The Most Intriguing Necklace in New York /

The Most Intriguing Necklace in New York

A lot of people ask me how I decide what to make into jewelry. The plant and animal kingdom, after all, is a large monarchy. Simple, plain old inspiration and fascination; and a phone call from Warrie Price. Warrie is a cate...

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Jam-making lessons from a Princess /

Jam-making lessons from a Princess

My first important jam lesson took place during a funeral in 1997. It was early September, and a friend and I had been riveted to the TV, sobbing like school children as Princess Di's cortege wound its way to Westminster Abbe...

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Behind the Scenes: Martha Stewart Living /

Behind the Scenes: Martha Stewart Living

When you open a glossy magazine, you dive into another world. Well ...holdyourbreath ... In October’s issue of Martha Stewart Living, you can plunge into mine. I'm thrilled that MSL chose to capture our annual cider party at...

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Why Sage is Better Than Basil /

Why Sage is Better Than Basil

 Most people think herbs belongs in pesto or on a salad or sprinkled on a roast. Not on your lobe or collarbone. If you know my work,  you'll understand  (a) that I think all vegetables look good around your neck because (b)...

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Where to shop in Paris /

Where to shop in Paris

Paris. It's an alluring word that stokes the embers of the primitive brain. That's because the European city is stomping ground for a modern twist on hunting: shopping. Shopping in Paris is epic, a must-experience adventure. ...

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The Weight of Trees /

The Weight of Trees

April’s got its share of religious holidays (Easter, Passover) and mathematical exercises (taxes). But it’s also the official month of Earth, with a capital E. April 22 is Earth Day—I do believe that’s something you should a...

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The Case of the Mistaken Saint /

The Case of the Mistaken Saint

'Tis the season to become saintly, or spiritually fit, according to Christian beliefs. Starting Ash Wednesday (3/1/17), devotees start their practice of becoming a better person. AKA sainthood-light for 40 days. Most of us wo...

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Grow Yourself a Tea Party /

Grow Yourself a Tea Party

Leave it to a gardener to complicate the concept of "tea party." Store-bought leaves? Please. You call yourself an obsessed gardener? The tea party isn't real unless the leaves are harvested in your backyard. I know this how...

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Oysters on the Farm /

Oysters on the Farm

Bird Haven Farm isn’t exactly on the ocean. So how can I have oysters in my collection if I'm only making things that grow, fly, or swim on the farm? Well, I cheated a tiny bit. We do have oysters here, but we get them from o...

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How Not To Bore Your Dog /

How Not To Bore Your Dog

Growing up in Ohio, my family always had dogs but none of them had interesting names. I never thought about this until, years later when I met Kitty Hawks, the decorator who worked with me on my two jewelry shops on Madison A...

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Get Your Bean On! /

Get Your Bean On!

My favorite bean catalogue to buy from is Vermont Bean Seed Company. They have so many pages of beans to choose from it can be hard to pick. My all time favorite is Maxibel French Fillet Bean—it’s long and thin and full of fl...

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An Unusual European Museum /

An Unusual European Museum

Those looking for an unusual European museum, get ready ... It’s called the Tree Museum; and this unusual spot in Switzerland displays trees that were collected by one of the world’s most prominent tree collectors: Enzo Enea....

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