Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A new home for Tangerine Treehouse!

I have finally finished redesigning my website! A sparkling new design that integrates all of my metalwork projects and ties it all in with my love of cycling and traveling. I'm really thrilled with how it turned out and can't wait for you to check it out!

I am also hereby discontinuing this blog. I will keep it up for some time, for the archives, but I will only be blogging on the new site now. Please join me over there!

I am also tidying up a few other aspects of my online presence. My small shop at BigCartel is being closed today, so please redirect your links: Custom Headbadges and the Bike Mustache.

Thanks everyone! This is an exciting change for me and I hope to see you all on the new site!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome January

I have been quiet here for awhile. In my head, over the past many months, I have been mulling over some major changes. Traveling the US by bicycle has allowed me to think about where I want to take my business, what I want my life to look like, what I want my focus to be, etc. It's been great, and it's caused me to be very much in my own head as I sort it all out.

Well, things are beginning to come to some order, and I'm happy to say that I have a better sense of direction. Moving forward, I'm going to start implementing some changes. Big ones and little ones, from re-designing my website and re-imagining my blog, to what sorts of metal creations will get the most of my time, to how I self-identify as a person.

As things start coming together, I'll post announcements here. Eventually, I'll be discontinuing this blogger blog, as I migrate to wordpress on my own domain. And come the end of February, as I bring all the little pieces together, I'll be re-launching my business. Stay tuned. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holidays, Here We Come...

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and they're forecasting snow for Portland tomorrow, so I'm thinking about the holidays all of a sudden. If you are too, here's some information you'll want to have...

Holiday Specials

To kick off the holidays, I'll be running a few specials over in my etsy shop.

From November 26 through November 30, purchase $180 worth of jewelry or headbadges from my etsy shop, and receive a FREE pair of Seedlets earrings (your choice of seed). All orders will also ship with FREE SHIPPING.

Holiday Events

This year, I will only be participating in one Holiday Craft Show... BikeCraft. I'll be there with headbadges, the Bike Mustache, and some bike-touring-themed goodies. If you're in or near Portland, Oregon during the weekend of December 4 and 5, I invite you to stop by, say hi, and take home some handcrafted goodness. The show runs from 10am-6pm both days.

Holiday Order Deadlines

If you're ordering gift items from me, please take note of these deadlines. I need to have orders placed by these dates in order to be able to ensure they are delivered by Christmas day (and still be able to enjoy my own holidays).

December 9 - Last Day to place orders for Custom work (this includes headbadges)

December 18 - Last Day to place orders for items in stock (after this date, we'll have to look into expedited shipping options and I may not be able to guarantee a before-Christmas delivery)

Thanks everyone - and have a happy holiday season!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Wander Series

I have always been fascinated by maps, and the way that looking at a map can call you to adventure. For the past 15 months of traveling, I have been using a wide variety of maps. Road maps, tourist maps, park maps. I marked them up with all manner of notes, and then I saved them, because they hold moments of our journey. But I didn't just save them to look back on them at some distant point in the future - I wanted to incorporate them into earrings and necklaces.

Now, the first pieces in this Wander Series are available in my etsy shop! Wear a pair of these earrings or one of these charm necklaces and let it whisper to you of far-off places and wonderful experiences waiting for you.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Telling Stories...

The short version is that I've been traveling for the past 15 months and the experience has completely changed my life and the way that I think about what I'm creating. Traveling wakes up the dormant parts of you as you interact with entirely new landscapes. And my mind has been reeling, awake and aware, soaking in the beauty and the complexities and the wind in my face.

I haven't created any new jewelry in several months. I sit and think about designs and then stop - because things are changing in my brain and I think I need them to gel before I dig in again. But as I sit and look out the window at the beautiful oak tree outside, with its golden leaves and the way it dances when the wind blows, I know that the ideas are coming together, and it's time to get back to it.

Traveling has also reinvigorated my love of writing. Before I discovered metals, I wanted to be a writer. Non-fiction, preferably, but I wanted to tell stories. This trip has turned out to be a very long series of stories - short moments and detailed experiences. As I move forward, I realize that I want to illustrate these interactions and experiences in both words and metal.

Which means that, as I get back into making jewelry, my challenge will be to put these stories into each piece I create. Little snapshots of a life-changing experience, neatly strung on a sterling silver chain.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Fall - Time for a Sale!

Hello, poor neglected blog! I haven't forgotten you, I've just been focused elsewhere for the past few months.

If you've been following our cycling journey, you'll know that we're currently in Boston, Massachusetts. It's fall up here, complete with beautiful red and yellow leaves everywhere - and we're getting ready for winter. We're headed to Portland, Oregon in a couple weeks for a winter travel break - time to work on lots of exciting new projects!

For the past few months, I've been milling over new design ideas, as well as the direction I want to be taking with this business. I'm excited to sit down with all of the trinkets I've collected and all of the things that I've learned while we've been on the road - and I look forward to sharing all the new pieces that I hope to make!

In the meantime, I'm running a small Pre-Holiday Sale! I'm clearing the decks a bit in anticipation of this new stretch of work time - and you get to benefit. Select items are on sale, up to 30% off, and everything has Free Shipping. Take a stroll over to my Etsy Shop and check it out...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Pendants!

Just wanted to share the last few pieces I wanted to finish up before leaving Nashville. Each of these is inspired by the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Tennessee countryside. Enjoy!