Brainstorming in a Curtain




If you’re curious about my latest crazy idea, rest assure that I’m sane. I (and my cuzzo) just happen to find curtains appealing to wear these day. Perhaps street gawkers will think I’m trying to pull off the tribal trend with thicker fabric. Nope nope nope. I (and my cuzzo) simply found a $.63 sample of tapestry and my mind automatically thought DIY. If my Grandma’s window dressings are an indicator, these shorts will last forever.

For the rest of the day, I’m “sketching” in my curtain and perusing a few pattern-making books. The moleskin can act as my top since I neglected to shoot one in the photo.

Find the Lemon Yellow clutch and more in the Freshly Given Shop.



Shop Update


I’m about to jump on a plane, but I had to share the good news: new product added to the shop.

Yep, that’s right. All jewelry is handmade using repurposed top grain leather. There are a few styles I will unveil at the trunk show in a few weeks…so all you New Yorkers get ready?

Grab what you like. Things go fast around here. Especially since I have a habit of making about 2 – 3 of each style/color.

Check it out and let me hear it:


(Photo: Original phot0 shot by Ericka Smith, I added the text)



Wiggle Room

<< The photographer heading back to his real j.o.b.

Lunch with the Man during a work week always turns out to be a blast. We frequent an indian restaurant in downtown, order the ‘executive’ (2 of those please, I’m not a light weight), and sandwich dahl and cilantro rice between fresh naan. Yummers!
This time I had an alternative agenda: a quick photo shot. Wiggling in front of a brick wall, thinking of Diana Ross, while the Man snaps is typical Charles and Whitney. I’m sure it’s the sleeves that keep me rockin’.

I’m wearing:
Dress: Consignment, from my Mom
Boots: Cynthia Rowley
Earring: I made them! Shop Freshly Given



Giveaway | Double Circle Posts Earrings {CLOSED}

Update: I corrected the date. It seems I was advertising two conflicting end dates for this giveaway. The giveaway ends tonight. This was an error on my part. Thank you for understanding

With Rock and Shop around the corner, I’ve decided to host a giveaway here on freshlygiven.

Sonya of Metamorphosis Metals was kind enough to “donate” a pair of her simple geometric posts. More specifically these are two circles of copper tubing that have been soldered together and soldered to sterling silver posts. All in a small indie setting with love.

How to enter:
Leave a comment stating your favorite Metamorphosis Metals product.

Extra Entries:
– Follow Metamorphosis Metals on Facebook (Leave a separate comment here stating you did so)
– Follow Metamorphosis Metals on Twitter (Leave a separate comment here stating you did so)
– Tweet this giveaway using: ”Win one of a kind soldered earrings via featuring @metamorphmetals | #RockandShopMarketGiveaway”

The fine print:
Giveaway is free and open to all US Residents
Deadline: Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST – 1 winner to be randomly selected via and announced on Friday, December 16th.
Update: I corrected the date. Seem I was advertising two conflicting ends dates for this. Thei giveaway ends tonight. Thank you for understanding. This was an error on my part.

Thank you for entering. If you are in North Carolina next weekend, visit me at the market:

Rock & Shop Market
@ Motorco, Full Steam Brewery & The Trotter Building
Durham, NC
December 17th 2011

I have not, in anyway, received compensation for this giveaway



Shop Update: New Fall Accessories

I’ve been talking up a big game these last few weeks regarding my shop. Dropping little sneak peeks, nuggets, and fails,  here and there about what I’ve been up to.  Well, here you have it: earrings, rings, and lovely leather envelope clutches. I no longer have access to Photoshop, so I literally spent more time editing these photos then crafting. A bit of an exaggeration, but you understand my pain.

Side note: Would you believe I used an old Canon PowerShot, Microsoft Paint, and vintageJS to pull these together.  Haha, at least one of you is like “yeah I can tell.”

Moving on, let me know what you think of my little freshly given collection. There is a very limited amount of what you see here.  And limited equates to you are one special lady. :-)

freshlyGiven Fall | Winter 2011 >> Shop

1. Bow Stud Earrings {Leather bow, Vinyl center} (coming soon, contact me if you’re interested.)

2. Western Loop Earrings {Leather}

3. Structured Loop Earrings {Leather}

4. Rosy Rings {Leather flower, Vinyl band}

5. Envelope Clutches with Spike Stud {Leather} (I’ve already claimed the one I’m modeling. :-))