My new life in Jersey

My main motivation for starting this blog was to get more comfortable with putting my writing out into the world. I started a novel in 2012 that I am now working on again, after abandoning the project to make and sell jewelry through Katie Wood Jewelry. While it was fun to make interesting pieces out of found objects, at one point even using bees, moths, and butterfly wings; my heart is always pulling me toward my lifetime goal of writing a novel and becoming a writer. I’ve been continually dissuaded from focusing on this goal by a lack of confidence that I can be successful, as well as a fear of judgement, and of course, the big one–how to make a sustainable income.

My wife and I have been given the incredible opportunity to start out fresh and reinvent ourselves, something I have attempted to do for years. This time, though, we don’t have the constant stress of making rent payments each month…and when the projected income, according to SmartAsset’s recent study shows that you need to make over $216,000 to rent a two-bedroom in San Francisco, even doctors and lawyers I know are struggling to make ends meet. http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Here-s-what-you-need-to-make-to-afford-rent-in-7709356.php

Needless to say, as I’m figuring out what I’m doing, my blog posts will hopefully evolve to keep reflecting this transition in my life.

I was inspired this past Saturday on a day trip with friends to New York City and Brooklyn, which takes us about an hour from where we are in New Jersey.

We met for brunch at Perla (http://www.perlanyc.com) in the West Village, an adorable corner cafe that felt like it could be at home in multiple SF neighborhoods, like Cole Valley, Valencia St., or North Beach. Lovely decor, clean and modern with a rustic vibe. Super friendly staff, and delicious food.

We walked around the Village after, and though it felt more like a fall day in the city rather than spring, I didn’t mind as the crisp air was also refreshing. One of the girls is getting married in November, so we convinced her to go to this fabulous wedding and vintage dress shop, that we would have missed completely if not for the wedding dress hanging overhead on the railing of a fire escape off the second floor of a nondescript brownstone. The NY SHAREEN and Shareen bridal location is in addition to her 7,000 square foot space in Los Angeles that is her original store. (http://shareen.com/shareen-bridal/)

As soon as we walked into the store/apartment, we were greeted by a diminutive, child-like creature who introduced herself as Cat, with an equally child-like voice that she later described as creepy. We assumed that she was the owner until we met Shareen herself, a woman I can only describe as confident, cool and effortless, wearing a black, sheer, tailored vintage blouse and loose black pants with converse sneakers. Shareen told us that she used to be an actor and public speaker, and when I asked her how she got into this business, she answered simply, “by the Grace of God”. She went on to tell us about her story, and I could write pages on the intense and fascinating conversation that ensued, with all of us rapt at her conviction and eloquent and honest speaking style.

So, I will end this post to be continued, as I have lots of thoughts on this subject that I’m sure will take up more than one post.

I hope you enjoyed reading and have a fun and sun-filled Memorial weekend!

KT

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Katie Wood Jewelry has a new home until September 29!

Katie Wood Jewelry has a new home for a limited time only. Come by Guzel Jewelry Design at 1714 Union St. on the corner of Gough in SF, hours for the week M-Th 2:30 – 7pm, F-Sun 11-7.

You’ll find Katie Wood Jewelry’s newest collections, including the limited edition Vintage Preserve series of bracelets and necklaces. Painted copper charms housed in modern styled mini circles with delicate chain. Some of the charms you’ll find are white and black hearts, fleur de lys, and blue hearts and butterflies. These truly unique pieces will be at a reduced rate only at Guzel until the 29th, so hurry before they are gone for good!

The collaboration of Semiha Durak’s beautiful turkish mesh necklaces and Katie Wood Jewelry’s double sided whimsical pendants will be available during this time as well. Two pendants in one and multiple options to style your necklace chain in striking colors and shapes that you create yourself for a truly unique style that everyone will ask “where did you get that? I want one!”. Be the first to set the trend. You’ll be happy when you show up at the next party or event wearing something nobody else has seen before. They make perfect gifts everyone will love as well. http://www.creita.com

Katie Wood Jewelry at Guzel Jewelry Design
Katie Wood Jewelry at Guzel Jewelry Design

You only have a few days left…September 29 is the last day!

Happiness

 

 

I have been working on lots of great stuff, and can’t wait to share once I get them completed and photographed. In the meantime, here are some pendants I made for myself and one of my favorite persons (my partner Di).

If you would like a custom initial necklace like the one I made for myself below, please email me at katiewoodjewelry@gmail.com. I always love making personalized pieces!

Knecklace

 

The pendant below was one of the first pieces I made, and I used part of a map from my trip to visit my brother John, who was studying abroad in Dijon, France. We went to Paris for the weekend and I found a lovely Fleur de Lys necklace and used a piece that had broken off to complete my collage pendant.

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D typewriter key:

Detsy

And for my moon goddess, the phases of the moon surrounding a bead that so perfectly looked like the earth.

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Enjoy!

kt