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"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." by William E. Henley

Thursday, July 28, 2011

the dry wall dust is everywhere
I don't think my shoes will ever be the same...

but I can see a silver lining
after applying miles of tape last night...

I think we're ready to paint this weekend!
I know I am ready for this project to be done :o)

and today we're meeting with the photographer 
to get our wedding pictures!


love ~tess

Monday, July 25, 2011

dreaming in white

It's been long hours and a lot of hard work 
over here at the nova homestead.

David is such a trooper.
He patiently showed me how to install dry wall.
Turns out I am quite good at it.

I don't think he saw that coming! HA!

A massive heatwave hit this weekend..
The sweat was running down our faces,
soaking our shirts and dehydrated our bodies 
to the extend I think my brain was starting 
to shut down.

I don't know about you but when it gets 
hot like that my brain wont work. 
I forget how to measure...

This week it's going to be much nicer 
to work upstairs. We installed a new window 
unit last night and the cooling air flowing out felt
amazing on our hot tired bodies.

So bring on the mud buckets!

love ~ tess
words to live by
"Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

c on f e s s i o n s

Last night I came home from work and ate dinner in bed.
In front of the TV...

That's where it lives until we get 
the living room sorted out... 
(and let me tell you that I am so 
against having a TV in the bedroom)

I think it's the perfect way to get less sleep and less romance!

So I laid bed, munching on a burrito.
(I felt guilty but amazing at all once ha ha)

I glanced at some shows and started to get tired.
I swear TV sucks the energy right out of me!!
So I had to escape and I ran and hid in my little makeshift studio.

Looking at the little copper discs I started last week.
Piling them all in the palm of my hand. 
Feeling the weight of the metal, the smooth backs and 
the textured front as I moved my fingers across the surface.
Feeling so incredible happy.

I am so blessed in so many ways.
I truly love what I do in the studio.
It's an extension of me.
I look at my work and I see the eclectic, crazy
whirlwind that is me. And it feels good.

I almost finished the first pair of soul windows... :o)

Now I am trying to decide if I should wait to list 
this pair until the rest is finish... or?
Mmmm... I'm going to take another sip of my fantastic 
coffee and then get going with the rest of my day.

Thank you for dropping by.
BTW you look smashing today!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Refreshed all my images with this new 
awesome slate background. I am so loving it.
Come and take a look and tell me what you think.
And maybe I can tempt you to treat yourself
to some new fabulous jewelery while you are there?

Use coupon code: JULY2011
when checking out at
to receive the discount.


I am so in love today

glimpses through the window

I am putting my soul into these earrings.
Sawing, shaping, bending.

It's almost like a puzzle where the pieces has
to fit in one and another. Tiny windows of the soul.

There is still a lot of work to be done but I 
just couldn't wait. I wanted to share them with you
right now.  I love the process of what I do. 
And it wouldn't be fair to just skip to the end 
and not let you see how I got there :o)
A small glimpse of what is going on inside my head right now.
I hope you'll love them when they are done...


words to live by...
"Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life."

Friday, July 15, 2011

I am sketching.

Making bold filigree like swirls and growing leafs.
Letters.. one by one...
Not for silver but for blogging.
You see the font that is up now is a free download and although very pretty 
I've been meaning to make one by my own two hands. The old fashioned way.

Taking my time.
Making every line count.

But boy am I having fun :o)

I adore Fridays!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

soul windows

I'm working on some earrings.
YES you heard right!

*this lady is finally working on something*

just taste the words...


Monday, July 11, 2011

building a dream...

...makes a lot of dust

For some reason we thought we would have 
the studio dry-walled by now.
But that wasn't very realistic. 
Between my arm acting up and our
"new" truck turning out to have severe rust damage 
to the frame (I know, isn't that such a bummer!?) 
Poor truckie at the dealership now for evaluation. 
Turns out there is a recall
on the frame for rust problems...
So cross your fingers and lets hope they'll
replace it free of charge.


I am gonna have a window with a view.
Makes my heart swoon just thinking of it.

And here's the man who is gonna make it all happen.
My very own super hero!
Doesn't he look hot with spray foam insulation
stuck to his chest? ha ha

I am suffering from severe silver and stone withdrawal.
I think I have to go and pet some imperial jaspers...

Love ~tess

Friday, July 8, 2011

the forbidden room

sniff sniff 
what secrets are you hiding in here?

Smells kind of dodgy to me.
Like vinegar and some other weird stuff...
and WHOA look at all that dust!
People are gonna think you stink at cleaning.

Oh I see...
You made a temporary setup with all your
little gizmo's and stuff.

It looks a little tight though...
hardly any room for me...

and there's that strange toy you won't let me play with!

 –Stella hurry in and check out the forbidden room!

This exploring business makes me exhausted...
and a little bit hungry maybe.

I think I'm just gonna chill out here in the bedroom
for a while. Maybe I'll rapport back on Monday with
the kitchen. These sneaky guys put up a screen door to keep me out. 
But don't tell them that I know how to push it open :o) 

Hello ladies!
So to add to the whole moving stress I started 
getting pains, tingling and numbness in my right arm. 
I am guessing 12 years of graphic design finally is 
taking it's toll. I have been going to the doctor constantly
(or at least it feels like it) and a physical therapist 
who told me that besides my arm problems I am also crooked! 
(my right shoulders sits lowers than my left... SO typical!)

So I've been doing lots of stretching and 
trying to straighten out.
I am also limiting my online presence 
while I work on getting better. 
So if you don't hear from me in a few days that is why!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
love ~ lisa & tess (reporting from the new homestead)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

unfolding, unfurling and slowly unpacking



*Rubs eyes*
Oh hi there!
Things at the new homestead is slowly coming along.
I feel like both David and I ran out of gas after the whole move.
Feel like I've been slacking a bit...

I managed to set up a temporary bench while we 
work on putting up drywall in the new studio space. 
And I found some gorgeous raspberry leafs on a walk the other day.
And the rolling mill is staring at me from the dining room.
So something is bound to happen.. Maybe earrings?

David turned 30 yesterday.
I tricked him into wearing a v-neck t-shirt.
Oh my. He looked so good my knee folded!

We had a quiet night with a few drinks,
with some good friends, after work.
Then we hurried home and ate chocolate cake in bed. 
Yes it is true. Chocolate cake taste better in bed!

love ~tess