Thursday, April 7, 2011

a beautiful day....

a treasure made as homage to a foxy friend

a spectacular view

the magic of the sea
{I know March has passed, but I NEVER tire of aquamarine. it really IS the exact color of the sea}

trackers at the Palos Verdes Peninsula spotted whales migrating north today
mamas and babies. cow/calf pairs.
right here in this very spot where I took this picture.
I got to look through their high powered binoculars
but I didn't see any whales today

and a productive, pile of gems
{more gems here}

Thursday, March 17, 2011

a pinch of green...

and here

personally.... I like a {little} pinch, sometimes.....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

scenes from a morning commute

my daily morning commute from home to jewelry studio is less that 400ft.
coming from someone who used to spend 1.5 hours each way (every day) driving
to her jewelry-industry job, this is an absolute luxury.

these are a few images along the way....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

to the sea

prehnite, ocean jaspers, labradorite, aquamarine aquamarine aquamarine... the gems that make my heart skip a beat, find some of them here
nothing ::and I mean NOTHING:: is as good for the heart and soul as a trip to the sea...

Palos Verdes Peninsula, Winter 2011
from my daily walks

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

oh, bracelets bracelets

gemmy, luxe, cocktail-ring-style bracelets, on narrow chocolate leather with toggle-button closure

(perfectly sized for any wrist!)

I just L.O.V.E. them in a stack!

find them here


Monday, January 31, 2011

heal the bay

at the end of 2010, I worked on a wonderful collaborative project with Buy the Bay, a part of the wonderful ocean preservation group Heal the Bay.

here are the fruits of our labor

(oh my, look at that -- they're almost gone!)

(and a little bit about me)

Friday, September 10, 2010

this day

an eighteen hour work day.

some days are just like that.
and it's good.
I'd rather have eighteen hour days than zero hour days.

the bling:
a twenty carat aquamarine. right next to my grandma's one carat diamond.
thanks, Gram.

Monday, September 6, 2010

he and me, me and he

the love story of my life.

I want everything good for him. happiness. security. peace.
never a moment of self doubt. never a shadow of unhappiness.

growing up isn't easy. everyone struggles over something or other, as we grow and learn who we are.

this boy and I went on a drive over the weekend. it was a drive I have waned to take him on for years now. to show him a few select, beautiful places that have left their imprint on my heart and soul.

the drive from Tomales Bay to Point Reyes Station, then from Inverness through Samuel P. Taylor State Park to San Anselmo. if you have never been, it is a lovely drive. if you took this drive, and looked around with eyes and heart open, you would really understand who I am.
I would feel happy to share it with you.

the boy and I were able to relax with each other, which feels like a huge gift to my heart. we shared moments of laughter. in some ways, I am sorry I had not taken him before. but not really, because I know we were really waiting for the right moment. now.

::lipinsky's dachau::
in Inverness - over the sea
this is someone's home,
and it is so wonderful; I am in awe that it even exists

this is how I really feel

this pretty much sums up how I feel about my life and everything in it....


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

after a long sleep

after a long sleep

my busy hands make plenty {PLENTY} of jewels

I am loving my work

loving family

loving life

and soon, again, will be loving blogging......

to celebrate ::LIFE:: I will be
giving away one of these diamond-set ingot pendants,
with your custom letter (or two!)

made with my antique steel letter tools.

and love

bring along a friend!

look here for more details

Monday, March 29, 2010

double wow, metalsmiths

this sculpture was formed from ONE SHEET of metal.
which makes me weep real tears of JOY.

this was made by Steve Shelby of Indiana.
{an incredibly talented maker}
read more about the piece and his process HERE

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

tension ring workshop

tension set gemstone rings from Sunday's workshop at the STUDIO...

rings by Melissa, Andrea, Karen, Pam, Sandra, Lori (and samples by me)


I know it was a challenging project

super beach surprise

my dear friend Ginger and I went on a 5:00 am beach walk this morning,
and something TRULY AMAZING happened...

(sadly, we were unable to capture this spectacle on film)

when we stepped into the wet sand, there was a MAGNIFICENT GREEN GLOW radiating from our footsteps, for about ten inches!

we threw sand around and watched it glow.

we splashed around. it glowed some more.

we rolled up our sweats - a look we call "business shorts" (coined after a favorite tune)
and went in to our knees.

we contemplated a swim, but alas we had no suits & no towels, and the morning rowers & runners were starting to come out by then.

we squeaked and squealed and played with joyful abandon like little kids.

(and, yes, I know the dinoflagellates are some sort of toxin, but...)


Monday, March 22, 2010

sometimes i amuse myself...

well... I recently fulfilled a large order of silver jewelry.
it was a fun project, a labor of love, and I feel lucky to have been
helped by so many SKILLED AND WILLING hands...
just to entertain myself, I put up a display in the shop
a handful of the hundreds of pieces that were shipped.
yes, they are ALL the same!
rings in silver with 14k granules, all size 8

views from the garden

spring has indeed sprung in our succulent garden....
the colors are popping out here!

such inspiration

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

a life of abundance

some days I am very in-touch with the abundance in my life....
a bounty of lemons that will yield the perfect lemonade
a jar of ALL COPPER pennies
(I am going to use these at the bench for solder-lifts)
{{I used a zinc penny by mistake recently and plated a complex and gorgeous ring. ugh. more on that later}}
and a great job
{{making LOTS of jewelry}}

Saturday, March 6, 2010

these days

yesterday: I metalsmithed in flip flops (hey, I know it's a no-no)
and I worked on what is JUST POSSIBLY the coolest ring I have ever made

a wedge of tourmalated quartz tops a bold and modernist reliquary
on a wide band, with a super-smooth brushed finish

rough diamonds. twelve of them.
{{nope. I'm not kidding you}}

here are a few other treasures.
I also made a ring from a STUNNING 20 carat star ruby

today: I metalsmithed in ugg boots (chilly day)
and I worked on a (somewhat tedious) production project.

not quite as cool as yesterday, but still a joy to be doing what I love