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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Summertime is Here

I love summer (especially when I can get out of chilly SF for getaways to Cali’s hotter climates!). I just spent Memorial Weekend with friends in Santa Barbara and the weather was perfect…we spent a day at the wineries, another day at the dog beach, then had a BBQ, and went to a couple art festivals the next day — completed by enjoying ices in the park. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

I’ve been working on some pieces that include various insects. May sound a little strange, but it all started one day after I found a couple of dead bees in my sun room. They were perfectly preserved and so beautiful, so I naturally decided to make a necklace out of them. Here is a pic of the one I keep around my neck most days — someone told me they are good luck!

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A few weeks ago I was walking down the beach at Fort Funston with my dog Lulu and our close friends, Kimra and her dog Maggie. Along the way we saw numerous bees and ladybugs in the sand (unfortunately very few were alive, and the ones that were struggled). I don’t know why those bees would be down there by the beach, but it made me very worried and sad. Our bees are so vital to life as we know it! Well, I tried to save a couple though I don’t think it did much good. And the rest I took home with me to immortalize in my art. I also found a beautiful moth and made this necklace with it:

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If you are interested in purchasing this statement piece, click on the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152455473/mothra-pendant-necklace-with-real-moth

Stay tuned for more to come, as I am working on completing the bee and ladybug pendants now!

kt