Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Owl Obsession...

I love owls. I don't know what it is about them exactly: their big, round eyes? their intelligent little faces? the fact they are wise and all?

Owl love on a branch - Custom Wedding Cake Topper by The Air Castle

I have no idea. But I love the little critters.  

It's Autumn already and the changing leaves and crisper air makes me a bit giddy.  The thought of being able to snuggle up into sweaters, smell cider brewing, and wear boots all the time makes me super happy (hey, it's the little things).

Check out these super awesome owl gloves from The Stichery Boutique on Etsy:

You just want to snuggle into those, am I right? 

The thing about wear-able owl stuff is that it can't be freaky.  At least, I couldn't wear owl stuff that was freaky.  But, I suppose, 'freaky' is relative.

I love elegantly, subtle cutesy-esque things - but finding that balance is a bit difficult!

I would like to design more woodland animal pieces for TPP.  But I've found that I either go over the top cute, or it ends up just looking scary and I can't have that!  I have a sketchbook filled with lovely little frolicking animals. The only piece that has ever made it into existence is our Good Karma Wise Owl Pendant.

This little guy is pretty popular - and makes such an awesome birthday gift for those Virgos, Libras, Scorpio, and Sagitauris' out there!  I think it's popular because it's not over-the-top cute, but you still kinda want to say, "awwwwwww...." when you look at it. :)

There is amazing amount of spectacular owl 'stuff' out there - check out this lovely little montage I put together -  and have a super Happy (start to) Autumn!! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Geocaching and our Latitude Longitude Collection

Geocaching has become all the rage, and for good reason!  Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt.  You use GPS coordinates to locate treasures (geocaches) that are hidden all over the place - likely on your very street!  Once you find the geocache, you take a trinket, and leave a trinket and make a note in the log book so that the next hunters know you were there.  My kids (and my husband and me, too!!) LOVE to go geocaching.  It gets us outside, playing and working together towards a goal.  It also has introduced us to places we didn't know even existed right in our back yard!


When I launched our Latitude Longitude collection a couple of years ago (jewelry that has the coordinates of a special place of your choice), I was a little skeptical if this type of geekery would catch on. It's nice to know that so many people can appreciate the quirky awesomeness of jewelry with coordinates on it.


 The flagship piece was a ring I made for my husband for our 12th wedding anniversary.  I don't know about you, but it gets more and more difficult to find unique gifts that won't just end up collecting dust in the corner.  I put the coordinates of the dorm we met in way back when on the University of Washington campus on a hefty and wide-ish ring. I knew he would love it...because he's that kind of guy and when I gave it to him, he immediately busted out his cell phone to plug in the coordinates to figure out where the mystery place was going to be.  I'm going to pretend that he teared up a little when he realized it was our old dorm and was overcome with emotion at the immense thoughtfulness of his super awesome wife. :)

If you haven't yet, you really need to go out there and try geocaching!  There are some awesome apps for both the iphone and android that make it really easy to choose what types of caches you want to hunt and how far they are from you (and each other).  There's also a really great beginner's guide here.

And if while you are out there you decide to have your first kiss, decide to propose (or get proposed to), or just want to commemorate that special trip, look me up and we'll create something for you that you'll treasure forever.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Honeyed Words ~ A Custom Book Art Pendant

Last year, our good friend, J.A. Pitts, published the first book in his Urban Fantasy series featuring the ultra awesome, Sarah Beauhall, in Black Blade Blues.  

This year, the second book of the series, Honeyed Words was released and I had to commemorate the release with another custom book cover pendant.    

When someone in your life goes out there in the big, bad world of authoring (that's a word, right?) and actually makes it out there doing something they are passionate about, you have to find a way to say,
"Whoa, Dude - that is so fantastically spectacular!!"  

AND this way, every time he looks at the little treasure I made for him - hanging right beside the other pendant that was created after his first book - he can say, 
"I am pretty fantastically spectacular!" (or whatever authors say to themselves when they are awesome).  

If you know, try, pretend to be, want and dream to be, or are an author yourself and want to commemorate your success, drop me a line and we can work together to create something magical!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Now that your little monkeys are off to school....

 I don't know about you, but having the kids off for Summer break is definitely a mixed blessing: on one hand, I love that we can head to the park for a picnic, plan spur-of-the-moment vacations, and laze away the day if we so choose...but, the bickering, constant draw to the TV or Wii, and the age old, "I'm bored" definitely gets old quickly.

Though there were certainly times that I looked at my two little hooligans and wished that school was year-round, the Summer did end up going by very quickly and the welcomed routine of car pools and making lunches is upon me again.

My "Little Monkey Pendant" was born because I couldn't figure out how to draw a hooligan and I felt inspired to create a little something that would capture the personalities of my own little monkeys.

I like the idea of having something a little more on the whimsical side, rather than just the standard name and/or birthstone pendants that you see. It's amazing how many people - especially other mothers - who understand the balance of love and chaos that the charms represent (I even had a mother ask if I could devil horns on hers!).

I hand drew each one of the monkeys - there are two options for girls, one for a boy, and even a baby - so, they are true Pretty Peacock originals.

Now that the days are far more quiet and I can actually go through the entire day (or at least a 6.5 hour span) where I'm not running to the bathroom for some quiet time, I find myself looking down at my Little Monkey charms and though I am VERY grateful that the Fall is upon us again, I am far more grateful to have my own little monkeys in my life.

Happy Autumn, All!