ACJ in person

I’ve been busy in my studio creating some new pieces, but I wanted to peek my head out to let you know that Amy Cousin Jewelry is going to be a vendor at the Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 10am to 4pm. I’m super excited to participate in… Continue reading ACJ in person

Be random and spontaneous… or I’ll make you

Once you tell yourself to be more spontaneous or random, there is no backing out.

The last few months have been about stepping up and into challenges for me, personally as well as professionally. For instance, I submitted video pitch on Instagram  to compete for a spot on a speaker’s tour, and also to show myself – to stop hiding behind my website. Funny, I wouldn’t have too much of a problem standing up in front of a whole bunch of people to give a talk, but to post a picture of myself or post a video? Not a chance, if I can help it! 

I’ve also challenged myself to be more creatively spontaneous and random, particularly in my color choices. I was chatting with a mentor/friend about ACJ and how I enjoy working on custom pieces as much as I enjoy creating collections, and she asked me, “When was the last time you created a piece of jewelry for yourself?” Umm… way too long. With all of the jewelry I make for others, I hadn’t even thought about making something new and energetic for myself. I wear my bottle pendant a lot, but the truth is that my children picked those gems out for me. I love it, but it’s a piece that represents them more than it reflects me. 


photo courtesy of Erinn Letts Photography


Challenge accepted. It’s time to make my new power piece. In creating this piece I declared that I’m going to create with spontaneous ideas and random choices, and I’m going to put new skills to use!

This may not seem like such a big deal to you, but it’s a shift from how I’ve developed the jewelry you see on my website. In creating energetically intentional pieces I start with intuition. Yes,  there is a bit of spontaneity in going with an intuitive flow, but then, I research and double check my gem choices, and I spend time choosing the right color, shape and placement of each gem. I’ve developed this technique over many years of creating intentional jewelry and I’m proud of the way it works. But I also think there’s also something beautiful about throwing method to the wind going with the flow.

I decided to start with my go-to jewelry piece – earrings. I think like earrings so much because I couldn’t wear them during my children’s baby years for fear of ripped earlobes. Never underestimate the speed and strength of a baby’s grip when they see something sparkly and decide it should be theirs. They can grab your earlobe with startling speed and agility, and because they have noooo clue how strong they are, they will not let go!

Earrings it is. I took out a few strands of multi-gem faceted cubes because – well just look at them! 

cropped-multigem-mix-closeup.jpgI decided my earrings would be three stones in a frame with dangle accents, so I was supposed to just pick a few beads from the lot at random.  My selection produced pink, purple and blue stones. I liked this selection and should have just closed my eyes again to pick 3 more stones for the other earring. Instead, I went for matching beads – sort of. The colors were similar, but the gems were different. I ended up with two Muscovites, a London Blue Topaz, a blue Apatite, an Amethyst and a purple Fluorite.

I guess the Muse of Randomness (is there such a muse?) was less than impressed with my attempt, because when I spontaneously decided to use the opalized glass teardrops I’d just learned how to drill holes into as my accent dangles, lovely Ms. Randomness decided that I should attach them in opposite directions. Score for the Muse for not letting me slide out of a lesson. Score for me and my new favorite earrings.

score for me and my Muse


Amy Cousin’s Journey to Jewelry

Originally posted on Three Sisters Eclectic Arts:
Amy Cousin is a new addition to Three Sisters Eclectic Arts this fall.  However, saying that she is a jewelry artist doesn’t really paint a clear picture of what you get when you look at or wear Amy’s jewelry.  She is an artist with healing intentions.  Healing herself…

Art Perspective: Amy Cousin Jewelry

Originally posted on cdyanndesigns:
Absolutely love this artist and person – instant connection. C Dyann: How did you get started with Amy Cousin Jewelry? Amy Cousin: After the birth of our third child, I gifted myself a jewelry making class and tried my hand at wirework, pearl knotting, and bead stringing. The wire got me!…

Never been this happy to wear an apron

Happy Monday! We’re expecting at least twelve inches of snow today. Normally I would be ranting about winter too soon and such, but last week I won the Halstead Bead Inc Apron Challenge Giveaway, and that definitely trumps a rant about snow. Why am I just now writing about winning something last week? Pictures. Of me. Major reluctance going… Continue reading Never been this happy to wear an apron

My Dream Studio vs Reality

…she was sure customers would like to see “where the magic happens”. I smiled. The magic… what a nice thing to say. So here is a glimpse into my studio, sort of…