Tuesday, October 26, 2010

assemblage, part 2

 Some of the items I was working on last week.  I'm very excited about the watch band bracelets (like the one above)

Now that I have photos, I'll be working on a shop update!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Old Things

We've got a table at the BIM again, and this weekend is the annual steampunk fashion show.  It's not actually at the tent (it's a few subway stops up) but we're going to make a few special pieces anyways.  I am excited to get into my boxes of old, antiquey trash and play around with some new things.   I've compiled some of my inspiration today, and I'll show you what I've been working on soon!

I love this keyhole bracelet from Daniellerosebean:

And these brass filagree bead earrings from EricaWeinerJewelry (but of course I covet everything in her shop):

I love this key brooch from Redheart13:

But the queen of assemblage is Sparrow Salvage.  Her pieces are always fantastically pieced together, and she has a great blog too! (And I'm in love with her new collection postcards)

So I'm going to be using up some of my collection of lace, leather, old chains, brass findings, and bits of broken old jewelry.

This is what my table looks like now:

I'm having so much fun!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Rocket's Shadow

This book came from some friends who were moving.  I can't believe they decided to let it go, but, then again, I'm a huge sucker for old books. Especially this one.

Anyone up for an electronic adventure?

Monday, October 18, 2010


Do you remember the mystery crochet horseshoe from this spring?  Well, I know who left it in my bin, and in a completely separate (well, almost) series of events, I have also found out where it came from.  Thank you, Anya!

There's a store in Tucson, Arizona called tel•e•gram, and I only wish it had existed while I was living there.  They carry beautiful handmade goods, jewelry, they have a loom and they hold quilting classes(!), while making some of the most beautiful, modern quilts I've ever seen:

But the best part is that they ordered a wholesale batch of rings and buttons from us! So now you can buy our line in Telegram on fourth avenue.  I love Tucson, and can't wait to visit this winter!

(see why we got all those fancy new cards?)

All of the beautiful photographs are courtesy of the telegram blog, which I highly recommend visiting for a superb dose of inspiration, and can be found here

Friday, October 15, 2010

chipboard cards

Check out our new laser cut cards--We tried out a few different styles, and still aren't quite sure which ones we're going to use. I like the cutout ones, but poking out the letters can get exasperating.  The etched ones are nice and subtle, and the blank ones can be stamped or left as is. Our website is on the back, so even the blank ones are branded. What do you think and which ones do you like?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Type Tray

Something very nice a dear friend gave me for my birthday.  It's taken me a while to fill it, and it's certainly not even full yet!  I am having so much fun finding things to fit in it's little spaces and I love the water stained backing in all the trays. 

you can click on the last photo to enlarge it and see the treasures!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Some New Items in the Shop

New in the shop

Our horizontal mesquite necklace:

Vertical mesquite necklace:

And new teeny tiny stud earrings!

You can click on the photo or the link to view the listing.  I'm so excited about the wooden pendant necklaces. Mesquite is such a beautiful wood to begin with, and we made some homemade beeswax polish to finish them--it makes the wood look so beautiful.  I went on a furniture polishing rampage throughout the house after I made it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Home Made Furniture

We needed a low, narrow shelf to fit our overflow of books.  They were literally stacked on every surface, including the couch and the kitchen table.  We had been looking at some furniture stores, and through the ikea catalog, but there wasn't anything that fit the space perfectly (or really at all).  So we decided to make our own.  We went to Home Depot and bought boards and had them cut to size.  We sanded and stained them to match our other bookshelf, and used corner brackets to attach the legs.

The design of the shelf was pretty easy; we measured our largest book and decided the height of the shelves accordingly.  The length was dictated by the length of the boards at the hardware store, and they just happened to fit perfectly.  There are four legs, one on each corner, and two supports in the middle (made up of six pieces, each bracketed to the shelf on the top and/or the bottom).  We were worried that we would miss a measurement somewhere and it wouldn't fit together, but it was surprisingly easy to construct.   The middle supports basically dictated the height of the shelves, and we intentionally left the corner legs a little long to accommodate for any discrepancy in the measurements.

And look at our new shelf!  I was afraid that the room would be too full, but it works nicely; keeping the top shelf pared down keeps the room from looking cluttered.  

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Come Visit!

We're at Brooklyn Indie Market today on Smith and Union in Caroll Gardens in Brooklyn. Stop by if you're in the neighborhood-or go for a walk; it's a beautiful day!