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This Interminable Year

Posted by Rain Kleindolph on

You may have noticed there are no products in the shop. I've paused selling in my store until the new year, in the hopes that things will pick up a bit. To be honest there have been no sales in months. I can't afford to pay the monthly fees if no one can afford to shop.  Most of us aren't working, so who can afford to shop for jewelry when paying the rent and eating are on the line? The reality is, it's time for a break.It's hard, I'm worried, but I'm also hopeful about a future where we manage to dig the...

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Ten Things. Happy New Year.

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Ten Things. Happy New Year.

The sky is finally blue again.  It’s nice to be able to open every window in my house and breathe in fresh and clean air again. I was beginning to feel like I was suffocating, literally taped into this house like it was a bubble. You don’t think to be grateful for clean air but here we are. It feels like autumn is a bit closer, with chilly feet in the morning and yellowing leaves starting to drop from some of the trees. I’m not quite ready for the turning of the clocks, but I can feel the shift starting....

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What the heck, 2020?

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What the heck, 2020?

When I last posted, I said, "what a long, strange, trip it's been..." and honestly, that was not an invitation for it to get longer or stranger.  As of 5/10: we are open on a very limited basis again. That means, there is stock, it is available for sale on the site, and I am shipping. But, it is one day a week, with a longer than usual handling time (7-10 days), and no rush or Priority orders. I'm offering limited amounts of stock, as I'm using this time to re-vamp the website, re-doing shop photography, adjusting prices, and re-thinking most...

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What A Long, Strange, Trip It's Been.

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What A Long, Strange, Trip It's Been.

Wow it's been a minute! I haven't posted here since last February. Kids, I'll be honest. 2019 has not been gentle with us. This has not been a particularly kind year. We were financially gutted by our move to Portland which meant that Cap needed to be in Los Angeles and back to work pretty much immediately after our move. I started (and then quit) a very high-stress job across the river in Vancouver. Depression and extreme anxiety were pretty much my constant companions in the first half of the year. We lost my father-in-law to a miserable and prolonged illness...

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It's a precious little world and it's all we've got.

Posted by Rain Kleindolph on

It's a precious little world and it's all we've got.

I've been giving some hard thought to how Maia & Rainwood is going to be going forward, given everything that is happening globally with climate change and the environment. Mining is really hard on the planet but that’s where my metals and gemstones come from. So many of the things that I use - beads, glass, gems - they have a huge cost in terms of carbon footprint and ecological damage. My aim, going forward, is to reduce my consumption of new things and to focus on incorporating more reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed things into my designs. Do I think...

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