Archive | February, 2014

Different types

18 Feb

Every city and town contains people of different classes: rich, poor, and somewhere in between. What’s it like where you live? If it’s difficult for you to discern and describe the different types of classes in your locale, describe what it was like where you grew up — was it swimming pools and movie stars, industrial and working class, somewhere in between or something completely different? ” this prompt brought to you by:


Entwined Vines Jewelry is based out of Milwaukie, Oregon; we are online and now have a nice selection in a storefront in the Hollywood District of Portland, when we talk a walk through the area we find a very diverse populous. We have a few very poor homeless folk that walk the street collecting cans to return for cash, a soul standing at the off-ramp of the interstate panhandling on one end of our spectrum. On the other end of that spectrum just as easily seen on our neighborhood walk those fortunate individuals and families that are well off; huge home with services provided such as lawn and house cleaning, live in nanny, and pre-made meals courtesy of their chef that magically delivers straight into their kitchens complete with heating instructions for that “home cooked meal” feel without a lick of effort or clean-up.

On average though most of the people in this area are the working class. People get up very early to have a hearty breakfast and then off to a traditional Monday through Friday job that if they are fortunate has decent benefits where they have built relationships with several co-workers enough to feel comfortable enjoying the opportunity to visit during breaks and lunch. When the work day is done cars pass by the droves as everyone travels home to make basic “all American” dinners (what ever that may be) to talk with their children and spouses before doing daily chores and trundling off to an early to bed start and repeat for the next day. These people enjoy yard work, bbq’s in the summer and gabbing with their neighbors when they pass each other when they are out gathering mail or getting in a short walk at the end of their day. We mostly seem to live in late 1960’s early 1970’s era ranch style homes with tidy yards and children that are bless to be able to play out front with one another while knowing a safe adult is helping keep an eye out for if there is need.

With the majority of people in this area being so “June Cleaver” normal one would think “old fashioned” or maybe even “boring” would be how we look. Thankfully the “average” and “normal” person here has a flair for unique and creative. Art is common and desired here where there are “strange” art cars, fashion is eclectic on its most drab day and outlandish on others, hair color can change by the day and body art is the norm.  I have seen a minister perform a wedding ceremony with tattoos along his neck and up onto his face, an attorney with ear plugs that reminded me of the tribes men of Africa and as long as each expression is done with taste each individual can be treated with the respect of their position. This diversity spans the ages, genders, beliefs, and social classes.



Riding the Crazy Train for February 2014

7 Feb


“Jeffrey and Michele Evans began making gift baskets and candy dishes to give for convenient and fun gifts to family and friends on special occasions in 1998 from their home in Washington, DC. People began asking the couple to create baskets that they could purchase and thus, J & M Designs Gift Baskets was created.

In 2006, Michele was looking for the perfect accessory for a gown. Unable to find what she wanted, Michele went to a local craft store and made a necklace, earrings, ring and bracelet set. The jewelry was pegged unique and received rave reviews when people began asking for custom pieces and so, jewelry was added to the designs.

While JaM still creates gift baskets for every occasion, with a growing number of jewelry designs ideas and lines, the couple changed the name of the company to simply JaM Jewelz. JaM operates and sells their designs from their in-home studio located in Richmond, KY as well as their online gallery and store: JaM offers unique and quality products, each made with love, individuality and ORIGINALITY at an affordable price. We create WEARABLE ART for the body and soul. JaM also creates all natural bath and body products including shower gels, body lotions, beauty bars, salt and sugar scrubs, body butters, oils and scented candles called JaM Body Essentials.”


“I grew up surrounded by antiques, family heirlooms with interesting stories attached to them and other treasures from days gone by.  My mother’s side of the family, mostly, and I learned to appreciate the history behind such things early.  My father is the one who took me to the flea markets, auctions and antique shops and taught me how to restore and refinish antique furniture.  He called me Patty Ann.

My dear husband and I have been married 35 years, have two grown sons and we both still love auctions, flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and interesting trash piles.  Our first major “find” together – an old oak pedestal table with claw feet – found it in pieces in the trash.  It had many coats of paint and a 1941 newspaper stuck to the last top layer.  It was a mess but we could see it’s potential.  After weeks of hard work, we sold it for $400.00 to an antique dealer.  Trash to treasure and money in our pockets?  As thrilling to the two of us as knowing that we had saved this beautiful oak table.

We were bursting at the seams with vintage guitars and all kinds of cool stuff from the past by the time Ebay came around and started selling online in 1998.  For the next 10 years, we earned  100% positive feedback, had a lot of fun creating the listings and following our Ebay auctions.  Best of all, we managed to make money – and buy more cool stuff.”


“I love to create one of a kind stories in a variety of mediums. I started making things at a very early age, taught by family members & a variety of very creative teachers. I love to travel & my influences are many & varied. Any questions? Feel free to ask. I’d love to hear from you! SAM    Stop by my Etsy stores:  samsstuff- eco friendly, handmade & vintage jewelry, accessories & clothing shellseye- photography & fun little embroideries”



“I started beading and designing Jewelry about 5 years ago.  I make beadwoven jewelry with small seed beads by hand (not on a loom).  I enjoy this the most, but also make other types of beaded jewelry including strung, wired and knotted.  My favorite materials are silver, gold filled and niobium wires, seed beads, crystal beads, pearls and gemstones.  Please take a look around my shop.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.    Lila Guenther  Gilruth Designs”


“When I make something, I try to be creative and original.  If you look at some of the candles in my shop, you will notice they have designs on them such as colors down the sides, on the top or embeds.  Some even have different color layers and different scents on those layers.  I will try anything crafty once.”


“Adorebynat offers high quality handmade party decorations and supplies. Banner, gift tags, teabag favors, invitations etc”


“Our philosophy is that every person deserves to have a special and unique piece of jewelry.  While our techniques on multiple pieces may be similar, we strive for one of a kind piece(s).  This is accomplished with the materials we use.  Each piece of natural semi-precious gemstone is unique.  Our hand torched lampwork designs are rarely duplicated.  Making it easy to design and incorporate unique elements in each piece”


“I grew up in a rural community where I learned to sew, knit, and crochet at an early age. In High School I made and sold doll clothes around the Holidays. I was even featured on a local TV station with my creations. I studied Art, Home Ec., and Design in college. I have always been intrigued with creating things. I have always worked in some aspect of fiber arts. My husband and I live in California. I spend many of my days working in my studio on some project or other. We do quite a bit of traveling and while he drives I knit. He might like me to drive too, but, my skills are better at the needle than the wheel.”