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Valentine Pearl

Posted by Hannah Blount on

 Years ago, my brother found a large pearl in a scallop he was opening with our dad. Thinking it was kind of neat, he gave it to me to do whatever with. I remember taking it from him and thinking that I would never use it for myself- it was too special. So, I saved it for him! I visited him last spring in Hawaii (amazing), and told him about it, much to his excitement. This Valentine's Day, he had me turn it into a necklace for his Samantha (or, "The Samilton"). It is just a simple pearl necklace, with a Sapphire dangling from the top (his birthstone), and she loves it. It is just so special, she could see that from the pearl. I thought I would show you what he had me make!

 

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Sleep No More

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 Sleep No More.

I am so glad I planned ahead. I looked into buying tickets about a month ago, and the earliest tickets I could get were for last night. It sold out about a day or so later, too, so I count myself incredibly lucky.

Soon to close, this was a thrilling and hair-raising production by Punchdrunk and the American Repertory Theater. It was the story of Shakespeare's Macbeth, but through the "lens of a Hitchcock thriller." AMAZING.

Entering the school was an experience in and of itself- at least once we were in the building. My friend, Jemesii, and I were frantically trying to find our way through this nearly pitch black (tiny candles... tiny...) maze, and we were/ I was actually quite frightened that we were going the wrong way through the dark and into some forbidden part of the school. Or mostly that actors were going to start springing out of the darkness at us, which would have caused a considerable number of bodily reactions... But that was just the introduction, for soon we were through a curtain and into an old-fashioned, lagoon-style bar, with a jazz band and lovely little punch drinks at our service. When our cards were called (literally), we were given the most eerie, beautiful white masks. Each person turned into a ghostly, looming white face in the dark. We explored the various rooms, artifacts, and random dramatic scenes that flowed along with the hyper-suspenseful music.

Through the next several hours, Jemesii and I happened upon so many unbelievably bizarre scenes that every sense in my body ached. There were little metal boxes with dried fruit, or bones, or jars of metal crucifixes, a bathtub full of water with an eel swimming through it, hollow eggs with aged photographs preciously placed within them. I will leave the rest of the details for your own possible experience, if you are fortunate enough to see it for yourself! Which I would suggest.

At the end of the evening, however, the most I could do was walk silently to the car, a small sense of creepiness still lingering, wondering whether to discuss what just happened or to let it live simply in my memory.

(Obviously not, since I am writing about it now.)

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Petticoat Row

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 Petticoat Row is a wonderful organization on Nantucket, the island I grew up on. It is just this flavor of atmosphere that has encouraged me to seek out my own professional and artistic career. This blurb, taken from their website, is the inspiration and strength of character of so many women on my island! I feel so blessed that this group of women have brought this back to life. Yay!


Here is what they have to say:

"Nantucket has a long and proud history of women in business.  Even before the whaling days, when women were left behind to tend to land, businesses and family, female merchants were very common on our small island.  The most famous of these female entrepreneurs were the shopkeepers of “Petticoat Row,” located along Centre Street, in the heart of the Old Historic District.  

The twenty-first century incarnation of Petticoat Row honors those fiesty women who made history on Centre Street.  We are an organization of entrepreneurs committed to connecting and supporting women in business on Nantucket today.  Our goal is to encourage women in our community to share their successes and knowledge with each other.  Each month we will host an event which will allow a woman to share her story and expertise with the rest of us.  In doing so, we hope to create a forum for new ideas, motivation and growth."
~Petticoat R
ow

 They have referenced me in their blog, and I am excited to share it with you!
 

Please visit their blog HERE.
 

Thank you!

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They Have Arrived!

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They have finally been completed. Here are the silver Conversation Hearts, with one of five messages (or your own) to choose from. They make a great Valentine's gift! I know I'd love one... ;)

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NYC For a Day

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 My apologies for delays in blogging... I have been feeling a little under the weather, and find it hard to motivate under said circumstances!

But yesterday, feeling a lot better, I took a day (yes, single day) trip to New York City. It was brilliant! I am going to be exhibiting at Accessories, the Show- NY in August, and I thought I would visit the January show to get a feel for what I am getting myself into. I was able to meet Lauren- my liaison, of sorts- from the show. She is as beautiful and fabulous as I expected, and gave me a very insightful tour of booths and styles and price ranges and many more things. The Accessories show is for wholesalers to set up booth and have retailers, buyers, store-owners, etc, shop for items for their stores. It could be a great opportunity for me.

I had a few extra hours, so I decided to wander to Bergdorf Goodman to see their renowned jewelry department. They did not disappoint. I must have walked through the floor about fifteen times. There were a few jewelers whose work I had not yet seen in person- and it was flawless. It truly revealed to me that these artists were successful for just that reason- photos will never do justice to their quality of work. They are that good. Ted Muehling displays his work there as well, and I wanted to touch every piece- which I did- and yet, still, cannot fathom the amount of work or understand any of the processes by which they were made. They astound me. I highly recommend a visit to this gallery of work- it will open your eyes to the amount of creative and classical beauty in this world.

I then ventured on to SoHo, to see the actual gallery of Ted Muehling. On my last visit, Ted was kind enough to give me a tour of his studio- an experience that has enriched my life, and forever changed my perspective on beauty. His lovely shop is another visit I would highly recommend. As a very busy man, I thought I would write him a note rather than try to win another visit with him- I am a tad embarrassed, though, for on my note I mentioned that he most likely wouldn't recollect my last visit. Now, Ted, I realize that you are not senile, I promise. I just meant that I'm sure you have met with many people, and I expect no special treatment! On a more personal note, for those Ted Muehling fans out there, he was truly as wonderful as his work.

I took the Lucky Star bus home (my final farewell to the city was a frantic sprint through China Town trying to find the bus). Friends- I was astounded. We stopped at Burger King. What kind of bus does that? I was such a happy camper, even though french fries are the only things I will eat from fast food joints. What a wonderful end to the day.

Unfortunately, all this excitement has brought the sick back on. Sigh. Will I ever be well?

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