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New products: map tiles, vintage jewelry and metal prints

I have a lot of work lately so although I opened up the site to the public, I haven’t had time to add to the mere 40 products in the store. By the time I’m done with my day job, I have no daylight to take photos of my new items! Last night though, I finally got a little light, enough for a few new handmade jewelry items, vintage jewelry pieces and accessories.

Several new Map tiles were added – places more obscure than Paris and Boston at the moment. I always like the places less trampled myself and there is plenty of “Paris” memorabilia out there already.
Some of the new places include: Trinidad, Cyprus, Bogota, Caracas, Rhodes and Puerto Madryn Argentina.

I also added quite a few vintage pieces I’ve been collecting over the years. Pieces from my Skeleton Key collection and several original and rare pieces I’ve found in the darkest corners of antique shops around the country. My Skeleton Keys are many, so there will be more pieces over time and I have tons of vintage jewelry that I will be reworking over the next few weeks and adding to the shop.

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Store Back Online and Our 2 Month Vacation!

So, it wasn’t exactly a vacation but it was a lot like one. We went to the UK to visit family for 72 days and saw as many sights as possible whenever we weren’t working. We had weekday mornings to roam around thanks to the time difference, and weekends we roamed even further. We took 2 weeks off while there, one to road trip around Southwest England and Wales, and one week in Barcelona, officially one my of favorite cities!

See more about our travels at nerdsontheroad.com

Over the next few months the store will start popping up with new UK and Barcelona themed items, using images from our travels. Keep an eye out!

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Love-A-Bull Pit Bull Necklace – 100% to Charity

Each Pit Bull necklace costs just $5.00 a piece, all of which will go to the Pit bull Rescue Central , where they support both education and rescue efforts for Pit bulls.

Necklace is: 17″ cord, lobster and chain clasp.

Every year, I donate when I can or have a monthly membership to one of the many Animal Welfare charities out there. This year I choose Peta monthly, while my boyfriend has been donating to the ASPCA. No matter what the charity or its reputation, they help animals and that’s what I care about. Whether bears in Indonesia or a Burro Rescue in Greece, I will donate.

This year in addition to my monthly donations I wanted to raise a little money with some jewelry. The necklaces are basic but quality, and would be especially awesome gifts for an animal loving child in your life.  I went with 2 designs, “Don’t Shop, Adopt” – a classic phrase that needs no explanation, and “Love-A-Bull”. Pit bulls have been a part of my life since I was a kid (along with blue heelers, wolf hybrids and miniature dachounds) and when I was 18 and had a place of my own, I adopted a pit bull of my own, probably one of the breeds that needs adopting the most due to its horribly wrong reputation.… Read the rest

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Holiday Vacation Over – Back to work with you!

We had the longest holiday vacation we’ve ever had in all our years on the road and living in Portland.

We decided sort of last minute, which is our way, to go to Durango Colorado. It’s right at the southern most tip of the Rocky Mountains and since we have been missing Colorado since last winter, we were looking forward to some cold mountain town fun.

We stayed at the Residence Inn Mariott, one of the nicer places in town and the only one that seemed to be ok with us bringing our cat (she goes everywhere with us naturally). The room was awesome. Full kitchen, bedroom, living room, large HD TV and only a mile from town. We brought our own groceries to save money, a huge and awesome bread maker sent to us by Ross’s (that’s my boyfriend) mom for Christmas and all other presents, one of which was a google TV box that I got for our media and music managing.

Ross also gave me the best bathroom set imaginable for a horror fan, a shower curtain, towel and body wash in the theme of murder and mayhem. The shower curtain features two bloody hand prints with blood streaking down from them and although I have seen the curtain online before, seeing it in person is much different.… Read the rest

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Dabeno Crow – Origins

Welcome to the shop!

Dabeno Crow is, at the moment, entirely the works of designer, Katya Laroche – cat lover, photographer, speaker of spanish, creatively mad and philosophically confusing.

Every artist and crafter wants to make a living at what they enjoy and I’m no different in that regard. I’ve used many different methods of marketing my stuff, most recently Etsy, and found that I felt like I was merely blending in with the masses of artists and crafters struggling to do the same thing. I thought about one advantage I might have over other stores, after all, there are lots of custom jewelry makers and lots of photographers like me and it can be really hard to leave an impression on people. Not to mention that much of Etsy feels like you’re just advertising, joining circles of and treasuring other struggling artists and crafters, rather than paying customers. This seems like a lot of work for less than substantial outcome and somewhat similar to banging ones head on the wall.

The one advantage that I came up with was actually my current full time job, web design, and my college training and 15 years of experience in photography and writing.… Read the rest

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Caving and New Items for Christmas

We went for a hike this Sunday in a .7 mile lava tube cave here in Northern Arizona. At first I didn’t care to go, we’ve been caving a couple times, once for real – like “helmets, mud, hands and knees, mile underground” real, so the idea of just walking through a large opening in the ground, likely lifeless and featureless, didn’t sound as great as going to the desert and just wandering around or watching movies at home. After I read a little more about it we did decide to go and had a great time aside from not being sure if at the other end was an exit or a dead end. It was a dead end – but, we tried not to  be annoyed and took a break.  The surface of the lava cave was mostly rough and uneven, some parts were so low you had to squat or crawl for a good 30 feet, taking a toll on unused muscles. There were iridescent mineral deposits on the ceiling that looked like stars on a pitch black night. No bats, no salamanders, no blind spiders, no pools of sulfuric acid – maybe preferential for some caving beginners or arachnophobes.… Read the rest