Can I be honest?

I love having my Etsy store and showing my pieces at Cactus gallery and other different venues.  I get to meet a lot of people, and I get to give good customer service, which is something I really enjoy.

But if I can be honest, there are some things I like making more than others.  For instance, you may notice I’ve been making rings lately. That’s because they are so fun to make! I love spinning a design around a colorful or interesting stone. Also, I’ve been trying new techniques, like cutting out the back to let light into the stones with 

I love making all kinds of things, but I am really digging rings right now.  I’m gonna start wearing one on every finger

    
    
 

Can I be honest?

I really like making all sorts of things.  It keeps me from falling into the rut of making the same ol’ stuff.  

But can I be honest? Some things  I like making more than others.  For instance, have you noticed I’ve been making a lot a rings lately? It’s because they are so fun to make!

Lately I’ve also been trying a new technique that includes cutting out the backs of the rings so that stones that are translucent or semi-translucent can permit light to come through.

I’m really digging rings right now. Why not wear a few more rings on your fingers? 

    
    
  

An Adjusted View

I recently made a trip to New York City.  I used to view it like I think a lot of people do: Large, intimidating, unknowable, gritty. But with my latest visit, I discovered a new found love of this great city and found its beautiful, untidy appeal. 

There are plenty of beautiful monied spots in NYC, but I got so much inspiration from the energy of the city and its beautiful mixed with the untidy. I rode its subways,  took long walks on its streets, and even braved a bike ride in the middle of  its notoriously chaotic traffic. 

I met some nice people, and when you’re open, I found that New Yorkers are most often  open right back. I found inspiration from being surrounded by so much adventurous art, food, and diversity. There’s an open mindedness and excitement that prevails throughout the entire city.

I am now working on some pieces inspired by my recent trip. I hope I can capture some of that energetic beauty  and grit.

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

A lovely surprise

I was waiting for my favorite wholesale jewelry supply to open, and I had 20 minutes to spare. It was a fairly quiet downtown LA morning with only a bit a traffic caused by weekend construction. I was short on coffee so I searched for a cafe.

There on the corner about 1 block from where I was waiting was a building with gilded doors. It looked a bit fancy and out of place for the area, but I went closer and I was glad I did.

When I stumbled in I’m sure I had a bit of a surprised look on my face. I sat down and ordered turkey sausages and toast.  The toast came with homemade preserves and a wonderful raspberry butter. Within minutes I was unexpectedly happy. My Americano was the best I’ve had in a while and the sausages were scrumptious. You should definitely stop in to this place if you can.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for looking.

O&M

Bottega Louie

700 s. Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90001
   
      

A desire for simplicity

I love an outfit that shows a sense of style and effortless dressing.

Accessories can make or break a look. It takes thought and care to use them to add to a look rather than detract from it.

I like to take risks, but when it comes to style I always chant the ‘less is more’ mantra….

That’s why I love creating pieces that make a simple quiet statement. I am a big fan of modern and quiet.

Thanks for looking.

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A need for community

In this age of fear, I am surprised by people’s determination to be together. Sometimes fear is enlivened by the frenzy-like reporting of the media, churning and repeating over and over the terrible happenings in the world. Some of the fear, I admit is well founded. But for the most part, we are all just humans, loving our families, our friends, and good food. No matter our background, status, or age we just like to hang out . And eat and drink. And of course look at other people.

We love being where others are. It’s entertaining. And even though we don’t all know each other, we kinda do. Because we are all just people.

The Packing House, in Anaheim California, is a great example of our need for community, and it fills it well. The lay-out is interesting and flows well, the small boutique-like bars and cafes are well placed and perfect for conversations and people-watching. There are a variety of ethnic cuisines to make every visitor happy, as well as a few spots for desserts and coffee. You can arrive with your clan, split up to order from the various counters/cafes, and then meet up again with your brood at a communal table, a couch or even a swing.

It’s a place for our times. A good reminder that we really do kinda need each other.

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