Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bouquets of Flowers

Wednesday item of the week in my Etsy Shop!

~hand-forged sterling silver earrings~

inspiration: bouquets of gorgeous peonies, lilies, marigolds, and roses all tied up in gauzy ribbon and lace

Enter the code "tangleweeds blog" in the message section of your Etsy receipt to receive 30% off these rustic,hand-forged sterling silver earrings. Discount applies to this item only, from now until July 6th, 2010.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

One weekend full of roses

A couple of weekends ago Jeff and I had a lovely day out and about in Berkeley and Oakland. The weather was gorgeous! First we had lunch at the Rose Garden in Berkeley. Afterwards we checked out some of the open artist studios throughout the east bay.

Berkeley Rose Garden


pale pink rose


spotted roses

pink belle roses

At the end of the day we went to our usual Sunday night spot, Jupiter for live bluegrass music. It was the perfect ending to a relaxing day.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Blissful and Busy

Blissful and busy. . . these kinds of days call for a certain kind of outfit. Clothes that are easy to move in but still flattering. And especially this time of the year, I want to wear pretty prints and soft fabrics.

Blissfully busy

Right now I'm really drawn to this silhouette of a fitted blouse, tank top, or tee paired with a flowy, drapey skirt. Flats or sandals being the most appropriate shoes of course!

Hair detail. The butterfly is actually an old broach. I took the sharp stick part off and attached it to a bobby pin.

Blissfully busy

The most comfortable shoes in the world.

Blissfully busy

And, as usual, you can see these photos of mine and many others' creative outfit adventures at Wardrobe Remix on Flickr.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


For today's Thursday feature I bring you another jewelry artist working in fiber and thread and fabric, Spinthread.

ginkgos earrings $35.00

peacock fan necklace $55.00

Lorena designs and makes these funky and fun necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and accessories. Quoted from her featured seller interview:
"Long story short; I draw, then draw again on the embroidery fabric, embroider, cut out, apply lace, sew it all together, attach hardware and finally, ship! Sometimes I wish it was as easy and fast as it sounds. But the results are incredibly worth the long process, and as one of my returning customers put it—-you gotta wait for the good things."

pastels bracelet$40.00

Her jewelry adds a lovely pop of color and attitude to the simplest of outfits, or pairs nicely with vintage dresses and tops. There are so many ways to wear her designs!

striped poles earrings$40.00

Head on over to her shop and pick up something new and lovely and handmade to add to your summer wardrobe!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So Quaint!

I just had to re-post this little blog post from Verhext's blog . It's a charming post that's a mix of details about a wedding dress she designed and made, pictures of the interior of a lovely home, and pictures of these darling little cabins and cottages that make you feel like you've wandered into a fairytale!

Yellow Hibiscus

If you want to take a stroll through a magical kind of life, wander on over to Verhext right now!

Inky Blue Night Skies

Wednesday item of the week in my Etsy Shop!

~hand-forged steel earrings~
inspiration: the inky blue sky at night, all the beautiful stars twinkling and blinking far above our heads

I've hand-forged two circles out of steel and then textured and sanded them for an aged, rustic appearance. The circles have been accented in sterling silver as well. Labradorite teardrops hang from the circles. Sterling silver ear-wires.

Enter the code "tangleweeds blog" in the message section of your Etsy receipt to receive 30% off these rustic,hand-forged steel earrings. Discount applies to this item only, from now until June 22nd, 2010.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Berkeley World Music Festival

As promised, here are some pictures from the Berkeley World Music Festival. All of these were taken at the infamous People's Park in Berkeley.

Some girls hula-hooping to the music.

Sean and Jeff playing hackey sack.

Vendors selling handmade goods.

The world's cutest dog (or one of them at least!)

More hula-hooping.

It was a delightful time!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kjoo Fiber Jewelry

For this week's Etsy feature I thought I'd share another jewelry artist with you. There are so many stunning jewelry shops on Etsy, such a huge array of styles to choose from. I've always loved fiber jewelry, and recently discovered Kjoo on Etsy, via Portugal! Maria João Ribeiro designs and makes all of these lovely creations.

leather and cotton necklace $75.00

leather and cotton cuff$135.00
set of 4 leather rings $50.00

Check out her shop for more colorful, ready-for-summer jewelry!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rustic Copper and Brass

Wednesday item of the week in my Etsy Shop!

~hand-forged brass and copper earrings~
inspiration: rusty tools, birdcages, coils of wire

I've hand-forged these earrings from brass and copper wires, and hand-textured them to achieve a rough-hewn, old look. These earrings hang approx. 4 inches long but are very light. Attached to brass ear-wires.

Enter the code "tangleweeds blog" in the message section of your Etsy receipt to receive 30% off these rustic,hand-forged copper and brass earrings. Discount applies to this item only, from now until June 15th, 2010.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fairs and Sunshine

There sure was a lot of both of these all weekend for me! On Saturday my boyfriend and his son and I went to the Berkeley World Music Festival. We had a great time, even the semi-reluctant 10 year-old who was convinced he would not have a good time. He made pretty good friends with the gentleman selling chainmail armor, jewelry and hand-crafted "weapons" made out of foam and pvc pipe. He went home with one new "axe." I'll have some pictures from that fair tomorrow!

Yesterday was the Temescal Street Fair. It was a big hit! I think the one BIG thing I would have done differently was water supply! I would have packed a DOZEN water bottles. While it wasn't that hot yesterday it was hot enough to warrant constant water consumption.

I thought I'd share some of the photos from my booth. I wish I had taken some photos of neighboring booths. Something to remember for next time!

Thanks to all who dropped by to say hi! It was a great day, full of great music and friends. I also met some new lovely folk as well. If you missed this one, you can catch me at the next Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco on July 31st and August 1st.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scarlett - Handmade Gemstone Jewelry

Today's feature is a jewelry shop I just recently stumbled upon. I was instantly mesmerized by her intricate wirework and luscious choices of gemstones and color. Gorgeous work!

All of her jewelry is handmade from sterling silver and 14k gold filled metals, and genuine gemstones. She specializes in detailed wire wrapping techniques, and custom designs.

Stop be her Etsy shop, and find her on Facebook, here. I'm sure, you too will be entranced by her mystical, lavish jewelry.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bright Sky Blue

Wednesday item of the week in my Etsy Shop! Today I bring you a new design, a spin-off of an old design. These earrings are a bit rustic, a bit earthy, but still feminine.

~hand-forged copper earrings with lapis stones~

inspiration: clear blue skies, on a warm sunny day, beachside!

Enter the code "tangleweeds blog" in the message section of your Etsy receipt to receive 30% off these hand-forged copper earrings. Discount applies to this item only, from now until June 8th, 2010.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Long Weekend

A long weekend it was, for most people at least! I worked most of the weekend at the coffee shop, but I did manage to fit in some time for fun and good food and time with the people I love.

My boyfriend and I almost always go to Jupiter, in Berkeley on Sunday nights. Not only do they have great beer and pizza, but they also have free, live bluegrass music. I looooove bluegrass music. It might sound a bit cheesy, but for me, hearing bluegrass feels a little like finding home.

Jewelry work was a bit neglected the last few days, I must say. I'm looking forward to a good, solid four days of dedicated work time. I'm still getting ready for the Temescal Street Fair too. Hope to see those of you who are local there!