Desk With Design Books

Desk With Design Books

I have not made this public up until now.

Three years back I started writing a book on the jewelry-making topic I love the most, design. Self-doubt, a lack of discipline, and an easy slide into feeling overwhelmed with the prospect, kept the beginnings of my book tucked away quietly in my file drawer.

Months ago a book search led me to How to Write a Non-Fiction eBook in 21 Days That Readers Will Love! by Steve Scott. I know, it sounds like buying the latest wrinkle cream (AKA Crisco) in hopes of looking 25 again. If you read the first sentence carefully, you took note that the 21-day book-writing venture started months ago. And, I am still writing.

This is not a complaint about Steve Scott’s book. Quite the contrary. He helped me organize the task in a way that kept feelings of overwhelm at bay, and gave me hope that I could do it.

Enter the reason why I am announcing my book writing effort now. I am on the second to the last chapter of what will be an eBook. I have not wanted to mention my work out of concern that it would slip back into the cozy comfort zone of my file cabinet. Just plain shaky confidence made me wait until rounding the final bend. There is still a lot to do, including doubling the 80 images I have already gathered from contemporary art jeweler’s around the world.

The reason I am writing the book? Besides delving into a topic that endlessly fascinates me, I want to help people develop their own voice in jewelry making, especially those who have gained some techniques and don’t know where to go from there. I hope the book will stimulate new ideas for seasoned jewelers as well.

I am grateful to Jonna Faulkner who has agreed to edit the book. She is going to need a very long blue pencil as I managed to graduate from elementary and high school without taking a single grammar class. Just kidding, Jonna! My faithful Internet companion, Christine, will format the book.

I have spent very little time making jewelry for months now. I look forward to once again having time to create new projects for those of you who take classes with me. I will keep you posted with my progress…


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  1. Connie Fox

     /  August 23, 2014

    Linda, I have one more chapter to write and editing to do. I will have announcements here and on FB when its available – the end of next month hopefully.

  2. Linda Taylor

     /  August 22, 2014

    Really interested in this ebook…did you get it finished and if so, where can I purchase it? Many thanks…

  3. Nancy, the maple double pedestal bench is a custom made John Frei bench from Otto Frei. It is beautifully made and well worth the extra I spent on it. Would do it again in a heartbeat! Hope this helps – let me know if you have any other questions. If you actually decide to get one I can tell you about the accessories I added.

  4. Nancy Beu

     /  March 28, 2014

    Connie, if you could send me info about your work bench, I would really appreciate it.

  5. The book is going to be wonderful, Connie! The question of design in any artistic endeavor is just so critical. And so under-explored in the rush to make things. It will be an important step in moving the conversation forward. Can’t wait to see it.

  6. Oh Connie, I cannot wait for this to be released (no pressure! ok some pressure). There are so many tutorials and how tos and techniques in the art jewelry world — but this is a subject which never gets the same amount of attention! And it is just as important to someone traveling down this jewelry path. I need your book! Can’t wait!

  7. Michele Bellah

     /  February 4, 2014

    I am really looking forward to this book! You are so creative, it will be wonderful, I’m sure.

  8. Congratulations! I am happy to hear your big news and I’m looking forward to this! I still treasure the one and only class (earrings) I was fortunate to take with you years ago when Bead Fest was in DE. :-)

  9. Raminta

     /  February 3, 2014

    I know it will be fabulous Connie. You present the topic of design so well and it’s obvious it’s your passion. And therefore, this will be a successful endeavor.

  10. Sharon Todd

     /  February 2, 2014


    I have envisioned this book from you for a while now and could not be more excited by this announcement! Your design classes have been among my favorites, and it is a topic that is difficult to find good information on.

    Congratulations on taking the plunge! I cannot wait to buy it!


  11. Connie

     /  February 2, 2014

    It is hard for me to put into words how grateful I am for all of your words of encouragement. Loving the topic makes the task easier, but nothing compares to all the love I fee from you.

  12. Kathy Oxford

     /  February 2, 2014

    I knew there would be others that would be struck similarly as I was when I opened this announcement. The mere thought of your book makes me smile as I am in the same boat as many who have responded previously. I feel so comforted that the “Design Dr.” is in as design is indeed the deepest aspect of this jewelry journey we are all on. Of course you know that, don’t you…. I’m so ready to continue the journey–this time with inspiration and a reference I trust. So many many thanks and congratulations Connie. Love, Kathy

  13. You have taught me so much and I have followed you for many years when I started out as Mel’s Treasures. I’m so excited to see your next accomplishment and learn more from you. Congratulations! I’m anxiously waiting!!

  14. Sandi

     /  February 1, 2014

    This is such wonderful news! I’ve always wanted to take your classes but I’m too many states away. So this will be THE next best thing.
    I do wish it would be available in paper book form as I prefer books in hand vs a computer screen. There are so many fans of yours that would buy a book.
    Good luck with the final chapters … we’re all waiting!

  15. Laura

     /  February 1, 2014

    So excited to read the book! Thanks for your ongoing inspiration.

  16. Jan

     /  February 1, 2014

    How wonderful Connie! Have been missing you…but know you are deep into a different kind of creating. So look forward to the results of your efforts. With you as the author I know it will be a great resource for all of us. Xoxoxo

  17. Claudette

     /  February 1, 2014

    Sign me up! Having been lucky enough to participate in classes with you (and Jonna) in the past, I’m really excited to get a little inspiration/education without a plane ride. Much love from the tip of the MI mitten :)

  18. Gayl Harner

     /  February 1, 2014

    Connie, I am so excited! You do a great job of whatever you do. You know you are my most favorite designer and most incredible teacher. A book by you – what could be better???!!!! I personally can’t wait! Good for you! An amazing accomplishment.

  19. Suzi Campbell

     /  February 1, 2014

    ohh Connie…writing can do that to you…I know as I’ve been writing a couple of books for over 10yrs!…and not one of them closer to being finished!!..I kid you not!!…lol Hmmm!…sounds like I need to suss out Steve’s Scott’s ebook!!..
    Glad to hear your one is almost complete!. ;)
    cheers from way over the pond..

  20. Diana Davis

     /  January 31, 2014

    Oooh, can’t wait!

  21. Connie

     /  January 31, 2014

    Dear Friends:
    I am so touched at your heartfelt support. I feel like I have an accomplished (and cute, of course) group of cheerleaders bringing me in for the finish. I am so grateful to each and every one of you. Connie

  22. Linda Greene

     /  January 31, 2014

    Put me on the list for a copy!! I can hardly wait.

  23. Donna Struthers

     /  January 31, 2014

    Wonderful news Connie! You are an inspiration to all of us and I have no doubt that the book will be fabulous. Can’t wait to read it!

  24. Tammy Poppie

     /  January 31, 2014

    I am so looking forward to your book. You read my mind!!

  25. Sharon Groves

     /  January 31, 2014


  26. Connie, this is great news. I’m always looking for books to recommend to students. I get a lot of students who love to make jewelry but are lost when it comes to design. I look forward to the finished project! And I hope to see you somewhere, soon. – Deb

  27. Thank you Connie for being an inspiration and for sharing your many talents through out your own personal growth as a Jewelry Artist. I have followed you and your work from the beginning and you never cease to amaze..I am thrilled to hear about your ebook and looking forward to owning it. I know it’s going to be as elegant and smart as your beautiful jewelry.

  28. Laurie Union

     /  January 31, 2014

    Connie, AT LAST! your the most amazing at teaching design and i believe your book will be amazing. I hope you have included your wonderful sense of humor to hold the reader to the page and the wonderful information you are sharing.
    Great Job at committing to us a legacy of good design teaching.

  29. Christine

     /  January 31, 2014

    Congratulations Connie! This is such exciting news. I cannot wait for the release of this ebook which will help so many find their own jewelry voices. Good for you for taking on and doing this formidable task!!

  30. Mary Jo

     /  January 31, 2014

    Congratulations Connie! What a great topic! I’ll be waiting in line to buy a copy when it’s ready!

  31. Pat Snyder

     /  January 31, 2014

    Thats an amazing accomplishment, can not wait to devour it, keep us posted

  32. Karen James Cousins

     /  January 31, 2014

    I haven’t taken a class in a few years (moved to Ohio), but remember the ones I did take when I lived in L.A. as being over-the-moon helpful and fun! Keep writing, Connie…your audience is waiting!

  33. Ruth Redfern

     /  January 30, 2014

    So pleased that you are going to share your take on design. Like Donna Hirsch, I am a mechanic/engineer when it comes to smithing. On occasion I come up with something completely original and am so delighted. However, I will so enjoy additional tools to move me along that design road.

    This has been a me me me comment when I started to say “Congratulations and Best Wishes.” Thank you for all the lessons you’ve provided.

  34. Debbie

     /  January 30, 2014

    Congratulations for taking this on! That’s quite an accomplishment. I’d definitely be interested in reading your book!

  35. Susan Blessinger

     /  January 30, 2014

    Congratulations on this huge undertaking. It sounds well defined and inspirational as well.

  36. Connie..that is great news….I can’t wait to read your book, cover to cover. You continue to be the very best at teaching and I know the book will be one of the best written.

  37. Lynn Ballinger

     /  January 30, 2014

    That is wonderful Connie! Can’t wait to read it, and congratulations on rounding that final corner!

  38. Donna Hirsch

     /  January 30, 2014

    Congratulations Connie! I know what it’s like to have words tumble around in your brain and they never look (or sound) like you imagined once they are on paper.

    I am the audience you are writing for. I call myself a ‘jewelry mechanic’. I know how to do things, I just lack the vision of WHAT I want to do. I know if I like something, and more often than not I find myself making something similar to what I see in a book or a store.

    Give me a directive and I will accomplish it. Tell me to do whatever I want and I sit there staring out the window.

    I know you will finish the last chapters when the spirit moves you, and I look forward to your direction once again.

    Best wishes on an easy labor.

  39. Kathy James

     /  January 30, 2014

    Awesome Connie!! Congrats on taking the plunge. I’m really looking forward to seeing this ebook when it’s finished!!

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