Small things- that make me happy

Have you been noticing, as you get older, the small day to day details through out the years are what sticks? Quiet time on the porch with your daughter reading, the way the sun comes through that window, when he makes Sunday breakfast,  hearing your child explain to their friend something you taught them or walking out the front door breathing in the season are just a handful of mine :) :) ...more

News from the Bench- Bracelets for Local Songwriters Titchner-Scott

 Bekki and Mark Titchner, of Titchner-Scott, commissioned two cuffs from SDAJ stamped with not a mantra, verse or quote but, a song line and title track,  In dreaming I need nothing, from their upcoming album, I Dream...more

Birthstones: Early History

 Birthstones is a topic that I see a lot selling beads, stones, and jewelry, yet I know very little about it myself—aside from the table of values we have as a "cheat sheet" in the store, which I have committed to memory by this point....more

Garden Studio- Getting Started on Paper

Out growing a dedicated studio is frustrating but, also rewarding.  The rewarding part comes from all the knowledge gained over the years, that then also leads back to lack of space with equipment and bench tools gained, filling in the small space... making it crazy frustrating to work in. November 2013 was the last blog update about the space and where we were heading....more

Friday Faves: Lindsay's Necklaces

I started following Lindsay’s Necklaces on Instagram and we connected because I thought her necklaces were so unique and fun. There’s really not another necklace that I’ve seen like it. It’s a great statement piece, fun and summery and they match so many different things (and one difference, like a bead, makes all the difference in the world!). ...more

Friday Faves: Brit Chic

I love connecting with jewelry designers because each piece of jewelry is so different from the other....more

Friday Faves: Whirly Wraps

Friday Faves: Whirly Wraps By now, if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I really like jewelry. I also like handmade items and anything local. Well, these Whirly Wrap bracelets fit all of those categories....more

Friday Faves: Brazen Design Group

Friday Faves: Brazen Design Group Bullet jewelry is super trendy right now...especially in the south where bullets seem to be everywhere :) Brazen Design Grouphas done lots of fun pieces some made with bullets and some without...b...more

It's Not Too Late to Get a Hip, Handcrafted Mother's Day Present on Etsy

Oh Etsy: we've been through a lot together. Etsy was there for my bridesmaids' gifts six years ago, new baby gifts for friends over the years, and now I covet all of its amazing handcrafted jewelry. And there is so much to choose from since the Etsy marketplace has exploded in the last nine years: Etsy currently boasts over 1 million active shops with over 25 million items listed. With Mother's Day just around the corner, I've done the work for you of sorting through thousands of listings to bring you my wonderfully hip Etsy gift guide. Here are 10 eclectically-inspired and on-trend handcrafted pieces of jewelry that would make lovely, one-of-a-kind gifts for any mother this Mother's Day! ...more