The little things in life mean so much. My fondest memories are made up of things like walks on Jones' beach with Judd and our pups, sharing ice cream with friends I hadn't seen in ages, and running through cool rain on a hot summers day with this man of my dreams. One of my very favorite feelings is the excitement of tearing through a brown paper parcel, and as luck would have it, today I was greeted by a lovely little package from a thoughtful friend! Inside I found something beautiful, made with love, care and tremendous skill. I was so ecstatic I'm sure I squealed! I couldn't wait to photograph it to share with you!
These are a pair of 9/16"dream catcher gauges, hand-carved in bloodwood! They are decorated with turquoise and orange calcite wrapped with sinue, and they are INCREDIBLE! I have never seen anything like them. They are from The Gypsies Caravan
, our friend Rebeca Marshik's shop, and everything you'll find there she makes by hand, with love. Inspired by the cultures and kindness of the people she's met in her travels, Rebeca uses ancient techniques to create authentic jewelry and adornments from natural materials. She specializes in gauged jewelry (although she has a gorgeous pair of dreamcatcher standard-sized earrings in her shop!), clothing and accessories. You have to see this work in person!!
And if you're really sweet and kind to her, Rebeca might just do a custom order for you! She made us a pair of matching bamboo plugs last fall, and a new pair of eyelets for Judd are in the mail. The quality and uniqueness of Rebeca's work is so hard to come by, Judd won't buy jewelry from anyone else!
Judd met Rebeca in college and they're still great friends. And even though geography has kept us from meeting in person just yet, I feel that we've known each other for many moons! She is one of those rare people who welcomes you outright, and has such a warmth to her spirit that you instantly feel like family. I love chatting it up with her, and am always blown away by all the cool work she's doing. This girl is incredibly prolific! And her talents aren't limited to the skill of making native crafts; she is one amazing photographer. Many of the photos you see here were taken by Rebeca, you can see more of her work here
. If you live in Florida, she does freelance photo work too! So check her out, and drop her a line. You'll be so happy that you did!
Isn't she sweet? Thank you so much, Moonflower! We love you!!
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