As you know, everything is a little weird right now. Those of us who are fortunate to be able to work from home are doing so and our social lives are pretty much completely online. And with so much new and unknown right now, I know I’m feeling a lot of anxiety and I know I’m not the only one. I make jewelry for a living and I know that a lot of my friends and colleagues have stopped promoting their businesses and have switched to making face makes, and I truly salute them for that. We all need to try to stay healthy and keep our hospitals running smoothly and we can all pitch in in some way, even if that is just maintaining good handwashing and covering our faces when we leave the house.
Obviously, we all need food, shelter and medicine to survive. But if we want to also maintain our mental health, we, as humans, need a little more. We need to be able to relax and to feel joy and we all obtain happiness in different ways. At this time, we can’t get together in person with our friends or families, so we have to find other ways to stay in touch. Last week, I was delighted to get a hand-written letter from one of my nieces as well as a gift as part of a “secret Santa” group.
I’ve also found that getting dressed in cute outfits and putting on some makeup and jewelry also really lifts my mood. Pre-pandemic, I would just wear my dayjamas to work, since I already worked from home, and then would dress up on the weekends when I saw friends and went to dinner. Well, since going out except for supply runs is out of the question, I’ve been dressing up for work every day and I found that I love it. I really feel happier and more productive when I’m dressed nicely. (Though, I admittedly wear my cute outfits with slippers. Really comfy slippers.) I know that when this pandemic eventually passes, I am definitely going to keep dressing up for working from home.
Which brings me to my new release of earrings. I decided to release the Janus earrings because, honestly, I love them, and I didn’t see why I shouldn’t let you have them if you wanted a little self-gift. Some people that I know have said that it seems trivial to still be selling their art, jewelry or clothes in a pandemic, but I think it’s more important than ever. I don’t want to live 24-7 pandemic. I have to think about COVID-19 when I go out to get groceries and when I watch the news, but I can escape into joy when I put on my rainbow sequin skirt, when I send a handmade card to a friend, or when I play with my dog in the yard.
These earrings are named after the ancient Roman god Janus. (Fun fact: I have been a total nerd about Greek and Roman mythology since I was a kid.) Janus was the god of arches (jani) and doorways and dates to before the founding of Rome. He was the god of beginnings and endings. January, the first month of the year, is actually named after him. He was depicted as having two faces, one on either side of his head- one to look backward to the past and one to look forward to the future. I chose to name my earrings after Janus because of the fact that they have two layers, on top of the other and they look different when worn, depending on which side is showing when you tilt your head. I hope you like them as much as I do and maybe wearing them will even change your outlook for a little bit.
P. S. Check out the new earrings below. Just click the pictures for more information. :)