Latest custom project with repurposed gold and diamonds provided by client. This pendant was designed with a lily motif. The client’s daughter is named Lily.
Chain attaches seamlessly to pendant and to petal detail with diamonds.
So, I’ve been told this wood goes by the name of Burl.
Hello, Burl you are so cool. I think I love you!
I took this picture in Central Park’s Ravine. It’s from a fallen log. I love the texture and will be doing some pieces with a similar pattern.
I just recently made a bark texture style man’s wedding band for a client that found me on my website. He had such wonderful thoughtful things to say about my work, I had to share it. It tickles me pink, to make someone happy with something I’ve made.
“Last night I received the ring and it is beautiful! It is better than I thought. The color is not completely white or yellow but white with a hint of yellow which is very special. And I didn’t even think about the weight. The ring is not light, it has presence and I love it. Thank you very much for making it for me!”
Bark Band is part of the Manlier Collection in my shop.
I actually took this picture a couple of days ago thinking it would be a nice post for Mother’s Day, but I’m a little late in posting this.
It’s a succulent called Mother of Thousands. I gave some cuttings of this plant to my mother last year and wonder how it’s doing in her kitchen window. I wasn’t able to go visit her for Mother’s Day this year. So, this picture makes me think of my mom and the thousands of mothers out there. Happy Mother’s Day!
Detail of the lacy edges of the leaves that form and then drop into the soil to produce more leaves. Hence the name, Mother Of Thousands. Such a sweet little house plant.
I went on a trip to southern California and was blown away by all of the unique botany that grows there. They have had a unseasonably cool summer and the plants must of loved it. I took some pictures and am very inspired to design some jewelry now. I wish I had noted the names of these flowers and plants during my time in California- that would have really taken it up a notch. If any of these translate into some designs, I’ll do some research to figure out the technical name.
Gorgeous Blackish Purple Flower- the petals are like that of an artichoke.
Thorny Succulent I spotted at the San Diego Zoo.
This palm has eyes all over it. Something about it reminds me of Picasso. I’m calling it Eye Bark.
Sweet little plant all decked out like a Christmas Tree. I love seeing the different phases of buds to blooms so compacted together.
Thorny Leaf- super cool. This is my favorite California Botany find.
This little puffy plant reminds me of varicose veins, but way cuter.
I’m in the middle of packing and organizing for my move to NYC. Several months ago on a walk with my dog, I gathered some old magnolia husks in a field. I put them on a shelf in my studio for inspiration. This is the dust from the husks.
I had to take a few pictures- it was such a lovely surprise to find this when I picked up the husks to pack among my other natural vignettes in the studio. For now I sealed the dust with clear packing tape which I have very handy right now. I’m thinking an art project could come out of this accidental in the future.
A grouping of natural elements found out walking my dog, Ramona. I have these organic vignettes around my studio for inspiration.
A mushroom I found that looks so much like a flower. I thought it would eventually dry into something not so pretty, but it is still just as lovely as the day I picked it out walking Ramona.
I love this coral sponge. It would be amazing as a piece of jewelry, but I think wouldn’t translate well into a mold because of all the tiny fissures.
Acorns that I collected on a seasonal walk with Ramona.
I had watched the decay of this animal for quite a while on my many walks with Ramona. I waited until the day it had been cleaned pretty well by the turkey vultures in my neighborhood. I had thought it to be a snake with all the tiny vertebrae, but then I found a row of teeth and have decided it’s probably a possum. My Dad told me that possums don’t carry diseases like other animals- I guess they get a bad rap because of their appearance.
I also picked up a turtle shell the other day and cleaned it with bleach. I put it on my coffee table among other nature vignettes I’ve arranged. I was looking for it the other day and couldn’t find it. I guess Ramona just couldn’t resist and ate it. Yummy!
Ramona, my walking companion and turtle shell eater.
I found this sweet little rose thorn when I was out walking my dog, Ramona. It’s utterly feminine and really edgy all in one. I love Mother Nature. She’s just the coolest.
Rose Thorn Necklace
Mixed Metals, silver thorn & gold cable chain
Multiple Rose Thorns
Blackened Silver & Open Link Chain
Rose Thorn & Lapis
Blackened Silver & Snake Chain