Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bridal Gathering Today

We will be at the Bridal Engagement
at Silverado today.


Truffles & Wine & Jewels.

No longer on NW23rd, they recently
moved to Bridgeport Village.

Silverado Portland
7363 SW Bridgeport Rd
(across from the movie theater)
Tigard, OR 97224

photo by Sherri Diteman

Friday, February 26, 2010

Equestrian Inspired Jewels

Delicate,Tiny Horseshoe Necklace.

Lovely photo by MikeBaird.
Equestrian Earrings with Turquoise.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stack-able Rings

These look great stacked together.
From top:
Trio of sterling, oxidized, 14k gold-filled.
Left to right:
Garnet & Citrine faceted Solitaires;
Sterling & 24k Solitaires;
Turquoise & Amethyst cabochon Solitaires.

Design Fix

I think my brain exploded a little bit
in the cerebral cortex.

Image via Apartment Therapy

Window Shopping at Anthropologie

These items caught my eye at Anthro.
Very romantic.

OK, back to work!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Listening to Rita Indiana

My little guy LOVES this song.

Shades of Blue in Jewels

Felted Pod Necklace by ThinkTickledPink
from New Zealand.

360 Degrees Caviar Earrings in Chalcedony
by yours truly.

Calypso Long Feather Earrings by
Pixie Glamour.

Our First Necklace

This was the first necklace I made, set
with Mother of Pearl in Sterling & 24k gold.
I'm making more this week...
It's been a long time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tea Break

I love trying different recipes. The more color
the better. These are from ReadyMade and
they look delicious.

Pancakes anyone?


Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pasta Riscossa with Radicchio & Gorgonzola

Pasta salads remind me of warm weather and blooming flowers. I have spring fever and had fun making this Pasta Riscossa with Radicchio & Gorgonzola to bite the bug. It helps if you pour yourself a little glass of white wine (you have to use it in the pasta anyway). I found the recipe on Martha's site.

1 med shallot minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 ounces assorted mushrooms
1/4 cup white wine
3 tbls fresh chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tbls lemon juice
1/2 head radicchio
2 oz. Gorgonzola

Boil Salt water & Pasta
Drain well
Separate and cool on cookie sheet in fridge

Saute mushrooms, shallots, and red pepper flakes in olive oil & white wine.
When tender add 1/2 head of sliced radicchio, flat parsley,lemon zest and juice. Take off heat.
Let radicchio wilt.

Add pasta and Gorgonzola.
Serve at room temperature.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Red Coral

This red Coral is stunning!
It's currently all over my
studio table too.
Ahhh...Spring Fever.

Spring Fever and Nail Polish

If the weather keeps up, my sandals will come out
hiding. That means my feet will too.
I've got work to do;)

I love this shimmery eggplant color.
Dark & mysterious.

My little guy said I had to have this color.
Maybe because it looks like
apples & candy.

I like his choice too.
Complete opposite of mine.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Listening to Santigold

A little bit funky. A little bit punky. A little bit.

Chop it.

I ripped this pic out of InStyle and asked. Veronica (Gypsy Rose) to cut my hair off. She did it before I could change my mind. I used to have it super long.

Lovin' it short.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Public Speaking at SBLC

When I think about public speaking my palms get sweaty, I get butterflies in my tummy and have a hard time articulating the most basic words. I knew I'd have to face this fear sooner or later. Sooner, rather- like last night. Yikes!

Lewis & Clark Law School's
Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) offers legal help to small businesses in Portland through their Intern Program and the Pro Bono Project. It's a non-profit program that offers affordable legal resources to small businesses that need it. I spoke about how positive our experience has been and in what aspects this has helped our jewelry business and our boutique (Splurge). To find out more of SBLC click here.

On my nervous way up to the 10th floor of the SBLC function I was in a tight packed elevator with Portland Mayor Sam Adams and his people. It was comical. I spoke after him and glad I did it- nerves and all (h
e was an arms length away on my left.)

It was sweet to have our friends/business partners
Kim & Kjell of PLYWERK there.

They introduced us to SBLC .

P.S. Thanks Erin and Baby O for closing the shop for me
in such a short notice;)

Photos by Yed - sorry for the blurry pic:)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spring Fever

Hair Accessories set with gems:
Lemon Topaz
Lapis Lazuli

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Adventures in Portland

The trio (bike, board and blades) came out when the
sun was shining and it was beautiful outside!
I feel for the eastern part of the U.S.

We hung out on the steel bridge
as it lifted for tug boats.

Spring Fever...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Archives of our Shoot

I had to share these images.
This barely scratches the surface of all the work
that goes into a photo shoot: Setting up
camera equipment at each location, test shots,
lighting, wardrobe, styling, hair,
make-up, manicure,
pedicure, music,
food and

I'm sure I missed something.

Post production on the images is
phase 2.

Phase 3 is publish
and print !
Dara Anderson-model
Claudine Ebel-makeup artist
Kira Pinski-hairstylist
Kim Oanh Nguyen -photographer

Monday, February 8, 2010

Listening to Vampire Weekend

Just the music fix I'm craving for a Monday morning.

Jewels of the Day

I've been sporting these large Soft Hoops.
The diameter is big but they are super light.
My lazy-go-to-pair.

Did you weather the weekend well?
I had
an amazing date night;)
Also a mellow Super Bowl Sunday
at the shop.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pearls and Gems

Our studio table is sprinkled with Pearls and faceted
briolettes. I love mixing pearls with transparent,
faceted gems in all colors. The opaque luster
of the pearls make these gems really
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Design Fix

The elements are beautiful here.
I love the fabrics, wood, textures and color.

I'm a sucker for unique room designs.

photo via Apartment Therapy


Secretly I've had this strange fascination with antlers lately and wonder where this is coming from. Is it my Texas roots? Did I inherit this from my grandpa? Here in Oregon, I may get red paint thrown at me for having these illicit thoughts...Shhhh don't tell anyone please. This vegetarian version is just as cool as the real thing! You think Yed will let me put this decal up somewhere?

P.S. Just to clear things up, I like the antlers but couldn't bare some cute doe eyes staring at me.

Photo and artwork by TastySuite

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

PS: I Made This...

Check out this Faux Porcelain Pottery
- using glass containers. Love! I found
this blog surfing the blogosphere and it's
inspiring! All you DIY divas must
check it out here.

photo via PS- I made this...

Fancy a Picnic?

I know the weather is chilly, but when I see those rays peeking through my window my mind goes racing. I think of frolicking outside to take advantage of the sun's deceiving grin. Well, I loaded up my neglected basket and dropped by a friend's house for a picnic indoors. I have to do this more often because it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. I can't wait for the Farmers Market to start so I can fill it up with flowers and vegetables.
Sigh... I have spring fever.

Fresh Delivery: Stella's on 21st

Stella's on 21st is complete eye candy!
During my recent visit, I was enchanted by their
selection of gifts, hats, purses, paintings, etc...
Now our jewelry is offered there.
We are in good company!

Plus Robyn and Nina are delightful;)
I recommend you stop by if you find yourself
on 21st Ave. NW Portland.

Photo by fablesto

Monday, February 1, 2010