Avian Rescue Mission

At around 3 p.m. this afternoon, one of my fellow vendors at Addy&Ferro noticed this poor little broken-winged bird tucked up against the wall:

The picture quality from my phone is only so-so, but you can see on the left that its wing is at a weird angle. At first we thought it was a baby hawk. We tried calling 311 with mixed results, and the ASPCA apparently doesn't answer its phone on the weekend. Then I started calling all the animal-lovers, dog rescuers and vegans I know in the hopes that someone would know what to do with an injured bird.

My sister called and told me that there was actually some big Mama Hawk that lived in the park nearby that kept the local pigeon population under control, so it was probably her baby. Who knew a hawk-clutch grows in Brooklyn?

Then my friend Lil' D tracked down the number of a Bird Rescuer (yes, there is such a thing) through the Audubon Society but she couldn't really help me other than to suggest I leave food for it (FACT: birds of prey like dry dog food soaked in a little water, FYI) and track down the number of an organization called Volunteers for Wildlife to find out what to do for the little guy.

But then NYC Animal Control actually called me back -- I was convinced they wouldn't even bother to show, much less call -- and said they would be there in 20 minutes. After talking with the guy for about 5 minutes, he figures out from my description that Mr. Birdie was actually a kestrel, not a baby hawk. Apparently a lot of them have been turning up injured in the city lately because its their annual mating season and their hormone-addled birdbrains get a little confused. Or exhausted. Go figure.

SIDEBAR: Kestrels are AWESOME. The little one hanging out with us all day was an American Kestrel. They require a slight headwind in order to hover, hence a local name of Windhover. And they believe in green nesting -- they recycle other birds nests as their own.

Okay, now here's where it gets a little weird. I was so relieved that Animal Control was coming and I wouldn't have to figure out a way to bundle up the little-taloned-sharp-beaked-freaked-out-bird-of-prey and take him to the vet myself, I went inside the shop to actually sell something. I came back about 20 minutes later and the bird was gone.


I ask, has anybody seen the bird? Everyone's like, he was just there. Customers are going up the block, looking under cars. People are looking up in the trees, under the eaves of the building. No kestrel.

So now I'm thinking, maybe the Animal Control guy came and got him real fast. We lock up, everyone goes their separate ways....and 10 minutes later I get a call from the Animal Control officer. He's at the spot and wants to know where the bird is.

Uh-oh. I explain the whole story about the bird vanishing and everyone thinking he had already come. He was cool about it, though seemingly irritated that I didn't call. But then he said usually the calls he gets are about pigeons, so maybe he was disappointed not to get to pick up a "real bird" for once.

All of which is to say...Little Kestrel, wherever you are, I hope you're safe and warm and happy.

I wish you good flying.


Where to Find Persuede Jewelry This Weekend

I'm back at the Brooklyn Flea with my friend Melody's Addiction on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Our booth is right in front of Wafels & Dinges -- and while that's bad news for us as we battle temptation all day long -- it's great news for you, as all you have to do to find us is follow your nose!

Plus, you get to reward yourself for making such a smart jewelry purchase (hint hint) with a chocolate-drizzled warm buttery waffle bathed in whipped cream. Strawberries optional, napkins not so much.

I don't believe in playing fair.

Then on Sunday, May 31 from 12 - 6 p.m. I'm making a return trip to Addy&Ferro's delightful May Pop-Up Boutique at 672 Fulton Street between South Portland and South Elliot streets. Seriously people, the buzz on this event is to be believed. Vintage clothing -- and it is fabulous, trust me -- at great prices, fantastic hip tees and, of course, some very pretty trinkets from yours truly.

Go Gorgeous.


Summer Starburst Confetti

Continuing with my Starbust Confetti lightening strike -- and having some success with the Cherry Blossom necklace -- I decided to expand on it, making another version in bold, mid-summer colors.

Green Peridot for the cool July grass. Blue Apatite for the ocean breeze coming through your summer share window. Purple Amethyst for the fabulous flower you just might wear in your hair.

Why not? It's summer. Go Gorgeous.


Cherry Blossom Confetti

I've been on a "little things" kick with my jewelry lately. I've always made big statement pieces, and will continue to do so as I love making one-of-a-kind custom pieces. But there's also something so satisfyingly delicate about working in miniature.

The Starburst Confetti line started with Cherry Blossoms. Any regular reader of this blog knows I'm semi-obsessed with them. Every year rows of them bloom at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens just for me, or so I like to think.

So I clustered tiny faceted pink and green Watermelon Tourmaline rondelles around a gold ring on a 14k gold fill chain. And then made these sweet little earrings to go with:

I love that this set is girly and sweet, but mostly I'm happy because I think -- I hope! -- it captures the joy and lightness of Spring. And what girl doesn't want to make that statement when she walks in a room?

Go Gorgeous.


Royal Gleam

A lovely lady walked out of Addy & Ferro's on Sunday wearing this necklace:

It's the last of a series I made featuring these lovely, slightly squared Thai silver beads and semi-precious stones. Two things were important in this design: The enchanting gleam of silver across the most delicate part of the neck, and the stones that encircle it. For this particular necklace, I used Lapis Lazuli. I love the color. It's a true deep royal blue, full of confidence and grandeur.

As it turns out, Lapis has been prized since deepest antiquity, with the Ancient Egyptians being the most famous people to work it into jewelry as sacred regalia for the pharaohs. The powdered stone was also used by Egyptian nobility as an eyeshadow. When worn over the chest or throat, it is thought to bring you self-confidence.

For the other necklaces in this series, I used dark silvery grey Larvikite, also known as Black Moonstone. I like how the Thai Silver beads flash between the grey columns. Larvikite is a cousin to Labradorite, my favorite magic stone, and is said to carry a mysterious, magical energy which stimulates inner visions and enhances psychic abilities.

Either way, blue or grey, you can't go wrong. But you will go gorgeous.


Dance Africa + Persuede = Good Times!

This weekend is the venerable outdoor/indoor performance/market fest at BAM known as DanceAfrica. A Memorial Day weekend tradition, DanceAfrica is packed with dance, music, art, and film events—plus the one-and-only DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar.

DA is one of those events where it seems as if all of Brooklyn is in the mix. Up and down Ft. Greene the festival carries on in the park, on sidewalks and in shops. While I'm still sad that one of my favorite Brooklyn boutiques has closed, I'm very happy my peeps at Addy & Ferro have decided to reinvent themselves as a pop-up boutique for the month of May.

Featuring a mix of local artisans, independent designers, vintage clothing and shoes and final sale addy & ferro merchandise at drastically reduced prices up to 70% off (all remaining clothing $40 and under, shoes $100 and under, boots $150 and under).

So come down and get your shop on with Persuede jewelry this Sunday from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

May Pop-Up Boutique
Addy & Ferro
12 p. m. - 6 p. m.
672 Fulton Street (between South Elliot & South Portland St.)


Mother Love

To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,

—from "Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome"
by Christina Rossetti


Something Special

I discovered warpeDesign at a holiday craft market I was at last year. I love how such a simple idea can produce such beautiful results. Each card is a miniature work of art, painstakingly rendered by a very meticulous hand.

Each hole is individually hand "punched," making every card, even re-editions, unique. Most cards are 3"x5" recycled card stock and come with a matching color envelope. Holes are small enough to not reveal anything written inside.

That you chose to express your appreciation for Mom on something so stylish, however, is quite revealing. Clearly, she raised you right.


Yummy Tortilla

I love this tortilla press from Kooyman Designs on Etsy. Not only does it make fresh tortillas, it looks like an piece of art! Plus, there's a great description of how to use this handsome tortilladora in the listing that's making my mouth water. Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Office Art

I have a new(ish) office, with lots of bare walls in need of art. So I went for a digital stroll to see what I could find.

But first, I ordered an 11 x 14 print of this photograph I took while vacationing in Barbados with the big guy:

Then, in keeping with my "sky" theme, I found this image from JGeorge Phography:

I just love the dramatic clouds and sky, and the scale of the little bitty plane crossing the vast expanse. Probably cause I work in the Times Square area, where there's very little sky to be seen.

Then, thinking about Times Square, I found this Jane Dickson poster on the MTA website:

Sadly, it's out of print. I put my name on a list for reorders, but this is the MTA, so who knows...

And then I found this colorful painting at afremovinc.etsy.com that captures some of the colors and intensity I like in the Dickson painting.

Now, I'm just waiting for the packages to start arriving in the mail!