Friday, December 24, 2010

merry merry, happy happy...

i am leaving in the morning for home.
my folks home,
for the weekend.
i still don't have my regular camera back so 
the etsy update is still hanging on.

if this weekend is a holiday for you as well,
then i hope you have 
a wonderful, cheerful, egg-noggy, twinklin' light-filled, rudolph kind of holiday.
merry christmas!

merry christmas and a very lovely new year!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

the season and it's spirit...

there are many wonderful people out there in the interwebs.
there are a lot of douchebags too, but we're not gonna talk about them today.
i found a woman on here a few months ago with a wonderful sense of humor.
She has since proven to be witty, intelligent, and kind.
She had some extra money this holiday season and decided to pay it forward.
What she started snowballed into the biggest showing of holiday spirit i have seen in a long time.

If you need a warmth in your heart i urge you to go read her post and comments.
If you have a little extra to spare this year, i urge you to help out.
If you have been hardened by the holiday consumerism, i urge you to read her comments.

Spend a moment.
But bring a tissue.

Have a merry christmas and a wonderful new year.
and remember that paying it forward comes in all shapes and sizes.


edit: what a whirlwind of generosity that was, and all in 3 days!!
A writer from the Washington Post caught wind of it, and wrote 
an article that can be found here.  What a wonderful showing 
of Christmas Spirit!! Blessed Be.

Friday, December 17, 2010

expect the UnExpected...

because if you don't always keep yourself on your toes,
then things will sneak up 
and pull your pants down when you're not looking.

these, literally, just appeared in the woods near my house the other day.
and after a few days of head scratching,
then laughing,
then being creeped out,
they were gone. 
expect the unExpected.

The Band had a big gig this weekend at one of our favorite places to play,
The Barn.
We invited 3 other bands to come share the night with us
and it was a great party!
However, my camera got left in a rental car trunk
and i have been struggling without it.
It's amazing how many shots i realize i take in the day, 
and when i can't take any of them and find myself
muttering and cursing and pacing like the 
crazy old lady down at the pier in Atlantic City.
So that means that the Etsy update for this week is going to be put off...
My camera phone just doesn't cut it!

So i buckled down in the studio for the last big push before Christmas,
and wouldn't you know it, epic fail there as well.
Most jewelers use what is called a Flexshaft.
It is a drill that is powered by a foot pedal
::: eerily like the one the dentist uses:::
and it is the most prized  and most often used tool in my studio.
And the foot pedal went out on me two days ago.

So, I am at a bit of a standstill until the UPS man arrives today,
with my camera and my new foot pedal,
and hopefully doesn't catch me with my pants down.
Expect the UnExpected, right?

so in the mean time, 
here is a sneak peek at some of the new pieces about to be finished.
the ring bands aren't on yet,
the stars aren't even cut out,
they've just been barely cleaned up,
and the stones are just laying in their new beds,
but i had to do something with them while i wait....

three new ammonite rings... part of the 'Tough Mama' collection

two new necklaces, one free-form crazy lace agate, and one new paisley

tiny accent stones

two new turquoise rings

this is apache jasper and i haven't decided yet if it's going to be a ring or a necklace...

i love the holidays.
the hustle and bustle.
the extra bits of niceness that strangers show each other.
the chill in the air that makes my legs move faster.
the secret of the surprise.
the hot cocoa and the stinky indoor trees.
the glistening white lights and crinkly paper...

being with the ones we love.

i hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far...
and if not, then take a deep breath, 
don't take yourself or this day too seriously,
and remember that it's all about the love,
not the dollars.

i love you and your faces!!
cheers, xo


edit:  i just had to share in my excitement that at 10am, the UPS guy
just dropped off both boxes of supplies from my wholesaler!! i ordered 
yesterday at 4pm and they are in california; this morning at 10 am i 
get my boxes?? amazing. i am a happy girl... flexshaft, look out! you got 
a new foot pedal!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

And the WINNER IS....

i put everyone's name in a list,

then had the random number generator pick a number,

and then used that number to find my winner:


Kathy Burton!!!!

please send me an email at
with your address so i can mail you your necklace!

thanks to everyone who entered..
we will do this again soon.

Happy Holidays


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Front page Headlines..

well it happened again!
one of my creations made the front page of ETSY today.
My work get's included in a humbling amount of Treasuries on Etsy,
and yesterday, one of those Treasuries was put on
the Very Front Page.
such an honor.

and because of the high traffic spot
my store got a tremendous amount of new comers.
and 3 such ladies (that i know of)  all tried to buy the same necklace
at the same time.
only one of them was successful!
here's what it looked like...
i looove it!!

keep on rockin' me, baby!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I like it chunky...

bring on the chunk!!

what a wonderful fall season we've had here..
the leaves are crispy and brown
having already lived torrid lives in reds and yellows.

the sun is setting sooner and
our cheeks are getting rosier.
what a magical time.
perfect time for dawning a chunky ring and 
starting a conversation with a stranger.

three new rings to bring in the new!

:::  Ripple  :::

"let there be songs to fill the air"
Ammonite Fossil, Peridot, 2 Sapphires in Sterling Silver


hand stamped ring band reads
'let there be songs to fill the air'


::: Hear the Sun :::

" feel the rain, hear the sun "

Dragon Skin Turquoise Ring in Sterling Silver

hand stamped ring band reads
'feel the rain, hear the sun'


:::  Spice of Life  :::

"style is the spice of life"

Spiderweb Turquoise Ring in Sterling Silver




handstamped ring band reads

these are all available as of this evening
in my ETSY store.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010


The time has come for the rules for my Giveaway:

:::you may do one or ALL of these things:::

1. Become a fan of my facebook Myriad Art page for ONE ENTRY 

2. Become a follower of my blog for ONE ENTRY.  The link is over on the right.
Look for the grey 'FOLLOW' button and then follow the easy steps.

3. Leave a comment on my facebook page under the PICTURE FOR THE FREE GIVEAWAY
Any comment will let me know you are interested. This gives you ONE ENTRY as well.

4. Leave a comment under this post for ONE ENTRY. 

5. Any purchases from my ETSY store this week (12/06- 12/13)
will also automatically give you ONE ENTRY.

At the beginning of next week, Monday, Dec 13, i will put everyone's names 
into a random number generator, and let it fairly pick the winner.

Wanna see what you will win? 

This is a necklace from my Cut Out Series called
Birds on Wednesday.
 I hand draw the design onto the silver and then 
cut out the negative space with a tiny jewelers saw.
Each one is a bit different and unique.

It is completely sterling silver including the chain
and is finished with a super strong magnetic clasp.
It's makes it a breeze to put on and take off!

Stay tuned next Monday to see who won!


Monday, December 6, 2010

It's time for a Giveaway!!

'Tis the season!

for thinking of others.
for paying it forward.
for free stuff!!

I joined the revolution and started a facebook page for my business,
and in honor of it's newness 
i'm gonna have a good old-fashioned giveaway!

So, to get started, 
here is the only rule so far:

head on over to my new facebook page 
and become a fan by hitting the 'like' button.
that earns you one entry !

The rest of the rules will be posted once my facebook reaches 50 fans.
We are at 30 now.
then i will post the rules on my fb page and this blog.
shouldn't be long now...

Wanna see what you could win?

It's one of my favorite designs from my Cut Out series.
It's called Birds on Wednesday.
I hand draw my design onto the silver and then cut out the negative space
leaving a one of a kind design that goes with everything in your wardrobe!
The sterling chain is securely fastened and finished with
a magnetic clasp that is super strong
and makes putting on/taking off super easy!
especially if you have nails, like my mom.

so if you would like this to be yours, or 
to gift this to someone special
::: tis the season! :::
head on over to my new facebook page and become a fan!
it's quick and easy.
i promise.

don't have a facebook account?
become a follower of this blog for an entry as well!
over in the right column, near the top, there is a button that says "follow".
click that button and follow the steps.
see how easy that was?

i'm sooo ready for snow already...


Friday, December 3, 2010

en why cee with ben nee

some more shots from my day in nyc with one of my favorite old friends.
we got in a lot of trouble back in the day together.
good to see that some things never change.
it's just a bit tamer these days.

i don't know why i didn't buy this belt. i can't stop thinking about it...

these should all live at my house.


Thursday, December 2, 2010


one of my favorite old friends was in nyc this week
shooting photos for a band that hired him to come on tour with them.
he's a fantastic photographer and we spent the day walking and shooting
and eating and talking.

here are some shots from one of the cameras i used...
more to follow tomorrow.

warming up the car

thru the looking glass

love his face... and his shoes.

winter buds.
kayla mae. we were in the neighborhood, so we walked our friends dog while she was at work and he was working the rockafeller christmas tree lighting dress-rehearsal.
she's just like your favorite muppet. love her.

tomorrow i'll post the good ones from my other camera.


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