I am completely and unapologetically addicted to making jewelry. And eating chocolate, but that's not what this post is about. I had a decent year of jewelry sales last year so I figured I would put the money back into Metalicious AND BUY SOME JEWELRY TOOLS. Plus some of my vendors were having major sales so how can a girl resist a jewelry tool sale???
I know it sounds like an excuse but my flex shaft motor was dying. For reals. And I'm always looking for ways to improve my production time. So here's what I bought:
-1 magnetic pin tumbler
-1 new pickle pot
-2 flex shafts
-2 sets of wax sheets
-1 set of inverted cone burs
And the question my sweet husband keeps asking me: WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT ALL OF THIS STUFF???
Just between us, I'm working on getting more sales this year so that I can invest in a real studio space. *winks* Think I can do it?
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Well it's a special day today, I'm sharing my blog with a few others who are writing about Valentine's Day. Please take a peek at their blogs here:
Ann Mehl: A Man and His Word on Valentine’s Day
Artists & Fleas: Gift Guide: From Brooklyn-Tough Love, Show Your Love, and Lovely Little Licks, Bites & Nibbles
The Bitchy Waiter: Fuck Cupid
Brooklyn Flea: You Gotta Have Heart
The Experimental Gourmand: Valentine’s Day Special Dinner
Markets of New York City: Love is in the Air: Three Great Valentine’s Dates at the Markets
The NewNew: What Makes Valentine’s Day Sweet to Me
And now a little something I 'cooked' up:
Well, I've come to realize something about myself lately. I'm a terrible cook, but a fantastic baker. Cooking is for people who can experiment and taste soup and know exactly what spice to add that will make it better. Baking is for people who like to follow directions. And eat yummy sweets. I say yes to both of these things, hence I am a fantastic baker. My apple pies are tender yet crisp. My breads are chewy with a crunchy crust. My cookies are buttery-licious. And I don't say this because I'm a baking egomaniac, I say it because my husband rates my baking as 'restaurant quality' good. This from a man who has eaten at places like Per Se, Bouloud, Babbo, etc.
With Valentine's Day coming up, I've also come to realize that I like to bake to show my love. It's also a great DISTRACTION for my 6-year-old and I while my 1-year-old sits at my feet alternately yelling up at me and pulling out all my tupperware bowls from the lower cabinets. Stinker. Not only does it keep us all from pulling out each other's hair during the winter months, but we end up having something delicious to share with my husband when he gets home after dinner.
Here is Asher and our concoction from last year's baking event. Red velvet cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Not restaurant quality but totally fun to make! And yes, I used a box mix for these.
This year, however, we are going for the gold: red velvet chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese frosting. From scratch. I have to admit, I've already made them once and my husband deemed them the 'most amazing restaurant quality cookie sandwiches and you need to sell these people will want them' good. So we're going to make them again.
What are you making/baking/cooking/buying/giving/getting for Valentine's Day this year?
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
So let's talk about what's been happening around here besides all this weather and illness... BORING. I have exciting news to share! My jewelry has been selling at Uncommon Goods!! eep! I am so excited that they actually said yes to selling my work... and ecstatic that my pieces are actually SELLING! yahooo! I was just featured in their Valentine's Day catalog (and a lot of whooping and hollering and jumping up and down happened here when they asked me), and their lovely buyer sent me this link to their latest newsletter, featuring moi:
Coolness! And on another note, I have been making some new work just in time for Valentine's day. I carved a teeny tiny version of my J'adore necklace. I call it the mini wink heart, the texture winks at you like it's covered with diamonds! So cutie pie and available in my Etsy shop.
I also made a sweet little star ring, to match my baby stella necklace. *swoon* I don't know about you, but hearts and stars bring me back to my teen years, all braces and freckles and z. cavariccis. This is my sophisticated and elegant take on it in sterling silver... many, many years later.
I've also been a busy bee making a Metalicious jewelry collection for men. That's right. Men's jewelry. Here's one of my favorites, it's kinda like a wide-coin-edge-cool-texture band ring that lots of guys have flipped for. Rugged but cool. Edgy meets urban. Perfect, like your guy. Okay, stop laughing. Check it out here in my Metalicious shop on Etsy.
Well, hope to see you again. Before March. In the meantime, pop in to say hello on my Facebook page. Or leave a comment here on my blog. I don't bite. Well, not without being provoked.