Designing Women

When a Sophanista designs her own ring   on a journey with her great grandmother and grandmother     She didn’t love garnet even though it was her birthstone. “I don’t have any memories of my Grandmother wearing the piece.  It was given to me by my Grandma around 1999~about 10 years before she died.”   She wore the… Read More →

My Sophanista Valentina

What do we know about Valentine’s Day?    Who is its namesake? The year was 269. Claudias, emperor of Rome, put out an edict that NO soldier could marry, because he believed a warrior would fight more fiercely without a beloved waiting for him.     Valentine didn’t agree.   He secretly married hundreds. And was thrown in… Read More →

Gather ye together this November

Mothers. Sisters. Daughters.  This November, STOP. Stop the madness that hurls us from Halloween BOO fadness, trick and treating gladness, too much chocolate badness, then BAM the yuletide givingness. Not worth it. Instead: make the memories tousle your beloved’s hair hold hands try not to carol until you have gathered together in thankness. And celebrate the blessings, oh… Read More →