Monthly Archives: September 2012

One of a Kind

This past weekend I went to the artfair in my hometown (Birmingham, MI). I’ve been trying to save money for New Zealand, but naturally, my mom has been wanting to buy me things left and right (only child, need I say more?). I balked until I came across this jeweler. I tried on a few rings, they were all too big, then I saw this magnificent beast a few feet back in the booth and I swear when I slipped that beauty, I felt like Harry Potter when he picked up his wand and Ollivander goes (in his British accent of course) “,curious, verry curious.” (I’d like to think Ollivander was calling that magical glowing light from the ceiling curious).


So. Without too much persuasion from my mom, I got money out of the ATM – she doesn’t believe in ATMs – and she wrote me a check…. Needless to say I promptly snapped a picture with my coffee cup.


In case you’re wondering, yes, she did have more rings in the style of mine, but nowhere near as massively awesome. Nevertheless, she’s known for a different technique than my ring, so check her out. She’s very nice, and loves what she does. (She asked me when I bought my ring if I was ready to wear a sculpture on my hand).

Tana Acton


Have a good week! Hopefully I won’t be too busy and can do another post.



[Quick Room Fixes/DIY] Jewelry Struggles Solved!

I have way too much jewelry of all of the various types (bracelet, rings, earrings, necklaces), I’ll be the first to admit, it’s disgusting in the most beautiful, sparkly way ever. My friend Maddie has a truly ungodly amount of rings. Or maybe she has so many it makes her omnipotent in the world of jewels? Anyhow, for years now I’ve been having this issue of keeping my jewelry presented nicely, keeping it untangled, and out of the way, without using those heinous clear lucite plastic trays or set of drawers. Does this problem sound familiar to anyone else?

I am beyond proud to say I have solved the problem! *cue lightbulb and that wonderful binging noise cartoon characters get above their heads* For my rings, bracelets and earrings, I got two shallow ceramic bowls with mosaic patterned glass in the bottoms, and for the necklaces I was given my grandpa’s old 8-point deer antler rack, which was mounted sans fur, freaky glass eyeballs, etc. It was so simple and it really gives a unique touch to my room. I know some of you may be uneasy about the whole idea but I promise, if you find the right set of antlers/ the right setting it’s mounted on, you’ll like it too – there are a dozen different styles to mount antlers, and I mean just antlers.

For the bowls, I went to La Bodega ( in Ann Arbor and East Lansing), but if you’re not from Michigan I’d reccomend looking online, at a local Pier 1 Imports, or even at a local art show at the ceramic bowls (some of those pieces people make are simply out of this world). No matter what you choose, I would recommend a shallow bowl, bigger if you have a choice so you can actually see your jewels.

[Red Black Mosaic Bowl, Etsy $30.00]

For the deer antlers I’d try eBay over anything else if you’re not from the country or know someone. I suppose another option would be to call a taxidermist (but that wouldn’t be my first choice, just saying). Faux antlers are definitely another option too!

[Faux Antlers, Etsy $119.99]


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Continental Drift

Hey there.
So, needless to say, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything. To update in as few words as possible, I spent the summer between my Junior and Senior years of undergrad taking a biochemistry class and struggling finding a good guy. As per every good story’s start, I thought I found one, and then I had the rug ripped out from under me haha. No hard feelings whatsoever though, it took me maybe half a day to get over him and realize I liked him because I wanted to like someone. Shortly afterward I met a guy from Scotland, and we only knew each other for a few days, but he really opened my eyes to the fact that it’s almost innate when you like a person, and they like you back… He and I are still in almost constant contact, even being half a world away, and while I’m nearly positive nothing else will happen between us, he marked an important time in my life in terms of men. It’ll be right when it’s right, and I’ll just know, no questions, doubt in the equation at all.

Back in school for the fall now, and things are changing even more. As I have Fly by Ludovico Einaudi playing on my iTunes, I’m thinking through some things… I have this rare feeling that things are changing. Much like Continental Drift, I can’t see it happening but I know it’s there.

I feel like things are falling into their right places after all this time of being a frustrated teenager with slightly troubled past (parents, divorce, only child, the normal…) School is almost over and I’m feeling happy, despite the coming hardships with classes this term.

I was just accepted to go on a study abroad this winter from December 16th – January 9th to New Zealand! My grades always have made me worry, and this has seriously boosted my confidence not to mention made me the happiest girl in the world. I’m so grateful for everything.



I really need to get some physics homework done, but I promise I’ll be back soon.