Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wood Meets Metal Earrings

About This Piece
This pair of earrings manages to marry natural products with man-made products. The metal piece is from a broken belt, and the wood beads are strung with hemp. 

The price of this item is $18 (shipping and tax not included), and please remember that the paypal button under these earring are ONLY for these Wood Meets Metal earrings. There will be posts following with other jewelry available to purchase, and the Exo31 Art, LLC jewelry return policy is at the bottom of this post. If you are looking for other items that are for sale, please hit the for sale label on the left side of this blog. That will bring up all the items that are currently for sale.

Thought For The Day:
I'm a thrift shopper! I love Goodwill, and other thrift stores of the like. I love the thrill of finding an amazing secondhand item that I didn't pay full price for.

Today I thought about what secondhand really meant. Webster defines it as such: received form or through an intermediary; borrowed; acquired after being used by another; not new.

I thought about so many other things that we obtain secondhand besides clothing and items purchased at a thrift shop. What about personality traits, characteristics, habits, societal issues, faith, etc.? What about gaining the above mentioned things secondhand is good and/or bad? I mean I know that we are influenced by things on a daily basis. We see, hear, smell, taste, and touch things on a daily basis that allow us to make informed decisions. However, I am not really talking about the things that help to shape who we become. I am more so speaking of those things that are given to us without allowing us to have the option to personally encounter things on our own.

I'll use faith as an example. I am diving into an interesting read called "You Lost Me; Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...And Rethinking Faith", by David Kinnaman. The research included within is eye  opening. The following quote explains: "Adults identify as Christians typically because they had formative experiences as a child or as a teenager that connected them to Christianity. But that connection is often shallow and on the surface, having more to do with cultural identification than it does with deep faith."

The book is specifically looking at the Christian faith, but we could flip that and look at anything in that light. Are we who we are (good and/or bad) because we have had an experience that makes us that way on our own or are we who we are because we have learned that particular behavior from others?

I know that this is impossible, but I wonder what a child who has had no outside influence of others would become. They would be birthed by parents, but the parents would not be around, nor would their parents DNA be a factor. They would be born in a world with the essentials (food & shelter). There would be no animals to take the child on as their own, and as they grew they would have the innate ability to care for themselves.

The scenario is so hypothetical, and I will never get the answer, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it. Out of the box, random, and odd I know...but a thought nonetheless!

On My Work Desk:
I've started the fourth and final piece in the sunset series. It doesn't look like much at the moment, but it is shaping up quite nicely. I am a bit farther along than what is depicted here. My progress will be posted soon!

Corner of Gratitude:
A heart that seeks for truth

Pearls of Wisdom:
"My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn't have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it's sparse or grandiose or whatever."
~ Liz Phair

Exo31 Art, LLC Jewelry Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with your jewelry, you may return it for an exchange or credit ONLY. Any item purchased at a retailer other than Exo31 Art, LLC cannot be returned to Exo31 Art, LLC for an exchange or credit. Please contact the retailer your items were purchased from. 

  • Your exchange or credit must be requested within 7 calendar days of receiving it. Please notify us via email ( before the return.  Your package must be postmarked within 7 calendar days of receiving it.
  • Jewelry must be its original, new, unworn, and undamaged condition to be eligible for exchange or credit. 
  • All return shipping charges are the customer's responsibility and cannot be refunded. Please return jewelry in its original package. When shipping please make sure that the container is well padded and ship using UPS or USPS. Shipping insurance is not required, but recommended. Exo31 Art, LLC is not responsible for damages or loss incurred in return shipping.
  • Information as to where to return items will be sent in response to your exchange or credit request email.
  • Once your jewelry item has been received and examined, your original method of payment will be credited within one week, not including the original or return shipping costs. You will receive an email confirmation of your refund once it is processed.

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