Welcome to the business and personal website of me, Jan Burch - aka Jan4insight - owner & practitioner of Geo-Glow Consulting. Call me a “Renaissance woman” > My business aims to be your go-to source for holistic energy work and intuitive readings. My creative side makes (and sells!) gorgeous one-of-a-kind handcrafts and fabulously colorful print-on-demand gifts and more. Here at my site, you can find me on the Web, order a reading, learn more about my energy work services, and check in with my occasional musings. Legal stuff: This site uses cookies, and some posts may contain affiliate links. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First Month at Patreon - In Progress: the colors of Love and Compassion!

I have started on my first month of "making" under my Patreon project banner - creating colorful healing through Art and Craft. For this first month I have chosen Love and Compassion as my theme qualities, and the colors are just too beautiful to keep to myself! Take a look (originally posted on my Patreon page) ~

For this month of Love and Compassion, I am zeroing in on the Heart Chakra colors - pink and green. The yarn tangle on the left side of the picture is the shawlette I'm making, and let me tell you, the soft and lightweight yarn I'm using just feels wonderful when you run your hand over the crocheted fabric!
Also in the picture are some of the collage elements that will go on the canvas to depict the Heart of Love and Compassion. Again, the light, refreshing pinks and greens - and some sunshiney yellows, because they just want to be there, I guess :)
Such beautiful colors - how will they look in the finished projects? That's something that my Patrons will be the first to know! Finished products will be announced in an exclusive, Patron-only post or two, at least 24 hours before I share the product with the public.
If you're reading this and you'd like to see more (and you're not a Patron), please consider signing on to support my page.  Everything helps, even a pledge of $3, $5, $10 …. or more. You'll get rewards, too — it’s an exchange! Please check it out, and btw I also appreciate your shares on social media  ♥ 
PS: If you like this post and would like to see more, please consider becoming a Patron! For just $3/month & up you can gain access to all my public and Patron-only posts - plus email notification when a new post appears! Thank you, and please share :)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Why am I crocheting while the world burns???

I ask myself that a lot, usually in terms that aren't too kind to myself ... So, Jan, why are you wasting time with your crochet hook when all this horrible stuff is happening ... don't you care .... and more voices from the Itty Bitty Committee in the head that make you feel real Shitty. But I have an answer, and I think it's more than just self-serving, so I went ahead and wrote a post on it (originally posted on my Patreon page). Here it is:

A little bit of crochet humor. And btw, it's CROCHET, not knitting! ;)
I ask myself that a lot - especially now that I'm asking people for money (which is hard to do anyway!) while a lunatic occupies the White House, our neighbors are being rounded up and deported, and everything good and decent we've established in the last 75 years is being dismantled.

While all that horror is going on, and I'm sitting here, deciding on background colors for a canvas, or planning out stripe patterns for a shawl. And I'm asking people for money to support me while I do this!? Yes, it feels weird - but it's where life has brought me after many twists and side journeys. So I want to share what I see that goes beyond pretty colors and comfy wraps:

I've heard it said that when the times are ugly, creating things of beauty is a true form of protest. In my lifetime, I have never seen times as ugly as these. At the political sites where I network obsessively, we find that we must hold the space for the antidotes to the ugliness: laughter, good news, humor - and beauty. There's really more goodness in the world than we know.

This is what I do - I make beautiful things that make people happy. And for this Patreon project, I envision going beyond the prettiness to evoke specific qualities that are so needed in the world right now: qualities such as Love and Compassion, Protection and Wisdom, Growth and Vitality ... and more.

Love/Compassion is the theme for the creations I'm working on this month - and doesn't the country need a lot more love and compassion! I'll be taking pictures of my assemblage of materials, so I can show you the heartfelt colors I'm selecting (heads up for a future post, lol). If even one of my creations can spread more love and compassion and beauty in the world, then I have done something to hold back the tide of ugliness.

The following quote is a little long, but it sums up my thought so well I'll close by posting all of it. Attributed to Edward Everett Hale:

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

My "something" is making beautiful things that make people happy. And I do it (in part) out of protest against these ugly times.
PS: If you like this post and would like to see more, please consider becoming a Patron! For just $3/month & up you can gain access to all my public and Patron-only posts - plus email notification when a new post appears! Thank you, and please share :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Shawl that started it all .... the inspiration for my Patreon project!

Shawlette - cotton blend, Pebble Beach colors 12.27.18

Cross-posted from my Patreon page blog... 

.... one of the healing-color item types I'll be making are shawls & shawlettes. I've been making these for several years, and they're quite popular at my Zibbet shop

Last fall I was asked to make a shawl to comfort a cancer patient. The shawl had to be made out of a smooth, non-irritating yarn, and when I was researching yarn types, I was blown away by the colors that were offered. Wow, I thought, I could combine the heart-chakra colors and surround this lady with love and compassion ....

As it happens, the person receiving the shawl requested neutral colors. There went my color theory opportunity, lol. But still, I found a suitable yarn in these lovely, soothing shades of taupe and cream. Neutrals can be healing, too!

I jotted down my ideas for shawls in healing-color combos, and went on my merry way. The holidays were approaching, and I had orders to fill! When life moved on and the bottom dropped out of my finances, making it necessary for me to turn to Patreon - my vision of color-healing shawls was ready to go.

And here we are! I'm now working on my love & compassion shawl, and hope to have some preview pix ready soon.

Please consider becoming a Patron, to support the arts and help me spread more colorful healing in the world! thank you :)

Friday, February 24, 2017

And .... we're live on Patreon!

Not much to say here, but I just want to announce that my Patreon page has gone live! It posted at about 9:30 pm MT on February 23, 2017 - that means I beat my announced launch time by 2.5 hours. Woo-hoo!

Also, fwiw, I estimate it took at 40 hours of direct work time - writing, editing, and video-making - spread out over the past week. This, plus all the other stuff I do, means it's been quite a week! 

Now my next task is to Get Patrons! - Please consider supporting my page, and whether you can or can't - shares are always needed & appreciated :)


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