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Morgan Leigh || ⚪️LD BL⚪️⚪️D  Maker of things🔨|| Lover of places🌌 || Thinker of people⌛️|| Wild in Philadelphia🌿 Wholesale/Retail/Web

So grateful to have the opportunity to be interviewed on Gtown Radio’s “The Fourth Branch” Show today. Our local radio station broadcasts the show hosted by Lawanda Horton every Wednesday at 1 pm to bring awareness to the greater political discourse. I fumbled my way through explaining the political structure of wards in Philadelphia, what I plan to do as a committee member in Germantown and how important the upcoming mid term elections are. I did alright!
#politics #localpolitics #germantown #committeemember #womeninpolitics #12thward #philadelphia #vote

By day I am a Jewelry machine and by night I’ve been dedicating time to restoring some of the natural beauty in this over 100 year old, 6 bedroom house. When @furiousgeorj and I first bought, almost the whole dang house was on old knob and tube electric. We started the project by hiring people to overhaul the electric system and its brand new, but that left us with only one outlet per room on the new circuit. The rest we are doing ourselves. We realized that our best course of action to maintain the original plaster walls of this large house was to string the electric low, removing the baseboards and replastering there. This room is 11x14 and is the first room we completed. 4 outlets strung! It still needs some finishing touches (two more side windows, I want to frame out and trim the large window sill) but it’s looking really good! We each used our individual strengths and skills to make this happen: @furiousgeorj for electric, myself on demo, carpentry, plaster, putting it back together, and @hotblockcommander on sanding, painting and finishing. Now having done this, I feel more confident to tackle the rest of this big 🏡
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#philadelphia #germantown #oldhouse #oldhomes #restorative #originalhardwoodfloors #notaflip #laboroflove

Ahhhh NYC has been sucha whirlwind since Sunday. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and admired the work or placed an order ☺️ We have one more day tomorrow before I head home to Philadelphia. I’m in booth 8632 @ny_now in lifestyle/accessories. And now for some drinks @monarchnyc
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#handmade #designer #maker #madeinusa #nyc #nynow #wholesale #tradeshow #lifestyle #accessories #jewelry #oldbloodjewelry #wholesaler #tradeshowlife

The August issue of the Admirer is here and it’s bomb. Make sure to get your free copy at locations throughout the city. And submit content. And buy an ad. And tell your friends. Support your local, free, independent, wacky art mag. .
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#independentjournalism #artmag #philadelphia #philadelphiasecretadmirer #keepphillyweird #freepress

Oldie but goodie going out to a customer ✨

Thank you to the surge of people who are purchasing directly from my website. Im still in awe and so grateful as to how I am so privileged to be a full time, self-employed maker after 6 years. I am curious to hear how others manage the precarious work/life balance when you’re a workaholic like me. Feel free to share... 📦💌📬

This is a tough week. And being no stranger to grief, loss and trauma, I’d like to offer a few words about what I’ve learned 2 years out after my ma’s untimely passing to cancer.

Every body moves through grief differently. And by body, I mean you will feel it to your core. You may be just a body for awhile. Learning to eat and sleep and walk and be again. Eventually there comes a time where you begin to feel better and this whole new process of grief begins, something I’ve been calling full circle grief. You wonder if your feeling better means you are forgetting her, if you are losing the lessons you learned from them. As grief for the person subsides, a space surprisingly emerges to grieve for yourself, the part of you that existed in relationship to them. There are still lessons to learn and now you teach them to yourself. You start taking in other people and their emotions again. Slowly filling up your life with the people still here and at peace with the fact that future memories to be had with that person are only to be imagined. When I catch her in the mirror looking back at me now, it’s not in pain or fear of our shared genes, but a sense of joy that she is still, in some ways, coming along for the ride.
I’ve always been one to be busy and at times, I’ve recognized, that its sole purpose was designed to distract me from how I was actually feeling. “Give me a project so I don’t have to contend with myself.” The anger you build up as a response to the things that feel unfair is just a secondary emotion to the pain you are actually feeling. If you don’t take the time to process what’s underneath the surface, let it go, you lose yourself and have to bargain it back.

My Ma’s death was unfair for sure. And gruesome, also for sure. But by being a witness, it beautifully pushed for a change in me to finally deal with a lot of crap I’d been covering up for a long time. I was never really a morning person but now I wake up early, in a terrific mood just because I can. And for that gift I am very grateful.
Thanks, Dawn. Remembering you this week is bittersweet.
Photo: the sky outside hospice that greeted me after it took her body at 7:10 AM on August 6th, 2016

Found a bunch of Chrysocolla and Hemimorphite specimens while walking around in the Nevada desert

From yesterday. 31. Thanks for all the birthday well wishes. I had a great day. 😊 Photo by Charley ❤️

Pro tip: Make sure you’re getting to your National parks to have your mind blown every so often!
This is Crater Lake, known as Giiwas by the Klamath people, formed 7,700 years ago when a volcano erupted and then collapsed into itself. It is the deepest lake in The United States and contains some of the purest water in the world as it is only filled by rain and snow melt.

Oregon... I am completely head over heels in love with you.

About to start down Hwy 101. It will be Charley’s first time seeing the Pacific Ocean!

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