Amethysts are Amazing

Amethysts are Amazing

Happy September! I should probably be talking about Sapphires, but to be honest, I’ve been dreaming of Amethyst! Amethyst is one of my favorite semi-precious stones- and it was the first piece of rough gemstone that I owned! I think I was 10 when I got it, and...
Christmas in Canada

Christmas in Canada

Last year I had the wonderful task of creating a series of pendants for one of my best customers. We’ll call her Mrs. Calgary. She didn’t order them for herself- but for the members of her family. It was an enormous amount of fun. First she picked Glacier...
Elegant Every Day

Elegant Every Day

Women I talk to seem to have this idea that you can only be elegant in a ball gown, dressed to the nines, and wearing gobs of high end diamond jewelry. Something like this picture. I think we can all agree that the model is definitely very elegant. She looks like she...
How to Wear Kaelin Design Jewelry

How to Wear Kaelin Design Jewelry

One of the cornerstones of my work is that my jewelry is unique. I make each piece only once, and while some pieces are similar, no one else has exactly the same piece. Recently a lady couldn’t decide if she should buy one of my pendants that she really loved....
Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler

I traveled quite a bit growing up. By the time I was 12, I’d seen the majority of the USA. Summer was always a time of car trips, and amazing sights. One summer, though- I went on an ocean voyage. For one glorious week, we had charge of Somersault III, a schooner that...
10 Secrets to Staying Focused

10 Secrets to Staying Focused

Take a Closer Look Inside by Tropical Blizzard In this busy world of ours, it is increasingly hard to stay focused and “on-task”.  Even when under a severe deadline, I still have trouble, at times, keeping my mind on my work. So I thought I would share my...
Space to Breathe

Space to Breathe

Milky Way- Jökulsárlón, Iceland by ovaratli Something I’ve noticed in life is that nothing waits for you. Emergencies happen, the unexpected crops up, and yet, life goes on just as it always does.  Last week one of my children was very sick. I didn’t...

Attention to Detail

One of the hazards of being a jewelry oriented metalsmith is a nearly fanatical attention to detail.  The difference between a design that’s a flop and a design that grabs the dreams of everyone who sees it is attention to detail.  Did that solder seam get...

Second Wind

Tuilerie Sailboat by Juggling Mom There are times when running a studio business is very much like running a ship.  As captain, I chart a course amongst the craggy reefs of financial ruin and artistic failure. I tack to the winds of fashionable indifference, and...

At Fault

My name is Kaelin, and I’m entirely too stubborn. Not just the stubborn that says, I didn’t get it quite right that time, I’ll try that again. No. The stubborn that is still working to ‘get it right’ at 2:13am in the morning on a...

Tuned to Art

Have you ever wondered about the effect of music on art? I think about it all the time. In our modern societies of helter-skelter, breakneck speeds, our musics often keep pace, driving our lives with strong beats and faster rhythms. Which is not bad- I love to forge...

Be Yourself- Everyone Else is Taken

I came across this quote from Oscar Wilde today: Be yourself, because everyone else is taken. I’m not a celebrity.  Did you know that?  Probably, I would think… I’m not Sandra Bullock, Audrey Hepburn, or Norah Jones.  I have an aging Honda, not a Ferrari.  I’m...

Artful Energy

There are some days where it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. The dishwasher dies, the kids get sick, the dog needs an emergency run to the vet… we all have these days. There’s usually no creating done, but it’s only to be expected, right? But...

Crafting Temptation

Photo  by La Cuidad Visible Hello, my name is Kaelin, and I’m addicted to crafting. Hello, Kaelin I’m not kidding, either.  In a recent conversation, a crafting friend of mine asked if there was anything I don’t do.  I’m ashamed to admit…...