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leap of a lifetime.

After more than 18 months of planning, saving, setbacks and re-planning, I am so happy to finally be able to say that I’m moving. In 40 days, I’m moving 2,123 miles. Chicago to Portland. Old life to new life. I’ve been repeating these words to myself over and over and over for the last 10 days, partly in celebration and partly in an attempt to make myself believe that it’s really true. That on December 21, I will work my last day at the high school where I’ve worked for 10 years. That on December 22, I will get on a plane with a one-way ticket and that when the plane lands, I will be in my new home.

It’s something of a crash landing. I don’t have an apartment lined up. I haven’t found a new job yet. It feels like a massive achievement just to have arrived at this point, and I have people who will catch me when I fall out of the sky. To be honest, I’m not going to worry about the job or a place to live for at least a couple of weeks. I’ll be staying with Shana and Shawn until I get settled, and I’m going to take a little time to recover. This year has taken every ounce of bravery and patience I have, and I need to collapse for a bit. Actual conversation from last week:

Shana: Is there anything you’ll need when you get here, besides a game controller and a place to fall down?
Me: I love you. Oh, and beer!

For the next six weeks, I’m packing my apartment, working full time, trying to see my friends as much as possible, and running a small business heading into the busiest of the year. I’m excited, I’m overwhelmed, and I am profoundly tired. I’m also in some kind of epic design vein, badly timed but very welcome. Like a fugue state, with sparkles. I’m making piles of new things, which I’ll list in the shop as I can. Fingers crossed, I’m planning to keep both urban legend and Leaves of Glass open until December 18. I don’t have a date set for re-opening, but I’ll make that happen as soon as possible after Christmas. (In the meantime, I will love you devoutly if you do your sparkle Christmas shopping early.)

That’s all the news I have for now, but I’m thrilled with it and I think it’s enough. 40 days. 2,123 miles.

a new leaf

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything here. During the silent months, I’ve enjoyed a hilarious and productive summer vacation, gotten rid of what feels like half my stuff, rearranged my apartment, started a regular workout routine, redyed my hair three times (it’s blue right now), read many books, designed lots and lots of new work, and made a perfect mulligatawny soup. And three failed batches of caramel.

A lot of this has been chronicled on Twitter. I find it easier to keep up with that, for some reason, although it obviously doesn’t have the scope for reflection that blogging does. If you do the Twitter thing, please follow me – I promise hilarity and frequent hair updates, as well as immediate notification when I post new things and the occasional random sale, based on whimsy. I have renewed intentions for good blogging, of course – when do I not? – and a head full of half-written blog posts on everything from concert reviews to dyeing Lucite beads, and I hope to actually be able to write about them soon.

Anyone who already follows me on Twitter will know that I’ve been working on setting up a new shop over at Big Cartel. As of this week, I’ll start posting my new designs for Leaves of Glass in that shop rather than my Etsy shop for Tuesday updates. (For now, urban legend will remain on Etsy only). I’ll continue to sell existing listings and several of my best sellers on Etsy, but will be working on promoting the new site as much as I can. There are a number of reasons for this, but I’ll just touch on my top 2 here:

1. It’s more cost effective for me, and therefore I can make my jewelry a bit more affordable for you. You’ll notice that prices are a little lower there than in my Etsy shop.

2. DISCOUNT CODES! Big Cartel allows me to program discount codes into my shop so that you can take advantage of sales, coupons and special offers without waiting for a revised invoice or refund.

This is a huge deal for me, and I’m excited to try it out; so to celebrate point #2, I’ll be launching this week’s brand new Leaves of Glass shop update with a discount code. Enter code NEWLEAF when you checkout at www.leaves-of-glass.com for a 10% discount on your order. (Fine Print: This code will be good through Tuesday, October 5, and may not be combined with other discounts.)

I’ll also be sending out an email reminder with the new shop information. In the meantime, here are a few sneak peeks of tomorrow’s update to whet your appetite.