November 6, 2018

June 10, 2017

This city is clean and safe. The workmanship on so many things here is astounding. A mix of old and new, seamless, where one doesn't take the light away from the other.

June 11, 2017

Loved the Church of St. Roch with all the relics. Church of Sao Domingos wa...

October 18, 2018

May 1, 2009: I am in Nepal. The first thing I noticed was the slight smell of burning in the air. Someone picked me up from the airport and discarded me into a taxi without any direction.

May 2, 2009: I already feel like I have been here for a week. The city outside the...

October 9, 2018

June 7, 2011

Rode my bike to Calimera where there is the only bank in the area. Then I went to Caprarica di Lecce to see Monica's house. The place was completely shut down, not a single person in the town. A ton of old buildings that look abandoned...It's as if they mod...

October 1, 2018

January 2016, Mexico City,

Frida Khalo Museum: Left the Frida Kahlo museum. Best museum I have ever visited. Her story is an amazement. To think of the amount of pain she was in, yet her ability to live life so fully. Her obsession with Diego Rivera is otherworldly. The...

September 17, 2018

Walked down the main street and went to the flea market. Lots of plastic + second-hand leather and fur jackets. It wasn't the best market, but I found stamps and postcards from a guy playing a great Stones CD... Found lace as well from one of the more "antique" stalls....

September 17, 2018

Long ago I wanted to be a writer, but life took a different path. As I went in that direction, blogs were just starting to take shape and hold as a major literary outlet. I have known for years that I need to participate, but just thinking about it stresses me out. "It...

June 27, 2018

I was going to save these for the fall, but they just want to bask in the summer. These Puglia Lace Rings are limited in size and volume, so grab them while they last! Puglia Lace Rings in Color 

June 22, 2018

Not sure why I am obsessed with putting together things that wouldn't otherwise have crossed paths. It’s part creation, part fate and part pursuit of beauty, I think. Here are a few things I am playing around with. The coins are from Ancient Rome and Myanmar and from S...

January 9, 2018

Years ago, when Facebook first came out, I got an alert from a distant relative’s wife in complete panic.

“Jessica, hi, how are you?” the message started.

“Oh, hi,” I said, a little confused since we had never really had a proper conversation.

“Jessica, I am in London and...

November 15, 2017

Out of all the gemstones I have worked with, I am always pulled back to aquamarine. 

The name comes from Latin for seawater and is said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. It is also said to enhance the happiness of marriage (wow, that’s powerful). 

I have also r...

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