6.25.2008

Vacay Hooray!


Knowing how hard I've been working on everything in my life, my honey planned a mini-vacay for just the two of us on St. Maarten. Bliss! See you on June 28th.....

6.23.2008

The Last Dance


Persuede @ The Ft. Greene Artisans Market
Saturday, June 28th
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Well folks, Pam and I have come to the end of our Ft. Greene adventures in jewelry. Saturday, June 28th, is our last day at the Market. And what a doozy of a day it's looking to be!

First and foremost, there's yours truly and my partner in crime, Pamela Weinstock, in the field and on the street, committed to our mission of making the world a more beautiful place, one piece of jewelry at a time.

Next, there's all of the fabulous artisans at the Ft. Greene Artisan Market, beginning with the curator and artist Natasha Harsh and including stained glass, painted silk, potted clay, crocheted clothes, and homemade potions.

And then of course there's the music. This Saturday its Miss Fairchild - more than just a band, they play dynamic modern pop music that also serves as a music appreciation course for lovers of soul and funk music. Blending a timeless sense of songwriting with an undeniable sense of now, displaying a remarkable musical palette influenced by such artists as Sly & The Family Stone and Tony Toni Toné, their live show has drawn comparisons to the legendary JB's for its energy and remarkable transitions. But more than all of that, Miss Fairchild exists to bring joy to an oftentimes-joyless world.

Now, how can you NOT be there?

The Ft. Greene Artisans Market
Saturday, June 28th
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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



6.18.2008

Bali High


A gold plated Bali bead, imprinted with multiple third eyes to keep you safe in all your journeys, is bracketed by the reasoning energy of two faceted beads of amber-green Grossularite. Two Sterling Silver links of Smokey Quartz add their vital energy, encouraging you to move forward in life with charm and just a hint of mystery.

From Plumage, a richly colored collection devoted to looking fabulous and going gorgeous all the way.

6.17.2008

Fancy That

So one of my favorite pair of earrings sold at the Ft. Greene Artisan Market on Saturday. I made them in a late-night frenzy (it happens from time to time) and was on the fence about selling them -- I only made one pair and they were somewhat labor intensive. But when the woman who bought them put them on, I knew -- and she knew! -- they were made for her.

The people watching at the Market is fun and the interactions with customers are enlightening. Sometimes I try to guess which piece of jewelry someone's going to pick out before they do. And while everyone has their own way -- some are very focused know immediately what they want, while others love to browse every piece on the table -- in the end, 9 times out of 10, they end up buying the first piece they picked up. Funny, no?

Any way, I digress. The young woman honed in on these with laser-like precision. She knew what she wanted and these earrings were it! They feature a pair of hand-selected Rutilated Quartz, streaked with gold, and suspended from hoops of pistachio-colored freshwater Pearls. I'm so glad they found each other...

I call them LUX.


Persuede Featured in Etsy Gift Guide



6.13.2008

Birth of the Cool


Just because New York's heatwave has finally waved goodbye, doesn't mean there isn't still plenty of HOTNESS to be found...like at the Ft. Greene Artisan Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Once again yours truly, Persuede, and my partner in jewelry adventures, PamelaWeinstock, will be outside Ft. Greene Park on Dekalb Avenue, displaying our wares.

We've got sterling silver, gold, semi-precious and precious jewelry -- all handmade, all unique, all hotter than hot. Not to mention all the other local artisans (buy Brooklyn!), a delicious farmer's market and free, live music.

This Saturday at noon it's The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, one of the world's most authentic swing bands. It stars veteran jazz and blues musicians whose roots reach to the classic period of the '20s and '30s. Together since 1973, these "originals" actually "jumped" at the Woodside and "stomped" at the Savoy with Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and other jazz greats.

So stop by on your way to brunch, coming back from brunch or while you're walking the dog and say hello, tap your toes and add your name to our guest book to receive 10% off your next jewelry purchase. How cool is that?


Saturday, June 14
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

6.10.2008

Beach Glass


While you walk the water's edge,

turning over concepts

I can't envision, the honking buoy

serves notice that at any time

the wind may change,

the reef-bell clatters

its treble monotone, deaf as Cassandra

to any note but warning. The ocean,

cumbered by no business more urgent

than keeping open old accounts

that never balanced,

goes on shuffling its millenniums

of quartz, granite, and basalt.

It behaves

toward the permutations of novelty--

driftwood and shipwreck, last night's

beer cans, spilt oil, the coughed-up

residue of plastic--with random

impartiality, playing catch or tag

or touch-last like a terrier,

turning the same thing over and over,

over and over. For the ocean, nothing

is beneath consideration.

The houses

of so many mussels and periwinkles

have been abandoned here, it's hopeless

to know which to salvage. Instead

I keep a lookout for beach glass--

amber of Budweiser, chrysoprase

of Almadén and Gallo, lapis

by way of (no getting around it,

I'm afraid) Phillips'

Milk of Magnesia, with now and then a rare

translucent turquoise or blurred amethyst

of no known origin.

The process

goes on forever: they came from sand,

they go back to gravel,

along with treasuries

of Murano, the buttressed

astonishments of Chartres,

which even now are readying

for being turned over and over as gravely

and gradually as an intellect

engaged in the hazardous

redefinition of structures

no one has yet looked at.


-- Amy Clampitt

6.08.2008

Picture Perfect


A very special pair of earrings, these dramatic Larimar drops, suspended from hand crafted Sterling Silver ear wires, are surprisingly light on the ears.

Larimar is found only in the Dominican Republic and has a soft, gentle healing energy that soothes you and helps you see who you really are. As no two pieces are alike, each one captures a different landscape. Consider them a reflection of your inner terrain, reflected in an unusual, healing stone.

Go gorgeous.

6.06.2008

We're Having A HeatWave...


Get it while the getting is good, ladies and gentlemen! Persuede and pamelaweinstock will be at the Ft. Greene Artisan Market this Saturday, June 7th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. And we're bringing the heat with terrific new jewelry.

This is just one 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.
Swing by and say hello, sample some delicious treats at the farmer's market around the corner, and peruse the one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by local artisans.

Saturday, June 7

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


6.03.2008

My Favorite Flower(s)

Okay, so picking just one is a little difficult -- how could I possibly choose the heady perfume of a gardenia over the sensual scent of jasmine or the gloriously shy blues of morning glories?? It's an impossible task.

And don't even get me started on cherry blossoms.

However, there is one flower that has the exuberance I love, coupled with a delicious scent AND that looks good even when it's not in the bloom. My friends, allow me to introduce you to the peony:


Gorgeous, isn't she?

Named after Pæon, a physician to the gods who obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo, the peony is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture and, along with the plum blossom, is a traditional floral symbol of China. In Japan, its called "The King of Flowers" (peonies are clearly "shes" in my book but whatever) and its root is used as a treatment for convulsions. Mischievous nymphs are said to hide in its petals.

For so showy a flower, it's suprisingly hardy and thrives outdoors in northern climes. It's on the top of my list for my future garden. For now, I have to satisfy my peony yen with clippings and trips to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

6.02.2008

Bandit




A banded column of Chevron Amethyst -- good for general protection -- is playfully turned on its side and suspended from a sparkling Sterling Silver chain. Soft, violet Amethyst saucers add a subtle exclamation to either side.

Don't worry. Whatever "it" is, you'll get away with it in this necklace.

Go gorgeous.

6.01.2008

The Herbivore's Dilemma

Y'all know I go in for local, organic produce.

We'll here's another way to reduce your carbon footprint, eat really well, and support your local economy. And who wouldn't want to accomplish all of that with a click of the mouse?

For New Yorkers and Connecticuters (is that even a word?), there's myfarmshare.com.


Run by a family in Westchester who love the farm-to-table concept of community supported agriculture, myfarmshare.com has figured out how to deliver: by tag-teaming with milkmen commuting to the city, thereby eliminating the need for extra trucks.


From June through November, boxes of veggies (eggplant, lettuce, cucumbers, fingerling potatoes, etc.) and fruit (cherries, peaches, plums, etc.) will be dropped at doorman buildings (sorry tenement dwellers, early a.m. delivery means you’ve got to work it out with a security guy near you). Sign up ASAP to secure space and help get capital to the farmers up front.

Not to mention the freshest veggies on the block.

Out of delivery range? Check out what's local to your neck of the woods at localharvest.org, where you can look up similar community supported agriculture options (that's CSA, for those in the know) by zip code or state.

You'll be happier, healthier and greener for the effort.