Well, it happened again...

I spend a lot of time in my personal life, especially these days, feeling angry about the state of the country and disappointed in what turns out to be a fairly large portion of my fellow humans. However, I try to use my work as a positive force in my life. My studio time is time for me to meditate with metal and fire. It’s a time to create beautiful things out of cold, hard materials. To forget about everything else. For the most part, that works out pretty well. But once in a while my anger seeps into my work. And I have no problem with that.

Last week I was in the middle of working on several pieces that I’d wanted to finish for an end-of-the-week shop update, but then this piece popped into my head and I had to put everything else aside to birth it.

I don’t think anyone needs me to spell out what inspired this piece.

Sometimes I just don’t have anything nice to say.

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Available in the shop now. 20% of profits will be donated to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Holiday Order Deadlines

Just a quick post to say that there's still time to order gifts for Christmas delivery (within the US), but only a little! Made to Order items must be purchased by this Friday, December 15th and Ready to Ship items by Monday the 18th. Double check the listing description to verify which type of item it is and what its respective order-by date is. 

Happy Holidays my friends! xo

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... ♥