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Summer Fun Gift Guide – Part II

July 19, 2015 – 1:33 pm | 84 views

Reading the second part of a Gift Guide without reading the first is like watching the sequel to movie without having seen the first, its just wrong. Go check out the Summer Fun Gift Guide – Part I, if you haven’t already! ;)

We’re sure by now that you’re knee deep in Summer activities, so we won’t keep you around for longer than we did for Part I. Perhaps …

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Artist Profile: Sundrop Jewelry

May 31, 2015 – 3:05 pm | 232 views

I would like to introduce Tawny Reynolds from Sundrop Jewelry based in Berkeley, California. Believe it or not, Tawny makes her glass droplet jewelry by means of gravity, glass and the sun! Instead of the usual blown-glass forming methods, she uses a huge magnifying glass to melt recycled glass bottles and stained glass into fun new pieces. Now that is amazing!  Nothing better than using what’s around you to create beautiful works of art, her collection is about as green as can be.

Tawny Reynolds from Sundrop Jewelry

Tawny Reynolds from Sundrop Jewelry

Sundrop Jewelry’s Business Story 
“My name is Tawny, and I am a work from home mom and the owner of Sundrop Jewelry. Molten glass, silver wire, tiny beads and a three-year old – what could go wrong?

My unique glass and sterling silver jewelry is made using focused sunshine to melt glass into simple and elegant droplets. I use a giant magnifying glass to focus sunshine to melt old liquor bottles and stained glass – the temperature reaches 3000 °F on a good clear day! Sundrop Jewelry is shaped solely by gravity, making my signature droplets a glittering symbol of the combined power of the Earth and Sun.

Sundrop Jewelry was founded in 2005, and has moved around quite a bit with me in the subsequent years, from Seattle, to Denver, to Minneapolis.  Currently Sundrop Jewelry is based in Berkeley, California.”

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High Tide Pendant

Before Sundrop Jewelry Came to Be
“In my past life I was a PhD grad student working on fossil whales.  After deciding that I didn’t want to be a researcher after all, my fiancé and I bought a laundromat.  In our spare time we started Sundrop Jewelry with a couple old friends.  I took over most of the business when they took a year off to hike from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, then settled in the cloudiest town in Alaska (it’s hard to melt glass with sunshine when there just isn’t any sunshine).  Now it’s mostly a one-woman show, and I split my time between Sundrop Jewelry and my three year old daughter.”

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Blushing Beauty Chime Earrings

Fun Facts
“My magnifying glass is technically a fresnel lens – flat, with grooves in concentric rings, rather than the convex-style handheld magnifying glass you might imagine.  Fresnel lenses were developed for lighthouses, to disperse a single point of light.  Turn it around, and it focuses light instead!

Because I melt glass with focused sunshine, only glass that has enough color to absorb the light will melt.  Light goes right through clear glass, and hardly heats it up at all.”

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A day at the studio with Tawny.

Tawny’s Other Aliases?
“My mom was very anti-nickname (her mother named her Christine to call her Tina, which causes endless trouble for signatures, IDs, credit cards, etc), so she tried very hard to choose names that didn’t lend themselves to nicknaming.  It must have worked, because I’ve never gone by anything but Tawny.”

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Teal Simple Earrings

 

 

 

Handmade Highlights: craft emergency via Feed the Fish Co.’s Crafterateur

May 24, 2015 – 1:20 pm | 248 views
I absolutely love small tins and seeing as how I have a bit of an Altoids addiction, I always save those tins knowing I’ll come up with a use for them some day. Erin Garcia of Feed the Fish Co is quite the inspiration, her Crafterateur blog being no exception to the latter as she recaps fun DIY events and shares her adventures in the handmade world. What crafty person

Artist Profile: Easy Growin Designs

May 18, 2015 – 6:45 pm | 240 views

Don’t think you have a “green” thumb? Fear not! As stated in their name, Easy Growin’ Designs will make it simple for you to own that succulent that you’ve been wanting. Based in Oakland, California, Kristen Naab and Brogan Honey King make waves with their wonderful succulent arrangements. Feel free to swoon over their designs, because they are just that lovely!

Easy Growin Designs’ Business Story 
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Celebrate Moms! – Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 26, 2015 – 6:29 pm | 322 views

With another year under our belts (tails?) here at the Mouse, we’ve once again risen to the occasion and assembled a brilliant collection of items brought to you by all of your favorite local and independent artists! The ever-growing roster of amazing folks at Modern Mouse makes it easy to get mom and everyone in your life something different every time~

We’re looking at two weeks before Mother’s Day (that’s …

Artist Profile: Koco & Viking

April 19, 2015 – 5:12 pm | 270 views

Sometimes life is full of bumps on the road so it’s encouraging to know there is always someone who has your back. Why not show some love and encouragement to that someone with hoop art from Koco & Viking? Based in Pismo Beach, California, Jasmine Dexter creates meaningful hoop art with quotes such as, “Always remember you are loved” and “May my heart be kind, my spirit fierce, and …

Handmade Highlights: The End and The Beginning of Day of the Artist via Linda Cleary

April 13, 2015 – 6:42 pm | 294 views

We featured an Interview with Linda Cleary in an issue of Handmade Highlights during April of 2014, only a few months into her Day of the Artist project. This recap of her year came out on the 1st of this year and I’ve been saving it for a “rainy day” of sorts (its not raining, just really windy!), but more than that, I suppose I’ve just been waiting for

Artist Profile: Hearts and All

April 5, 2015 – 3:07 pm | 328 views

Remember when stick figures were the big thing when you were young? Well, they’ve stuck around through the years and found themselves in the hands of Mitchell Joe of Hearts and All! Inspired by life experiences, his stick figure art is sure to charm the butt off of you, possibly leaving you giggling and smiling. Hey, sometimes the best things are the simplest, right? :] Hearts and All art is …

Handmade Highlights: Things I Have Learned in 40 Years via Outlaw Soaps

March 29, 2015 – 3:20 pm | 295 views

Outlaw Soaps’ Danielle & Russ are the definition of an awesome power couple. Everything about their brand is simply amazing, rad and…well, awesome! The specific awesomeness I’m referring to though isn’t just their brilliantly crafted soaps (lip balms, lotions, etc), its the realness that they let loose in their business. There are some folks that are completely different people when they’re not behind their business name, but Outlaw Soaps seems

Artist Profile: Panic in Polkadots

March 22, 2015 – 1:41 pm | 381 views

Do you have a big sweet tooth? We sure do, a big sweet tooth for Alameda-based Katie McKinnon’s adorable plush treats! Taking the island and beyond by storm comes Panic in Polkadots, bringing with her a brilliant eye for vintage fabrics and a very official degree in Awesome, making her a connoisseur of cute to the sugary sweet-craving masses.  Her hand-sewn buddies come in all colors, shapes and sizes, …

Handmade Highlights: DIY Tree Ring Aisle Marker Craft via Foreignspell

March 15, 2015 – 6:16 pm | 339 views