Sunday, October 30, 2011

simple + stunning :: lauren handler designs

for my mother's 60th birthday, my siblings and i wanted to get her something special. we decided on some opal jewelry and i volunteered to search etsy for something that she might like. that's where i found lauren handler designs ::

lauren's pieces are the kind of jewelry that anyone can wear. paired with a delicate gold or silver chain or wire, each of her designs embrace the raw beauty of each stone, whether clustered together or standing simply alone.

i quite like this piece :: black & gold, how dramatic!

how sweet is that pink jade?

turquoise is a classic.

this is the piece we purchased :: peruvian opal, isn't it lovely? lauren even lengthened the chain at my request- no charge! i was very happy with my purchase and, needless to say, mom loved it too.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

music to make you swoon

if you haven't heard zee avi yet, get ready to experience some of the smoothest, sugar-coated vocals since ella fitzgerald. seriously, i'm in love. this is the kind of music I would listen to while baking a cake or sewing a dress. inspiring.

Monday, October 17, 2011

the sun + the river

last week i took a {long overdue} vacation with my mom + siblings to sunriver, oregon. it was beautiful. and quite fun to hang out with the family, like we did when we were kids.

my sister Annie + her husband Fred strolling towards the riverbank...

...pretending to be explorers

a family of deer crossed right in front of our bicycle caravan! i totally fumbled for my camera and snapped a few quick shots. {this would have been a good time for a zoom lens}

my adorable bear-cub nephew Gabriel was the highlight of the trip for all of us. what a funny little guy! i love family vacations.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

coming soon...

more fishies arriving soon in the shop... stay tuned!