Have you checked out the Honey&Ollie Sweet Summer Etsy Sale yet? If not, you totally should, it is going on right now!

Take 15% off your total purchase at checkout, with the coupon code BLOGSUMMERSALE which is good now through Sunday the 17th!

Lots of new listings, lots of old favorites you might have been yearning for… stuff is going fast and you don’t want to miss out.

Thanks and have a super sweet day!

It all started a few weeks ago, during the Twain Harte fair, when Lovebug, Fifth Viscount Naughtypants, the Earl of Angelfluff, Mr. Tinklebritches Esq. III figured out how to get around the patented Grip Security Measures we’d installed on the back screen door. He took several extended romps through the lion and bear infested forest (y’all, there was a black bear just hanging out next to the wood pile two weeks ago), and discovered a lovely system of culverts and pipes under our road. Pipes that a resourceful fellow could duck into in a pinch, say, if a human being were pelting after him trying to forcibly return him to his Indoor Cat state. Done properly, a fellow could then pop up on the other side of the road and make his escape, while the hapless human was still peering fruitlessly into the culvert pipe, calling, “Heeeere kitty kitty….” and shaking a bag of salmon treats.


He is the Lone Free Ranger. Who has only ever had Inside Cat shots, because we erroneously believed that he was on board with the Inside Cat idea.

My bad.

Last week the Lone Free Ranger won an all expenses paid overnight stay in a luxury suite at the cat hospital, where he was diagnosed with asthma. So now he is on steroids. Our rambunctious, bear wrasslin, outside lovin’, take a walk on the wild side, little cat was initially thrilled at the idea of steroids. Visions of bodybuilding stardom danced in his little pea brain, perhaps a walk-on role in an updated barbarian movie was in his future!


No no. Those are the wrong kind of steroids. You aren’t going to be pumping it up with Hans and Franz any time soon, I’m afraid. These will just puff you up, my little Viennese sausage.

A few days later, he had to go back to the hospital. Indoor Cat meets Outside Virus. We added two more medicines to the regime. This is when I realized that every penny I made in San Jose was going to wind up in my vet’s bank account and I might have to sell a kidney to pay the rent.

1. We are now dosing the cat with meds five times a day.
2.My vet is probably planning an extended trip to Hawaii.
3.I will never be able to afford Hawaii because cat nebulizers are expensive.

Hawaii Sunset
This is Hawaii. WHERE I WILL NEVER GO. (and this is the flickr feed of the person who took this awesome picture)

So I’m curious. Do I look like a rodeo clown? Because wrangling this cat feels kind of like what I imagine I would feel like if I were a rodeo clown.

When he hears me open the fridge to get his meds out, he quickly leaps up to the top shelf of the cat tree and turns on the Death Ray Glare. Our cat tree is +6’ and I am only 5’7”. You may be starting to see a problem here.

little black raincloudbug

As I go look for a stepladder, he sinks his claws into the living room curtains and hangs on for dear life. Once the cat has successfully been extricated from curtains and cat tree, it takes three of us to actually get the meds into him: The Squasher, The Big Meanie and The Surgical Nurse.

The Squasher, has to sit (gently) on him and sort of restrain him with their knees, while (gently) maintaining a (gentle) grip on his scruff. It is not a risk-free task. We are all sporting livid claw marks around the knee area.

The Big Meanie, has to get the tip of the syringe between his tightly clenched little jaws in order to squirt the medicine into his mouth. This is tricky. The second he sees the syringe, the cat starts whipping his head around like a Moray eel. It is very easy for the Big Meanie to miss the target entirely. When this happens, the Squasher inevitably winds up with medicine all over his or her pants. At this point, everyone has to wait as the Surgical Nurse reloads the syringe. The Squasher must retain their grip on the cat. The Big Meanie must make the cat believe that this isn’t actually a violation of the Geneva Convention, that really, it’s for his own good and that this hurts me more than it hurts you.

The cat buys exactly none of it.

It is the Surgical Nurse’s job to load and hand the syringes over in the right order, as they are called for. “Doxycyclene!” “Towel!” “Prednisone!” “Water!” “MEDIC!” She must be ready with a paper towel in case a knee or a chin is in need of mopping. She must have band-aids, and Bactine close at hand. We all like this job best.

Last night the cat figured out how to spit his medicine across the living room. This morning he one upped that feat, made an alarming noise, spit his meds out in my face, clawed his way free and leapt to the top of the cat tree in a matter of seconds. There he sat, daring us to wrangle him down for a second time. There’s a point in every battle where someone says, “fuck it. You win.” Well I didn’t actually say, “Fuck it, you win.” No. I was trying to get prednisone out of my eye. But I thought it.

The cat has since informed me that I am violating his human rights. I will be hearing from his attorney and that also, he called the UN. I told him that the UN is busy and to get off the damn cat tree, it’s time for his dewormer. I haven’t had the guts to tell him that after his antibiotics run out, the vet will be jabbing him in the arse with Outside Cat shots. I’ll let her explain that one. She just got back from Hawaii after all. She’s nicely tanned and not covered in scratches and prednisone. Fresh. Yeah. That’s it.


My little container garden out on the back deck is thriving these days. It makes for a nice place to sit with a cup of tea in the morning. I like watching as the sun slowly tips the pine trees with gold and the pool of dappled sunlight slowly moves down to include the cabin and the flowers. I like it in the afternoons, too, as the shadows lengthen and little breezes shiver the pine trees. We have had a few industrious bees buzzing around our blossoms, not as many as one would hope, but certainly one or two pollinators. No honeybees, which makes me sad. I do like honeybees. Maybe we are too high. Lots of big fat bumblers, though. Ollie really likes the bumblers, though he learned that they are hot when you swat them. I did warn him. He never listens.


I think my only disappointment is the tomatoes, which have not borne much fruit. The few tomatoes that have formed are all still a dull green and they don’t seem to want to ripen. Perhaps it is just too cold up here at night for tomatoes, or the sun doesn’t hit our deck for enough hours in the day.


Fortunately my mom’s garden down in Riverbank is producing more tomatoes than she can eat, and she has been sharing her bounty with us. And at least I have all the flowers!


I’ve come to appreciate the quiet of this place so much. I think I will appreciate it more and more as I hit the late summer/fall stretch of my show season. The remaining shows are lined up one after another without a lot of time between. It seems so busy now! There is always something to do and there aren’t as many opportunities to sit and watch fat bees, or cheer on the various racing teams of hummingbirds. Of course, that just means that I enjoy it even more when it does happen.


I am grateful for the busy, grateful the business is thriving (and grateful for the quiet when it happens).

I’ll be driving the Youngest up to Portland soon, and Cap Jr. will be heading up to the Pacific Northwest with his mom a few weeks later. Our nest will re-empty soon. The Cap and I will finally be able to make that beach trip, right when I don’t need it quite as desperately. In just 3 and a half short months, my run of shows will be done and we’ll be stacking wood and stockpiling staples for winter. Settling in for the dark months of quiet, woodstove mornings and (hopefully) a lot of snow. But that’s in 3 months. This is today.

Today, I am not thinking about show prep or packing the Honda with bins of supplies or wondering about booth setup. Today, I am thinking that one someone has piles of laundry and the other someone wants to go to town to get some Internet. A movie matinee has been requested and one of the someones needs to practice his parallel parking. I have to clear my studio slate of repairs, pack sale orders, work on custom orders, fix the back door and make sugar water for the hummingbirds. The catboxes want cleaned, the house wants vacuumed, the toilets want scrubbing, the kitchen floor wants mopped, the deck garden wants watered and I should probably roll up the canvas booth cover from last week’s show and put it somewhere safe that is free of cats. Reorganize the upstairs storage closet. The downstairs storage closet. Clean my studio. Clean my bedroom. Rake the yard. You know. All the stuff you do when you have the weekend “off.”

Shockingly, that all sounds great. It sounds like Life. Life goes very fast doesn’t it?


Remember, our 15% off Sweet Summer Sale starts tomorrow and runs through the entire week, Sunday to Sunday! If you’re on our mailing list, check your email, you got a nice little sale preview window and your own special coupon code. If you aren’t on our list, sign up so you can get in on the next sale preview!

Hope your weekend is busy in all the ways you want, and quiet in the ways you need.


I wonder if this fellow has a busy weekend planned? And who his cell provider is. Because I certainly don’t get reception on the back deck!

Hey y’all!


Every summer around this time, we have a sale to say “thank you!” to our awesome customers. Sale starts this Sunday and runs through the 18th. You can use the coupon code BLOGSUMMERSALE and take a super sweet 15% off your total Honey&Ollie purchase!


Everything is on sale. New Padmavati Devi hoops, our upscaled wax seal jewelry, and all your Honey&Ollie favorites! I just uploaded almost 50 new items, so there’s some great stuff to choose from!


Is there something special you’ve had an eye on for a while?


Treat yourself! You totally deserve it – and to quote George Carlin, “It’s ON SALE!” (and if you’re on our mailing list, open the mailing you were sent on Friday… you get a special code to shop the sale a whole 48 hours early!)


This is just my way to say “thank you” for all the support you’ve given us in the last year, for coming to shows, interacting with us on Etsy, and for generally being awesome.


Have a super sweet summer and thanks for the love.


You know we totally love you too, right?

We had such a great time this past weekend at the San Jose Renaissance Faire. What a fun little Faire and what a super welcoming crowd! We will be doing many more productions with this group in the future, I can tell. I was super impressed with the organization, the number of very competent folks who were working in a support capacity for the production, and the vendor coordination. That makes a huge difference.

Rain and Em in the market stall
Ignore the exhaustion and the sunburns, really, we were having a great time. The new market stall worked great despite a few technical glitches (it broke during setup, twice, but fortunately Captain Sexypants has Solutions to these situations).

Bolstered by success, I’ve sent out a new application at the last minute. It looks like the KMVR Celtic Festival might be getting tucked in to our summer lineup as a last minute addition! I’m super excited about possibly doing this festival. It’s a 3-day Celtic music festival in beautiful Grass Valley, CA, with a wonderful Celtic/handmade marketplace. I’ll have more information as soon as we’re confirmed, so stay tuned.

I’m taking a little break from shows for the rest of August. Time to make new product and get some of the new stuff up on Etsy. I’ll be having a little flash sale next week – all y’all are gonna be getting a sweet 15% off Honey&Ollie goodies for a few days. HINT: folks on the mailing list get the coupon code a full 48 hours before everyone else so if you aren’t on our list yet, just click over to your right and sign up! I promise, no spam. We’ve got a short trip planned for Labor Day weekend to get the Youngest settled in her new environs, and then I’m back on the road for 5 more shows in September, October and November.

Our new Eastern, mandala inspired fine silver pendants and earrings will be up this week. And a fresh take on Padmavati Devi hoops, too!


A fun twist or two on the Urban Tribal “Uncial” collection!

Perfect for a pirate queen.

The merchant’s stone, with bronze. Like liquid sunlight.

And here’s a sneak preview of our best-selling wax seal pendants – but upscaled with gemstone and sterling silver rosary chains. After 2 years of selling them on ball chains, I figured it was time to offer people something fun and different! They’re terribly luxe and the bejeweled rosary chains just make them look even more vintage-fabulous! We almost sold out of these on their inaugural weekend, but I’ve got more coming off the bench. Talk about “get ‘em while they’re hot”…


All this and more. Stay tuned and watch Etsy!

They’re turning all of downtown Twain Harte into an art and wine festival this weekend! There’ll be fantastic foods, wines, over 100 art and craft vendors, gourmet foods booths, and nonstop live music. Folks come from all over Central and Northern California to enjoy this rockin’ little mountain festival.

Captain Sexypants and I stopped by the festival for a few hours last year, when we were up here for the first time. We loved the funky and fun mixture of pro and homegrown art, the friendly local vibe and the great festival atmosphere. We loved the booths full of local honey, fancy oils and vinegars, the pottery and the illustrative art. Plus, the local kitten rescue even had a booth! And you know my philosophy… MORE KITTENS! Kittens always make everything exponentially better. I loved it so much as a visitor so I’m really thrilled to be doing this festival as a local artist!

I mentioned we have some new stuff, didn’t I? To start, I’ve been working on a whole new line of Eastern inspired fine silver pieces. The collection as a whole is still very much a work in progress, but a few of the prototypes will be out at the show this weekend so I can see how people respond to them.


I really love these. I’d moved away from using the fine silver metal clay for a while – I don’t really consider myself to be a “metal clay artist” – I haven’t got the patience for it – but I do really love the medium for making simple jewelry elements. Well these new pieces have fired my enthusiasm back up, that’s for sure!


This one will NOT be at the show. Well, it will be, but not for sale… on my wrist! I’ve been experimenting with crimps and beading wire and I’m not sure how I feel about them yet. But I AM sure that when I put this beauty together, my little heart skipped a beat and I knew it wasn’t going to be put out for sale. MINE.

This one was inspired by a custom collection I made for a special lady. The toggle design is a little different on hers, but it’s the same general idea. I liked it so well, I decided to make it a staple.

I’l have a few prototype pieces available from the new Tuolumne line as well – this one is inspired by the flora around our mountain cabin. I spent the spring taking some molds of seed pods and flowers and so far I really like how they work up as rustic charms for earrings and pendants.


I’ve also got some old favorites making a comeback from the Padmavati Devi line – these heavy sterling silver Lotus Blossom hoops have always been a crowd pleaser and I’ve updated them slightly. They’re a little bit chunkier now, not as thin or wide, with a heavy, hammered, tribal feel. I haven’t had this style in stock for well over a year though I’ve done a ton of custom orders for them – it’s nice to have a few pairs on hand again!


I have to confess that this show has been a really tough one in terms of prep. I’ve had SO much going on with the newly full house. Distractions galore. Neither of the kids drive and even if they’re technically adults, I keep sliding back into the Mom groove. It’s been hard to find studio time, seeing as how my studio is currently doubling as a guest room for the young lady and her cat. Somehow I managed and I’m looking forward to a fantastic weekend!

When we moved up here, there were four big local festivals that I really wanted to do – specifically, the Sonora Celtic, Twain Harte Art and Wine, the All Hallows Festival, and the Sonora Christmas Festival. In the last few months, we’ve done the first three, and we’ve been accepted into the fourth. I guess I can’t really shout “Achievement Unlocked!” just yet, but we’re so close. And that’s super exciting! So if you come out to THA&W this weekend, stop by the booth and wish me a happy anniversary! You’ll get 12% off your purchase, in honor of our first year on the mountain!

Spacious Nuthouse Estates is currently chock full of nuts! And, er, cats. The Youngest and her cat have come home for an extended summer visit, before heading up to the Pacific Northwest. They’ll be making the permanent move later this fall but we get to enjoy them for a couple of months before they continue their journey to parts farther North.


Er. MOST of us are enjoying the visit. Except for Mr. MacGreedypants here, who won’t share the catnip mice.
I’m particularly glad to have my favorite show assistant back for the start of the summer shows. She’ll be working the next 3 shows with me and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’ve missed her!

I’m busy prepping for the Twain Harte Art and Wine Festival this week – it’s next weekend, the 26th and 27th of July, in downtown Twain Harte. If you haven’t been to this festival, it’s a great one. Two days of artists, crafters, wine tasting, live music and great food up in the beautiful pines.

Feels like it’s been FOREVER since I posted any new jewelry and it really has. I’m trying to get back in the hang of the studio but wow, life sure has been getting in the way.


These lovelies will be on sale. Focal glass beads are from the super talented Genea Crivello-Knable of Genea Beads. Natural quartz points, sari silk and Czech glass… they are just waiting for a quick dip in some patina solution and then they’ll be good to go.


I like the geological twist on these, both the coated druzy stones and the copper representation of a fossilized ammonite.


Plus, new pieces in our Uncial and Urban Tribal collections, and more! Come on out to Twain Harte for some wine in the pines!


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