Forever Held #2

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

e. e. cummings

This tiny wearable work of art includes a Victorian brass hand, a red glass flaming heart, and many tiny vintage and new glass beads. The frame is a mere 1 1/4″ x 1 7/8″ and has been hand-treated with grunge and a beautiful patina. Strung on an antiqued brass chain that is 24″ with lobster clasp. The back has been texturally treated with embedded treasure as shown. Although these pieces are crafted for stability, there is a certain inherent fragility in the tiny glass bits and pieces; if dropped or banged breakage could occur. For that reason, I do recommend wearing these shorter, on the flat upper part of the chest. Please let me know if you’d like the length adjusted at time of purchase.

ee cummings was one of the first poets I ever read; I’ve loved his work since I was a very young girl. Carry the hearts of all those you love, including your own dear heart.

When not being worn, this piece would be happily stored on your wall, or in the lovely box it will ship in.

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Rebel Rebel

Introducing my very first knitting pattern, the Rebel Rebel Scarf. Born out of my addiction to stranded color work and my decades-long abiding love for David Bowie, this is a celebration of color, craft, and rock n’ roll.

Knitted as one long tube in the round, the scarf progresses through any number of colors and color work patterns–or just plain stripes, culled from your yarn stash. Details about the pattern and purchasing are over on my Ravelry page.

Rebel Rebel Pattern Launch

Long time, no blog, don’t hate!

In the years since, truth be told, I’ve not been making much jewelry. Well, I did make some, but then got bogged down making the Web pages… but I’ll do that one day! Promise!

Meanwhile, I’ve turned into a crazed, knitting-addicted maniac. And, even more troubling (exciting?) I’ve designed and released a pattern on Ravelry.

Thanks to a dear friend, I fell in love with stranded color work specifically, finding this technique to be one of the most joyful, creative, and thrilling things I’ve ever done in any medium.

This is an intermediate pattern; you should be familiar with stranded colorwork as those basic instructions are not included. You’ll get the charts for all the Bowie material, designed by me. The rest of the scarf is completely open-ended and even simple stripes will work (and I’d love to see that!).

If you want to follow my lead, you’ll need the two books pictured below. Anna Bauer’s Alterknit Rebellion completely inspired me and is a must-have for any colorwork enthusiast. Trust me, you will LOVE this book. And, Alterknit Stitch Dictionary is also a total gem and must-have.

And, please stay tuned because I have more patterns in development as part of my RockStar series; Lou Reed and Arthur Rimbaud are up next. I plan to eventually release these as an eBook as well. The best place to keep up with me these days is Instagram: @SoCharmedTribe.

xoxo and until next time (which will be sooner than 5 years… I promise!)

A Votre Sante

A health and well-being talisman necklace centers around the genuine tiny bone of a very small animal. The bone itself is a mere 5/8″ long and is surrounded by a joyfully patterned mosaic of matte, faceted, and glittering seed beads with other treasure, including the tiniest brass crown and a rare diamond-shaped vintage Swarovski rhinestone. All is confined to an an ornate baroque frame, treated by hand with heavy patina and grunge in burnt shades of black, bronze, gold and turquoise. The dangling heart is a vintage Czech glass givre heart, with an illusion of blood enclosed.

The back of the piece has been textured and patina’d as shown.

Powerful magical qualities included and made with love.

My default chain is 24″ with a lobster clasp. I highly recommend that this be worn shorter, on the flat upper part of your chest due to some fragility so please let me know if you’d like it shortened to any length. While the piece is solidly made and quite stable, dropping or banging it could cause damage. No slam dancing while wearing, please.

One-of-a-kind, ready to ship.

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Under the Crescent Moon

There’s that feeling you get when you look at the moon, that someone you love–someone perhaps far away–is gazing at the same sliver of glowing white and maybe, just maybe, thinking of you.

Treasured bits and pieces come together into this necklace, which features a slice of ancient tin ceiling tile, a glass eyeball, rivets, vintage and new beads and findings, and deliciously grungey patinas throughout. The clasp is vintage, one of those slidey things, as shown.

Please note, it’s possible that the paint on the front of this tin contains lead, since it is likely as old as turn of the century, up to the 1940’s. The back does not contain any paint. Rust is always a part of these found objects.

The crescent itself is about 3.5″ across. The length of the necklace is about 17.5″ total. Due to the somewhat delicate nature of this piece, I recommend that you wear it shorter rather than longer, so that it sits upon the flat part of the chest, rather than bouncing around at a longer length. I’m happy to make adjustments. While this piece is very stable, there is some fragility, with tiny beads and glass that could break if dropped, banged, or otherwise abused. Not recommended for children, or a night out slam dancing.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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Dottie Angel Frock, Part 1: WHAT SIZE?

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You read it here first: Simplicity Pattern 1080, The Dottie Angel Frock (DAF for short), released earlier in 2015, is fast becoming a cult classic in the world of crafts and sewing. This is a pattern that will live for decades, and will one day be out of print, collectible, and highly valued on the resale market. Trust me. In otherwords, run, do not walk to your local fabric emporium and grab at LEAST one copy. Note, you are going to fall in love with and want to make a wardrobe full of these frocks and for that reason you might want to pick up a second copy or trace your first. No local shops? Visit the Simplicity site. BTW, the pattern makes 3 versions… my posts will be about version C, the most complex and delicious in my opinion.

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Let me get this out of the way: I am a NOVICE sewing person. Making this dress was my first attempt at a commercial pattern from any of the Big 4 (Simplicity, McCalls, Burda, Vogue). I have been “sewing” for many years, but in the most punk-rock ad-hoc way imaginable. I did not know how to lay out, mark, or cut a pattern, let alone read and follow the often-obtuse instructions. I thrift, reconstruct, make stuff up as I go along. Some things turn out wearable, and that has been due to the fact that I have a great sense of style and design and color and can fake my way through by playing to my strengths and ignoring my weaknesses (pretty much everything to do with actual sewing). Pictured below is a 4-piece dress I had a lot of fun with years ago, the Piece of Cake Dress. It is a super sweet indie pattern available here, and quite simple. I made at least 5 of them. Good practice sewing, but did not prepare me for a commercial pattern attempt. It did give me some bias binding experience, more on that later. And yes, that’s me with supah short hair.


So, with its scant handful of pattern pieces (6 for version C), and finished results TO DIE FOR, this pattern finally inspired me to suck up all my fears and learn how to sew by the rules. I can’t be the only one. And, that’s why I’m here writing. If you want to read the musings of MUCH more experienced sewists about the DAF (and I recommend that you do even if for now you have no idea WTF they are talking about), just google and you’ll find those blog posts/pattern reviews. This is not a review. My review of this pattern is (pardonnez moi): fucking brilliant. Yes, there will be a few caveats, and this is about my experience getting through some complexities. But look at the pattern designer’s creations pictured below. I mean, just LOOK at those dresses! You know you want one. You will find out that you want 6. Or perhaps a baker’s dozen.

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Briefest backstory. Dottie Angel is the crafty granny-chic alter-ego of blogger, Tif Fussell. She is, in a word, also brilliant. In a few more words, she is an adorable petite-looking powerhouse of creativity and technique… she thrifts and collects and curates… she sews, knits, embroiders, makes gorgeous photos, publishes books… she blogged for many years, is raising a bunch of kids, and seems to be the sort of dear lovely person you want as a best friend, mentor, sister. Yes, she’s all that. And she makes it look completely effortless. Which, of course, it–whatever it is–is not.


And that brings us back to this dress pattern (me and my little textile study for DAF #1, pictured above). Now, I have bought patterns before, opened up the folded moth’s-wing-thin tissues and instructions that appear written in a language I do not speak, and ended up in puddle of frustrated tears at the mere thought of getting started. Sewing from patterns is… a thing. So–and you may not like this–my recommendation to you: Learn how to use your machine a bit, then take a good basic class on working with patterns. I honestly don’t think you can learn the basics without SEEING them demonstrated (online courses are becoming big, I have my doubts, at least for me). I booked private sessions ($45 per hr, reasonable as these things go) with Jen Biehl at Bits of Thread Studio here in DC, working with her on two successive weekends for 1.5 hrs each time. Jen was kind, fun, great. We were focused. We worked hard. I was nervous and anxious. But after 3 hours (and some youtubing at home), I was able to carry on and complete my first DAF. Highly recommend Bits of Thread… lovely place.


And while it wasn’t a complete tragedy (cute fabrics!), it turned out to be too big. I am 5’1″ (petite), a curvy 122 lbs, with a 38″ bust. My teacher Jen and I both thought size M looked right, but I was, as pictured below, swimming in the thing. When my boyfriend uttered the “m-word” (matronly… GASP!) I stopped short of hemming the dress, which was all that was left to do, settled myself down, and began anew. The story has a happy ending, I promise.

In retrospect, and to be fair to Tif and Simplicity, the pattern sizing CLEARLY shows that I should have made a size Small. So remember, go by the FINISHED bust measurement (bust is the only fitted spot on the garment, really), which for M is 42″. That is 4″ bigger than my bust… and it was just that… huge-mongous. It was big everywhere… through the middle and hips, hanging off my shoulders… droopy length. Not attractive. This is why making a muslin is advised with sewing from patterns, always. A muslin being a test-garment created from inexpensive fabric (could even be an old sheet), so that you don’t cut into more expensive textiles.

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I decided to make a “wearable muslin” which of course turned out not to be so wearable, at least by me. And I think, for any new patterns I try, that I will make a muslin. While it’s true that you will pour some long hours into something you won’t wear, there’s an alleviation of pressure that I think offsets this. And I realized something important: YOU DON’T HAVE TO FINISH a muslin. In fact, there are probably steps in the pattern you can even skip on your way to figuring out if the fit is right. I would not, for example, bother stay-stitching the neckline of the DAF on a muslin. NOT necessary. I would not FINISH seams properly as French or bias-covered or even overlocked (don’t let those words scare you but maybe do look them up), I would only pay attention to seam ALLOWANCE.

In other words, I might only do the steps necessary to determine fit, much of which I might be able to be complete in a few hours on a simple dress like DAF. Some fit issues will become apparent just by pinning, without even sewing. I was not experienced enough to make the judgement even though I pinned and tried on the garment like 50 times. Looking back, I could have recut the first dress down to a small had I stopped early enough, but I was really sort of unWILLING to admit it was too big. I thought I was too far in. As pictured below, I was choosing vintage buttons and dreaming about my vintage slip poking out the bottom. I was heavily invested so I pressed on. The good thing about this is that I got in a TON of practice before starting my second dress and because of that the second dress went faster, better, and I solved some key problems the second time around.

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The upshot is that the size small, which I just completed on my DAF #2, is perfect for me with one tiny alteration to the pattern. I thought it might be too tight through the bust, but it is perfect. The only change I made was to lower the bust tucks and by only a quarter inch. Perfect. I will write more about this in the next post.


I wish I could help if you feel that the pattern requires more modification than something simple, but I am simply (haha) not there on my sewing journey. If you think you are really between sizes, go bigger first. Then consult someone experienced about how and where you might make changes so that you are not swimming in it. You can not wear a garment that is pulling across your bust or hiked up under your armpits. You might well be able to alter a garment down that is too big. Or give it to a friend.

Also, get out there on the internet and do some research. There are lots and lots of photos of women wearing their first (and some second) DAFs at this point in the life of this pattern, especially on Instagram #dottieangelfrock. Some of these dresses look (to me) to be too tight in the bust and that the bust tucks are too high (which people have been complaining about and I will address later). Also study the image on the cover of the pattern without judging yourself against it; she is a MODEL. I do not have the long, lean body type of this young woman (and neither, I bet do you), but look at how the garment DRAPES or falls. It is fitted because of the back tie and the front tucks, everything else is fairly soft. Drape is the important thing you are seeking to recreate with the DAF. This garment should have a somewhat loose, relaxed fit with a cute bustline and flattering high waist. Not too loose, but casual, comfortable, with room to move about. You should be able to pick apples in this dress, feed your toddler, go out to lunch with a girlfriend. And your significant other should not utter the word “matronly.” If made in the right size, this dress will be comfy on a hot humid summer day in swampy DC, or cozy with a bulky sweater and boots in the dead of winter months.

Let’s get back to size. I do not, as yet, fully understand pattern sizes. I do know this: The system apparently has not changed much over many decades (unlike clothing sizes). I can’t figure out what my pattern size is; I’m sure I will know more about this as I buy and make a few more patterns. Another thing for certain: Pattern sizes have nothing do with clothing sizes. I am generally a 6-8 in clothing, and I think my pattern size might be 12-14. So there you go. Simplicity has chosen to go with a simplified xs-xl sizing for the DAF. Let me say this again ladies: Pick your size by the FINISHED bust size. Hopefully it will work out and/or get you close to a good fit.

Last bit of advice for this first post about sizing. Do NOT get hung up on size! If Simplicity calls you an XL, and you think you are a M… try not to take it personally! Because it’s not personal! Look, I am everything from a size 4 to a size 10 in clothing. I am NOT exaggerating. I am an XL at H&M and I’m a petite size 4 at Ann Taylor Loft. This is a fact of marketing, not a judgement about your body. And I’m going to get real bold and say this: I believe that Simplicity Pattern 1080, a truly brilliant gem, can look fantastically lovely and flattering on a WIDE variety of body sizes and types… from darling sweet scrawny chickens to big beautiful brawny babes. Love yourself, and make a dress that fits and compliments your shape no matter what size anyone is calling it. The DAF, I think, really can work for almost everyone. You might need to make two to find out, but as you will see in my next posts… there is SO MUCH really fun stuff to learn by making this dress, you will only improve a myriad of techniques, and each dress will likely surpass the last in many ways.

I’m on instagram now with lots more pix there, though you’ll have to put up with myriad kitty photos.

Learning Small


I prefer working small; the above amphora necklace focal is 1.75″ tall, plus the millinery and stick pins. But since I’ve been seriously delving into the polymer clay medium, I’m realizing that even the smallest object holds the promise of so many lessons, from forming to surface texture to paint.


The photo above is where I left the object last night… it had finished baking and I was disappointed with the dirty gray color and lack of translucency (I had mixed in gold leaf to very little effect). Still some things to master, but I wasn’t going to let all the work I’d done be for naught so I slept on it, and put some intentionality toward waking up to work on it some more, knowing that paint was the answer but feeling too sleepy to carry on.


I’ve never been a clay or paint person, in art school or in my 30 years as a practicing artist/designer; I am now falling in love with handling clay and with applying paint in built layers. To make these amphora charms, I’ve taught myself how to create a slab vessel out of clay, because I wanted these to be hollow… more lightweight (for jewelry), and more real. I sort of made it up as I went along, doing what seemed to make sense. Softened and rolled out a sheet of clay, and started forming it, then making and attaching the neck separately from the body.


None of these images capture fully the delicacy of either the textures or painted colors. By using the dirty gray as my middle tone, I was able to add shadows or low lights and high lights, applying pigment slowly. Close up above shows a bit more of the detail.


The texture of the wing was produced separately from the vessel (stamped into the clay), with the top level sliced super thin like the thinnest swiss cheese and then applied to the surface. After this, the piece can’t be handled much until post-baking. All of these techniques can be learned via tutorials and videos on YouTube. I’ll try to find time to add some links to this post soon, but a quick search on Etsy and YouTube will yield everything you need. I’ve been studying and learning so much, even just making a tiny little object like this.

A Visit from the Muse Squad


My creative impulse tends to build to a boiling point during periods when life is too busy, chaotic, stressful… and then as soon as the gift of time is provided… it’s like the floodgates of heaven and hell open, simultaneously.


It started with this object, a very ancient glass bottle that I purchased in a crazy hippie crystal alchemists shop–The Crystal Fox–in Laurel, Maryland of all places. I think there was something about that visit that set things in motion; I’m blaming it on breathing too much incense smoke as Molly and I were in there for like three hours.


This second object is something I’ve wanted to make for a truly long time, and after finishing it I realized its relationship to the image in the So Charmed website masthead, an image that has always compelled me in powerful ways. The boot is ceramic, and I made the teeny little vintage-style hatpins.


The tiny ceramic or bisque boots are dear and expensive, so the following day I set about to make one out of polymer clay. The above piece thus is entirely handcrafted and I’m not sure I don’t like it better. Anyway, I plan to make more in both styles.


This little guy is an ancient bisque doll, dug up from an abandoned factory in Germany and poor thing was headless, as so many of them are. I dearly love animal-human hybrids (this is my second foray with this concept for jewelry) and felt this one to be incredibly successful, to the point where I may not be able to let go. More are planned.


During a manic creative period, there is a point where things either peak in an orgiastic art-fest or flame over the top in a heated blaze that can make one feel truly a bit mad. It is hard to know which thing is happening, only that it IS happening. Hence, Octoboy.


An amphora bottle with velvety millinery and more hatpins. Hard to see but there is a ring of tortured rhinestones around the top. I spent most of the day on this, and I’m very happy with the result. Riveted holes will allow me to wire it for a necklace.


I am going to continue making these with the intent of selling them at So Charmed. But… as always, how to price?? It’s so very hard. These take a day to fabricate and an endless amount of supplies, some of them costly. Above is the table in the dining room where I keep clay supplies so that I can be near the kitchen for baking. Below, more supplies and tools.


Look closely, do you see two tiny Jiffy toothache medication bottles? Since Molly is refusing to give up her soon to be yanked wisdom teeth for the sake of her mother’s art (Mom, get your OWN out!)… I was forced to make some little toofs out of clay.


Here is the entire collection to date. I love seeing them together as it suggests a certain consistency of vision that will manifest itself in so many differing and delightful directions. Yay for the muse!


Priscilla Sugar Skull

Priscilla often felt a bit sheepish for no real reason. She was essentially a good girl, just prone to getting into mother’s things from time to time and slashing them to bits. Priscilla simply requires appreciation.

Handcarved and hand painted day of the dead sugar skull bead. Made from glimmery pearlescent clay, each comes with a tattered mourning bow and dangling charm (Priscilla’s is a vintage channel-set iridescent swarovski crystal because she’s fancy that way). Skulls are decorated front, sides and back. 16″ black chain.

OOAK, ready to ship.

Remember to click on photos below to enlarge. Last photo shows the first sugar skull collection in its entirety; listing is for Priscilla only.

Twist & Shout

Her anatomy defied all conventional wisdom, what they didn’t know was how much this had changed her. Powers unlimited in scope and breadth were hers to call upon at all hours of the night and day, seasons be damned. This was not without some measure of pain, however and she could be heard shouting in the rafters on occasion.

A twisted little necklace pretty enough for any gallery. Gilded frame, ancient anatomical/medical image coated with resin sealant, and beautiful vintage chain in a dusky seafoam color with rosary faux pearls. The image background is a pale dusty pink color; difficult to caption with the camera. I think it is best represented in the last photo.

I’m not going to promise that questions won’t be asked when you wear this.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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Millicent Sugar Skull

Don’t let her charming exterior fool you, Millicent is a vicious gossip and horrible speller. She would like to find an avid listener who can provide correction.

Handcarved and hand painted day of the dead sugar skull bead. Made from glimmery pearlescent clay, each comes with a tattered mourning bow and dangling charm (Millicent’s is a caged pearl). Skulls are decorated front, sides and back. 16″ black chain.

OOAK, ready to ship.

Remember to click on photos below to enlarge. Last photo shows the first sugar skull collection in its entirety; listing is for Agnes only.

Agnes Sugar Skull

Agnes has done so many terrible things, things she initially believed to be fair and true, that she fears for her soul on a constant basis. She would appreciate forgiveness.

Handcarved and hand painted day of the dead sugar skull bead. Made from glimmery pearlescent clay, each comes with a tattered mourning bow and dangling charm (Agnes’ is a pale blue vintage teardrop crystal). Skulls are decorated front, sides and back. 16″ black chain.

OOAK, ready to ship.

Remember to click on photos below to enlarge. Last photo shows the first sugar skull collection in its entirety; listing is for Agnes only.

Sale: Invictus, were $48


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

1875, William Ernest Henley

In 1875 one of Henley’s legs required amputation due to complications arising from tuberculosis. Immediately after the amputation he was told that his other leg would require a similar procedure. He chose instead to enlist the services of the distinguished surgeon Joseph Lister, who was able to save Henley’s remaining leg after multiple surgical interventions on the foot. While recovering in the infirmary, he was moved to write the verses that became “Invictus”. This period of his life, coupled with recollections of an impoverished childhood, were primary inspirations for the poem.

A beautiful pair of slightly asymmetrical earrings for invincible you. Feature gorgeous clay Scorched Earth dangles that resemble shells and bits of tattered reclaimed sari silk fiber (India). Coolest turquoise blue + silver glaze, vibrant cardinal red, and China bone white palette for a beach day, a festival, a night of wandering. With lovely French ear wires.

Charming, one of a kind, ready to ship.

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SALE: The Mischievous Princess, was $85

To the great frustration of her mother the Queen, her playful desire to cause trouble often found the Princess dismembering her dollies… fashioning them into necklaces and other fripperies.

Delightful and wickedly sweet necklace brings together an ancient ceramic doll leg (with a little painted shoe!), a tattered bit of black mourning ribbon and a lovingly aged verdigris crown charm. Delicate glass pearl rosary chain in a pale gray-blue adds a mystical touch. I think you could get into a bit of mischief in this gothic little piece.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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Write Yr Story (Verdigris + Rose)

The shape of this ornament is the Talhakimt (also known as Tanfouk). This circle-with-downward-arrow is an ancient form of money in West Africa and is also worn as adornment–necklaces and braided into the hair–as a protective or fertility amulet.

I have my own theory. The wearer of these earrings shall have her creativity gathered up into the small circle so that it can sparkle and flow outward into the world through the point of the arrow. Yes, write your own story.

These started as vintage old-stock shiny gold dapped brass charms and then underwent my special alchemy process to produce a beautiful patina on the surface. Currently, two pair of these earrings are being offered, the more neutral black/bronze with vintage black diamond teardrop-shaped rhinestones and the verdigris patina which will show colors ranging from turquoise to green, bronze and back again, with palest dusky rose round faceted vintage rhinestones.

THIS LISTING is for the exact verdigris pair that is pictured in the first 3 images. The bronze pair is pictured to help you see the amazing detail achieved in the finishes.

Super lightweight, though look incredibly substantial, and come with brass leverbacks as shown. If you prefer wires, let me know and I can switch them out.

I’ve been wearing them every day, I can’t stop!


Scattered across the ocean floor, there are more than 300 million shipwrecks, containing billions of dollars worth of cargo. I imagine this bracelet might have been made of the scavenged remains of some lost pirate ship.

A fired clay focal with amazing silver metallic finish flashes hints of aqua and fuchsia… with a raised bumpy pattern in matte mustard. Trust me, it’s really one of the coolest objects I’ve ever seen. Sits beautifully on the wrist with vintage industrial steel chain, forged hook, and clasp made from old kuchi finding that has two ruby/glass stones. A fantastic verdigris crust has been applied.

This bracelet wants to fit you perfectly… loose enough for comfort but not so loose as to roll around the wrist. I will finish it to your measurement at purchase; and please email if you have any questions.

Absolutely a divine, artful, strangely evocative, one of a kind object d’art.

Sale: 555, were $58

Packing a lot of design into one pair of earrings, these lovelies feature amazing fired clay Scorched Earth artisan danglers with a mid-century feel and luminous Czech glass discs in ruby and mottled turquoise (look patinated). Modern tribal bohemian works of art–with a nod to Alexander Calder.

One of a kind, French ear wires. Not heavy, but longish.

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Electric Eccentric

A truly eccentric tribal curation of natural and manmade elements make up this beaded adornment, from African glass to tufted fiber, tiny vertebrae and a toothsome focal. Look closely and you’ll see tiny lightbuls strewn throughout, the detritus of an imagined life. Includes two vintage buttons, one covered in kimono silk. Around the world in one neckpiece! Post or pre-apocalyptic, you decide. Reclaimed Indian sari fiber allow this necklace to be worn close to the throat or longer. If you would like it finished to a particular length, I’m happy to accommodate your request.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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Sale: Illuminate, were $68



1. light up.
“a flash of lightning illuminated the house”

2.decorate with gold, silver, or colored designs.
“the manuscripts were illuminated”

Onament and adorn yourself with these beauties and perhaps a flash of lightning will…

I’m not promising.

Still, undeniably a cool and slightly asymmetrical modern tribal baroque curation of sparkle and tone, with vintage Swarovski, Czech glass, gold leaf and tiny bone vertebrae. Warmth and light for your bohemian soul.

One of a kind, ready to go, with french ear hooks.

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1.move quickly in an apparently random or purposeless manner.
“if only you would settle down instead of flittering around the countryside”

1.a fluttering movement.
“the flash and flitter of colored wings”

Verb or noun, these dear mesh earrings will flitter and dance and please, don’t settle down!

Vintage metal chain maille earrings with rhinestones, heavily oxidized with a verdigris patina. Subtle coloration of rose, peach, blues and greens with lots of sparkly flash as light catches. All stones are in place, any imperfections add to the charm.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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Cherubim first appear in the Bible in the Garden of Eden, to guard the way to the Tree of life.

They first appear in chapter one, when Ezekiel was “by the river Chebar,” In chapter 10, Exekiel saw “the likeness of four living creatures.” Each of them had four faces and four wings, with straight feet that had soles like a calf’s foot, and “hands of a man” under their wings. Each had four faces: the face of a man, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle.

I don’t know what Ezekiel was on, and these gorgeous earrings aren’t quite so psychedelic, but they are sweet, lovely and playfully odd all the same. Created from thrifted gold and pearl earrings that could be 80’s or older, heavily encrusted with many layers of verdigris patina over a period of weeks, and then embellished with very rare pink Czech glass beads that feature tiny iridescent dimples. These are just so sweet, like a cupcake and perhaps you’d like to have a pair of Cherubim guarding your way to the Tree of Life.

The ear nuts were long gone and after much research I’ve decided upon a style to include… they are rubber with a wider pad that holds the earring in place and spreads the weight on your lobe in a very comfy manner. These are not heavy and the ear nut makes them adjustable for perfect fit.

Absolutely one of a kind! Remember to click on images below to enlarge.

SALE: Mrs. Eaves (was $165)

Mrs. Eaves is a transitional serif typeface designed by Zuzana Licko in 1996, and licensed by Emigre, a typefoundry run by Licko and husband Rudy VanderLans. But Mrs. Eaves is named for Mrs. Eaves, and she has a lovely story.

Mrs. Eaves (the font) is named after Sarah Eaves, the woman who became John Baskerville’s wife. Like his typefaces, John Baskerville was, himself, a controversial character. As Baskerville was setting up his printing and type business, he hired Sarah Eaves as his live-in housekeeper; eventually, her husband Richard abandoned her and their five children, and Mrs. Eaves became Baskerville’s mistress and eventual helpmate with typesetting and printing. She married Baskerville within a month of her estranged husband’s death. Selection of the name Mrs Eaves honors one of the forgotten women in the history of typography.

I picture Mrs. Eaves (the woman) as a sultry 18th century mistress who knows a thing or two about type and printing. Thus, this necklace, with ancient garter as focal serves to honor her. Also features an incredible vintage glass bead affixed as a contemplative spinner, a crescent cut from chippy antique ceiling tin, ancient crystal glass beads, Indonesian glass tribal beads, rusted chain and gear and a bit of tattered satin ribbon.

Very special, truly one-of-a-kind wearable assemblage art.

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Adventures in (polymer) Clay


I have a love/hate relationship with polymer clay. After shunning it for years based on my perception of the overly cutesy-wootsy suburban housewife crafter (gingerbread men) and psychedelic hippie (cane) aesthetics, I’m here to tell you, polymer has come into its own. This is my second foray into this medium, the beads above were made a few weeks ago. And they got me very excited indeed about the possibilities for this medium.


As I set about to experiment again with polymer clay, I came up initially with the pieces above. I felt they were okay-ish. But they somehow felt a little safe. The leaves were beginning to have a nice, burnt feeling to them and I went on to create the entire suite of components below (Burnt Offerings collection).



What you can see here is my experiments in both surface texture and coloration. Do I start with dark or light clay? Paint it? Powder it? Gold leaf it? Smash it, scratch it, etch it, impress upon it, embed into it, bake it, carve it? The answer is yes! All of the above and more! Polymer is a really forgiving and soft surface, and therein lies its beauty and frustration. You can get GREAT results. If you handle it after you do, those results will smooth back out quickly. It seemed like starting with a batch of small components was a great way to experiment without wasting supplies.


Of course, you know me. Attention span of a gnat. Easily bored. Gotta go over the top. The above/below piece is a focal for a bracelet, entitled Octopus’s Garden. It has holes on either side to attach chain or ribbon, and a nice curve for the wrist achieved by baking it over a soda can. Features some of the burnt leaves poking out of a dark and spooky garden. With a squid tentacle and of course bling/sparkle/glitz. Because I can’t help myself! Darkness and light, people, darkness and light.


I did not invent any of the techniques you see in use in these pieces… they are out there for the grabbing… all over YouTube. I probably watched about 8 hours of how-to videos over the course of a week while I was working on these pieces and collecting up some supplies. Just go over to the site and search for polymer clay, it will all come up. And you can follow links in the videos for additional blog posts.


Most supplies are available at any craftstore; I went to Michael’s. I also stood in the aisle and read most of a polymer clay how-to book, so as to not have to buy it. Picked up some valuable tips! It was a full immersion into the medium… and I’ve still got a very long way to go with results. I like what I’ve done, but I’m still working it out.


Having started with black clay, it was challenging to get any contrast going with the textures/colors. Although it’s even more challenging to photograph these, and they actually have a LOT of coloration. Above you see experiments with a sparkly white clay, as well as embedding a vintage image under a glass dome. I think it’s important to mix polymer clay beads in with other kinds of beads as you see in the curation above (which will be a necklace) entitled For Amusement Only (imprinted on the vintage brass carnival token also pictured).

So, this is as far as I’ve gotten with this round of polymer. I’m pleased and excited to make more things. There are some truly amazing polymer artists out there who make the clay look like everything from metal to raku-fired pieces. I’m no expert, but if you decide to play, feel free to get in touch with me; I’d love to chat! Unless you decide to make ginger-bread men… then I don’t really want to hear from you. JUST KIDDING!!!!

PS: I have not yet bought the requisite pasta machine for kneading and rolling clay. I’m not sure I’ll need one for the small batches of work I’ll do.

Sale: Worldbeat, were $48

The best things happen when worlds collide, elements from far flung continents come together with a strange disparate harmony. This curation features strange little tribal stoppers (gilded by me) and tiny vinyl disc sequin beads from West Africa, with faceted Czech Reupublic glass and twinkling Swarovski rhinestones. Hottest fuchsia, coolest turquoise and just enough sparkle. This gypsy has wandered the globe!

One of a kind, always.

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Pardon Me Sir

In reality, the outcome of the trial had already been decided by the Committee of Public Safety around the time the Carnation Plot was uncovered, and she was declared guilty of treason in the early morning of 16 October, after two days of proceedings. Back in her cell, she composed a letter to her sister-in-law Madame Élisabeth, affirming her clear conscience, her Catholic faith and her feelings for her children. The letter did not reach Élisabeth.

On the same day, her hair was cut off and she was driven through Paris in an open cart, wearing a plain white dress. At 12:15 p.m. 16 October 1793, two and a half weeks before her thirty-eighth birthday, Marie Antoinette was beheaded at the Place de la Révolution. Her last words were “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it”, to Henri Sanson the executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on after climbing the scaffold. Her body was thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery, rue d’Anjou.

Oh… but before all that, she wore the most gorgeous corsets and gowns, entertained young men and women, sipped tea and ate little cakes, and maybe, perhaps, wore earrings not unlike these. Inspired by the doomed queen, these fancies combine vintage Florentine styled patinated verdigris faux-opal (but insanely realistic) dangles with sweetest handcrafted fired clay gilded beads that make me think of nothing but cake! Let them eat it!

Absolutely one of a kind bohemian chic, and ready to ship. Brass leverbacks.

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Sale: February, were $72

Birthstone of February, purple amethyst speaks of peace, temperance, serenity and royalty. Wearing this stone may protect you from the effects of drunkenness.

You will go in peace in this pair of gorgeous distressed verdigris earrings. As for the whole thing about protection from drunkenness… don’t hold me to that, ok? Created from patinated vintage (probably 60’s) floral brass findings with faux amethyst stones in deepest purple a’twinkling and a simply gorgeous pair of handcrafted verdigris pewter leaf charms, these are truly one of a kind in the bohemian style. Archeological and royal, for your romantic gypsy spirit.

It’s ok, btw, to purchase these if you were born in May, September or August. But not March or July. JUST KIDDING! IT’S OK!!! Really!

French ear wires, ready to ship.

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She’s My Little Rock ‘n Roll Queen

Anglophiliac badge of honor, with heavily hand-distressed vintage materials including pleated satin and tartan ribbons, velvet trim and gorgeous beaded bullion royal crown button.

I love this item, it looks so great on a vintage bag, jacket or t-shirt and can fit in along with so many styles from Lolita to punk trashion to a certain neo Victorian steampunk vibe. Big nod to Vivienne Westwood.

Ok, gotta make myself one so I won’t be sad when it sells.

Ready to ship, currently the only one.

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Nothing to be Said

For nations vague as weed,
For nomads among stones,
Small-statured cross-faced tribes
And cobble-close families
In mill-towns on dark mornings
Life is slow dying.

Philip Larkin, from Nothing to be Said

A necklace for the brave tribes, licorice black and brilliant neon curation of beads. Includes vintage, glass, Indonesian, African, black coral, wood, vintage, handmade polymer clay, and an unbelievable dental fossil clay focal by Vlad the Bat. Simultaneously frightening and delicious, like some kind of dangerous candy.

20 inches + focal, with handcrafted toggle clasp. I am fairly certain there really is just nothing (more) to be said.

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Idle youth,
Subservient to everything,
I have frittered away my life
Through gentleness.
Ah! may the time come
When hearts will meet!

Arthur Rimbaud, from Song of the Highest Tower

Earrings which seem to exercise little to no restraint in design, materials, and presentation. Are you that sort of girl (or boy)? Elements include beautiful fired clay charms by Scorched Earth with gold leaf embellishment, vintage and newer beads (Czech, Indonesian, Swarovski) and the most amazing vintage rhinestone post earrings which have been distressed with black patina. Tribal elegance, gypsy romance, even wedding appropriate.

One of a kind. The vintage posts did not come with ear nuts. I researched and tested many types and settled on clear rubber stoppers with a wider base as the most comfortable and secure backings available.

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French Circus

The kids will sure come running
from every part of town,
with laughs and shouts aplenty
when the circus comes to town.

A brass band marches up the street,
the calliope will sound,
everyone will hear it
when the circus comes to town.

Lots of elephants and lions
with acrobats and clowns,
loads of fun for everyone
when then circus comes to town.

Large bales of cotton candy
and peanuts by the pound,
corn dogs on a wooden stick
when the circus comes to town.

“Oh Mama, is it bed-time yet?
Please turn my covers down.
I want to wake up early
when the circus comes to town.”

A brilliant curated circus of amazing beads and findings make up these perfectly asymmetrical bohemian gypsy earrings. Elements and techniques include gold leaf, verdigris patina on vintage charms, African, Czech and Indonesian beads, beautiful faceted labradorite, hand-soldered headpins, wire and love. Small french ear wires.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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He Waits for Thee

It is unbearable to think about
this gentle man upon a velvet couch
who waits for thee with kisses
in his thoughts and sometimes darker
wishes hence.

A Victorian poem of longing and love for you to wear. Vintage sepia image beneath domed resin, vintage mesh metal bow, gold metallic and pink satin ribbon trim and deep wine-colored pleated velvet frame. A length of tattered black grosgrain mourning ribbon is used to tie around your neck and can be replaced with brass chain for a small fee; just convo. Aside from the gentleman’s come-hither look, this also has a very Victorian mourning feel to it.

Packaged delightfully for gifting to yourself of some other waiting love.

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Pinkies up, darlings.

Loveliest little necklace, so sweet it looks edible. Graduated curation of handcrafted clay beads in mix & match patterns and delightfully precious colors, fit for a princess tea party. A tiny brass fork charm hangs at the nape of your neck, should you or someone else become tempted to take a bite.

One of a kind on delicate copper chain with lobster clasp, approximate 18 inches.

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Archeology Series #003

Archaeology Series 003: the study of human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data left behind, including artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes.

Wearable archeology for your ears feature a precious asymmetrical curation of elements: a tiny vintage watch key (numbered 11, very faintly), a vintage floral finding with softest pink opal stone, and a very vintage dangly ring + clear glass bugle bead. Everything has been hand-aged with verdigris patina to produce lovely and varying blue/green shades. With elongated rhinestoned brass kidney-shaped ear wires, these have a sparkly delicate Victorian bohemian appeal.

Rock these versatile earrings with just about anything, from shredded jeans to steampunk gear.

One of a kind and ready to ship.

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Azure & Gold

April had covered the hills
With flickering yellows and reds,
The sparkle and coolness of snow
Was blown from the mountain beds.

Across a deep-sunken stream
The pink of blossoming trees,
And from windless appleblooms
The humming of many bees.

The air was of rose and gold
Arabesqued with the song of birds
Who, swinging unseen under leaves,
Made music more eager than words.

Of a sudden, aslant the road,
A brightness to dazzle and stun,
A glint of the bluest blue,
A flash from a sapphire sun.

–Amy Lowell

Delightfully decadent and decayed bohemian earrings of azure and gold feature loveliest fired clay fossil drops with crackle turquoise glaze and crusty gold leaf dangling from sparkly vintage swarovski flowers, tarnished with verdigris patina. The sky, the sun, the ocean, and sunken treasure are evoked in this pair of tiny post-apocalyptic poems.

One of a kind, ready to ship. Brasslever back earrings.

The Sight of the Stars

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

These earrings will give you extra eyes to see the stars. A pair of gorgeous archeological (handcrafted/new) pewter charms with a faint eye symbol on each, dangles from vintage earring findings (converted from screwbacks), probably from the 60’s. Lovely faceted glass (maybe high quality plastic) starry blue stones.

Hippie festival girl boho chic, can be dressed up or worn everyday.

To see, to dream of starry nights.

Club Paradise

No man is an island Jack
You could be tougher than a rock
One and one’s got to make contact
To get on the right track yeah
When you see in your life something missing
And for all the good things that you’re wishing
There’s a place you can go where the vibes are nice just like paradise
Sweet paradise, sweet paradise, club paradise, sweet paradise

Jimmy Cliff, Club Paradise

Island breezes, ocean salt and rhythmic drum beats from afar. A gorgeous bohemian curation in the form of a tribal-infused necklace features beads from many lands (Africa, Czech, India, etc.), vintage reclaimed Indian sari fiber, bone skull, vertebrae bead, encased game piece with lucky number 3, destroyed and rusted bottle cap/hardware, vintage industrial chain. Nonstop full of brilliant colorful joy and post-apocalyptic rustic vibes, a poem, a story, a traveller’s tale.

Approximately 18 inches long but just let me know if you’d like an adjustment at no additional cost.

Absolutely one of a kind, ready to ship.

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Dream within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow–
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

–from Dream within a Dream, Edgar Allen Poe

Dreamy bohemian asymmetrical baroque earrings for day or night feature incredible glass and semi-precious stone bead curation, tiny bone bead, sequins, hand patina’d and gold leafed findings and two amazing charms. The rounded charm/bead is Ethiopian, the other is of unknown age and origin. From the style and the way it is made I’m placing it between 1920-40. These have a most delicate color palette of rust, brass, bronze, rose, cream and palest hints of blue. Put them on for very special occasions or rock them every day like the romantic gypsy you are.

Brass leverbacks, decidedly one of a kind.

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Sale: The Mercenary, were $64

When this war is over might go back to Georgia
And settle down quiet somewhere
I’ll most likely pack up and head south for Chile
Heard tell there’s some trouble down there

–Steve Earle, Mercenary Song

Spoils of war earrings, deliciously asymmetrical and feature gorgeous raw ruby, Czech faceted glass, wire wrapping, found hardware, and two patina’d charms with gold leafing. I’ve heard tell that the charm on the double loop earring is an ancient ethnic fertility charm, but to that I cannot swear. These have a lovely and subtle palette of deep burgundy, gold, black and a hint of blue. Tribal, boho, romantic and delicately fierce, these might help you find a little trouble. With french ear wires.

One of a kind, ready to ship.

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