Archive | August, 2013

Events and New Work – September 2013

29 Aug

As a busy summer draws to a close and Labor day nears, I wanted to take a minute to share some upcoming events and also new work from the past month or so.

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As many of you already know I recently launched Black Swamp in June. Black Swamp is a naturally inspired accessories line that features my jewelry creations using recycled wood shavings from our furniture designs for Joseph Thompson Woodworks, as well as copper, sterling silver, brass and other fine materials. As of now my designs are available through my online store, blackswamp.co.

Photo by Jen Ray for Black Swamp.

Photo by Jen Ray for Black Swamp.

Black Swamp received some great press over the summer with an inclusion in Charleston Magazine’s print issue for August 2013 as well as a divine feature by Elizabeth Bowers for CHARLIE Magazine in July.

I also had the opportunity to shoot this amazing portrait for Black Swamp with Joseph Nienstedt of JWNPhoto a few weeks ago!

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I told you it was a busy summer! And I’m just getting started.

Next weekend, I am thrilled for Black Swamp and Joseph Thompson Woodworks to team up with Gris Galerie for the OPEN Arts Expo at the College of Charleston Cistern Sunday September 8th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This will be Black Swamp’s first event ever! I am so pleased for my designs to be making their official debut in Charleston. In addition to Black Swamp baubles, we’ll be bringing a few furniture, decor and wall hanging pieces for Joseph Thompson Woodworks. Click over to our Current Work page on our website or our Etsy shop to get a sneak peek at a few items that might make an appearance.

Again, I couldn’t be happier to hang out with our hometown crowd and show some new designs for the very first time! The support we’ve received from our home base has been incredible, and we can’t wait to celebrate in gratitude with you!

In other news, for those that do not know I am also the Membership Coordinator for a local SC Community Supported Agriculture program, Pinckney’s Produce. We’re gearing up to start our fall harvest season Tuesday, September 17th. If you’re in the Lowcountry or Midlands of SC and are interested in having over 45 different varieties of fresh, local SC grown produce delivered to a convenient location once a week for three months, then definitely give Pinckney’s a look! We have a great food community growing across the state, come be a part of something fun and tasty with me.

Phew! Okay. Just looking at what lies ahead this month has got me tired! I am looking forward to an exciting and busy month ahead. Thanks for all of the support, and I hope to see a few of you out and about over the next few weeks!

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Improvements and Thanks

26 Aug

It has been a long (almost!) two months, however I have never felt so loved before as I have felt lately. So many of you reached out after my last post and I was simply overwhelmed with good vibes and positive energy! Thank you!

In health news my condition is improving, and after a long summer of doctor’s visits and tests we are still unsure as to what exactly is going on. However I have a great new doctor that is developing a comprehensive plan to help me get back to normal. In the meantime, my symptoms, while still daily, have improved. I do feel more confident getting around as well, and have not had to use my cane much in the past two weeks or so.

Thank you also to everyone who reached out and supported my family during their trying time this summer as well. Your kindness and generosity has truly helped lift their spirits. Whether it was a simple note or a bag full of toiletries, nothing was overlooked or unappreciated.

As things seem to be picking up around here, I am looking forward to posting more updates here on my blog. I am developing some new ideas for posts as I type this and can’t wait to share more news and updates with everyone. Fortunately I have still been able to stay busy with work and new designs over the summer too so I have a lot of great things to share.

Thanks again for all of the love and support. Stay tuned for more updates and posts!