15% off Thru Sunday! I decided to extend my 15% off discount through this Sunday, Mother’s Day! Use code SPNMAMA and you’ll get 15% off! Did you also know that whenever you make a purchase from my shop you’ll receive … Continue reading
Creative Explosion Wow, y’all! Having a break between conventions has been an incredibly productive time for me! The past two weeks have been nothing short of a creative explosion! Thought I’d show y’all what I’ve been up to lately by … Continue reading
I am so super excited to announce that my newsletter is going to be handled by the lovely Natalie Bannister!
I met Natalie and her now husband, Tony in DenverCon last year. Her husband had approached me asking me to design an engagement ring, as he was going to surprise Natalie by proposing to her on stage during Tahmoh Penikett’s panel – and to his word – HE DID!
Natalie and Tony approached me in VegasCon and announced they had just gotten married – I’m soooo happy for this lovely couple!
She and I hit it off from the gate and in my search for my newsletter ninja and I knew within the first 5 minutes of speaking with her that she was the perfect fit.
Please follow both Natalie on Tony on Twitter – she’s @hufflecas and he’s @CrowleyInSales
Starting Monday, 4/18, Natalie will be handling all of my newsletter needs but I’ll still be the point of contact.
If you’d like to be a Newsletter Peep – you’ll have access to sales before the general public, you’ll get special deals only available to Newsletter Peeps, and find out about my newest designs before everyone else – just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to include your birthday – I’ll be sending you a special gift around your birthday!
Mother’s Day is May 8 – if you’d like to have something delivered in time for Mother’s Day – make sure your order is placed NO LATER THAN April 25! Any orders received afterwards cannot be guaranteed for Mother’s Day delivery.
AKF Reality Check
It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to write this – it’s come to my attention that there are people out there that are abusing the Always Keep Fighting message.
The abuse is coming in the form of stealing other artists’ designs and using them for profit.
Some of these artists weren’t even selling there wares, they were spending money out of their own pocket and giving their items away at conventions – but people stole their ideas and decided to sell what didn’t belong to them on sites such as etsy.
And to add insult to injury – these people aren’t even DONATING their ill-gotten gains.
Always Keep Fighting’s message runs so much deeper than mental health awareness – it’s about the heart of the SPNFamily and while not everyone has these struggles that AKF lends its support to – everyone in the SPNFamily should respect what AKF is about and put greed, attention-seeking, and negativity aside.
I’m an approved AKF fundraiser. I donate 50% of each AKF item’s sale to To Write Love on Her Arms. The other 50% is used to cover fees I get charged and the materials needed to make the items. I was up front with this when I pitched my proposal to fundraiser when Jared first launched his campaign over a year ago and it was approved with enthusiasm.
I’m pleading with the SPNFamily to please be aware of where you are buying your AKF gear. Please vet out the seller or site you are considering purchasing from. I understand some of the merchandise is cool, fun, or hell, you just want it. But in order to maintain the integrity of the AKF message, please consider how your purchase will impact the AKF mission.
Think about how Jared, Jensen, or Misha would feel knowing their message is being pretty much pirated for profit – I know it breaks my heart.
Just remember why AKF was started – what can YOU do to make a difference?
Tell me what AKF means to you – email me email@example.com between 4/17/16-4/23/16 – I will choose the top three responses and feature them in next week’s blog
Here come the latest gems, y’all! DCCon was full of experiences, most of them quite fantastic, and other moments, well…read on! As always, let me preface this by saying I’m sure none of these things were said with maliciousness, at … Continue reading
One of the things I love most of all about my #SPNFamily is how giving and compassionate y’all are. I am very honored to be able to contribute my part and have been approved to do work for several organizations … Continue reading
I absolutely love meeting people at the Supernatural conventions – it’s the highlight of working at them. I get to know you better, you ask me about my process, my inspirations, I get to learn what you like and you … Continue reading
PASSION FOR HOUSTON
Three years ago I was looking at starting my dream of making my jewelry designs my career. Starting my business from the ground up.
While I still have a way to go to get my business where it needs to be in order for it to be stable, I’m finally able to do this full time. Who do I have to thank? Every single one of you who have been there for me, who believed in me, and even if you couldn’t buy something, you always told me how much you wanted to.
Kelcy Yount is a woman who is driven. She knows exactly what she wants for Passion Earth Collections and breathes, eats, sleeps it every single day. I want Kelcy, a lovely member of our SPNFamily to achieve her goal of growing her business so she can support herself and her beautiful family consisting of her husband and her son, Ethan.
The final leap of faith is happening and Kelcy needs our support to get her business underway. The first thing she needs to do is get to Houston Con to help her establish a solid customer base.
You can help her get there by donating to her GoFundMe campaign – I’m donating the perks!
If you donate $10 you get a free Supernatural keyring from me!
If you donate $25 you’ll get a free stamped piece from me!
If you donate $50 you’ll be a guest on my Supernatural-themed livestream show So Get This!!
If you’re unable to donate, you can always share Go Fund Me Campaign
You can also see Kelcy’s work here in her Passion Earth shop
AWESOME NEW SPN CHARACTERS!
All items pictured (except Hocus Pocus) are available now in my etsy shop
‘Into the Mystic’ was such a great episode for several reasons. One that blew my and my daughter Raven’s minds was the character Eileen, portrayed by Shoshannah Stern.
Eileen is a hunter who is hearing impaired. As most of y’all know, Raven was born deaf and has cochlear implants. When Raven saw Eileen and realized she was also deaf, she and I were so excited and grateful to the Supernatural team for creating this amazing hero.
Not only is Eileen a hunter, but she’s a grounded person who is true to herself. She inspired me to create a piece called “Eileen’s Focus”
Another character I was so excited to see was Mildred, portrayed by the perfection that is Dee Wallace.
I strongly believe that her character was based on her own personality, thrumming with positivity and sage advice. Mildred inspired this piece called, “Mildred’s Sunset”
2016 – Making it My Bitch!
Yes, that’s my motto for 2016 – “Make 2016 Your Bitch!” (because I’m classy like that)
2016 is going to be chock-ful of branching into new and undiscovered territory for me.
I’m starting to get my pieces into films, which I am very pleased about. I currently have a piece in the upcoming short film ‘Homeowner’ -written by Natalie Kruijen, directed by Ryan Curtis, and starring Briana Buckmaster!
I was personally asked by the Hillywood Sisters to replicate Bette Midler’s character Winifred’s jewelry for their Hocus Pocus parody:
And lots of stuff in store for my weekly livestream show So Get This! I’ve got several major kick ass guests I’m working on scheduling (they’ve committed to doing the show, but I can’t announce them until we’ve got a date booked!), as well as an epic idea I have to credit to my husband, Merrill.
We were talking about how much fun the interview I had with Justin Daube was (he’s the cosplayer I interviewed on So Get This while he was in character as Castiel and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/GZmYWf9k29Y) and Merrill said I should have other cosplayers on as well and interview them in character and hold contests!
Are you a serious cosplayer who can not only walk the walk but talk the talk? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org with SO GET THIS COSPLAY in the subject line. I will contact you to schedule an audition we will do via google hangouts!
If you are selected to be interviewed on the show, you will be put into a contest after each of the interviews have aired to see who the viewers will choose as So Get This Cosplay Champion!
The winner will receive goodies to be announced at a future time!
Another thing I’ve been working on for 2016 is branching out into other fandoms such as The Walking Dead (which I’ve been doing for years but not dedicating a lot of time to it), Once Upon a Time, and of course, Star Wars including the original trilogy and Star Wars the Force Awakens.
Within the coming week or so I will be debuting an X-Files line! So stay tuned!
SPECIAL 20% OFF DISCOUNT FOR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS! ENDS SUNDAY, 1/31!
If you’d like to receive daily newsletters telling you what’s going on in Eldwenne’s Fantasy, send an email with ADD ME in the subject line. You’ll get a 20% off coupon code that’s valid now through midnight tomorrow night, 1/31! Restrictions apply so please read the rules posted in my shop announcement at the top of my etsy shop!
If you refer a friend to subscribe to my newsletter, make sure you tell them to include your name in the email so I can send you a special discount!
Eldwenne Book Submission Deadline!
I’m compiling a book of photos of y’all wearing my gear! The submission deadline is 1/31 and you’ll be in fantastic company with the likes of Kim Rhodes, Briana Buckmaster, Ruth Connell, JARED PADALECKI AND JENSEN ACKLES, and MORE!
Email your photos to Eldwenne@Yahoo.com with Eldwenne Book in the subject line or tweet them to me @eldwenne with #eldwennebook
I’ve got a lot to share with you guys!
First, I wanted to remind everyone that I have a brand-new coupon code in my shop, FREESHIPPING which will give you free shipping anywhere in the United States good through December 15,which will give you free shipping anywhere in the United States good through December 15.
This will include everything in my shop except for the following: fund raiser pieces (which I have a groovy new one to show you that I made in collaboration with the amazing Ruth Connell), gift certificates, and bottles.
I have a bunch of three new designs, including, A Very Supernatural Christmas. This is a special edition limited time design available now through 12/24/15:
The left is “The Djinn’s Illusion”, the right is “The Shapeshifter’s Metamorphosis “.
The new fundraiser piece is a piece Ruth Connell and are using to fundraise for My Hope Chest, an organization that provides funding for women who have had mastectomies and need reconstructive surgery.
I am donating 80% of the sales to My Hope Chest. For more on My Hope Chest, visit them here: My Hope Chest
In my YouTube Livestream show news, I’ve recently interviewed many amazing people including three special edition episodes where I interview Jennifer Copping (Sandra Phelan), Lauren Tom (Mama Tran), Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester) , Lindsey McKeon (Tessa the Reaper), Lisa Berry (Billie the Reaper) Katie Sarife (Marie) Emily Fonda (Ann Marie) and Cora Idle, chairperson of the Ladies of SPN Con.
Other recent interviews include a one on one with Emily Fonda, Brendan Taylor (Officer Doug), Kelcy of Passion Earth Collections (her work is beautiful, please check it out!) and Justin Daub, an actor who specializes in improv – I conducted the interview with him in character as Castiel.
If you want to see these videos, just subscribe to me at So Get This Every week you’ll have the opportunity to ask the guests questions via chat live!
There’s always a giveaway too – either for an actual piece or for a gift certificate!
My jewelry is also making it to both the big screen and YouTube screen! Most recently in yesterday’s Hocus Pocus Parody done by the Hillywood Show! I made the set Winifred dons through the whole amazing production!
I’ll also be interviewing Natalie and Ryan on next week’s episode of So Get This!
There’s also an upcoming short film, Valla, where my pieces will be featured!
Watch this space for details!
I’m also trying to get to the Albuquerque Comic Con in January – keep your fingers crossed! This will be the first non-SPN con for me ever!
Speaking of SPN Cons, I’ll be at EVERY con in 2016, I hope to see you there!
People who buy from me directly at cons get a special coupon for my online shop!
Additionally, it’s a great opportunity to give back – I always have raffles for a $50 gift certificate with 100% of the proceeds from the raffles donated in a 50-50 split between Random Acts and Homeboy Industries!
And don’t forget my ongoing fundraiser for the Always Keep Fighting campaign where 50% of the proceeds is donated to To Write Love on Her Arms:
Just send me a convo in etsy at Eldwenne’s Fantasy where I have everything shown here and more and I’ll create for you!
I love my SPN Family and I appreciate all that you do, your love and support!
Has it really been SIX MONTHS??? Wow oh wow…so what happened in the past 6 months can be properly summarized as: I came, I saw, my ass has been thoroughly kicked.
Education is THE toughest field I’ve ever worked in. So tough that I needed to end that last sentence with a preposition and to not give a shit. At least I balanced the previous sentence. And I’m not even teaching English, I’m teaching math.
So all of you who know me can stop laughing RIGHT NOW. Yup, I’m teaching math, so what? It gets better. I’m teaching 5th grade math. And 6th grade math. And I co-teach 7th grade math. Now for those of you who are not dead on the floor of side-splitting laughter, I’ll continue my bitching.
Now most of you know I used to teach at a homeless shelter. That was a CAKEWALK compared to what I’m dealing with. My students come from very harsh realities that no one should ever have to face. It’s heart-wrenching to see how children at the age of 10 are already so disillusioned with the world that they have built up callousness and ambivalence I’ve never encountered before in many of the adults I’ve taught.
Now take the teaching factor into consideration and what have you got? A whole lot of heartache, self-doubt, and an emotional roller coaster from hell.
Add in the masters degree I was pursuing, a family, a husband who is disabled, and what have you got NOW? Way too much on your plate.
I’ve learned so much about myself in the past six months and I’ve grown. I learned that I don’t have to be the hero all the time, that I do need to recognize my limitations, and that it’s OK to walk away from something that isn’t right for me.
The results? I’ve decided to not pursue my masters degree, which means that at the end of my two year commitment with Teach for America I most likely won’t be able to teach anymore since the licensure rules are changing for special education.
I don’t feel guilty, which was unexpected. I feel liberated. I spent over 20 years in corporate America living with a heavy heart, feeling like I had no choice, no options. I will not do that to myself again.
I don’t regret moving down to Tennessee, I’m extremely happy down here. I don’t regret teaching either, I just wish it was something that I felt better about. They say the first year is always the hardest and I sure as shit believe it. But it’s more than first year jitters. I know myself well enough to know when something isn’t sitting well with me. I can’t live my life striving to please those that will never be pleased. I have to do what’s best for me.
So what does that mean for me after Teach for America? No idea. But I’ve been branching out a bit more with my jewelry, including partnering up with my best friend, Shannon Price to introduce a brand new line of t-shirts that we’re extremely proud of. Yup, ended that one with a preposition too. (How sad is it that my personal affront to education is only as severe as bad grammar?)
Come check out our Supernatural Inspired t-shirts! These babies can be purchased online now or I will be taking orders for them in person at SFCon in January!
Now back to my crankiness – I’ve been getting some flack about the names I choose for my Supernatural inspired jewelry.
I get messages on etsy, even people approaching me at conventions, telling me my names are wrong, they don’t agree with them, I mustn’t watch the show, blah blah blah.
I thought maybe it’d be helpful to articulate exactly what I do when I work on a Supernatural Inspired piece of jewelry.
Please note that I call these pieces ‘Supernatural Inspired.’
Each of the characters on the show affect me in some way, as I assume they do most fans. Each piece takes an extraordinary amount of time to develop, design, and fine tune before it’s something I considered to be finished.
So exactly what am I doing when I’m developing, designing and fine-tuning? I’m taking a character that I’m connecting with and thinking about an aspect of that character that’s resonating with me. For example, let’s talk about The Tenacity of Dean Winchester – the first Dean piece I ever created.
Dean Winchester radiates with courage, perseverance, and true grit. The one word that pulls these words together for me is tenacity.
I chose the color green for Dean not because of his eyes, like so many people assume, it’s much deeper than that. For me, the color green represents bravery, steadfastness, and truth. Qualities that I associate with the character.
Dean’s weapon of choice is his gun, thus to pay homage to the character I chose to include a pistol. Dean would never go anywhere without it and neither would this piece.
The one common thread that most of my pieces have is the wrapped strands that appear to be chaotic but are actually controlled.
The reason for that? While each of the characters have their set ways and personalities, as we’ve all learned over the years about these characters is that nothing is ever static, everything can change. The variety in the lines; their appearance of being random, is actually quite deliberate on my part.
Back to my point – for someone to come up to me and say that I shouldn’t name a piece what I’ve named it – well, that’s the same as walking up to someone and telling them you don’t agree with what they’ve named their kid. They have their reasons, personal or not so personal as to why they chose the name they did. As do I.
Each piece is made with my heart and so much intention to represent MY interpretation of the characters. Hey, don’t get me wrong – I’m always up for healthy debates. There have been fans who approach me at cons and ASK me why I named a piece what I did and we talk about it. But then there are people who just outright TELL me I’m “wrong”, “don’t you watch the show” or have a snarky “if you watched episode 6.2 and freeze framed it at precisely 32.5 minutes in, you’ll clearly see that you’re wrong.” The shoot first and maybe if I feel like it I’ll ask questions later attitude. It’s hurtful, uncalled for, and definitely not what the SPN Family is all about.
Everyone is entitled to their own interpretation, so let’s please show each other respect. I’m not saying don’t ever ask me about my work – I am HONORED to be asked about it – nothing warms me more than having people care enough to ask me about my process, why did I make the piece, etc. What I am saying is that if you don’t like strangers approaching you and telling you something that’s dear to you is wrong, please don’t do it to someone else.
I’m happy to say that 99% of my encounters with fans are wonderful, amazing, and I’ve made lifelong friends of many of them. The 1% that were hurtful were pretty damn hurtful, and one was as recent as yesterday, hence my post.
Lastly, my best friend, Shannon, (designer of the amazing t-shirts!) said this to me, “bc you are an artist, the negativity is a catalyst to create more beautiful work. Name your next piece ‘go fuck yourself’” – ok, I MIGHT not use that title, but she’s absolutely right and I’ve been taking this to heart and have been creating MANY new pieces!
Come say hi to the newest in my Supernatural Inspired series:
I’ll be in San Francisco next month and I hope to see you! Sigh…so good to be back!
Jodi: This week’s post is a feature on the lovely Kelly W of Milton Keynes, UK! Kelly had contacted me recently asking for specific custom pieces and I was so thrilled to work with her on her items!
Kelly – the floor is yours, baby!
First off, my name is Kelly Winafred Work, I am a mum of 1 little boy named Marc who will be 5 in July. I have been with my other half Darren for 8 years now we have a cat called Scarlet.
I don’t work as I’m a full time mum home schooling my son (Jodi here – um, THAT’S WORK, Kelly! Hats off to ya!)
We live in Milton Keynes, UK. My favorite sayings in life have always been, “live life to the fullest” and “a smile will always brighten someone’s day.”
As you can probably tell by those sayings, I’m a very bubbly and friendly kind of person and always enjoy meeting new people, let it be online or in everyday life 🙂
I’m a MASSIVE supernatural fan and some day dream to meet the cast. I would also love to one day travel the world bit by bit. I’ve already traveled to some places: Africa, Florida, USA, Turkey, Spain and Ibiza.
I don’t class myself as having a creative outlet, but I do love doing arts and crafts with my son. We do things like animals from pom poms or flowers out of tissue paper and baking cakes to decorate 🙂 (Jodi here again – CREATIVE ALERT, WOMAN! GREAT STUFF!!)
I prefer handmade jewelry most because it’s more personal, made with care and unique. Plus I’ve always preferred to help out small business than to spend money in a shop that doesn’t need it or care if they get it or not.
The kind of pieces I enjoy when it comes to jewelry is gems and stones and anything shiny (swear I was a magpie in my past life). I prefer silver to gold as I feel gold always looks dull and fake but silver always looks new and shiny.
I like wire work as long as it’s done right there are some jewelry I have seen in the past with wire work on and it just looks out of place or like it was rushed or just added for no reason
I have to say when I found Eldwenne’s Fantasy Quality Handmade Jewelry by Jodi Zulueta I fell in love straight away.
I was looking at Supernatural jewelry online and came across etsy. When I looked on there a few people’s shops come up, but I saw a piece in Eldwenne’s and went to that one and I couldn’t stop looking!
As soon as my birthday came around and my other half asked what I wanted, I knew straight away. The hard part was to pick what I wanted most, lol! I’ve always wanted a salt ‘n burn necklace but could never find one design I liked. So when I sent Jodi all the pictures of the ones I liked, I left her to design it and somehow she knew exactly what I was after. It was PERFECT –my dream necklace and I love showing it off everywhere I go!!!! Jewelry from Eldwenne’s Fantasy is made with love and care and every bit in its own way personal to each person.
And most of all, it’s all done in a friendly way. Jodi spoke to me and kept me updated every step of the way. It was not a case of ‘yeah, thanks for your money, you’ll get it when you get it…’ I felt nothing but safe buying from Eldwenne’s.
Jodi again – WOW, thank you so much, Kelly!! You rock!! And I must say your little one and other half make a lovely family! So proud to have my pieces in such good company!
Kelly brought up some things that I take to heart – one of the most important elements of my work is that it’s personal. Each piece I make is not only made exactly for you, but the buying experience itself is always personalized as well.
Every time someone purchases something from www.eldwenne.etsy.com, I contact the buyer to thank them, ensure I know proper sizing if they’ve not already indicated, and to let them know there’s a human being behind every piece.
When you receive your order, you get a handwritten thank you from me as well.
It’s that personal touch that I’m also going to be applying to my new upcoming career – teaching. I’m putting it out there right now – I am NEVER stopping my jewelry business. I will continue Eldwenne’s Fantasy both online and at Salute to Supernatural conventions!
In two weeks I’ll be in Nashville to begin my training with Teach for America. It’s going to be hard for many reasons; it’s a rigorous program, and I’ll be away from my family from June 1 through July 18. Forty-eight days. Then I come back to New Jersey, round up the troops and we move down to Tennessee permanently.
On May 23, we are rounding up a group of our friends and family for a “Farewell New Jersey” party – we are going to venture into New York City (which counts as a farewell to New Jersey-trust me on this), watch the brand spanking new X-Men movie, then venture back into New Jersey and grab a bite. Going out in true geek fashion.
If you can be in the metro area on May 23 to catch a 7pm showing, please contact me so you can join us! It’ll be a blast!
And now I leave you with the newest additions to the Supernatural Inspired Necklace Series: The Strength of Jody Mills and The Duplicity of Gabriel!