My Story

I'm a girl from a small town in Ohio living in a beautiful coastal town in Florida. I'm married to my very supportive high school sweetheart and we have a beautiful fur baby, Hula. I studied interior design in college and after several career reincarnations I am now here, living the unexpected life of jewelry designer and absolutely LOVING it!!! This blog chronicals my journey through this wild and exhilarating and sometimes exasperating world of jewelry making from idea to fruition!

My art is available at Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center in Englewood Florida

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Too Good Not To Share!

 I know this is pretty far outside the content of my normal posts, but this shepherd's pie recipe (from Martha Stewart's everyday food mag.) is too amazing not to share!  It's really quick to make with very little clean-up and tastes INCREDIBLE!!!  I took a few shortcuts and made a couple of changes that I'll share because time is an issue for me.  The recipe calls for mashed potatoes (as the crust/topping) and to save time and hassle I used the Simply Potatoes brand of pre-made mashed potatoes, one because they are quick and easy (these are a staple in my household, I always have them in the fridge) and two 'cause they're natural (no high fructose garbage or partially hydrogenated bull sh*t).  It also calls for a frozen veggie mixture and I recently discovered the Publix "casual + light" mix (a great combo of fresh frozen corn, green beans, peas, carrots, and limas) I use this for my pot pies too : )  For the onion I also used frozen (we always have these in the freezer too since a whole "sweet" onion is usually too much for one recipe, so we simply chop and freeze the excess).  Thyme is another ingredient, one that I did not have in my pantry, so I used Herbs de Provence of which the first ingredient is thyme, it gave it a lovely sweetness and depth of flavor that really added a nice balance to the dish!  You can also make this ahead and heat later!  I will definitely be making this recipe again and again!!!  Enjoy : D

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Confirmed Artisans/Vendors: (and more to come)
❥ click name for a preview : )
*Stephanie ~ SSMDesign Jewelry Personified (Dec. 9th and 10th) ~ 
Handcrafted Fine Jewelry
*Raphaella ~ Heartful Art (Dec. 9th) ~ 

Motivational Art and Paintings
*Colette ~ Thirty-One (Dec. 9th) ~ 

Customizable Handbags and Accessories
*Stephanie ~ Rodan and Fields (Dec. 9th and 10th) ~

Beauty Products
*Jeff ~ The Coffee Plant (Dec. 9th and 10th) ~ 

Craft Roasted Small Batch Coffee
*Kristi ~ Kristi’s Klean Kreations

Bath and Beauty
*Paisley ~ Paisley Fawn (Dec. 9th) ~

Handmade Plush and whimsically Twisted Illustration
*Karen ~ Yummy Wear Diaper Cakes

Fanciful Diaper Cakes
*Meredith ~ Wild Woman Beads

Beaded and Lampwork  Jewelry
*Bonnie ~  Bon Jean Creations (Dec. 9th) ~ 
Hand Sewn Treasures
*Amanda ~ Hawaiian Butterfly Organics (Dec. 10th) ~ 

Organic Bath and Beauty Products


Monday, November 14, 2011

It has been decided...

I have been wavering for weeks as to whether or not to host a holiday open house.  A venue for my friends, neighbors, and the public with an opportunity to browse and do some holiday shopping in one no-hassle no-pressure environment where they can choose from a multitude of handcrafted items from local artisans while getting to know their neighbors.  I have finally decided to go forward with the planning!  Details and photos to follow as artisans and specifics are confirmed : )  Stay tuned...