Monday, September 8, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken, but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Don't get me wrong - I am so, amazingly excited about all the growth Pretty Peacock is having...it's freaking awesome.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I created this little video to talk about one of 2013's best sellers - our Latitude Longitude Personalized Pendant.
I love the design of this piece - and the sentiment...well, that geeky/sweet subtlety is my favorite!
I think one of things that really makes me feel awesome about my Latitude/Longitude collection is when my customers tell me a little bit about why this is the perfect piece for them. I have heard stories about loved ones' ashes being scattered in the middle of the ocean - but they happened to have the coordinates of where the boat was docked when the ashes were released. Or, how an adoptive mom purchased the pendant for her daughter with the coordinates of where she had adopted her daughter from and then the coordinates of her new home - so that she'll always remember where she came from. There are also the many, many, many super awesome destination wedding sites, alma maters, and "where I first met you" locations...ooohhhh be still my heart! The romantic-ness (is that a word??) is unreal.
I feel truly blessed to be doing what I'm doing - I get to flex my creative muscle every, single day. And the kicker is that I get to create pieces of jewelry that bring a smile to someone's face. And that, right there, makes my soul happy.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I receive a lot of really touching, sentimental custom requests from my customers, but it's rare when I get a request that epitomizes the joys of life in such a geekily-fantastical way that I am inclined to share it (and received permission to do so by the said customer).
First - let me start by saying that my customer and I called this the "Half-life Project" and before any one gets bent out of shape, I am aware that "half-life" means this:
We just did not use the term in that way.
This half-life project had to do with the fact that my customer - we'll call him M. has, as of November 20th, 2013, spent over half his life with his wife R - and he felt the need to celebrate this monumental moment by creating her a charm bracelet that had all the important beginning dates - marriage, first, second, third child...and add in all the numbers of days they have spent together.
Let that sink in: a dude took the time to think all this through - figure out the exact days he has spent with his wife, calculate what exact date that would be, starting planning THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE to create this perfectly spectacular gift.
Yup. That's right.
I created the charms that represent the kids with a playing card theme and, just by happy accident, the suit I picked for each child really represented the child's personality well.
I love it when a plan comes together!!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We first took the 6mm pearl and glued it underneath the 4mm pearl to shape the snowman. We used a sharpie to make the eyes and mouth and colored in a black area for the "hat" - on some of them, we drew buttons on the body.
Maya had a pretty awesome time making the faces. We then screwed in the eyelets into the cork stopper and added a drop or two of the epoxy/glue to secure it.
We waited about an hour for all the epoxy to dry. We used a mason jar and put about two ounces of water (I recommend distilled) and a few drops of glycerin and swirled it all around.
Using a plastic pipette (an eyedropper would have worked well, too) to fill the vials with water to just under the first ridge.
We sprinkled some of the fine silver into the vial (we used Martha Stewart brand silver in Sterling).
We used a few more drops of epoxy around the cork stopper and sealed the vials up. We waited another little stint of time (30 - 45 minutes) and then ran the chain through.
I had a bunch of fun green, damask pouches hanging around the studio, so we packaged them all up in those.
And here's the final result:
A happy Ms.Maya, some beautiful, handmade treasures for an awesome soccer team, and some super special Mom and Maya time - it's a triple win! :)