sewing more and have even been trying my hand at sewing clothes again, which I haven’t done in many, many years.

And I’ve started playing the alto recorder, because it was an inexpensive way to add a little music back into my life. If you have no idea what a recorder is or sounds like, the Sarah Jeffery/Team Recorder YouTube channel has a lot of great info. I already knew how to read music thanks to several years of clarinet when I was in school, so it has been fun to dust off my old skills and try a new instrument.

So that’s where I am right now—working on simplifying my life, enjoying the beginning of summer, trying some new things and picking up some old things I haven’t done in a while. Just flowing along and seeing where all of this takes me. I’m enjoying not trying to control everything for a change. Who knew such a thing was possible! Ha!

May your summer be full of yummy fruits and veggies and long, warm evenings outdoors. That’s what I want from mine!

6 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes

  1. Deb Bob White says:

    Amy, I felt this was coming and I’m proud of you for stepping into your next calling. I will be forever grateful for your working with me on repurposing my catholic rosaries and your patience in your other work with me.

    If possible, I’d like to order two more items, not in your current inventory. I’d like chakra prayer beads of two different types. One would be the traditional set of seven beads X three that I like and the other would be just one strand of seven chakra beads. For the 7 X 3 beads, I’m open to suggestions for the dividing bead between the sets. For both, I’d like the spiral again with the open curly tree on the other end. If that’s not available for both, I can look for another charm. I understand the beads would probably be glass. I’m in absolutely no hurry. Please let me know if you’re interested in doing this. If not, I’m good with that too. Again, I can send a check for the full price of your material and efforts.

    You’re very brave to listen to your next calling and wise beyond your years.

    In gratitude, Debbie Czarnopys-White

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    • Amy says:

      Debbie,

      Thank you for your support! I will email you regarding your request so we can work out the details of what you are looking for.

      Amy

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  2. Robin D. Ashe says:

    I’m sad to hear about your Etsy shop. I just bought my first set of prayer beads. Yours are the best I’ve found by far. No one strings on wire and offers such a wide and affordable selection.

    That being said, I’ve tried selling on Etsy off and on and the time put into photographing or scanning and listing items is incredible and takes up all your free time. I hope to be able to buy something custom through your site in the future. In the meantime, I marked a few pieces in your shop, and I hope to buy at least one before you close.

    Luck and blessings,
    Robin

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    • Amy says:

      Robin, thank you so much for your comment. I really appreciated the review you left in my Etsy shop–it made my day!

      It makes me sad to close my shop, too, because I really love making the prayer beads. That’s why I’m happy to keep doing custom orders–I’ll get to keep making beads and working with wonderful people, but eliminate all the time spent getting things listed in Etsy.

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  3. Robin D. Ashe says:

    Well, this may be a second comment, I think my first disappeared when I signed in. I’m sad to hear about your shop closing. I just bought my first set of prayer beads and love them because they’re strung on wire…so few people take that much care. I hope to order through your site in the future. In the meantime, I’ve marked a few sets of beads in your Etsy store and hope to buy at least one before you close.

    That being said, I’ve tried selling on Etsy and Ebay over the years and photographing and listing items really does take up an inordinate amount of time. Good luck and blessings to you, and I hope to deal with you again in the future.

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    • Amy says:

      I’m sorry, I have my comments set to moderate, so that’s why your first one didn’t show up right away. I’m sorry you had to type it all up twice!

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