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!

GSG Kits Available For Pre-Order

Anodized Aluminum 5-Kit Bundle + Stainless Steel/Bronze Cuff

y early August, you’ll be able to purchase GSG kits in the B3 Etsy shop, woo-hoo! As usual, I’m offering special Early Bird Bundles.

Here’s how it works:

Through June 27, you can pre-order an anodized aluminum 5-kit bundle and/or a special stainless steel and bronze cuff. Because the bundles are pre-order, they won’t sell out!

As a special bonus with the anodized aluminum bundle, you can order additional custom-color kits. Choose from more than 30 color options!

After you pre-order, hang tight for a few weeks and then enjoy the colorful bounty when your package arrives!

Please note that if you’re just looking for 1 or 2 kits, the à la carte kits will be released near the beginning of August.

Reversible Rondo a La Byzantine Project

Combine Bright Greens, Cool Blues and Vivid Pinks To Make This Reversible Cuff

The popular Rondo a la Byzantine cuff is now available in a new limited-edition color combination: Spring Blossoms on one side and Oceanside on the reverse.

Use the diagram below to position the colors in your kit. All bags (except for the clasp) are labeled with their color name.

Purchase kits in the B3 Etsy shop while supplies last. I’ll restock the kits once, so if you miss the initial offering, sign up for the wait list to be notified when the restock is available.

You’ll need instructions for Rondo a la Byzantine, too. Be sure you’re comfortable following the diagram below in order to correctly position your colors, as the instructions DO NOT include step by steps for this colorway. (Note: If you swap the position of certain colors, you may not have enough rings in your kit to complete your project; the kits were designed to complete the project as shown).

 

 

 

 

New Zeela Variation Kits Available

Level Up Your Zeela Pattern With This Modification

The Zeela weave has received a facelift for 2021! This new variation adds a column of rings along the spine of the weave, filling in negative space and giving you added color possibilities.

Purchase kits in the B3 Etsy shop, currently available in 2 colorways: Neutral Grey or Unicorn.

You’ll need instructions for Zeela, too. Once you’ve completed the basic bracelet, follow the modification below to complete the variation. The free modification instructions are available for both right-handers  and left-handers.

Happy weaving!