I have been following @Blumenbabe’s, aka Heather Lafleur’s, high-fashion original illustrations on Instagram. Along with many others (including designer Anya Hindmarch), I have regularly commented on them and LIKED many of them.
So, it was to my great delight, that these beautiful Suetables illustrations appeared on my Instagram feed via @Blumenbabe http://instagram/blumenbabe
On a gray and bleak January day, my graphic designer friend, Pia Nummi, who oversees the branding and look of www.suetables.com, took me to Toronto’s Interior Design Show.
Our friendship spans over 20 years; we share a love of beautiful things, an interest in fashion, design, Pinterest, good food and good wine. Her beautiful daughter, Sofia, age 11, is my Goddaughter. Pia takes me to fashion shows, art galleries and often helps feed my creative soul. I feed her daughter’s jewelry collection.
I am at my farm - my happy place - with three of my best friends.
It is foggy, icy and snowy outside but friends are drinking coffee and chatting happily inside, covered in fur blankets.
We have lots of magazines, food, chocolate, candles, chatter and laughter. And, of course, yummy chardonnay - even with lunch. With only a few texts and conversations, meal planning was sorted out with everyone bringing something delicious to the table.
This is what is is like with old friends - simple.
Right now, our studio is full of new shipments of blank sterling silver charms, orders and words as people are choosing a word to act as a touchstone for 2014. According to the Chinese calendar, it is the year of the horse.
My word for 2014 is 'rooted'.
It ‘arrived’ this week while listening to author Danielle Laporte in my car. She said to put aside, for a moment, all your ‘to do's’, colour-coded charts, goals and five-year plans and focus on how you want to feel in 2014.
“What is success,” she asked, “if you don’t FEEL great?”
We get such joy in creating stylish and meaningful sterling silver jewelry that celebrates life and loved ones. Our job gives us front-row seats to so many personal stories. Every once and a while, a story stops us in our tracks.
Once upon a time, I was inspired by hand-stamped baby spoons and butter knives I saw on the coast of Maine. I bought vintage silverware and learnt to painstakingly stamp them with letters as housewarming or new baby gifts.
Stamping letters on these uneven surfaces was difficult but friends loved their personal nature. Once I had the skill to personalize silver, I really wanted to find flat charms to stamp my kids' letters and names.
It’s a rockin’ campy trend we’ve seen for a while now on the arms of fashion-forward men and women: a stack of mix-and-match bracelets in an unfussy manner in an array of colors, materials and textures.
I have named this series after my fav Taylor Statten Camp in Algonquin Park. Some think of them as friendship camp bracelets; others see them as an as a way to get some rock-star swagger. Mix colour and texture with your designer bracelets, diamonds, gold, silver or other bracelets from your jewelry box.
Recently, I felt an urge to give away an Erin Links bracelet letter pressed with LOVED. I decided to ask people to share who they would give it to if they won.
I was stunned.
People truly paused to really think about who in their life needed a bit more love and, more importantly, who might most need to hear it.
As I read those comments and some very personal email stories, I kept wondering what might happen if every person who left a comment (or thought of leaving one) shared their words with the person they love.