by gwen harlow


Necklace a Day 6

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in craft, St. Valentine's Day | 1 comment

Necklace a Day 6

I’m a little behind, trying to catch up tonight…this one’s just for me because some of the the petals of the vintage red flower earring I used here are coming loose from the metal rims and I don’t expect them to hold up real well. Hooked up to a knotted strand of red coral.

Use coupon code FEBRUARY12 for 15% off anything in my shop through the month.

I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

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Day 4 Necklace : Pastel rosary on gunmetal

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in craft, photo, St. Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Day 4 Necklace

I am not the best about keeping records about my stock, so when I’m making something to sell, I sometimes have to spend some time hunting down what components are, try to estimate what I spent on it so I can figure that into the price. I can usually tell you the story of where I bought most of them.

For instance, the antique English cut pink milk glass beads on today’s rosary-style necklace? Got those at the Alameda Antiques Fair (Have you been? You really should. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find. The next one is tomorrow.) at the end of a long Sunday. I loved them but the guy wouldn’t haggle down enough and I couldn’t afford what he was charging, so I walked away. He literally chased me down five minutes later and here I am, the proud owner of a dwindling strand of these really fabulous milk glass beads. If you don’t know English cut, it’s like faceted but it’s all imperfect and kind of nubby since they’re so old and a bit rubbed down, making them soft around the edges.

For Day 4 of the Necklace a Day Challenge, I wanted to make something pastel and gunmetal because that is my favorite color combo — the grey frames the beads so they pop more. I was set on the pink and peach, and was looking for a pendant when I found this old teardrop the color of the inside of a lime. I knew where I’d bought it (the giant bead show they hold every fall in Oakland, another event you should check out) and that it was a gemstone but had to spend a little while hunting more info down for my etsy description. Here is what I learned:

Serpentine is also called New Jade even though it is not a jade. It’s found pretty much everywhere and is also used in brake lining and fireproof fabrics. If you’re a Scorpio or Gemini, or down with Saturn, this is the rock for you. It’s a protective gemstone associated with the heart and activates the kundalini while protecting you against snakes (!), diabetes, PMS, and anxiety.

I don’t know how much, if any, of that is true, but you cannot go wrong wearing a calming anti-snake talisman that you can use to fix your car in a pinch.

Plus it’s a really pretty piece for spring to go with all those soft antique-y neutrals you’re wearing.

Special shout-out to Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, where I made the Day 4 necklace. Julie’s is the best place in the world to sit around with your #1 americano and pile of beads being super productive with no distractions at all in a gorgeous, cozy setting.

Use coupon code FEBRUARY12 for 15% off anything in my shop through the month.

I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

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Valentine’s Day! Treasury

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in St. Valentine's Day, wishlist | 0 comments

Hey, I made an etsy treasury full of hearts and Valentine-y goodies! Check it out here.

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Day 3 Necklace : Red Heart

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in craft, photo, St. Valentine's Day | 0 comments

day 3 necklace

Buy this necklace on etsy.

Yesterday was Groundhog Day, which got me thinking about how this year is flying by and it’s almost Valentine’s Day already so I made this red-heart necklace for Day 3 of the Necklace a Day challenge.

The challenge is tougher than I thought it would be — not just finding the time to sit and make the necklace but trying to take a decent picture when the light is so bad this time of year. So today’s batch (which you can see on the etsy page) are not my finest. But that’s okay, I finished. Go, me!

Use coupon code FEBRUARY12 for 15% off anything in my shop through the month.

I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

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Day of the Dead Collage no. 3

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in Día de los Muertos, love | 0 comments

day of the dead collage

by kaizermodo

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Las Ofrendas 2011

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in craft, Día de los Muertos, to-do list | 1 comment

Muerto blanco

resources for Día de los Muertos and a listing of related events in the san francisco bay area. check back as events will be updated through october. feel free to share additional events in the comments.

Día de los Muertos
– Fruitvale 30 oct @ 10-5

Love & Loss: Días de los Muertos 2011
– oakland museum 12 oct-11 dec
community celebrations 23 oct 12-4:30

celebration in the gourmet ghetto
– 2 nov 5-9p

San Francisco
Day of the Dead
procession, 2 nov @7pm

Mission Cultural Center
altars & exhibit 22 oct-19 nov
workshops through 29 oct
Galería de la Raza
SOMArts Altars for the Spirits
– 8 oct-5 nov

Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Mi Casa es Tu Casa 11, 28 oct-19 dec

San Jose

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Fourth of July friends

Posted by on Jul 8, 2010 in Alameda, holiday, photo | 0 comments

It is so exciting to see people you know in a parade.

Our neighbor Carrie is active with the Alameda Small Dogs organization. They host a doggie costume parade at Halloween that is not to be missed.

Alameda Small Dogs and our neighbor Carrie

The guy who lives down the street is always walking the route with his bagpipe.

Bagpipe neighbor

Gloria and her family own Acapulco restaurant.

Gloria, another Quintero, and Frank

but we really know her and her husband from karaoke at Lemon Tree and Clubhouse. That’s where Chad got started singing.


Rick is in more bands than I can name. You can see the Frisky Frolics, who sing songs from the 1920s-1940s or thereabouts, pretty much every week at Speisekammer or Julie’s.

Rick Quisol / Alameda Theatre / Frisky Frolics

I didn’t know this guy before, but I waited almost the entire parade for someone to come around handing out miniature American flags.

Finally! someone handing out miniature american flags!

Dr. Porter, thanks for the flag. You are my newest friend!

Miniature American flags for all!

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Fourth of July bicycles

Posted by on Jul 7, 2010 in Alameda, holiday, photo | 3 comments

The town I live in has a big 4th of July parade every year. It’s fun to watch all the decked-out two- [and sometimes three-]wheeled contraptions cruise by.

Bike lady

Westside Baptist Church

Temple Israel #2

Girl scout scrapers

Spangly bike girls

Scraper scraper!

Victorian scraper

Bike couple

Bicycle #92

Bike: green

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Be mine?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in photo, St. Valentine's Day | 0 comments

This is my favorite, it is part of the display at Ole’s Waffle Shop here in Alameda, which is the most perfectly oldschoolest diner around. I highly recommend the pancakes and bacon and hashed browns and sitting at the counter and grabbing a box of crayons so you can have drawing contests on your paper placemats while you wait for your order.

Remember Me

Happy St. Valentine’s Day.

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all the world will smile for me

Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in photo, St. Valentine's Day | 0 comments

10 I Love MyselfTree, Karen + Jay / Art is evil
To My Valentine

1. daughter heart 2. musee mechanique heart 3. karen + jay heart 4. antiques fair heart

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2010 in photo, St. Valentine's Day | 1 comment

Amour avec le SPARKLE
Draw back your bowGwen, House of Blues

1. avec SPARKLE!! at daisy’s 2. the calm before the storm 3. nola heart

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Are you ready?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2010 in photo, St. Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Caution: heart
My life, my love, m'lady!HeARTflow by Mari Upton
Unchain my heart

1. west oakland heart 2. community garden sailor art 3. heart art 4. tree heart

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