Lost-wax casting

Last month I took my first casting class at the Denver school of Metal Arts. I've been introduced to casting a few times from mentors in Las Vegas, but have always been interested in mastering this process on my own. This class was quite intensive with a week of 8-hour workshop days. I never realized how long and intense the process is from carving the wax, to mold making, to shooting waxes, and then casting. I've always had my molds made for me in the past, but in this class we learned how to make our own molds and cast in a couple different methods. I am so excited to continue this new jewelry making process this summer. Stay tuned for new wax carved jewels on the way!

Moab, Utah

My parents called me about a month ago to let me know they were driving thru Moab for some RV travels. I had been with them to Moab once before two summers ago, and have always wanted to go back. The drive from Denver is only 5 hours, so of course I said yes! Moab, you are still as beautiful as I remembered, and the Portal RV resort in Moab is still my favorite RV resort I've ever camped in. I just uploaded a couple vlogs from my adventure and below is a little photo diary I took with the canon.

Things I didn't get to do that I wanted to do was hike to the delicate arch again because that was my favorite from last trip but the weather was super windy/rained most afternoons. Also I wanted to rent a bike to do a little mountain biking, but that also got cancelled after I felt carsick from the four wheeling adventures. I did make it to the landscape arch this time which I recommend if you're visiting! It was a quick and easy hike that felt like I was really walking through the land before time. Oh, and this time we got to see some dinosaur tracks! See vlog /vlogs for more. Moab Rock Shop :)

7 things

I'm setting another intention this year and that is to blog more. I used to love blogging before I started jewel making, just as I did cooking. I really want to start getting back in to these things I enjoy more this year especially being new to a city and having the time and space to share the experience here with you. To start I'm going to bring back my weekly 7 simple things post. When I began my blog (..in 2007. wow. time .is. scary) I started a tradition of capturing 7 little moments in my week that make me happy here.

As I'm new to Denver and really haven't seen much here yet because its been so cold and snowy, I will say when I do leave my house it's always a good time. This little city seems to have many hidden gems to explore. Although I do wonder why the universe moved me here in the winter.. I remember now why I hate winters. But when the sun does come out it's actually beautiful weather. Looking forward to sharing more weekly posts with you and hoping the sun stays out a little longer on these days from here on out.  Here's my top 7 things from life so far in Denver. The first two are from the same place because I loved this museum so much. Put it on your list if you're visiting Denver.

Crystal Caves transported from Mexico - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Crystal Caves transported from Mexico - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Couldn't get enough of this place. - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Couldn't get enough of this place. - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Happy hours with city views - Avanti

Happy hours with city views - Avanti

Taking a desert pup into 6 degree winter. Not a fan of winters or his winter wardrobe. - Denver, CO

Taking a desert pup into 6 degree winter. Not a fan of winters or his winter wardrobe. - Denver, CO

Finding GF bakeries in walking distance - Beet box

Finding GF bakeries in walking distance - Beet box

The mobile workshop has a new home base. Working on the furnishings still.. baby steps.  - Denver, CO

The mobile workshop has a new home base. Working on the furnishings still.. baby steps.  - Denver, CO

Living in Five Points - the Denver Central Market

Living in Five Points - the Denver Central Market

2017. make more tacos

Starting off 2017... with one intention. Make more tacos. 

Is anyone else glad to finally be done with 2016?! {everyone raises their hand} I have yet to meet someone that had an amazing 2016. I have a few blog posts still in drafting from last year.. but to be honest I’m not sure I’ll even finish them. Maybe one. I’m just so excited to begin a new year! I love the feeling of new. New city. New home. New one bedroom apartment that I adore. This building I moved into here in downtown Denver is brand new. I was one of the first to get approved in this apartment complex which is why I was homeless for so long. It took awhile for all the paperwork to go through and apartment to be ready. It’s a much smaller space then I had in Vegas, but the perfect size for Roman and I. It's also the first time I've moved in to a home with new appliances - so cooking in the kitchen is a good time! I am also readjusting to city life and winters all over again. I haven't felt like I've been in a city since Boston and haven't experienced a winter since living in upstate NY. So this year is already in for lots of change.

As we begin a new year keeping with tradition, no resolutions set, only intentions for new. One being I want to get back in the kitchen more. I think this intention was inspired by my friend Emma. I was blessed to be able to spend the month of November with her while I was homeless. Very blessed for all the meals she cooked for us. Emma loves to cook, which was very inspiring for me to be around since most of my summer included togo tacos and in and out burgers most days. She introduced me to Cookieandkate and many of her own gluten free/vegetarian dishes. I'm not vegetarian but I will say I have a new appreciation for vegetarian dishes. I always thought they'd never fill me up but Emma has proven me wrong. One of my favorites was these sweet potato and black bean tacos. I know it sounds like a weird mix (tacos//sweet potato//pumpkin seeds) but you got to try them! One of my newest favorite tacos recipes ever. I think we made them three times during my stay with her and a new staple in my kitchen.

I cheated on recipe a lil by getting a pre-made guacamole dip from traders joes and I added a corn and chile salsa to the mix which adds extra flavor. This recipe makes plenty. Enough for leftovers for two - three tacos for days. I always think every thing tastes better second day anyway. Here's a to a new year and new tacos made in our new home.

 

 

Last pop-up shopS LAS VEGAS

My last month in Vegas was one wild pop-up shop ride. I hadn't done as many pop-up shops all year, that I did in the month of November. From West Elm pop-up shops on east side to west side of town, another holiday celebration at Retail Therapy, and art festival in town square plaza. Much thanks to Emma, from Desert Daisy Jewelry for coordinating most of these. Couldn't do it without you girl! It was a wonderful way to end my last weeks in Vegas. Oh yes, in the next post I'll explain all about our big move! :) Here's a lil recap from some of last months pop-ups.

West Elm Henderson

West Elm Henderson

Surprise visit by my mom

Surprise visit by my mom

Art Fest Town Square Plaza

Art Fest Town Square Plaza

Meeting new pop-up shop friends Freebird Collection

Meeting new pop-up shop friends Freebird Collection

West Elm Summerlin

West Elm Summerlin

Holiday 16' preview party

A few weeks ago, Emma from Desert Daisy Jewelry and I planned a little pre-holiday party to share our latest collections that launch in November. Emma knew of this little hidden gem boutique in town that I had never been to before called Retail Therapy which ended up being the perfect venue for our pop-up shop. We were joined by a couple local bloggers including @thefashclass who took these amazing photos in @dizzyspangle blog post here.  In addition we had photographer Payton Altman stop by and snap some photos of our event, a couple of them below. All and all the holiday preview party ended up being a great success.  Thank you to those who came out and shared your support with us. Loved getting to meet a few new faces in town and we even had a magician randomly pop in to our event for a little bit of entertainment. It was a magical night. Be sure to check out Emma's blog as well for more pics! Also read Graciella's blog for more details about the latest collections.

Image by Payton Altman

Image by Payton Altman

Image by Payton Altman

Image by Payton Altman

Day in the life.. on Mars.

A.K.A. Valley of Fire. Remember a couple years ago when we traveled here for the first time? It was about time we came back.. this time we brought Roman the pup.

I honestly feel like I'm on another planet when I enter this valley. This place instantly fills me up me up with so much inspiration. I haven't thought about a collection much this year as I set the intention earlier this year that was I going to focus on one of a kind pieces. Although with so much change happening around me and an inspiration flow, I think it's time to for that collection. I'm excited to take the upcoming weeks to myself and work on some new holiday fun and just maybe I'll end the year with my first collection of the year. The golden age is calling. Freedom and the Valley of fire adventures continued...inspired always.