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iPhone 5c Survives 42 Hours

I bought an iPhone 5c on Monday from Target. I didn’t exactly need a new phone, but my contract said I was entitled to one and the Target sales lady was very persuasive. I could basically get the phone for free because I would pay only $50 and then get a $50 gift card to spend in Target. I was Christmas shopping so spending money in Target was a given. I mean I was already there, right? So, I went for it and came home with a bright, shiny, new, blue phone. I was in a rush though, so I didn’t have time to get a fancy, bullet proof cover and I did not purchase the insurance because it was twice as much as I was paying for the phone. Besides, my iPhone 4 has been with me for over two years and is in excellent condition. Of course, it’s always had a protective, magic, bouncy cover to protect it.

Anyway, yesterday I was having a strange day where I just kept dropping everything. I mean, I could just be standing still and things would fly out of my hands like magic just to crash to the floor in front of me. I never should have picked up my iphone 5c, but I wanted to photograph the jewelry I was making and add it to my Etsy shop.

Mermaid jewelry
Mermaid Sitting In The Sea

WARNING: What happens next may be too graphic for technology lovers and jewelry lovers alike.

I had just finished photographing a necklace and was in the process of picking up another glass pendant when everything I was holding flew up into the air. It looked like I was trying to juggle. A long, loud, “Noooooooo…” came out of my mouth in slow motion as my iPhone 5c landed screen side down at my feet on the hard, cold floor. My jewelry pendant bounced and skidded next to a chair leg among the dust and detritus that seems to exist in every family with a small child. When I picked up the phone, the screen was completely shattered. Jim came rushing to my side and stood next to me as we stared down at the spider webs of woe running through the touch screen glass of my brand new iPhone 5c. Amazingly, it still worked, if you didn’t mind a few scrapes and cuts on your finger as you scrolled through contacts and Facebook statuses. That gave us hope for a moment.

iPhone 5c Survives 42 Hours
crack, smash, crack.

The jewelry was completely unharmed. One thing I learned from my badly performed juggling act is that my jewelry is way tougher than an iPhone 5c. I don’t know what this means exactly, but I am determined to turn it into some kind of jewelry marketing scheme. Although, I doubt Apple would be amused. I am sure they would find my comparison a little insulting and instruct me to spend more time in the aisle with protective phone covers the next time I purchase their merchandise. Also, I can almost hear someone saying, “You should have purchased the phone insurance. We would have covered this.” I learned another thing too: Rushing and multitasking is sometimes bad. It’s probably always bad. I just don’t know how to avoid doing it.

Blue Bird of Happiness art pendant necklace
Blue Bird of Happiness

I was really angry at myself because even though the iPhone 5c didn’t appear to be any better than my iPhone 4 it just felt cooler because it was blue and sleek and new. I felt like I should cry, but I’d only had the phone for 42 hours so it was sort of like finding out a complete stranger had died in some horrible accident. I was sad, but not exactly sad enough for uncontrollable sobbing. We called Apple support. Well, Jim did. I was too busy mourning my loss and licking my invisible wounds. Plus, with no insurance I knew this adventure was over. Jim is more optimistic than me. He’s also better at asking too many questions and annoying customer service until they relent and give him what he wants just to get him off the phone. Our apple customer service did his best to help, but in the end he didn’t have the power to resurrect my smashed up iPhone from the dead.

Apple said they could replace the phone for $269 which seemed like a silly move to make since my iPhone 4 is still working fine and I not so secretly love it. They said I might be able to find somebody to replace the glass, but a quick search showed me that would cost about as much as buying a new phone. So, here I am, debating what to do. Spend more money on a phone I don’t really need and to be honest don’t particularly want (it doesn’t seem any better than what I’ve been working with for the past two+ years) or just stick with my iPhone 5c and go shopping at Target with my $50 gift certificate. I haven’t actually lost any money yet. I’ve just sort of traded it for future stuff, right?

Anyway, the iPhone 5c was fun while it lasted. We had a good 42 hours. Too bad it couldn’t survive my lifestyle just a few hours longer.




How I Paint The Glass Pendants For My Jewelry

I made a quick video to show you how I paint the glass pendants for my jewelry using alcohol inks. I thought you might like to see the process.

It’s my first video using video software to edit it and the sound is a bit wonky. I am learning how to do so many new things lately. The technology available to us now is just amazing, isn’t it?


Pendants are available in my Etsy Shop: Dome Life Studios. More will be added this week.

I Am My Own Sweatshop Worker

It sounds crazy, but I am my own sweatshop worker. I’m not trying to make light of sweatshops, although it may appear that way. I’m just saying my working conditions are terrible which is ridiculous because I make my own conditions…sort of.

I work long hours typing, making jewelry, taking photos, making art, cleaning toilets. There’s other stuff in there too. Like folding laundry, writing Christmas cards, and folding more laundry, but I’m probably not supposed to call that work because it’s just life stuff, right? I am just saying I am in workaholic mode right now. Long hours, no breaks, eye and wrist strain. Sitting on my butt too much pain.

I’ve got it all.

Not to mention the pay is low and I do have to sleep where I work…when the other people here let me.

I’m not complaining because I love what I do. It’s just sometimes the conditions can be really bad.

For example while I am trying to do all the stuff this is happening:

I'm My Own Sweatshop Worker
That’s supposed to be me in the middle. Sorry I didn’t draw you better, Family, but this is what happens when you are talking the entire time I have my electronic paint pen in hand.

The problem is I am a real slave driver to work for. I have high demands for productivity. I scoff at bathroom breaks. Sleeping is for when you are dead and eating is a luxury. I’m a tyrant of a boss.

I’m just saying that it’s probably a good thing I don’t have any employees because then I probably would work in a sweatshop and go to jail for creating a sweatshop or violating child labor laws or for forcing my dog to paint with a paintbrush in his mouth. I’m pretty sure some would consider that animal cruelty.

It’s probably a good thing I’m not president too.


Happy Little Tree Necklace
Happy Little Tree!

Anyway, I’ve been making jewelry night and day. Have you seen it? This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop right now. Come take a look. Clicking the photo above will take you to my Etsy store. Or you can click on the little mermaid candy cane box in my sidebar to see all the stuff I am selling this holiday season. I’m trying to sell enough to get myself to the big BlogHer convention next summer. So, even if you don’t want to buy anything, can you share my art with someone who might? Tell them my boss is a tyrant so they want to help me, OK? This a very politically incorrect way to ask for support and to be honest I don’t really know how it’s come to this, but here I am.

I’m tying to be a less demanding boss, but I guess if I love my job I shouldn’t mind being my own sweatshop worker. I’m totally going to stop complaining and apologize now for talking about my first world problems and comparing myself to people who actually do work in sweatshops.

Still, I have worked until I couldn’t possible work anymore.