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Home Improvement Project: Mosaic Patio

Home Improvement Project: Mosaic Patio

With some extra time on our hands, Johnny has started painting the house. In the front, we had some box bushes that had grown up to the kitchen windows. They've just always been there and we never really SAW them. With this extra head space it occurred to us we could take them out and make a sitting area while still leaving privacy from street traffic. Phoebe, almost 5, loves to have places to hide and be cozy, so the spiral space was perfect.   

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In the Studio: Alightnment Earrings in Progress

In the Studio: Alightnment Earrings in Progress

Here is a look behind the scenes in our small workshop as we make samples for new collections. Here is the upcoming Alignment Earring in progress!  We used to hammer everything. After injuring our shoulders and arms, we switched to a rolling mill to add texture. First, I felt like this make the pieces "less handmade." Now I know I'm working smart and I like the granite texture even better than the hammering.  The granite stone texture we use shimmers like crystals.  Each piece needs to be smoothed. Then we hammer each piece with a rawhide hammer - this flattens the metal without...

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My Family Dutch Pancake Recipe - Pannekoeken

My Family Dutch Pancake Recipe - Pannekoeken

I learned how to make Dutch pancakes from my maternal great grandmother, Maria. She was born in Rotterdam in the 1890s and called Marie. She used to cut up her old blouses and make remarkably detailed clothing for my dolls and monchhichis. Her bold polyester prints in navy and tangerine polkadot because tiny jackets and bedspreads. I kept many of them and now Phoebe plays with them. Handmade quality for the win! Here is a photo of four generations of pancake makers in my family taken when I was at the front end of my pancake apprenticeship. In all seriousness, this woman...

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Modern Vintage Storytelling Charm Necklaces - made for layering!

Modern Vintage Storytelling Charm Necklaces - made for layering!

Something occurred to me recently. I wear my own Modern Vintage charm necklaces three at a time: my favorite combination is 16", 18" and  22". But.... we haven't set up website to shop this way - until now!. We're working our way through the whole website adding multiple lengths so you can also enjoy the storytelling that happens when you layer and mix and match your vintage charm necklaces to tell your own story. Our Modern Vintage charms are made from vintage treasures cast in recycled sterling silver and bronze. This makes them timeless - you can style them with vintage lace or...

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