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Squirrel's Nest Jewelry

Mother's Day Jewelry Under $40

Mother's Day Jewelry Under $40

What mom really wants for Mother's Day is to spend time with you (or depending on the situation, maybe time away from you).  If you're looking for a small token of appreciation to present to the woman who does it all, I've earmarked a few items that she'll love (especially if it comes from you).

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Clutch - An Ode To My Car

Clutch - An Ode To My Car

(Photo circa 2011) Today I say goodbye to a car that changed my life.  I know that sounds overly dramatic, but stick with me here.  I never learned to drive a standard transmission growing up.  I did try once or twice in friends’ cars, but I just seemed to lack the coordination. It almost seemed like a magical skill, something you were either born with the ability to learn or not.  I thought of it as almost something genetic…I just didn’t get the stick gene, and that was that.   This bothered me.  What if I was in an emergency and...

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New Year's Reflection

Seasons

New Year's Reflection

January gets knocked as being some artificial cue that makes us decide we want to make a change, but I beg to differ.

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A Fun Find, Squirreled Away

Maine Places SNJ History

A Fun Find, Squirreled Away

It's "Free Dump Month" in Freeport, Maine, which means each household in town receives a coupon to bring one truck or trailer load to the transfer station for free (exciting stuff, I know).  Anyway, my parents were going through their basement to purge some clutter and take advantage of the coupon.  I stopped by their house yesterday to drop off some surplus strawberries from a u-pick trip, and my mom surprised me with a super fun find: It's a gift box from my great-grandmother's shop "The Squirrel's Nest" (from which the name of my own business originated).  This adds to...

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Confession: This jewelry designer kind of hates wearing jewelry.

Jewelry Design

I used to hate wearing jewelry.  Actually, I still kind of do.   It wasn't so much a matter of disliking it aesthetically, but when I did attempt to wear it (especially necklaces and bracelets) I would usually give up and take it off partway through the day, tucking it in my pocket in defeat.  It just felt so cumbersome and uncomfortable, and I was constantly aware of it.  If I did make it all day or through a special event, it would always feel so freeing when I finally removed the pieces.  Like that long awaited moment of peeling off...

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