Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I used to have this amazing window garden. With mint, basil, lavender, lemon balm, cilantro, etc. I even grew carrots one year! It took up my WHOLE window. With my recent changes in schedule, and my longer days, I have not found time to plant the garden I want. I still have my aloe (which needs a lot of love) and some cacti. However, I wanted more. Then I found a shop on etsy, plaidpigeonI fell in love with their dinosaur planters RIGHT away. I got three. They all came with names, but I forgot them, so I might need to rename them. I think that big green one is an Alvin.

This blue guy, I don't know what to name him. The planters are great. It did take over a month and a half to receive them though. So if you are on a schedule, you might not be able to order from them. But I wasn't, so they are perfect for me.

They are the perfect replacement for my garden. Even if I don't get any cooking herbs out of them. They are still great little guys.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dreaming Big

I love what I do. I love creating and matching colors. I love bending metal, and using tools. I love hammering steel, and the glow of the fire. I love teaching. I love being surrounded by excitement, and the scaffolding for knowledge. I just can't get enough of teaching and my jewelry business. It makes me, me.

On our trip back from Mackinac, I saw an empty store front and I got a bit antsy. Which, if you know me, like really know, you know this is nothing new. I'm always antsy. Just today I fiddled with THREE paper clips until they broke in a span of 5 minutes. I can't watch movies because I get up and pace. I am an antsy person, but this store front, it was different.

When we left, I felt a pull to that store front, in which I spent way too much money at as a girl scout visiting the island back in the 90s and early 2000s. I told Keith, kidding of course, that one day I want to open a store on Mackinac. I don't know if I'm kidding anymore. I would love to own a small trinket shop up there, but not like the rest. Maybe one day eh?

When I lived on the island, we regulared this bar that was an irish bar, with loads of decor all of the walls. My favorite was a vintage sign that read "Beware pickpockets and loose women" I loved it, and I'm not sure why. Well, I found one on etsy, and told Keith about it in passing. He found a really swanky one, that was handmade to look vintage. It's much nicer then the one at the bar. I love it!

Upon giving it to me he said "for when you open your own shop!" Too bad, I'm not leaving museums for awhile, so we might have to wait 20 years to hang it ;)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Craft Fair Update

Keith and I did a craft show a few weekends back. It was really great. Good neighborhood, good sales, and an AMAZING bar-b-q place right behind our booth. This is a photo of our jewelry section. I finally got to use my jellybean fabric thanks to secondsanctuary. I love it.

Keith worked hard to get all my resin pendants ready for this show. He really helped a lot. But thats doesn't surprise me. He's a great boyfriend and business partner.

This is a photo of the whole booth, including the earring holder my brother in law made for me for xmas. I love it. It was great except the children who just would spin it fast. I wasn't quite sure where their parents were, and I didn't feel comfortable turning on my teacher voice, so Keith did instead.

All-in-all great show. We did have some moments of overwhelming feeling because there was just SO many kids. I also had a woman kind of insult me saying I make only things for kids. I don't think that's true. Although I do like bright, funk and funky stuff it's for the young at heart. I do have several things for ALL ages, including this fun Stephanie Necklace, made of a simple vintage cabochon and chain. I love it actually.
Anyway, I hope you all have a great day. My next craft show in July 9th! We hope to do really well, fingers crossed!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wide open road

I have been M.I.A. lately. I'm very sorry. Personal and professional life have gotten in my way of Loki's Jellybeans. Things have calmed down, and I'm ready to start being the type of business woman I want to be. I have a new line of cluster necklaces that will appear in my shop soon. I also have wire wrapped rings ready to be put online.

This weekend Keith and I took a MUCH needed vacation and drove from good ol' Chicago to the island that holds my heart, Mackinac. It was a long and happy journey filled with friends, laughter, good food, and even better memories. Every time I leave that place, it leaves an 8 mile sized hole in my heart.

So now we are back. and work begins again. I will update this more and more. I promise.