Rantings of a Jewelry maker…

Month: January, 2013


Sue pictureI’ve decided not to wait (so passe) to be “interviewed” by Etsy, The Marin IJ or the NY Times.  So, I thought I’d conduct my own in case they need it.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Laying in bed with dachshunds warming  my feet, watching some stupid video with nothing on but a pair of earrings.

2. What is your greatest fear?

I will sell a pair of earrings on Etsy that I have already sold.  A big problem with one of a kind desgins!

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Being Disorganized. I’m always looking for that “specific” bead!

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


5. Which living person do you most admire?

my mom…

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

non fat, extra foamy lattes

7. What is your current state of mind?

excited to create a new Spring line for!

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


9. On what occasion do you lie?

Does your ass look fat in those  jeans?

10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

my ass in my jeans…

11. Which living person do you most despise?

revenge is best served cold. I aint sayin’.

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?

kindness, creativity

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

tenacity, creativity

14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband and kids

16. When and where were you happiest?

Top of Mary Jane/Berthed Pass (14,000 ft) Colorado

17. Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to tie a cherry stem with my tongue no matter the length.

18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d be better at Marketing myself.

19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My Children

20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

No idea
21. Where would you most like to live?

The Beach

22. What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring

23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being hungry, cold and friendless.

24. What is your favorite occupation?

Jewelry maker/massage therapist

25. What is your most marked characteristic?


26. What do you most value in your friends?

They are amazing cooks and even better listeners

27. Who are your favorite writers?

Sue Warhaftig and  Beverly Butler

28. What is your greatest regret?

I didn’t make my book even MORE racy.

29. How would you like to die?

peacefully with my makeup on and my teeth brushed

30. What is your motto?

Just do it!


Mom, Ma, Mommy, Mother

When I make jewelry it gives me time to think:

This morning I put my son on a plane to finish his Freshman semester. Having him here was 3 weeks of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and debating. I feel that we are very much alike. Sometimes he doesn’t like that. Sometimes I don’t like that. But it’s true. We are cut from the same cloth.

For some people it’s not until our children leave that we have the opportunity to assess who and what they have become. They are a reflection of ourselves and I need to clean the mirror and look deeper into it.

Being eighteen must be difficult. You are suppose to be working towards a “career goal” and figuring out what you want to be in life. The balancing of schoolwork, fun, and friends is a lot to figure out!

Then, there is the return to “that woman” who asks you to empty the dishwasher, take out the trash, pick up your laundry. How can you like the person who always has advice to give, questions your efforts, and holds you accountable for tuition being spent? There are lots of reasons to love college.

I want to be liked and loved. I hope my son will come back to me after 4 years and understand my decisions. Whatever the outcome is, I already miss you.


Miss you by Jewelry By Tabernash

Do you have challenges with your teenagers? How do you handle it?

Time to make earrings…and think some more.


January Jewelry

In some parts of the country January is long, cold and dark. It’s crucial to treat yourself well. Good food, friends and exercise are always high on my list. I also often find myself late at night browsing on Craigslist and Pinterest, searching for “the deal of the century” and “creative outlets.” Jewelry By Tabernash is bringing both to the forefront! I have branched out beyond jewelry, listing my private button collection this past December. Jewelers and artistic magicians can create fantastic items with the right color, shape and material. I love Bakelite, Czech glass and vintage buttons. Buttons are like vintage beads and I find myself drawn to these tiny treasures that I can hold in my palm and admire. Red Buttons to liven up that drab sweater you got for xmas?! Image So be extra nice to yourself this winter. It’s okay to buy yourself a gift that will make you smile until the sun shines again! How do you do to deal with the long cold month of January? I’d love to hear your ideas. Bundle Up! Sue Jewelry By TabernashImage