A Day With Alice (a photo essay)

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Of course after I write a post comparing about how hard it is being a special-needs parent, we have a beautiful, peaceful day just the two of us (she even sat happily in my studio and let me work for an hour). Grateful for this life. ♥

The Love Lantern Secret Message Necklace

 

 

I really love this little necklace. Both the look and the idea. It's designed so you can write a little note to your loved one (a great gift for a sister, daughter, best friend or of course a girlfriend or wife - and hey, some men could pull it off too!), roll it up, and tuck it inside. Once in, the note unfurls and becomes a permanent part of the jewelry. I've been wanting to make a locket for some time now and when I sat down to actually design one I decided I wanted to do something a little different. I'll still work on a more traditional locket at some point, but I'm really happy with how this came out. Only you'll know there's a secret inside! 

Available in the shop now. 

On Blogging to Stay Present

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I always say I'm going to get back to blogging more but then the rest of my life takes over and blogging gets pushed aside. But lately I've been realizing that blogging and photography force me to spend time focusing on the things, big and small, that are good and beautiful in my life. This is something I really need to make time for. I'm sure it's true for all parents, but especially for those of us who have children with special needs, it can be easy to feel like you're drowning in the unrelenting, day-to-day labor of caring for our kids. Especially when one of them spends a large portion of her day crying for no discernible reason (and she's nine and you know she'll probably never outgrow the terrible twos) and the other is... well, a teenager. I find that more and more I can too easily slide into a spiral of putting too much focus on the parts of my life that are hard and perhaps not as rewarding as I'd like them to be. But that's crazy! I have an amazing life. I get to do the thing I love most in the world as a job and I have the most beautiful space to do it in (did I mention that over the last couple of months I moved my studio out of our basement and into my absolute dream space?). So instead of spending my days wishing I could spend more time in this space, I need to focus on how lucky I am to have this place at all. And the myriad other things I am lucky to have. Like the love of my life in bed next to me at night. And a great little house in a great city (that I'm still getting to know and love). And kids who make me smile and laugh more than they make me cry. Haha. But seriously. So more blogging and more photography. Even if it's just for my wife and me to be able to look at regularly and be reminded of how great our crazy little life is. 

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In jewelry news... I've been so, so productive since moving into the new studio! It's amazing what a difference it makes to my creativity to be in a space that feels right vs one that just meets my needs for space. I'll have some more posts coming up soon with new work (some of it's already available in the shop) and details about Christmas order deadlines, etc.

 

More soon... ♥

 

 

She Persists

 

So, first of all I'll admit that I'd been in a bit of a post-election funk and feeling less than inspired in the studio. As I think I mentioned, we made another big international move over the summer from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR and while I'm really loving Portland, the move took it out of me and then with the election results on top of that, it was about all I could do to just keep plugging away at the steady enough stream of orders I had coming in. I certainly wasn't feeling like putting any extra effort into expanding my business or creating new work. 

But then, something lit a fire in my soul and this line was born. The process of creating it and the absolutely incredible response it received has buoyed my creative passion and lifted me out of my dark place. Thank you, all of you beautiful rebels out there. You give me hope. ♥ 

PS. I am working as hard and as fast as I can to get all of these orders out, so if you're still waiting, please know that I haven't missed or forgotten about you! I'm sending them out in batches of about 15 a day and hope to be caught up by early next week.