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Christine Peters is a jeweler, designer, and fidgeter, who always has her hands busy. Lover of chocolate, books, animals, and Maine in the fall. Trained sculptor. Independent woman, daughter, sister, friend, and maker and doer of all things artsy.

Third Chemo Done!

Christine Peters

I have completed my third round of chemo and only have one more to go--YAY!!! It's difficult to believe that it's already the middle of August. The summer has flown and ultimately, is ok with me. Chemo side effects have remained the same for the most part--fatigue and loss of appetite and a little chemo cloud brain being the worst. I've been fortunate to have my some of my energy return between treatments and that has allowed me to go into the studio and do a little creating, as well as take part in a couple of trunk shows. Having normal moments means so much and being social and sharing my love with you keeps me going.

Fourth and final chemo happens on August 31. I will have a little recovery time 3-5 weeks before radiation will start. I'm looking forward to giving my body a reprieve from treatments and hope it will rebound well.

I want to thank you for your continued support and love during this crazy adventure. Your kind notes and visits mean the world to me. Your words carry me during all times of the day and night. Wishing you all a great August!

If I can't make jewelry, I'm keeping my hands busy with all my sewing. Here I am at my favorite fabric store--Alewives.

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Late July Update

Christine Peters

I'm half way done with chemo--Yay!!! This second dose hit me about the same as the first, intense fatigue and sleep, taste issues, and itchy breakout skin. But truly all manageable. It still seems so surreal that I have cancer. Until of course I look in the mirror and recognize it's me looking back, with very little hair, but the same strength and smile shines through as before. 

My journey and decision making continues--I had a visit with the radiation oncologist and the full picture of the next step is still coming through. It's been strongly recommended to me to have radiation treatment after chemo. And after processing the information, I have to agree that it is in my best interest to do all I can in my power to prevent future recurrence. So after my chemo infusions finish at the end of August and I recover to the end of September, I will then start a 5 1/2 week radiation treatment, 5 days a week. 

I am realizing that 2017 is my year of treatment and healing. I'm doing all I can to maintain the best health and positive attitude. And most of you know, I am forever positive! I continue to walk as much as I can and enjoy the beauty all around me. A little nomalcy goes a long way!

My support group of family and friends and doctors holds me high and all the love and support I receive from clients buying my jewelry fills we with joy, that I can share my love and passion with you. I welcome your hellos and words of inspiration and positivity.

I got the thumbs up to work as I feel well. And just sitting in my studio soaking up the energy in there makes me feel better. It will be slow, but new work will be coming, new ideas are never ending. 

Thank you, thank you for your continued support and love!

xoxo, Christine

One month post surgery

Christine Peters

It's been a month since my surgery and I am healing beautifully. All of my doctors are pleased and I am feeling good. I think surgery was the easist part of this journey. I see my plastic surgeon in a couple of days and am hoping to get the okay to start some new arm exercises and most especially hoping for a thumbs up to work in my studio. Fingers are crossed!

It's also been nearly 2 weeks since my first chemo treatment. Have to admit it was not nice. While I am so happy to not be experiencing nausea and vomiting, I've never experienced full body fatigue like this before. Every ounce of energy I had gained during the three week post surgery, has been sucked away. The fatigue came on at pace and I never knew I could sleep all day and all night with barely an hour between waking. The midnight and four o'clock hours are probably hardest. Comfort is no longer achievable while lying on my back in bed--my body craves movement, but still I have to refrain. Healing is coming along, but time is the remedy that my body needs. Slowly I am regaining strength and energy. Three more rounds to go.

The weather here in Maine has been stunning and I am so thankful to be able to sit outside and feel the warmth on my body. I am taking care, listening to my body, and living day by day. I so appreciate all the love and support I receive from you all every day! The positive energy bolsters me up and keeps me smiling and strong. Thank you!!!
xoxo

 

Thank You!

Christine Peters

I am so grateful and blessed! Thank you all for your love and support! Your kind words hold me up while facing this adventure head on. I will rock this!

C

An Unexpected Challenge 2017

Christine Peters

An Unexpected 2017


This is a difficult time for me, but really want to share a little with you, as I am not going to be my usual happy, jewelry girl self for a bit. I was diagnosed with breast cancer about 2 months ago and my life has been spinning and going up and down in a surreal world. I had surgery and am headed to chemo and I haven't been able to work in my studio for weeks. A piece of me is missing that so much--it's my love and passion that I get to ultimately share with everyone. My lovely friends and family have been supporting me so lovingly and I am so grateful and thankful for them. I'm struggling, but am moving forward every day and know all will be ok.

I created some beautiful work this winter and spring and have been updating my website with the new work and will continue to share the beautiful pieces I've made. Please check back often. www.christinepetersjewelry.com
If you're interested in learning more about my current story, click here: https://www.youcaring.com/christinepeters-860084

My amazing galleries and shops are continuing to show and sell my work. Please stop by Casual Interiors in Boothbay Harbor--Carol has a large selection of beautiful work available and is kindly taking no commission during my journey! We are hoping to have a trunk show in August if all goes well. Will keep you posted.

Rock Paper Scissors in Wiscasset--We are having a jewelry party on Tuesday, July 18, from 6:00-7:30pm. Hope you will come and see the work in person. Erika is so kind doing this for me, and also is taking no commission during the sale.

CRAFT on Elm in Rockland, Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner, Maine Mineral Museum in Bethel, The Good Supply in Pemaquid and In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC.

Will keep you updated if I can participate in the few shows I have booked for later in the summer. I will be writing my blog on the website and you can see updates about jewelry and health during this adventure there.

Thank you for your encouragement and support for me and my jewelry!
Best,
Christine

Thank You!

Christine Peters

I've been wanting to write for so long and every time I go to do it, I get overwhelmed with so much I want to say and share. And instead, I write nothing! So I decided to write something to get started and where better to start then to say thank you!

Thank you to my clients and friends and family--some of you who fit into all those categories--for your continued support, encouragement, and enthusiasm. I appreciate each and every one of you! I thought I'd share a couple of photos.

A very cold selfie in Sunset on Deer Isle while visiting my dear friend and client Rosa.

A very cold selfie in Sunset on Deer Isle while visiting my dear friend and client Rosa.

This is the lovely hand of Cynthia who was a pleasure to create this ring for.

This is the lovely hand of Cynthia who was a pleasure to create this ring for.

The beautiful wrist of Gladys who fell in love with this cuff bracelet and celebrated her retirement with it.

The beautiful wrist of Gladys who fell in love with this cuff bracelet and celebrated her retirement with it.

My oldest and dearest friend Angela. We finally got to visit during a between show trip to Massachusetts.

My oldest and dearest friend Angela. We finally got to visit during a between show trip to Massachusetts.

There are so many more people to celebrate and I will continue to do random posts doing just that! Off to Hartford, CT today for my next show. Time to get moving!

New Year's Eve 2015...so much to look forward to in 2016!

Christine Peters

Sunset walk on the last day of 2015. Thank you for being a part of it--it's been a pretty amazing year! I've been supporting myself through my jewelry full time for over a year! I am so proud and thankful and grateful! Looking forward to creating beautiful new pieces and sharing them with you. Here's to a wonderful new year full of ‪#‎happiness‬, ‪#‎goodhealth‬, ‪#‎peace‬, ‪#‎passion‬, ‪#‎creativity‬, ‪#‎balance‬, and ‪#‎love‬. So much to look forward to!

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Time...September Ends

Christine Peters

So it's the last day of September and I really thought (and hoped) that I would be writing regularly here on the blog. But...obviously I haven't!!! I swear I try to fit it all in--designing, creating, making, photographing, web updates, social media, shows, etc--but there still are not enough hours in the day for me to get it all done.

I've created some beautiful jewelry this year, both for inventory and on commission, and will try (note the try) to show you some of them over the next few weeks. However, I am leaving for back to back shows next week, so I will try to post before then.

For now a recent photo of some new things from this weekend.

Reticulated silver bauble rings with amethyst, rhodolite garnet, and oxidized with 18k yellow gold. Reticulated silver cuff bracelets wave with 5 peridot gemstones and oxidized with large moonstone.

Reticulated silver bauble rings with amethyst, rhodolite garnet, and oxidized with 18k yellow gold. Reticulated silver cuff bracelets wave with 5 peridot gemstones and oxidized with large moonstone.

Summer Craft Shows Come and Gone

Christine Peters

It's July 27! Yes, summer is flying! I've been traveling all over, showing and selling my jewelry,  including a show I participated in in Chicago. Over the week leading in to the 4th, I drove all by myself out to Glencoe, IL, to exhibit and sell at the Chicago Botanic Gardens Art Festival. It was a great experience! Not only did I prove to myself I could do it, but my work was received so positively, I was somewhat overwhelmed. I also had the honor of receiving an outstanding achievement award for my botanical inspired work!

Chicago Botanic Garden Fine Craft Festival

The weather was spectacular and the gardens breathtaking. Lots of new botanic inspired designs are racing through my mind and hopefully coming out on the bench soon! Lots more to come!

 

Jewelry Craft Show Travel

Christine Peters

It's April 23...where has the time gone?! I know I say that every time I sit down to write, but really!! For the last 10 days, I've been on the road traveling for shows. I finished up my first show in Gaithersburg, MD and am staying with my sister in Massachusetts before I'm off to Hartford, CT for this weekend. I'm geared up and ready with lots of new jewelry.

I worked on a new booth set up for MD with added panels to match my tablecloths and lighten up the booth:

jewelrybooth-md

I love the way the panels brighten the booth and give it a whole new continuity of color. In CT I have a corner booth, so I've had to adjust the layout and I think it's going to be great. Here's what it looks like before the jewelry placement:

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Looking forward to show opening Friday night. If you're near Hartford, CT, come on by the XL Center for the American Fine Craft Festival benefiting the Wadsworth Atheneum.