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Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well and that you had a happy Easter / Passover / First Day of Spring!
National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month. I am a big poetry fan and have many pieces in the shop that are inspired by my favorite poems. My obsession withT. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is well documented. I also have pieces inspired by Pablo Neruda, John Keats, and Lord Byron but an entire month devoted to poetry seemed to require a little something extra. And so, I will be celebrating by posting a poem a day on the Ciarrai Studios blog and by creating some (more) poetry–themed pieces like the new – Tea with Emily Dickinson Charm Necklace.
I am also having a store-wide sale. From April 1st to April 30th – take 25% off your order with the coupon code: POETRY13. You can celebrate National Poetry Month, pick up a little treat for yourself or find the perfect Mother’s Day Gift!
Last month, I introduced the Sheep to Sweater Charm Necklace. Featuring a handmade resin charm of a sheep (or a goat if you happen to prefer cashmere), and silver-toned charms of a spinning wheel and a sweater on knitting needles, this necklace celebrates the entire process of creating cozy hand-knits. From the sheep and the shepherd who tends to the flock to the spinner who makes the yarn to the knitter who creates sweaters, scarves and more one stitch at a time, each step of the way is a labor of love. Although this necklace has been available for a month now, I wanted to share some background information about this piece.
If you read the Ciarrai Studios blog, you know that this necklace was inspired by a real–life shepherd and her flock. Susie Gibbs of Juniper Moon Farms left a job as a NYC News Producer to buy a farm and raise sheep. I met her when she spoke at my LYS (or Local Yarn Shop) about her experience as a shepherd and about her commercial line of yarns (which if you knit or crochet, I highly recommend you check them out. I love knitting with JMF yarn because it is extremely yummy!) I was so fascinated by Susie’s story that I started following her blog religiously. I have gotten to know her sheep (and other animals)– at least vicariously – and I really enjoy hearing about life on the farm.
I wanted to acknowledge where the inspiration for the Sheep to Sweater Charm Necklace came from so I contacted Susie and asked her if she would mind me “naming” the sheep and the goat in the charms after the first new lamb and kid born on the farm this year. Susie gave me her blessing and I settled in to wait for the first new arrival to see what name I would use. But when mama sheep, Cassiopeia surprised us all with twin lambs, I had a choice. Did I name my sheep charm Anna after the ewe lamb or did I name it Bates after her brother? I decided to put it to a vote and put a poll on the blog.
After giving everyone a chance to vote, we now have a winner. The sheep in the Sheep to Sweater Charm Necklace is now officially named Anna! But as a devoted Downtown Abbey fan, I just couldn’t justify separating Anna and Bates (again) so I decide that the goat in the Fiber Fan Charm Necklace will be named Bates after my favorite fictional valet and after Anna the lamb’s twin brother.
Anna and Bates were only the first arrivals at Juniper Moon Farms this year. Lambing season is in full swing and it seems like everyday Susie posts new pictures of adorable little lambs on her blog. If you need a dose of cuteness, I definitely recommend that you check it out.
I am constantly working on new pieces to add to the store. Here are some of the highlights from the last few weeks:
- Tea with Emily Dickinson Charm Necklace – Inspired by her poem, “I’m Nobody” this new addition to the Reading Tea Leaves series was created specifically for National Poetry Month.
- Featuring a glass vial of real wildflower seeds, and silver charms of a gardening trowel, rake, and watering can, the Spring Flowers Gardening Charm Necklace is the perfect gift for gardeners and nature lovers. Originally created with an emerald green Swarovski crystal to represent plants, leaves, and growing things, you can now customize your necklace with a crystal in your favorite color or birthstone.
- The lovely and feminine Pearl and Lace Butterfly Necklaces are now available in two new colors: Purple and Spring Green
We also have some new Gemstone pieces, including:
- The Red Carnelian Necklace and Earrings Set
- The Wood Sprite Necklace – Made of Wooden Agate and Fancy Jasper in woodsy earth tones
- A Fancy Jasper Beaded Necklace in gorgeous shades of green, brown, gold, and peach
- And a matching pair of earrings
I have been getting some extremely kind comments from Ciarrai Studios customers about my work and I wanted to share some of them with you.
Both necklaces arrived today, just as charming as they are in the online pictures. What fun! Lovely packaging too. And thanks so much for the surprise added in—very unexpected. And, as a total tea and book person, I LOVE it. I definitely will keep your shop in mind for gifts for friends. The gift one arrived in plenty of time for giving. I snuck a peak and put it back together just as you wrapped it.~ Holly
I love this necklace! It’s so charming and such a great way to show off my love of knitting. It arrived promptly and beautifully packaged. Thank you! ~ Amanda
I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful necklace I received yesterday. My 18 year old daughter had the lead role in her high school production of Pride and Prejudice last year, Miss Elizabeth Bennet. She is totally in awe of Jane Austin and her books. I know my daughter will be over the moon when I give the necklace to her.
Thanks for making an 18 year old teenage girl, away at her first year of university, very happy…the workmanship on the necklace is impeccable. ~ Debbie
Thanks Holly, Amanda and Debbie for your kind words! I am so glad that you love your purchases!
Pinterest Board of the Month: Poetry
Recipe of the Month: Carrot Zuchinni Bars with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Book of the Month: Ballistics by Billy Collins
There is a lot to love about Billy Collin’s poetry. For me, I love his wry observations and his musings about all the little details of what he sees and what he reads, what he feels and what he thinks about. I also love how permeable he makes the barriers between poet, poem and reader, addressing his audience or the authors and poets of what he has read in a direct, conversational tone that really appeals to me.
As a collection of poems, Ballistics, was thoroughly enjoyable. (How can you NOT enjoy poems that contain lines like: “When it’s late at night and branches / Are banging against the windows, / You might think that love is just a matter / Of leaping out of the frying pan of yourself / Into the fire of someone else, But it’s a little more complicated than that”)
Other books by Billy Collins that I recommend include: Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (an excellent overview for someone who has never read any Billy Collins before), Horoscopes for the Dead, Questions About Angels, Picnic, Lightning, and The Trouble with Poetry
Well that’s it for me. Be sure to check out the blog for daily poems as well as news and behind the scenes information about new pieces, and anything else that comes to mind.
See you in May!