March 14, 2020

No more poignant than today.  I posted this poem a handful of years ago on this blog, and felt it was appropriate right now.  Stay safe and healthy!

January 17, 2020

Happy Belated New Year

Happy belated new-year 2020.  Goodness, I still write "2019" on everything.  It's been quiet here, but I wanted to share a few custom pieces I made today while the little one slept in.  Both pieces are hand-stamped metal: one a baby spoon, the other a writer's talisman pendant. 

 This Write More talisman pendant was created to be a good-luck piece for writers.  I can stamp either solid copper or brass.  Each letter is individually stamped by hand, and hammer marks are visible on the front and back where I've hammered the piece.  My creative process in making this talisman mirrors the writer's process itself, sometimes imperfect but always necessary.  

Custom stamped baby/toddler spoon - stainless steel, made in the USA, and safe for your little one.  My toddler has used this particular spoon brand since she started eating solids.  Great quality and design.  I can stamp a first name on the spoon handle.  Spoon available in coated or noncoated.

December 26, 2019

They're Back

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  I have some shop-related news: some of my favorite bookish items are back in shop!  I enjoyed creating these bookish beauties, which showcase old book pages along with lots of handmade love and personalization.
 I created this one-of-a-kind poem on a smooth birch slice using tiny vintage book-page words cut from an old copy of my favorite text, Jane Eyre.  A sprig is stamped under the poem for a thoughtful visual contrast.  This is a delicate piece - no protective sealant, so you can see the book-page texture atop the smoothness of the wood slice.
 Small origami book-page heart bookmarks stamped with your initials - lovely for weddings and engagements, and as a girlfriend/boyfriend gift.  Each heart is cut, folded, glued, and stamped by me.  A tassel completes the piece.  Can be used as a unique door or window hang, too.
This last piece was from a customer's request: a tiny ampersand pendant talisman.  It's a twist on my tiny stamped initials pendant found here.  In addition to being a reminder of one's love, it doubles as a little good-luck memento for writers and thinkers.

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This past fall marked my Etsy shop's ninth year.  Can you believe it?  Almost a decade in business.  When I started out, I wanted to create an outlet for my artistic endeavors, which at that time was jewelry making.  Now I stamped metal, create book-page goods, and most importantly, offer writing services.  I often omit discussing the latter, but it is the work that is, in truth, my heart's work.  My soul.  

I began offering writing services after earning my MA back in 2013.  It was a time of transition, as my prolonged college years came to an end, and I also experience the profound loss of a loved one whose zest for books surpassed my own.  His vast book collection is now my own - I've documented it on this blog in posts from 2013.  I write like I think: a little different than others.  My writing style differs from others in that it is highly nuanced and sensitive, acerbic and witty.  I relish the classic works.  I think deeply.  And try to breathe deeply, too.  Motherhood.

So to you, my blog readers, thank you for reading.  The best to you in 2020.