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1. wow

It’s been so long since my last blog entry, and I feel a bit guilty.  I created a tumblr account, and am posting a bit on there.

I also have a new etsy store!


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2. The end of a long month

The last stretch of October was an eventful one!

The pumpkin lights courtesy of my mother.

I dropped of this little guy off this morning to be cast in brass.  We will see how it looks a few days from now!

I’ve been working on a daily photoshop project for the dinosaw charm the whole month of October.  It was definitely a trial, but it made me a bit faster with the photoshop.

Here are my favorites;)


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3. fall escape

This weekend, we went on a very short trip to my grandparent’s campsite for a little campfire, and chitchat.  We ended up helping with a little bit of the yard work, blowing leaves from the hillside.  I’m feeling the symptoms of a cold, which I don’t know if it is due to an actual cold, or because I was blowing around dirt and leaves for an hour activating my sinuses…  Either way it was a fun trip.

We went grocery shopping too!  My main goal was to get a pumpkin to carve.

This guy was keeping an eye on the neighborhood last night.

Yummy curry, and salt pumpkin seeds!

Glorious campfire.


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4. rainy day


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5. slowly but surely

getting there…

Fun bracelets I made for the store!  They are $15 each;)


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6. rings

Wax castings!  The past few weeks have been a busy one!  The leaf ring was cast in sterling, and the small mountain ridge ring was cast in brass.  I love the way the brass looks.


 The rings are still being finished, and the sterling has a patina, that’ll be less intense in color.  

 This is my latest obsession.  I had a small piece of wax, and I started carving a little boat.  I’m planning on giving it two tiny paddles, and it’ll hang as a pendant.  Yay!

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7. fun

Bracelets!  I bought the fake grass for another project, but I love the way the packaging looks:)


2nd class of wax carving class was last night.  I finished the first ring, and there will be a sterling casting of it to post next week!

Here’s what it looked like in wax.

Here is what I’ll be working on next (hopefully).

It’s a pendant project, but I’ve wanted to make something like this for a while.  If I manage to make it, I’ll wear it all the time!  My favorite part is the idea of being able to change the photo/art in the frame.






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8. 1st class





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9. Wax

I'm feeling a lot better this morning!
Last night after a whole day of being incapacitated, I started making jewelry...

I'm also very excited about the wax carving class that I'll be taking for the next six weeks!
I'm taking it at Fitzgerald jewelry school, and it starts this evening.

These are one of my favorite things in the world!
They're tiny brass figurines with such character, and I've tried to find out more about them
(with not much luck).
I'll never get to be as good at carving wax like these tiny folks, but I can dream!

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10. It’s the season…

I love fall, and at the same time it means I am bound to get a cold eventually.  What I didn’t realize was just how fast I’d get sick!  I think the sudden change of weather maybe helped a bit too.

Either way, I have been trying with a little help from Theraflu to knock it out!

I’ve been putting whipped cream on top, which makes anything better(especially Theraflu).  Try it, it made the lemon flavor smell and taste like lemon custard pie!





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11. making

I’ve been having fun making things lately!

These are necklaces I made at work yesterday.  The little jars contain  rocks, and the brass tag was stamped with the name.  I’ve always had a love for things with tags, especially with natural things.

Here are some brooches in progress.

Here is Mr. Chester C. Charlston.

I made him from scrap fabric, and he protects a thumb drive that contains music that we have been sending back and forth with friends.

Here’s Mr. Charlston without the instagram app.

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12. A nice quiet weekend home.

Well, the storm came and went, and luckily it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

I photoshoped the image above just for the occasion, for the Dinosaw series.

Here’s a link to the facebook page, dedicated to a great charm that is sold at Brooklyn Charm.

I’m planning on a 31 days of Halloween, with 31 different costumes for him.   Become a fan on the facebook page to see more in the future!

Also, my boyfriend and I participated in a fun musical project where we sang and recorded a bit for a collaborative project on a song about Irene.

Here’s the link if you would like to give it a listen.  John DeLore has a wonderful new album out, so definitely check it out!

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13. Maine



A day trip on the train from Brunswick to Rockland, ME.



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14. tiny plants

I just bought these little guys for $3 each!  I’m not an expert on plant prices, but that’s cheap in my book.




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15. wowza!

I’ve been awed by the addictive app that is instagram!


Photos taken with my phone, of places, home, and some of my favorite things.

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16. Some great things

making stuff!

quartz to make stuff with…

Proof of just how cute my mom is;)


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17. Birdies

A guest outside the window the other morning.

A little baby bird on 86th & Lexington.  I’d like to think his just sunbathing, and is home in his nest at the moment.

The sweetest little bird!

Made by Shanna Mahan.  Check out her amazing etsy shop, and her website.

Their music will make you dance:)

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18. More LOVE!





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19. hunting

One of my favorite things to do when I get a chance, is to hunt for cheap jewelry in thrift stores and flea markets.  It’s the best way to accumulate great beads, findings, and everything else for cheap.

Salvation Army, Bedford Ave.

The Antiques Garage Flea Market  on W25th St.

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20. happy father’s day:)

My favorite photo of my dad as a little baby.

So darn cute!


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21. good morning!

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22. Fridays

Some lovely flowers greeted me one Friday after work.
So did the awesome dinner!
I’ve been excited about the plants that we’ve been accumulating along the windows.  The vine crawling up the glass are Morning Glory’s, which will be blooming soon (I hope.)  I remember planting them in second grade with my class, and watching them grow, which is definitely bringing me that feeling of excitement.
This is one of my favorite finds.  A small jewelry box, which will become a terrarium.
This brooch was a small gift for a wonderful etsy seller, who sent us a whole new box of honey, after our initial order came to us partially intact, and mishandled buy the slippery fingered delivery folks…
Last but not least, this is a fun project I’ll be working on for a while.  I found at a goodwill, a simple candelabra, and decided right there, that I would encrust the whole thing in old jewelry parts.

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23. Say hello to my little friend.

I bought him at junk the other day, and I knew the moment I saw him that he was going home with me.

I’m having a little bit of regret having taken the flowers away, and making it into a pincushion, but I’ll just have to get used to it!
The flower components are going to a good use.

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24. Spring has sprung!

The view out the window this morning.

My new baby.

I introduce you to little blue.  I have a lot of art supplies in those little drawers;)

The very beginning stages of some new brooches.

Some of my brooches are now selling at Catbird boutique in Williamsburg!


Now if they would only sell… Someone? anyone!

Mother’s day is coming up too;)

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25. Bob

Mr. Robert Levering (Bob) was one of the sweetest and encouraging teachers I had while at school.  I took his class the last semester of college, and I loved going there just to sketch, and hear his advise and small talk.  He would drag in his bag packed with old sketches, clippings, and events happening around town.  The walls were always filled with images that inspired him, and  It certainly inspired me. I loved looking through his dacades old stash of papers, and it felt like i was rummedging through important archives.

Bob was a part of the golden age of print advertizement (click for the beautiful examples), and he definitely left a mark.

Here’s also a link to Leif Peng’s fantastic blog entry featuring Bob.

Thank you Mr. Levering for being such a wonderful teacher, and for sharing your amazing talent.

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