OF GOOD CHEER is an independently owned small business operating from Tucson, Arizona. The purpose of every card and jewelry item offered on this site is to celebrate everyday life, from the slant of early morning light making a flower beautiful to the challenge of getting everyone to work and school on time. The goal for Of Good Cheer is to provide distinctive, quality items that are a joy to give and receive. Unless noted otherwise, all items are designed and handcrafted by artisans -myself or others - with an eye for style and attention to detail. My philosophy is that art is for everyone, anytime, and I like to think the time and care invested in the items make them a pleasure to wear and share. I hope you enjoy browsing and shopping on this site and remember to wear & share art you love!
Beaded jewelry has a long history; from ancient times to present, jewelry has served to celebrate and commerate
life events in beautiful ways. There's a story behind every piece of jewelry, and the product
descriptions and wearing suggestions - oddball as they might be at times - serve to share a vision of that
story. Where you take that story is up to you!
Joie de Vivre jewelry is the product line dedicated to bridge jewelry made from real stones, some semi-precious and others not-as-precious, and quality metals. Bridge jewelry is as the name sounds: it bridges the gap between costume jewelry made of synthetic materials generally at reduced cost and fine jewelry made from precious gemstones and metals. Sterling silver and 14kt gold-fill are used most often in the designs; copper, bronze and brass are also used with an occassional plated metal. I love the incredible variety of pattern and color in natural stones, and the jewelry items are designed for customers to have the tangible enjoyment of wearing real stones. Swarovski crystals have long been a favorite of mine for adding terrific color and dazzle to designs. For more information and designs, please visit the product line home page: Joie de Vivre.
In the days of easy electronic communication, a hand-written card has become an endangered species.
Email, texting, Facebook and even
eCards are faster ways to communicate, but not as tangible - as magical - as a piece of mail. Think of how
a card or note from a loved one or acquaintenance transforms the day. A card in the mail is a small gift
of yourself that makes a day special. I'm a fan of mail.
The product lines formed out of card ideas that I wanted to see or tickled my fancy. This seems odd because card selections are bountiful! Indeed, at times it seems there are too many cards from which to choose. Why add more? The answer is that the cards didn't feel personal, born of actual people's observations and experiences. Yes, most are beautiful and some quite profound. But a card can't hide its origins; commercial cards produced for the mass market may be witty, sympathetic, loving, cheerful, charming - but rarely do you have a sense of the person who made it. Cards are like jewelry; these are bits of art made to use and share.
Val's Pals cards is homage to the stick figure, literally! The designs are charming in their simplicity and easy wit. The aim of a Val's Pals card is to reflect on the essence of a moment with cheeky fun and dry humor. Nothing's to be taken too seriously with a Val's Pals character. Cards for major holidays and life events as well as for the everyday can be found on the product line home page: Val's Pals. And yes: the designs evolve from personal experience!
Had Matter Line cards are a mix of Victorian and other 19th century images with modern twists. Subject matter varies, but designs are grouped into birthday cards, beautiful scenic blank cards, blank cards with Victorian images and irony, and Christmas cards. Please visit the product line home page: Had Matter Line.
River Stone Designs are the most serious cards of the bunch; many are blank and rely on the feelings evoked from the photographs and collages themselves to communicate the mood and message of the card. This product line includes photogrpahs of beautiful places, images inspiring moments of reflection, fun images of the everday and holiday greetings. Please visit the product line home page: River Stone Designs.
Free shipping within the United States is offered for all orders. International shipping
is available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and
delivery schedule. All free domestic shipments are sent insured Priority Mail through USPS.
Delivery times for card orders are generally 5-7 business days, with 2-3 days for processing and 3-4 days for delivery. Delivery times for jewelry are generally 7-10 business days, with 3-5 days for processing and 3-4 days for delivery. An email confirmation will be sent when the order is shipped, and if a delay occurs, email notification will be sent with an option to cancel the order if I'm unable to meet your desired delivery date.
Gift boxes for multiple recipients: Being unable to specify gifts for multiple recipients in the same order is a nuisance so I have tried to
use PayPal options to allow you to purchase multiple items for multiple recipients in the same order.
To order a gift, enter the
gift recipient name in the text box as you add each item to your cart. For example: if I wanted to order
the Brilliant necklace for my aunt Edna Angelique and the Along the Avenue necklace for myself, I would enter
the name of the recipient before I added each item to the cart:
All payment transactions are through PayPal using secure, 128-bit encryption processing.