This past week, I did a little of this + that. Lots of the usual with work, plus...
...a drive up north to visit with my in-laws for my niece's three and a half birthday party. I got to spend some much beloved time with her before the activity of the party began. We are at "Gramma's" in this photo, with the new polka dot umbrella Auntie Cath + Uncle Sebastian + Cousin Mars the Dog gave her.
Two fails on my part, though...
One: I didn't wear a "paity" dress, as she was secretly hoping I would (I had to try to convince her that the lace top + red bow in my hair were just as festive.)
Two: She already has two umbrellas.
Ah well. I got hugs + kisses and a cute photo out of it, so that will do.
I've also been deep in project mode with the release of the next line in about a month. There will be all sorts of cool + lovely accessories this round... new colorful + atmospheric scarves, beaded + lace bridal hair adornments, a piece or two of statement jewelry, and spirited hair pins. But when I came across this awesome embroidered ribbon, I had to add it into a design. Such happiness, don't you think?
Oh, I couldn't resist this one of Li'l V eating her half birthday cupcake. She just ate the icing and offered me the bottom about two seconds after this photo was taken. I totally ate it.
My very very wonderful + funny friend, Meaghan, is coming into town today from Boston for a week long visit. I'm so flippin' excited! We'll be hanging and doing our silliness, like laughing at pretty much nothing and doing this...
I've got to go pick her up from the airport shortly, so it's back to finishing up some work first and then... Yay!
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I'm a little late in getting this weekend post up. Running around fueled by sugar + a touch of caffeine. I just got back from our 3 year old niece's (love her) birthday party up north (and what a beautiful drive along the ocean it was.) + am now about to jump back into work, including applying for grants for my shop. There's one, in particular, that would be a dream come true to achieve and I am hoping that you'd be keen on taking just a quick moment to write in your vote for my company (I'd be forever thankful.). In the link below, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom right of the page, click where it says to log in with Facebook, and then fill in the following:
This week, Sebastian and I took a mini- road trip south toward LA to visit with his publisher and go over final details + images for his upcoming book (will keep you updated on this as the publish date is finalized). The house below is where we spent the day and, man oh man, was it something cool.
I was so impressed with the sustainable features in this place + how well it integrated with the vastness of nature surrounding it. Also, that infinity pool really tempted the hell out of me.
Both Sebastian + I were photographed for the book, but I'm only showing the behind the scenes of him because mine were a little too risque to share here...
(yay for a private studio and cropping tools for the final images!)
The rugs in the house were astoundingly beautiful. I looked down to see what I was standing on and had to snap this shot.
I'm a little shyer. Sebastian, on the other hand, is more comfortable in front of the camera. The photographer, Betina LaPante, in every case was wonderful.
And then here I am back in the studio working on a bridal headpiece for a client in Australia. Much of my sales come from all over the country, but I love receiving orders from other regions of the world too... Canada, Australia, and France seem to be where my biggest foreign market sales come from. And, one week not too long ago, I had sales from customers in Iceland, Qatar, and Japan- which I thought was a pretty neat mix, thanks to the world of e-commerce.
This past week has been a super busy one. The amount of orders I've received for the latest collection has been mind blowing. I am always so thankful for your continued love + support with my business and am really really glad that you are enjoying your pieces (I love your love-fest emails!). It's been five solid years of full time work with my company and to see it expand as it has makes me feel such huge appreciation.
So, thanks a bunch.
This weekend I'm going to try to lay low (lots of activity + events in the coming weekends), maybe write a long overdue catch up letter for an old friend + put together a little gift for my dad for Father's Day + wander around letting adventure in.
Here are a few neat things found from around the web this week:
I love this old (former) church up the street from our house. I not-so-secretly want to buy it and make it into a home. I think that would be so cool.
Instead for now, I walk by it, dream a little, and sneak in an impromptu photoshoot with my chocolate + peanut butter shake (in which a sampling of bee pollen was added to make me feel like it's healthier, when really- who am I kidding... I'd drink it anyway).
Who doesn't love a patch of daisies?
And oh my god, this chunk of candy here mimics- only what I can assume is- crack. My friend, Jetta, is quite the baker and often brings us bags of this sort of thing whenever she visits town from LA (including peanut brittle with bacon for Sebastian). I had one little bite of this sprinkled treat, and I swear to you, I was bouncing off the walls. Ah, sugar... simultaneously, my worst + very best friend.
I recently received a request to donate for a silent auction for the American Cancer Society. Since my friend, Heidi, is chairing the event and also because my mother passed away from cancer when I was little, I was all set to offer up a couple of my designs for this fundraising effort. I got inspired from these two necklaces (the *Stardust* + the *Gentle Glow*) so I decided to go with both for the donation package...
a happy + glowing duo.
Until next Once Upon a Time (lots of fun stuff coming up!)...
Granita is a more sophisticated + grown up version of one of my favorite childhood desserts, Italian Ice. In the Summertime, when the ice cream truck would come through our neighborhood (man, I wish I could track down one of those now), I'd almost always go for the cherry Italian Ice, which is like a frozen Shirley Temple. But this Granita has a kick of alcohol in it and so I think I'd prefer one of these nowadays...
I used to rarely wear sunglasses. They'd always end up on the top of my head acting as a headband or hidden somewhere in my bag. Now, I don't know if my eyes are just getting more sensitive or if I found a pair that somewhat fit me, but I kind of like 'em.
Here are some sunglasses that popped out at me.
Which ones do you like best?
I think 3 or 5 are my picks. That way I have one pair for everything and one pair for those days when I've got a little extra bit of the happies.
This weekend, I'll be launching some pretty lively jewelry in my shop (keep an eye out for them on Saturday!) and now, because I have a little pause in my day's schedule, I just might go out and find some adventure before I jump back into work this evening. It's sunshiny and warm over here... maybe a mini-road trip along the sparkling coast + a nice solo lunch is in order.
I've been really appreciating all the informative + kind feedback from an opinion survey I put out on my facebook page (If you'd like to have a say, too, click HERE before the end of the week.). One of the most requested blog series suggestions was to have a sort of "day in the life" where I would show you some behind the scene images of my day-to-day life + work. So here it is, the first of many installments of "Once Upon a Time" - named for the moments in time that create my story. I sure hope you enjoy it...
See these? I'm currently constructing some jewelry using this German glass glitter... and, boy oh boy, are they fun pieces. I hope to have them cured, photographed, and uploaded onto my shop within the week.
It's likely that you will be seeing more of this shmoosh face, Mars the Dog, in future Once Upon a Time posts. He's always close by, hoping for kisses and treats (but probably more for the treats than for my kisses).
This from a color chart for some cute li'l hair clips that will be launched with the German glass jewelry.
Think: ombre tones and color blocking.
Color inspiration and notes in one of my journals... Some ideas stick, some evolve into something else entirely, but I like to have reference to go back to and pull from, if my mood requires.
This book was a gift from my brother, Louis. Though I was born and raised primarily in New England, much of my family + older siblings were born and spent years of their childhoods in and around New York. My mom's side of the family, in particular, had their handmade ornate Italian furniture studio in Brooklyn and their showroom in mid-town Manhattan throughout most of last century. I really value and take pride in this artistic heritage and so love flipping through this book to remind me of that connection.