Sep 29, 2008

IBS awareness necklace
Originally uploaded by kellymagelli

it was important to me that some of the items from my shop benefit charity. it was also important to me that the charity pieces be something that people would want to wear even if they weren't also helping a good cause, so you can wear these pieces & people will not automatically assume that your jewelry supports a particular cause. i decided to go with an IBS-related group & an IBD-related group for my first two charity pieces because i spent a lot of time researching these group of disorders while i was waiting to hear which one i have. what i found was that neither is well understood or well researched, & i felt like this is a place where even small donations have the potential to make a big impact.

$5 from the sale of this necklace will go to the international foundation for functional gastrointestinal disorders (including IBS). when someone has a functional disorder what it really means is that, were they subjected to a battery of tests by a team of doctors, they would not show any of the typical signs of disease. functional diseases also do not lead to more serious complications. it does not mean that people with functional disorders do not experience significant symptoms, that their lives are unaffected by their disorder, or that their symptoms are all in their head. with the right combination or support & knowledge, most people eventually can learn to manage their symptoms & lead as normal a life as possible. the IFFGD seeks to help people diagnosed with functional gastrointestinal disorders by increasing awareness, providing support, & encouraging research. for a close-up of the bead at the center of this necklace, check out my photostream.

Sep 28, 2008

signature earrings
Originally uploaded by kellymagelli
these are the signature earrings, sold separately from the signature necklace. they came out of the same idea: a little pop of green turquoise that goes with everything & can be worn everywhere. the earrings & necklace are both simple enough that you could wear them together without totally overdoing it, or you can wear them separately or mix them with other pieces. whatever floats your boat.

polyvore eats up so much time...

...but at least now i have outfits that go with all of my jewelry items.

these outfits are designed around the signature necklace & signature earrings. since the idea behind both is that you can wear them whenever wherever, i designed a look for day:

& for night:

Sep 27, 2008

etsy shop preview #1

some friends & i had a discussion awhile back about how we wanted a signature necklace or a signature pendant that we could wear every day with anything. a few days later, i noticed that one of the baristas at my usual coffee shop was wearing a necklace with a tiny green stone on a thin, delicate chain. when we had talked about a signature pendant, i had been thinking along the lines of something gold or silver, like the floating heart necklaces from tiffany that every college-aged girl seemed to be wearing 4 or 5 years ago, but, when i saw this woman's necklace, i thought a single small bead or stone on a simple chain would be perfect for a signature necklace. the necklace adds a tiny pop of color, & the stone is so small that it can still be worn with essentially anything regardless of color. & so the signature necklace was born.

this is actually the second version of the necklace; the original that i made for myself has a jade bead instead of green turquoise. i only bought one jade bead when i got supplies for the first necklace, and, when i went back for more, they were gone. the green turquoise is a great substitute. it's such a vivid green, and it will look great with just about anything. my apologies for the crappy photography. the picture looks okay at the smaller size, but the full size image is pretty bad.

Sep 20, 2008


the verdict is in. IBS & acid reflux are the culprits in the great mystery of my screwed up body. it's a relief to finally have names for what's wrong with me, & it's even more of a relief to know that i don't have Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. i have meds for the acid reflux, & i'm reading about how to control the IBS. (sidebar: i used to avoid talking about my "meds" because i thought that someone who refers to their medications as such must be taking a lot of medications. i take less than 10 medicines a day, but i figure someone with 2 heart conditions, 2 extra bones, 3 digestive conditions, & an ever-growing list of allergies and sensitivities has earned the right to use the abbreviation.) there isn't a good prescription drug for the type of IBS that i have, so i'm hoping to learn the secrets to managing it on a daily basis. i don't want to be treating symptoms as they pop up if there's a way to get at the root of it all instead.

so yeah. i'm working on getting all my health issues resolved, writing my thesis, teaching chemistry labs (i'm an animal behaviorist), & getting ready to launch an etsy shop. that doesn't leave much time for blogging, posting to ravelry, or uploading photos to flickr. however, i'm hoping that a few weeks without a road trip will free up some time so i can get more done on all of those things mentioned above, & maybe i'll even squeeze in some blog action, probably in the form of a kellymagelli etsy shop preview. we'll see how all that works out.