Thursday, June 30, 2011

Adventures with Spin Pins

Over the weekend I learned about the Spin Pin by Goody from my friend Julia who was using it.

I. am. in. love.

Come with me on a photographic Spin Pin journey...

Look how happy I am! Look at those weird, whispy bangs!

First, gather a high pony tail. But only if you are wearing my pink crystal ring.

Just sitting here with a funny look on my face as I twist my pony.

"arrrggg" now make that face and spin it into a bun.

See? It's a bun.

Then you spin on pin into the bun on one side. And then spin the other pink going in the opposite direction on the other side!

My bangs are less weird!




Only use the spin pin if you are watching Kathy Lee and Hoda.

It's really hard to take a photo of the back of your head.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ginger Root Wedding!

You may remember reading about Kristen and Erin- the owners and designers behind Ginger Root Design in DC. (Fun fact: I'm now the shop girl on Thursdays!) Anyway, Kristen got married a few weeks ago back in Minnesota where she is from, and the wedding seemed so magical! She made everything, with Erin's help, from the wedding dress pieced together from segments of her mother's wedding dress, as well as her mother-in-law's, to the Lady Ties that the bridesmaids wore! Here are some photos, snagged from the photographer's website, Tiffany Bolk Photography! Click on the link to see more!

Oh hiiiiiii!

I know, I know, I've been a terrible blogger. Here's what you missed in my life:

I went home for the weekend to see Wilco at the Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA, where I'm getting married in September. It was amazing, quite possibly the best weekend of my life. Just so pleasant, not too hot, had fun with friends. I took zillions of photos and videos, but borrowed my dad's camera. And I don't have the right cord to put the pics on the computer. AND now I also forgot to give my dad back his camera. Oops!

Here are a few pics I took on my phone:

Unrelated to the concert, but a tea-cup filled with flowers that my Mom made as a test for our wedding table centerpieces!

Here is Ben as this super cool installation at the museum.



It was pretty darn rainy for two days of the three, so on Saturday Ben got these amazing rubber rain overalls, which he was so excited about. At one point they told everyone to go inside because it was about to rain really really hard, but Ben just sat out in one of our lawn chairs and basked in the down pour. Cute.



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Procrastination Post!

OKAY. From here on out, this blog will be better. BETTER. more! content! pictures! non-jewelry things! I PROMISE, OK? PLEASE KEEP READING!

Anyway. This weekend a handful of us are going out to Mass Moca (for non wedding related things) to see Wilco's Solid Sound Festival! I hope it's fun. I'm not a huge concert girl, and a festival general makes me want to go to sleep, but this one seems like it will be nice. So I'll be sure to post pictures through out THAT.

And....right now I'm drinking coffee that I brewed this morning that I hate. I love drinking coffees in other people's kitchens. Why? What's wrong with my coffee?

Hold on, I'm going to put more milk and some vanilla, or maple syrup, or SOMETHING.

Ok. It's a little better. Still not great.

So, what's new?

I have a serious craving to go shopping but will NOT.

Ok, time to make some pretty things. Later Gaters!

Hm. I'm having some major issues posting pictures right now. I'll try again soon!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

My negative 5 minutes of fame

Well gang, this weekend I did something funny.

I auditioned for a Project Runway spin-off, Project Accessory.

It was in New York, and we were going to Westchester for Ben's grandmother's 92nd birthday party anyway, so I figured I'd give it a go.

I had a special arm band because I spoke to some people before on the phone, and they loved my song.  
Here I am waiting, with a weird smile.

 The whole thing was strange and surreal, and I ended up singing a VERY awkward few verses of the song. But the judges were clapping to give me a beat, and they were clapping very slowly, so it was just me basically saying "I...Like.....To....Make....Jewelry....All....Day...." and then they stopped me.

BUT long story short, they said that if I expand my pieces and work on a bigger collection (whatever that means), I could get on next season and probably win.

Which is pretty great, since I might not have been able to get married had I gotten on!

So, that was my weekend.

Also, how sweet is this green chandelier? It's hanging in Ben's grammy's house.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Obama sighting


I was taking pictures of this:

by the window in my bedroom, and then a billion cops on motorcycles with sirens drove  through the intersection on the corner in a line and then a bundle of big important looking black cars! Ooooooh. Fancy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Two newbies

FINALLY I was able to list a couple of new things.

Number oneL My new favorite necklace! Meet Phillip! He has a bow tie! And he's a deer!

I need to take a better picture later.

Also made this opal band. Pertty.

Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm sorry!

I've been so neglectful! This weekend Ben and I took a mini vacation to Baltimore for Saturday night. What a delightful city!

This was taken at the American Visionary Art Museum. It was SO sunny. and the mirrors were SO glaring. I had to close my eyes until ben said NOW or else I had to most horrific facial expressions.

Anyhoo, I'm pooped beyond belief. Still catching up on orders (not a bad thing, I know I know), and I have a few little wholesale projects I'm trying to stay on top of and I need to do some gest blog posts AND send thank you notes for the shower! Ay yay yay!

Now I'm going to get a pre-sleep snack. Don't be mad.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Well, gang

It's over. I'm no longer everyone's favorite adorable weird dancer. Well, maybe I am, but I'm not on the front page anymore :(.

But! Onwards and upwards! I'm about to get interviewed for this website in little video, and I'm nervous. I'll be sure to post it when it goes up! What else. I have loads of orders to catch up on, have 12 boxes stacked up waiting to go to the post office, 

Also, last night I used a mint tingle mask that my friend got me as part of a basket of goodies for my shower, and I had no idea how blue it would be! and tingly!

And now I'm waiting nervously for people to come over to interview me! Eek! 

Monday, June 6, 2011


Am I not supposed to go to sleep as a featured seller? i feel like i need to monitor, even though nothing is really happening! 

I also just got my new tumbler in!! I can't wait to tumble EVERYTHING.

Everyone has been just so nice and supportive of everything!! Thank you times a billion for the kind words ya'll!!

Now I'm going to lie in bed in the dark and stare at my gmail until something happens!!!! Goodnight!

Funny article

I was just interviewed for a little story on the website!

"The uke burbles. The egg-shaker rattles. And Rachel Pfeffer warbles about the joys of metallurgy.

"I'll grind and torch and sandpaper all day," she sings in "Jewelry All Day," a song she recorded with her friends Steve Kolowich and Noah Bein to celebrate her selection as Etsy's featured seller this week. The lyrics, she says, came to her while brushing her teeth. Bein suggested ukulele accompaniment, and the song was forged.

"I have some regrets: That I didn't brush my hair or put on makeup," Pfeffer, who is 24, says. She made the video herself, "balancing the Flip cam on chairs" and dancing with her hammer. So far, she thinks, it's working: "I've gotten like six orders so far," today, she says, and another blog has reached out about doing a product review.

Pfeffer, who moved to D.C. in September, has been making jewelry full-time for the past year and a half or so. She has a facility for marketing, she says, and "figured if I could write a funny jewelry song, I thought it could give me some buzz."

She played clarinet in high school band, but Pfeffer's only experience in independent music production before this video was in her eighth grade band Sugar Chicken, a band whose work the Internet is not able to produce easily.

Her attempts to convince her father, a jeweler in Greenfield, Mass. (which may be the jewelry capital of the Connecticut River valley, seriously, check it out on Google Maps) to use the song in his commercials have so far been unsuccessful, Pfeffer says. "Maybe I'll license the lyrics to him," she muses. Her parents like the song, Pfeffer says, adding that her mother's "dream come true is for me to be in a klezmer band." This may be as close as that dream gets."

Hahahha, thanks Andrew!!


Yes, yes. it's true, my friends. I have been a little distant lately because I've been working like CRAZY to get ready for my featured seller spot on Etsy!!! Read the interview here!!

It also means I can finally share the final edit of my Jewelry All Day video! I know everyone has just been DYING to see it.

Jewelry All Day from rachel pfeffer on Vimeo.

I'll keep you updated on everything!

So many things.

First, I had my bridal shower! It was SO nice. some photo highlights:


Friday, June 3, 2011

Too tired.

Must post this picture of a necklace I made today. cant talk. bye.

love you bye


Sometimes it feels like everything just happens at the same time, leading to a whirlwind of craziness. 


Right now I'm in Greenfield, MA, working in my dad's jewelry shop, making as many drusy rings as my little hands can. And now I have a headache. A bad one. So I left and am in the neat cafe next door, waiting for a bagel and maple cream cheese, which is really just cream cheese drizzled with hot maple syrup. It is quite possibly the best thing in the universe. Oh my god. 
It's so good. 

And now my fingers are sticky, and my keyboard is sticky. 

ANYWAY. I made really fantastic little bundle of drusy rings yesterday!

All but the dark one on the left are naturally colored. Can you believe it??

Oh, and it's free donut day at Dunkin Donuts! Get movin'!