A Blessing

I referenced this poem for the New Year, but it's so lovely, it deserves a post all its own.

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

-- James Wright


Free the Robots!

This video is from a fellow Etsian, Crankbunny, and it neatly sums up why handmade is so much better than mass produced...aside from the obvious.


Waters of Love

These oh-so-blue Calamine gemstones, sweetly sandwiched between Bali silver hearts, remind me of when I was in Puerto Rico, marveling at how the sky and sea were one and the same.

Thought to bring tranquility and favorable outcomes, this summer gem harmonizes with the heart chakra to release stress and deepen one's sense of love and compassion.

Which is exactly what I felt floating off the coast of Puerto Rico in that turquoise-colored Caribbean Sea. Such a profound sense of well-being filled me, I can only describe it as being in a state of love.

Perhaps it is too much to expect the same sensation from a few lovely stones strung on a slip of silver, but then again, why not?

Float on.


Quiet Storm

Have a few unresolved problems in need of a solution? These very special earrings may be just what you're looking for.

Big, satisfyingly fat drops of Tourmalinated Quartz -- good for problem solving and settling nerves -- are suspended like sparkling rain clouds on equally dramatic, arched Sterling Silver ear wires for a statement like no other.

Originating in Brazil, these are some serious rocks -- ranging in luminous tones from silver to grey with flashes of black Tourmaline -- and yet they're light on the ear and easy on the mind. A truly unique gemstone in a very special setting, these earrings feel as good as they look.

Problem solved.

You'll find them at my online shop persuede.etsy.com. Go gorgeous.


A Time to Remember

You know when things line up and life seems to happen without effort or drama? This Memorial Day weekend was one of those times. Everything flowed, the sun never stopped shining and summer knocked on my door with a rainbow in one hand and the keys to a convertible in the other. Yeah, it was that good.

Aside from the excitement and success of participating in the Ft. Greene Artisan Market on Saturday (shameless plug alert: look for us again on June 7), there was sleeping in on Sunday, then enjoying the rhythms of Dance Africa, followed by a cookout and ice cream on the roof deck with a distant view of the city (thanks A&P!)

Monday, thanks to the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Blister, the fiance and I literally drove down memory lane, first paying our respects to his Dad, then visiting former haunts in Corona and East Elmhurst, stopping by the Lemon Ice King and the best secret sandwich shop in Astoria (if you don't know, then I'm not telling), a picnic in the park and then a final drive back through Brooklyn.

We even made up a song about plucky ducks swimming in the East River. Don't ask.

I'm satiated, slightly sun burned and very satisfied... Happy Memorial Day everybody. Welcome to summer.


My Mate's Checkmate

He's cute, he's funny and he's my love (that's him on the left). Check out the latest from the crew over at InternetsCelebrities.com. Chea!

Why Didn't I Think of This?

Over at All Angel, All the Time, the charming blog host wrote the following, which I shamelessly repost here, not only for the common irritation with taxes and Ohio, but especially for the last line.

"I'll skip the particulars of my day and jump straight to its perfect ending:

I get home to find a letter in my mailbox.

From The Ohio Department of Taxation.

I owe them $81.49.

That would be in unpaid taxes for 2006.

Oh, but wait.

I did pay my taxes in 2006.

In fact, I paid Ohio state taxes for every penny I earned in 2006.

Even though I only lived in this great state for five months in 2006.

I still paid taxes as if I'd lived in Ohio for twelve months.

Apparently that $252.00 I paid wasn't enough.

Apparently I owed $327.00.

Not that they could let me know that anytime in past year. (I just figured a year, since I'm paying interest on a year's worth of so-called "unpaid taxes.")

Oh my god.

Ohio is such a great state.

I love Ohio.

Everyday, there's another reason...

...to love it more.

By the way, purple is the new sarcasm."

Love. It.

So what color is your sarcasm? I think mine may be this.


Crystal Light

You know that delightful, crisp breeze that curls around your shoulder in late April when the sun is bright and hot, the trees are green and budding, and the cherry blossoms are carpeting the lawn in an outrageous display of pink abundance?

That's this necklace.

Actually, it's several necklaces in one. With six feet of jade, silver-lined glass and frosted Czech beads on a silk chord, finished with four iridescent pieces of Moss Labradorite, you can wear this piece at any length you want. It can be worn extra long, extra short, doubled up, tripled up, around your waist, knotted, tied, looped...the options are almost endless.

As will your memory of that perfect spring day, preserved in a necklace and worn with a smile.

Go Gorgeous.


What a day we had yesterday! From dawn to dusk, I and my partner in jewelery adventures, Pam, sat at our table at the Ft. Greene Artisan Market and talked jewelry with the people. The day was sunny and warm, folks were looking for something special to kick off the summer and we were in fine form.

Many thanks to all of our family and friends who came by with support of all kinds -- from water to food to customers to conversation, they brought it all with good spirits and open arms. Also to Natasha Harsh at the Ft. Greene Artists Market for her advice about setting up and the invitation to future markets. And finally, a special shout out to my love, for the coffee, the lucky dollar bill (it worked!) and for just being you.

Stayed tuned, more pictures and jewelry in the pipeline....


No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn

Note the above picture of the sun rising over Brooklyn this morning. How is it that all those little things on my TO DO list that I swore would only take 15 or 20 minutes, tops, ended up in one monster all nighter?

Please, tell me I'm not the only one with this problem.

Well, since I'm up, might as well post a few pics of some of the new pieces I've made which are available at my online shop and, in a few short hours, at the Ft. Greene Artisan Market. Whoo-hoo!

Caffeine and candy, here I come.

UPDATE: No way am I capable of posting these lovelies on my etsy page. Stay tuned for a more rested Susan to figure out how to work her computer and post these tomorrow, after the market.


Persuede / Dance Africa in Ft. Greene This Weekend

Just a reminder that if you're in the Ft. Greene nabe this weekend for Dance Africa, don't forget to swing by and say hello to yours truly at the Ft. Green Artisan Market. Just a few blocks from BAM, the Ft. Greene Park and Artisan Market continues the party with free live music, delicious treats at the farmer's market, and one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by local artisans.

This is the first of many Saturdays you'll find PERSUEDE on DeKalb Avenue, alongside Fort Greene Park, selling handcrafted jewelry with my fellow jewelry designer and friend Pamela Weinstock, who sells her wares at pamelaweinstock.etsy.com. This Saturday at noon, there will be live music provided by the Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet. For a complete schedule of music and events at the Ft. Greene Park, visit http://www.dbpartnership.org/discover/artsculture/fgmarket

If you're in the city, taking advantage of everyone else going away for the holiday, tell your friends, stop by and say hello.

Saturday, May 24
The Fort Greene Artisan Market

Adjacent to Fort Greene Park on Dekalb Avenue
Subways: C to Lafayette, G to Fulton, R, Q, B to DeKalb Avenue, 2, 3, 4, 5, D, N to Atlantic Avenue.
Buses: B38, B52,B25, B26


To Market We Go

It's starting to look like summer in the city and that means outdoor fairs, markets and block parties galore. This summer you'll find your favorite jewelry maker -- um, that would be me -- at the Fort Greene Artisan Market on Saturdays beginning May 24.

I and my fellow intrepid jewelry maker Pamela will be there from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., enjoying the scene, the sun and the opportunity to mix and mingle with a crowd. We hope you'll swing by and say hello.

I'm hoping to post a calendar shortly -- if I can figure out how -- for our dates, plus other places where I'll be around the five boroughs. It's always nice to see a friendly face in the crowd. In the meantime, mark it on your calendar...and we'll see you at the market!

Saturday, May 24
Saturday, June 7, June 14, June 28
The Fort Greene Artisan Market

adjacent to Ft. Greene Park on Dekalb Avenue
Subways: C to Lafayette, G to Fulton, R, Q, B to DeKalb Avenue, 2, 3, 4, 5, D, N to Atlantic Avenue.
Buses: B38, B52,B25, B26