Finding Magic in Everyday Life

For my 30th birthday I spent a few days being silent by myself. It was the perfect time to go, because I’ve been feeling overwhelmed a lot recently-like everyone else in America- with the ever-rising tide of technology to respond to, trying to be a good person, trying to be a good friend. Having the time to disconnect from everything for a bit showed me that that I had been suffering from a lack of magic in…

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New Designs for Hope

  My whole life I have loved symbols. I collect sacred hearts, Tibetan endless knots, and prayer flags. But I don’t feel comfortable using them in my work. As someone without a religious education or upbringing, I don’t feel like I know enough about the context or meaning to throw in a Tibetan Endless knot into a jewelry design. Also, these religious traditions have had thousands of years to perfect their designs. They don’t need…

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Inspiring Artists Right Now

I’m slowly emerging from self-imposed isolation as a maker the last few years and remembering that one reason I moved to Asheville was to be around so many inspiring artists. Yet I so rarely leave my studio nest to go meet them and see their work. And I so rarely spend time admiring the art of makers I love and talking about it. In the excitement of making new things of my own, I forgot…

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Inspiration from Lake Houses

This summer we took a trip to the pacific Northwest to visit friends. We started in Seattle and then got whisked off to a little lake house on the Olympic Pennisula. It was wonderful to spend some more time with my friend Alena of Calliope jewelry and her partner. And I finally learned the delights of lake houses! This little hut didn’t have running water, so no flushing toilet either, and minimal space inside. But…

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The Meaning of Stones

I am a funny mix of being very skeptical of woo-woo ideas and simultaneously open to trying anything. This tension was very apparent for me when I started using more gemstones There’s a whole world explaining the meaning and healing attributes of all kinds of gems and minerals. I used to work for a company that would sell gemstone malas and advertise the healing benefits, like less fear or more love in one’s life. And sometimes I…

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Blessingway

A dear friend of mine is having her baby shower/blessing way  in just a few weeks. The instructions on the invitation are to make a bead for her to add to her birth necklace. The idea is for her to feel loved and comforted by her friends even when we’re not around during her pregnancy and labor.  As you can imagine, I think this tradition is the greatest and can’t wait to make the best, most…

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Getting Better

In February I fulfilled a dream of mine to exhibit at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore. When I was a kid, my mom and I would travel three hours to go shopping at that show.  Both of us got so much joy from seeing beautiful crafted objects we had never seen before (and as a traveling craftsperson, my mom has seen a lot of beautiful objects.) I told myself that when I was…

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Seeing Old Friends

I finished my last art fair of the year a few weeks ago in Savannah Georgia. It is one of my favorite shows of the year, partly because I get to mingle with all the eccentric locals, each with their unique fashion style. The older women in particular are not afraid to stand out like rare birds with huge necklaces and fur coats. The women are a lot like Savannah itself, bizarre and sophisticated at the…

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World of Gems

I went to the gem show with Erin a few weeks ago. It was way more incredible than I thought it would be. I got so excited about all the beautiful faceted stones, particularly the subtle rosecut ones that feel gentle and friendly to me. I’ve been wondering for years where people find the more organic-shaped unique stones. I never thought of going to the gem show because gem show professionals told me the one…

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Venturing into the world of Rings

I don’t know exactly why it’s taken me so long to come around to making rings. Possibly because they are the most personal of all jewelry pieces. We wear them to signify such meaningful events in our lives-graduations or marriage. And unlike necklaces or earrings, you look at your ring all day while you wear it. It’s constantly reminding you of it’s existence.  I think it felt like too much responsibility when I considered making rings before.…

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