Elise Matthesen (also known as Lioness) is creating art jewelry, writing prompts, and benevolent acts of the muse.
48

patrons

$353
per month
Hi! I'm Elise. I make art jewelry, which is basically shiny wearable treasure with names that sometimes makes people want to write things. I was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2009 "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'". Big thanks to everyone who has played with the inspiration, made art, encouraged others, and made all of this possible. You are the bestest!

I'll be unveiling some additional opportunities for adventure in the rest of 2019 soon and giving people the opportunity to sign up for them, but the current levels will still be good. And yes, it's fine to sign up for a level for one month in order to get a specific goodie, and then drop back down to the $1 level or wherever you like. It's all good. Watch this space for more fun soon.

If you're looking for other Lioness-related fun, you can also find me in other places, including on Etsy. I'm LionessElise there too.





Tiers
Shared Writing Prompts from the Lioness
$1 or more per month

Writing prompts! Each month, I will post a dozen titles or phrases. A few might be titles from shinies made many years ago; most will be newly made up wisps of thought that probably won't ever be used as titles of shinies. Everybody who donates a dollar or more will have access to this monthly bundle of prompts. Do whatever you like with them, write stories or make other art or just enjoy the thoughts they may spark in your mind. May inspiration bring you joy!

Hey Lioness! That Thing You Do? Do More of That, Please!
$3 or more per month

Encouragement! This basically says "I like what you do and I think you should do more of it!" I promise to take these contributions and spend them on stuff that encourages me and makes my art better. Some months that might be a trip to a local museum; other months it might be supporting one or more benevolent conspiracies and encouraging other artists. 


You'll also get access to the shared writing prompts each month.

Prompts from the Lioness Especially for You!
$9 or more per month only 14 left
Personal Writing Prompts! Each month, I will send you a dozen titles or phrases made up especially for you. If you want to specify a genre or theme, I can work with that. If you want to be surprised, I can definitely work with that. Note: if you want to get this reward and then share it with whoever you like, that's fine by me. Heck, if a writing group wants to sign up at this level, I think that would be a great use of the prompts. You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Yay!
Beads of the Month "Infrequent Flyer Magpie" (domestic version, but can be adapted to international first class)
$10 or more per month only 5 left

Beads of the Month Infrequent Flyer Magpie! This is a Beads of the Month option where you put in ten bucks a month and get packages of beads either quarterly or once every six months. Domestic shipping is included. I can also do international first class shipping, with the six month option preferable.

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level.

Shiny Credit on the Installment Plan
$20 or more per month only 2 left
Shiny Credit! Everything you contribute here, you get back in the form of credit towards shinies. You can use this credit yourself, or give it as a gift to someone else. To redeem it, email me at [email protected] and we will make arrangements. (This reward exists because a couple of people have mentioned wanting a way to save up for large shinies.)
Welcome, Benevolent Conspirator!
$20 or more per month

Benevolent Conspiracies abound! Maybe you don't need writing prompts or have questions to ask, and just want to aid and abet the process of getting shinies into the hands of people who need a little bit of that sort of encouragement? Being part of the Benevolent Conspiracy will get you a little bit of natter now and then (carefully oblique and anonymised to protect recipients' privacy) of how many happy things you've helped happen. (And I love you folks and you are awesome!)

Beads of the Month "Big Magpie" (domestic version)
$25 or more per month only 10 left
Beads of the Month Big Magpie with domestic shipping! Each month, I will send you a package of beads, possibly with a few charms and findings mixed in, that I think are particularly fascinating. This is a surprise package, but if you look at my Etsy site, you'll see the sort of things I find fascinating. Many of them are jaspers and agates, and many of the rest of them are very very shiny or super-weird and educational.  

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Bonus!

Note: your shipping address must be in the US for this reward. Packages will be sent priority mail.
Tell Me a Tale, O Lioness!
$25 or more per month

At the request of several people who for some unfathomable reason would like me to write my memoirs, this is a tier where each month I will tell you a tale from my own life about any subject you choose. They will be short anecdotes (well, as short as anything I ever manage, so some of them may ramble a bit!) and they will be pretty much mostly true, given the odd euphemism or two. (The Lioness reserves the right to draw the veil of privacy over certain things, but that's what euphemisms are for, now, aren't they?) Ahem. Anyhow, yes, this tier exists because people are poking me to write something like memoirs, and this is one way to get me started. Ask about the time Maya Angelou crashed my birthday party, or what living illegally in an warehouse loft was like in the early 80s in St. Paul, or the time that Pat Bond brought her show about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok to town and none of the local lesbians knew what to do with a theatre-going Lioness in a flame-orange strapless satin gown (but Pat Bond sure did!), or about shooting pool with record producers, or about loving writers and the care and feeding thereof, or... oh, pretty much throw me a phrase and there will be something to tell about.


This is an experiment. We'll see how it goes. Oh, and you'll also have access to the shared writing prompts each month, too.


P.S. Because each person will get to ask for a tale, the more people that join this level, the more true-life adventure stories I will tell each month. I reserve the right to limit the number of people if it gets too big to handle, but that seems unlikely right now. Bring it on!


(The money will go towards my Air Conditioning and Better Insulation project, which is designed to keep me living in the place I'm living for a long, long time. My deepest gratitude to everyone who participates. Better living through anecdotes!)

Beads of the Month "Big Magpie" (international version)
$35 or more per month only 5 left
Beads of the Month Big Magpie with international shipping! This is a bit of an experiment, so I am limiting numbers until I know it works out well. You'll get a package of beads (and maybe a few charms or findings as well) that I find interesting. This is a surprise package, but those who have been part of Beads of the Month over the last twelve years have spoken highly of what they've gotten. Some of it's super-shiny, some of it is weirdly educational, and some of it is just plain beautiful or silly or fascinating.

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Bonus!

Note: your shipping address should be outside the US for this level. I'll be mailing your packages first class.
Beads of the Month "Mother of All Magpies" (domestic version)
$50 or more per month only 8 left

Mother of All Magpies Beads of the Month plus domestic shipping! This is like the $25 level, but with more glorious beads. (Sometimes that means fewer but better beads. You know how I get, especially if I've been shopping for boulder opal. Or imperial jasper. Or ocean jasper. Or sunstones and moonstones and labradorite and... oh, you know how I get!) It'll be a mix, and a grand surprise.

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Bonus!

Note: your shipping address must be in the US for this reward. Packages will be sent priority mail.  (If you are international and want to sign up for this, send me a message and we will look at the options.)

Medium-Sized Dragon Seeks Shinies
$100 or more per month

If you sign up for this, I will make you some shinies. You get to choose from the following: 


THINGS: earrings or pendants or both?

METAL: sterling silver or gold filled or some of each? 

PREFERENCES: no guarantees, but if you have favorite colors/stones/charms/images, I'll see what I can do. (Same for unfavorites, for those who are allergic to purple or something.)


Choose four things and specify the metal for each. I'll send you a package of shiny goodness at the end of the month.


(It's fine to join for one month and then drop. It's all good.)

Magnificently Huge Dragon Seeks Shinies
$500 or more per month only 3 left

If you sign up for this, I will make you some shinies. You get to choose from the following: 


THINGS: two long or four short necklaces, or a necklace-crown?

METAL: sterling silver or gold filled or some of each? 

PREFERENCES: no guarantees, but if you have favorite colors/stones/charms/images/themes, I'll see what I can do. (Same for unfavorites, for those who are allergic to purple or something.)


Choose two long or four short necklaces or a necklace-crown and specify the metal for each. (Short means shorter than 20 inches, and long means longer than 20 inches. I reserve the right to make them ridiculously long if the inspiration takes me, so if you've got a maximum length, please tell me. Mostly I expect the long ones to be about 48 inches or so.) I'll send you a package of shiny goodness at the end of the month. 


(It's fine to join for one month and then drop. It's all good.)

Goals
$353 of $500 per month
OK, this is really beyond my wildest dreams, but just in case:  if I reach $500, I will buy a story or poem every month and post it for everyone to read. (Everyone means even people not being patrons. This is a "benefits the community" thing.) The story or poem will be something inspired by one or more of the writing prompts or shinies I make. This would be SO COOL. I might not ever make it to this goal, but just thinking about it makes me happy, so there ya go.
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Hi! I'm Elise. I make art jewelry, which is basically shiny wearable treasure with names that sometimes makes people want to write things. I was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2009 "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'". Big thanks to everyone who has played with the inspiration, made art, encouraged others, and made all of this possible. You are the bestest!

I'll be unveiling some additional opportunities for adventure in the rest of 2019 soon and giving people the opportunity to sign up for them, but the current levels will still be good. And yes, it's fine to sign up for a level for one month in order to get a specific goodie, and then drop back down to the $1 level or wherever you like. It's all good. Watch this space for more fun soon.

If you're looking for other Lioness-related fun, you can also find me in other places, including on Etsy. I'm LionessElise there too.





Recent posts by Elise Matthesen (also known as Lioness)

Tiers
Shared Writing Prompts from the Lioness
$1 or more per month

Writing prompts! Each month, I will post a dozen titles or phrases. A few might be titles from shinies made many years ago; most will be newly made up wisps of thought that probably won't ever be used as titles of shinies. Everybody who donates a dollar or more will have access to this monthly bundle of prompts. Do whatever you like with them, write stories or make other art or just enjoy the thoughts they may spark in your mind. May inspiration bring you joy!

Hey Lioness! That Thing You Do? Do More of That, Please!
$3 or more per month

Encouragement! This basically says "I like what you do and I think you should do more of it!" I promise to take these contributions and spend them on stuff that encourages me and makes my art better. Some months that might be a trip to a local museum; other months it might be supporting one or more benevolent conspiracies and encouraging other artists. 


You'll also get access to the shared writing prompts each month.

Prompts from the Lioness Especially for You!
$9 or more per month only 14 left
Personal Writing Prompts! Each month, I will send you a dozen titles or phrases made up especially for you. If you want to specify a genre or theme, I can work with that. If you want to be surprised, I can definitely work with that. Note: if you want to get this reward and then share it with whoever you like, that's fine by me. Heck, if a writing group wants to sign up at this level, I think that would be a great use of the prompts. You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Yay!
Beads of the Month "Infrequent Flyer Magpie" (domestic version, but can be adapted to international first class)
$10 or more per month only 5 left

Beads of the Month Infrequent Flyer Magpie! This is a Beads of the Month option where you put in ten bucks a month and get packages of beads either quarterly or once every six months. Domestic shipping is included. I can also do international first class shipping, with the six month option preferable.

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level.

Shiny Credit on the Installment Plan
$20 or more per month only 2 left
Shiny Credit! Everything you contribute here, you get back in the form of credit towards shinies. You can use this credit yourself, or give it as a gift to someone else. To redeem it, email me at [email protected] and we will make arrangements. (This reward exists because a couple of people have mentioned wanting a way to save up for large shinies.)
Welcome, Benevolent Conspirator!
$20 or more per month

Benevolent Conspiracies abound! Maybe you don't need writing prompts or have questions to ask, and just want to aid and abet the process of getting shinies into the hands of people who need a little bit of that sort of encouragement? Being part of the Benevolent Conspiracy will get you a little bit of natter now and then (carefully oblique and anonymised to protect recipients' privacy) of how many happy things you've helped happen. (And I love you folks and you are awesome!)

Beads of the Month "Big Magpie" (domestic version)
$25 or more per month only 10 left
Beads of the Month Big Magpie with domestic shipping! Each month, I will send you a package of beads, possibly with a few charms and findings mixed in, that I think are particularly fascinating. This is a surprise package, but if you look at my Etsy site, you'll see the sort of things I find fascinating. Many of them are jaspers and agates, and many of the rest of them are very very shiny or super-weird and educational.  

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Bonus!

Note: your shipping address must be in the US for this reward. Packages will be sent priority mail.
Tell Me a Tale, O Lioness!
$25 or more per month

At the request of several people who for some unfathomable reason would like me to write my memoirs, this is a tier where each month I will tell you a tale from my own life about any subject you choose. They will be short anecdotes (well, as short as anything I ever manage, so some of them may ramble a bit!) and they will be pretty much mostly true, given the odd euphemism or two. (The Lioness reserves the right to draw the veil of privacy over certain things, but that's what euphemisms are for, now, aren't they?) Ahem. Anyhow, yes, this tier exists because people are poking me to write something like memoirs, and this is one way to get me started. Ask about the time Maya Angelou crashed my birthday party, or what living illegally in an warehouse loft was like in the early 80s in St. Paul, or the time that Pat Bond brought her show about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok to town and none of the local lesbians knew what to do with a theatre-going Lioness in a flame-orange strapless satin gown (but Pat Bond sure did!), or about shooting pool with record producers, or about loving writers and the care and feeding thereof, or... oh, pretty much throw me a phrase and there will be something to tell about.


This is an experiment. We'll see how it goes. Oh, and you'll also have access to the shared writing prompts each month, too.


P.S. Because each person will get to ask for a tale, the more people that join this level, the more true-life adventure stories I will tell each month. I reserve the right to limit the number of people if it gets too big to handle, but that seems unlikely right now. Bring it on!


(The money will go towards my Air Conditioning and Better Insulation project, which is designed to keep me living in the place I'm living for a long, long time. My deepest gratitude to everyone who participates. Better living through anecdotes!)

Beads of the Month "Big Magpie" (international version)
$35 or more per month only 5 left
Beads of the Month Big Magpie with international shipping! This is a bit of an experiment, so I am limiting numbers until I know it works out well. You'll get a package of beads (and maybe a few charms or findings as well) that I find interesting. This is a surprise package, but those who have been part of Beads of the Month over the last twelve years have spoken highly of what they've gotten. Some of it's super-shiny, some of it is weirdly educational, and some of it is just plain beautiful or silly or fascinating.

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Bonus!

Note: your shipping address should be outside the US for this level. I'll be mailing your packages first class.
Beads of the Month "Mother of All Magpies" (domestic version)
$50 or more per month only 8 left

Mother of All Magpies Beads of the Month plus domestic shipping! This is like the $25 level, but with more glorious beads. (Sometimes that means fewer but better beads. You know how I get, especially if I've been shopping for boulder opal. Or imperial jasper. Or ocean jasper. Or sunstones and moonstones and labradorite and... oh, you know how I get!) It'll be a mix, and a grand surprise.

You'll also have access to the shared writing prompts from the $1 level. Bonus!

Note: your shipping address must be in the US for this reward. Packages will be sent priority mail.  (If you are international and want to sign up for this, send me a message and we will look at the options.)

Medium-Sized Dragon Seeks Shinies
$100 or more per month

If you sign up for this, I will make you some shinies. You get to choose from the following: 


THINGS: earrings or pendants or both?

METAL: sterling silver or gold filled or some of each? 

PREFERENCES: no guarantees, but if you have favorite colors/stones/charms/images, I'll see what I can do. (Same for unfavorites, for those who are allergic to purple or something.)


Choose four things and specify the metal for each. I'll send you a package of shiny goodness at the end of the month.


(It's fine to join for one month and then drop. It's all good.)

Magnificently Huge Dragon Seeks Shinies
$500 or more per month only 3 left

If you sign up for this, I will make you some shinies. You get to choose from the following: 


THINGS: two long or four short necklaces, or a necklace-crown?

METAL: sterling silver or gold filled or some of each? 

PREFERENCES: no guarantees, but if you have favorite colors/stones/charms/images/themes, I'll see what I can do. (Same for unfavorites, for those who are allergic to purple or something.)


Choose two long or four short necklaces or a necklace-crown and specify the metal for each. (Short means shorter than 20 inches, and long means longer than 20 inches. I reserve the right to make them ridiculously long if the inspiration takes me, so if you've got a maximum length, please tell me. Mostly I expect the long ones to be about 48 inches or so.) I'll send you a package of shiny goodness at the end of the month. 


(It's fine to join for one month and then drop. It's all good.)