Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shop Rebranding

Exhausted Creativity was named as such because I wanted to appeal to the stay-at-home-mom. She could relate to my name, being tired and running on fumes. I didn't want to limit myself to just jewelry, so I wanted a name to reflect that, being broad and all-encompassing. I had other reasons for naming my shop Exhausted Creativity...

But the one thing that never crossed my mind was that people might perceive my shop name to be negative. As in spent creativity, like I have nothing left to give. Ugh. Upon hearing that review from some trusted advisors, I immediately felt the need to change my shop name.

Well, by and by, after much thought and consideration about possible names, I ultimately settled on using my own name for the shop. And I don't regret it one bit. I'm selling my goods, made by me  - it should have my name on it. So Exhausted Creativity is gone. Rachel Rode, Jewelry for Heart and Soul, is here.

My new url is www.rachelrode.etsy.com. The old shop url will work for a while - about 45 days. After that, you have to use the new url to find me.

I had to change my facebook page as well. It's now http://www.facebook.com/RachelRodeJewelry
My twitter account and this blog url will remain the same.

Thanks for your support! I feel the love! ;)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Military Rosary brings out my "Colors"

I've made military rosaries before, but I felt an urgent need to make one upon hearing this sweet song by April Smith called "Colors." I love how retro it sounds. For me, it paints a picture of a World War II sweetheart waiting for her boy to come home. Reminds me of my folks even though they were children of that era, not adults.

My mom's step-father served in the Navy from the time he was old enough to enlist in the '30s until he retired in the '60s. My mom moved all over the country with him. My dad also served in the Navy in the '60s. My brother in the '80s. I heard the stories of service in wartime and peace. I heard about the dirty jokes the guys told each other. I heard about how the women left behind had to work to make ends meet. How the goodbyes were heartbreaking every time a ship set off. Basic training. Moving from base to base. I'm grateful for their service and thankful I know a bit about the sacrifice requried to serve our country, how it tears people and families apart. Yet we take it for granted.

Thank you to you service men and women! If you are currently serving, you are a veteran, or a widow or widower of a vet, please leave a comment! I would love to hear your story! And as a thank you, I would like to provide you with a coupon code for free shipping in my shop. Many thanks, and God bless you!