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Mommy Rings are Here!

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When I first launched Tenth + Buttercup, I almost immediately received a Facebook message from an ex-colleague who suggested that I create Mommy Rings. (A big thank you goes out to her for the idea!) She thought the design of my word rings was great for this–especially for new moms and those with younger ones, since they don’t have any sharp edges or stones that can scratch or cut a baby, or catch when changing diapers.

Well, I finally did it! I used my sister as a guinea pig. She got them yesterday and loves them! See for yourself. Here’s my #regram of her instagram post.

 

If you’re a new mommy, mother, grandma or even dad and would like your own set of rings, check out my listing here on etsy.

I can design almost any name or word on a ring for you. Your child’s name, your grandchild’s name, your own name, your pet’s name…or any words that you live by or that inspire you. What’s your word?

Check out my etsy shop and look at any of my word ring listings. If you’d like a made-to-order for you or your loved ones, click on a listing for any of my word rings. You’ll see a “Request a custom order” in blue just below the listing photo. Click on there to describe your ring, ask questions and to begin your order.

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Buttercup

Meet Buttercup–muse, design assistant and feminist kitty.  Happy Caturday!

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And it’s Caturday!

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Do you love cats?  Do you like helping helpless animals? Why not celebrate Caturday with some feline jewelry? I donate 10% of the profits of each purchase from the feline section of my Etsy shop to the ASPCA. Check it out and SHOP MEOW 🙂

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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

IMG_3643Today marks the 106th Anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. On March 25th in 1911, 146 garment workers lost their lives. Most of the workers were young immigrant women. Many of them teenagers. The fire did not kill all of the women–exits and stairwell had been blocked by the company owners to prevent workers from taking breaks and from stealing. Sadly, many died trying to escaped by jumping from windows and balconies.

This tragedy brought poor working conditions in New York into focus. Investigations were opened into factory conditions. Activists and unions pushed for improvements in working conditions and for setting standards. This led to workplace reforms which soon took hold throughout the US.

Ethical working conditions have come a long way in the United States. Unfortunately, they have not come far enough. In the today’s remembrance, signs  made from shirts draped with sashes became powerful symbols of the lives lost. 146 white flowers were laid at the site of the fire as each of the victim’s names and ages were read aloud. When they were finished, they read an additional list of names. These were to honor of victims of recent deaths that were caused by accidents at construction sites.

I’ve been studying sustainability at FIT. My classes have been eye opening, (and quite frankly depressing) about the fashion industry. We learned that up until the 1970s, over 90% of clothes sold in America were made in the US. These days, less than 5% are made here.

Profit and the want for trendy, fast fashion have driven the industry in search of cheaper labor overseas, where working conditions are often sub-standard. In 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapse took the lives of 1,135 garment workers in Bangladesh. Sadly, some very well-known American brands produced garments there.

We are consumers of products from an increasingly global marketplace. I would encourage you to take a look at the labels on your clothes, the stickers on your fruit, the made in statements on your electronic devises. Ask yourself, who made these? Often times, supply chain information is not made transparent. Let’s honor those young women lost in the Triangle fire, those lost in the Bangladesh building collapse and so many others subjected to dangerous working conditions. Seek out brands that support ethical working conditions and monitor the standards of their supply chains.

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My 1st Instagram video and the B roll

When I was getting cat treats in KMart the other day, I noticed they had a huge assortment of Peeps. A light went off in my head and I had an idea…I thought they could make a cool backdrop for an Instagram shot of my rings.

Today, as I set them up, I decided to take it a step further and to make my first instagram video.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES (haha): My concept was to have a box of blue bunnies surrounding one pink bunny. Symbolically, this represents women in congress, women in ceo positions, women in tech, etc. etc, way too many valid references. The camera would pan into the pink bunny and you’d see that she’s wearing a “persist” ring necklace, reminding us to persist. This, in reference to the comment Senator Mitch McConnell made to Senator Elizabeth Warren, (likely meant to be an insult) that has become a female empowerment mantra:

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

I had many attempts, many many attempts before getting it right, some would call this the B Roll, but I think they are more like “Bloopers”.

In my apartment, a curious cat always manages to get in for a photobomb. Little Bear’s paw makes its debut this time.

In my next 7 takes, which I won’t bore your with, I realized that the TV was on and “Days of Our Lives” was playing in the background. Then next 3 takes, somehow I managed to shoot wide screen and the video was sideways.

I finally thought I had a winner, but if you look at the opening, my bare feet are visible at the bottom of the screen.

Yikes!! Sorry you had to see that.

An hour later I finally had a winner. Watch here on Instagram

I hope you like it. Oh, and visit my Etsy Shop and buy a Persist Ring!