Tuesday, December 11, 2007

DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Something Fun - A fellow Craft Mafia DIYer gal has named us as her pick of the day for her Holiday Gift Guide.
Check out her fun blog here.http://disquietingdesigns.com/blog/
Megan makes yummy soaps and lotions.
Those can be seen on her site here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wow - A Jewelry Lamp

So everyone has a favorite thing at their Grandparent's house. Mine was the lamp below. I remember the first time I saw it in the back guest room. I thought wow, this is so unique. I had never seen anything quite like it at the time. I love old jewelry so naturally a lamp completely covered in old shiny sparkley things would draw me in. I asked my Grandma Mirene about the interesting piece. She said that a friend made the piece. I said well if you ever decide to get rid of it I would really like it.
So the day finally came last year, and I was going to be driving through Grandma's neighborhood in the NW and she said I should come pick up my lamp. Well I was so excited about my new lamp. I don't really have any other lamps. And this was not your ordinary lamp this was the holy grail of lamps for the jewelry maker. So now that we are moving into a new house with some room. My favorite lamp will finally be on display. I am planning to make a very funky, outrageous shade for it. I think it deserves the best. Along with the lamp my grandma included a letter telling my the history of this great piece.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

LA Ink's Corey Miller

So you have all seen him on TV, one of the star's of LA Ink, Corey Miller. Do you remember playing 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon? Okay well here is our connection, our good friends Jill and Mark Cole, also neighbors and fellow bunko players, along with lovers of Retro style. Well, Mark plays bass in the band Powerflex 5 which is also the band that Corey plays drums with along with Steve Alba. So Mark introduced us to Corey up in Hollywood at a filming for one of the LA Ink shows. Another side note our oldest son Nolan is sponsored by Lester Kasai and Corey did the graphics for Lester's new pro-model boards, with the Koi fish, very cool...
So we presented one of our Mercury car grille rings to Corey in hopes that it would end up on camera in one upcoming episodes. So watch for it. If you see it before us let us know. I have also asked Corey for a photo of him wearing it in front of the Kasai boards.

Monday, September 17, 2007


Here are a few of the latest Bottle cap earrings. On our recent to road trip to Washington, I hit the jackpot at my favorite thriftstore. Where I found a huge bag of vintage home brew bottle caps.
They are super fun and have cork on the inside.

Billetproof in Nor Cal

Well we just returned from Antioch, California. We participated in a cool car show up there called Billetproof. We packed up the silver van and headed north bound at peak travel time at 6pm Friday evening. Pulling into our roadside motel around 1 am. Caught some shut eye, then hit the black asphalt at 6:00 am to be in the vendor line by 6:30 am.

Having never been to the show before we where unsure of the best vending spot but just went with inside towards the people entrance. We were set up quickly after realizing we forgot a couple of our key items; black tablecloths and one of the rods for hanging the
back graphic. We improvised no problem with what we had on hand, a vintage tablecloth, clips and zip ties. You can do amazing things with zip ties. We decided to not use our cloth tent cover. Last show it seemed to darken the inner booth experience. So we just left it off, thus creating a new graphic challenge for hanging our front header, but we are professionals so no prob, nothing a few zip ties and clips can't fix. We got that header hung and even readable.

We got lots of compliments on our tool box displays, everybody especially men at car shows love to look in tool boxes. So that was a hit..

We met quite a few other friendly vendors like Original sinners and Lucky Mule Clothing.
Brad & I took turns keeping Ginger occupied while the other played salesperson.
We enjoyed the setting for the show, the fairgrounds are nice and grassy so the cars were able to park right on the grass which kept the heat down.

I found my latest wish car a silver blue Galaxy Sunliner.
We saw a lot of great rides, the crowd was very diverse. Many people from Nevada and California of all ages.

Jewelry that demands to be taken out of the garage more than once a week on Sunday drive.

San Clemente, California—Local silversmiths and hot rod enthusiasts Brad Johnson and Alicia Hanson, have combined their skill of silver-smithing, with their love for vintage cars. The result is jewelry that every car lover must have. Allowing you to sport your favorite old lead sled front grille on your hand or wrist.

Hi Octane design’s their car creations in wax and then casts them in Sterling Silver.
Revvv it up car front end rings, resemble a 1949 Mercury, and a 1959 Cadillac. For those of you that are Gearheads you can get a V-8 or Flathead motor ring decked out with zoomy bars.

If bracelets are more your style then get a bracelet with your favorite vintage ride. All bracelets can be custom ordered. Of course you can customize your very own wrist hot rod. Options include original grilles or other make car grilles, frenched headlights, or you can put the dash on the inside of the bracelet. You can also get gold plated or enameled details. Rides offered resemble a 49 Mercury, 57 Chevy, 59 Cadillac, 64 Chevy Impala, and 66 T-Bird. Many other car types are available to meet your own unique style.

Hi Octane Jewelry recently showcased their revvv’d up line at Orange County’s Hootenanny, a music festival and car show at Irvine Lake on July 7th.
Hi Octane Jewelry is located in San Clemente, CA and our team offers 5 years of experience and expertise creating specialized and unique styles and designs. Visit us online at www.hioctanejewelry.com