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Love these Engagement Rings by Hannah Clark in NYC

Beautiful rings from Hannah Clark. Her shop is located in Manhattan's East Village.

Last weekend, my husband and I were wandering around the East Village and quite by chance we came across Hannah Clark’s shop. Glancing through the windows and seeing the lovely jewelry and charming ambiance, we couldn’t help but take a look inside. All of her jewelry was perfection, but I particularly liked the Clay 6-prong ring. He rings all had a character and texture to them that I have not really seen elsewhere.

Hannah uses a number of different techniques when crafting her jewelry, some ancient and traditional, some completely improvisational. She describes her work as a sort of mini-sculpture as she carves, molds and shapes wax and other materials to make the original model. After that she makes a mold and casts the final pieces in various metals. She often works with antique diamonds and you can tell. Her stones really have a lovely depth and color to them. She also works with her clients to help them select the perfect stone for their special rings.

You can check out her blog or website or, better yet, check out her store at 60 E. 4th St. New York, NY. She has many beautiful pieces to see other than her amazing engagement and wedding rings. Her email is info@hannah-clark.com.

Also, don’t forget to check out or latest FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Beautiful heart ring.

My favorite, the Clay 6-prong ring.

Love this starburst pattern.

Pretty 4-prong rings.

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Erie Basin Has Another Gorgeous Antique Cluster Engagement Ring!

Another 1900s Edwardian Diamond Cluster Ring at Erie Basin in Brooklyn. For sale for $4750.

A few months back I did a post on one of my favorite shops in Brooklyn, Erie Basin. I was just checking their site today and saw, they have another beautiful antique cluster ring for sale. You can see it here. Contact them to see if it is still available!

Don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITATION GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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Embroidery by Inge Jacobsen – a traditional art form used in a modern context

A Burberry ad with a detail in embroidery by Inge Jacobsen.

This last weekend, my husband and I took a walk down Rodeo Drive. We spotted a Georg Jensen store and decided to take a look. As some of you might have already read on this blog, I am quite a fan of the jewelry at Georg Jensen. While we looked around, I noticed some of the Georg Jensen ads from this past year, but with the difference that they were entirely done in embroidery. I fell in love. To see a traditional art form like embroidery used in a non-traditional way was rather unexpected. My mother does embroidery and has for years. However, the pieces she works on are much more old-school and tend to lean toward florals or birds. To see this medium used for high-fashion was very inspirational. I always love to see a contrast between old and new, traditional and modern, whether that be in art or architecture, and Inge Jacobsen manages this mix effortlessly. How amazing would it be to have a portrait of my French Bulldog, Pascal, done in embroidery!

So below are some of the images she created for Georg Jensen, both the original image and her embroidery versions. You can check out her work on her website, or her facebook page, or her blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A Georg Jensen ad. On one of my favorite chairs.

The Inge Jacobsen embroidery version of the above ad.

Another image for the ad campaign.

The Inge Jacobsen version.

She also does magazine covers, this one is of Beyonce. Here the embroidery has a slightly unfinished and rough feel.

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Shopping at Dosa 818 in Los Angeles…and the perfect dress for a garden wedding.

Mexican paper art installation at Dosa.

Part art gallery, part store, Dosa 818 is located in downtown Los Angeles. Owned by designer Christina Kim, this stunning loft space houses her jewelry, textiles and home furnishings, as well as hand made items from other designers throughout the world. I spent the afternoon here and I strongly suggest that anyone else visiting LA do the same. It really is perfectly curated and the items are constantly changing. To see this space, an appointment must be made. You can call 213.489.5901 to set one up. There is also a store in NYC at 107 Thompson Street. I will absolutely be checking it out as soon as I get home.

Also, on a side note, I have to say, the natural light in this space is perfection. In fact, I would have to say that Los Angeles is like one giant light box with the most amazing lighting. We have to take photos of all of our letterpress cards and it is an absolute struggle. First, because I am a pretty poor photographer. Second, because the light in my apartment in Brooklyn just doesn’t seem to lend itself to good photos. In LA, I don’t know what it is, but the lighting in my photos looks lovely and I don’t even touch anything in photoshop. Why is this? Wish I had known, I would have brought all my cards to photo…oh well, just means I need to come back!

Also, don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Fell in love with this dress. It would be perfect for a garden or beach wedding.

Clothes at Dosa.

Love these necklaces and bracelets by Christina Kim. So I just had to buy one for myself, you know, because I need a souvenir and this is so much better than a magnet!

A camouflage bag and belt with delicate beading. I liked the contrast of the rough camo fabric with the unexpected bead work.

A room showing some of Dosa's house wares. I could very happily furnish my apartment from here.

Gorgeous hand made cabinets from re-claimed wooden doors. I want these!

These pretty bracelets are made from scraps of fabric by a collective of women in India.

A wall hanging by Christina Kim. It is made of gauze and the shimmer is from small circles of mica. This was stunning, would give anything to have it on my wall!

A detail from the wall hanging.

Pieces from the Oaxacan artist, Francisco Toledo. Las plantas de los pies de Toledo are cut from mica using a pattern made by tracing his own feet. The delicate mica pieces were then hand sewn together.

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Beautiful Japanese Design – the Futagami Trivet

Futagami sun trivet.

I just wanted to take a minute to share this beautiful sun trivet by Japanese designer Futagami. It may be apparent now that here at Pressed in Brooklyn, we have quite an appreciation for Japanese design.

The photo above is from Rakuten. You can certainly purchase the trivet there. However, I was having a little bit of difficulty with that and ended up purchasing the trivet from Magpie and Rye, an amazing store located in San Francisco…and they also carry all of the other Futagami trivet designs, as well.

– Stephanie, pressedinbrooklyn.com

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The Etsy Holiday Gift Challenge – Buying a Gift for My Mother

An old photo of my family. My grandmother with my little mom on the right and my aunt on the left. Strangely enough, 60 years later, my mom still looks exactly like this!

Here we go, another day of the  Etsy Holiday Gift Challenge. This list is for my mother. Just to recap, I plan to purchase all of this year’s presents from Etsy or other small businesses/artists and my budget is $50 per person. I skipped a couple days, but Caroline and I were both so busy gearing up to press our Holiday cards, which we will have up soon. Better a little late than never 🙂

So, my mother is from Germany. That being said, a number of these presents have a German theme to them. She also loves nature: birds, flowers, really anything to do with the outdoors. So, following are a few items I think she would like. All are $50 or under, except for one, but it was just so lovely, I couldn’t resist!

First, we have this amazing antique Deutsch Mark necklace from sweet2bliving.  I think I am going to have to get it, that is if it is not already gone! I’ve never quite seen anything like it before.

Antique Deutsch Mark Necklace from sweet2beliving.

My mom also loves photography. This vintage looking photo of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin taken by RetroLovePhotography, would probably be a big hit with her. I’d even love to have one in my apartment!

Retro-looking photo of Berlin by RetroLovePhotography.

Yum, all my favorite winter ingredients: pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Speaking of nutmeg, that reminds me, when I used to live in Saudi Arabia many years ago, nutmeg was illegal – really, you couldn’t find it anywhere. It was considered an aphrodisiac. Omg, I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence about a gift I am thinking about getting my mother…just, wow. ANYWAY, this pumpkin soap by wyldeivy looks like it would make an excellent present.

Pumpkin soap by wyldeivy.

My mother loves bees, I mean really, really loves them. There are bees all over her house: Queen Bee signs, bee art work, bee coasters, bee photos, bees, bees, bees! But these tea cups have the most elegant bees on them that I have ever seen. They come in sets of two and are made of  porcelain AND the are made by fellow New Yorker, Faith Adams. Check out her great Etsy shop for these bee tea cups and all her other beautiful work.

Sweet bee tea cups by FaithAdamsCeramics.

Another German themed gift. I love these Edelweiss hand towels by EmbroideryEverywhere. They are so elegant and they come in many different colors. I happen to like them in the natural color, as shown. This design can even be put on other items such as pillowcases and aprons.

Pretty Edelweiss hand towels by EmbroideryEverywhere.

My mother is a big coffee drinker. Whenever I visit my parents, my mom and I can sit around the table drinking coffee for a very, very long time. This set of 6 Azberg German teacups, from WrappedRoundMyFinger, would be perfect for our coffee marathons. A couple years ago, after a particularly long coffee drinking session, I realized my hands were shaking a little…that’s how much coffee we drink! The more I look at these, the more I like them…I am kind of thinking I might get these for myself now!

German tea cups from WrappedRoundMyFinger.

I love the Scherenschnitte work by ePaperCuts.  Scherenschnitte is an old German art, whereby an image is created by using small scissors to cut out intricate designs. ePaperCuts has tons of great work, but I love this French Bulldog. My mom would love it, too because it would remind her of her little four-legged grandson, Pascal!

Little Pascal Scherenschnitte by ePaperCuts.

As I mentioned, my mother loves nature. I think this butterfly art by  BugUnderGlass is just lovely. The detail, the color, the delicate lines, it is all just so pretty.

Butterfly art by BugUnderGlass.

So, this gift is over my budget a little, but I just had to include it. It is a mid-century serving dish by Ernest Sohn and can be found in the BrakingSandsVintage Etsy shop. I’m going to share this listing with my husband and see if we should just get it for ourselves…sorry mom!!

Beautiful mid-century serving dish from BarkingSandsVintage.

I love any type of salty and sweet combo and these sea salted carmel lollipops by VintageConfections look too good to pass up. I think they would make an excellent stocking stuffer for my mom…and unlike nutmeg, neither caramel or salt are known aphrodisiacs!

Totally tempting, caramel and sea salted lollipops by VintageConfections.

This vintage inspired locket by dreamyvintage is absolutely beautiful. What I think would really make it perfect is a photo of my mom’s grandson, Pascal, on one side and another photo of her other grandson, Gabe, on the other!

Beautiful vintage locket from dreamyvintage.

This set of 4 Spode saucers from sesameandsparrow is lovely. In fact, so lovely I would almost want to hang them in my (I mean, my mom’s!) kitchen as decoration.

Spode saucers from sesameandsparrow.

Like I said, my mom is a big coffee drinker. I think she would love this vintage apothecary shot glass by fifthseason.

Vintage shot glass from fifthseason.

Here we have another German inspired gift. Love this sweet little Fachwerkhaus ornament by ARTISANIEeurope. Actually, I love all of their architectural ornaments!

Sweet German inspired ornament from ARTISANIEeurope.

Sometimes my mom can become a little wound up. Things that set her off: people who cut her off while driving, people who move too slow and people who slurp while eating. On the flip side, certain things make my mom really happy: the bluebirds in the back yard, seeing me (haha) and getting joke emails from her friends. Well now, with this cute Mood Diary from EineDerGuten, she can chronicle the day’s events and write down what mood each one put her in! I have no doubt all entries pertaining to me will have “good” checked off next to them!

Mood Journal from EineDerGuten.

I love these bees wax  candles from underthefigtree, and I bet they smell amazing! What makes them even better is that half of the proceeds for each candle will make sure that a child in need gets a Christmas gift, too!

Bees wax candles by underthefigtree. They come in these great little tea cups that can be reused once the candle is finished.

And finally, Caroline and I are in the process of drawing and printing monogram stationery. My mother’s name starts with a “B” and I think she would love our set of “B” letterpress, monogram cards.

Our hand-drawn, letterpress, monogram notecards from PressedInBrooklyn.

Oops, I almost forgot. I took this photo a couple weeks ago. The full moon was glowingly intense and the way in which it illuminated the clouds and bathed the night sky in an other-worldly light was gorgeous. I just had to take a photo, this is from my living room window in Brooklyn. When my mother saw it, she told me she would love a print of it. I think I will go ahead and do that…now I just need to find a nice frame.

A night in Brooklyn.

So, that wraps it up for my mother’s holiday shopping list. Just have my dad, brother and husband to do…saved the hardest for last!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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Rings as Wearable Sculpture: jewelry by Monica Castiglioni

A detail of my silver ring. This one always gets tons of attention when I am riding the subway and holding on to the overhead railing.

One of the great things about being married to an architect is I get beautiful jewelry. My husband has an eye for unusual pieces. He is the one who first introduced me to Monica Castiglioni and her work. I believe the first set he gave me was for my birthday, a few years ago. It was the bronze ring with the pearl, shown below. I was in love! I tried it on and it fit perfectly. He was relieved because at the time he purchased it, he did not know my ring size. If I remember right, I think he met Monica while looking at her rings and explained this to her. He asked if the rings could be resized. She said that because of how they are created, they cannot. If this ring fit me I was meant to have it, if it didn’t…well I’m not. He could bring it back. Fortunately, for me, it appears I was meant to have it.

So here are some photos from my collection of her jewelry. Holidays are coming soon and I have to say, I wouldn’t mind another addition.

– Stephanie, pressedinbrooklyn.com

This might be my favorite one.

My first set. A bronze and pearl ring with matching earrings.

I don't know...maybe this is my favorite.

A silver and pearl ring.

But I love this one, too.

I really want one of these double rings! These can be found on her website.

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