Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Winter Marches On

Still having a hard time getting jewelry made and posted as quickly as I would like, also keeping up with the blog, which I last updated nearly a month ago! Really excited about the new designs posting to Etsy in the next few days. Still creating with the gorgeous stones I found on my trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to see the lovely Medieval Muse back in September, just before my world was upended.

This teardrop of labradorite was just meant to be
 paired with one of my favorite Burne-Jones paintings!

Now that the dust has settled a bit, I am so grateful for where I am right now~ creatively and personally. There is a peace in my life I haven't felt in a long time. A feeling of hope for the future, excitement for the opportunities and new paths ahead. Upcoming photo shoots planned, more jewelry inspirations to bring into being, and so much more. Thanks to everyone that made my transition easier, and to my customers who keep me in business in uneasy economic times.

It has been such a mild winter here in New England, so grateful for that. Tonight we are getting a beautiful dusting of snow, reminding us that there is still a little way to go before Spring.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Getting back to work...

Happy to be getting back into the routine that I love so much, making new jewelry, photographing and editing, then finally listing on my Etsy shop! So grateful to have loyal customers that have not lost interest during my downtime. Nearing a thousand facebook likes is exciting too! Thanks to everyone who has purchased from me or spread the word about my work. So appreciated!

Also grateful that Galatea is now spending time with me in the office/photo studio, as for the first few months she felt most comfortable upstairs only. I missed her company and am overjoyed that she found a new roost here to be comfortable on, in the middle of all the action :)

She sits near one of my treasures, a sweet embroidery bookmark that my mom made for me.

...back to work!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Happy Holidays from the Parrish Relics Studio!

Didn't get as much accomplished this season, still a bit behind due to the move and  relearning how to work in a new space. Organization is so important when in a smaller studio! Lots of arranging and sorting, keeping in mind the wonderful quote from William Morris:  “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” 

Much inspiration and enthusiasm for the coming year, the sunlit peace of my new home I believe will make for a productive 2012. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported Parrish Relics on our journey so far, hope you all have a lovely end of the year and lots of holiday magic.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rebirth of a Studio

After a long moving process, my new studio is finally starting to become home.
 I will try to get back to making jewelry this week after nearly a month of upheaval and restructuring my life. Looking forward to doing what I love again...

Bright & sunny, although the original yellow will be painted over in the Spring.

A deep and sincere thank you to everyone who supported my sudden moving sale, my Etsy shop has never been so empty! 

Here is a sneak peek at what I will be working on. I found some amazing labradorite on a trip to North Carolina to see a soul sister last month, I am really looking forward to working with more of the treasures found there.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Re-Launch of Lyra Parrish

A year ago I launched Lyra Parrish, a line of wedding or special occasion jewelry. I thought that I would be able to balance two separate lines on Etsy, but found that I just didn't have the capacity to focus on both.

Will still be creating Lyra pieces inspired by the beauty surrounding me in New England, but all will be listed in the Parrish Relics Etsy Shop under the Lyra Parrish section.

To re-launch the line I am adding the three necklaces already created to the shop and will feature them at 10% off the original pricing. This will happen on Monday Sept. 12, along with one brand new piece that I am really excited to share with you!

I have always been fascinated with Luckenbooth jewelry, a Scottish symbol of love featuring two intertwined hearts topped with a crown. Usually seen as a pin, I have created my own version as a  necklace with opalescent Stained Glass, antiqued filigree beads, and moonstone.

As with each Lyra necklace, I travel to one of the many beautiful natural or Architectural gems in New England to photograph the necklace on my model form, symbolizing Lyra's adventures.

Today I visited Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Sanctuary. It was a perfect day~ so many beautiful birds and long winding paths through gorgeous peaceful surroundings.

A little woodpecker (I believe, I am still working on my bird indentification!) even landed on a branch for our shoot. Love!

Here are a few images taken today in this tranquil sanctuary. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Snow, Glass, Apples

Have been working hard on this project for the past few weeks, so sorry for the silence! Back to Etsy updates very soon, looking forward to adding some recent work to the shop.

...and Hey!

I had so much fun creating jewelry for the three main characters.
Inspired by the incredible short story by Neil Gaiman 
& theatrical script interpretation by Lisa Stock.

Looking forward to seeing them on the beautiful & talented cast, look for photos coming soon!