Monday, April 7, 2014

Montreal Je T'aime

One of the things I absolutely love about Montreal is how much creativity and talented artisans you can find. It's a beautiful thing: a vibrant community of creative people that thrive in making lovely things and those wonderful curators, that encourage creativity by surrounding themselves with carefully crafted, local, beautiful products, attending local craft fairs, shops and galleries.

The other day I made a treasury on Etsy featuring some of my local faves, just some of them as I have plenty! I'll share with you some of them. To see my complete list, click on this link to the Treasury!

Aah, this photo reminds me when we lived in Outremont and used to walk past these doors everyday. Miss my old neighbourhood! Photography by Ginette Brosseau.

Hope you like my Montreal picks! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

About special orders and being happy because SPRING

As I told you the other day, I've been so lucky on the special-order department lately as I've been getting those kinds of projects that are inspiring and make me try new ways to make my jewelry.

Some weeks ago I received an email from a person I admire asking me to my make a little pendant specially for her friend. She asked me for an ace of spades that, when you turn it over revealed a kind of a secret heart. I thought I could use two different cuts of silver, solder them together and then oxidize one side, polish the other for extra contrast. The one you see in this photo was a trial, I made a second one that came out beautiful.

I was super excited about this order, let me tell you why: Almost nine years ago I came from Mexico to join Alex here in Canada to start a life together. He came here first and was, as always, the one that found all local music that we both like listening to. The first Canadian bands I fall in love with (and still are) thanks to Alex discoveries were Arcade Fire and Stars, at that time with the albums "Funeral" and "Set Yourself on Fire" respectively. To say those two albums marked for me those first years in Canada, and made for our life soundtrack while getting to know this country, our life together, Montreal, the winter, is an understatement. We fell hard for arcade fire and stars. So, when Amy Millan from the band Stars stopped one day at my booth at Puces POP craft fair I was, well, fangirling. And then when Amy asked me to make this necklace for her friend, I was literally jumping, such an honor! And then when Amy told me the recipient was Emily Haines from the band Metric I was pretty much living the dream. And that's the little story of how special this order was for me.

So that experience make me happy and so does Spring and my red bouquet of ranunculus! Like, a couple weeks ago while everybody south shared their spring experiences I was sulking because it was so freaking cold and snowy and all around yucky here in Montreal. I honestly was feeling under the weather. But since a of couple days ago things are getting better for us Motrealers, we had a couple of very sunny days and mild weather, ahh, thank goodness. I feel hopeful again, I can see the light, the end of that tunnel that is Winter.

Thanks so much for reading this :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Awesome Purchase of the Week

Got this cute snowflake sweatshirt for Amelia from elSage designs the other day. I must say it has become the little one's fave since she's been wearing it and I absolutely love it too: amazing quality product that has this wonderful characteristics of something made with love and care by an actual person. The beauty of handmade!

I first 'meet' Phoebe, the designer and maker of elSage, through Etsy and then I started following her on IG. I enjoy so much following her family adventures through her pictures and the process of her making her beautiful hand printed products. She makes a great array of apparel for the whole family using sustainable materials and each product is block-printed individually by Phoebe herself.

You can find out more about her creations by clicking right here.

Happy Spring Day to all of you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Back Home.

We were away, yes we were. Husband had work/things to do in Massachusetts and the little one and I tagged along. We spent most of our time in suburban Boston, going to Whole Foods market (and wishing we had one in Montreal) and doing just a tiny bit of shopping (got myself an awesome pair of running shoes! hopefully I'll get to use them plenty this year). A couple of days me and the little one took the train downtown and visited museums, the Boston Public library (which is so, so beautiful) and the neighbourhood of Back Bay, one of my favourites because of its beautiful architecture. Most days were almost as cold as Montreal but a lot less snowy and that fact was well welcomed :) On the last weekend we visited the aquarium, we have been there many times but I love it so much and of course, the little one, too. Then we visited Boston's North End neighbourhood for the first time and I was enchanted, so beautiful! We ate Italian food at a small restaurant called 'Locale' it was modern but cozy and the people that attended the place were so nice and the pizza was absolutely delicious! And then we went to Salem. This little city was always on my to-visit list and maybe I had high expectations but I didn't enjoyed it as much, but as I said, maybe it was just because of high expectations. We had a charming time there, though! ate delicious tacos at 'Comida' restaurant, learned a bit more about the witch trials and spend a bit of time by the sea, enjoying the sunlight and the warmth of the day. Then we came back home, slowly as we pass across a storm in New Hampshire, it helped us keep well awake and alert!

And as the last couple days we were there were sooo warm, it created certain illusion in my mind that made me think I was about to jump into spring any minute but then we arrived in Montreal and the illusion was gone: it's so cold, so cold. Maybe it feels colder because I had spring in my mind. Anyways, cold or not, it feels so good to be home again and rest in my bed, getting a bit of rest (because we catch a cold) before wrapping myself around work again. Well, actually now I'm about to finish packing orders so the task has begun :)

How are you? is it looking like spring already where you are?

Have a lovely week!

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Grain of Sand

“To see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.”  -William Blake, Auguries of Innocence.

Last year I made myself a tiny, little, lovely ring. Just a simple little thing in 14k rose gold featuring a tiny ball on the top. I completely fell in love with it and I've been wearing it almost every day ever since. For lack of time I didn't make any more nor did I photograph it to list it on my Etsy shop but when craft show season arrived in December, I made many of them to see how my local customers liked it. It was a HUGE success and I couldn't be happier. I still receive emails from customers that saw it back in December that want to get one.

Well, great news: I made more at last and what's best now they are listed on my Etsy shop! I feel like this ring represents things I like a lot: Rocks, pebbles, nature (I'm discontinuing my pebble ring in favor of this more delicate, beautiful design). Plus, since I've been wearing it, I discover I was bestowing certain significance to it: there is a saying in Mexico that says "cada quien pone su granito de arena" whose literal meaning is "everybody puts their grain of sand". This is a positive phrase and it's used to say that everybody can contribute even with the smallest of things to make something better. I think is a lovely phrase, my mum say it a lot, so now that I wear this ring almost daily I remind myself of that. And of my mum and her innumerable phrases!

I made this ring in sterling silver, 14k rose gold and 14k yellow gold, they look so pretty! my fave is the pink gold one, and to think I used to dislike gold so much...someone told me that now I like gold because I'm older, but I really think now I like it because I'm a jeweller and since then, I discovered gold is a beautiful, noble material to work with :) But who knows, maybe it is because I'm older!

Oh, I hope you like this lovely ring! It is a pleasure to wear it, specially for those who like small things and look for a beautiful, special ring that can be worn every day, all day.

For more about the collection visit my Etsy shop by clicking right HERE or click on the photos! Thank you!


All images by me.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hopes and Dreams

I usually need very little to feel amazed, mystified and inspired by the universe, the night sky and celestial bodies: I often find myself drawing, mindlessly sketching about it. The new collection I'm presenting you here, comes from that side of me but wasn't exactly inspired by a romantic idea of the universe but is inspired by real people, family, by love, by hope and by the desire to help. I made and extensive post explaining all about it here, please click if you'd like to know more!

The collection include pieces in sterling silver, rose gold and yellow gold and features a lovely little star and a tiny moon, both are super small and adorable. One of the things I'm most excited about this collection, beside the fact that 100% of the profits are going towards a great cause, is that it's so perfect for little girls. It's been a desire of mine for a long time now to create a collection for girls and with this line I think I'm a step closer to fulfilling that dream. For instance, my little girl loves it, LOVES IT! When I told her to come and try on the necklace, she was delighted and she wouldn't take it off. Then, there's the fact that the size is also great for small ears and necks.

Of course, the new pieces look absolutely lovely in older little girls as well! that's why this time around I photographed two different models: my friend Maribel and my daughter and I think I pretty much proved my point 'cause they both look lovely wearing the little moons and stars, don't they?! :)

So this is it friends! I hope you are loving this collection as much as I do. Please check it out on my shop, The Angry Weather and let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below, thank you forever!


All photos by The Angry Weather (click on them to see more of the jewelry!). Thanks so much to my lovely models Amelia & Maribel! White Dress: Baby Gap Black Dress: Atelier B


Illustration by Yelena Brysenkova

I'm about to launch a very special collection and I am super happy to show it to you but first I want you to know more about it, because this new collection has two very important purposes: one, it intends to make the person who wears it happy, and two, it is created in the hopes of helping some very special people in my life. 

Some weeks ago, an unfortunate event took place in my family, thank goodness it was nothing to be sad about, just angry, because it's anger you first feel when something unjust happen to innocent people and when there's not much you can do about it. I tell you that, putting aside the hardship that is having my family away, I feel very lucky to have left Mexico almost a decade ago. 

So here's what happened: After finding hard to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week and taking care of two young children, my brother and sister-in-law decided one should stay home with the kids and the other will go to work. Having worked for a company for several years, my sister-in-law was the one whose job seemed more stable and so my brother would stay with the kiddos. Everything went good until a couple weeks ago the company she worked for had a security breach an a fraud was committed among their employees. Without making a proper investigation, they accused my sister-in-law to be responsible of this fraud, threatened her, humiliated her and let her go of the job without any payment. She is a honest, hard working person and by no means she was involved in the situation. As the only source of income of the family was cut short, came lawyer bills to pay to be able to defend themselves and not to mention all the household expenses and the anguish of the situation, they are having a really hard time. As I told you before the first thing I felt was much anger and despair, I was worried, you know and once again disappointed of my own country and the disgusting work practices of so many employers, low ethic lawyers and social injustice everywhere. And as hard as it was to keep that awful feeling out of my head, my mind cleared up and then came hope. Hope because I know that even when the sky is darkest there's always light up there and eventually we'll see it, specially when you have a kind word from the ones you love and strength to carry on and find calm, happiness, stability, security, health, acceptance or what ever you look for. 

The only way I can help them beside being there to talk is to put my hands to work and offer them a little financial support while they find jobs and this problem gets resolved. So I decided to focus in the positive things and make a little collection where the sales of the jewelry will go towards them. My brother's two year old daughter name is Luna, which stands for Moon in Spanish and from there the collection was born in my head. It's all related: the moon, stars, the night, the light. 

I'll launch the collection very soon, I hope you love it! And if you love it enough to purchase a pair of earrings or a necklace, I'll be forever grateful for your kindness and not just me, but a little fun and loving family in northern Mexico :)

Thanks for reading this!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Customer profile

The other day I was taking photos of one of my dear friends that also happen to be a customer. She was wearing one of my vintage-reproduction rings and that gave me and idea: to make a little series of blog post about my customers, their likes and interest. I think this little fun project will help me understand more about them and get to know them better: It's always fascinating to see who's wearing something you created!

OK, here we go!

This is Maribel and she owns one of my Bubble Mod Bronze rings. Beside being one of the most kindest, good-hearted persons I know, Maribel has great sense of style and she's the person I always go to when I need advice about an outfit or where to shop. She says about what she looks when shopping for jewelry: "I love jewellery that tells a story: handmade pieces, souvenirs from a trip and vintage jewelry that was special for someone else before me".

"Contrasts are an important part of my personality: I consider myself delicate but brave, calm but passionate and I'm always looking for adventure. These same contrasts are what I look for in an outfit or jewelry: I like to mix and match, putting unexpected pieces together, both delicate and bold".

Dress: H&M
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Ring: The Angry Weather
Earrings: Vintage

Montreal shops recommended by Maribel: Unicorn, Blo, Atelier B & Arterie.

I hope you like this post! and if you are one of my customers and would like to be featured on the series, don't hesitate to let me know!