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Hello Fall. Silver Looks Good on You.

Hello! So many things are new at Blue Dot after a summer of making, planning and growing. (See above: making!) I thought I’d stop for a moment to review and share all the changes.

It’s been a big six months. In that time I’ve partnered with stores in two new states — all of them lovely independent boutiques run by creative, interesting and hard working people. One of these states is my native Oregon — an especially proud development because, well, I love Oregon. Each shop is quite different from the others and working with them has been a learning experience and a joy.

Blue Dot is now also in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s gift store, just up the street from us. That was a wonderful full-circle moment because so many of my designs had their start in the garden. Here are a few of those pieces.

Blue Dot at Brooklyn Botanic Garden gift shop.

Blue Dot at Brooklyn Botanic Garden gift shop.

Currently I am gearing up for the Greenport Maritime Festival this weekend. It’s a three-day outdoor party, so I have an eye on the weather predictions, but I think we’ll be warm and dry enough to enjoy seaside treats (scallops for me please!), North Fork vino, live music and the work by all the arts and crafters who will be there. For some reason, too, I have this idea that sea-themed events are implicitly happy, and knowing that is what’s at the end of this week of prep is making me whistle as I work. And knowing that 40,000 visitors attended this event last year is pumping me up. If you’ll be there, look for the Blue Dot table and say hello!

I’m also looking forward to finally visiting a wonderful store I’ve been working with in Greenport called The White Weathered Barn. The proprietor and her husband make a significant amount of their store’s inventory — that’s kind of a dream for me. And they are rocking it. Here is some of my sea-themed silver in their shop.

Blue Dot at The White Weathered Barn

Blue Dot at The White Weathered Barn

I’m also working with a new online shop that I would like to point you to. Their website is beautiful and their company culture seems really nice. Maybe it’s that famous Canadian love? Meet Fairgoods. They did such a nice write up about Blue Dot Jewelry. It also features my face as big as I’ve ever seen it online. Hello!

My face on Fairgoods.

My face on Fairgoods.

I also love being a part of the very southern-and-loving-it Bourbon & Boots. Here are a few of my pieces, as photographed by their talented selves.

Blue Dot at Bourbon & Boots

Blue Dot at Bourbon & Boots

And for good measure, a bunch of post earrings out in La Crosse, Wisconsin, with the shop owner’s sweet note on her Facebook page.

"A sampling of her earrings. I love them all....I may have to buy all of them!"

“A sampling of her earrings. I love them all….I may have to buy all of them!”

I’m so grateful for all of these opportunities. We know that positivity is contagious, and I think in many ways the same goes for the creativity. The people I’ve been meeting are making this jewelry adventure exponentially more rewarding.

This coming Sunday will find me on Main Street in Greenport, so I’ll say now, happy fall, officially, almost! Time for blankets, tea and sweaters.

Excuse me while I go warm up by the heat of my kiln šŸ™‚

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A Summer Visit to Portland

Our week away in Portland has come with the best weather we could have hoped for. Cool mornings give way to 82 degree afternoons, and the plants are happy as always!

We started by stocking up on goodies and groceries at Saturday Market, which seems to have doubled in size since I last was there. It’s full of a delicious assortment of things.

Portland Saturday MarketWhile seeing jazz in the Washington Park Amphitheater we wandered up through the rose garden, a bit stunned to remember that it’s home to 550 different species of the flower. (Some are just numbered but most have entertaining names — Girls Night Out, anyone?)

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose GardenPortland Rose GardenIts full name is the International Test Rose Garden, and it was a great idea implemented in 1917, making it the oldest continuously operated publicĀ rose test gardenĀ in the US.

I liked this answer to “the most fragrant rose.”

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Our climb back to the car turned into more of an adventure than we’d anticipated, but who can be upset by trees and more trees?20130805-233619.jpgMy favorite shopping trip has been to Paxton GateĀ — “Treasures and Oddities inspired by the Garden and the Natural sciences.” They have all manner of bones, fossils and taxidermy for sale — not for the squeamish, but a fascinating museum-like place. I found exciting tidbits to use in making jewelry, “coming soon” to the line.

Among the lots of taxidermy is this tiny black pig. I do love a little pig.

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This Bismuth had us all impressed with its size and color. Did you know it is the active ingredient inĀ Pepto-Bismol?

Bismuth at Paxton Gate

A happy week to you!Bird in the firs.

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