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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 🙂

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Sugar Skull Cufflinks

Day of the Dead CufflinksThis has been one of my favorite projects of the year. Tiny Día de los Muertos cufflinks, each the size of a dime.

These will be a wedding gift between friends, for the groom to wear on his big day!

Day of the Dead cufflinks by Blue Dot Jewelry

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Sea Life Pendants

Blue Dot Jewelry Sea Inspired Jewelry

After an inspiring Fourth of July trip to the beach, I’ve become lost in making sea life pendants.

A small part of me hopes that summer will never end.

Above are a few of the final silver pieces — the tiniest crab claw and tiniest sea horse. Below they are pictured as unfired clay awaiting the kiln.

I hope summer has found its way to you, wherever you may be!

Sea Horse design by Blue Dot Jewely

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One-of-a-Kind Leaves

Long Leaf Pendant by Blue Dot JewelryAlthough these were made for the craft fair last weekend, I wanted to photograph them for my records, and to share with you.

They were made from different leaves than I’d ever used before, and I sure wish I could say what species they are, but they were so varied that I had an overwhelming appreciation – again! – for how diverse the creations of nature are.

These were all collected on one walk!

Pear Shaped Leaf by Blue Dot Jewelry

Leaf Pendant by Blue Dot Jewelry

Tiny Leaf, Sparky Chain by Blue Dot Jewelry

Tiny Leaf Posts by Blue Dot Jewelry

Lined Leaf by Blue Dot Jewelry

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Grass Seed and Lily Pad Rings

Grass Seed Ring by Blue Dot Jewelry

This new band is made from grass seed I collected on our walk in Prospect Park last weekend. It’s like a tiny crown! I love that it looks delicate and organic, but yet calls to mind the lines of the deco era.

I will also use the grass seed to make long straight earrings.

Prospect Park Brooklyn by BlueDotJewelry

I collected one leaf that just didn’t really work as a pendant. I love its heart shape, but the design wasn’t working with a chain.

So it became a Lily Pad Ring, and currently will be available as a one-of-a kind. It’s easily the largest piece I’ve made and wearing it is fun!

Blue Dot Jewelry Lilypad Ring

Blue Dot Jewelry Lilypad Ring band

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Feature on Uncovet

Blue Dot Jewelry Pinwheel PostsThis has been a big week for Blue Dot – we’ve been a featured seller on Uncovet.com. It’s been an exciting few days!

Uncovet promotes a curated set of unusual, clever and crave-worthy items by super talented artisans. Seeing eight of my designs mixed in has been a big time thrill. I’m grateful and happy… and very much needing to clean up my studio space!

Featured on Uncovet

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See You at The Renegade Craft Fair!

Blue Dot Jewelry at Renegade Craft Fair

See the Blue Dot nature rings there in the middle? Woo!

I’m thrilled about being a participant in this summer’s Renegade Craft Fair, one week from today on the Williamsburg waterfront. We’re there Saturday and Sunday – I’m going to have to sit on my hands to keep from excessively shopping.

I’ve even had a banner made with the Blue Dot logo. Finally. I feel like it’s the most official business thing I’ve done, because it’s just pretty and vinyl and real. I want to hang it in our living room where I can see it, for the moment anyway. (My husband doesn’t know this yet. Hi honey!)

This weekend there will be 300 vendors, food, music and views of the city. Come out and say hi! Look for our tent and banner!

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn Banner

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A Hops Pendant, with Our Friends at BeerUnion

Blue Dot Jewelry Hops Pendant Necklace with BeerUnionOne of the most purely fun parts of working with precious metal clay is that I can create designs somewhat instantly when the whim strikes. This little hops pendant was one such design.

It came to me as just the thing for my friend Sarah for her birthday. She is half of the couple behind BeerUnion – a blog about all things beer in NYC. They are great friends and wonderful people.

They are also in demand – Sarah and Giancarlo were asked to write a book this summer called “Beer Lover’s New York: The Empire State’s Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars.” How much fun much does that sound? All that beer! All those interesting people they’ll meet while carefully researching said beer!

So we have decided to co-brand the silver hop for purchase (in case you have a beer lover or brewing enthusiast in your life? or perhaps this describes you?). Here is Sarah’s post about the beginnings of the Blue Dot BeerUnion Hops Pendant.

BeerUnion logo

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Nature Gives the Best Gifts

Blue Dot Helicopter Pendant

Wearing these together makes me feel like nature woman!

May has been my busiest month ever for filling orders, including for two new boutiques. One is in Greenport, on the North Fork of Long Island, which I love because it’s an excuse to visit this lovely beach town. Woowee! (Although it will be a little while.)

But I am always recharged by making new nature-inspired pieces. The maple helicopter was a find in Central Park. The twig stacking rings are new additions I’ve been wearing most every day! The detail goes all the way around the bands.

Thank you, mother nature. It’s a great pleasure working with you.

Blue Dot Jewelry Twig Rings.

Twig Rings_Blue Dot Jewelry

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