Simple Pleasures

Tourmaline Rock on a Rope

Yesterday was a great day.

Hui.2 decided to take an early nap and Hui.1 woke up late.  So we started our day around 10:30am, had breakfast, then ventured into the studio where we watched Teddy Ruxpin, cuddled, and I actually got to sit at my workbench.  Hui.2 was still fast asleep (I kept checking on him because I was paranoid) and after flipping through my stone book, I decided I needed to make myself a Rock on a Rope with a ruby for some extra vitality.  I wanted to add some morganite to it for some Divine Love, but how could I make them work together?  My favorite design didn’t fit my needs at the moment.  I wanted a single, solitary stone, but I also wanted to reap the rewards of both stones.  Hmm.

Morganite and Aquamarine

It’s still a Rock on a Rope, even though I added a single morganite bead to the end of the extender chain!  Ding ding ding!  And of course, I felt the need to make it in rose gold.  Perfect!  I haven’t made anything for myself lately, so this was a nice treat.  I also added a solitary, faceted rose quartz to hang out with the morganite.  Divine Love, romantic love, and vitality is a powerful concoction.  This strand of rubies is very special and I’ve only taken 2 beads so far, with very specific intentions.  The first one I made as a tester bracelet with some Chinese Knots and chain.  Again, a very simple design with the knots framing the stone (like most things, I need to make more and take photos).  I wore it for a day before feeling the urge to give it to my sister.  My intuition was saying the ruby did its job, and it was time to pass it on to her.

As soon as Hui.1 went down for a nap, Hui.2 woke up from his 3-4 hour nap.  So we nursed in the studio, nicely curled up in my La-Z-Boy recliner (best investment I ever made for this new baby), streaming more Dawson’s Creek on Netflix (in my defense, I’m waiting for last season’s Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time to be on Netflix so I can catch up).  It was perfect to have some much needed quality time with both boys individually, as well as having some time to truly spend in the studio.  It’s simple pleasures like these that wards off postpartum depression and gives me hope that life with two kids two years apart won’t always be so chaotic.

My new Rock on a Rope

Springing Forward

This past weekend, I’ve been working on this custom order tourmaline necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold Filled.  The biggest challenge of working with mutli-colored tourmaline is finding the perfect transition between colors.  Luckily I had the foresight to buy 5 strands to play with because I knew I would be making necklaces like this one.  It was a nice reprieve from toiling over the website and finally releasing the Chinese Knot Collection and Stepping Stones Collection, but if I’ve learned anything from my family of entrepreneurs, you always have to be thinking of your next project and paycheck.

Most of the fashion industry plan out their seasonal collections a year before they’re released.  While that is something to aspire to, I’ll stick to accomplishing my yearly goals and see how that goes.  Experience has told me that I can plan as much as I want, but sometimes you have to plan for the unexpected.  I never took a birthing class with Hui.1 and I don’t plan to with Hui.2.  I couldn’t have expected Hui.1’s delivery at all and the only thing I can do with this baby is let my team of doctors determine the best course for a safe delivery for both of us.  If he sleeps like Krill does, well, you won’t be hearing from me for awhile… cross your fingers Hui.2 likes to sleep.

And so I am springing forward… nesting as much as I can, percolating ideas for new collections, and enjoying the extra sunshine.

Photoshoot Photos and Happy Thanksgiving

Today, I am thankful for Allison for forcing me out of my comfort zone, time and time again.  I am also thankful for Wendy of D.M. Gremlin Photography for her photographic eye that captures different shadows and angles.  Yes, I’m finally getting around to posting these amazing photos of my jewelry.  But I won’t bore you with the details just yet.  There will be a more in-depth blog post for a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to put together a product photoshoot like this one.  It’s very different from wedding and bellydance photography, that’s for sure!

Jewelry:  Emily Gilmore Necklace * Delicate Tourmaline Necklace * Teardrop Chinese Knot Earrings in Tourmaline

Model:  Allison

Jewelry:  Iolite Sunstone Statement Necklace in 14kt Yellow Gold Filled

Model:  Cristina

Jewelry:  Byzantine Rose Bracelet and Necklace in Sterling Silver and 14kt Rose Gold Filled

Model:  Cristina

Jewelry:  Garnet Necklace and Earrings in Sterling Silver

Model:  Allison

From the above photo with Allison and the garnet set, Allison is actually leaning her body forward so gravity is creating a perfect line between the earrings and the necklace.  These are the interesting lines and odd poses that Wendy has a keen eye for.  I can’t wait to work with her again on future photography projects!