Make All The Things At Craftcation

Join Rebeca Mojica And Hundreds of Other Crafty Folks At Craftcation 2023

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For the past couple years (minus a break during the height of the pandemic), I’ve attended Craftcation in Ventura, CA to try out new crafts, take business classes and connect with other people who also enjoy geeking out with their creative projects.

I’m excited to announce that in 2023, I’ll be returning to Craftcation as a presenter! I’ll be offering Celtic Visions Star pendant as well as teaching a business workshop on How to Create How Tos.

I haven’t yet decided which classes I’m going to take (the schedule is still being finalized), but I’m still obsessing over a body scrub class I took last year, so I will likely take more body care classes. I’m always excited for painting classes, and who knows, maybe I’ll even give crochet another try!

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If you are near the West Coast (or just feel like making a trip out to sunny SoCal), come join me for a magical week April 19-23, 2023! Registration is open!

For all the details about Craftcation, hop over to the Dear Handmade Life website where you’ll find a complete list of crafts workshops, business classes, an extensive FAQ and info on how to apply to volunteer at the conference.

The conference sells out every year, so if you are excited and can’t wait to try ALL the things, then  sign up today! <– As a favor, could you use that link to register? It’s an affiliate link, which means I earn a small commission as a referral bonus. Thanks so much for your support!

If you have questions about my experiences at Craftcation, please let me know. I’m excited to share this wonderful event with you!

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The Only Guide to JPL5 You’ll Ever Need

Jens Pind Linkage Kits & Tutorial by Blue Buddha Boutique

JPL5-now-availAt long last, JPL5 instructions are here! This has been one of my most-requested projects, and I’m excited to have put together a thorough guide so you can conquer this weave!

First off, if you’re intimidated by JPL5, I recommend checking out this video that shows how to weave JPL5 from a starter piece. You’ll probably be surprised at how easy it looks!

If that has you excited to create JPL5, hop on over to grab instructions (and/or a starter piece) from our Etsy shop. You can also buy JPL5 kits in 4 colorways and choose from dozens of colors to create your very own custom-color JPL5 kit.

PDF + Video Tutorial

JPL5-VidPDFv2Blue Buddha Boutique’s full JPL5 tutorial contains:
• 3 pages of step-by-step photos for creating this weave in 5 colors
• 2-page “quick start” chart to create JPL5 in 2-, 3-, 4- or 6 colors
• cover page with ring sizes and “weave overview” summary
• link to a private, 20-minute video that demonstrates every step, including how I hold the weave in my hand, plus a “checking your work” and troubleshooting section to keep you on track
• left- and right-hand PDFs and videos included
• PDF includes links to video at each steps, so you can jump to the exact spot you need

 

 

Doing JPL5 in Other Numbers of Colors

I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend learning JPL5 with 5 colors. Once you are comfortable weaving in 5 colors, you can try doing JPL5 in 2 or 3 (or any other number) of colors. The PDF tutorial includes a “quick start” chart that shows steps 1-19 in 2-, 3-, 4- and 6-colors. Check out how the chart works:

I hope the comprehensive PDF tutorial and videos make this weave easy—and dare I say, even fun?—for you.

I love to know about your successes, so please feel free to tag BlueBuddhaBoutique on social media and share what you’ve made. Or simply send your pic to [email protected]! Happy weaving – you got this!

Here is the full lineup of JPL5 offerings from Blue Buddha Boutique:

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Fraud email from company with similar name

graphic that shows a cell phone on the left open to an email of an order confirmation. The text on the right reads: SCAM ALERT - THIS IS NOT ME If you receive an order confirmation from "bluebuddhaboutique" via "commentsold" for something you did not order, this is NOT my company

If you received an order confirmation about an order you did NOT place, and the order is via commentsold on Facebook, that message is spam. It is also not my company (I’ve never sold through commentsold), but likely instead refers to another clothing company with an identical name.

I recommend checking your bank account to confirm no charges are processing, and also contacting commentsold – [email protected] – to report the issue.  (You can see their response to my inquiry below)

The other company that started doing business as “The Blue Buddha Boutique” does sell through commentsold, so you may wish to reach out to them. (I did contact them but have not received a response. As of the writing of this post, the contact form on their website is broken, but you may still be able to reach them on Facebook). Their info:

https://shopthebluebuddha.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BlueBuddhaBoutqiue/ 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/722029925310246/

After receiving dozens of messages from upset and confused people, I reached out to commentsold and received this reply from them:

screenshot of email that reads: Julie (CommentSold) Dec 15, 2022, 13:12 CST Hey there Rebeca, We identified an issue in our system where order confirmation emails were erroneously being sent. This issue has been resolved. Personal information was not compromised and no credit cards were charged. Sorry about the inconvenience that this may have caused your shop - Please let us know if you have any other questions about this! Take care, Julie CommentSoldI have tried to respond to all the individual emails and social media DMs I’ve received about this, and set up auto-responders to try to stay on top of things, but it’s been … a lot. If I somehow I didn’t reply to you directly, my apologies. Please know Blue Buddha Boutique is not a scam (even though the website is ancient right now! We’ve been around since 2003 and pride ourselves on top-notch customer service. Feel free to check out our many happy reviews on Etsy, and leave a comment below if I can answer any other questions for you about this spam email.

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Hello? Is This Thing Still On?

What’s Up With Blue Buddha These Days?

“So… you haven’t written a blog post in more than half a year, you rarely post in social media, and I think I only get your newsletter every 2 months or so … are you still around…?”

This is what I imagine a few die-hard B3 fans think as they occasionally check on the website, hoping for something new, but only finding the same ol’ stuff.

Yeah, I know the website is dusty and crusty AF and likely will be for another several months.

I feel a little bad for not having kept up Blue Buddha as much as I’d like to. The past few years have been rough for so many people, and I really wanted to be an inspiration for y’all, giving you tons of projects to keep you motivated and excited. Buuuut, that is not quite how things turned out. I’ll write/vlog more about that later. But for now, here’s a few things I want you to know:

The B3 Website

Jumpstart-mainI am planning on updating the Blue Buddha website! It’s an intense project, since I want to have an inventory management system in place to handle custom-kit orders. But, I do loves me a challenging organizational project! I spent a few months in 2020 updating RebecaMojica.com and learning lots of things that will help me overhaul B3’s site.

In the meantime, though, I won’t be updating the current site very much, if at all. (Sometimes it takes me so long how to figure out how to update something on the current site, it’s just not worth it!) If there’s something here that you want to make sure you have, download it now!

In the meantime, you can find all the latest product releases in the Blue Buddha Etsy shop. Check out the Announcement on the main shop page (above the listings) to see what’s new each month.

Classes & Videos

I’ve resumed teaching chainmaille online and conducting Group Craft sessions. I’m also adding more chainmaille videos – updating older PDFs with supplemental videos as well as creating new video content. Feel free to reach out at any time to let me know what projects you’d like classes and video for (yes, Moorish Rose, I know 😉).

Social Media

These days I’m mostly posting on TikTok, and would like to also post more often on other platforms. This is one of the most challenging business aspects for me right now. After I’d downsized Blue Buddha to be just me, but still had social media accounts on half a dozen platforms––often with separate accounts for Blue Buddha and Rebeca Mojica jewelry––I got a little overwhelmed and didn’t keep up. Then health issues caused me to focus on self-care. I pretty much disappeared from the public’s eye. Now, I have a better handle on my health issues and am working on the best way to authentically connect with as many people as possible in ways that leave me energized!

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Other Endeavors

For a while, I thought with great sadness that perhaps I was done with chainmaille altogether, but that was depression and brain fog taking the driver’s seat. Despite my “being stuck” for so many months, I would receive random requests for things like copy-editing (something I used to do in a past life),  private chainmaille lessons, and small-business owners wanting to pick my brain about a variety of issues. So I launched a services page.

I’ll be spending a bit more time in this area. After chatting with various people, I realize that many of the life “hacks” I have developed––sometimes I feel like my entire life depends on a bunch of duct-taped hacks in order to keep me functional!––are useful and inspirational to others. Sharing what has worked for me might help others who are struggling with some of the issues I’ve overcome and continue to manage today. You’ll start to see some posts about this on the RebecaMojica.com blog (it doesn’t exist just yet), and can follow along if you’re interested – I’d love to have you along for the ride!

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! And thanks for all your support all these years. Truly and honestly, y’all are the best! ❤️

P.S. In a bit of self-promotion that I’m just gonna sneak in here, could you take a minute to vote for me as “Best Jewelry Instructor” for Interweave’s Reader’s Choice Awards? (Scroll down to #73 and check my name. You do have to give them an email address.) Thank you!

Online Classes & Group Craft Now Available

Take A Class With Rebeca!

online-classes_group-craftI’m excited to announce that I’m now offering online classes as well as Group Craft sessions.

Anyone who’s taken a class with me knows that my teaching style involves a lot of 1-on-1 coaching. For so long, I hesitated to offer online classes, because I didn’t know how to translate that to the virtual classroom. However, after having done a few private and small-group lessons and tweaking my setup, I’m thoroughly enjoying online teaching and am grateful to be able to reach people who would never make it to an in-person class in California.

A huge advantage of online teaching is that my secondary overhead camera allows you to very closely see what I’m doing–without my lunchtime onion breath invading your personal space!  😉Demonstrations for online classes are recorded, so you can watch the replays as much as you’d like for up to 60 days after class ends.

For now, you’ll find current offerings on RebecaMojica.com, along with a variety of other services that have been keeping me busy these days. (In 2022 I’m finally going to tackle creating a new Blue Buddha website, but in the meantime, my personal website will house items and services not available in the B3 Etsy shop.)

If you’d like me to create a class for a specific weave, just let me know below or send an email to [email protected]

In order to provide the best experience, attendance is limited, so don’t wait too long to reserve your seat. Hope to “see” you soon!