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ON THE WORKBENCH: Blue Chalcedony

Ice Blue Chalcedony | Semi Precious Stone

So, if you’ve been around for a bit, you know that we’re just a teeny obsessed with stones. Like, it might be a bit of a problem. But, we’ve obviously figured out the perfect way to feed the obsession – designing jewelry that focuses on the beauty of natural stones. We want to share a few of our favorites and a little bit of interesting info about them

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Gate A-4 // Inspired

Gate A4 Poem | Naomi Shihab Nye

A couple of years ago, this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye was sent to me. Her words struck a chord so deep within my heart that it changed me. There hasn’t been a time since that I’ve been able to read it without shedding tears. And forget it if I try to read it out loud. I’m instantly a mess.

Lately, I’ve found myself feeling overwhelmingly tired.

I’m tired of seeing unkind words hurled back and forth.

I’m tired of hearing each day’s news filled with tragedy.

I’m tired of feeling like my actions can’t make a difference.

And then I have a conversation with a friend. Or a stranger goes out of their way to be kind. Or I see people taking a stand to fight for the dignity & welfare of others. And my hope is renewed.

I wanted to share this poem because it gave me hope. I have it hanging in my studio as a reminder – that we can make a difference with patience & kindness & generosity. That it doesn’t always take eloquent words & a huge platform in front of the masses to help. Sometimes it is as simple as a cookie, a hug & a smile.

xo, Lindsay

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Who We Are: Travel Photographer Laura Fenwick

Laura Fenwick | Travel Photographer/ Writer | Simon & Ruby

LAURA FENWICK – travel photographer/writer

– If you had to pick a mission statement for your life, what would it be?

Probably: ask for what you want.  I implement that one all the time, but I’m bad at mission statements. I’m too close to it, I think. Maybe: if you don’t feel like dancing in the kitchen, you should probably take a quick inventory of your life.

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Growth | Studio Notes

Monstera Leaf | Hawaiian Jungle PlantsThe islands, themselves covered in black and gray rock formations, grow rich, lush jungles dripping with flowers and full of life. Rock shouldn’t be able to grow anything that beautifully, and especially not rock so regularly heaved up from the earth’s mantle. Yet, hot and tumultuous, it’s produced paradise.

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Embracing the Unknown // Studio Notes

Freshwater Cave Kauai | Hanalei Hawaii Travel Photography

There is so much beauty to the unknown. It’s why we get on airplanes and travel to far-off places for the very first time, and then why we go back year after year. The beauty of new lands, the beauty of who we become there, the beauty of who surrounds us, and the beauty of the question of what next are so enveloping and can become so warm that they, in themselves, become a sort of home.

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Out West with Samantha Ruble of Go French Yourself // Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah | Travel Diary

This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.

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Out West with Samantha Ruble of Go French Yourself // Pt. 2

Out West Travel Guide | Montana

This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.

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OPEN // Studio Notes

We play a road trip game called “I’m about that.” Laura and I played it on the way to Atlanta market this year, and it’s a new winner. It’s the easiest game — you say, “I’m about” and then you fill it in with anything. ANYTHING.

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