Bev Feldman

Hello! My name is Bev, an educator and human service worker turned jewelry designer. I am a planner and think of myself as being very practical and not a risk-taker. That is, until I decided to quit my job and travel around South America for five months with my husband. Guess I can't say I'm not a risk-taker anymore!

Now that I am back, I decided to try my hand at selling on Etsy full-time, which has been a dream of mine for several years. Although I have dabbled in jewelry-making and crafting for years, in the past few years I fell in love with making chainmaille. I love the look and feel of it and the process of making it. I started my blog as a way to document my journey into starting a small business owner and a way to share my love of food, travel, and DIY/crafting projects.

When I'm not making jewelry or blogging, I love to travel, read, go to farmers' markets and craft fairs, take Zumba classes, spend time with friends and family, cook, try ou new DIY craft projects, and hang out with my adorable dog-like cat Leo.

 

 

I'm a Blogger, And Damn Proud of It!: Reflections from a #BlogHerNewbie Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I left the first day of BlogHer '13 feeling both exhausted and energized, and ready to see what day two would bring....more
@Denise Thanks :-)more

Treat that Bottle of Water Like a Mysterious Lover

Plenty of health articles talk about drinking more water. And many people make it part of their yearly resolutions. But ... er ... how? I mean, I get the basic how-to: (1) pour water in a glass, (2) lift glass to lips, and (3) intake water by swallowing. But what's missing is how to get over the "don't wanna" feeling that I get sometimes when I pour myself a glass of water. ...more
I keep writing about how I need to drink more water...I've even scheduled it into my day today ...more

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
Yikes, definitely freaked me out a bit! When I started to get more seriously into blogging I ...more

An Experiment in Less Stuff in Time for the Holidays

It’s not about living in a small space, but about many things we have. How we let our stuff control us. Getting hooked into believing we need all these material things. Thinking those material things fill us up when all they sometimes do is make us want more, more, more. This is, after all, the American dream, right?...more
I am a huge fan of getting rid of stuff (Freecycle and Goodwill are my best friends). I am ...more

I Am My Own Dream Catcher

Today I took a risk and it scared the crap out of me. For the most part, I don’t consider myself much of a risk taker. I’m a methodical planner. I hope for the best, but  prepare for the worst. But the reality is we can be as prepared as possible, and it doesn’t mean a thing. ANYTHING can happen. There are no guarantees. There is no 100%. I used to let fear of rejection rule my destiny. I was caught in a paralyzing cycle of wanting, dreaming, and preparing, followed by never taking action, and then always wondering “what if.” It’s depressing, and nothing ever happens. ...more
I feel like this post could have been written about me! Congratulations on taking a risk and ...more