Thursday, December 31, 2009

Glad Tidings and Sequins

Random British Guy Dressed as Elvis in the Middle of the Mojave Desert says: Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Scenes from a sudden winter

Well, that was fast. You'd think this didn't happen every year, by the way this sudden, deep snow cover has affected me. But I always forget.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Small Town Snow

I wanted to share this gorgeous photo my mom took yesterday as she made her way across the Ashfield town common to the town hall (the one with the picture-postcard steeple) where I was showing my jewelry as part of Crafted in the Village. What a perfect, quintessential small-town New England moment, no?

I took some photos of the booth (it was, I must say, kick-ass) but the lighting wasn't great. I'll sift through them later and see if there's anything worth sharing.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009


It's that time of year again: time to crash the interwebs with furious cyber-shopping! I've got three mega things going on this weekend.

• FREE WORLDWIDE STANDARD SHIPPING on every purchase from my Clementine Etsy shop through Monday 11/30. No coupon code needed, everything's been adjusted and is ready to go!

• Special Holiday pricing on my signature Blossom and Radiant series earrings—click here.

• A fabulous special offer for readers of The Bright Side Project. Buy anything in my shop, and you can get the lovely Set Adrift Necklace for 1/2 price. Here's the special listing that's already price-adjusted and ready to go:

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Things I've Found in the Woods

"Leaf Frog"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The slow, silent, unsexy killer

 (this photo has nothing to do with anything here, it's just a pretty picture of a recent misty morning)

This past saturday was World Diabetes Day. Don't worry, this isn't turning into a d-blog (that's a new phrase I just learned. There's a whole community of diabetes bloggers I didn't even know existed. So exciting for me! But since I rarely talk about The Big D here, probably less exciting for you.) I just wanted to share my thoughts on the impact—actually, lack of impact—of World Diabetes Day. I watched the trending topic (which carried the promise of 1 cent donated to diabetes research for every single mention) slide further and further down on Twitter until it, depressingly, was gone. And yes, I admit it, I get my news from Twitter and The Daily Show. I'm one of those people.

Diabetes is really the invisible (and totally, totally un-sexy) killer.  I found this quote from Dr. José Oberholzer, an endocrinologist who's working on islet transplantation: "When I go to donors to raise money, I always say that it is the silent disease. It's not spectacular like AIDS, where people panic, and it's not like cancer—everyone is afraid of cancer. It's not like a spectacular heart attack. It's a very slow killer. Most people think it's your fault if you have diabetes. They think you ate too much and you didn't move enough. They're not differentiating between type 1 and type 2, that's my impression. Even if they do know the difference, they think that there are not very many people affected by type 1. But as you know, that is totally not true. Not everyone who eats a lot and doesn't move has diabetes. And you can move a lot and not eat much and still become type 2." [Go here for an explanation of the differences in types.]

Food for thought (sorry, pun intended.) And, hey, if you're reading this blog, you do know someone with Type 1. So, you know, just spare some love for the folks with "the sugar." And if you want to learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with the disease, visit Six Until Me, a great blog by a type 1 diabetic, with links for exploring deeper in the d-blogosphere.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dreaming of Big Sky

I've been dreaming of bigger skies than these. Don't get me wrong, these skies are gorgeous. But I want to go out west. The Great American West. I feel its pull. I'll be heading to Vegas and the Mojave with friends for a few days in late December; I've been daydreaming of ditching the flight home and wandering around the desert and mountains. Have you seen Jena of Modish's pix of her recent road trip from Minnesota to Portland? Amazing. And Kate of For Me, For You has some pix of a recent trip to Arizona on the blog. I just want to be there, now.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Painting Faces

Halloween was sorta sad this year: nothing ruins a good trick-or-treat like a drenching rain. I went to Elmer's hoping to get some great pix of kids in costume, getting their faces painted by Nan (small town business owner/New Orleans Jazz Fest Art Director). I left having only taken about 5 pictures total—mostly because I felt weird taking pictures of other people's children. Am I the only one who feels creepy doing that?

I also wanted to share this short film that won our town's 3rd annual film festival this year. Set at Elmer's, it stars several of my coworkers and involves a music scene (featuring several local singer/songwriters, see if you know 'em) that was filmed one day while I was working. Fun! It's a pretty dang cute and funny short, I think you'll enjoy it. Plus, now you'll have a mental image of where I work every Sunday (and where, despite my promises, I did not greet each new customer with a menu and a "Welcome to Autumn, F*ckheads!" yesterday).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Summit House, Mount Holyoke

Here's a view of what awaits at the top of Mount Holyoke (the hill, not the college). The Summit House was once a hotel, one of several "mountaintop hotels" in New England... and, trust me, they're using "mountain" in the East Coast sense; elevation=900-something feet. But the base is almost at sea level, I'll give 'em that. There was once a funicular that carried visitors up the (verrrry steep) hill from the Halfway House. You can see the red roof of the HH at the bottom of the photo below.

From the DCR website comes this very Ken Burns-esque notion of Mt. Holyoke:
From the early 1800s, Mt. Holyoke played a significant role in the cultural identity of the United States. The view from the summit – cultivated farm fields, framed by rugged mountain and impenetrable forest – told the story of a young nation transforming itself from wilderness into a civilized landscape. It was this vista that made Mount Holyoke an important tourist destination in those days, second only to Niagara Falls.

I chose an overcast day to make the hike up Mt. Holyoke. And since it was after Columbus Day, the Summit House was closed for the season. But the ladybugs hadn't gotten—or hadn't bothered to heed—their eviction notice. A closer look reveals that every little black speck in all these other photos is actually a ladybug. The place was covered in them.

It was so strange to imagine vacationing up there, once upon a time, at the "top of a mountain" that's actually at a lower elevation than the house in which I live (at 1700 feet or so, for those who like to know those things.) But the view—yes, the view was quite expansive.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hard frost

It seems rather silly to be posting these photos of last week's hard frost now that it's SNOWING here. That's right, snowing. All. Day. Long. Sunday. Like that, the growing season has ended. Nothing left to do but cut down the blackened remnants of another ethereal, ephemeral season. *sigh*. I'm not ready for you, yet, Winter.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Greylock Summit

It's a little after the fact, but I wanted to share these photos of the incredible cloud masses and fall color my friend Mary and I found at the summit of Mt. Greylock last week. It was a fantastic hike. I made Mary go waaaaaaay farther than she'd anticipated, but the reward? An incredible view from Stony Ledge, which the last photo only hints at. I love Western Mass in the fall. (plus, how cool is that ceiling in the war memorial tower??)