Nov 13, 2010

Going Green For Christmas

Hello All,
Christmas is around the corner and looking for a theme for our tree, I came across an article of inspiration. Crisp apple green paired with metallics to create a subtle, trendy look. Just one of my favs that I thought I'd share.

Sep 22, 2010

Back at It...

Autumn has come and brought beautiful colour and inspiration. Here is a classroom activity that could be incorporated to inspire creativity in the young ones. Since education is at the forefront of my thoughts, it has made the blog. A truly 'green' tree piece. I love it, and thought I would share it. 

May 21, 2010

avoiding and creating

So school has started and already I seem to be avoiding my homework (hence the new look of the blog). Since I much prefer to be creating jewelry, bay & berry has been getting a bit of extra attention :)
The most exciting event in our lives to recent, is the discovery of an absolutely amazing little store in Ladner. M's mom discovered it while she was in-town this week, it's called "The Upstart Crow". The webpage takes our breath away, so we can only image what treasures we will find within. Keep watch for some new beauties hitting the page soon, we're feeling inspired!

May 18, 2010

a good pick...

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  ~William Shakespeare


Things are busy in the lives of bay & berry, recently we have received a number of orders for custom pieces. I love this idea! There is just something so special when a person designs a piece especially for a friend. As the artisans, we have to keep our eyes open for unique pieces to include, this is half the fun. The jewelry takes on personal meaning for ourselves as well as the recipient. When creating a piece with someone specific in mind, it's amazing how much it captures their character, bringing truth to the expression "it's so YOU".

May 17, 2010

a good pick...

In honor of this beautiful weather...

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.  ~Galileo


Last night was a very productive evening, we amazed ourselves at the amount that we were able to make. The creative juices were flowing!
Our goal this month is to create enough of a selection that J can sell some of our product in the Big Apple. This process will include J tanning in Central Park with a blanket beside her filled with jewelry. Although she may have to start training to run to keep up with the Haitians and their purses. 
Here are a few of our newest additions...

Mother of Pearl Bracelet

Double strand, white and silver accents with a cute square toggle. 

Pearls for Mama
Black, steel and silver colored beads doubled stranded with a carbon toggle. 

Lotus Drops

An edgy addition, sparkle and neons perfectly paired for summer. 

More coming soon!

May 11, 2010

a good pick...

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, 
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Today I found pleasure on a path in the woods, with sunshine and great company. Moments like this make me stop....and observe the beauty in this world around us.

May 10, 2010

a good pick...

The poetry of the earth is never dead.  ~John Keats

down town

Today was a beautiful day! With a tall, non-fat, cinnamon dolce latte in hand, sunshine on our shoulders and dollars in our wallets we went on our way. Destination...Hastings Sunrise. (To which I was greatly surprised at the new name for the eccentric area). We were in search of unique finds, precious gems and vintage bits to break apart. Along our way we discovered a cute boutique called "Tiger Tiger". It was on the corner of Hastings and Nanaimo, they carried brands from Sweden, Denmark, Toronto, Montreal, LA and Australia. We came away with inspiration, a white purse and almost a number :) 
Our next stop along the way was quite productive, we designed our spring packaging at a cute little stationary store. The Chinese couple/ owners were extremely helpful and even included double sided tape with our order. However, they were a bit confused when we tried to explain that bay and berry were not a couple getting married and the boxes were not wedding favors.
We ended our morning with a detour to William Sonoma and Pottery Barn. It was a great day!   

May 8, 2010

a good pick...

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  ~John Muir

late night creations

Bay Leaf Earrings
Addison Collection

Organically inspired, unique silver earring with glass bead stem.

Purple and Gold Bangle 
Isobel Collection

late night creations

Under Lock and Key
Isobel Collection

Gold plated earrings adorned with lock and key dangles. 

Apple and Berry Earrings
The Oceane Collection

May 7, 2010

a good pick...

Sex is a part of nature, I go along with nature. ~ Marilyn Monroe 

Just to spice things up a bit!

May 5, 2010

the new addition

Pearly White Chain Necklace 
Collection Undecided  

second wind

Coral and Turquoise Drop Earrings
Collection Unknown

A favourite thus far, this set desires to encompass the beauty of the beach. Sterling Silver coral branches inset with teal colored swarovski crystal, lay beside a setting of turquoise stone and pearl detail. The bay & berry signature berry adds the perfect finishing touch. A tasteful addition to any summer wardrobe.

Steel & Silver Beaded Toggle Bracelet 
Collection Unknown

This piece is stunning on it's own or stacked with complimentary bracelets. The steel beads shimmer next to the sterling sliver detail. A chrome toggle and the bay & berry charm give this understated bracelet the courage it needs to bloom.
Vintage Gold Double Loop Bracelet
Collection Unknown

Inspired by vintage, art-deco interiors, this bracelet is truly a masterpiece. Gold plated links join glass and stone accents to create a glamorous, earthy look. Suzuki meets Ginger hmmmm?!      

A good pick...

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers - for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  ~Osho

our first beauties

Dove Charm Bracelet 
Collection Unknown
This piece was created with love for M's mother in-law. It is gold plated with a stunning Swarovski crystal toggle. Accented beautifully with the purple glass bobbles, each bird represents a member of her family. 

Black Bird's Nest Earrings 
Collection Unknown

This pair is simple yet elegant. The glossy, black base is recessed with an image of a bird perched in branches. We paired this with our signature bay & berry charm to create a balanced, unique piece. After all, it's all about balance!

A Winged Pair
Collection Unknown

Gold plated hoops adorned with wings, embraced by jade colored leaves and turquoise stone. Truly one of a kind, this pair will take you away.

May 2, 2010

beauty abounds...

Tonight we worked on our new logo. We hoped to achieve an image that was simple and modern, that captured our mission as artists. The picture is of the northern bayberry. A beautiful, organic image with an art-deco feel. It represents the untamed beauty of nature and the way in which we try to capture it in our pieces. Each article of jewelry is unique with a touch of glamour and a hint of M&J.    

a good pick...

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like Nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation.
~CG Jung

In the beginning...

A friendship and a common passion unite us; And this passion is expression through fashion! We love the original, the new and the next big thing. We love bobbles and beautiful rings. Shopping is undeniably our weakness and after numerous mimosa lunches discussing our latest finds, we decided to pursue our dream, after all what was holding us back. Our plan is to shop for fabulous materials, hand- craft pieces and share them with the world...however after picking through various boutiques and constructing some of our pieces, we are not quite sure how we are going to part with the art pieces :) 
This will be an exciting journey... worst case scenario, we end up with a stocked collection of glamorous jewelry. 

be my friend