Garden Update

Remember this planter I made? Well, this weekend I spent some time replanting and cleaning it up...under the watchful eye of my supervisor, Zero, of course.

Herb garden maintenance...

One of two pineapple plants

My new succulent basket (that's an aloe plant on the bottom right)

The portable veggie garden. I planted the remainder of my onions...but since this picture was taken, I'm fairly certain that all my onion plants have died. I'm going to have to do some research to see what went wrong.

The smaller tomato variety, on the other hand, is growing like crazy. I staked it up and since this picture was taken it's grown almost all the way over the top. Plus, the first little tomato has appeared on the vine!


Brand New in the Store!

Have you been to the Heist Etsy Boutique lately? LOTS of new goodies! Above:
  1. Flowery Spikes Necklace
  2. Skull Face Charm
  3. Silver Cameo Rings (vertical and horizontal versions)
  4. Large Razor Blade Charm (with cabochon)
  5. "Pile of Skulls" Necklace
And just in time for the Holidays...we are now offering gift wrapping! Just add the Gift Wrapping Etsy Listing to your order to have your item wrapped and include a note!


Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope everyone had as great a Thanksgiving as I have...and now if you'll excuse me, I need to take a nap!


Let's Hear it for the Boys

Thanks to Memelodia for introducing me to my new favorite photographer, Magdalena Wosinska.

Inspiration: Knee Highs

I am such a huge fan of this look! Knee highs over sheer black CVS pantyhose (my new favorite thing since rocking it on Halloween). I don't care how hot it is in Miami (seriously, where is our winter?!), this is a look I'm going to try very soon!


Adventures in Enameling

I had always been a little intimidated by enamel, mostly because I had no idea how to use it and had convinced myself that it was a really complicated process. Well, thanks to this simple little video, I discovered that perhaps enameling (at least this kind) isn't so difficult after all. So I attempted it with shockingly little more than the video above (where is all the info on this?!)

Attempt 1:
I found the ring above in my "melt pile," where all my failed jewelry experiments get sent. I applied a rather thick coat of black enamel, pulled it out of the kiln and thought I was an evil genius for having nailed it on my first try. WRONG! I proudly wore it out that night when someone asked me about my new ring...I gently grazed my finger over the enamel and out popped a giant chunk of glass. Ok, maybe I'm not such a genius after all.

Attempts 2 and 3:

I hit the "melt pile" again and discovered these long lost gems. First I fired the Houndstooth Check patterned pieces (on which I had sloppily thrown some enamel...obviously) - success....sorta. These guys have an "orange peel" texture, which I have since learned is the stage before the enamel is fully fired. I also tried it on the striped piece above, which, although fully fired, is a mess. In my haste to throw it in the kiln without burning myself, the enamel came spilling out of the grooves and landed everywhere.

Attempt 4:
Finally, the winner! Smooth, glossy and almost no spillage at all....almost.

Bottom Line: Enameling, while not as completely unachievable as I had feared, is still pretty difficult. The hardest part is the getting the pieces in the kiln quickly without 1) letting all the heat out, 2) spilling the enamel everywhere, and 3) burning myself. Seriously, standing almost 2 feet away from the 1500 degrees in the kiln I can still feel my skin burning!



I think she is just the cutest thing ever.

Emma Watson for Marie Claire


In the Garden

I just wanted to share a few snaps I took of my newly planted veggies and herbs! The problem in my yard is low light, so I decided to plant everything in portable containers (the veggies are in styrofoam coolers!) so I can move them as is needed.

The veggies: Onions, bell peppers and 2 types of tomatoes.
The herbs: Mint, parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil and chives.

PS-Those cute little herb tags were purchased from Etsy seller Make Thyme.


Pile It On

I love seeing everyone piling rings on every single one of their fingers!
Here, a video of Pamela Love discussing the many, many rings that cover her fingers:

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Winter is Coming

 I absolutely cannot wait for HBO's Game of Thrones. If you haven't read the book yet, you must. IMMEDIATELY!


Road Trip

I've been looking to a road trip that's in the works. This video makes me want to go IMMEDIATELY!



10 days. I can't WAIT!



Addicted to Love

For Halloween we dressed up as the Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love" video. So fun!
Remember it?