holiday.

>> Sunday, December 22, 2013



so I am seriously guilty of abandoning my blog. in the return back to work and the end of my maternity leave and then the rapid onset of the holidays, this little space has been neglected. i'm hoping in the new year I can get back to posting - resolutions, much? watch this space for boxing day and new year sales - they are coming up and you can save big!!! in the meantime, I am posting my favorite Christmas song - a bit of a guilty pleasure - and wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.

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round and round.

>> Saturday, November 9, 2013


I've always loved the open hoop concept and now I have a new design in the shop - with a nod to my art history background.  Spiral Jetty, anyone?  you can get your own pair right HERE, right now!


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a daily dose giveaway!

>> Friday, October 18, 2013


so i'm giving away a set of these amazing tiny open heart earrings - they're ecofriendly (they're made from reclaimed wire) minimalist and romantic - over on the Daily Dose of Handmade blog!  gifted to select members of the press at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, i'm so proud to be giving a set to the lucky winner!  you can click HERE to check out the details and enter!

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new in the shop...

>> Monday, September 16, 2013


showing off some new creations - I have been working on my bezel settings as well as some new additions to the Celestial line and the fidget rings.  thoughts?




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chapel song.

>> Sunday, September 15, 2013




yup. my new favorite song - we are augustines, where have you been all my life??? OMG SERIOUSLY.

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fly me to the moon.

>> Saturday, September 7, 2013


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500 miles.

>> Monday, September 2, 2013



like a lot of other college freshmen, i loved the proclaimers. some 20 plus years later, this version has made it's way onto my playlist. longevity, much?

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inspired.

>> Tuesday, August 27, 2013

 
surprisingly, the last week or so has brought with it a burst of creativity - probably because it is the last official week of the summer and time to play is quickly running out.  plus the mini has been playing some pretty awesome musical picks lately - and good music always fosters good ideas!  here are some sneak peeks of some of the fall designs soon to come in the shop!
 
 
starry starry night faceted sterling silver skinny rings

 
sterling silver 'halo' ring

 
double orbital sterling silver ring

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closer.

>> Sunday, August 25, 2013

I've always loved tegan and sara but this song makes me love them a little bit more. perfect fast driving music.

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parenthood

>> Saturday, August 24, 2013


so here I am, showing off another submission in consideration for one of my absolutely favorite shows, NBC's Parenthood.  courtesy of the Artisan Group, these 'comet' earrings (which incidentally are part of my celestially inspired fall line) will be included with 79 other works of art in a shipment to the Parenthood stylist - and hopefully chosen for someone (ahem - AMBER) to wear in season 5.

so fingers crossed, nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

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what could you do?

>> Friday, August 23, 2013



pared down, sparse, haunting. seriously, despite their indie.alt-rock classfication, it could be argued that this song by Dolorean borders on weepy country - Barry (Jack Black's character) from High Fidelity would probably classify this as sad bastard music but I don't care.  thanks, Dolorean, for making me want to get drunk in a hillbilly bar and cry on the shoulder of a rugged cowboy.

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more monoliths!


I don't think words can even tell you how much I love this new ring stack.  seriously GORGEOUS.



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little monoliths.

>> Sunday, August 18, 2013


I've been on an eco-friendly kick these days and have been using up a lot of the scrap metal that I have been collecting over the years.  i'm pretty thrilled with what I have come up with so far - including these little beauties

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tied up.

>> Friday, August 16, 2013


get your mind out of the gutter.  I am referring to this sweet little bow necklace, the result of a custom order for one of my beautiful brides.  her lucky flower girl will be the recipient of this at the September wedding!  available now in the shop - click here to view!  I think that rings may be soon to follow...

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always.

>> Monday, August 12, 2013


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summer sale!

>> Friday, August 9, 2013


we're having a summer sale, everyone!  15% off everything for the entire month of August with the coupon code "AUGUST13" when you check out at our etsy shop!

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really good easy fudge redux - and SALTED.

actual picture of the batch of salted fudge that is in my fridge right this second.
 
yes.  I have been experimenting with fudge again.  whether it's because of the fact that the weather has been less than favorable and we've been spending more time inside, or the realization that I ALWAYS seem to have the ingredients on hand, it feels like there is always a fresh batch of fudge cooling on my counter.  while I was pregnant with the mini-mini, I craved salted caramel like crazy and now its ingrained on my tastebuds, but I am not brave enough to attempt making homemade caramel yet.  but - I realize that I could achieve an equally decadent - and equally amazing - experience just by tweaking the fudge recipe.
 
the only variations I made on the original recipe is that I substituted a cup of milk chocolate chips in for one of the semi-sweet - it gives the fudge a certain creamy texture - and then a generous sprinkling of mediterranean sea salt on top.  you could also be a salt junkie like me and actually dip the fudge into the salt but that's crazy.
 
you can't get better than this salty, sweet, chocolately goodness.  don't blame me when you get addicted. i'm just the messenger.  anyhow, here is the new recipe.
 
all you need is:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 300 ml can condensed milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
generous sprinkling of mediterranean sea salt (you could also use any good quality, super awesome sea salt/fleur de sel but i'm poor and I used what I had on hand)
heat a burner on the stove on low. not the lowest temperature, but pretty low so that nothing will burn. put all the ingredients in a heavy pot. heat slowly, stir often so that everything is incorporated. it will be a little lumpy as the chocolate chips melt, but keep going. eventually everything will melt together and after about 15 minutes, the mixture will "ball" up and start to slightly pull away from the sides of the pot.  DO NOT overcook or your fudge will get grainy and while it's still good to eat, I don't like the texture.
lightly butter, or line a dish or pan large enough to hold the whole mixture with parchment or waxed paper.  spread out evenly and smooth the top.  sprinkle lightly with the sea salt.  cover with saran wrap and put in the fridge to set for at least two hours.

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it's a big big city...

>> Thursday, August 8, 2013

 

The Grit -  Mechanics Edition - Natural Soap, Vegan Soap, Handmade Soap, Cold Process Soap, Organic Soap, Mechanics Soap - TheHiveBotanicals
Coin purse - coin pouch - grey felted wool coin purse - Mothers day gift - made to order - AgnesFelt
Vinyl Record tie, silkscreen necktie, microfiber. Choose narrow or standard. - Cyberoptix
dark grey  cape Coat winter coat Autumn Woman Wool Long Knitted Coat Sweater my01 M-L - colorstore2011
Labradorite Ring, Blue Flash Labradorite Oxidized Recycled Argentium Sterling Silver Ring - US Size 9 - TheSlyFox
Earl Grey Tea Soap, 6oz Large Bar - DavisMain
Union Jack, offset, black and white, 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas, hand painted original - OurJack
Hand knit fingerless mitts / gray / steel grey / wool / lace decor / rustic chic / for her / Christmas / Valentine's - MaybeTheWhiteDog
Picture Art Locket : 36 Original Photographs - blueorder
gadget accessories - kindle or iPad cozy - grey leather ipad cover with aqua hearts - customizable - made to order - stitchandswash
NYC New York City Subway Sign, Rollsign, Bus Blind, Tram Scroll Vintage Style Wall Art Canvas Huge - wordology
Key Chain Central Park Fabric Key Fob - ablemabel
Handmade men retro grey waxed canvas coin purse/ wallet - aseismanos
Chunky Scarf Knitted in Dark Gray Blend Wool - knitBranda
iPod Nano Case 6th Generation / iPod Nano Case with Leather Strap / iPod Shuffle Case - Elephant Gray - RogueTheory
Central Park Photo Fabric Necklace - Trimmingly

so with the odd weather we have been having this august - cooler than normal temperatures, rain, wind and clouds - this girl's fancies are turning towards autumn. I have to admit that while I love the warm weather, fall is my favorite time of year.  even though I can't believe how fast the time is moving.  sigh.

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the only exception.

>> Sunday, July 28, 2013




like any self respecting ex-Twilight mom (I have to admit that the allure of seriously sparkly Edward and whiny old Bella had definitely faded for me long before their inevitable bust-up) I was introduced to Hayley Williams and Paramore via the vampire movie. but I am definitely glad to say that I love some of the other songs that Paramore has come out with since then (and am glad that they have had more longevity than RobSten) - with this one being my absolute favorite. because it's true - there are exceptions to every rule. right?

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drawing the line.

>> Wednesday, July 24, 2013


my new linear reclaimed sterling silver stud earrings - now here in the shop.  new favorites, I think - these are so sparse and minimal and striking - the simplest line drawing done up in precious metal.  rose gold and 14K gold filled versions to follow!

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e.t.

>> Tuesday, July 16, 2013



I don't know why I really, really like this cover - and it's a katy perry song. called E.T. yeah. REALLY. however, this dude alex moot does it up quite nicely - admittedly, I like it a lot more than ms. perry's original. sorry katy. but hello, alex!

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reclaimed.

>> Friday, July 12, 2013


I've been experimenting with some of the s-crapload (pun intended) of sterling odds and ends that I have lying around, and i'm really happy with these hammered reclaimed 'pebble' rings.  nothing like making silver molten, then hammering it into a lovely organic shape.  the texture is pretty awesome too. 

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young blood.

>> Thursday, July 11, 2013



the mini LOVES the band "the naked and famous". and I do too. however we got quite stuck on 'punching in a dream' (I've posted it here before) and it has been played 143 times in the last few months. however, i'm starting to think that this one has replaced 'punching' on the top of my list.

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wish i was here.

>> Monday, July 8, 2013


grass, beach, sky, clouds.  today I had the kind of day that just makes you want to escape to a place like this. 

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BAGBOY!

>> Saturday, June 29, 2013



so I am posting this here because 1) it's super awesome geek cool 2) it's the first Pixies release in 9 years 3) despite the departure of the quintessential Kim Deal, the Pixies still rock it and 4) Froot Loops is my favorite cereal.  if you click HERE, you can download the single AND get access to their set at their 2004 appearance at Coachella... omg, seriously, you can't get better than this.  do it.  now. 

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safe & sound.

>> Saturday, June 22, 2013



seriously one of the happiest - and romantic - songs I've heard in a while.  and the video is a hoot.   love it.

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the vampire diaries. part deux.


this is my second round of submitting a design to the stylist of the CW's show "The Vampire Diaries" - the first time I think I was a little timid and didn't stick my neck out design-wise (I sent a pair of my wishbone earrings - while they are classic earrings, they just don't have that WOW factor).  so I spent some time sketching and thinking and came up with these sterling silver and rose gold filled lovelies.  originally, it was going to be a necklace, but the focal just didn't feel right.  (plus unless it is a simply designed necklace, it just isn't me) 

the husband took a look and said that he thought they would work much better as a pair of earrings, and I have to admit, I agree.  (obviously, he has great taste)  I whipped up a pair of rose gold filled earwires, added the circular rounds, soldered them shut and threw them into the tumbler.  and here is the finished product!  it was also my first time experimenting with the free version of PicMonkey, which was really cool. 

so off they go next week to be included in the stylist's package... here's hoping that one day next season they end up in Mystic Falls!

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if you leave.

>> Tuesday, June 11, 2013



call it nostalgia. call it sappy. i call it fabulous. one of the best songs ever redone by the amazing nada surf.

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the handmade wedding catalog - it's OUT!

>> Monday, June 3, 2013



I am so proud to be part of Shana Mattheis' gorgeous handmade wedding catalog!  released just last month, this digital masterpiece is a work of art in itself... and features some amazing independent artisans and my knot ring!  an indispensable resource for any indie bride and groom, this is eye candy for romance.  you can take a look for yourself by clicking HERE!  thank you, Shana!!!!!

(plus this just makes me want to brush up on my digital design skills and download fonts.  oh photoshop!)

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freight train.

>> Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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>> Sunday, May 19, 2013


just added this dreamy set of rose gold filled and sterling silver skinny stacking rings to the shop.  totally forgot how awesome they look. 

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full circles.

>> Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I've been working on more studly designs (bad pun, sorry) and am loving these circular beauties!  check them out in the shop HERE!

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stud.

>> Friday, May 3, 2013


In my nearly non-existent spare time, I have been trying to perfect my technique for soldering posts onto my earrings because I have been enamored with the idea of utilizing sterling scrap (between Julie and myself we generate tons of scrap) - it's the eco-friendly part of me I suppose.  so now I finally am happy with the results and am introducing these recycled sterling stud earrings into my repertoire!  using a combination of solder and fusion, I've been able to solidly attach sterling posts onto wonderfully rough and organic recycled silver "buds".  so yummy.

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fall.

>> Monday, April 22, 2013



so I have been searching for this song EVERYWHERE and I cannot find it. sigh. plus it doesn't look like they made a video for it so I am stuck with this version. why are you so elusive, kepano green??????????

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ten golden rings.

>> Sunday, April 14, 2013


I've been experimenting with some amazing gold filled wire and although my go-to metal is sterling, this stack is pretty impressive.  you can get yours HERE!

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knotted up. in precious metal.

>> Saturday, March 23, 2013

 
lots in my personal life has been keeping me busy, but i squeezed in a few moments to re-create my knot ring in a trio of precious metal - sterling, rose gold fill and 14K gold fill.  pretty, non?


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charmed life.

>> Tuesday, March 5, 2013



some days i definitely would not think that i live a charmed life.  gah, who am i kidding, in the past couple of years, some days have been just plain awful.  but most days i get up and look around and realize that, yes, i sure do. 

loving this song by joy williams and trent dabbs.  joy has the kind of voice and songwriting talent that i wish i had.  meh.  oh well.  i'll just enjoy this song in my sun-drenched living room with my babies.  here's to sunshine filled days and dreamy starlit nights.

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don't walk away, renee.

>> Monday, March 4, 2013

 
the most recent gifting opportunity i've been happy to participate in is to the lovely Renee Zellweger.  having loved her in Jerry Maguire, Shark Tale and of course, every 'average' girl's favorite movie, Bridget Jones' Diary, it is totally an honor to send her the necklace and earring set as pictured above in conjunction with The Artisans Group.  handmade in sterling silver, i am hoping the clean lines of this rustic design will catch her eye.  and please God, let her ears be pierced so that she can wear the matching earrings!!!!  watch for this set in my shop soon!


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oh camilla!

>> Saturday, March 2, 2013


so not only is my etsy BFF Julie fantastically talented, now the world of Grey's Anatomy knows it too!  Julie was part of the GBK Oscars Gift Lounge, and the lovely Camilla Luddington was all over this gemstone cuff!  we all know how fabulous Julie's cuffs are, having already been showcased on The Vampire Diaries

Camilla has to be my favorite new character on Grey's, and the cuff she posed with at the Gift Lounge totally suits both her style and intern Jo's.  you can check out the rest of Julie's celebrity stylings HERE - and yay for celebrity trendspotting!  maybe one day Julie's designs will show up in the hallways of Seattle Grace Mercy West...

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