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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Our Memorial Day weekend vacation to Portland

The Dork Family  at the Albany , Oregon train station Friday afternoon. On Saturday

we went to the Portland Zoo.

This bear apparently drank too much.

We got to spend time with our friends Eric and Marcel.

This was Henry’s invention at the food court at the zoo- a popcorn sandwich made

with cotton candy bread.

The mandrill.


We stopped at the Nike store so that Marcel could be the special socks he wanted.

Max and Nick in the big city

This is a rare and unusual site- both kids happily eating food. Max got Indian food

and Henry got plain handmade noodles from the food trucks. They are both picky


The Portland Chinese Garden.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

New Freddie the Turtle shawl / scarf pin

My parents asked me to try and come up with a turtle design so they could give
it as a gift to their good friend Freddie. I had been wanting to come up with a
turtle design and was pleased to have Freddie for the inspiration. Freddie is a
fellow my Dad met on the Albuquerque bike trail that he rides every day.  I have
never met him but my parent’s describe him as an ex- surfer from California with a
shaved head, tattoos including one of a turtle on the back of his head and ear
gauge plugs. He is very kind and generous and volunteered to help take my Mom
to the hospital and back and spend time with them in the hospital while my father
was  there for a week this winter. I just love picturing my nice  non tattooed 
Jewish 76 year old mother from Brooklyn hanging out with Freddie.  I made him
a turtle pendant in this design in sterling silver. I haven’t been able to recreate it
consistently in silver but it came out well and easily in my trusty aluminum wire.

This is the  Aluminum Turtle Spiral Shawl Pin now in our shop. Thanks Freddie!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New in the shop- Key chains! Father’s Day Gifts!

Yes, I know the excitement is overwhelming. We finally came up with a way to

have key chains in our shop. Not all our designs were right for this application.

They needed to be sturdy enough to handle being banged around.

The Treble Clef Aluminum Key Chain

The Treble Clef Brass Key Chain

The Celtic Cross Aluminum Key Chain

The Long Celtic Cross Aluminum Key Chain

The Celtic Heart Aluminum Key Chain

The Celtic Loops Aluminum Key Chain

Also new this week in the shop is our

Looping Celtic Crossed knots Sterling Silver