Feed The Starving Artist And The Economy

0 comments — posted 2012 Dec by Fox Hansard

These days everyone is talking about the economy, and why shouldn't they? When so many Americans struggle to pay their bills and feed themselves and their families. It is a stressful time we live in. In many cases, this stress is only compacted during the holiday season. For many it is impossible to provide gifts or meals for loved ones without going into debt, if they can at all. The economy seems to be on an incline, but we still have a lot of work to ahead of us. What can I do, you ask? I know this has been said many times over, but shop local or handmade! I know that amazon, Target and Wal-Mart are convenient and cheap, but most of the products that they sell are manufactured overseas and profits only go to fatten already fat wallets. This Holiday season I urge you to support your local business and online retailers of handmade gifts. Support your friends and neighbors. Support the people who are keeping true American art and craftsmanship alive. The money that you spend will go to support other hardworking folks, just like you. I believe that this can grow our economy faster than anything. Change starts from the inside, with us.

Cubby and I are lucky enough to live in a town that is full of artists, musicians, jewelers and crafters. We even have our own Craft Fair filled with amazing things made by locals. Though, some people don't have things like this where they live. So, where can you go to get these wonderful handmade items? Not only do you have online outlets such as Etsy and Artfire, there are many other websites run by dedicated craftspeople. Take a little time to search and I think you will be pleased with what you find. Below is a little list of some locals, friends and favorites.

Gather Jewelry
Myth & Ore
Sugarbeat and Co Woodworks
Mount Royal Mint
Kathryn Wronski Art
Mari Cla Ro
Chandi NYC
Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Devout Dolls
Sheila Cameron Art
Em and Sprout

Also, If you do have a little extra to spare this holiday season, don't forget to donate to the less fortunate. There are many worthy charities who work to keep the needy not so in need.

Spread love, kindness and generosity, it is the true spirit of the season.

Happy Holidays!
-Cubby and Fox

The Perils and Payoffs of Love

2 comments — posted 2012 Jun by Fox Hansard

Anyone who has ever been in love can tell you that it can be the most wonderful and uplifting experience there is. They can also tell you that it can come along with heartbreak and pain, the likes of which you think you cannot endure. Love is a gift indeed, but in some cases can be a difficult gift to bear. Being in love with someone and building a relationship is a complex dance of compromise and sacrifice, of giving and receiving, of encouragement and forbearance. The most important step in this dance, I believe, is the one of forgiveness. The power to look past your partners slights and sins to see the being underneath it all; No one is ever perfect. If anyone ever claimed to be, they would be a big fat liar. You will always hurt the ones you love. No matter how much you try not to, it will happen.  

When you are with another person for a long time, sometimes you can get lost. You lose a spark or you get too wrapped up in yourself or others around you. You may become complacent or frustrated. Relationships are built and burned every day, but I believe that if you truly love someone and they love you in return, you can make it through any challenge.

The reason why I am sharing these sentiments with you is because of two of our very special customers...

Cubby and I have created hundreds of wedding sets. Every time we do, it gives us joy to know that we can be part of such a special example of commitment and love. We have never, to our knowledge, made wedding rings like this.

While sharing a bottle of Dom Perignon, Buffy proposed to Janeson in August of 1984. After many years of marriage and what I can only assume to be seemingly insurmountable obstacles, they decided to file for divorce. Living in the commonwealth of Virginia, they were required to endure a six month waiting period before paperwork could be filed. During this time, they were able to find each other again. “Better together forever” is the inscription on their rings. These rings were exchanged to not only renew vows, but to reconcile a once broken marriage.

While sharing a bottle of Dom Perignon, they proposed to stay married to one another. Each accepted.

We would like to thank Janeson and Buffy for choosing us to create the symbols of their reunion and renewed commitment. It means more to us than we can express.

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” -Dalai Lama

Please see more of Janeson and Buffy's story here in Janeson's blog

Who is your Destiny? Tie one on...

3 comments — posted 2012 Mar by Fox Hansard

The concept of soul mates has been around since humans discovered how to love. So, basically forever. Cubby and I have been honored this month to create a touchingly beautiful item that expresses this concept. For our special customer, the way to show his devotion was through the legend of The Red Thread of Destiny, (Also called the Red String of Fate.) known in Japan as “Akai Ito”.

It goes a little something like this-

When you are created, the gods tie an invisible red string to your little finger. Also attaching the other end of your string to your soul mate. Over time this string may be stretched or tangled, but never broken. Somewhere in this life or the next, you will find this person and you will become complete.

Whether or not you subscribe to the idea that we all have a soul mate, is your choice indeed. From either side, it is an elegant and alluring sentiment.

Like I said before, Cubby and I were honored to be part of the creation of such a meaningful ring. We will be forever touched by the beauty of its purpose.

Here are some photos of the finished product. We hope you enjoy!

Weekend photo Shoot With Simon Weller

0 comments — posted 2011 Dec by Fox Hansard

We were so lucky this past weekend to have done a Classic Titanium photo shoot with professional photographer Simon Weller! We braved the cold with our models, Mark, Jonathan and myself. Oh yeah, it's me again, Fox. It was a beautiful day with lots of good light. (or so Simon tells me) We climbed rocks at the always enchanting Yuba River, played in red and gold leaves, cracked lots of jokes and had pizza in the afternoon. I can say with total confidence that the day was a success. I have posted some of the pictures here on the website as a slideshow, there are more on our Facebook page. Take a look!

Both Cubby and I would like to extend a huge thank you to our devilishly handsome models and our photographer extraordinaire. We had a wonderful day!

I am also sure that you, our friend and customer would have a great time looking at more photography by the talented Simon Weller. Please visit his website here- www.simonweller.com