Beach Date

From last week...
One day after work, Jo picked me up and we took ourselves to Kaimana Beach, for a sunset swim.

Being able to go to the beach, and jump in the ocean after work, is one of my favorite things about living here...


And, thank you universe :)

P.S. On the 31st I'll be celebrating five years of living here...I'm falling in love with it all over again.


10:14 am


10:14 am,
Frank Sinatra
Coffee gifted from a friend in the Bay Area,
Bathrobes and pj's on the front porch,
Sunny and breezy with random drizzle,
Plotting what's going in the cooler for our day at the beach,
etsy listings,
Texting with mom,

I forgot to share these pictures the other day...I got a new part time job, which I can walk to in 15 minutes, in historic chinatown in downtown Honolulu.  On my walk, is the central station fire department.  The doors are probably 20 feet tall...They. Are. RAD.

Also, I made this...

More than a week ago, while struggling through some
kind of photographic mad karma, that renders every
shot no good at all.

But then, I tried again...
Got a few good ones, and had fun playing 
with editing them a bit differently than usual.

 There is also a necklace that was the casualty of this
photographic conflict.  She's waiting patiently
for her time to properly shine, a much needed
third try will commence at some 
point this weekend...

I'm off to help load the paddle board on the car, gather the cooler, snorkel gear, rally the dog, and 
grab a periodical or two to browse from my chair on the beach.  This week I really felt Friday...And I am so looking forward to enjoying Saturday and Sunday in the best, most relaxing, and happy way I can! Sending you sandy toes, and ocean breeze...


Random photographic snippets

 Sunday was good...

Playing tourist with a friend in Waikiki.
Sipping on iced coffee.
Splurging on the NYT Sunday edition, something I've been wanting to do forever.
Walking in dense, thick, wet grass.
Orange toenails.
Long, hot, sweaty walk with the dog in Kailua.
Ice cold mandarin oranges, from the cooler.
No negative thoughts, or nagging myself about whatever topics are the usual.
Broccoli with garlic sauce.

Then I took a nap with Max.
On our new sheets that I am in love with.
That's all she wrote.
Happy Monday.



Greetings from your friend the Silversmith...

Today's dose of artistic honestly comes to you courtesy of my IMMENSE frustration over taking photos of my work.  I finished up two amazing pieces last night and need to get them photographed for the etsy shop so I can list them...Again, I find myself with not a single decent shot.
And, I'm pissed.

I've been wanting to mix it up a bit, play with taking the pictures in a different spot, experimenting with different backgrounds and props, and maybe trying to give my pictures a new look, or even just a little boost.  All of this sounded great in my head, but as I actually tried to execute my plan it become clear that the photo gods are not on my side.

Designing, making, creating and birthing my work is quite pleasurable, even in moments of great frustration in the studio over solder not flowing, wonky sawing, sore fingers etc. I always fell so awesome when I'm in there, and so high on creativity when I finish something.  Then comes the hard part,  the pictures, which have never been easy for me, but lately it's like I'm cursed in the photo department.  Once I've finished working on a piece, and I LOVE it from the bottom of my heart, all I want to do is show it to you here, email a few pictures to my mom, and get that baby listed on etsy!  It's quite sad then, when I look at the pictures that I've taken and they are NOT GOOD. It just means its another day, or two, or three, or four, until I get to share my creations with anyone.

Uggghh, frustration feels horrible...I think I can actually feel it in my body.  I want to toss out this camera and go out and get something "fancy".  Really I don't know much about photography, and I don't have the funds to actually do that, so I probably wouldn't know what to do with something fancy anyway...A girl can dream.

What is my plan?  I don't have one...I suppose I will just keep trying, every day, with different light, props, and backgrounds, until something works.  Until then, I'll be piling on my new creations and wearing them around the house, while I make some kale chips, and re-heat the soup I made last night...Pretty glamorous stuff.

Please excuse the whiny nature of this post.  I felt I needed to share with my ladies out there who have probably experienced something similar at some point in their journey.

Since I don't have any jewelry or adventure photos to share, and I'm feeling blue about it, how about we take a look at some of my favorites from Instagram...God bless a digital filter, nothing like it to make any old picture look extra special...Most of these will be doggie cuteness appreciation shots, bare with me.

Ok, thanks for indulging me, I feel better now.