Friday, February 25, 2011

birthdays, brews, and bones

I'm absolutely in love with "BAR" on 13th and Sansom Street in Center City, Philadelphia. It's almost the perfect dive bar, their clientele can be a little douchey on a Saturday night. On draft you can get your cheap dive standards for $3 a pint: Lions head, Yeungling, Bud, Miller Lite, etc. Honestly I'd prefer to have a pint water than pay for any of these, but I'm a beer snob. For those like me, they have a few local craft brews on draft for an extra dollar or two. And if you don't like anything they have on draft they have an extensive draft list: PBR pounders to my favorite 8%-er, Gordon by Oscar Blues.

Bar is small, but luckily it has two floors to escape the Chads and Brads. The second floor is a game room with a dart board, foosball table and pool table, but no taps--just cans and picklebacks.

What is a pickleback you ask? Well, it is the most delicious way to chase that awful taste of cheep whiskey. It's brilliant--it's tasty and it even helps with hangovers! Just ask how to cure a hangover. (Hilarious!)

But be careful, (A lot of) picklebacks could turn a good birthday bad. One minute I was a happy drunk unable to say the "pledge of allegiance" in order to get a pass to drink more. Then the next thing I remember is the crack of my skull against the sidewalk and drunkenly crying over my hurt finger. Apparently I cried for over an hour even though I only remember seconds of it.

When I woke up, I was mildly hung over (thanks to the picklebacks!) with a humongous left hand (thanks to the shots that came with the pickebacks). Nothing is broken, just hurts A LOT and the hospital is making me wear a splint, which is earning me a few extra tips at work. Unfortunately, I will have to put off my new jewelry line for a few more weeks. Ugh...

But I got my x-rays... sort of..

The x-ray printer was down at the hospital so I only got a disc that cannot read the large images just the small ones:

Friday, February 18, 2011

New news

I've avoided this blog enough.

Since the beginning of 2011 a lot of really awesome things have been happening, even getting mono was cool because I got to watch a lot of tv, play a lot of video games, and sleep entirely too much without feeling guilty.

I'm finally starting my new line that is going to have more than just rings. I finished this piece the other day:


It's 1.5 in in diameter and made in sterling silver. I have it listed on my etsy-- one for $57 and a pair for $97

My new line is going to be mostly hand made instead of cast works. Lately I've been inspired to make delicate jewelry that I'm going to add an my own unusual twist.

I've even started practicing setting inverted gems like these two silver rings with inverted garnets, that will eventually sandwich a tooth:


Lydia Hudgens contacted me about using my jewerly in a photo shoot with blogger Chanel. Lydia takes very beautiful fashion oriented photos and runs a very cool blog that revolves around her work and other great photographers. The shoot is happening today and I can't wait to see how the photos turn out! I'll definitely post a link to wherever they turn up.

I made a really awesome ring for a friend. She is a hair dresser that loves big silver jewelry and I have dead dyed hair, it was the perfect trade. I made her a one of a kind ring in exchange for the best hair care products, like a sampler of the new Awapuhi line by Paul Mitchel, Rockaholic dry shampoo and conditioner and other really great stuff that has made my hair soft and healthy looking.


She shares my obsession with teeth and has a great collection of gnarly found teeth. I carved the ring in wax first because I wanted the teeth to look like a part of the metal and I wanted the metal prongs to look very organic, unlike a normal stone setting.

Also, I just made my inverted cross coffin ring into a man's size for Rob Liebling, lead singer of Pentagram.


*Hopefully* it will be worn on the cover of Decibel Magazine and in a 3 page spread of SPIN which will also include his wife, Halcoholic, wearing my DOOM ring. Both issues are coming out in the April-June months i think.


This ring is kind of massive compared to the original ring that would fit perfectly on the average female's hand. It's about 1.75 inches in length and made out of sterling silver with a hammered finish on the band. You can see more photos or/and buy it on my etsy.

Lastly, I think I'm going to have a give-away soonish, but I need someone to host it. I'll definitely post something about it when the time comes.

Oh and today is my birthday.


I actually took of a night of work so I could FINALLY see Night Birds, ex Ergs North Jersey surf rock, for my birthday. Check them out here. Although, I've only listened to "Midnight Movie Tapes", their new album, a few times-- "Killer Waves" and their self titled album have been a staple in my life for the past many months. I'm obsessed with surf rock.