This little state

I love this little state from the bottom of my heart. Being little unites us. We don't forget a face and usually that face is behind a small business we love. We support each other, promote each other and keep each other going. My jewelry business wasn't planned to take root here but it did and I am so very grateful to be a part of this community. Thank you for supporting, buying and pushing your love of handmade.

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xo, kim

inspiration leads to exploration

Maybe you do or don't know this about me, I consider myself a hiker. I may not have a bunch of miles or mountains under my belt and may have just started less than a year ago but after hiking the tallest peak in the New England, then bagging the peak next door, I declared myself a hiker. There are 48 mountains in New Hampshire which are 4000' or higher and so far I have tramped over 21 of them. Each one is different, but all of them embrace me, nurture me and inspire me. I see the details others may pass by, the tiniest alpine flowers, berries, lichen, moss... I take pictures so I can take these memories with me, researching the names of what I met on the trail getting to know the mountains better and better with each hike. As I look over these pictures I see colors I want to use in my jewelry. Forms, shapes and textures I want to explore in metal. These adventures force me to explore in my studio. Here is a look at one of my first explorations (well, the first one to make it to my website, that is)...

snow and lichen covered cairn leading me towards another summit

snow and lichen covered cairn leading me towards another summit

When you are on a trail the colors you see are overwhelming. You can try but you can't ever fully capture nature's beauty. When I first saw black and neon green lichen creeping across a grey rock I was in awe that these colors happened in nature. I saw the rocky grey landscape as a canvass for things to grow over, blend with, become one with. I reflected on my jewelry and how I had taken a similar approach. Grey enamel and sheets of silver had become my canvasses in which I explored colors and textures. I knew one day I would stray from my go to palette and try as best I could to capture nature in glass and metal. 

a sample of grey granite, littered with raven colored lichen

a sample of grey granite, littered with raven colored lichen

this earring style had long been retired. a good customer asked if I would make her a pair and I couldn't resist. How lucky am I that she trusted me to experiment with my new palette?

this earring style had long been retired. a good customer asked if I would make her a pair and I couldn't resist. How lucky am I that she trusted me to experiment with my new palette?

walking through a rock and lichen lined col, feeling empowered and inspired and at total peace.

walking through a rock and lichen lined col, feeling empowered and inspired and at total peace.

There are more of these designs on my bench, not yet completed, completed designs are not yet photographed, and some designs are in my head or sketchbook (aren't they the same?). Just as with my city dweller collection, I am slowly creating a summit this way collection which grows and evolves with my adventures and I hope you love it just as much as you loved the designs influenced by my city living. 

Thank you for buying these shiny objects made with love, made with my own two hands with a side of blood, sweat, dirt and tears. 

xo, kim

 

Studio shots

Spring orders are coming in. Seems like ladies are ready to adorn themselves with color this season.

Beveling edges  

Beveling edges  

Dapping fine silver, making perfect cups to hold enamel.  

Dapping fine silver, making perfect cups to hold enamel.  

Some days you walk into the studio to find the sun filtering into your work space and you stop to appreciate it.  

Some days you walk into the studio to find the sun filtering into your work space and you stop to appreciate it.  

Hydrangea and goldenrod are loved most right now.  

Hydrangea and goldenrod are loved most right now.  

As always, thank you for being awesome and buying handmade!

xo, Kim  

New in shop!

Mix and match or layer them up!

I'm in love with these bold colors and matte glass beads! I couldn't stop playing with different colors, shapes and finishes with these newest pieces of my bling with beads collection.

as with my entire new! section these ship free with code new! until something newer comes along.  

xo,  Kim 

New! Fuchsia and black

I'm in love!  

I have a few new bling with beads designs for you. I think this may be my favorite so far...

Which earrings would you choose to match this necklace... the neon matte fuchsia or matte black? I can't decide so I made both!

More coming soon! Until then enjoy free shipping on these with code new!.

xo, kim

Inspiration

In color and texture  

I can't count the times I have walked or run past this door and mailbox and saw something unusual in the window of the mailbox and never captured it. The other day I was out for a stroll with my best lady, Callie Rose and decided to start my documentation of this little nook. I look forward to what else I may find in this couple inches of space in my hometown.

the bright pink contrast to the weathered door and rusted metal is striking.

the bright pink contrast to the weathered door and rusted metal is striking.

I have been further exploring layers of color in my enamels and how I apply them but this really makes me want to do some further studies and explore larger pieces.

I have been further exploring layers of color in my enamels and how I apply them but this really makes me want to do some further studies and explore larger pieces.

I am always fascinated with whites, not so whites....

I am always fascinated with whites, not so whites....

and the unexpected breaks in whites where color emerges.

and the unexpected breaks in whites where color emerges.

No matter where my legs take me I am forever inspired and hope I never get too busy to take in the details and beauty of life. I know these observations will lead me to something. A new design, a new method of creating, a new aesthetic, another floor to add to my foundation as I expand my horizons.

I vow to never stop exploring. In life. In jewelry, In the woods. In running. In every last aspect of life. 

Thanks for taking this journey with me.

xo, kim

Shimmering silver...

This wintry hue has my heart...  

 

while it is still chilly and the ice is thick, let's embrace winter with cool colors.

while it is still chilly and the ice is thick, let's embrace winter with cool colors.

This is a half clear and half silver glass bead. Super shiny and reflective, just like ice all the water frozen around us.

This is a half clear and half silver glass bead. Super shiny and reflective, just like ice all the water frozen around us.

look close...you can see the half clear and half silver detail of the beads in this photo.

look close...you can see the half clear and half silver detail of the beads in this photo.

I can never decide on which chain finish I prefer, shiny or oxidized... can you?

I can never decide on which chain finish I prefer, shiny or oxidized... can you?

which are your favorite ear wires? shiny or oxidized? I can't decide either....that is why both are always an option.

which are your favorite ear wires? shiny or oxidized? I can't decide either....that is why both are always an option.

As with all of my new pieces these ship for free with code new! until something newer comes along.

xo, kim

Brass itty bitty necklace : behind the scenes...

I am loving my little adventures playing with brass. Here's a peek at how much work goes into these itty bitty necklaces...

Golden metal dust.  

Golden metal dust.  

Cutting discs... 

Cutting discs... 

An itty bitty piece is cut... 

An itty bitty piece is cut... 

And repeat... Does this ever take muscle! 

And repeat... Does this ever take muscle! 

After a little blood, sweat and love I have a few brass circles to pay with.  

After a little blood, sweat and love I have a few brass circles to pay with.  

Itty bitty brass necklaces add some golden sunshine up your day.  

Itty bitty brass necklaces add some golden sunshine up your day.  

take a look at my new! section and shop for  brass and silver jewelry and enjoy free shipping until something newer comes along. 

xo, kim

how we spend our days...

...is how we spend our lives.

A few days ago I came upon this quote from Annie Dillard and it made me stop and think. If I were to be at the end of my life and look back would I be happy with how I spent these past few days, weeks, months, decades of my life? The answer was no. I knew immediately that I needed to focus on this feeling and search for a renewed purpose in who I am. I got my sketchbook and markers and wrote this quote over and over and over, pages upon pages were filled with these words. I focused on the words, memorizing them as single words then as a whole sentence, engrossed in their meaning and trying to come to a conclusion towards how I wanted them to be a part of my life. Finally, I wrote the quote in a fluid motion, these words, like days came together to form a sentence, a sentence which gave me a new outlook on life. I set my sketchbook on the center of my desk and went to bed setting an intention to awake the next day and spend my day as I wanted to spend my life. 

soldering bangles and pausing to enjoy it.

soldering bangles and pausing to enjoy it.

I had a list of orders I had been neglecting and knew I needed to get to them on this fresh new day. My days before this had been filled with panic and doubt and my practice had been plagued with insecurities spilling over from my life, making my work a hindrance, however, I wasn't allowing this to put a cloud over today. This isn't how I intended to live my life. Reflecting back I realized as a teen I went to college to learn a trade to assure I spent my days and life doing something I loved. I started out being practical focusing on art education. In my twenties practicality slipped away as I fell in love with jewelry and metals. I knew this would be more difficult to pursue as a career but I knew it was where my heart was. I looked forward to the challenges of this medium as I learned the tools of the trade. It became clear to me that I was loving my days spent at the bench much more than my days spent at a desk in front of a projection screen and I went forth to change my major and get my BFA in jewelry and metals. Days and my life slipped away and in my thirties I found my way back to my bench to focus on spending my days doing what I love, hoping it would lead me towards making a living doing what I love. I felt rusty (I still feel rusty), I lacked confidence (still do), panic, doubt and insecurities creeped in but that was before, I had intended on today being different. I wanted to spend my day as my twenty-something self planned to when I starting in the jewelry and metals program. I had spent the night before meditating on this quote and today I went to my bench not only to put a dent in these orders but I was going to have fun doing it.

tap! tap! tap!

tap! tap! tap!

Part of my intention for the day was enjoying the process, the tools involved, the hiss of the flame, tap of the hammer and dull sound of the mallet shaping silver over a steel mandrel. I came to realize how gracefully I move my beloved tools over metal and my confidence started to find its way back to me.

bangles taking form.

bangles taking form.

Being lost in the movements of metalsmithing I soon realized that what I dreaded and feared had slipped away. My pieces were taking form, silver wire had become bangles that someone will wear for years to come. This is how I wanted to spend my days and life.

pausing to smile and think, yeah, I made this and made it well.

pausing to smile and think, yeah, I made this and made it well.

Spending my days feeling happy, accomplished and more certain than the day before will lead to a life spent the same way. I am grateful to have this new outlook and will continue to embrace it. 

another part of the process, tying bows in brown paper packages and shipping them off to my customers.

another part of the process, tying bows in brown paper packages and shipping them off to my customers.

As I type this I am sipping coffee, being interrupted by my dog who just needs to be pet right now, and looking forward to another day at the bench. Today I will have my furball by my feet and I won't get as much done but she is a part of my days and my life and I wouldn't change that for the world. 

Thank you for reading. I hope this quote can bring meaning to your day. Yesterday I was brought great joy after sharing it on my facebook page and having someone tell me she needed to see that at that moment on just that day. Some days we spend helping people in ways we don't even realize and if that is how I spend my life I won't look back and regret that at all.

xo, kim

thank you!

As a thank you for buying handmade this holiday season I am offering free shipping with code 'thank you!'. (valid until 3.january,2016) 

up to my knees in gratitude

up to my knees in gratitude

up to my shoulders in gratitude

up to my shoulders in gratitude

over my head in gratitude

over my head in gratitude

You certainly kept me busy and for that I am grateful. Treat yourself and add some sparkle to your bright new year.

Thank you!

Kim

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Happiest holidays!

From my favorite girl to you...  

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Thank you for a wonderful pre-holiday season.  

Merry everything! 

xo, Kim & Callie Rose

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Last call!!

Procrastinators, this is for you...

Have you been putting off dealing with crowds just to buy a mediocre present or to gift an ugly sweater? Well, wait no more. Get shopping at these two amazing, local shops full of handmade goodness. Did I mention that each of these shops has part of my collection you can't find elsewhere? Now, that's motivation for you!

click photo for more details!

click photo for more details!

so many bling with bead choices in earrings and necklaces AND itty bitty brass earrings. O-YEAH!

so many bling with bead choices in earrings and necklaces AND itty bitty brass earrings.

O-YEAH!

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click photo for more details

Craftland is the only place you can get brass bangles in person. Try them on, layer 'em up with the silver ones. Have yourself a golden holiday!

Craftland is the only place you can get brass bangles in person. Try them on, layer 'em up with the silver ones. Have yourself a golden holiday!

A special thanks to those who ordered online...

each night I leave the studio knee high in gratitude. xoxoxo

each night I leave the studio knee high in gratitude. xoxoxo

Thank you for supporting my little handmade business!

Happiest Holidays,

Kim

Holiday! Celebrate!

Last minute shoppers, here's the scoop...  

Celebrate with handmade bling this season!
Buying handmade is awesome. Everything you order is made just for you, with a whole lotta love by my own two hands. What makes the holidays more special than handmade presents? Nothing, buying handmade means being able to make special requests and giving loved ones something to cherish for years to come. Have something in mind? Contact me so we can get to work making your holiday perfect.

 The USPS says we have until the 21st to get Priority packages to your front door by the 24th. Place your orders by the 17th so I have time to make you something awesome! Why wait? Get shopping

New! items ship for free with code new!. You can find them in this section. More items to be added throughout the 17th. (free shipping valid until 12.21)      

I am knee high in gratitude, soon to be waist high. Thank you for keeping my hands busy and dirty, my bench pin fill of silver dust, my tools tapping and whirling and my flames hissing. Without you I wouldn't be a maker.
xo, kim

Brass itty bitty earrings

Finally! These sweet earrings are listed in my shop....  

The backs are covered in silver. Enjoy brass without green ear lobes! 

The backs are covered in silver. Enjoy brass without green ear lobes! 

I love them paired with my to the moon and back earrings in dark and hazy. What will you pair them with?

I love them paired with my to the moon and back earrings in dark and hazy. What will you pair them with?

To celebrate I am offering free shipping with code   'new!' until the 7th of December. Check back soon, I'll be adding new work daily. 

xo, 

kim  

 

Holiday updates!

I bet you are wondering what I am up to for the holidays. Well, my jewelry at Craft-O-Rama in New Bedford, MA which is my old stomping ground! I took metalsmithing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth CVPA campus in the heart of this quaint little city. I love it there and hope you do to. Stop in and shop!

Want more details? Look here!

Want more details? Look here!

While you are there be on the look out for new bling. Here is a little peek...

itty bitty earrings in silver and now BRASS! They aren't in my shop yet so please contact me if you want a pair.

itty bitty earrings in silver and now BRASS! They aren't in my shop yet so please contact me if you want a pair.

itty bitty necklaces in brass are also new! -and also not on my site yet, please contact me if you are interested in this new design.

itty bitty necklaces in brass are also new! -and also not on my site yet, please contact me if you are interested in this new design.

and so many bling with bead necklaces - again, contact me if you are interested in these new sparkles. 

and so many bling with bead necklaces - again, contact me if you are interested in these new sparkles. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have a shop update soon. If you simply can't wait, don't be shy and email me so we can get some fresh bling delivered to your doorstep.

xo, kim

Autumn sale!

It's autumn. It's gorgeous and full of color out there. Let's celebrate with 20% off my entire shop!  

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Use code autumn leaves to save 20%. Good until the 18th of November.  

Happy autumn!  

Kim

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Working hands

I know I have already shared some behind the scenes photos of the fabrication of my itty bitty rings. With them being so popular it is hard not to stop and capture the process. It is a process I love after all.  

So much sanding... 

So much sanding... 

So much cleaning... 

So much cleaning... 

So much finishing... 

So much finishing... 

So much love for this itty bitty ring! 

So much love for this itty bitty ring! 

I got creative here, using my camera's timer and holding the phone between my chin and collar bone I was able to capture my hands at work from my point of view.  

Thanks for reading. Thanks for buying handmade. Thanks for keeping these hands working. 

xo, Kim  

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making and wearing...

As a student I made jewelry which pushed the limits of function. Cocktail rings too large for one to fit their hand in their pocket, necklaces laden with wire too fragile and pokey for hugging, earrings which would get caught in scarves and bracelets which would stop you from putting your arm through a sleeve. Once I graduated and got a real job I started to collect sensible jewelry I could work in. Earrings which allowed me to listen to patients on the phone, patients who needed listening to. Bracelets that didn't get in the way as I typed for hours on my keyboard, rings which didn't interfere with fixing the ever broken fax machine and necklaces which didn't get tangled in phone cords. 

Notice I said collect. That was before craft, before I decided not to waste my talents and passion. Finally, I gave up that unhappy life. I unpacked my tools, grabbed them tight and started to do what I love, make lots of noise to create functional, timeless jewelry. Now that I am a maker I make jewelry I can wear while I am making jewelry for others to wear. I think it's pretty awesome. My rings add a little sparkle to my hands but I can still wield a hammer while wearing them. Necklaces are delicate but don't get stuck in whirling tools. Earrings, well, I can pretty much wear what I please as I blast any music I want loud and clear in my studio, no head phones required. Bracelets need to fit well and not get in the way of soldering -as an aside, stacking them up makes for a lovely tune when I wear them while hammering. 

So, here's a little post on making and wearing....

wearing bronze asters and measuring wire (along with these dark and hazy earrings!)

wearing bronze asters and measuring wire (along with these dark and hazy earrings!)

cutting wire in my dragonfly shirt by An Li Studio. I try and wear as much handmade as I can!

cutting wire in my dragonfly shirt by An Li Studio. I try and wear as much handmade as I can!

texturing city dweller bracelets and wearing them in silver and brass. also wearing a black and tan necklace. I love that my pieces from different collections can be mixed and matched. 

texturing city dweller bracelets and wearing them in silver and brass. also wearing a black and tan necklace. I love that my pieces from different collections can be mixed and matched. 

My itty bitty rings and stacking rings are never in the way. They are perfect for someone who works with their hands. Love that brassy sparkle! One day real soon these will be in my shop. They have been tested and approved. I promise you will fall in love with them! (If you look super close you can see these earrings which match my lovely necklace!)

My itty bitty rings and stacking rings are never in the way. They are perfect for someone who works with their hands. Love that brassy sparkle! One day real soon these will be in my shop. They have been tested and approved. I promise you will fall in love with them! (If you look super close you can see these earrings which match my lovely necklace!)

That's a whole lot of hoops! Working hard and sparkling at the same time!

That's a whole lot of hoops! Working hard and sparkling at the same time!

Not only do I wear bling in my studio, I wear it running, hiking and backpacking. For me rings and earrings are always a staple. What sparkles won't you leave home without?

xo, kim

thanks for buying handmade!

Jump!

After two trips to these bluffs, many cheers and pep talks and hearing "just like your morning run, go for it" from a stranger. After saying "I can't" just to be told I can do anything and being reminded of all the things I said "I can't" about in the past which I have now overcome the fear of by just doing, and doing it well. After being reminded of all the fears I had conquered and how they helped me to grow as a person, as a jeweler, as a daughter, as me. After being reminded that doing what scares you can result in experiencing something you love, like the splash of the water as it caught me, after being told by my father who had jumped before me, "don't think, just walk".... I jumped! 

the diving board at Warrens Point beach in Little Compton, RI.

the diving board at Warrens Point beach in Little Compton, RI.

There was some debate as to whether it was 20' to the ocean at low tide, or 40'. I'll call it 30', but it wasn't the number of feet involved, it was the fear of letting go and falling. Hearing that splash as I hit the warm water was worth my knees knocking together, my heart racing and my palms sweating as I walked that plank. The unknown became known and I loved it!

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It was a great adventure, well two adventures really. I got on my bike, which had been long neglected and pedaled to the shore, both times with two people who have encouraged me through the good and the bad, always reminding me I was capable of anything. Pedaling to get there reminded me of just how much I love experiencing my surroundings on foot or two wheels. Both are different, both are me exerting myself and feeling stronger for doing so, both force fresh air into my lungs, both force me to live in the moment. 

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This path I took was gorgeous and I can't wait to enjoy it during my half marathon training. Summer will be fading and I will see it in a new light, that is how I like to experience life, through seasons, change and growth. Part of my training journey will be searching for new routes to experience as I put one foot in front of the other to reach my goal.

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Autumn may bring more changes than leaf color, shorter days and less flowers in the garden. My leap that first day of September got me thinking I need to face change, embrace it and go into the unknown. 

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On this adventure I saw the path to this beach with new eyes. It is a place I had placed behind bars and locked up in an attempt to keep it in my past. Locked up so tight I had't realized I would be conquering a fear other than my fear of heights when it was suggested we go to jump the bluffs in the late days of summer. I saw a new way to get there, a beautiful way, a route that took my breathe away. It gave this place a new space in my heart, taking away the pain I had associated with those gorgeous bluffs of that private beach club, a pain I won't discuss here... I pushed past the pain as I pushed my pedals forward, I sought new beauty in what was tainted by another person. Only I know of this pain and I am the one who got myself through it one pedal at a time. That may be more to be proud of than my jump. It may be why I wasn't able to get the courage to jump on my first visit, my fear was unlocked and a few memories surfaced which I was trying to process and replace with new memories, seeing it differently twenty years past. I will happily take these new memories with me into my future.

Where that future goes may be found on four tires, not two and with two feet and four paws. With all of the new things I have tried my 36th year, the year I devoted to challenging myself, I have come to realize the world is huge, beautiful and there for me to explore. It holds challenges I never knew of and want to face bravely. Every trail is different, even the same trail is different on a different day, just as I am. I want to explore this world, see it, love it, love myself in it. After spending 36 years migrating back and forth between two very small New England states I realize there may be something else out there waiting for me and I don't want to miss it. This 36 year old wants to live the dreams she had at 17, dreams pushed aside out of fear and the desire to please others. She wants to hit the road, living her life as her own, exploring, learning and growing, taking experiences with her to grow as a person, as a jeweler. Maybe she will discover there isn't much, but at the very least she will have faced the fear of the unknown. 

Don't think, just walk is my new motto in life. 

thanks for reading...

xo, kim