Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This Saturday (Nov. 1), my friend Sunny has organized a craft and artisan fair at her house in Chester Springs, PA! I've made a ton of new items just for the occasion - including some new necklaces that I am really excited about.

Another local Etsier will be there as well: LoveleePrint! I am excited to see her hand-made greeting cards in person!

On top of my Halloween Dinner Party, this might be a great, big bite of the more-than-you-can-chew - but it's sure to be a fun way to get a head start on holiday gift shopping!

I will be there - though I can't guarantee that I will be entirely conscious (and I might even still have my Marie Antoinette costume on from the night before)!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Finally, I am getting to respond to getting "tagged" by one of my favorite Etsy artisans, CelesteFrittata! If you are a fan of goregous typography, fine craftsmanship and unique wrappings, you will also love her! Check out her beautiful Bottega on Etsy and her blog full of cool finds, interviews and techniques!

Here are the official tagging rules!:

1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, 7 random, weird facts (I don't think you know what you are in for!):

1. I love movies made prior to 1950 - I adore silent films or very, very early talkies, where the dialogue is all crackly. "M" with Peter Lorre, Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn and the Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart are my favorites!

2. When I was 14, I was an apprentice at a musical instrument repair shop - I worked on stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and guitars.

3. Ever since I was 5 or so and saw David Bowie in the Labyrinth movie, I have had a crush on him. I watched it at my neighbor's house and I can remember immediately falling for him. Shhhh! That's a secret!!!

4. I write down my dreams and try to figure out what they mean.

5. Initially I went to university for a concentration in Illustration (I wanted to write and illustrate children's books), but I came out with metal/jewelry arts instead! (But, I have a children's book in the works that I hope to get published for my nephew and niece!)

6. I love unusual names - my pets get the brunt of this. My cat is named Evelyn Camille Manchester III, while my two Lionhead Rabbits are named Artemesia and Lalique.

7. The studio that I make my work in is a carriage house / stable from the early 1800's and is said to be haunted by a ghost horse named Red Boy. Often the clicking and thumping from the hot water pipes sounds like a horse kicking the walls of his stall or stamping his hooves impatiently!

And now my choices, I'll tag some people who I really admire:

Abigail Percy






Pamma La

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

B&B Featured in Some Brilliant Blogs

I had to take a moment and write a post about some of the wonderful people who have recently featured B&B in their equally wonderful blogs. Some of the turns of phrases and generous compliments have had me blushing for weeks.

Scoutie Girl : This blog is devoted to digging up the latest finds from indie artists and designers. Lisa (a.k.a. Milkshake) flags all sorts of fresh finds, and wrote an awesome article about B&B, loaded with photos.

Ophelia Golly : Pamela Buckley in Doylestown, PA (my favourite haunt) has a blog full of beautiful finds and ideas - and all with a 1930's intrigue to them. She wrote a really sweet post about my work. Thanks, Pamma!

CelesteFrittata's Blog : I am a huge fan of Chiara's beautiful hand-made books. One of the Etsy treasuries that I curated hit the home page with one of her lovely books in it. In response, she wrote this post with details about the artists included in the treasury as well as a few items from B&B.
A huge grazie to them all!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Found" by the Storque

For the casual Etsier this post title might sound a bit bizzare (but just to set the record straight: no, I am not expecting a child). The Storque is a portion of Etsy's website that features articles about trends, artists and the latest Etsy "finds". The Storque has about 17,500 e-mail subscribers currently and is an excellent way to stay in the loop.

In an article written by Etsy admin, Anda, my Limey bangles were featured alongside the work of many other talented artists. Anda pens: "Bangles are a wardrobe essential to me. I feel nervously under-dressed if I leave the house with empty wrists." I second that notion! As an antidote to bare wrists, Anda provides a long list of lovely items (including my bangles! Hurrah!).

Where can you find the Storque? On Etsy's home page, at the very bottom (below the featured artist and most recent additions), there is a que of Storque article headlines and photos. Or you can find it by clicking on the "Community" tab . . . but here's a link to make matters easy!: The Storque

Here is the full article on bangles:

Thank you so much, Anda!!!