Saturday, May 26, 2012

Leon's getting LARGER

You asked, and now it's here! LARGER lowercase letters! How cute are these 1/2" initial discs?
12mm gf lg lowercase


Find these guys in my etsy shop in silver and gold.

Friday, May 25, 2012


If you live in the Bay Area, there is no excuse for not trying Chez Panisse at least once.
Organic locally grown food at its best.
chez panisse peas
Good coffee and desserts.
Chez Panisse in the "gourmet ghetto" in Berkeley. So now we can say we've been there!
chez panisse glass
All it took was a babysitter. Maybe next we'll try French Laundry.
Linking up with LifeRearranged for InstaFriday!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Reflection of eclipse

I didn't have a filter to get the actual eclipse. It was so bright, there was a reflection of it at the top of the picture.
I learned too late you just need to put sunglasses over the camera. Well, next time.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Bracelet! New Necklace!

Leather and links
Simply stacked
Find 'em in my etsy shop.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Nina Designs Blog Partnership

I was invited by Nina Designs to take part in their blog partnership program. Nina Designs creates some of the most beautiful and unique jewelry supplies, and is also a big supporter of the artist community. You will find Nina Design's pieces scattered through out my shop. So I was certainly excited to get a bag of surprise supplies to have fun with. Here is what I received:
After getting a few new findings, and also digging through my own stash, I put together some really fun pieces!
I paired the turquoise silk cord and caramel deer hide leather with some chunky antique brass findings to make this bracelet set.
I kept the bronze lotus simple, and made a long 22" seed bead chain to hang it on. The seed beads have a touch of bronze color, and bring out the warm tone of the lotus.
The scroll hearts and bronze earwires hang great with a cluster of tiny garnet and sapphire gemstones.
Lastly, I couldn't resist doing a little stamping! The bronze charm holder was perfect for hanging on four little bronze charms with my little people's initials.
Noe and Lila got the little lotus leaves, Ben got the rectangle tag, and Ronnie got the disc. Thanks, Nina Designs, for this fun opportunity!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Farewell to Fort Lauderdale

Every year in May, I go to the annual ARVO meeting - Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. For the last 11 years, I've been attending this meeting in Fort Lauderdale, but much to everyone's dismay, it will no longer be held in Fort Lauderdale. Here is my post from the ARVO blog as my final farewell.

What will you miss?
by Lisa Ostrin

With our final Fort Lauderdale ARVO now over, I am wondering what everyone will be missing about our yearly meeting place, the last 11 years for me, and many more for others. Perhaps it is the conference center, where we know exactly where the strongest wi-fi and best snacks are.
Perhaps it is familiar places to stay.
Perhaps it is your favorite places to meet and drink.
Well, I know what I will NOT miss – all the beautiful and inspiring people, because for sure, we will meet again in another corner of the world.
What will you miss? Until next year!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Busy in Science

ARVO is going by so fast.
I'll be home tomorrow. I wonder if the kids ever noticed I was gone?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Brass monogram cuff

This is a fun new bracelet.
I've got several new, and DIFFERENT, antique brass designs coming next week, so stay tuned!

I'm off to sunny Florida tomorrow for the annual vision research conference. I was invited to post on their blog! Check it out here, and scroll through for posts "by Lisa." Ok, I guess you can read the other posts, too.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pretty little letters

New raised script letter necklaces.
Choose your letter in sterling with a rimmed border, or in polished brass on a rimless sterling disc in my etsy shop!