Life sucks, and then it sucks some more.

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Hi. I'm Riin. I've been working as a jewelry artist/metalsmith and handspinner, but I haven't been making enough money to live on, so I've been looking for a day job. While I've been looking, I've run out of money.

It occurred to me that since I've been making websites for myself for 15 years, maybe someone would pay me to make them a website. I don't know how to do everything (actually, I would like to take some classes), but I do know a lot. (This is my current site. )

But then I went for a walk and slipped in the slush and fell and either sprained or broke my wrist. I'll find out which tomorrow. Meanwhile I'm typing this with one hand. And I'm cursing the pain with every passing second. [update: I broke it. I now have a titanium plate screwed into my left radius.]

Having the use of only one hand and being in excruciating pain makes it pretty hard to work on a website. Or write a cover letter. Or make jewelry. Or spin yarn.

Meanwhile, my bank balance keeps growing more and more negative. I need money, and I need it at a rate that outpaces the overdraft fees. 

Here are the ways you can help me:

• donate money to me here, now

buy handmade jewelry I've already made 

buy handspun yarn I've already spun 

commission custom spinning with your fiber  (pay 50% up front, and the rest upon completion. I will begin work on your project when my wrist allows. The first to order is the first in the queue)

• commission a website. Contact me to tell me what you want. We'll discuss the project and agree upon a price. You'll pay 50% up front, and the rest upon completion. I will begin work on your project when my wrist allows. The first to order is the first in the queue.

• share this with your friends!

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Thanks to all your donations, jewelry purchases, and a website update gig down payment, I think I have just enough money to last until the end of the month. The swelling has gone down, and the pain has decreased a lot, and I've gotten faster at typing with just one hand, so I'm applying for jobs again. I get really tired though. Maybe that's from my body trying to heal; maybe that's from my fibromyalgia. Probably from both. In any case, it takes me a long time to get anything done. (Oh, right. I'm doing everything with just one hand too.)

So it's probably going to take me a while to find a job.

If you could find it in your heart and wallet to help me out a bit if you didn't before, or a bit more if you already did, it would save me a lot of panic and allow me to actually rest without feeling guilty (that's unbelievably hard for me. Even harder than asking for help).

Thank you so much!
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