Summer arrived early this year, and in full swing.
Barely time to unearth
the overwintering pots before sultry days and
nights settled in with a decidedly tropical flavor. Along with the search for some respite from this prolonged heat, I’ve been working away at this project – revising our website and incorporating our new blog. I imagine the blog as a way to present just a little bit of what happens behind the scenes as our little handmade business continues along it’s way. Here you’ll find an occasional peek at what’s happening in the studio, as well as a sampling of the day to day moments that often inspire the vision shaping our path. Whether it’s the summertime garden, a quiet moment, or the suggestion of seasons yet to come, I’ll be on the lookout for little eclectic bits from every corner just good enough to share.
This past year or so has been a busy and exciting time – I’ve gotten things up to speed with my etsy shop, and been juried into a fascinating group of independent metalsmiths from around the globe, EtsyMetal. The group networks to share information, resources, and experiences to build a community committed to promoting and raising awareness about our unique handcrafted businesses. EtsyMetal offers many projects to participate in, including monthly challenges to create objects by theme. Starting off this steamy summer, the theme could not have been more appropriate and I could not resist participating when the posted topic was the sun itself. In addition to fitting in an occasional themed challenge, I’m working with other artists in the group to present a selection of handmade wedding jewelry on another new blog, EtsyMetalWedding, launched by the group to evolve as a resource for anyone creating a handmade wedding and seeking uniquely crafted special occasion jewels.
As a result of venturing forth on Etsy, we’ve added to our offerings another little nook to explore. After a lifetime of collecting up every kind of interesting odd bit and piece, my mom and I are working on presenting a collection of vintage items selected from our years of accumulation and foraging. Inspired by my great aunt who worked as a seamstress and in millinery piece work in New York City at the turn of the century, we are calling this little project Industrial Revolution. From vintage sewing notions and ephemera to retro accessories and collectible decorative objects, the possibilities are as endless as an overflowing attic of treasured possessions.
You’ll find news of all of our endeavors here, along with inspirations of all sorts. So check in with us now and again to see if you’ll find something to dream about here in our corner of the internet. Your comments and suggestions will make it all the more interesting, so join in… we’re looking forward to hearing from you!