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I’ve been smiling for 730 days.

006Two years ago today, I made a phone call.

Phil and I met on Twitter in, as best we can establish, early 2011. We followed each other and starred tweets and chatted sometimes, like you Twitter do, and after some months the chatting became more frequent, more habitual. One day I noticed some tweets I particularly liked about a book he loves, and I decided to read the book. I read it, I loved it, and I had a lot of things I wanted to say about it. So I asked if I could email him, and he said yes, he’d love that. We began a correspondence that quickly outgrew the one book and tumbled over into conversations about other books and music and stories about ourselves and what we did and who we were and what we thought about all sorts of things.

That first email grew into hundreds of emails and thousands of words, and after a while that didn’t seem like enough. So we started playing an online game together as well.  And then he worried that maybe he was pronouncing my name wrong, so I recorded a short message with a memo app and sent it to him, and he sent one back and we carried on with that for a while. And then a day came when that wasn’t enough either and we wanted to talk to each other and see each other properly. So we set a date and an approximate time and then…

Well, and then I freaked out. Our story is a great story. It’s incredibly romantic and I like telling it. But it’s also our real life, and there is no question that it’s a pretty intense thing to fall in love with someone who lives 6,000 miles away from you. And I know now what I wasn’t entirely aware of yet in that middle of June two years ago: I was already in love. I knew Phil was very important to me. I knew I was important to him. I knew I really wanted to talk to my friend, to see him smile, to find out what a real, natural conversation between us would be like. But I was also afraid to take that step out of the written world and into the real one, because I had no idea what was going to happen after that.

So I was nervous. I was nervous in the days before the appointed date. I was nervous on the morning of the appointed date. I was nervous and taking a walk around the block an hour before the appointed date. I was unbelievably nervous and chewing on my lower lip as I pushed the connect button and waited and waited and waited while Google Hangouts did its distinctive little dialing ring. And then there was Phil, and right away he was so familiar to me, and we were so happy to see each other and hear each other.

That first date lasted six hours, and we didn’t stop grinning at one another the entire time. It’s been two years now, and we still, from time to time, lapse into silent grinning. We are far apart, and he likes to say that we’re playing this relationship on heroic difficulty, but we are happy. We are so lucky. We’ve built a life together in this in-between space, and we’re working and planning for the next stage.

I’m so grateful for that phone call, for this man, for our life. I love you, Phil. You make my face go like this:
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now we are five. (with apologies to A.A. Milne)

Next Monday, Leaves of Glass will turn 5. I launched my shop on Etsy on January 16, 2007. In planning and preparing to celebrate, I’ve gone down a memory lane rabbit hole and have ended up with a pretty hard case of nostalgia and gratitude.

I decided that it would be fun to re-release some of my early designs, providing I could find the bits to make them. While I was browsing through pages of my old sold items, I was reminded of so many amazing people I’ve met. Many of them are long-time customers who have become friends; several came to me with fascinating and beautiful ideas for custom pieces; and a very precious group of fellow artists and crafters have become close and beloved friends. Every page I went through brought back something else I’d forgotten about, and I ended up in a little flurry of remember-when emails and tweets with friends. I’m feeling a lot of gratitude and happiness this week.

The Leaves Redux designs will be available in my shop on Big Cartel starting Monday, January 16th. I’ll also have a sale beginning Friday, January 13 and continuing through the 20th. Details for that will be going out to my mailing list on Friday morning. If you’d like to be added to my newsletter list, please subscribe using the link to the left.

Thank you for 5 great years!







i want candy.

My urbanlegend shop is turning 2 years old this month. That’s 2 years of making big, fun, candy-looking, please-don’t-eat-the jewelry, and I’ve enjoyed every minute so far. I’ve also placed no less than 10 orders for beads in the last two weeks, so you can look forward to yet more fun new stuff – and I can look forward to trying to figure out where I’m going to put everything.

To celebrate this sugary bounty, I’ll be having a sale from Friday, March 11 (that’s tomorrow!) through Wednesday, March 16. Use the code IWANTCANDY in the coupon box of the Etsy checkout to take 20% off your order. Thanks for being a friend to urbanlegend, and I hope to see you in the candy store.


three years and counting

Today marks the third anniversary of the day I joined Etsy as a seller. It’s been an incredible experience, and I feel so lucky to have met many, many wonderful people – both sellers and buyers. I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back and see how Leaves of Glass looked when I started. Here’s the first thing I ever listed:

They were called Cherry Carousel, and I had to take approximately 60 pictures of them to get a picture even this clear. I wish I was kidding. I hadn’t picked up a camera in ten years, and had never heard of macro.

Moving on a year to January of 2008. I had learned a bit more by then, and looking back through my listings and sales I’m touched to see how many of my loyal and generous customers came to me in that first year and are still fans. Thank you so much! I would not still be here without you. Lakeshore Earrings:

Moving on to last January, I came to this listing. By last winter, I’d developed a signature style of photograph that included a crumbling book binding as background. I’d also received generous advice and friendly council from seasoned sellers, made dozens of friends whom I cherish, started this blog, collaborated with customers on some very special custom work, sold over 1,000 items, mentored more than a few new sellers myself, and learned to listen to my father’s voice in my head. I don’t know that I’ve ever told him this, but every time I answer a convo or work through a thorny problem, I hear my dad editing me. He’s a good writer, a temperate and kind-hearted man, and he masters his ego more successfully than anyone else I’ve ever known. Thank you, Dad. I love you. And I love these vibrant, knobbly blue beads. Note to self: check beadboxes for more Capri beads. Capri Earrings:

Shortly after this listing, I decided to launch a second shop, separating my designs with vintage Lucite from the vintage glass line. I took a break from Leaves of Glass for personal and professional rest, and worked on developing the new shop and a new style of photograph. This second project is still a work in progress – I floundered around for a while, and there’s a horrible maudlin section in my Sold listings that shows a style I liked, but never mastered in terms of quality or visual pop. I’m constantly reevaluating my photographs and trying new looks, and at the moment my shop has settled into an amalgam of styles – basically I just choose whichever style I feel best suits the particular piece I’m photographing. I’m still not happy with it, but I’ve made my peace with the idea that I’m never going to be happy with it. Moving on…

Here’s a new pair of earrings I listed today, the first day of Year Three. And yeah, the photograph is bugging me. But as always, I’m in love with the beads. That particular passion never seems to fade, and finding new pieces to design with is still my favorite part of this work.

Thank you to everyone who helped me, befriended me, sought my advice, and liked, promoted and purchased my work. It’s been a privilege, and I hope to know you for a long time to come. To thank you, and because it’s become a tradition for me, I’m having an anniversary sale in my shop. Stop by anytime!