31 December 2014

Year of the Rose and Warmest Wishes

As I sit here, having completed my final pieces for 2014, and as the year closes with the sound of music and laughter from the other room, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for making this one of the most successful, joyful, inspiring years I can remember.

You have fed me in more ways than one, you've unfolded me when I was feeling so small.  I took my son to school and picked him up each day because of your support and the subsequent absence of my needing a "real job".

You've blessed me.

I am in awe of your kind words, your patience, your interest, your hearts.  Friends, customers, fellow artists and smiths... each of you has meant more than I can say.

On Monday, January 4th, I'll be welcoming a new assistant full time.  She's been a dear friend for nearly fourteen years and is an incredible metalsmith in her own right.  She'll be leaving the safety and routine of the retail world to come join me in the chaos and creativity that is my little business, and it is my prayer that we'll build each other up and just make each other better.  She'll be the one making sure I'm organized, caught up on my communications, she'll be the one shipping your orders, filing mine, and freeing me up so that I can spend more time with my hands at the bench.  She is one of the strongest, bravest, most inspiring women I know, and she's also the inspiration behind these No Dream Killer Necklaces.

I'll introduce you soon.  We are incredibly excited for the potential of the new year....

I hope you all have have a safe and joyful New Year's Eve.  I am going to trade my camera for an apron and a spatula, as I have pickle dip to make for a few friends coming over tonight.  Tomorrow, we'll head up to the family farm in Virginia for a belated Christmas with my grandfather.  Life is good, amazingly good, and so incidentally, is the pickle dip.

Sending love from Carolina and looking forward to seeing you on the other side.  Joy to you, friend, wherever you may sleep tonight. 


  1. Beautiful words JJ
    I've followed your wonderful journey and WE are the one's that are truly blessed to have followed that journey.
    You inspire so many of us to push ourselves further than we think we can. Thank you for this, for your warm heart and generosity. You truly are a beautiful soul.

    Here's to 2015. May your dreams, hopes and wishes all come true.
    Wishing you nothing but success with your new assistant. Onwards and upwards!!
    Vick xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Vicki. Happiest of new years to you and yours... Hugs and love, always.

  2. So excited for your next adventure, beautiful lady. The world awaits your gifts!! Keep writing:)

    1. Happy new year, lady, and tell Amy I said the same. Hugs to you both, and thank you so much. Much love...

  3. someday i'll have me my own "no dream killer" necklace….i hope….

    a blessed and wonderful new year to you, jess….new assistant, new goals, new days to fill with silversmithing, new nights to fill with precious new dreams.
    [golly. that was a lot of "new"s….]

    much love to you.

    1. And love to you, Marie. Thank you for being a part of my 2014 and before... So thankful for your support and friendship. Happy New Year, lovely. xoxo

  4. I haven't kept in touch very much this year. But I have been here, quietly sending up hopes and prayers as I watch you soar. Your tenacity always impresses me, Jess. Keep on keeping on.

  5. So happy to see you here, Jo. I have thought of you more than you know... Wishing you a happy and peaceful new year. Much love your way. Always.

  6. blessings blessings blessings you wild, crazy and lovely soul
    2015 will bring you many many good things

    love and light ♥