Ronnie has been wanting to try stamping for a while. She finally caught me in the right mood, so I showed her the tools and a few tips. I gave her some aluminum blanks, and left the room. I couldn't watch. To my surprise, this is what she came up with. I was impressed! Not bad for an 8 year old's first try!
And how true. Texas is filled with joy :). We are visiting family for the holidays, and all getting a little spoiled for a couple weeks.
We went to a beautiful home in the Berkeley Hills for a tree trimming party. This is generally the type of view you see from the Berkeley Hills - there is always a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our house is one of those lights at the bottom of the hill.
I think it was my kids' first time to decorate a Christmas tree, except for Ronnie who helped a friend last year.
Lila loved it and kept busy the entire party! She was very proud of her work.
It's probably a good thing we don't celebrate Christmas. I would really get obsessed with the ornaments and decorations! I love it!
As an optometrist and vision researcher, I've been trying to figure out how to make Braille jewelry ever since I started making jewelry.
Usually when you stamp on metal, the impression goes inward, or makes a hole. That certainly won't help someone trying to feel texture. But now, I can make the little nubbins stick out on the surface of the metal. This first necklace says, "LOVE."
I couldn't stop feeling it all night! It's pretty amazing that fingers can learn to distinguish these patterns and the brain can interpret it. You can order your custom braille necklace in my etsy shop.
I'd love to go unprocessed, but it's trickier than it looks, especially when many food at the grocery store are marked "healthy" or "organic," but they are still processed and refined. We're always trying to do better, but for now, I will leave you with a little bento inspiration from the Japanese dollar ($1.50) store.
Oh, well, I had my share of tv dinners growing up, and I turned out ok (so far)!
I've expanded the collection! Here is a rhodonite large hole bead capped with two sterling ends - one side with, "This too shall pass," in English, and the other in Hebrew. It is strung on a black braided bracelet with sterling ends that unscrew to add or change the beads. The central bead is surrounded by two black onyx beads, then two sterling beads, all separated by black silicon stoppers.
This beautiful porcelain bead has a light gray and pink floral pattern, and is capped with sterling discs reading, "mother, daughter, sister, friend."
This porcelain bead is strung on a metallic berry flat braided leather cord with sterling ends. The bead caps each read, "love" in both Hebrew and English.
Here is another porcelain bead, also capped with "love" in Hebrew and english, with pink rose design. It is strung on a brown leather cord and surrounded by sterling beads and silicon stoppers.
You can find a limited number of these beads in my etsy shop!