Patreon Alternative

I had considered setting up a Patreon account, but there are some serious complications in regards to doing that.  The most important complication is me being disabled.  Having a Patreon account runs the risk of losing my disability benefits.  Said benefits keep me alive (Medicare and SSDI) and losing that assistance would be disastrous.  If I miss one dosage of my seizure medicate I have uncontrollable seizures that will eventually result in death.  Yes, epilepsy is deadly.  My seizure medication is nearly $700, but with Medicare I pay only $3.

As for why I’d set up a Patreon account?  To get a little extra financial assistance so I can create without being in such a tight pinch financially.  Quilting, painting, making jewelry, all of these activities are very therapeutic.  Without them I would go mad.

Recently Ko-Fi came out with Ko-Fi Gold.  I get a extra benefits, like posting updates, messages, pictures, videos, etc.  It’s fantastic.  Oh, and only $6/month.  Ko-Fi also takes exactly nothing from any donations you receive there.  Patreon takes a hefty cut as do a few other sites with similar functions.  I’ve set up a tier system as well!  If you’re interested in checking out the options that come with Ko-Fi Gold check it out here:  If you opt in for Ko-Fi Gold you’ll receive 10% off your subscription with that link.

Here’s my Ko-Fi page: I also have a button on the right side of my blog that will direct you to my page.

As for what I have set up there here’s what you’ll see:

“$5/month (one joyful moment): you’ll receive a postcard!

(all rewards listed below are available after three months of supporting me)

$10/month (two joyful moments): you’ll receive a postcard AND will be able to choose what mini thing you like: coaster, mug rug, or a single place mat.

$15/month (three joyful moments): you’ll receive a postcard and after three months choose to receive a set of coasters or three mug rugs or a four piece place mat set (set sells at $40 starting price).

$25/month (five joyful moments): you’ll receive a postcard and after three months choose between any of the above or receive a mini quilt (typically 30 x 30 inches, starting price is $100)

$75/month (15 joyful moments): you’ll receive a postcard and after three months choose between any of the above or receive a lap quilt (typically 50 x 50 inches, starting price is $250)

For clarification, you’ll be choosing items I have already made unless you wish to commission me.

To donate higher than what the $5 listed you just need to click the up button. You can make it a one-time donation or monthly. If you wish to receive something from me as stated above you must make it monthly and leave a message for me (you can choose to make it private or public) telling me what you’d like. Public donations are easier to keep track of in regards to who is donating how much, but if you want to keep it private state your name and email address in the message so I can set up a reference sheet.

If you want to commission me and would rather pay me via Ko-Fi than PayPal let me know BEFORE you send any money. We’ll need to work out details and figure out the price of what you want. It’ll be 50% up-front so I can purchase supplies, and the other 50% when it’s finished. For more details contact me.

If you’d like to purchase something I’ve already made and don’t want to go through Etsy please contact me.

Thank you!”

In short, you’ll be one of my patrons and will receive rewards after three months.  This will help me pay my bills, purchase materials, etc.  Please consider being one of my Ko-Fi patrons:



A few changes

Due to Etsy’s increase in fees, 5% transaction fee and 5% shipping fee (both paid for by the seller), I will no longer be listing new items there.  I’ll list the items on Ko-Fi, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, and DeviantArt.  If you’re interested in purchasing something contact me and I’ll send you an invoice or, if it’s more comfortable for you, I’ll list it on Etsy.

My Ko-Fi:
Instagram: ReneetheChaosfay

That was a bit of a stretch!

I’m so very sorry for the extended absence!  I’m currently working on and finishing a quilting for a friend of mine.  She recently moved to NYC and it’s rather cold there.  What better than a quilt?  Pink and purple, all scraps, for the top.  The backing is two different flannels, and I purchased fabric for the binding today.

I embroidered “Love Hope Joy Mars” on one of the blocks.  My friend’s nickname is Mars, hence the reason for embroidering it.

Tomorrow I begin the process of binding it, Sunday it gets washed, and Monday it’ll be shipped.  I hope she receives it by Friday.  The weather in her area has been rather wild as of late.

I also made a gift for one of my grandmothers!  Her favorite color is blue, but I decided to balance it out with pink and green.

Pre and Post Wash

A before and after picture!  A quilt isn’t a quilt until it’s been washed, right?

I also participated in a Secret Santa event and created a simple candle mat that took very little time.  I learned a new block and it was all finished in less than a week.  Yay!

A couple weeks ago I finished making the back of the Stained Glass Quilt I’m working on.  It’s different colors, each bordered in black, like the front.  Except the sections of color are MUCH larger than the blocks.  Pictures of the backing will be taken when I finish the quilt.  I had to purchase batting today while it was on sale.  The quilt is twin size, but I didn’t have any twin size batting.

I apologize again for the long absence.  Life has been wild as of late, not the boring calm I like.  Quilting is what’s been keeping me grounded and calm, and after so many hours of work the last thing I want to do is sit at my computer.

I finally got suckered into getting a smartphone though!  I left the cell phone company I was with because I didn’t like their stance on Net Neutrality, plus the prices and customer service are terrible.  I switched to CREDO, and for 1GB of data between two smartphones it costs us $62/month.  We received two Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones for free when we signed up.

Because I have smartphone I now have an Instagram page!  You can keep up with my life and work on there.  My Instagram is ReneetheChaosfay.

How have the rest of you been?  Keeping busy?  Is the new year treating you well?

Holiday Sale!

I sell my painting and photography prints on several sites, but the one I favor most is Fine Art America.  The reason?  I set my markup price.  The site sets their price and I add an amount to it that I want to be paid.  The site takes no cut and I lose no money!  Very few sites offer this and instead take from the artists, as much as 80% of the sale.  Ouch!

Currently I have a discount sale active on Fine Art America.

Use coupon code GRJALA  for 50% off your total purchase.  No minimum amount for the purchase.

My FAA page is located here.

They ship worldwide!  You can have my work printed on shower curtains, various towels, and even yoga mats!

As a show of thanks to everyone who has supported me I’m offer a 60% discount on all purchase of $30 USD or more.  It’s for all listings, old and new!  The sale will run from November 20th to December 20th.

Where you can you take advantage of this fantastic sale?  Right here at my Etsy shop.

New listings will be added as I make new items.  This includes jewelry, quilts, home decor, and original artwork!  The discount will be applied automatically to your cart when you checkout.  No coupon code is required.

Thank you!

blow a kiss with Jasper
Here’s a kiss from me and Jasper!

Some Input from my Readers

I’m finding it difficult to choose what I should make next.  I set up a poll here on my deviantArt page to me choose:.

If you don’t have an account (it’s free) you can instead leave your vote here in a comment.

Options are as follows:

  1. Red iridescent tumbled glass chips, sparkly silver acrylic star beads, acrylic black butterfly beads, black and red pendant – necklace
  2. Gold sunstone beads with seed beads and an aged copper zodiac pendant – choker
  3. Tourmalated quartz beads, green iridescent seed beads, silver pewter dragon pendant – choker
  4. Jade colored cat’s eye beads, blue iridescent seed beads, silver pewter unicorn pendant – choker
  5. Cracked silver glass beads, transparent iridescent black seed beads, tree with a shiny moon pendant – choker
  6. Quilted Rainbow coasters (project I was working on before the fire happened)

I’ll be taking a few days of not making anything to give my hands a good break.  Five days sounds healthy to me.  On November 4th I’ll look at the results of the poll and votes and create in the order of the most to least votes.

Until then I’ll be chilling out like Jasper, the kitty in the photograph.

Thank you!  Just leave a comment here with what you would like to see finished first.

Food for Thought

I’ve finished my commissions.  The only one I need to make will be made when the commissioner’s MedicAlert plaque arrives.  Until then it’s just me playing with pretty colors and working on the endless trade with balthasarcraft A trade we’ve been doing for…six or seven years now.

I’ve just finished a choker* I was working on before I started on commissions.  I have about a dozen pieces planned out, but I’m not about to go diving in because I have other projects to work on as well.  I need to prevent burnout as well as injury.  A very delicate balance.  Thankfully I have quilting and painting to rotate through.

Personally, I feel every artist should be able to do, and enjoy, more than one form of art.  For example, a painter who only creates paintings with oils is likely to deal with artist’s block and burnout unless they can rotate through, oh, making mini-sculptures with clay or Play-Dough, or just doodling for the hell of it.  I had a professor in college who felt that not focusing on one medium meant you’re not a true artist (WTF?), and when she found out I felt differently she decided to use me for a lesson.  Too bad she couldn’t embarrass me seeing as I thought her philosophy was rather absurd.  Oh, and a couple weeks after that shit-show she had “the beast of all artist’s block” and refused to do any teaching for the rest of the semester.  She went on a six month sabbatical to “recover her spirit”.  Folks, play with other mediums.  Doesn’t mean you have to master them.

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”

Get some Play-Dough, feel like a child, make a mess, be silly, doesn’t matter.  Rotating through different mediums helps a lot.  I’m a watercolor painter, I color line art with colored pencils, draw portraits, doodle, make jewelry, quilt, and a few other things that just happen to catch my interest.  I’m a master of none, nor do I have any desire to be.  My goal is to ENJOY what I do, not try and show off.  Who am I showing off to?  What am I trying to prove?  No one and nothing.  I have fun.

Do any of you play with more than one medium or do you feel an artist ought to focus on just one thing and master it?

*Small note: the featured image is A Clear Day and is available for purchase here.

Art Collaborations

Art collaborations are one of the most enjoyable activities I’ve participated in.  The first thing that comes to mind is my good friend BalthasarCraft.  We’ve been collaborating for years!  She’s a pendant and earring maker.  I can’t make pendants or earrings (believe me, I’ve tried) and thus turn to her for some help there.

She does have an Etsy shop, but lack of sales has been very discouraging.  She’s opted not to renew listings.  If it’s not too much trouble, swing by her shop and send her a message.  You can see all her work here, but start up a conversation with her on Etsy.  Currently she has a rather large collection of pendants that haven’t sold.  If you’re interested, after visiting her DeviantArt page and seeing her work below, talk about having pendants listed for immediate purchase.  You’ll be delighted by the result!  Don’t be shy about mentioning me.  She’ll get a good kick out of that.

Here are the results of our collaborations!

Many of these are available for purchase in my Etsy shop as well.  With the holidays just around the corner now is a very good time to get the gift shopping out of the way.

Sunset Romance

This piece is made with a pendant of BalthasarCraft’s creation and the necklace is made by me.  She sends me pendants she’d like to have made into pieces for herself, and I in turn make the jewelry.  As payment she gives me random pendants.  It’s an excellent trade that’s been going on for several years now!

Dark Desires

Chokers, necklace, chunky, lightweight, loose, firm, I use the pendant to help direct what will be made.  So far I’ve never failed in my attempts to create excellent jewelry.

It’s always helpful to see the jewelry worn in order to really appreciate the work.  Here she is modeling the pieces I made for her.

Fearless Peacock

Sometimes I keep things for myself.  It’s not often I keep the things I make, but when I do I make certain it’ll be something I love.  I’ve had this piece for several years now, and more often than not I’m asked about where I bought the necklace and who made the pendant.

Collaborations are wonderful when the artists play well together.  You don’t need to be in the same room to create amazing things.  BalthasarCraft and I lived over 2000 miles apart when we started working together.  Now we live a few hundred miles away from one another, and have yet to work in the same room.  Communication is very important, and we have Skype now.  It helps a great deal, especially when she wants to see a work in progress (WIP).

Do any of you work with other artists?  Have you done a collaboration or are contemplating it?  If you’re afraid about asking the other artist(s) just do it.  The worse that can happen is they say no.  I’ve received that answer many times over the past 25 years I’ve been making jewelry.  It’s worth asking because somewhere in that pile of “no”s is a yes.

Today I shipped off some rather hideous and boring pendants I’ve collected, as well as gemstones, to BalthasarCraft to work her magic on.  I’ve also sent a choker she was really digging on my Etsy shop, and I’ll be making at least two chokers and one necklace.  In exchange she’ll be making custom pendants for me using the materials I’ve sent her.  An adventure to be had!