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How do you feel about this word?

Do you love them, hate them, or just accept them… like inevitable wads of chewing gum on the sidewalk?

Are there any going on right now that excite you?  Are there a few that really annoy you?

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Trend #1     Crystals / Crystalline Forms / Facetted things

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Love this trend – in fact, it’s been a ‘trend’ for me for like, ever….. so when this started entering the zeitgeist in all the possible forms… from illustration to glass worked boxes, and ceramics to the use of naturally occurring crystals in jewelry… I was thrilled.  What’s not to like about facets?  They serve to reflect light in beautiful and random ways.   Crystals are described by their natural molecular roadmaps…. ergo, their beauty is quite literally manifest from the inside out.

Etsy is still one of our favorite sources for current trends in the design world, despite the many negatives surrounding it’s cross-over into a corporate entity. They have several weekly eblasts that illuminate trends that the powers that be at Etsy Central have seen a lot of.

There are also many many other sources.  A few of our favorite blogs and shops:Jonathan Adler, Houzz.com, NannyInez.com, Bezar.com, Takeheart.com

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Stay tuned for more trends….

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Summer classes!

east dallas necklace by sam

Does anyone need an excuse to learn a neat new skill or just have a fun afternoon with friends and family making cool stuff?  Well if you do, I have just the thing for you.

Here are a few images from our latest class, which involved pounding letters and shapes into metal.  Fun, easy – and everyone walked away with a few pieces of jewelry to keep and give as gifts.  For more info on classes please go to the Classes tab!

stamping heart necks

cynthia happy classsam's making neat stuff

katie working sugar necklace by sam