August 29, 2014

settling in

In the past two months I have started to call Athens, Ga my home. It's been a pretty immense adjustment for me as someone who has never relocated in their entire life. More importantly it has been a magnific learning experience. Most especially about myself.

After a month of unpacking, taking it easy, getting my bearings and creating a sense of home, I finally started working. Work will snap you right out of any vacation-like state and I welcomed that. For me it was time. It feels good to not only be making money but having a bit of a focus and schedule.

In an attempt to understand the layout of this town I started exploring it by going out early in the mornings, before the temperature rose too high, for a brisk walk. Along the way I really fell in love with all the fetching cottages, bungalows and domiciles and started documenting them via snapshot on my trusty iPhone. This simple act and pleasure lead to a photo essay that was recently published by one of Athens local guides, The Broad Collective. I couldn't be happier about this collaboration. It really gives me a sense of being a part of my new town. Please feel free to have a look HERE.

July 10, 2014

home is where the hearth is

I have been in my new home for just over a week now. It is amazing how fast time rushes by when all you are busy doing is unpacking, organizing, settling and making sense of your new surroundings. I haven't even started working yet, or for that matter even began the search for work! Though through all the haste and stress of relocating I have been happy, happier than I can remember for some time now. You see, this is the first time I have ever done anything like this and now that it is complete I have a new and quite enormous sense of accomplishment.

The few months proceeding this shift, I have been planning and working for July to be a time to pause, reset, explore and assimilate. I am truly savoring it and trying to make the most of each day. Beyond unpacking and setting up my belongings in my new home, I have managed to explore the immediate neighborhood in small bursts and spend plenty of time getting comfortable at home, most especially in the kitchen. I can think of no better way to find your way around and descry solace in a kitchen than baking bread. In no less than a week, curiosity got the best of me and I set out to discover what the tap water in Georgia and an electric oven would do for my baguette recipe. I discovered very little difference, which I see as an opportunity for future tweaking of the recipe and baking technique. My second go at firing up the oven was for reasons of overripe bananas and excess packets of nuts and seeds which only naturally manifested in banana bread.

~ingredients~
3 overripe bananas
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup of heavy cream or plain yogurt (or milk if you're in a pinch)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/8 cup honey + 1/8 molasses

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon of any or each of the following:
crushed walnuts
slivered almonds
sunflower seeds
flax seeds
sesame seeds
chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Begin by mixing the wet and dry ingredients in two separate bowls.

Once you have the bananas beaten well in the wet batter and it is relatively free of large lumps of the fruit, start incorporating the dry mix in a little at a time. At this point you can add whatever nuts or seeds tickle your fancy or omit them according to allergies or preference.

Generously butter and flour your bread pan and gently pour the batter in.

Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes taking care to check the center of the loaf with a toothpick for doneness. This bread is best slightly underdone or on the moist side. Let cool and enjoy! It's wonderful in the morning with a cup of coffee or glass of whole milk. I love to toast a slice with a small pat of butter too.

Here is what the first week of new town living has looked like...

















June 11, 2014

moving house

I am certainly no stranger to moving. After a lifetime of living in the city of Philadelphia, I have changed residences no less than a dozen times. But now the time has finally come to leave my hometown and change everything up as I move south to the sunny state of Georgia. Within the past three to four months, the opportunity to relocate presented itself to me and all signs seemed to point to making this move happen. It was a refreshingly easy decision and I am welcoming the new adventures and circumstances that will unfold in the next months and years with an open mind and heart. In the meantime I am in the midst of the sometimes overwhelming chore of perusing personal items, weeding out, packing and preparing for a big purge that will all be available in a yard sale happening this weekend on Saturday June 14th and Sunday June 15th -- both days from 9am until 5pm taking place on the 1200 block of Palethorp Street. I have been posting and previewing here and here. Stop by if you are in the area. Au revoir!

April 29, 2014

inspired living

In the past few months I have been spending my days keeping my hands and mind busy with more creative projects. This lean towards artistic pursuits started months ago, back in the Fall and it was a long time coming. I spent Thursdays throughout the dreary end of winter in a toasty basement at the Fleisher School in Queen Village, hands caked in clay and splattered with glaze, zoning out in yoga-like bliss. There were many chilly mornings where upon waking up I would fire up the space heater and quietly bead away the hours sipping coffee while making lusciously long dangling earrings and swingy swaying necklaces. Luck came my way in February when some freelance work fell in my lap doing odd bits of tie-dying and reworking of vintage clothing. At some point when the weather warmed a bit I was impelled to dig out an old box of embroidery floss I held on to and get to work on a jacket I had recently inherited from a friend who was purging most of her belongings before relocating to West Coast. My inspiration for the design came in part from a life-long fascination and appreciation of the lunar cycle and its power as well as a revisiting to my adolescent interest in astrology. There have been many wonderful and strange coincidences in my life lately and the readings from the stars seem to reflect them all very clearly. So in the spirit the the New Moon in Taurus and the Cardinal Grand Cross, I am opening myself up to change and going with the flow that seems to be coming my way.

It has been hard to put down my beads and the needles and thread, but this weekend will be an opportunity to take a break from it. I'm headed South again, this time to not only celebrate my birthday but also to scope out a potential new place to call home. After a lifetime of living in the city I was born in, the moment has finally come to step away which I am thrilled about and all of the opportunity and possibility that it goes with it. I see a lot of exciting new developments on my horizon and look forward to sharing them as they play out.




















April 24, 2014

blowout

It's true, it has been quiet here on the blog lately -- but not in my studio. I've been keeping quite busy with lots of new jewelry and a few other projects I have in the works. In the midst of all that I have also been combing through my belongings and starting a serious effort at downsizing and purging. In the spirit of cleaning out, I am offering some deep discounting in the Forged & Found shop. Have a peek at the SALE page to browse all vintage jewelry items currently marked down to $20 or less! Happy Spring and enjoy your weekend folks!

March 26, 2014

slashing prices

All vintage dresses have been reduced to $40 in the Forged & Found shop as of today. These prices and pieces won't last so get over to the shop ASAP! Happy Spring everyone!!!