photo skill a day : days 11-17

Here are my photo skill a day shots. I find the photo skills to be far more of a challenge. Some days I know the subject I want to capture immediately, then other days I fumble around with different ideas until I find the right subject matter. But it always gets me to open my eyes.
day 11 : documentary #1 {night}
I plan on documenting parts of my day that are always the same.

day 12 : silhouette 

day 13 : texture

day 14 : typography

day 15 : negative space

day 16 : positive space
clock by Chris Vicini + Charlotta Klingström

day 17 : high contrast {part 1}
black + white

day 17 : high contrast {part 2}
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photo a day challenge : days 11-17

Here are my photos from fat mum slim's photo a day challenge. Enjoy!
day 11 : what makes me happy

day 12 : inside my closet {slitter belts, I don't leave home without one!}

day 13 : blue

day 14 : heart

day 15 : phone

day 16 {part 1} : something new {boots!}

day 16 {part 2} : something new {sunglasses!}

day 17 : time {5.august.2005 | time flies}
xo, kim
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studio brick

Yet again I've realized that the path I take to my studio mailbox looks different to me every time.
I notice a shadow instead of the railing.

The repetition of color..

..and shapes.

I had long thought I came to the conclusion that I love our green doors against the rust colored brick..

..then I found this red door and can't decide which I love best.

I discovered this in a never before explored alley. I love the turquoise and pea green together. Also the contrast of how two very different materials age. Metal is overcome with moss while the wood gets weathered away.

I will never grow old of these stars. 

All of the snow last year caused these new white marks and patterns on the exterior of the buildings. It makes me miss snow this year, but the patterns are quite pretty.

I will always find the silhouettes cast by the towers to be just dreamy. 

happy thursday!
xo, kim

rainy day photos

Even rainy, hazy, foggy days can be pretty ones.

xo, kim


bus tunnel

One of my favorite views from Thayer Street is this alluring tunnel. 
bus tunnel | thayer street | providence, ri
as Nice Slice says: "it makes Thayer Street less lame".

xo, kim

a neighborhood stroll

My neighbor was feeling a little under the weather so she asked me to take her pup for a stroll.
It's been months since I've been able to walk Callie girl to the park so I didn't hesitate in saying yes.

I've missed the neighborhood. Watching plants slowly come to life or start to dry or decompose. 

I love the cycle of the seasons and they have slipped past me.

I could take the walk alone, but it isn't the same. Without my girl, it is just too lonely. 

But Boo was more than happy to sniff while I shot a few winter photos.

Not that the weather is all that winter-like. 

But the leaves finally fell. And the park is bare.

And the winter weeds are lingering, waiting for true signs of spring. 

and by spring, Callie girl will be up to walks again. a
nd this mama will be a happy one.
happy monday!
xo, kim

photo skill a day : days 2-10

I came across another photo a day challenge by called photography skills. I really dig this project, it makes you look at every little thing you see in a different way, or every little thing I see through my instagram lens. 
day 2 : shadow
shadow of a railing on the studio grounds

day 3 : portrait
me, part one

day 3 : portrait
me, part two

day 4 : pattern
radiator cover

day 5 : landscape
run down city scape in Providence

day 6 : motion
l'artisan cafe ceiling

day 7 : shape
triangle + circle 

day 8 : still life
objects collected from neighborhood strolls

day 9 : S-Curve
railing in the city

day 10 : ordinary object
coffee measuring spoon by extraordinary makers, Beehive Kitchenware
You can find me on instagram as @kobrienjewelry. 
Join us, won't you? Kim


a weekend stroll in warren Rhode Island

This weekend I spent many hours combing through thrift shops. I am going to be in a few new shops soon (hopefully Valentine's Day soon!) and I need some displays for one of them.
I heard that there were a few antique shops in Warren. Unfortunately, the one I was looking for closed 5 years ago but Warren was fun anyway.

I love this quaint little street. 

There was one store front so full of items it was overwhelming. 

The artist seems to have an affinity for religious icons. 

And a liking for craftsman style lettering.

There was certainly a lot to take in. 

My other reason for making Warren a destination was to see The Wooden Midshipman, another shop I will soon be selling in. I'm smitten with the space and the goods she has to offer. I left with a bracelet (I haven't left home without it yet) and some lovely hair pins that actually stay in my fine hair.

I'm sure you know that if there is iron work in the area I am going to photograph it.

The repetition mesmerizes me. 

This building had some lovely vines...

...and colors.

And here I am, being a peeping tom.

I wonder what the spring or summer makes this vine look like?

I bet it really jazzes up the place.

And this drill press I fell in love with.

Warren has some interesting window displays.

Living in a city I miss little old hardware stores. 

The shops where you can get screens repaired instead of replaced. They are usually housed in the quaintest of places too.

happy wednesday!
I can't wait to have my bling on this little street. I'm off to get making.

xo, kim

january photo a day : days 24-31

I am a little late to the photo of the day game, so this is my first recap. All photos are taken/altered with instagram. I'm finding this challenge proposed by fat mum slim to be quite inspiring. My eyes are wide open ready to take in more of my daily life, looking for a different angle in which to capture the theme of the day. I set out with the topic in mind, trying not to go for the obvious keeping this fun challenge fresh.  

day 24 : guilty pleasure... packing peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in my lunch.
day 25 : something I made... new series of forget-me-not necklaces.  

day 26 : colour... red + aqua, my new favorite color combination.
day 27 : lunch.. I stopped by Olga's for some coffee + a delightful seeded bagel.
day 28 : light... light shining through a textured window, creating shadows and depth to patterns.
day 29 : inside your fridge... my new avocado colored butter dish. it makes me feel all grown up.
day 30 : nature... I decided to capture nature indoors, mementos taken from walks, pieces of nature I just can't leave behind.

day 31 : me, again. this one I did on two parts. Me at home..

day 31 : me, again... me out and about, as most folks see me around town.

Won't you please join us? It's great fun. Maybe it is the little kid in me who misses homework assignments. I suppose it is about time I confess.. I am a nerd at heart.
xo, kim

January Photo A Day # 30 : Nature

As an avid user of Intagram I had been wondering what the tag #janphotoaday was all about as I scrolled through my feed. Then the lovely Linda of à la mode stuff explained the photo a day challenge she was partaking in. Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim has come up with an inspirational list of themes for us followers to capture each day. Thus far, today's theme was my favorite. Nature.

These are sweet little pine cones from Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. They sit with my other dried winter weeds collection right outside the coat closet.

Being winter and all there isn't much thriving outdoors.

So I decided to take some photos of nature which has been brought indoors. 

Most of these photos are of natural objects collected by my neighbors. 

They decorate the windowsills for which I am grateful. 

But I have my own collection in my studio and home.

I keep objects I want to fabricate in metal. 

Or pieces that I want to have cast. 

Above are eucalyptus pods that I've had cast into silver. They've been around for a few years, waiting to be enameled and made into jewelry. 

Today's theme was so inspiring that I couldn't take just one photo. Once I started thinking of how to overcome the dilemma of capturing nature in it's weakest season I realized that I've surrounded myself with pieces I've collected on walks. It seems I am not alone by the looks of our back porch.

 In the future I am planing on sharing a weekly wrap up of my photos of the day here on my blog. Why don't you partake in the fun? Get your inspiration here

happy monday!
xo, kim

toil and trouble, keeping me cozy

I made a special trip home yesterday to get these lovely mitts from my mailbox. I just couldn't wait to get  my special order from Ana of toil and trouble
I am smitten with them. The color is perfect, the texture is divine and they are perfectly cozy.

Take a look at Ana's etsy shop. You will be smitten too!
xo, kim

save the usps 2012

A few weeks ago on twitter the lovely Sarah Coyne of eggagogo started a call out to gather addresses for her campaign of saving the usps through letter writing. 

I immediately jumped at the chance to get in on the fun and sent out my own request for addresses. Callie Rose and I got some cards together. We sent out a mix of our own handmade winter cardsheatherjeany stationery, and jill bliss cards. One of my secret indulgences is stationery and I was happy to send part of my collection out into the world.

Seeing as Callie did such a great job posing for the stamp used to help save the usps, I thought she should have her name in with the return address.

In case I haven't told you before, Callie has her own last name.

And the best part of this campaign is my letters just starting arriving! I am amazed at the effort these other ladies put into their parcels. Picking stationery, writing personal notes full of encouraging words..

..and even putting together sweet care packages. This one is from Tabitha of a lil expression and tbell photography. This is one of my favorites. Even her business card is adorable. 

If you'd like to join in on the fun send your name and address along to with the subject of 'save the usps 2012'. I'd be happy to send some more stationery out into the world. And there are still some Callie stamps left which should be even more incentive to email me. 

I've been thinking of extending the fun and sending out monthly letters. It gives me a good excuse to buy more stationery. It keeps us corresponding on a more personal level. It keeps the usps working. 
Are you in?

xo, kim

in need of cheering up

I'm in need of some cheering up today. Life has been challenging lately. One thing I can always count on to cheer me up is spending time with my Callie Girl. 

We have been cuddling a lot lately. Mostly on the floor since our girl still has an injured knee and can't jump on the bed in the mornings. I have really been missing our walks. I miss the time with her and the time exploring our city, capturing it all with my phone to return home to share with you. But what I am grateful for is that our girl may have an injury but she doesn't show it. She is still happy, playful, cuddly and loving. Callie still thinks she is a puppy and loves life. I have a lot to learn from this pup. 

i hope these pictures warm your heart a little.
happy friday, kim

winter weeds + brick

Here are some lovely winter weeds, some from Wayland Square and others from my studio grounds.

And I threw in some brick pictures for good measure.

happy wednesday.
I'm really hoping we get snow this weekend. 

xo, kim


winter blooms

In the early fall I bought some amaryllis bulbs. I set out to get something to brighten up the studio but found myself buying two bulbs, one for home and one for work. The one at home quickly flourished, while the erratic heating at the studio caused an early demise for that plant. I don't think it will be the same again.

It bloomed early and was it ever pretty while it lasted. I am hoping there is another stalk waiting to come out when winter decides to arrive. I'd like some pretty blooms to look at while it's snowing outside. 

happy friday the 13th.
xo, kim


handmade holiday, what I treated myself to..

I started my handmade holiday early. While it was still warm and sunny I ordered myself a little houses coat. I wanted a longer coat and I wanted to indulge in a little houses coat so it was a match made in heaven. 

You can't tell here but it clears my bottom. No lower back draft for me. She was also sweet enough to line the cowl because this girl can't deal with wool touching her skin. I am in dire need of a better picture of me in this coat. It fits like a dream and I get many compliments on it. 

Once I had my new coat I needed some accessories for it. After perusing Liz Smith's booth at Bazaar Bizarre I couldn't get this heart brooch out of my head. 

Now I have myself a Made In Lowell brooch for my new coat. I'm smitten! It is the perfect shade of orange with green stitching. That crafty Liz has an eye for color. 

I came across this bag by accident. I swear I was looking for a gift for someone but the lace had me mesmerized. So, I came home from Mass Market with a Forest Bound bag and I haven't looked back since.

I just had to accent it with this pin from Rar Rar Press. That's right.

Have I mentioned that it is dangerous to live so close to Craftland? I never seem to deliver a batch of bling without buying something. While chatting with the sweet Devienna I tried on some Candy Thief headbands. On that day I left empty handed, rare I know. When I returned for meet the artist night I left with this headband. I'm in love. 

Looking back it seems I may have an addiction to buying handmade. 
There are worse things in life to get hooked on.
xo, kim

happy christmas!

It's been a few years now since I made my own cards so I went all out this year.

I bought some linoleum blocks thinking that I would carve them. 

In the end I cut triangles from pieces of rubber blocks and mounted them to the back of the lino blocks. 

I had fun mixing the paint.

And using a briar for the very first time! 
{well I guess I did give one a little roll on the moveable type truck} so this is the first time I've used one all on my own like a big girl. 

I wasn't happy with any of the green paint options so I mixed some gold in with the basic green. Each tree was a slightly different shade but they all shimmered.

I enjoyed seeing progress. 

And the third tree got some silver mixed in. 
I couldn't make a card without it looking like it was covered in metal dust. 

I really loved hanging them on the clothes line to dry. I felt so accomplished. 

It seems that we needed more than triangles with stumps. So, I cut some stars from an old cork. 

And the trees were topped. I used a regular old ink pad for the stars and stumps. It seemed easier considering the size. 

Keeping with tradition I made the Callie stamp. It's been seven years now in which I have been putting my girl's face on holiday postage. I have family members who collect her stamps. The first year I did it we received a ton of compliments. While everyone was discussing the Callie stamp one of my aunts asked how everyone liked the stamps she made of her kids. No one noticed those. Callie proved to win the popularity contest.

Finally, my completed pile. Signed, sealed and ready to deliver. 

happy christmas! happy everything and anything you celebrate!
xo, kim + callie too

happy christmas eve

Our city is all lit up and festive this time of year. I love it this way!

happy christmas eve. 
I hope you are happy wherever the night takes you.
xo, kim

city of hope

A lot has changed since I moved to my city. I was full of hope and dreams. I thought my business would soar and I'd be part of the craftiest communities around. 
It's a case of the grass looks greener.... But one thing that never changes is my love for the city.
And I certainly wouldn't leave it to return to the country. 

It's simply beautiful and I can't help from hoping it will treat me well someday soon. 
Maybe it just has different plans for me than I had for it. 

pretty vague, but at the very least enjoy the pictures and happy friday.
xo, kim

pea green + sapphire blue

I came across these green poms at whole foods and new I couldn't leave without them. 

They make my day a little brighter. 

happy thursday!
xo, kim