Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Just a bit of news...

Woohoo! High Strung Recycled Guitar String Jewelry is now in two local music stores for sale! Check out my guitar string jewelry designs at Monmouth Music Center in Red Bank, NJ or at Russo Music in Asbury Park, NJ! More and more stores coming very soon. Stay tuned...
http://monmouthmusic.com/mmusic/
http://www.russomusic.com/t-asburypark.aspx

Want to see the jewelry in person and purchase your very own directly from the artist? Come and see me at any of my upcoming events! Check them out below or on my website at www.HighStrungStudios.com.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jersey Shore feelin' the wrath and the love...

As many of you have heard the Jersey Shore and surrounding areas were devastated by a 'Superstorm' called Sandy on October 28th and 29th. And then, to add insult to injury, we were pummeled by winter storm Athena just yesterday with 3-10" of heavy wet snow. We are incredibly grateful that our home and the High Strung studios were spared from damage or harm but we grieve with our friends and neighbors, many of whom lost everything. Homes and businesses were destroyed, entire lives washed away with the storm surge, raging winds, and fires burning out of control and power still not restored in many areas around the Tri-State area.

Very hard hit Belmar, NJ devastation :(


  People here have been struggling just to stay warm as we all come together to help our neighbors in need. And now, those lucky enough to be allowed back into their neighborhoods to survey the damage sift through what is left hoping to find some memories still intact.

Belmar, NJ home

NJ residents have come together like never before flooding donation centers with items desperately needed, coming out of the woodwork to volunteer at shelters, cleaning up storm damage, gutting people's homes, offering professional services for free, and opening their doors to people in need. I have never been more proud to be from New Jersey.

Here at High Strung Studios and Musicians on a Mission HQ we are doing our best to help out in the small ways we can.
 
Please see our page Musicians Coming Together for Hurricane Relief where we are collecting funds to help Jersey Shore musicians who have suffered losses due to these storms. These funds will go to providing gift cards to local grocery stores, gas stations, and retailers as well as small comforts in this time of great need. No donation is too small. Please give if you can.
We will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from our Musicians on a Mission Two Year Anniversary Gala to hurricane relief efforts. Please see the link for event details. We will be selling our "Musicians Coming Together" silicone bracelets to directly benefit hurricane relief as well.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from all sales of High Strung Recycled Guitar String Jewelry through the end of November will be donated directly to the above fund. See our website High Strung Studios for more information or to make a purchase.

So, we do what we can to rebuild, recover, and restore the Jersey Shore to its former glory. For now, I leave you with a song by local Jersey Shore musician Arlan Feiles. This song, written as a lullaby for his young daughter, is a great reminder to us all during this time. Enjoy!

 Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Better Day (Arlan Feiles)



Saturday, October 27, 2012


Ever since I began this small business venture I've been overwhelmed by the positive response from customers, friends, and supporters in the local music community. I recently realized that I have never had a 'job' before in which I received so much positive feedback on a regular basis. It makes me so happy that I felt the need to share!

A regular customer of mine who I now call a friend, Mia, left me a testimonial (and even attached a photo of some of her pieces) at HighStrungStudios.servicekick.com She says, "I own several pieces of guitar string jewelry by the amazingly talented artist, Jenny Woods! I love that it's recycled, unique, creative and beautiful! It's also pretty cool that you are wearing strings that artists have actually played! I can only go for so long before checking to see what new and inspired pieces Jenny's created. If you're willing to share, they make great gifts too!"

Photo credit: Mia Costanzo
My friend Carol recently posted on Facebook a photo taken of her at a local open mic where she was wearing a pair of my guitar string earrings. I love how she is in front of the mic and holding her guitar pick all ready to play. :)

Photo credit: Poppa John Bug
 People post stories on my Facebook wall like this one from my friend Isabella Grove: "Last night, a woman I was talking to took off her new bracelet, and passed it around, exclaiming "It's made from used guitar strings!" She bought it at the Red Bank OysterFest. The word is out, baby!"

And here is my friend Kristen Driscoll, famous local rock 'n roll photographer (KristenDriscollPhotography) wearing her guitar string bracelet purchased recently at a music festival nearby. She posts: "Jenny, I'm wearing a High Strung Recycled Guitar String Bracelet you made! :) And Guitar earrings.. couldn't be more rock n' roll if you ask me ;D"

Photo by: Cassi Claire
 It seems as though everywhere I go lately someone is running up to me showing me that they are wearing some piece of recycled guitar string jewelry that I made.
It gives me endless pleasure that people are so happy with their purchases and that guitar strings that cannot be traditionally recycled can be put to such great use. One man's trash is this woman's treasure!!

I put together a little video of photos I took of customers just after they purchased something from me at a craft fair or music festival over the past few months. I love love love my happy customers!!



video

 Music: Everyone's a Star by Lightning Jar

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I almost forgot! This weekend I'll be at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ for their Harvest Festival. I'll be setting up my Guitar String Jewelry booth for the two day event but I wanted to let YOU know about it because there will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, stuff for the kiddos to do, and, of course, wine! What a nice way to spend an early fall weekend! Come join us!
Fall has officially arrived!! Ooh, I LOVE this time of year! Crisp weather, sweaters, pumpkin coffee, football, cozy fires and colorful foliage. I wish I had time to enjoy every moment of the fall but I have to work too! This is my busiest time of year. November is fast approaching and packed with Art Festivals and home parties! I'm going out tomorrow to take a long bike ride in Holmdel park so I'll take some early fall photos and post them soon!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Perfect Day

Today was a perfect day for an outdoor event. Allaire Village is an idyllic setting for an afternoon art show and I was thrilled to be there with my guitar string jewelry. I don't know if it was the dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves of the tall trees overhead, the really nice 'neighbor' I had setting up behind me, or the cup of pumpkin coffee from Dunkin' Donuts (this alone can make me happy) but there was a general sense of well being in the air. I knew it was going to be a great day. As usual, the customers filtering through my booth throughout the day were very friendly and highly complementary of my work. A side note: I feel very grateful to get constant positive feedback at my 'job'. I doubt that is something a lot of people can say. The people who take a moment to say how much they love my work or how great my designs are really keep me going. It's a constant reminder that I am doing what I am meant to be doing. What a blessing! Anyway, the weather was wonderful and everyone seemed to be in high spirits. While I sold my jewelry and chatted with the customers (and the sweet 5 year old boy in the tent behind me) I worked continuously on new jewelry. I came up with a few new designs that I really like. So tonight it is back to the grind working on the new website. I really wanted to make it out to Musicians on a Mission alumnus Peter Myers' CD release party but I decided I should rest. These shows take a lot out of me and Red Bank Oyster Fest is tomorrow!

Friday, September 21, 2012

This weekend I'm staying local!

Come and see me in Allaire Historical Village on Saturday or
at the Red Bank OysterFest on Sunday!

See my calendar below for more events: