Update: A Hiatus That Was Entirely Too Long

I am not really sure where to start, so I will just start writing and we will see what comes out.

I filed for divorce in December 2017. The divorce would not be finalized until January 2021.

My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in January 2019.

I have been involved in a lawsuit since late 2019. I cannot disclose any details until it is concluded, but it is ongoing.

My daughter and I went to visit my father in December 2019; this was the last time I would see my dad alive.

COVID hit March 2020. You all know how that is still going.

I was an essential worker throughout the first two years of COVID, and I was completely isolated in an empty building by myself for over a year. This had a tremendous negative impact on my already tenuous mental health.

In January 2021, I had a cancer scare and a biopsy revealed that it was not cancerous.

In January 2021, my beloved dog Nicky died at 14 years old, completely unexpectedly.

In March 2021, I had to put my other beloved dog Brie down due to organ failure. She was also 14 years old.

In November 2021, I left my job as an essential worker to improve my mental health.

In December 2021, my father’s health began to decline rapidly.

January 12, 2022 my father died from a massive stroke.

January 24, 2022 my uncle died from leukemia, my dad’s only sibling.

My father’s services were delayed until March 2022 due to COVID restrictions and travel problems.

My uncles services are delayed until summer 2022 due to COVID and travel problems.

I have lost 5 other aunts and uncles since 2019.

It hasn’t all been bad.

In September 2019 I met this really incredible man, and we have been together since then.

In May 2021, I adopted an 8 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Daisie. I had two Pembroke Welsh Corgis as a child, and she has been a great addition to our family.

I started a new job in November 2021, that I feel far more comfortable in, and overall seems like a better fit. And I am not alone all day every day.

My daughter turned 10 on November 23, 2021.

I turn 40 on April 22, 2022.

So where do we go from here?

I started a TGP TikTok. Username: thegemstoneproject

I am going to try to start back up with jewelry design with already pending projects in late April/May.

I plan to take on new projects starting in the summer 2022.

I plan to revamp my website, hopefully 2022, but perhaps into 2023.

I plan to reopen my Etsy store in 2022. However, I plan on moving away from Etsy in the long term.

But I’m back. Stronger and more resilient than I ever was before. But please be patient with me, I’m still dealing with a lot. I have been in a variety of litigation for almost 5 years, and there is no end in sight. I am still dealing with my dad’s estate and family stuff. So there are a lot of stressful, time consuming things happening in the background.

I am excited to be back and I can’t wait to design some beautiful projects once again!

Update on Social Media

I’ve been spending a bit more time on social media with little updates here and there, so if you haven’t already, you should find me, especially with JCK and related events coming up! Here is how my social media presence typically breaks down:

Instagram – multiple daily photo updates 5-7 days a week. I take an obnoxious amount of pictures (of everything!) and upload gemstone, jewelry, inspiration and other images very often.

Facebook – 2-5 times per week, sometimes multiple daily updates depending on what’s going on.

Twitter – 1-5 weekly updates, blog posts, what I’m up to, retweets of interesting articles or interesting tweets of trade related items

LoupeTroop – I have decided to preview items from inventory to LoupeTroop, since it is a designated jewelry bulletin board. I will add items here first before they go into the Etsy shop. I anticipate adding a couple new items once a week or so.

Etsy – I’m hoping that the Etsy shop will be functional for about a year in total. I would like to concentrate my design efforts elsewhere with settings and away from selling loose gemstones in about a year. I would prefer to add items that have not sold on LoupeTroop to the Etsy store about 2-4 times a month.

Pricescope – My current trade username there is ElleW, my former non-trade username is FrekeChild. I try to post at least once a day, but with the trade regulations, it makes it a bit harder to post frequently.

Pinterest – This is still under construction.

I prefer to not post my email address publicly at this time because there are so many options to contact me privately and in public. My Facebook page, etsy, LoupeTroop and instagram are probably the best places to send me private messages!

Here is a cute little tsavorite since this is a photoless post!

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