Thursday, October 27, 2011

Messy Apartment, or, That time I wrote a blog post just to tell myself it's ok to have a messy apartment.

I always get a pang of jealousy when I go into someone's apartment that do I say this.....empty? Nothing on the floors, tables nice and clear, bags upon bags not hanging from the backs of chairs. My brother lives somewhat like a minimalist, with carefully chosen furniture and design pieces. I think I live like the opposite of a minimalist, and Ben is just along for the ride (though slightly begrudgingly).

There are lots of reasons for the excess in things. A) I work from home, and while I could have a huge studio with a room for packing and shipping and stations for every single aspect of jewelry making, the whole operation is more or less jammed into the very edge of the living room. Therefore, things tend to spill over into the rest of the room. Like boxes. And pliers. And stones. And beads. (Yes, beads. I know. What's happening to me.)

And B). We got married! And got lots and lots of (wonderful and plentiful) gifts!! So at the moment I'm attempting to rearrange the living room in order to fit all of our new tables and lamps and bowls and vases.

I'm going to show you some pictures. Don't be disturbed- they make the apartment look WAY more hoardier than it is. I hope, at least. Let's go on a tour, shall we?

This lovely little end table will now serve as my tiny packing station. That big ol' box of envelopes used to be in it's place, up until 2 minutes ago. I think the table looks better- no?

But now where do I put this enormous box of envelopes??

All I need to do is clear off this stool, and I wouldn't have to stand over the workbench hunched, working. Why don't I clear it off? i don't know. 

Ahhh. My beautiful new book shelf. I can't wait to decorate the edges of the shelves and paint a chalk board on the side where that bag is hanging! 

This is where sh*t gets a little crazy. ( I still haven't decided if I can swear on here. I probably can.)

Note the little gym in the left corner, consisting of a stationary bike I have yet to use more than twice, and a stability ball that I fantasize about doing sit ups on. I love the new giant clock (CB2, wedding gift). All of the pictures in that vertical row are Etsy related (either bought on Etsy, or bought from craft fairs from vendors who are on Etsy). We got that old school map at a yard sale a while ago. That magazine rack all the way on the right is one of my favorite additions (also wedding gift, also CB2- (thanks Emily and Chris, if you are reading this!)

My parents bought that record player on top of the book shelf, with the speakers, instead of going on a honeymoon. I love that. Ben and my dad made that record stand peaking behind the magazine rack when we were home sometime last year. Daniela and Sam got us that cool blanket on top of the hideously upholstered (but free) recliner! 

This is where things get scary looking. I just need to move those cardboard boxes, and things should look slightly more sane. Hi House!

This bigger shot REALLY makes it look crazy.

I do love these though. The little stack of plates was a wedding gift from a small town in France where a famous writer spends time, who came to our wedding. I LOVE them. The vase was also a gift (thanks Josh!) And that TABLE. Ben's friend Bender made it from wood salvaged from NYC water towers! How cool is that?? He makes furniture in New York.

Another glorious view of my little staged set up. That there is soy milk in my coffee. Something crazy is happening to me I think.

This morning I woke up and decided to stop eating dairy for a week and see what happens to me. What if I transform into a different person?! I think I might.

Okay. If you are still reading this, you truly are a champ. Also funny, this is how I look right now as I write this:

My mom got it for me. I don't think I'll ever wear anything else again. It is the PERFECT stay-at-home jeweler uniform. 

So. That's it. I'm off to chance (because today is the one day I have to go work in public. At Ginger Root! Now with online store!!)

Later gators! Next post might be an adventure in making espresso with a stove top...espresso maker. Scary! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Some new biddies

Oh, boy. I started Gossip Girl from the beginning (to watch while I work, of course) and it is soooo annoying and bad and good. I can't stop watching it.

I also made these:

Purple Geometry

I do believe I am in love. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hi kiddos! Guess what! I got a big new shelf to put up by my work bench! Now all I want to do is decorate it. Paint a chalk board on the side, stick rhinestones along the edge of the shelves. I took this picture of all of my drusie's with the earring cards I'm slowly putting together:

And then I made this! 

Meanwhile, I'm catching up on orders, working on some soon to be sort of major orders, and already stressing out about craft fairs and the holidays! What are you up to?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hey hey hey!


Last night I walked in Ginger Root's runway show for Ready Set DC's Fashion: District. It was pretty wild. I wore my own Lady Bloomers that I had bought from them a while ago, and an amazing yellow and blue shirt, which I ended up buying. I wore it home from the fashion show, and am actually wearing it right now! I can't wait to see the real pictures, but here's one we took on my friend Sadie's phone, who I wrangled into walking too. 

I ALSO bought a new nail polish product which I am very excited about. Haha. So excited though, really. It's Esse and it's a matte top coat, so it makes whatever polish you use have a matte, non shiny finish. Which I'm kind of obsessed with right now, for some reason. 

Also I made some things yada yada yada, but I'll post those later! Tuna calls! (Ben just seared some tuna.)

Sunday, October 9, 2011


guess what? i got a tripod for my camera!! SO MUCH EASIER TO TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING. but mostly of me. Here are some of my faves, most of which were mess ups. 

I love this picture SOOOooo much. i dont know why. i just love ben in the background. 

It's been a while since I took a pic of the honey knuckles. Maybe it's time for a new one in the shop?

This necklace photographs so nicely. also I got that t shirt for 2.50 in urban outfitters.

 I love my hair in this picture. Jeez I'm concieted. 

And finally, I made a new Ultra Bow Ring!!! In the store now. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sleep High Five

The other night, Ben and I were sleeping, both facing away from each other. At the very same second, we each started to roll over, extending our outer arms to spoon each other, and in the process high fived.

That's right. We sleep high fived. We both woke up and laughed for half a second, and then went back to sleep.

Sleep high five. Think about it.