Friday, June 16, 2017


     Summer is here. Officially, in a couple of days, but if your weather is anything like mine, summer is in full force. What does summer mean to you? Longer days and lazy pool time? Hiding in the air conditioned house (here!)? Or, does it mean travel to places near, and far?

Wanderlust map bracelet
     My instagram feed is full of people enjoying exotic places. I am lucky enough to live in California, a prime travel destination for many. I have the beach, rivers and lakes, and Yosemite all within two hours of me. So, staycations are easy. Oh, but to travel!! I have a vacation booked to go to Nashville to visit my friend, Timothy James (I CANNOT freaking wait!). Maybe some hops to Las Vegas? Whatever summer brings, it is sure to be exciting.
     These bracelets were created using a U.S. road atlas. Do you have a favorite state? Your home state, or one that you have visited and made priceless memories, or even your ancestral home (my family hails from Michigan, New York, and Ohio, while I myself was born in Illinois). If you and your bestie made priceless memories on a road trip, a set of these is a great way to commemorate your shared experience.

Wanderlust travel bracelet

     Check them out here. And, happy travels this summer!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Like Water for Chocolate

     Here is kind of an oldie, but goodie. Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, was made into a movie back in 1992. It is a tragic story of parental domination, unrequited love, betrayal.....and food!

     The expression "like water for chocolate" is a Spanish expression for being boiling mad. Many Latin countries make hot chocolate with hot water instead of milk, so to be hot enough to nearly boil means that you are really angry.

Like Water for Chocolate

     Tita, the main character, was born in the kitchen of her home and grows up to be an excellent cook who transferred her emotions into her recipes. As the youngest daughter, she was not allowed to marry, instead carrying the responsibility of caring for her mother into her old age. Tita found love, but was forbidden to marry.

Like Water for Chocolate

     I found this to be such a beautiful, engaging, and tragic story that I could watch again and again. I just had to commemorate it by creating a bracelet from the book. I used the teal color because of the beautiful river featured in the story. This dark story is full of beautiful colors.

Like Water for Chocolate heart bracelet

     I completed the bracelet with a pretty heart as a reminder of Tita's love story.

     You can see the bracelet here:

     Be sure to check this story out! It is quite memorable.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Harley Davidson Inspired Bracelet

    What does summertime mean to you? Beach days? Festivals? How about long motorcycle rides? For those of you with a love and appreciation for Harley Davidson motorcycles, here is one for you! Inspired by the recognizable colors of the Harley Davidson storefronts and created using a Harley-Davidson Panheads 1948-1965 Service Manual, this bracelet is all Harley.

Harley Davidson inspired bracelet

     This bracelet even comes with a motorcycle charm! This bracelet makes a unique and fun gift for all of your Harley Davidson fan friends.

You can see it here:

Happy riding!