Biwa Chandeliers

Biwa Chandeliers
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Bud Post earrings

Bud Post earrings
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Double Disc Earrings

Double Disc Earrings
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What to look for in post earrings



Have you ever considered how to buy post earrings when shopping for them?

One of the neat things about purchasing earrings from someone who handcrafts them are the options available to you with regard to post size and placement.

Standard, commercial posts that you can buy in a department store will most likely measure about 3/8 of an inch long.

That is great if you have standard ear lobes…but not everyone is made the same, are they?

My ear lobes are pretty fleshy. When I made post earrings for myself, I use 1/2 inch posts instead of the 3/8 inch that are standard. I need that extra length for a comfortable fit. I don’t like the butterfly nut to be at the edge of the outside of the post.

In jewelry, a mm or 1/8 of an inch can make a big, big difference in comfort or fit.

For your butterfly ear nuts, you can adjust the size of them (the tightness or looseness) by slightly adjusting the two "wings". I usually use a small pair of pliers to do this. When I send out my post earrings,  I make sure that the ear nuts fit snugly, but not so tight that you might bend the post when you put them on or take them off.

Another thing to consider when buying post earrings is where is the best place for the post to be soldered to on the back of the earring?

If a woman has stretched piercings, placing the post on the very top of a fairly substantial pair of post earrings may not be that attractive. If the post is soldered too high, the earring will sag down, highlighting the fact that the piercing is stretched. Nobody wants to highlight any part of their body that is sagging!! Especially around their face!

No, a better placement would be to solder it closer to the middle, which allows the top portion of the earring to cover up the stretched out piercing. For many woman, as we age, skin starts to drift down and get looser (ok, I'm talking sagging here!). Especially ear piercings if we survived the huge earrings in the 80′s that were so popular!

When communicating what you want in a pair of earrings, it helps me to know what your particular issue is. I like to problem solve so you can feel comfortable knowing your earrings are going to complement your features and not detract from them.

If you have multiple piercings on one ear, you can buy a mixed pair of earring studs from me too...just let me know what you are interested in doing, and I'll get you fixed up! I have a friend that has around 6 piercings in one ear, and I use the 3/8 " post size for those. 


If you are considering purchasing a pair of Post Earrings from me and want to discuss fabrication further before you order, email me! stacie(at)stacieflorer.com
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Living In My Garden

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” rumi


I had to move to a garden to know it.

When we bought this house, I stood in the backyard and just breathed deep. I felt like I hadn't had a proper deep breath in decades. I told Shayne that this house was ours...I could breathe here.  And over the last year, I have been rediscovering what it feels like to be in sync with my environment -- to breathe deep every day, and to notice all the beauty and life that surrounds us.

I've entered a new phase in my professional and private life. I'm all about integration these days. It's about living slow and deliberative. It's about noticing and responding to the vast changes that occur minute by minute in this life. 

I'm into cycles...and embracing them in their time. 

My jewelry is about capturing the feelings and impressions of my life now...I want more pretty. I want more softness. When its time for hard edges, I will embrace them too...this winter there will be more hard edges but for now, I am relishing the soft lines and fuzzy features of my home yard. Of my private park..my sanctuary. 

I made my debut appearance in Roanoke last weekend where I showcased this new phase of noticing and translating into wearable art jewelry. I had a great time, meeting lots of new people and noticing all of the beauty around me in the form of faces and smiles and laughter. 

I have a lunch date tomorrow with a new friend, with more promises of get togethers and social activities for the future. 

I have neighbors that I adore...I now have teenager friends that I attend their school functions and am excited to watch them grow in their own creative endeavors. It's a wonderful new phase of my life...community. Belonging. Growing while rooted. It was time. 

And its time for me to show back up here, too. I took a year off. It was needed and I am so appreciative to have been able to do it. To just be for a while. Not having an agenda. I struggled with it until I felt like 'doing' again...I've been immersed in my Human Design work over the last year and am looking forward to becoming more involved with this system of self-awareness moving forward. 


Life is good...and sweet. 
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The Story Behind my Double Disc Vine Earrings



 Double Disc Vine Earrings, 2016 

Every once in a while, I make a pair of earrings that I love so much, that I keep them, and wear them all of the time.

The Double Disc earrings were such a pair this year.

After I've worn them for a while, I wait until someone comments on them while I am out and about doing my thing and I gift them. 

I gifted this pair this Fall to a delightful woman I met while I was on retreat in the North Carolina mountains.

I was sitting in a rocking chair getting my bearings when I first arrived, and this very petite woman approached me and introduced herself. She reminded me of a small sparrow...everything about her was delicate and feminine, and her voice was like a song. 

After we got our introductions over with, she noticed these earrings and wanted to know where I got them. 

This comment led to my sharing with her that I was the one that made them and every time I saw her for the next few days, she would always comment on them with whomever was around at the time of our interaction.

On our last night of the retreat, I decided she was going to be the new owners of these earrings and as I looked around the dining room to gift them, I ran into her husband and he told me she had just retired to their room for the night, and that I should go knock on their door. 

He gave me their room number and up the stairs I went. 

I knocked and her singsong voice trilled out, "Come on in!" and I did, and she didn't have a stitch of clothing on. 

She didn't miss a beat...she said, "Oh hi Stacie!" and she started laughing and said she thought I was her husband. 

I quickly thrust out my gift and told her how much I had enjoyed her comments about them and that the earrings were hers..and she walked over and hugged me, still bare, and put them on right then and there. 

All she had on were my earrings and her obvious joy about them. 

I thought that was pretty awesome, and the next morning I overheard her telling her friends about the gift and the unusual way in which she received it and they all laughed...and turned to me and gave me a thumb's up.

I loved that my earrings provided a means to connect to this self-assured and wonderfully warm woman while I was in an environment where I knew no one and was about 20 years younger than the vast majority of participants. 

I learned so much about grace in action from her...and am thrilled she now owns them, as well as the memory of our interactions together. 







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What is Soul to Substance?



Why do I make jewelry? To align my desires and beliefs about living a meaningful life with my business goals of producing personal adornment infused with meaning and intention.  

The vehicle that I have chosen to use to explore this amazing journey between an idea and a real, 3-D object is via my jewelry. I want all parts of the process, from thinking about it--to making it-- to offering it for sale-- to teaching it to be a singular experience for both myself and the future owner of my efforts and ideas in metal.

Soul to Substance was a name that was given to me during a contemplative and solo walk in the woods when Shayne and I were traveling around the United States a couple of years ago. We decided to spend a few months in Arkansas, where we both grew up, and we found a vacation house to rent in Hot Springs Village. It was in the summer, which is a beautiful time to be in Arkansas, although its really hot. 

There was a trail nearby, called the Mourning Dove Trail, that I liked to walk with Sadie daily. It is a special, special place for me.  I was out walking the trail by myself, stopped by a small creek and experienced one of those moments where you have such clear and sudden insight into a BIG idea that it throws you back for a moment in its stunning simplicity and meaning. 

After Sadie and I left the creek, as I was walking, it occurred to me that the clothes I had on my body, the shoes and socks on my feet and the glasses on my face all began as an idea in someone else's mind. 

We are literally surrounded by ideas by way of anything and everything that has every been crafted, manufactured or built. I like to tell my nieces that if you want to be a mind reader, then read a book. That is nothing but ideas and thoughts from someone you might want to learn from and be inspired from...and the miracle of the printing press! To be able to spread ideas in word form with complete sentences for those lucky enough to be able to read changed our world!

But as I was wandering about on that trail, I realized that our world is based on this principle in that everything starts out as something that can't be seen, touched, smelled or tasted. It begins in the soul. 

That wispy barely there seed of something starts in our souls, turns into an idea and our  purpose is to practice bringing our ideas and our ideals into the world, into the physical. 

Or as my friend Cindy said to me so beautifully and astutely a few days ago regarding why we artists feel so compelled to make things, it's about the  "challenge of working through an idea and having it turn in to a real, dimensional object."

But even if you are not an artist in the traditional sense of the word, you do create daily. 

Your ideas about your life show up in your physical environment. What you choose to surround yourself with, what you choose to watch on television, listen to on your radio or iPod...you are constantly creating your reality based on other people's ideas, as well as your own. 

This was another big, fat Aha! moment for me. I have the power to choose the ideas that I want to live with...all the way down to something as simple as the type of toothpaste I decide to brush my teeth with each day.

This seemingly simple realization changed my outlook on just about everything in regard to how Shayne and I want to live the rest of our lives. Shayne has had a dream about building a small house whereby everything about it and in it has a specific purpose. He wants to build it with his own hands. He wants to infuse his ideas about simple living into a physical structure for us to live in when we are not traveling around so much. 

(Update: We bought a house instead! But we are 're-working it' with our own hands!)

We are both moving down the pathway of being mindful about what comes into our home in the way of products that we use, art that we purchase, furniture that we sit or sleep on...we want and are in the process of clearing out any 'things' that we feel were made or manufactured with the idea of subtracting from the quality of the moments we have left on earth.

I have two favorite pairs of pants that I wear all of the time. I bought them at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon 10 years ago. They are handmade. I met the woman that makes them, and she was at the time a single woman, raising the sweetest, chubbiest child I have had the pleasure of meeting. 

Her child was always with her, and as I talked to this maker of pants, she told me that she made her own clothes using hemp because it would last forever, getting softer with time and washings; it was very durable and easy to work with and she wanted some pants that had an elastic waistband to grow and shrink with time as our bodies naturally do. Every pair was infused with love for her child, as this was the means that she was able to house and feed them both. 

When I wear them, I briefly think about her intentions for making them, and it makes me feel good knowing that I choose to clothe myself with the energy and essence of this amazingly earthy and industrious mother. And the pants have lasted through hiking and fishing trips, infused with memories of being with friends and family doing some of the things that I love spending my time doing. And she was right about the elastic waistband...I can continue to wear them whatever size my belly is at whatever time in life I happen to be in, as I happen to have a stomach that really does expand an inch when I eat ANYTHING.


That is what Soul to Substance is about for me.

I want to live from my Soul and see what Substance comes from that. This is what my jewelry is about as well. I still don't have words to try and explain why I am compelled to put so much texture on my work, or why I feel such a strong urge to make my jewelry the way I do. I am still figuring that out, working out what it all means for me. I have understood my jewelry on a soul level...but I am gradually getting to where I can talk about the feelings that emerge as I bring it out of my Soul into Substance. 

It is ever evolving, but I do feel like I am getting closer.  I dream of an art retreat someday called Soul to Substance where those of us that are interested in exploring this idea more can gather and see what ideas we can birth into this world. I see Soul to Substance as a big umbrella idea...many things can fit under it!
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