Stack ‘Em, Boss.

Wow. Renegade was so good! I was busy enough that I wasn’t able to bop around and take many pictures. I definitely learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work when selling outside at a market where people go all-the-hell out. Move number one is going to be purchasing my own folding hand truck followed closely by building some sidewalls for my tent. One sunburned shoulder is enough to teach me about the need for shade.

I took a detour from cleaning and planning and packaging today to put together these fun bracelet sets. In a bit of an early morning haze, I bought a bunch of these golden, wire bangles with no plan on what to do with them. Today, it finally occurred to me, “Oh. Why not check out that giant bucket of treasure you have?” What did I find? Masonic fobs, 60s swim awards, saint medals, and orphaned key holes. Check ’em out.

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Renegade!

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Don’t forget, NYC/NJ/CT friends! I’ll be workin’ it at the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Market this weekend! Come visit me at booth 94, conveniently adjacent to the water and, hopefully, pleasant breeze and spectacular views of the Manhattan cityscape. I have most of my stuff finished, I forgot to fill out some forms but just got them in last-minute, and I got my hair done so that it once-again matches my effin’ weave. Seeing old friends and meeting new friends is inevitable. I’m so excited!

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If you haven’t yet, you should really check out where with-care.net goes to these days. The fruits of my late night and mid morning labor.

Getting all jazzed on making stuff for Renegade, especially new display pieces. There will be a peg board! And a fancy box for the headbands! And a new bust! And something will be laser cut! Between making all of this cool stuff and the promise of seeing old and new friends, I can’t wait until the end of the month.

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Sterling Silver Arrow Earrings.

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Oh man, could this be my first “big ticket” item?

I’ve been wearing my sample pair for the past few weeks and I’ve been so pleased with them that I almost forgot to let people know that they exist. (I love to wear them stacked up with a bunch of other earrings. I know that some people are into wearing lots of bracelets or those dang “stacker” rings that everybody seems to like to damn much. I like to go big on my earring selection when I get all jewel’d up.) They are long and dangle-y and lush and simple, all at the same time. Inspired by fabulous chandelier earrings of the 1960s but sans glitz. A great everyday option!

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So, 3 sterling silver arrows, soldered into a point, oxidized into a nice, dark grey. Hung from 2.5 inches of copper, cable chain, also oxidized to give it a nice, deep, warm grey/brown tone. These are made all the more dangle-y thanks to matching, sterling, lever-backed hooks. Both hooks and arrows are stamped with “.925” so you know that they are legit. Currently, all this hardware is put together with dark, gunmetal grey jump rings but, for you super posh glamor pusses, I’ll be putting up a grey with gold jump rings soon, soon, soon.

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Beeline

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For what it’s worth, I’m basing much of my booth design/branding for the foreseeable future on this picture, with just a touch of the A Clockwork Orange‘s Korova Milk Bar and its matte/glossy texture.

Speaking of ACO, I’m also adding in some “record covers inspired by Joseph Cornell shadowboxes”:

Pawtucket begrudgingly represent!

Pawtucket begrudgingly represent!

album6And the simple harmony of maybe one of my favorite images, ever:

where from, image? probably Dull Tool, Dim Bulb...?

where from, image? probably Dull Tool, Dim Bulb…?

 

Choice.

I had written down that I should write on here, earlier this morning. Now that it is after midnight, I just can’t recall what seemed so damn important 16 hours ago.

What’s been up? Well, I spent a few weeks working my little fingers down to their little bones. I vended at a poorly attended craft fair and sold very little (7 things!) The bright side is that I have monumentally less to make for Renegade Brooklyn. I also have had some of my fears allayed that I do not have nearly enough to sell. Probably quite the opposite. Being able to see everything together, displayed in yet another iteration of how I try to communicate MY world the REST of the world… it felt good. It felt solid and strong. I know some of my friends roll their eyes at all the arrow stuff that I have been almost exclusively putting out but, uh, cohesion. It really looks nice together. And it feels good to get it all out of my system. And then- on to the next one. (And maybe I will thematically depart from tiny items of small destruction (guns. arrows… frying pans.) but… maybe not. There are a lot of grim, smug, strange, ugly, and unsellable ideas lounging around in my old dome.

Also, post earrings. Bangle bracelets. Another tie clip.

 

Would you like to give me a hand? I’m trying to decide which of my belove-ed badges to take a mold from next. Pick two!

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Help a sister out.

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Majorette.

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Long, long times in busy maker mode, these past few weeks/days. However, only one instance of crying. Wonderful progress, Elizabeth.

Turns out that I still have a physical form that occupies a space and, sometimes, when I’m feeling “fancy”, I do dress it up for some kind of pleasing-ish effect. It might seem counter-intuitive but, most of my nicer clothes come to me secondhand while the brand new stuff works to make me look like a scrubby, all-black-everything, schlub. Funny, that. After this era of hard work is over, I desperately need some new underwear. It’s where I draw the line when it comes to second hand.

This dress is a lovely little Leslie Fay number that used to be a big, huge Leslie Fay number. I bought it at the East Providence Saver’s for a few bucks, took it up, and took it in. Perfect proportion on that drop waist, if I do say so myself. Also, you can’t see them in this hazy, middle-of-the-work-day shot but, I have some pretty great Faryl Robin wedges, as well.

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Those were a super-mega deal that found over the winter at my OG thrift shop land in Toms River, NJ. $5, friends. Three cheers for the folks who donate unworn, $120 dollar shoes to charity!

In line with charity, I will be in Cambridge, MA (that’s Boston, to all you, not-from-here folks) this Saturday, peddling goods at “The Art of Craft” at the Fayerweather  St. School. I have literally no idea what this will be like but, it’s helping to get me even more excited about Renegade Brooklyn next month. Woo!

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El Diablo

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Wow. It took a while for this to work out (mold making problems, amirite?) but I am both pleased and chuffed to trumpet the availability of this lil golden devil pin. You can nab your newest bad influence here, for a sum that I think is quite fair, considering how much time and cursing goes into the making of each piece.

Also, do you have any photos of you or your crew wearing your With Care jewels? I’d love to see them and/or post them up with your permission! Send them (or love letters. or photo copies of your butt. or whatever.) to elizabethnovak@gmail.com!

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Instagrammar 7.

April.

It went fast.

 

Crack Thee Whip

My favorite, “Thee Whip” necklaces and tie bars in black and white.

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