I’ve been remiss in posting for far too long. The holidays flew by as they usually do and we are already more than two weeks into the new year. As I reflect back on 2013 and where I was a year ago, I am amazed at how far I’ve come. I started last year just coming off of disability and unsure where my career would go, only knowing that I wanted to make and sell my jewelry. I was fortunate to be able to take my time developing my skills and my business. I took a small business course through Women’s Initiative called Simple Steps and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The bonds/connections/friendships made were invaluable to me, and the knowledge gained and put into action will help me for years to come. Check out their website here and get involved if you can:
The end of the year was a bit of a whirlwind, as I started a new part time job at my old hospital to add to the part time nanny job I already had in addition to Katie Wood Jewelry. While I am completely exhausted and trying to find a balance with it all, I love each and every thing that I am doing, and that is a rare thing (and something I don’t think I’ll be ready to give up anytime soon).
You can find me at Newborn Connections Gift Shop (CPMC hospital lobby, 3700 California St.) Mondays, Tuesday mornings, Fridays and every other Sunday. We have great gifts for mom and baby as well as a variety of items for kids and adults of all ages. Our main location at 3698 California St. is ‘Your Resource from Pregnancy to Parenthood’ where we provide ongoing prenatal classes, support groups, breastfeeding and baby supplies and lactation services.
The beginning of 2014 has brought excitement and joy as my girlfriend and I just got engaged! We are so grateful to now have the opportunity to get married with the same rights as everyone else, and are looking forward to planning what we hope to be a fun and chill celebration with our friends and family. We also have a joint business venture that we are working on and plan to launch later this year, so stay tuned!
I have so many ideas and projects in the works for this year, and I know it will be a challenge to manage them all. After struggling for so many years in the past with debilitating depression, I feel the need to make up for time lost. It’s important for me to remind myself that I don’t have to do it all right away, things seem to happen at the time they are meant to, and taking care of my health always has to be my number one priority.
I wish you a year full of joy and blessings and good health!
In collaboration with Diana Heom Design (http://dianaheom.com), stylish and unique invitations and party favors. Photos show a baby shower design for twins with a tea theme at tea house Dartealing in SF (http://dartealing.com). Party favors include tea infusers with pendants made by Katie Wood Jewelry using the matching invitation design for a truly special coordinating party and favors that will be used for years to come!
Message me for details for your next upcoming shower- baby or wedding!
I’m so excited to be going to my first Treasure Island Flea tomorrow. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend (I’m putting the intention out there!) and there will be lots of Halloween fun for all ages. Get the kids together (or just your inner kid), dress up and go trick or treating while shopping at tons of local vendors- there are also delicious food and drinks (cocktail and mimosa kits available for a picnic on the green), music and games, and a produce market. What more could you want?
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
You only have a few days left…September 29 is the last day!
This summer is flying by (although it’s always hard to say that when we in San Francisco don’t get a proper summer! I know I really can’t complain…coming from Michigan, I am grateful that we also miss out on a proper winter as well!) I’ve been busy working on new pieces and taking a small business class through the Women’s Initiative in the Mission, which has been absolutely amazing and I am loving all the spectacular women in the group, especially our fabulous instructor Sheila Cunningham. The support and encouragement has been invaluable and I know this experience will help me in all aspects of my life, not just my business.
I am scoping out stores that would be interested in consigning my jewelry, so if you know of any please email me or leave a comment below: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a bracelet I made for a fantastic friend who has such an exuberant personality I had to make sure I reflected that in her piece:
And below for my sweet friend from high school, Amy– I found these beautiful vintage glass letters that I placed on one side of a double sided pendant:
and then printed an image of her zodiac sign and coated in resin for a clear, glass-like finish on the other side:
That’s all for now, but I can’t wait to show the newest pieces I’ve been working on with lots more color! Stay tuned…
What an exhilarating week for both women’s and gay’s rights! I feel excited and honored to be a part of this historic time. And what better place to celebrate than SF during Pride?!
I put together these fun marriage equality keychains, and made the sign from a photo we took at a Marriage Equality rally in the Castro:
And before the festivities begin (at least for me), I will be selling my wares outside my apartment, which has become a fun way to show and sell my work on the weekends in my neighborhood. I am fortunate to live in a prime location on 24th St. in Noe Valley, where Saturdays especially have an endless stream of foot traffic, as people shop, brunch, and shop some more! And I’ve found that I make the most sales on the days when I offer free mimosas with purchase! Go figure…
So, if you happen to be in SF between 10am and noon on Sat. June 29 come on by to see me before you head to Dolores Park for the festivities!