Below is a link to a colorful account of one of my earring parties. This was featured on the local On Point blog, written by Guinevere Cramer in August of 2017. Thanks for permission to repost, Guinevere!
I started hosting earring parties recently. My goal was to share my love of jewelry making with my community while inviting people into my studio who might not have otherwise come in. If you join me for one of these events my hope is that you will walk away with not only a new pair of earrings but some pride in having crafted something yourself!
Learn more about my upcoming earring parties and reserve your spaces here:
Below are some photos from past earring parties. Check out the fun designs that my guests created!
Happy September everyone! I always love the end of season street festival in my hometown of Oak Bluffs called Tivoli Day! We fill the streets with music, food, dancing, face painting and creations from local artisans. Local shops clear out all of their summer merchandise in much-anticipated tent sales and it's TONS OF FUN!
If you're a local customer-- come see me at Tivoli Day! If you're not, enjoy 10% off of EVERYTHING on my website for two days only with discount code TIVOLI. Just type in TIVOLI during checkout on the right hand side of the screen in the box that says "discount" then click the button beside it that says "apply". Sale ends at midnight (West Coast time) on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.
I've been busy for weeks now sorting through my jewelry to uncover hidden gems that might be ready to move along at this sale. I've also made a few fun items with beads that were just screaming to find a home!
Over school vacation week this spring on Martha's Vineyard I invited kids into my studio for jewelry craft activities! We designed and created our own stretchy bracelets from gemstones, crystals and pretty charms. There were trays of beautiful beads to work with and plenty of inspiration on hand. The kids got to choose their beads and charm and then I showed them how to put it all together. Check out their gallery of bracelet designs below!
Remember that I need a little time to make the jewelry! Below are my shipping time frames for the holiday to make sure you get your gifts delivered on time.
- Order by Monday, December 19th with Priority Shipping to get it by December 25th
- Order by Tuesday, December 20th with Express Shipping to get it by December 25th
The currency is Czech Koruna or Crowns. The exchange rate when I was there was about 25 Koruna to one US dollar.
Browsing glass color sample cards over a delicious (and very strong) coffee
A glass pressing machine at the bead factory
A sampling of traditional Czech meals...
Guláš, Beef Goulash (above). A beef stew served with (extra delicious) onions and bread dumplings. Dumplings (either bread or potato) accompany many meals in the Czech Republic.
Svíčková (above). Beef with a cream sauce served with cranberries, whipped cream(!) and bread dumplings. The thick sauce is made from carrot, parsley root, celeriac and cream. Beef with whipped cream!
pečené vepřové s knedlíky a se zelím (above), is often considered the most typical Czech dish... It consists of roast pork with pickled red cabbage and potato dumplings.
Štrůdl (Above. Apple strudel with ice cream!
Now back to the bead factory!
A snowy morning outside of my hotel window
These large coin-shaped beads have just been cut and have yet to be cleaned up.
A bagful of beautiful
My shopping spree in the Czech glass bead factory!
This photo was taken on what may have been one of the best nights of my life (after, of course, my wedding and the birth of my daughter...). Working late to accomplish many things during my last day and night at the bead factory. We enjoyed pizza and champagne and Jamie and I worked on designing a new collection, choosing beads for Spring, and forecasting our needs for the coming year. Now that's my idea of heaven!
A visit to the glass museum in Jablonecs
Then off to Prague!
What a trip!
Dare to Dream! (at the John Lennon wall in Prague)
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While I'm away in the Czech Republic for my bead buying trip, the girls at studio started to get ready for the holidays! I'm so happy to see that the studio is all sparkles and glitters!
The stockings are hung by the fireplace.
Shiny glitter bows and ornaments right where you can find some gifts for someone on your list!
Garlands, ornaments, bows and lights are twinkling with my jewelry and I'm so excited to be getting in the Holiday spirit with all of you!
There's also a few new designs I'd love to share with you. I've added a color mix and a medley perfect to add more sparkle to your holiday ensembles!
The Island Fog is inspired by the shades of gray from the island's winter hues. It is made of striking banded agate, smoky quartz, white jade, goegeous faceted mother of pearl, crystals, freshwater pearls and Czech glass tiles.
The Wine & Chocolate mix is added to my Trilogy Collection, think merlot and dark chocolate by a cozy fire.
Come on by the studio to see the new designs! And don't forget about Christmas in Edgartown next week, December 8-11. We'll be having some hot cider for you while you shop!