Limited Shipping Until Further Notice

Domestic Only, Once Per Week

text reads that Blue Buddha is shipping domestic orders once a week and there may be delays with the postal systemDue to current events, the Blue Buddha Boutique Etsy shop is shipping domestic orders once a week (typically on Tuesdays but this is subject to change). Please note that shipping may be further delayed once your item enters the postal system, due to a major increase in shipping demand.

Because the situation is changing rapidly and several countries have announced foreign shipping restrictions, I’ve suspended delivery outside of the US. I’m so sorry – I hope to reinstate international delivery soon!

My apologies for any inconvenience. Be well, and may crafting be a soothing distraction during these times. 😊

Peace, love and chainmaille.

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Craft In The Time Of Coronavirus

Social Distancing & Staying At Home Is Becoming A Thing? Crafters: “We Got This.”

For the past few days, I’ve been wanting to share photos of some new products, but felt I first needed to take a moment to address the thing that so many people are talking about, which is of course, COVID-19.

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Mitigation

Over the past few days it became clear the containment effort of COVID-19 has not been successful in the US, and things are going to get worse before they get better. The virus’s exponential growth needs to be stalled and reversed to keep US hospitals from being overloaded. The continued spread is inevitable. What this leads to a few months down the road can be vastly different, based on all the actions we take or don’t take moving forward. The sooner we can slow this growth, the better. (Here’s a great video about exponential growth and epidemics.)

Even with the best efforts, there’s going to be disruption in many people’s daily lives, sometimes minimal and sometimes substantial. I already have customers (and family friends) across the world who are under lockdown or self-quarantine. The mother of an acquaintance died on one of the cruise ships. People are panic-buying all over the country.

B3 Response

There are obviously a lot of unknowns with this situation that experts rightly refer to as “rapidly evolving.” I know that right now, the coronavirus risk to me personally is very low. There have been no confirmed outbreaks in my neighborhood. I, like everyone else, am still far, FAR more likely to die from heart disease or a car accident. But, should I catch the virus, I could easily carry it and pass it on to someone vulnerable.

My mom is one of those vulnerable people, due to age and a compromised immune system. I see her multiple times a week, and she helps out with B3 kit assembly. She’s pretty much all the family I have, and for her sake, starting February 29, I began minimizing my risk by essentially being a hermit until the situation is more understood and under control. To be honest, being a homebody is basically my normal lifestyle, so this isn’t actually a huge change or sacrifice for me. Introverts, it’s our turn to save the world!!! 😉

As far as Blue Buddha goes, I’m still prepping and shipping orders and will continue to do so while adapting to the situation. (For instance, my trips to the Post Office may eventually become fewer and far between). I’ll keep you guys updated on this blog, on the B3 Facebook page and/or in the announcement section of the B3 Etsy shop (scroll down on the main shop page past the listings until you see Announcements.)

Crafting is soothing for many people, and I want to keep inspiring you especially if you’re struggling. Because the more soothed and calm people we have in the world, the better. Also, if you’re stuck at home for days on end, it’s great to have something to do to keep your mind and hands occupied. Not to mention, you wind up with something tangible, which is more than can be said for binge-watching a TV show! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I’ll do some binge watching in the next couple months, heh.

Let’s Hang Virtually: B3 Community Craft Session Online Coming Soon!

This is the perfect time for me to launch a hangout session, which we used to do in-person at the Blue Buddha shop in Chicago. I’ve been meaning to do an “ask the artist” video/webinar to answer a few questions an artisan sent me… maybe this would be a good chance for me to answer those questions while y’all craft. Are ya down? I was thinking a YouTube livestream would probably be the best and easiest way for most of you to listen/watch. If you have other suggestions for platforms, let me know in the comments below!

I wish all of you the very best. Feel free to reach out anytime.

P.S. The title of this post is a play on words from Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquezz, one of my favorite authors. If you’re panic buying, might I also suggest books? There’s a few suggestions in my recent post on sci-fi audio books.

 

It’s Our 17-Year Anniversary!

Leave A Comment For Your Chance To Win A Free Kit

B-day-cakeWoo-hoo! 🎉 As of this week, Blue Buddha Boutique is 17 years old! 

It’s been a journey with countless “ups” and a few “downs” … and overall, I couldn’t be happier to celebrate with you.

A handful of you have been with us since the very beginning! This astounds me, and I am deeply grateful for your continued support for so many years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Along the way, many new customers have joined us. You offer new energy and enthusiasm to this craft, and I’m thankful for each and every one of you.

Honestly, all of you continue to motivate and inspire me. It is because of you that I didn’t completely close down a few years ago, and instead have kept the torch burning, albeit at a much smaller scale. You seriously are the best customers I could ever ask for.

To help celebrate, how about a giveaway?

Comment below (or on our post on Facebook) as if you were signing B3’s birthday card. Tell us your favorite B3 memory or experience in your comment. One randomly chosen winner will receive a FREE kit and instructions of their choice.*

Comments made through midnight, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 are eligible. A randomly chosen winner will announced on the first week of March 2020.

We can’t wait to hear your stories. Happy weaving!

*Any base metal kit + PDF instructions (or hard copy included instructions for 3rd vendor kits) available on the B3 Etsy store with a total value up to $45. Redeemable through June 30, 2020.

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Creative Challenge Report: UFO Is Finished … and Sold!

Sometimes The Universe Is Just Waiting For You To Say You’re Ready

Last month, I challenged you to find an un-finished crafts project (UFO) and commit to finishing it by the end of the month. A few of you commented on the Facebook post, and one person sent me email, to share your commitments. Thank you for doing that!

I’ll be honest – part of my motivation for this challenge was to motivate myself to finish a project! I have far too many unfinished projects, but there was one in particular I wanted to tackle.

I’d had the idea floating in my head for awhile to create a series of necklaces based loosely on my infamous Poseidon’s Embrace piece. I’d already made one necklace, and had started the second…but then the holiday show season crept up, and then end-of-year inventory, and after that I ran out of excuses, but kept procrastinating. I knew I was putting off this project because I honestly had no idea how to create what I envisioned, and somehow the idea of just not doing anything was easier than sitting down at my worktable and pushing through the discomfort.

Hence, the challenge.

Despite getting off to a slower start due to a seasonal cold, I finished my piece by my deadline. And … *drum roll* … the piece sold before I even posted it online!

As I was putting the finishing touches on the necklace, a woman who’d purchased a few pieces from me at a local show messaged me looking for a statement necklace. I sent her a few images of the previous necklace I’d made, took a quick photo of the current necklace in progress, and also sent a few color palettes. I needn’t have bothered with the color palettes, as it turned out she loved the necklace I was working on, and wanted to buy it right then and there! Serendipitous!

Here it is. From the pile at left, to the gorgeous piece, named Resilience, at right. Resilience is created with links of various metallic hues in two sizes. Inspired by dystopian fiction and the idea of creating beauty out of the wasteland. Also, not gonna lie – it’s something I imagine the hero might wear when she wants to dress up while continuing to look badass.

pile of metal mesh links at left with arrow pointing to assembled necklace made from the links at rightOverall, I’m so happy with how this came out, and I’m amazed that someone purchased the piece right as I was finishing it. This is the first time this has happened to me in the 17 years I’ve been doing this! I’d like to think the Universe was delivering me a resounding message of “You’re on the right path.” And now I’m eager to figure out what my next commitment is!

Stay tuned for other Creative Challenges this year. And in the meantime – if you’ve got a UFO sitting around, go finish it! Maybe a buyer (or gift recipient) is waiting for you as well.



Parenting In The Age Of Perfection

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A New Book To Help Parents Navigate Today’s Distraction-Filled World

parenting-coverFor several months, I’ve been doing some work for The Ladder Method, a meta-learning and study skills company in Los Angeles that specializes in teaching students how to learn. We show children how to study for a test, how to organize their calendar, how to prioritize, how to develop focus and staminain other words, skills for life!

I’m excited to let you know that the company founder, Candice Lapin, has just published a book, Parenting in the Age of Perfection: A Modern Guide To Nurturing A Success Mindset.

I read a draft of the book this summer and I found the content so useful, I had to share it on my blog (even though it’s not chainmaille-related at all!). Many B3 readers are parents or grandparents, and I thought you especially would be interested in this book. It’s for any parent who is ready to help their child move to place of positivity, confidence and resilience.

From the back cover:

We have become a culture wildly afraid of imperfection. In our insta-everything world, we give people ‘our good side.’ We pose. We curate. An entire generation is broadcasting their experiences as if they are spokesmodels for the perfect life. Welcome to what meta-learning expert Candice Lapin has dubbed the Perfection Age. In a world like this, the pressure for surface appearances has created no room for mistakes, compassion nor imperfection. The result is a crisis of confidence. In Parenting in the Perfection Age, Lapin draws on case studies, scientific research, and her own experiences as a successful learning and life coach to showcase patterns that feed into the environment of perfection, along with tools and skills to get children back on track. In this book, parents will learn the techniques that Lapin has successfully used to transform her client’s lives.

Having met many of the tutors, academic managers, coaches and students of The Ladder Method, I’ve seen firsthand the impact Candice’s methods have on children’s lives.

I highly recommend this book.

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