Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More things. Words to follow soon.

Rachel's Silver Lining Pendant with Amethyst drop. Happy endings guaranteed!

Deb's custom "Mini Tab" e&m pendant with Tourmaline drop.

The best dressed flower girls will be wearing these in September at Sarah's wedding. (I can't wait to see them!)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Seriously under the weather

Seriously under the weather at the moment, but trying to organize and post some new stuff to Etsy. More soon.

Lakshmi - A genuine domestic goddess. Lakshmi is the goddess of beauty and prosperity. 

Peacock Earrings

Peace Sparrow with Wheat

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Contextual Madness starring Bill Green

The fantastically mad Bill Green of Make the Logo Bigger has a series called Contextual Madness. I love it when I find someone who suffers from the same type of OCD/rage when advertising goes horribly, horribly wrong.  Contextual madness does not have to happen - professionals are standing by.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Billy Stump

I've been looking for a beautiful tree stump (or wide log section) for hammering and flattening and texturizing metal -- and my dear friend and fine furniture maker, Bill Hewitt, provided me with such a dream item today. Unfortunately the stump (nicknamed "the Billy Stump") comes my way because a horrible winter storm took out a number of mature trees on Bill's Whately, Mass organic farm. (I also brought home the most delicious organic asparagus I've ever eaten!)

I toted the stump home and carefully chiseled off all of the bark to help the stump begin the drying process (and give all living creatures a chance to move out.) I am in love with this chunk of sugar maple and I can't wait to get hammering on it soon.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A lovely treasury created by Chris at Clever Endeavor. Bridesmaids Gifts to Fight Over. *Love it!*

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sea Stars (Starfish!) in Gold & Silver

I learned from National Geographic that the Sea Star, also known as the Starfish is not a fish at all - they are more closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. National Geographic says there are more than 2000 varieties of Sea Star and they live in all the world's oceans. I created the silver pendant a few weeks ago, I'm showing off a new version with the Sea Star covered in 24k gold. I'm wild like that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Serendipity of Brazenness - and a great book!

The extraordinary Tilar Mazzeo, author of The Widow Cliquot, presented to the Women's Forum at my office.  It was a wildly interesting and inspiring hour that still has my mind churning.  The book is an awesome mix of history and business and luck and, well, my favorite champagne. What a treat - and it's only Tuesday. Best line of the day "the serendipity of brazenness." Thanks for that Tilar!

Monday, May 11, 2009

New, Shiny, Happy Things

New things for the Etsy Shop. After a week of being sick and feeling like I cold barely hold my head up I managed to finish a few pieces. Presenting:

Little India Earrings  I'm so psyched - these got picked for a gorgeous treasury and sold immediately (but I have more!)

The Peacock Pendant with Garnet gem. From an antique mould purchased in India - I am totally in love with the Peacock!

The Om {Aum} Pendant. By special request from my yoga ladies - I hand carved a mould for this pendant.

The Starfish bracelet. Not on Etsy yet - I made one as an experiment and a friend snatched it up. More soon!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Whoa - Whadda Week!

I was the recipient of a poorly-timed cold this week. With the H1-N1 virus still causing panic, I got my first cold this year. Very odd timing and a surprise as I didn't get my usual holiday season cold.  On Monday I auditioned for a voiceover and had a very important meeting. I was okay for those - but it went straight downhill from there.  
A blistering day on Tuesday - just brutal, and by the time I hit the sheets that night, I knew I was cooked.  Shivering on a night that was quite mild, I pulled the extra quilt out of the closet and back onto the bed. Wednesday morning was a swirl. Ack, my head, my nose, my ears. All stuffy and clouded and ick. I did what I don't usually do - I stayed home and rested.  (I don't think responding to work email while you are in bed counts against the rest chart.) No temperature, this will pass. Surely I'd be okay by Thursday. But, no, not so much. 
When the cat alarm (Badcat purring in my ear) when off at 6am my head felt like a crystal vase filled with cement - extra fragile and ready to break. The kind of headache that screams "I MUST HAVE A TUMOR" (or at the very least this pain is worthy of some special meds.) I crawled to the kitchen and had a tea & Advil latte. When the ridiculous pain subsided I dragged the laptop back to bed and slept until the first email arrived. Fortunately no one needed anything that I couldn't provide from bed. (Note to my future employers - I'm very efficient when working from bed.) I'm pretty sure no one would notice I was out as long as I answered their email within 2 minutes. Not sure that's a good thing.
Anyhoo, today is Friday and I went to work. It was 2pm before I started to feel like I would have to lay down in the coat closet to make it to the end of the day. I survived, didn't accidentally nap in a meeting and made it home. So with sleep calling my name I thought I'd just post some pix of recent work.  Oh, Meghan at A Girl Must Shop has a summer collection necklace to give away. Visit her awesome shopping site, comment on the post and you may win a fabulous Summer Collection necklace by moi.

Frail Whale will return this weekend now that I am feeling well. Stay tuned - those fabulous ladies at Craftastrophe will have some very exciting news about his return soon!

Little India Earrings, smaller than the India Earrings on Etsy - they'll go up soon.

Starfish earrings on posts for Vanessa's mother.

A pendant for Nathan's mom.

A family bracelet for another mom.

The horse pendant with horseshoe.

Friday, May 01, 2009

New Things Preview!

Some new things - not on Etsy yet. Opinions welcome!

Aquamarine with fine silver Shell pendant.

India earrings: created from antique brass mould purchased in India.

Peace Sparrow.
Eire Horse: An impression of a coin from Ireland.

Sea Star on Flourite necklace.

Peacock with Garnet: from a mould purchased in India.

Om with Garnet.