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January 23rd, 2015

Sharing love, sharing a new language.

If I close my eyes (something my daughter always prompts me to do when I am trying to remember) and think about one thing that made me happy each day, it would look something like this collection over time.

Another birthday.
My daughter.
A celebration.
Good fortune.
A gift.
Something that makes me smile…

The world is perfect, and filled with the many wonders that, when recognized, for each of us, add up to a joyful life. Personal Vocabulary is an expression of this.

If there is one language that begs for increased vocabulary, it is LOVE. So, you’ll notice that the word LOVE is in the title of each piece in this collection, because we just couldn’t shake it! It is infiltrating our open hearts.

So, now, a peek into our new, collective language: an ever-expanding vocabulary of joyful living, piece by marvelous piece. Let’s spread the word (love)…


Personal vocabulary on ongoing ballad bracelet

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January 21st, 2015

Allow yourself to be an anchor, and anchored by others.

Patti shares some some thoughts on the not-so-heavy anchors of her life.

anchors of life
This past summer, I spent some time crossing the Santa Barbara channel with my family (and a few friends), and living on our brave little boat for several days. I am usually inspired by the sea, but this time, more profoundly: my 4 year old daughter was with us, and much of the trip was seen through her eyes (What lies beneath? The stars above. The ANCHOR!). Yes, Lulu was enthralled with watching dad drop and lift the anchor, and the whole concept of anchoring in general.

anchor charm clip sketchHeavy. Chained. Necessary. Life-saving.

Upon return to (wobbly at first, now stable as it should be) ground, I began working with the iconic anchor shape as the basis for a new charm catcher. Having always loved the lines of the anchor, and the iron-forged fabrication (and the important place it takes in sea travel… which is such a metaphor for life itself…) the design revealed itself. These things are graceful despite their weight. And SOLID (and meant to go deep). Yes, this needs to be imagined to hold markers of my ( and other’s) journey.

I sketched out a simple, knife-edged design, with a hinged-arm mechanism to hold the charms in place. The original mechanism was eventually replaced but an even more effortless and lovely swinging arm. I loved it the minute we got it back from casting, and could not stop playing with it. It feels good and is perfectly analog and mechanical in a warm, useful way.

anchor charm catcheranchora clip comboIt is a reminder of that life on the sea, which is Life itself: the unknown, the magical, the sublime, made available to us by slowing down; the exhilarating, shown to us by making the effort and responding to nature; and the true, by surrounding ourselves with the reality of what we cherish and love.

And it is also an homage to that beautiful, utilitarian hand-made object that keeps us tethered, so that we can go deeper and explore ourselves.

I am thrilled to add this piece to our collection on January 27th, and can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Here’s to your most thrilling journey… With ahoy!

Xo Patti




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January 17th, 2015

Introducing our newest winged wonder,
the Fly Lightly Hummingbird

Inspired by the energy, lightness of being, joy and sense of presence that they bring into
our world, our new Hummingbird pendant is a whimsical focal piece bearing a reminder
to “Fly Lightly” through life.

How free we are too, unburdened and in our true nature, sipping from the sweetness of life.

Before our Fly Lightly Hummingbird lands on Jan 27th, you can visit our other winged wonders.



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January 13th, 2015

tree of life charm sketch

A look behind the process of an evolving collection.

When we first introduced our Wing & A Prayer Tree of Life charm over six years ago, we had no idea how beloved it would become, or that it would eventually play such a central role in the Waxing Poetic story.

It was actually one of the most difficult charms we have ever designed (we created countless hand-sketched tree iterations and carvings before arriving at the one we now know and love… Who knew it would take months and months, but it did).

Wing and a prayer tree of life charm


Exploring every branch, twist, leaf and root (and nuance) of our Tree of Life was, and still is, a meditation. This is one of those designs that you just channel and get lost in, and then go back to and get lost in those branches all over again, discovering something…

Tree of life combo


The Tree of Life sparked something in our design team from the beginning, and our customers responded the same way: love, love, love. The Tree of Life may be one of the most universal symbols of the energy of being alive and connected to each other on this planet. The tree is also a symbol for family, which is where, we suppose, it all started for us. And then along came the wonderful locket.

Tree of Life LocketFor all of these reasons, we continue to return to our Tree. This time, it is reimagined by our lead designer, Stephanie Kheder, who created additions to this collection, including a new signature “Celebrate the Journey” medallion.

tree-of-life-new-additionsOft taken for granted, oft portrayed in so, so many ways, a tree is almost like a sunset: hard to “see” for its truth. Such natural perfection is challenging to interpret sometimes … so magnificently beautiful, our tree is a central force of life and central to our understanding of who we are.

We love our families, this planet, and the great Tree that connects us all. We only hope we have done it justice, and that it holds as much meaning for those who wear it as it does for us.

And this probably won’t be the last time we return to the tree, looking for, well, everything.

New designs will be available January 27th, view our current Tree of Life designs.

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January 9th, 2015

We gathered some of our most requested, pined-for, and heartfelt gift ideas to give and (wink wink) to receive for Valentine’s Day.

love pendant much love pendant lux vitae love renewable love pendant circle of love pendant ever tied heart charm double heart charm transformative love pendant

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