Collecting in NH

I have returned from my trip to NH, I was visiting family and spending some time rummaging around dark corners on Antique Alley, gathering up supplies. I found some fabulous items for my newly arranged apt. but best of all I bought oodles of buttons and chandelier crystals…
You can see them gathered here in a box I just received and truly love that my stepmother passed on to me…having gotten it herself from my grandmother…I think it will house my massive collection of pliers…so anyway…I have new goodies to play with now…so I shall.

Continue Reading

Bits & Baubles

Its a blah day here in Millbrook. Its raining and dreary and I am not being that productive. Usually if I force myself to at least sit at one of my workstations then something will come out of it, but so far…nada. So I thought I would share a few lovely photos that Tyler took of my studio.
My collection of vintage buttons and typewriter keys, which I ripped off old typewriters and then got discouraged when I realized all the typewriter key jewelry out there already, so now they sit in one of my favorite old Ball jars. The big ball buttons will one day soon be button rings, I do love them so…

Bottle Caps mid production…all they need are magnets now and they will be packaged and ready to ship off to The Sampler, Haute Market and with every package I send out.

I still have not worked on that painting either, I am hiding from it. I have become stuck with it and the only way to get through it to keep painting…ugh.

Very exciting news…the Valentines Day gift guides start to debut this week…I know, I can hardly believe it myself…and I have designed a new and very different line for everyones favorite Hallmark Holiday! As this line will debut Monday on IndieShopping, I figured I should have it on the website…so as my resolution dictates…I will have the Brass Love Necklaces posted early Monday morning (before I go to bed early). Check back here on Sunday for a sneak peak…

Continue Reading

Makin’ Stuff

Call it a bad trait, call it a part of being type A, call it whatever you want but the truth is that I am an extremely competitive gal. So as great as it is that my bf has a new hobby, I am still quite capable of taking my own pictures too…so I am a bit, ahem, inspired shall we say, to hold my own. Which of coarse means that I will have more things to post and therefore more to read and basically we all win in the end.


So this week I have been gearing up to debut a few button rings that I have yet to post, and they are real beauties, I am really excited about these! The new rings are all made form vintage Lucite ball buttons, one of which is so large it’s obscene…and it’s inlaid with rhinestones too! I almost decided against keeping it, but as I do with all rings that I design…I make a prototype and wear it around for a while to assure that it is foible free, and I fell in LOVE with this one…if nothing else, it will draw endless attention to you and offer a ton of conversation opportunities!

Just so you don’t think I just sit around all day makin’ rings and nothing else, I will give you a peek at a few works in progress currently in my studio…

I am having some issues with this one, I have been working on it for a few days and its a bit different from what I have been doing for the past year…I loved it until I saw a photo of it and now I want to throw it out the window instead of working through it…

I began pulling together the last two series I had done in this one…merging what I learned through each process into one…

I am much more pleased with this painting after I saw it in a photo…I’m trying to keeping pushing myself and my materials…
well back to the studio I go…paintbrush in hand.

Continue Reading

News from the studio…

The year 2006 is winding down and I’ve been thinking about the past year, as I tend to do as it ends. It’s been a big year for Manic Trout, I retired the computer and web design side of the business and have decided to focus on jewelry and paintings, which has been extremely liberating. This year was spent getting the online store in top shape and marketing MT, both of which I feel were accomplished pretty well and laid the groundwork for the future.

Now as the next year begins and MT celebrates its 4th birthday in January I am starting to work on my next goals. 2007 will be a big year for Manic Trout and I am excited to see how my plans unfold and the path that MT takes. On an exciting side note, my bf has recently decided that photography is his new hobby…so I can be better at sharing the visual developments as well…starting now with a few studio shots…
Necklaces to go off to new homes

First up on my list of to-do’s is a weekly item featured in the store…beginning January 1st (conveniently on a Monday this year!)

I’ll give you a hint, I have been collecting vintage materials again…

My jewelry desk in the midst of inspiration…

Continue Reading