19 September 2012

Wherein I Say Thank You- It's GIVEAWAY Time

I recently reached a thousand Facebook fans
on the Rosy Revolver page.

Thank you.

I've spent the past five years building this up-
often through a series of falls.
Many of you have watched me grow,
seen me develop, as an artist, as a mother,
and as a person. You've heard me rant on the notions
of idea theft and authenticity-
and this year alone you've read me through
fertility issues, starting over in a new home,
and ultimately, the shattered state of my marriage.

Now I'm beginning again.

There are times at night when I lay in the dark
and think silver thoughts.
I often build what I cannot say.
I can write words to describe the
sterling and copper manifestations of my feelings,
much more clearly than I can 
relate in words the feelings themselves.

When I build and release into the world,
I release some part of me.
Some pain, some joy.

There is a certain salvation-
emotionally... economically...
 in every sale.
It is Rosy who saves me.
And then again... it is me.
And it is you, for giving each piece a home-
and therefore keeping me in mine.

Thank you for getting me here-
for your support, both financially and through
your friendship. I'm amazed at those of you I've
gotten to know over the past several years.

I'm amazed at the me I've gotten to know
because of you:

So here is this, from Rosy with love.

The Prize:

*Art & Fear- an amazing book I'm still reading
by David Bayles and Ted Orland

*Three packages of mixed Zinnia seeds like those
we've grown in our family for generations.

*Assorted soaps including olive, sicilian orange,
and tobacco blossom (my personal favorite.)

*A coffee mug from the local bakery, Stick Boy
Bread Company, where I sip battery acid each morning.  

*Various collected feathers and pink peacock plumes.

*A small bag of shells that The Monkey and I collected
along the Carolina coast this summer.

*A fistful of dried cotton bolls
from our Fuquay Varina farms.

And . . .

A handbuilt sterling token.
The winner of this package will have the choice
to have the token mounted on a ring band or suspended
from a chain as a necklace.
Either will be sized to your specifications.

I'm asking that as your entry,
you help me in deciding where to go from here,
being that my career and independence will
demand more from me than they ever have in the past.
Your feedback has never mattered more.


Please visit the sold section of my Etsy shop
and find your favorite piece. Link to it as a
comment below this blog post, and tell me how it
speaks to you. It can be the piece itself,
the description, the imagery-
I just want to know what stands out to you, and why.
This will count as one entry.

A second entry may be made on the RR Facebook
page. I will post a question there pertaining to
this GiveAway. Beneath that question, please link
to a post on this blog that resonates with you.
All I'm looking for is a link- no explanation needed.
Obviously, this will require some time and
research on your part, and therefore this will count as 
two entries, so anyone interested may enter a
total of three times.

The GiveAway will start now and will end on Sunday,
September 23rd at 11:59pm EST.
The winner will be chosen late next week,
using a random number generator.

As always, feel free to email me
(use the button on the blog sidebar)
convo me via Etsy, or message me via Facebook
if you have any questions.

* * * * *

I leave tomorrow for California and Petaluma's
Art is You- the second round in my newly acquired role
as assistant to Richard Salley.
I'll be back in the studio on Wednesday.

Have a lovely rest of the week, everyone.

Thank you again for it all.


  1. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/31569168.
    This piece stands out to me because of how you integrated the stone into a piece of nature reflected art. And because I love flowers. I alwwys enjoy reading your descriptions as well!

  2. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/93106161

    I love the design of these earrings there is a lot going on but because of good design they have a clean simple look.
    I love how your connections look rustic (balled headpin jump rings) but secure and well crafted. I like the mixed metals and the use of copper may keep the price down instead of all silver, which means more jewelry for me.
    That beaded wire hoop is sweet too.
    Good luck on your new journey, with the wee monkey by your side you can't lose.

  3. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/22168634
    this is seriously stunning. I have been staring at it since I first found your shop.
    The thought that the glass had a former life and the beautiful delicate chain. Ugh, stunning!
    Blessings for your new journey!

  4. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow in your jewelry & journey. Thank you for allowing use to join you along the way! And what an awesome giveaway! I have lots of favorite pieces mainly the stand firm rings and these babies: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/65377181
    I think what speaks to me in these pieces are the strength. They are completely feminine yet have a certain toughness. And I love it!

  5. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/74963428 - my favorite item is my very own stand firm ring, with sunshine stone in it. It was fantastic and meaningful for me as I was going through my own divorce and re learning how to trust myself again, and how to not let the bastards grind me down!! :)
    Sending love xxx

  6. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/22046156
    this is my favourite because this is mine
    I never tire of it
    it makes me feel strong yet soft
    I always get compliments and it feels so natural on my hand
    the few times I have misplaced it my heart has dunk down to my toes....but alas what a celebration when I find it again!!!
    cocktails please
    it looks really good holding an over size glass of white wine!

    on a more personal note
    what a year this has been for you Jesse
    deep exfoliation
    my heart goes out to you and all you have been through
    all this is bringing you back to yourself...
    you are an amazing woman and will find your way

    love and light

  7. Made-to Order: Rags and Tatters- A Handmade Sterling Silver Filigree Disc and Chain Adjustable Bracelet...i love so many of your pieces...i love the velveteen rabbit and i love being my gypsy self!

  8. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/ 65977503
    I love this piece because it is about family.
    It's also something that I would wear everyday.

    Good luck Jesse, you are couragous and I admire that.

  9. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/19729829

    From the very beginning, I have always loved your North South East West and Me rings. They are both bold and feminine, and reflective of the RR style I've come to love. It's been exciting watching you grow as an artist - so thank you for letting us follow your journey :)

  10. I'll be honest with you, I like your earlier work that included big, bold, gorgeous cabs. I especially like rings with a beautiful stone and complimentary silverwork around it. These stood out to me:
    Of course, all your work is beautiful, and I hope the input helps! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  11. I love all of your work and it has been interesting to see your work and style evolve. I love the fan necklaces with the Latin phrases....I love having a word or phrase close to my heart to remind me how to live each day. Www.etsy.com/transactions/35957723

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  13. https://www.etsy.com/transaction/85946765
    Because you named its earlier iteration 'milagro' and Spanish is my mother's first language and because it means miracle and they happen unexpectedly by definition. And mostly because collaboration of many sorts is magical and miraculous.

  14. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/21158380 This was the very first piece I saw. It screamed to my every sense, punched my gut and stole my breath. All I could think of was, hell yes I wanna wear THAT ring and who the hell is THIS chick putting all her emotion in each masterpiece? The ring is my absolute favorite. It's pink, my birthstone and fucking rocks!

  15. https://www.etsy.com/transaction/15315541
    This piece speaks to me, because it is mine, all mine! And because It was purchased on the monkey's first birthday! I get so many compliments on this necklace everytime I wear it! I love that I was also the first to buy in your shop. I have watched you grow as a designer and coveted this one https://www.etsy.com/transaction/85312312 and swiftly made it mine! I wore it to school today as a matter of fact, and again received compliments, too many to count! I love that each piece you create tells a story from the bottom of your soul. I love that I think of those stories when I wear your pieces. So to say for me to pick just one piece of yours that speaks to me is not exactly fair :) They all speak to me!

  16. Traveling Mercies Ring- A Rainforest Jasper, Sterling Silver, and Brass Finger Festoon. This startling festoon of a ring speaks to me as it is mine...it's big...it's badass...and it's totally Rosy Revolver. I'm a 55 year old woman and I love bold adornments. As a youngster, I was always shy and retiring, but as I grow and the wrinkles appear, I need accessories that make me stand out in a crowd. And this ring definitely fills the bill. Thanks so much for being there for all of us through all of the ups and downs.

  17. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/66587570
    I appreciate that this ring is balanced but not quite symmetrical. It contains both delicate and bold details that sit together in perfect harmony. I especially love the surprise I got when I realized it is worn vertically, following the length of the finger rather than horizontally. Just lovely!
    Thank you for sharing yourself and your beauty with us!

  18. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/82693268

    This is my very favorite piece, although I love everything you create!! I can't wait to meet you in Tucson in February:O) Esse Quam Videri...................To be rather than to seem. That would be me and I know it is you. Jess, thank you for your beauty - in writing, in living and in loving. The Monkey and the dogs are lucky people:O)

  19. http://rosyrevolver.blogspot.com/2011/10/henry-david-thoreau-once-said-its-not.html

    I said it then and I'll repeat it now:OW....Jess, you just continue to grow and mature and shine. I've watched you transform and I'm so proud of you. You are not only a wonderful, gifted artist, but a beautiful mother and wife. Continue to believe in yourself and life will be good to you. Hugs, Sally

  20. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/27277087

    It was a tough thing to choose only one. But I think that this is the piece that speaks to me. "Hold fast and unfurl"
    Through your own battles with finding yourself in your art, I find hope for my own battles to give, and hopefully win. Fragile though it may be my force, it is a force of my own.

  21. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/82144233

    Never one for being able to exactly follow directions (ahem), I literally have NO choice but to pick two.If I am disqualified, then so be it! The love can not be denied!
    Rain Bell-A Sterling Silver and Turquoise Necklace...I must look at this piece still, a few times a week.I STALKED this piece, missed its posting and...yes, I cried. I had never seen anything like this before-the stone placement, the drape of the chain, the way the turquoise looks SO special they might as well be diamonds.
    AND...http://www.etsy.com/transaction/74963428 because even though I couldn't afford a finger festoon during my "Divorcing the Douche" drama of the past two years...those rings and that phrase "Don't let the bastards grind you down" became a personal mantra.
    And solidified the fact that I think you are one tough,talented,hilarious, bad ass woman. And it has been a pleasure to get to know you-through your work and your words

  22. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/84022815

    As I looked through images of what you've sold (happy to see so many) this series had the strongest hold on my eye. I'm a sucker for metal on metal design. The texture and layering spoken so well. I've always enjoyed the balance of asymmetry too. And while the straight metal is lovely, the addition of a bit of color with turquoise is poetic. As always, well done lady. Now if only I could get you to make them in a 4 1/4 size : )


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  24. Oriental style rain chains are a wonderful alternative to our standard "downspouts" that have us viewing the rainfall as something to be funneled away and removed from our space - the rainbell earrings here
    bring to mind the music and life that water brings - how the flow of it brings change, the ever constant.

  25. http://www.etsy.com/listing/70177134/rambling-ways-ring-a-sterling-silver-and?image_id=227796848

    The Rambling Ways Ring for many reasons, but the most superficial is that at 4'11 and 3/4 inches, I love the inscription "The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs."

  26. The bastard rings are classic Rosy and introduced me to your style and philosophy. I love the constant balancing and sometimes warring between the strong and feminine. I love the way each piece feels like something substantial when you hold it (without necessarily being heavy). I love the details - the flourish of the shephard's hook ear wires, the RR tags, the "age" and weather you give each piece. I especially love your use of nature as inspiration - the buds, the sticks, the rain, the wings... If I have to pick one though, I love my wings. As a frequenter of low moments, I love to put on my wings. I feel lighter and a bit freer when I do. Thank you for giving me that. Http://www.etsy.com/listing/77161573

  27. I love Turquoise so: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/82144233 leaps out to me (but I adore everything you create, there's always such intent with your work).

  28. Like your work, your blog holds so much of your heart. You have such a poetic way of describing the life around you. I'm a firm believer in seeing the beauty in the joy and even the pain around you. I met you here. Well, more specifically, here: http://www.rosyrevolver.blogspot.com/2009/09/morsel-Monday-issue-10.html. A while back I was researching a local building I'd fallen in love with and found your post. I thought, she's got spunk, I wonder if she's still blogging. I soon became a fan of not only the blog but your beautiful work. But apparently there would be more to the story. God seemed to work behind the scenes, and the story keeps on growing. I'm so glad to have met you, to appreciate you as RR and to get to know you in our same small town as JJ. Much love to you and the monkey! <3

  29. This: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/28658275
    As a growing metalsmith I often find my fingers too inept to coax from silver what my mind can create on paper and I haven't yet learned to accept the slip of the saw as a chance to reshape instead of grumble.
    So I find myself searching for that kind of patience and skill in the work of others soaking in their accomplishments, hoping that one day it'll be me to inspire a third or fourth round of smithers.
    In the meantime, I admire the artistry it takes to turn a cameo into a portrait or a slice of stone in a sculpture and my heart and mind leave more inspired and uplifted and encouraged just at the sight of it.
    I hope you find faith and freedom in the next few months as your life takes on a new shape and when it all seems overwhelming, remember the hemlocks...dry brittle needles and dead bark that hold the keys to life for someone else. Oh...and just keep swimming, just keep swimming (Finding Nemo, anyone??) ;)

  30. For me, it's definitely your piggies. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/84007677
    I love that they are a reminder that the improbable *can* happen. I think that we all need those reminders. We're all taught to be so practical but amazing, undreamed of things can happen.

    And, pigs flew when the Saints won the Superbowl! ;)

    1. Left out a bit--
      Thanks for writing such an engaging blog & giving us the chance to win.

  31. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/46940342

    i have always loved the stand firm rings. not just the simple stamped words, but the meaning that you have detailed in your listings....."do you own thing, anyhow."

  32. [I deleted my original comment because I realized I hadn't followed directions very well. Here we go again, for real this time.]

    Oh... how hard it is to choose! Pulled up all my favorites, and how funny to see the majority contained jasper or agate. :) Okay, if I have to pick only one, I will choose Summer's Submission:


    I chose this one because I love Autumn... the colors, the energies, the coming quiet. This ring evokes all of that so deeply, both in the look and in the description.

    (And, just so you know, the Rags and Tatters bracelet touched my heart, for that connection we shared over the quote. Much love.)

  33. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/82144233
    Like so many of the others - it was so hard to choose one. Your work is stunning and really speaks to me. I don't own a piece yet but that is still on my dream board. I am a huge turquoise fan and this piece is so unique - it takes me back to the mountains in CA and makes me feel so peaceful.

  34. jess:
    you silversmith'd this piece for me, special order.
    i love wearing it because the wee bird reminds me to fly a little higher than the rest, to rise above.
    i thank you for this giveaway and for always welcoming me back into your shop, into your posts.
    xx ~ pencilfox


  35. Your Winged Ring is amazing! Well, all of your jewelry is amazing, but this one reminds me of the Emily Dickinson poem, "Hope is the Thing with Feathers." http://www.etsy.com/transaction/73463702

    Thank you for the chance and sharing your talent!

    em9499 at gmail dot com

  36. The Wait, The Weight of A Woman- A Sterling Silver, Amazonite, Turquoise and Stone Link Necklace

    I love everything about this piece, the interlocking rings, the stones, The Woman. Beautiful story behind this piece.
    All of your work is outstanding; so hard to choose just once.

    For you, the Wait and Weight of the past is over freeing you to move on to new a life and adventure. Be Strong, Be Proud.

    Thank you for sharing your gifts with us readers. And Congratulations! – you are so deserving of this new position.

  37. am I allowed to pick earrings the I own??: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/84005726 I love that they are big and long and yet light (you know I need light!). I like that they are shiny and I love how they move as the air around me moves and as I move. I have so many creations of yours that I love, so it is hard to choose ... I wore my esse quam videri necklace today ... and I have now a whole full spectrum of JJ shininess to choose among on any given day ... but I think the current favorite are the rain bell earrings.

  38. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/18354662

    the ascension piece.
    an all time favorite.
    so lovely.

    "I hope the departure is a joyful one; and I hope never to return."
    - Frida Kahlo on the subject of her death

    every.thing. about it!

  39. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/34156794

    illumine ring
    it draws you in and holds you - spellbound - with all its delicious details!

    your talent is ethereal!

  40. so much beauty here... both in words and in metal. i think that my favorite has to be the milagro ring.
    i love the bigness of it. it seems there would be no forgetting it's on your finger and therefore no forgetting the prayer written with the ring. love this.
    thanks for the giveaway and the honest words on your blog.

  41. I just received these earrings in the mail and they are "kick ass! " I love them!


    I love all my RR pieces but I must say my favorites are my bastard ring and my Milagros ring.

    Thanks again Jess! I love my new dangles!

  42. Role of the rain dangles.

    I am from Oregon so I've always loved the sounds of the rain and the gorgeous plants it helps to grow. I love how you point out the "role" of the rain, in that it makes it possible for a beautiful rainbow. For what comes AFTEr the hard times..... not sure if my email comes through, this is Jenny Sweetland.

  43. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/16810679
    I love this piece. There is something gentle, peaceful and yet sad~ like crying in the rain.

  44. Hi Jess,


    Your "Come Undone" ring is one of my favourites because of the sentiment that it carries. Just because something is flawless doesn't mean it's beautiful; just because something is bent/broken doesn't mean it's ugly; just because something doesn't turn out the way you expected it to doesn't mean it's not what you need.

    Beauty is in laying your soul bare; beauty is in having the courage to take risks; beauty is in embracing every part of yourself.

    Thank you for being such a beautiful person.


  45. Your work is sometimes strange, yet inspiring. Sometimes wonderfully complicated, sometimes sweetly simple. Sometimes daintily pretty, sometimes boldly beautiful.

    And your pieces are always sold so quickly!

    I love each and every piece I've bought from you, from the little bud studs to my Stand Firm ring. So I'll pick one that I haven't gotten yet - one of your stupendous saddle rings Up From The Ices: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/72347085

    It's so achingly pretty and delicate for a saddle ring. One of the many beautiful contradictions I've come to associate with Rosy Revolver. It blows my mind how you come up with the most interesting and inspired designs from filigree parts, sterling sheets and wires.

  46. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/25652544

    I did think of putting in one of my pieces because I love them all but I chose another. The larger statement pieces are so appealing to me and the bigger the better! This one is so lovely - I also love when you do the cut out pieces like the crowns, the parrots,and the bees in combination with large stone settings.

    Thanks Jess for this giveaway - so wonderful of you. :)

    Jane McGrath

  47. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/46938377

    Where to begin... I love all your pieces.. the detail, thought, and cleverness that goes into your pieces boggles my mind. It was a toss up between the sock monkey ring (FUN!) the pigs can fly series - makes me think that anything really is possible, your sugarskulls with all the intricate details... I could go on.
    The stand firm rings are a testament to my life right now. A move 7 hours north to a much smaller town, away from friends, family, "safeness"; but closer to the "out-laws", new beginnings, fresher air, makes me realize that I have to stand up for my beliefs, thoughts and what I want, not what others expect of me.

    Keep doing what your doing lady.... one day I'll have a collection of your pretties!

  48. shucks, pick one...pretty darn hard lady friend. and AS AN OWNER OF 24 RR PIECES...you can tell I'm a fan for sure..so many pieces speak to me and there have been times that I have received my package and sat and cried...several times as a matter of fact!...so I will pick a piece that I do not own..http://www.etsy.com/transaction/22029718...the Noreen Jasper Finger Festoon....this screams Rosy...everything about it is why I had become a fan in the early days.I love BIG and filigree, and baby baubles peeking out from industrial metal...big, bold and beautiful....I always love your words..and I wish that you had time to print those words and send them with the purchase..often times I go back through the sold section and read up on my pieces...and feel your feelings intermingle with my own and my bond grows stronger. JJ you know what piece means the most to me...the one that brings fond memories and tears and smiles all at the same time...Also aside from your work the friendship of such we have established throughout this cyber world...
    I look forward to your new path in life unfolding in metal

  49. Hard choice because I love all of your pieces, but you Sit a Spell ring (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/60457633) has to be one of my favs. I love the hard edges made feminine in pure Rosy style. Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down is also one of my favs.

    The love & care that you put in making each piece is almost tangible, even through the photos you take of each one & I fell that they're a diary of your day.

    Thanks so much for such a very generous giveaway. Hang in there, JJ....you can do this, girl. You are a steel magnolia.


  50. Hmm...I really love all of your pieces, but this one particularly spoke to me: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/89415606
    I loved the imagery of new growth, and how the beautiful faceted stone highlighted that imagery. I also really love bold designs in jewelry.

    Best of luck with everything. You are tremendously talented.

  51. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/53799058
    "From that place,I begin anew.Shaky steps that surely will take me forward"
    Strange Grace are my favorite earrings and the meaning speaks to me in so many ways.Thank you so much for this opportunity to enter this contest;

    DeeDee :)

  52. There is absolutely no way I could ever choose a single piece, so I'm sharing with you one of my all-time favorites...tried and true earrings that I seem to wear most often, both because they are simply elegant and striking, and because they being to mind the words you wrote as their description. They are words I like to revisit often. It is impossible for me to separate your art from your words, and that is one of the reasons I am such a fan. Even more importantly, I am grateful and honored to call you a friend. I'm in this for the long haul, girl. Keep on keeping on! http://www.etsy.com/transaction/52870193

  53. Oh! I forgot to add why these are my favorite....
    These earrings are so unique and are unlike anything that I have.I love how they feel on.

    DeeDee :)

  54. Take one day at a time, do what you love and brings you joy. You are beautiful, a talented writer and jewelry designer. I know you will have a wonderful future.

  55. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/70775037

    I love this piece because it reminds of something ancient that would have had an exciting story behind it.

  56. I favorited this back in November: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86338622/ex-umbra-in-solem-a-sterling-silver-bird?ref=usr_faveitems
    I love the work on the bird, the colors, the extra chain... In general, I like your necklaces the most of all.

  57. Your rings have always been my favorite. They are all so different, and each piece seems filled with so much soul. Particularly the ones that have phrases on them, I love that they are in Latin and each has its own special meaning. The Stand Firm rings have long been a favorite of mine, but the one that takes the cake is your Illumine Ring. It is just pure beauty. My mom always told me to "Let my light shine" and this ring reminds me of her and her strength. Everything about this ring is beautiful, the phrase, the combination of stones, and the design. It is just pure heart and soul to me. http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40647144

  58. It is hard to pick one as I love your work so much JJ and everything talks to me. But these earrings are my most favorite ones. I love the pattern, so original and kinda familiar, like the intricate Persian carpets. It reminds me of home! http://www.etsy.com/transaction/61688419 loads of love to you Darling! Feri

  59. ooops and darn!

    Missed your deadline but would still love to let you know my fave pieces:
    Not trying to sound corny but I do love the piece you created in school- the hinged piece.
    Still thinking of :
    the original square Morena ring, Circus Act ring, My vintage heart ring, Sugar + sting, up from the ices and this spectacular necklace, Rain Bell (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/82144233.

    These are just to name a few!
    ooodles of affection for you!

  60. My very favorite pieces from you were those such as:


    these i think are classic heirloom rosy works. i love how your work has evolved, but i hope that someday you will go back to incorporating some of these types of designs.

    why do i like them so much? i think it's the way you create a picture that incorporates the stone (and i miss the agates!! your work was what brought to my attention that such amazing rocks exist, you created a gorgeous piece with laguna agate, and all of a sudden i saw a bunch of other shops imitating with the same), with these gorgeous flowers, animals.

    such pieces like these are like exquisite metal and stone embroidery. <3 celeste