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It's 2017, and I have lots of feeeeelings and somehow watching them translate into magical swirls of color under a domed glass upon my finger provides a sense of calm. Do you have your adult mood ring yet? Sending this batch of moody beauties to the lovely folks of @kitkitdizzi; go get tangible in Nevada City!




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Jewelry making has been the fuel for so many incredible adventures during the 10+ years I've been practicing this art. Part of the shift I've been navigating in this new chapter of life (new city, new brand direction) is the seeking of balance in this practice. It was just about a year ago when I determined that working for myself full-time was ultimately not nurturing my vision, and I needed to reassess. Since then, I've worked countless odd jobs, met fascinating characters, and accumulated many great stories. Seattle felt like a scary leap into the unknown-- sure, finding support for my new direction felt easy enough in the community I'd lived in for many years, but how could I trust that I'd land on my feet in uncharted territory? And then, as my vision clarified, the most wonderful thing happened: I came upon a job listing seeking the exact skills I've been sharpening for the past decade. I'm proud to say that now, in addition to my own jewelry practice, I am also fortunate enough to work for another jeweler in helping her visions come to life. I knew I wanted to work with Britta the moment I shook her hand, and it's been such a joy to step into this role at the @britta.ambauen studio. Last week, we took a little trip out to the absolutely magical coast of Washington for a photoshoot; we played on the earth, slept under the stars, shared stories of our lives as women and artists, as dreamers and lovers. I returned from that trip with my spirit feeling fed and emboldened in ways I haven't felt in years. And that's pretty fucking cool. My heart is full and my head is bursting with gratitude and ideas, and I cannot wait to share them with you!




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Crawling out of the abyss that is settling into a new home, and getting into that creative flow again!! These sweet little pieces are going to the ever-lovely @trouvestudio in dreamy California!




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Signed a lease on a new home in a new city and now just twiddling my thumbs until move-in, so in the meantime I'm gathering inspirations from my temporary home on the Olympic Peninsula.




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Made these little studs just before shutting down my studio in Asheville. It's been a while since I've made a pair of earrings that I have wanted to wear every day; I can't wait to get settled in Seattle so I can make more of these and finally update the online shop...




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On the road, journeying towards the unknown-- a month of travel to visit family and friends sprinkled across this strange land, and then the full-on reality of settling into a new life in the majestic PNW. I snapped this hypnotic pic on one of my last days in Asheville while taking an impulsive walk around Beaver Lake. Asheville, you will be missed!
It's so rare that I prioritize time to play around, to explore my materials in an unstructured manner; I too often say I'll get around to it later, which is a vicious cycle. I've been clearing out the studio for months now in anticipation of an upcoming move, and really stripping down to the most inspiring, most intriguing materials I've collected over my 10+ years of jewelry-making. I've learned that if there's something to distract me from what I really want to be doing, I will absolutely procrastinate. I have held my deepest work too close to my heart, afraid to let it go... perhaps in fear of criticism. Shifting over the past year from full- to part-time metalsmithing has been an integral step towards getting to do the work that moves me in a spiritual sense. It's a slow process, y'all, and it is so important to keep that balance between urgency and patience.




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Returning to the source; I've been significantly paring down my possessions-- for years, really, but even more so lately-- and enjoying the discovery of which belongings feel integral to my spirit. I acquired this book on Alphonse Mucha years ago and it has worked its way into my must-haves over and over again. It's a resource, a wellspring, a place to revisit for revelations. In a world full of stuff, that's pretty special. Also, I'm super nostalgic about the 90s and am thus making some legit grown-up mood rings that won't fall apart like the $3 versions I used to acquire from mall stores back in the day. I'll be making a small batch in two stone sizes, holler if you're also thirsty for a 90s flashback for your adult digits. 😘





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I'm loving this raw prehnite I picked up recently; making a limited edition of 10 necklaces and a couple pairs of earrings. Holler if you're interested in snagging some before I send them out to some rad stockists!





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Grateful to work with this faceted hunk of rutilated quartz for the lovely @nataliejflores of @myelementality. The tricky cut of stone led me to set it untraditionally and the end result is a beautiful sparkly mountain to sit atop the finger, finished with a floral band. I felt the channeling of my two favorite muses: a dash of Mother Nature + and a sprinkle of Mucha.





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It's been a relief to take some space from my work and contemplate the the next iteration of this creative life-- I've been spending time with challenging questions, seeking humor in the darkness, and finding value in silent reflection. I've also had the joy to work on some custom pieces and to see old familiar designs skitter across my workspace for tune-ups. @denasnyder85, this babe is ready to come back home!!



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