Yellow Jackets: Reframed - Original Sin Jewelry

Yellow Jackets: Reframed

August 19, 2020

Some of my earliest memories of August center around the long, last days of summer, a child’s perfect wish to hold onto the time before school began and the day long bike riding sessions and drawing chalk spaceships in the street and playing Horses and swing sets and lemonade on the back patio. I lived in extreme northwest New Jersey as a young child and the sunlight lasted until after my bedtime. I happily recall twilight dreams under my pink, cotton comforter (yes, I still have it. Like Dierks Bentley, “I Hold On”) where I’d ride horses across the west and zoom into space where the expanse of stars would twinkle and welcome me (I didn’t know the physics of the atmosphere interacting with the wavelengths of light, so in my woman child dreams, the stars ALWAYS twinkled, even when floating amongst them).

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Garden Markers for Margaret's Succulent Garden

Succulent Gardens: Isolation and Transformation

July 24, 2020

So cute! Wooden box, all little green bits promising to thrive on neglect and small amounts of water. Surely the perfect plants for me!! Perfect size for my desk! (A desk which is the first grown up desk I’ve ever owned- bought it last fall after stalking it online and in person for nearly a half a year.)  Perfect right next to the lamp (Costco buy and it’s twin is in my family room) to the right of my monitor, a bright green, adorable reminder that we are all living and connected.

 Except they started dying.

I can promise you, I was giving them ALL the neglect they needed. Stressed about my green experiment and NOT wanting my husband’s over two-decade premonitive admonition to be true, I moved them over to my studio windowsill. Lots of sunshine there!! And I fussed. I may have overwatered them if my niece is right—we had a frantic facetime consultative intervention when I noticed big, bold, juicy leaves on the rug. AHHHHHHHH!!!

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Star Wars vs Star Trek in Jewelry Design - Original Sin Jewelry

Star Wars vs Star Trek in Jewelry Design

July 09, 2020

I planned on writing a great Journal Entry for you concentrating on Design and my “Design Process”, but I’ve been distracted. Forgive me? I’ve been in the house since March (and I’m grateful for the house to be in since March, by the way). And so, when considering my design aesthetic origins, what it is that drives my work, I, of course, settled on the debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek. (Please know that both aforementioned names are copyrighted by Walt Disney World Studios and Viacom-CBS respectively (as of this writing in July, 2020). I mean no disrespect or infringement, and only mean to discuss the illustrious franchises with the utmost of fan respect.)

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Tucson Big Horn Fire 2020 - Original Sin Jewelry

Tucson Big Horn Fire 2020

June 25, 2020 1 Comment

Whew! You found me. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'm hoping you are more than tempted to purchase one or several pieces. I am a full time, self representing, exhibiting artist (although I'm not in any organizations stating such in any official capacity-- I guess I should look into that). I travel from coast to coast participating in some of the finest art festivals. I also participate in small, funky events. I teach my techniques and can be booked by you, your group or your local shop. Call me with questions, you'll find my phone number in the upper right hand of every page. In the mean time-- please buy something!! Lets support the makers of USA, like me!

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6 Stone Woven Turquoise and Silver Neckpiece by Original Sin Jewelry

What’s Up with the Curated Collections?

May 27, 2020

Through the Curated Collections, I’m bringing you groupings of related pieces, much the same as I would arrange in my display cases. Each of them is a mini-universe unto themselves, relating in materials, colors and fabrication to each other. In a very direct way, I’m bringing my Art Festival Exhibition to you, here online. There are nearly 300 pieces in this first iteration of the Curated Collections, divvied up into approximately 25-piece collections. I’m even sneaking some new work in too- pieces that were going to debut this Spring and Early Sumer. That’s 12 bi-weekly installments of art-show-ness for you, Jewelry Fan!

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Sad Hydrangea Plant delivered to Original Sin Jewelry

A Dead Hydrangea Broke my Heart…

May 19, 2020

Epic. Failure. My dirty, little, shameful secret. And one woman, through an act of compassionate kindness broke open the floodgate of feelings and made me feel special whether that plant lived or died (well, it had already died, but that’s not the point). I cried for about 12 straight hours, throat raw and eyes puffy for days. I’m learning to be ok with failure and loss. I’m grateful my loss is only a business, not a family member or friend, but it’s still a loss and I needed to let myself feel it.

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May The Drift Be With You - Original Sin Jewelry

May The Drift Be With You

April 28, 2020 1 Comment

Howdy Jewelry Fan! I’m finally feeling my way back to myself after being adrift for a bit. Know what I mean? There are so many GOOD ways to be adrift: on an innertube down a lazy river. Adrift in the flow of time on a beach with the sun warming your skin and the flintiness of the sand flowing in and out of your nose, lungs and somehow working its’ way into your heart. There’s adrift snuggled up on the couch watching a late Spring snow squall’s silent fury from beneath the blanket your grandma crocheted for you; a cup of tea warming your hands and soul. There’s even adrift in the moment of recognition, of love, of connection with someone new or even someone as worn and comfortable to you as your favorite work shirt, left elbow ripped out after 23 years of wear. So many ways to be adrift. GOOD ways. A lifetime of living has taught me these things.

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List of 10 ways to Reuse your Bubble Mailer

Earth Day 2020

April 22, 2020

10 Ways to Reuse Your Bubble Mailer
  1. Use it to protect your Kindle or Tablet
  2. Store Camera SD Cards in it
  3. Use it to pack Razors for trips (when we get to taking those again)
  4. Bring it with you to the Beach to hold Beach Rocks and Treasures

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Blue Moon Turquoise Woven Bridge Necklace by Original Sin Jewelry

A Month of Sundays

April 13, 2020

Howdy Jewelry Fan! Let’s talk about the elephant in the room right off the bat: the current Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and we’ve all hit pause. Whew! So glad that’s over. Your home, I’m home, we’re all home. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Well, unless you’re a brave front-line health care worker, and then you’re hardly home, and when you are home, you might even be in your room or RV in the yard so as not to expose your loved ones to this killer virus. And if you are a front-line Healthcare worker—read ‘til the end. I have something special for you.

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Life Practice and Letting Go of Perfect - Original Sin Jewelry

Life Practice and Letting Go of Perfect

February 05, 2020

Howdy Jewelry Fan!! Whew!! 2020 looks soooooo good on you! And hopefully me. But can we both admit that life is a bit wild? If you’re like me, you’ve got so much going on, personally and professionally. How do you keep track of it all? How do you find the grounded focus to help you navigate through the wildly oscillating energies of the days, weeks, and months? That’s a tough nut to crack and while it’s different for each of us, I think that choosing a Mantra each month helps me understand what direction I need to move the needle towards.

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Bran(d) Muffin - Original Sin Jewelry

Bran(d) Muffin

January 29, 2020

Howdy Jewelry Fan!! I’ve been contemplating this BIG question: What’s in my Bran(d) Muffin? What IS Original Sin Jewelry all about?? Is this a seven- grain muffin, or a solo ingredient blueberry muffin? What do I stand for? What do we, as a larger community of Humans and Art Jewelry Aficionado’s, believe?? What ingredients have I softened, shredded, mixed, folded and whipped into this deliciously refreshing, positively (sideways) thinking business of mine??

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The OSJ Store - Original Sin Jewelry

The OSJ Store

January 23, 2020

Howdy Jewelry Fan! We’ve come steamrolling into 2020, and there’s so much great stuff going on, it’s hard to believe it. I began 2019 thinking things were reaching a new level. And they did. And that has only continued and expanded into this New Year. If you're tracking (following) Original Sin Jewelry’s journey on social media—Facebook (@OriginalSinJewelry) & Instagram (@margaret_osj), you may have noticed that I’m settling into a Brick and Mortar Store at La Encantada in Tucson, AZ. 

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