Katherine Parr spent nearly her whole life married to crotchety old men: Henry was the THIRD old fart she was forced to marry. Is it any wonder she turned to books and religion to occupy her time?
Katherine wasn't just smart, she was a tiny bit uppity, too: she almost got herself thrown in jail for arguing with His Royal Fatness about some theological issues. After Henry croaked, Katherine dropped the prim and proper act and married Thomas Seymour, a handsome, dashing pirate kind of guy who was also as dumb as a post.
My husband got a great kick out of this. He wanted to know if he was the crotchety old man or the handsome, dumb pirate :)
As promised, new designs are rolling out of the studio for the start of the new year. My favorites so far are the Damascus hand-inked earrings. The classic version has the hand-inked abstract floral designs in a rusty red with a beautifully aged golden shimmer. These look like old treasures found in a jewelry box in the attic. The deluxe version adds sparkling burgundy crystals to the bottom.I also love these new charming Garden Sparrow earrings with vintage brass bird charms. I just love the look of vintage brass jewelry - I adore everything Art Nouveau - and am thrilled to offer these! All of the earrings I've been designing are super lightweight. After so many years of intricate chandelier earrings, I was ready to design some classier, easier-to-wear pieces. I've also decided to move on from the standard plain white background for product shots. It is so much more fun to use old books and fun papers! And you can communicate so much more about the mood of a piece!
If I seem a bit absent from blogland recently, it's because most of my studio time is currently being taken up doing accounting, getting ready for tax time. Accounting is not my special gift, so it's taking a looooong time, but I hope to be done by next week and back to visiting!