Secret Wall Safe

Gold and pearl chandelier earrings that I wore on my wedding day. I bought them with my friend Cayce in Los Angeles and they were the first (and only) piece of fancy jewelry I have ever purchased for myself. This shrinky dink version is now kept safe and sound in the  Secret Wall Safe.

Gold and pearl chandelier earrings that I wore on my wedding day. I bought them with my friend Cayce in Los Angeles and they were the first (and only) piece of fancy jewelry I have ever purchased for myself. This shrinky dink version is now kept safe and sound in the Secret Wall Safe.

Our home was recently robbed. Ahhhhh such a BUMMER of an event. All of my jewelry was stolen, and while of course the metals and stones that made it were valuable, it is really about the times and events and people that those jewelry pieces represent to me that is the real loss. After lamenting to my sweet friend Starlee Kine, we decided to do something about these blue feelings. Turn it around. Make something. Maybe feel better. "We will make a Secret Wall Safe!" said Starlee! So I started making all of my stolen treasures out of shrinky dink paper and bits of string and duct tape. My grandmother's beautiful watch she wore on a chain around her neck all of the time. The ring my parents gave me when I turned 16. The earrings my husband gave me when my daughter was born. Remaking these little totems is making me think about them and the memory they represent and the history they had and the new version insures that those memories will not be lost! I will fill a jewelry box with them and my daughter will inherit that! Starlee and a few other folks are making new versions of their lost items now too. Right now, we are posting them to an Instagram account called Secret Wall Safe. There will be a Tumblr page for them as well.  I feel better about that crummy event and excited about life and people and personal history and the positive power of making something with your hands and your heart.  This is a public project. Anyone can keep items that they lost or were taken from them safe in this spot. Just send us a picture and we will so carefully and respectfully place it in a safe safe place.

Meditate on THANKSGIVING!

Copyright 2013 Clare Crespo

Copyright 2013 Clare Crespo

Remember I did one of these mandalas for October? The one with all the Halloween candy? Well, it was fun to make so I made another. I think I am on a roll! Let me introduce you to November's mandala above! Something to meditate on! Go deep! Happy Thanksgiving!

Bake Someone Happy

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I love making people's birthday treat. I love to ask them what their favorite cake flavor is. What is their favorite frosting? Or maybe they like ice cream. Or pie! Once I have interviewed them about that, I think about the person. What do they like to do? What do they like to think about? What do they like to hug? What is their favorite color? I spend a long time thinking about them and maybe this is my birthday meditation to the person I am baking for. They don't even know this part! But I do! And I love them! I especially love going to their celebration and letting them see what I made just for them. I know it seems like an edible present for them, but it is also a present for me. I love to make people smile. Its very satisfying to me! Above are some cupcakes I made recently for my little 5 year old friend who LOVES soccer. Once I got to his party, I stuck some soccer balls on sticks on the road and sky cupcakes. "Places Soccer Balls Are" Cupcakes? Hmmmm...well they were just for Basel and his soccer-filled head! He smiled big when faced with a table full of these crazy cupcake landscapes. And my heart was squeezed with joy!