Sunday, November 4, 2012


Well... dear friends, this is an absolutely exciting time in my life! I have been published and featured in two different magazines in the same month! I had dreamed a far off, unreasonable (or so I thought), dream that someday I might have my work published in a magazine and see my name in print (and good heavens would it be awesome to be in that beautiful and dreamy magazine Romantic Homes). Well...I never thought it would happen so quickly after I put myself out there. After all, I'd only been creating jewelry for four months at the time and felt like a creative spaz in all other areas of my artsy sphere.  I was inspired by a few of my new found art camp friends, Colleen Pike mostly, to submit my work to Stampington & Co. Colleen had bravely submitted her beautiful pieces of jewelry and had gotten a few of many of her pieces published (a multiple page spread!), so I decided to give it a shot. What did I have to lose!?

So here we are in November. The Winter 2013 issue of Altered Couture came out this week and my article begins on page 77. Talk about a great number for my first publication! It's a great issue, full of fun redo's of pajamas, shoes, and other upcycled outfits. This is SO exciting!

 Here is my excited preview copy had just arrived in the mail!

ALSO, my blog (yes this blog that you are reading right now) is featured in Beth Livesay's "Blog Wonderland" segment in the December 2012 issue of Romantic Homes!! Colleen also had her blog featured in the same section! Visit Colleen's blog post here to read more about it and see a photo of my little feature!! I went to four different stores today looking for my own copy of this issue! Apparently they are no where to be found in my near vicinity! Watch for it on a newsstand near you!

In January, my jewelry and articles will be published in Jewelry Affaire! Can't wait for that one to come out too!

Have a lovely day! And go do something crazy that you've always dreamed of! It might just work out!! :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

We Dream Shoot Video

About this time last year, I was helping style this shoot for my friends Danielle and Jeff. It was a magical evening, full of gorgeous lighting, lots of laughter, beloved vintage things, and beautiful white feathers floating in the breeze. Grover Films did an amazing job as always!

Check out more photos from this shoot in the blog post I did here....We Dream!


We Dream Short from Grover Films on Vimeo.

Upcoming Jewelry Classes

Hi friends! I just wanted to let you know about two jewelry classes I'm teaching in the next couple of weeks. I will probably not teach them again, as I plan to mix them up a bit and submit them for publication. You will learn some fun techniques and receive some great vintage stuff in your kits!

Vintage Found Object Tassel Necklace, Tuesday, October  23rd, 7-8:30pm. $35 if you sign up before the 21st. Click HERE to sign up!

Wire Bird Cage Pendant Necklace (etched metal base), October 30th, 7-9pm. $45 if you sign up before the 28th. Click HERE to sign up!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn Adoration: A glorious harvest party

 I love Fall, it is without a doubt my favorite time of year. It is a hunkering down, cozying up, and sipping hot tea time of year. A time when my favorite boots, sweaters, and coats can once again emerge from their hiding places. Trees dress their best and bless us with a beautiful dance of falling leaves. The wind picks up and twirls leaves and branches in a beautiful ballet. I love the crisp air, the pumpkin patches, the spicy flavors, hay rides, and voracious squirrels preparing for winter. I just LOVE Fall.

Growing up, my family wasn't really into celebrating Halloween, though we did do some candy gathering and dressing up for Grandma, the school parade, and a few neighbors. Where I grew up, it usually rained on October 31st, which put quite a damper (literally) on our desire to go out.  So in celebration of Fall, we had a family 'Harvest Party.' Our little Harvest Parties are still some of my favorite memories of my childhood. Mom would make hot apple cider, homemade doughnuts and carmel corn. Dad would cut the tops off our pumpkins and help us design faces on the fleshy orange exterior with a Sharpie. We would watch silly old slide shows (on an actual slide projector and vintage pop up screen) of trips my parents had taken when their hair and socks were long, their shorts too short, and they were child free (you know...the kind of photos kids laugh at of their parents in the 'old days'). Then after we'd eaten and laughed 'til our bellies hurt, we'd all sit in the living room and light up our pumpkins and turn out the lights. Enchanted by the dancing flames and warm glow, we would just sit in silence, completely content in the moment. Then my mom would say, with a chipper voice, "Lets sing!" and break out in a hymn. My dad would slowly join her and my brother and I would look at each other, moan, roll our eyes, giggle, and then sheepishly chime in.  The song, the glow, the family, the love...those are the things from which the best memories are made.

Since living away from my family for the last five years, I've really missed those sweet Autumn memories. My friend Danielle shares my love of the season and asked me if I would help her decorate for a pumpkin carving party she was having. I gladly jumped at the opportunity and perhaps even went a little overboard. I created a rustic Fall look with a collection of wooden crates, burlap, leaf garlands, nuts and other natural elements, as well as bringing over one of my favorite vintage steamer trunks. I make hand stamped muslin favor bags, filled with mulling spices. We had spiced pecans, hot apple cider, homemade pumpkin doughnuts, s'mores, and more. Then we topped off the night with some pumpkin carving. It was truly a magnificent evening.

 Enjoy celebrating this season! I hope your Fall is full of the coziest nights, most beautiful colors, and yummiest treats!

Have a lovely day!

Photos by Danielle Gillett

Friday, September 14, 2012

An Adorable Adventure

This week I was at an art class at A Work of Heart and asked where a certain "stencil" (placemat) was purchased. Andrea said someone had donated it to the studio, but had purchased it at Daiso, a Japanese dollar store. There happens to be one just a short distance from my house, so I looked on Yelp and decided it would be worth a curious adventure. Oh my, was I rewarded with delight! Japan has a really cool style right now, full of vibrant colored hair, quirky tutu and leg warmer clad girls, Hello Kitty and Kawaii everything, and some sweet chintzy prints (reminiscent of Cath Kidston and British floral linens). I was overjoyed to find some of these super cute floral prints and doily embellished things at Daiso, as well as some quirky every day items (like smiling faces on fruit shaped dish sponges). I will definitely be a frequent shopper from here on out! Check out a few of the cute things I picked up today...

I have a thing for mushrooms...and chocolate. These were just too adorable to pass up. And they're really yummy to boot!

Lace, bows, pink, polka dots, doilies, and flowers...what more could a girly girl want!?

I just loved that even the most simple and mundane things were embellished with something cute. These ziplock bags are so pretty with their white lace and dot pattern. I think they will be reserved for storing craft supplies rather than left over food. :)

The pretty floral patterns surrounding the ziplock bag are all sweet storage tote bags. I just can't get enough of the florals! Oh my.

And again...more mushrooms. Aren't they adorable though!? They are meant to be stuck in a plant or a vase of flowers and have a sweet note clipped to them. Wouldn't that make such a precious gift?

The moral of today's story is: Don't be afraid to explore new cultural stores, look for art supplies in unexpected places, or try new foods...,you never know what wonders you may find! Next stop...Indian gift shop! 

Have a lovely day my friend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Year of Artistic Discovery

I've entitled 2012 my "Year of Artistic Discovery." I feel like I ended 2011 in a state of artistic confusion, not knowing what direction to go in (and I still feel like that occasionally!), but this year I have learned so many new techniques and skills, started teaching classes (smashed that fear!), stretched my design abilities, and taken so many wonderful classes from super fantastically talented people like Andrea ChebeleuKristen RobinsonRuth RaeAlexis GrenzerTerri Brush, and Melody Ross (online)! My creative abilities seem to have been set free from the little box they were in. I started dreaming bigger, taking more leaps of faith, and feel for the first time that I'm not just creative...I am an artist. I can create beautiful things that touch peoples lives and hearts....and I can help inspire others discover their artistic journey. I really can't wait to see what the next year holds! I'll be ending 2012 by having my work featured in two awesome magazines (see above photo for one of them!!). If you asked me at the beginning of the year if I thought that would ever happen (even in 5 years), I would have laughed. I'm so thankful for all that has happened this year...and it's not even over yet! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Art Camp with Terri Brush

This weekend I was flipping through some photos from earlier this year. I found these photos that I took while in Oregon at Terri Brush's Art Camp and I can't believe I didn't blog about it right after it happened! Well, I'm going to now...

 I'd never done anything like this before, and it was kind of a last minute thing for me to attend anyway. But I'm so glad I did! A weekend at the beach, all day crafting and learning from super talented artists, being pampered, getting cute little welcome packages, exchanging art with other campers, winning a drawing for a cute camera bag, eating amazing food, hanging out with the most fun yes please! I'd do it all over again, every year, if I had the cash flow! :)

Terri and her team placed these adorable little kits on each of our spots for us. Everything was just gorgeous, each detail was so cute!

Alexis (Lexi) and Cindy in front of the art camp house.

Me and Lexi excited about our first night at art camp!

Kristen Robinson demonstrating how to pour resin.

The main camp house...

This was my messy workspace. Beautiful things were being made...

Me and my artsy friends...the lovely group of ladies from San Jose. We're a little crazy, in the best way.

The photos below are the treasures I created while at art camp.

Kristen Robinson's assemblage style bracelet class, using resin and ribbon. I ended up making mine a necklace. She's got the most adorable style.

Terri's etched metal and soldered jem bracelet class. I love the rustic bling of this piece. I wear it all the time!

Ruth Rae's twisted wire jewelry class. This one was way out of my box...but I absolutely love it!

If you ever get the chance to go to Terri's Art Camp or any other creative retreat...I would highly recommend it!