19 April 2011

B.O.B. Robot Necklace

This funny little guy's name is B.O.B.  He starred in the cult film, The Black Hole (1979).  Though I have never seen the movie, there was no denying that this little bot needed to be made into a necklace.  I adorned the vintage charm with a double vintage brass chain, aqua candy jade, carnelian heishi, and a cobalt blue faceted crystal and packaged him up as a gift for a dear friend's birthday.  I'm not quite sure why, but every time I see a cartoon robot, I usually think of her.  So, here you have it: a B.O.B. (noble robot assistant to Dr. Hans Reinhardt of the USS Cygnus) Necklace.  From what I've read, this character has a southern drawl.  Excellent.
The stones are meant to hover below B.O.B. as if they were planets, stars, or his very own little galaxy. 
B.O.B.'s close up.

18 April 2011

Bunny Rabbit Necklaces

Here are a few photos of some Easter themed necklaces I made for Dan's three nieces.  I had a hand full of adorable little vintage bunny rabbit charms in my stash so I decided to put them to good use.  I adorned the wee bunnies with wasabi hued Czech glass flowers, fuchsia candy jade faceted rounds, and ivory seed pearls.  I love them and secretly want one for myself...  good thing I have one more bunny charm! :)

17 April 2011

Dear Sapling Letterpress...

...thanks for making me laugh tonight.  

I just discovered Sapling Press, a one woman run letterpress and print shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I'm currently loving her Dear Blank cards.  Working with Jared and Hans of dearblankpleaseblank, Lisa Krowinski is in the process of recreating their site in stationary form.

The following are on my wish list.  I really think they'd be perfect framed and hung on my wall.  Smiles and laughs guaranteed.

07 April 2011

Chickpea and Roasted Garlic Soup

I really wish mother nature would make up her mind already.  Monday, we were graced with a gorgeous spring day in the mid-seventies, the following day- winds, rain and chill-you-to-the-bone temperatures swept through the city. Yesterday, the temperatures reached the mild mid-50's or so. Honestly, it's enough to drive one absolutely mad, especially when all they want to do is pack up the bulky sweaters and the down parka and break out all the spring frocks.  And then we have dinner.
It wasn't quite salad and outdoor grilling weather, yet it didn't quite call for a warm, comforting stew either.  Allow me to introduce you to Chickpea and Roasted Garlic Soup- a light, pureed broth of chickpeas, earthy roasted garlic and a splash of bright lemon to remind you that spring weather really is on the horizon.

03 April 2011

Freshwater Pearl and Turquoise Necklace and Earrings

I've been wanting to share this creation with you for quite sometime now but I had to wait until the recipient received it, as it was a birthday gift and I didn't want to ruin the surprise.  Dan's mom commissioned this necklace and earring set as a gift for her daughter-in-law's 40th birthday.  As she described her desired palette to me, it became evident that the colors of the sea were her true inspiration. 

The result is a set that I am very, very happy with.  It's quite different than anything I've done before, especially because it incorporates so many pearls.  I am not one to wear pearls but I think this necklace has changed my mind.  I hope to make more, in different color schemes and media- perhaps incorporating brass, gold vermeil, or wood. 
This multi-strand necklace features a mélange of colorful pearls and semi-precious stones echoing the warmth of the sea. Freshwater pearls, Amazonite, Rutilated Quartz, and Turqouise are suspended from a pair of silver cones handmade by the Karen Hill Tribe of northern Thailand.