New for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is once again around the corner and this year, in an effort to narrow down my jewelry collection to items that showcase my best and most unique skills, I am offering all new items. These ones happen to feature a technique called caning. Please check out my Mountain Scene Cane post if you’re curious about the process.


These three sets are all made in the same heart shapes, each one with a different image. The glittery repeating hearts design is a classic Valentine’s Day pattern done in darker, more sophisticated colors. The iconic reflecting cityscape, my personal favorite, is great for couples remembering a special location such as where they met. And the mosaic/stained glass set, done in translucent pastels, symbolizes the idea that your heart doesn’t have to be unbroken to be beautiful. 

I think they are all subtle enough to wear throughout the year, and I also have a lot of floral sets available, which are perfect for the occasion and for Spring. And finally, for those hard-to-shop-for men in your life, I have a selection of cufflinks and tie/lapel pins featuring animals and landscape designs.

Shopping for romantic gifts can get a bit cliche at times – not that that’s the worst thing, I’d say love is allowed to be a little cheesy – but buying handmade is a great way to find something different. 

Please visit NoelleLewisArt.com or Pastiche Accessories on Etsy for more details on each item, and feel free to use coupon code “BETTER2GETHER” for $5 off any matching set. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day! 

New Year Goals

So I’ll be honest, I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution person. It seems like they’re usually unrealistic, and I don’t think the date on the calendar makes everything suddenly change (sorry if I’m stepping on any toes). But I do think it’s a great time for evaluating your life and setting goals. 

My husband and I have been spending some time discussing those goals. Joe decided to share his by going live on Facebook, whereas I’m more of a writer than a speaker. Either way, making a record of your goals can make them more effective. Sharing them does the same and can also encourage others.

So I’m going to briefly share some of my goals for the year here, starting with my business goals. 

1. Making $5000 in sales. I’m somewhere in between those who just started selling their crafts and those who actually make a living, so this number might sound like a lot or not much at all. For me, it’s a good balance of ambitious and attainable, and that motivates me. 

2. Finishing one painting every month (and hopefully selling one a month too). My focus has been on jewelry because it’s easier for me to make and sell. I love it, but I also love painting too much to keep neglecting it, however unrealistic it may be. There is something sort of tragic about seeing beauty all around you and not doing anything with it, or doing something and not being able to share it.

3. Speaking of jewelry, I want to narrow down my products to things I enjoy making and my fans enjoy buying. Because really, what’s the point of making a bunch of stuff that’s just one or the other?  I’ve always had a hard time with making up my mind, but I plan to work on getting more feedback, too. 

And now for the personal stuff (but not too personal at the moment).

1. Connecting with and supporting my husband. Our transition to civilian life has been challenging, financially and otherwise, but I’m finally starting to feel like our life is our own, and we’re in it together. I love that our passion for our businesses, however different, is something we can share. So it’s a great time to reconnect and figure out how best to help each other. 

2. Exploring the local area and/or meeting people. I am honestly pretty okay with spending most of my time at home, alone, working or relaxing. Especially having spent the last several years in a place that was very limited in terms of things I wanted to experience or get involved in, and people I could actually connect with. But having relocated, I might be ready to make an effort.

3. Adjusting my schedule. I kind of hate talking about this one. I love my (extreme) night owl life for getting creative work done in those silent, magical midnight hours, but things like errands and plans would be a lot easier if I had just a little bit more daylight.

So I guess that’s it for now. I may not be expecting a miracle year, but I hope I can make the most of it and work toward what’s important to me, and I wish the same for you! 

Do you have some professional or personal goals to work on this year? Leave a comment!