Category Archives: Fall

>Looking Ahead to Autumn

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It’s still balmy . . . especially when I fire up the kiln on these 90 degree July days . . . but let’s talk Autumn anyway.

I have been plotting out some new enameled treats, and ordered some new and unexpected color combinations for Fall for a spin on the classic yellow, orange, red and brown. Here are some of the early ruminations for what’s in store for Fall.

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>Most Wanted for Thanksgiving

>At this point, I know I have well over 30 pages full of “hearted” Etsy favourites. You would think that I would learn to curb the habit – but instead, I’ve decided to spread it (to you)!

Thanksgiving is coming, and it seems like all of the latest items I’ve added to the annuls of my Etsy obsession play perfectly into a kind of survival kit for the season.

This handmade casserole dish by Glazed Over is almost to pretty to fill with food – but what a perfect gift for the Thanksgiving host/hostess/head chef. Bringing it filled with whipped sweet potatoes with some caramelized apples on top would score even more points (in fact, I might just invite you to my place for Thanksgiving). Of course, if this lovely dish were mine, it would be coming back home with me – but for you generous souls, it really is a nice way to say “thanks”!

For the drive to visit relatives that live a distance away, a soft, hand-spun skein of yard like this Sand Stone merino and Llama blend by On The Round comes in handy. Rather than staring out the window, you can try your hand at knitting or crochet. Yet, I’ve found with so many of these yarns that they are too much a work of art just as they are to knit them into anything. The solution: more and more scarves and cowls out there have a multi-strand appearance that you can create just by making some large loops of yarn and securing them all together in several spots.

This cloche is made in Italy by Monjio Creations. I like to envision myself wearing this as I travel to the exotic locale (Delaware) of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner – alighting from my 1920’s Bentley roadster, with a little Italian greyhound under one arm (etc., etc.). It would be lovely paired with a light tan, trench-styled coat . . . unless, like me, you don’t have one. Then it’s just a doubly good excuse to get a light tan, trench-styled coat.

I’m not entirely aware of the hidden powers of mint – but this Gentleman Wolf Tea from Bittersweet Apothecary sounds like a perfect sort of teasan for after a big meal. Plus, the packaging is fantastic.

This one needs no explanation. Sister Cat slippers by ing00te . . so cute . . . perfect for sudden bouts of relaxation brought on by tryptophan.

Eliza and Axel‘s gorgeous Beatrice Tee also finds its way into my Thanksgiving revelry as well – though maybe just too nice to chance spilling gravy on. This needs to be saved for seeing a movie or going out the Friday night after Thanksgiving. Top it with a wrap sweater – or maybe just a light, long sleeved shirt underneath.

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>Artist Collaboration with Unabashed Apparel!

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Poor, neglected blog! Here’s a post that should reflect how I’ve been spending my time (because it’s probably too clear that those extra hours haven’t been devoted to writing on here)! Just in time for Autumn, I was invited to create some new bangles to pair with a line of Fall fashions from Unabashed Apparel.

Circe Crossover Top shown in Quill paired with Nimbus Skirt shown in Heron / Citron Spice Bangle Set

Sarahbeth Larrimore is the creative, color addict responsible for designing a collection of clothing that is saturated with rich tones and sumptious details. Her designs are certainly inventive – and not without a bit of bohemian flare – but still give a nod to the classic lines and forms that make each piece feel timeless.

Circe Crossover Top shown in Smoke / Ribbon Candy Bangle Set

The images of this Autumn line are laced with a gilded type of Gothic beauty – and a haunting touch of mystery. So perfectly suited for the time of year and my personal favorite of all the holidays: Hallowe’en! When described to me, Sarahbeth summed up her vision as:

The general theme is a very magical – rich, saturated colored affair. I’m thinking some deep ink bottle green, midnight blue, orchid, raspberry, pumpkin – and some steel blue/grey with a bit of gilt for golden measure.”

Lyra Top shown in Ink

Steel City Bangle Set

Cobblestone Pullover shown in Quill / Emerald Bangle Set

I met this marvelous artisan through Etsy, where I got my first sampling of her work: a lovely raspberry colored layering top with lacey accents. That top has such a supple, delicious feel against the skin – it has made it’s way into some of the photos of my other jewelry.

Making these bracelet sets to pair with Unabashed Apparel’s Fall clothing has been such an enjoyable and inspiring project. Please take a look at our hard work – and share your thoughts here!

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