Archive for April, 2011

the sunburst earrings are back!

i decided to bring back the sunburst earrings, small little rounds that dangle from sterling silver earwires. in the original cheery citrine…

sunburst earrings in citrine

…in spring green peridot…

sunburst earrings in peridot

…and in a slightly larger size in rock crystal.

sunburst earrings in rock crystal

all are on the small side, measuring just over one inch in length. they’re light, so you can have tons of sparkle without the strain on your ears. i used petite sterling silver earwires to keep the focus on the sunburst. they ship free–and order by tuesday, may 3rd for mother’s day delivery.

here’s how i would pair them up without being too matchy-matchy:

sunburst earrings in citrine & yellow and grey agate necklace

sunburst earrings in peridot & green lotus necklace

sunburst earrings in rock crystal & princess necklace in rock crystal

April 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

meet the princess necklaces

just in time for mother’s day…and graduation…and weddings…and even going to the grocery store in style…let me introduce another new collection: the princess necklaces!

for those times when a tiara is just too much

you may not be walking down the aisle on the arm of a prince anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle and shine with the best of ’em. available in three different gemstones–rock crystal, labradorite, and smoky quartz–each necklace is a little different.

rock crystal princess necklace

i made the princess necklace in rock quartz (goes with everything! doesn’t compete with embellish ed necklines!) with pear briolettes and rondelles for a very lady-like necklace. it measures 19 inches in length. just click on the picture for a direct link.

labradorite princess necklace

the labradorite princess necklace has a little spunk because i used rough cut briolettes to give it a more casual feel. this necklace measures 18 inches in length. if you’ve never seen labradorite before, get ready to meet your new best friend: it’s grey with a peacock blue luster (called labradorescence) that glows when light hits the reflective surfaces inside each gemstone. gorgeous!

smoky quartz princess necklace

for the smoky quartz princess necklace, i used briolettes and rondelles in this rich color. oh it just smoulders. sure, you could wear it to the office, but it really wants to go salsa dancing! it measures 18 inches in length.

did i mention that they ship free in the US?! each necklace is designed to last a lifetime, with a sterling silver lobster clasp for a secure finish. store these necklaces with your other crown jewels!

April 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

mother’s day is on its way!

mother’s day is only two weeks away, hint hint, so i thought i’d share my mom’s favorites from my etsy store.

sand dune necklace

cherry blossom necklace

small citrine and smoky quartz bauble earrings

what are your favorites?

April 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

doilies are cool again

it happened while i wasn’t looking: doilies became cool. not that long ago, they were gauche, grand-motherly, and reminders of a bygone era. it’s taken me a while to get on board this “new” trend, but now i can’t get enough. i wanted to share some cool doily crafts that you can make for your home. using paper or lace doilies, you can do lots of cool things. go snatch them up from the thrift store before they’re all gone!

love this doily lamp from dos family

doily table runner from ashly ann at the how-to-gal

using paper doilies as wrapping

make a dainty doily bowl

stiffen a doily with starch and form over a bowl

rustic doily luminary by crafts by amanda

click on any of the photos to link to the tutorials (if i could find them). and there must be a million more ideas out there! stiffen lace doilies with starch and form into whatever your heart desires or sew them together and use them anywhere you would lace. use paper doilies as templates, too, stenciling through them on cards or glue them to simple paper bags for luminarias. for more ideas on how to craft with doilies, check out these suggestions at martha stewart or these at country living

April 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

i’m the type of girl…

…who thinks that simple can be harder than complicated. some of the artists i admire the most manage to capture just the right essence with minimal fuss. in my work, i strive to translate simple into lovely.

…whose favorite outfit involves jeans and a t-shirt.

…who thinks simple food, prepared with love is better than fancy food any day.

…who reads the ingredients; the fewer, unprocessed things, the better!

…who admires clean lines, classic shapes, and tone-on-tone and texture over pattern.

…who believes that simple, everyday things have a beauty and a rhythm and beauty all their own…if only we can take the time to see them.

…who enjoys the simple things: the clear sound of children laughing; good food and friends; camping under the stars; a really good hug.

April 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

green at home and work

here’s what i do around the house to stay green:

keep re-usable bags in the car so we always have them at the store // recycle every scrap of paper, even the tiny tags from clothes // clean out and re-use glass jars (like from spaghetti sauce) to store leftovers in. bonus: no bpa! // use eco-friendly cleaners around the house, saving bleach for extreme conditions // use a washable dry mop in-between vacuuming to save energy // use a washable wet mop that i can fill with more eco-friendly cleaner // buy organic and sustainably grown whenever possible // time the sprinklers so they come on very early in the morning to minimize water use and loss // use low voc paints // we even did a bunch of eco-home improvements: installing insulation, a radiant barrier, a solar attic fan, and a whole house fan to cool off the house at night instead of relying on air conditioning. we weather-proofed the windows to keep the heat in in the winter and planted trees to provide shade in the summer

and in the studio:

save sterling silver scraps so they can be melted down and re-used // save boxes and packaging materials to re-use // work in natural light as much as possible // use ge reveal cfls at night // purchase sustainably mined gemstones // purchase farm-raised coral instead of depleting wild stores // use low-impact products like the natural pickle i use for soldering // make my own jewelry boxes without caustic glues. plus, they’re re-useable! // computerize everything instead of printing out tons of paper // photograph in natural light: it’s the best!

what do you do to stay green everyday? share your secrets!

April 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

houseplants gone wild

note: this post could also have been titled “what i did last weekend”, “the removal of mr. stumpy mcstumpykins and his stumpy friends”, or “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. it was hard to choose exactly the right one, so i went with the one the hubby suggested, mid stump removal.

this weekend the hubby and i decided it was finally time to get rid of the stump that was left over from the ficus tree that we had taken down last summer. it used to look like a giant popsicle. then it looked like a crappy old stump in the middle of some dirt. it’s right by our front door, so…ya know, it was gross.

now i don’t know where you come from, but in my world, ficus trees are indoor houseplants. i’ll confess to never successfully raising a ficus tree in confinement. (too much water? not enough water? too much light? too much neglect? who knows!) but in our lovely town, they grow like weeds outside. we have a pair that are over 15 feet tall and still growing.

that's a lot of rocks!

so as we sat down to tackle the stump, our thoughts were roughly this: how bad could it be? (note to self: don’t ask that question next time. because you’re going to find out.)

the hubby hoists the heaviest ficus stump ever

foolishness aside, we really like the look of our covered dirt. we shoveled, we raked, we tamped, we covered with landscaping fabric. and then the magic: we poured on some rocks. oh it looks so good. and after all that effort, you know i had to share it with you! i spared you photos of our injuries (’cause ew), but they’re healing very nicely and i hardly notice the mangled finger when i look at my beautiful rocks.

April 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

i’m the type of girl…

…who wants to be low maintenance but cares about her hair way too much to qualify.

…who has such thick, curly hair that the hairdresser has to book extra time to cut it.

…who must have been a cute child after detangling–think shirley temple without the dimples–but was probably no fun to detangle.

…who somehow thought it would be a good idea to get a home perm in fourth grade but came out looking like a she had stuck her finger in a light socket. oh yeah, it was hot. and a big hit on the school bus.

like bob, but without the beard.

…who had long hair down to her butt in high school and would flip it over and be cousin it. no lie.

…who is addicted to bumble & bumble be curly styling creme. it’s just the best.

…who only recently bought a flat iron after discovering how different her hair looks straight. but hardly ever uses it because it takes soooo long to do it.

April 17, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment


drum roll puh-lease…according to my instyle magazine, circa this month, chandelier earrings are, like, so out and long drop earrings are soooo totally in. like, for real.

if instyle says it's true, it has to be true.

not wanting to be behind the times, i hopped right on this trend. okay, i’m usually behind the times. aaaand i’m not a huge trendsetter–though i was the first one to wear jellies to school in fourth grade–but i love the grandeur of this style and i’ve been looking for some earring inspiration, which has definitely abandoned me of late.

stardusters in rock quartz

so allow me to introduce stardusters…and let me just go ahead and get this word out of my system: sexy. because there’s really no other way to describe how these move and make you feel when you’re wearing them. i mean, sultry, hot, and gorgeous are just not gonna cut it here.

stardusters in labradorite

each finely faceted stone is wire-wrapped to create a single link, lending maximum movement to these earrings: when you move, they move. and sway. and shimmy. and….oh. my.

stardusters in rock quartz, showing wire detail

i finished off the trail of starry wonders with faceted briolettes of the same stone. they aren’t exactly shoulder dusters, as they measure in at a mere 3 inches in length, but they’re perfect for anyone not walking the red carpet or being followed everywhere by paparazzi. i’d wear them with this season’s messy up-do to knock-out and out-stun everyone around you on a special occasion, or with my hair down for just a hint of sparkle for everyday. even to the grocery store.

of course, they’re made to last a lifetime, with gorgeous gemstones and sterling silver. so, if for some odd reason, you feel you have to retire these at some point after this season, they’ll be waiting in your jewelry box the next time this trend comes around. though good luck getting me off this trend. it’s better than when i discovered platform wedges!

{it may interest you to know that almost 2 and a half yards of sterling silver wire go into each pair of earrings. it’s hard to imagine once it’s all wrapped up, but i counted, just out of curiosity.}

April 15, 2011 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

tempurpedic tantrum

as anyone who’s ever visited my house knows, that lumpy thing perched atop a beautiful wood bed is, well, my mattress. it used to be a thing of beauty: pillow top luxury that was the most expensive thing the hubby and i had ever bought together. then we moved it across country, then across the state, and finally across town. somewhere in those moves, something went horribly, horribly wrong, like a failed science experiment involving radioactivity and spiders. maybe it was the boxsprings, as the hubby believes; maybe some gremlin ate the comfort out from inside our once fabulous bed; maybe it was just old age. at any rate, it has grown to resemble a triple-humped camel when viewed from the foot of the bed, with two divots: one for each of our bodies. and the comfort level is probably up there with riding an actual camel.

they spit, you know


i have been aching for a tempurpedic ever since my mom got one several years ago. i started waging a subtle but fierce campaign about that time, talking about how great they were–but obviously, totally out of our price range, dear. still, a girl can dream, i told the hubby. and scheme: after an endless barrage of complaints, whining about how my back wakes me up at night–at least that’s true–and finding the ultimate(!) super(!) awesome(!)–insert cheesy mattress ad here–deal (of the century!), we made the plunge. sure, we bartered our first born for a mattress set, but they threw in free delivery (and removal of the old clunker), two free pillows, no money down, and 3 years interest free. i mean, come on…

i want you to know: this is the first time in my life that this kind of subterfuge has worked. why, oh why, did i not try this on my parents?! maybe i could have had that horse after all.

i would've looked happier


April 13, 2011 at 9:15 am 5 comments

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