Category Archives: design

recycling gold.

i posted these pictures on Instagram a little while ago, but never got around to elaborating about them.

i recently purchased two separate, unrelated vintage 14k yellow gold wedding bands: a plain thin one i planned to use as a stacking ring and this heavy (6 grams) man’s wedding ring. i intended to resize the latter and completely smooth out the exterior design. there was a date inside the band, which is very close to when my parents were married. it was my jeweler who noticed the ring was actually two-toned; he also convinced me to keep the original design.



i know there are a lot of new options, new designers and aesthetics for jewelry available now,  but i find older pieces to have so much character. there’s a story – and if you don’t know the story, there’s mystery. i like to try and save pieces from being melted down when i can, and really admire the artisans and designers who either restore or re-work these old treasures to give them a new life.


while antique or vintage wedding bands aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, i’ve noticed an increasing trend. there’s certainly an appropriate irony when an antique wedding band, a circle symbolizing eternity and never-ending love, is worn again and again, carrying that same message, instead of being melted into scrap…


*all images property of gloria c. and


60’s illustrations.

since i had to be alive in the 1960‘s for this to be “nostalgia” for me, i’m not quite sure how to define my admiration for these stylish vintage illustrations by andy virgil and robert mcginnis

























 *images from multiple sources.

faribault mill.

warm & toasty…

i picked up a 100% wool faribault x west elm collaboration blanket in a baby blue pattern as a wedding gift to two friends, and was convinced i needed one myself. i chose a different style, but am so pleased with it – as i’m sure my friends will be with theirs. i hadn’t heard of the nearly 150 year old minnesota-based wool mill/manufacturer before, and after looking in to them, was just as charmed by the company as the product…


my purchase…


besides blankets + throws, faribault offers scarves, hats and even coffee cup sleeves! i’ve got my eye on an american flag blanket next…

 *video + final image property of

put your stamp on it.

maybe it’s my private school education + southern upbringing coming back to haunt me, but recently i’ve found myself doing a lot of monogramming…


the weekender

my weekender was a gift from my parents on a trip to italy, and ever since, it’s been my favorite piece of luggage. i don’t believe in checking bags [on a flight]…



after some research and thought, i decided having my initials laser engraved might be a better bet than having them printed or plain/foil stamped. the leather had already been treated, and was softening and getting a patina from my having used it, and i was afraid any other method wouldn’t last. only time will tell!


just received the larger stamped disc charm in the mail today…

ordered this charm from JLynn Creations – i added it to a sterling diamond charm necklace i already had, and, voila!


…and finally, my monogrammed canvas tote!

*all images property of gloria c. and

wedding gift.

here’s a wedding gift i made from some old and dear friends of mine who tied the knot after 8 years of being together…


painted the exterior first with white, then went over in gray and french blue, blotting the last two coats before they dried.


handwritten cards designating wine to celebrate years 1, 3 and 5 of marriage…


card backs…


card detail.

*images property of gloria c. and


…it’s a boat and a tub.

the clever and beautiful “Bathboat 2005” by Wieki Somers.


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nokia should have boldly gone…

i cannot believe i only just discovered the existence of Nokia‘s attempt at a Star Trek Communicator cell phone!

i’m aware of apps (or attempts at apps) that turn your existing cell phone interface into something communicator-reminiscent, but this is so much better; it’s a shame Nokia never put these into production…


*image property of


for the gentlemen.

we’re going the other direction this time.

while i’ve got an obvious penchant for menswear-inspired womenswear, the fact that father’s day is coming  up just gives me an excuse to look at gentlemanly things for, well, gentlemen.

i’ve managed to find goodies to my liking that would also make great gifts at canoe online and kaufmann mercantile


tube wringer by gill mechanical co. – via canoe online

[waste not, want not.]


mag table by offi – via canoe online

[form + function]


pocket-sized US Constitution – via canoe online

[…always be prepared.]


chrome desk stapler by el casco – via kaufmann mercantile

[i own a similar, true vintage one – sometimes simpler isn’t more beautiful…]


handmade Oregonian ceramic growler – via kaufmann mercantile

[a great gift for a beer lover or home brewer…]


aluminum & nickel plated lunch box – via kaufmann mercantile

[i wonder what looks i would get at work with this…er, i mean, that dad would get…]

*images property of canoe online & kaufmann mercantile, respectively.

cards against humanity.

this clever card game just ate Apples to Apples for lunch.

who knew hilarity would ensue when i went to spend an evening with some old college friends? someone pulled out Cards Against Humanity, and soon we were all red-faced and doing our best to keep our seats, much less not  spit beer out at each other. so impressed was i that i just bought my own deck via Amazon – CAH allows players-to-be to print their own cards from the site for free, but for $25, why not share the love and fiendish joy with the creators…


happily, no beer was harmed or wasted in the playing of this game.


behold – wit in a box.

*images property of gloria c. and &, respectively.

new desk phone.

my new Blackberry + Cygnett desk phone

ring ring.

ring ring.

*image property of g. cheng &