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July 10, 2017

Last July for my 40th birthday, all I wanted to do was go antique shopping in London.  I wanted to plan a fun family treasure hunting adventure where we would discover new things together.  It took awhile for our work schedules to line up and we (cautiously) journeyed to London in-between the recent attacks. 

One morning, we spent a glorious few hours perusing Gray's Antique Market in Mayfair.  While I talked shop with the dealers my children searched for their birthstones in jewelry, case after case, on every floor.  

At the end of our search, I chose nothing (much to my husband's surprise!) and went home without a glittery London souvenir.  

We stayed in Covent Garden for its location and accessibility to great restaurants, but with London on high alert, it threw off my mojo and shopping was no longer the priority.  

I prefer to think about my purchases carefully, especially since I can create anything I would want.  Every year I try to find something special to commemorate the occasion, to pass down to my loved ones.  These items tend to be antiques I feel connected to or inspired by, and they may be a large purchase, or very small.  

I may still reconsider a ruby ring I left behind.  Who knows, maybe it'll end up in my stocking with a note from Santa, or it just wasn't meant to be mine.  

I hoped this trip would inspire some of the details for the new collections I have been working on, and it did, just not in the ways that I expected.

I think my husband was happy that I didn't "need" anything and I finally curbed the insatiable curiosity of antiqing in England.  Well, for now anyway ...

Have you been antiquing in London?  You are welcome to reach out and email me, I'd love to see your well-traveled, personal collections and hear about all your favorite spots!



January 06, 2020

Instead of making resolutions for the new year, I create one personal goal that revolves around one word. Last year's word of the year was "creation". I chose "creation" to challenge myself in various areas surrounding design, collaboration and creating opportunities. I gave myself permission to spend the year practicing spontaneity while taking bigger risks. 

Image Credit : Jackson, Age 10

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November 06, 2019

Exciting News!! I reached a new milestone of 30k followers on Instagram and thought it was time to celebrate with a giveaway, just in time for the holidays. As you know with the new algorithms, milestones are difficult to achieve organically. Therefore, in an effort to spread the love, 30 people will win a gift certificate to my gallery or website for $100.00. You read that right : 30 people. That is one person per thousand followers. Hopefully, you and your friends will want to be one of those winners! 

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October 20, 2019

Fireworks, galaxies, and a shifting play-of-color are what make the opal so desirable. Opals are unlike any other gemstone in your jewelry box, beyond the myths and "supernatural" ways they form, you will never see two identical opals.
Opal, named from the Latin word "opalus" meaning "gemstone of many colors", was first known to mankind around 250 BC. Many cultures believed it possessed supernatural powers and carried or wore the gemstone as a prophecy and personal talisman. 

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