Handmade Holiday Gifts from Cleveland

It was such a thrill to be featured in this amazing Cleveland Holiday gift guide on Cleveland.com today!
Thanks so much to Allison Dolin Carey!


Vegan Curried Butternut Squash Soup

It's that time of year again! Time to bust out my favorite soup recipe!
But since I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I have had to make some major changes to my diet. Here's an update to my original recipe. I can barely tell the difference! Still super delicious. I think you'll agree.

Vegan Curried Butternut Squash Soup

• 2 T extra virgin olive oil

• 1 T coconut oil
• 2 large sweet onions, chopped
• 4 tsp curry powder (more or less as you prefer)
• 2 large butternut squash
• 3 sweet apples, cored, peeled, cut into chunks

• 1 Granny Smith apple for garnish
• 4 cups (one package) Trader Joe's vegetable broth
• 2 cups apple cider or juice
• kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Wash and halve squash. (I ask the produce person at the grocery store to cut my squash in half for me. SO much easier than doing it myself.)

Remove seeds. Bake flat side down in greased baking dish with about 1/4" of water at 400° until almost soft, about 35 minutes.
Cool slightly and scoop squash from skin. Discard skin. Save pan juices if there are any.

Melt coconut oil with olive oil in a large stock pot.

Add onions, and curry powder and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning or sticking.
Cover pot and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes until onions are soft.
Add the squash, pan juices, apples and stock to the pot. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Add apple cider.

Puree the soup right in the cooking pot using a stick blender. (If you don't have a stick blender, trust me, you need one. This is my favorite kitchen gadget. Alternatively you can transfer the soup to a food processor to puree.)

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot, garnished with finely chopped granny smith apples.

Freezes well.



Barn "Painting"

Late afternoon.
Late summer.
Two barns.
Cast shadows.
A simpler time.


New Work

The latest creations from SToNZ Jewelry...


Valentine's Day Coupon Code!

I am SO looking forward to getting back to work in my freshly painted studio in the next week or so! In the meantime, I do have a couple of goodies still available for last minute Valentine's Day gift giving. As an extra incentive to make that special gift purchase now, here's a rare SToNZ coupon code, which will get you 15% off the purchase of any item from SToNZ that has a heart on it.
To qualify for the discount, you must enter the code HEART15STONZ in the coupon code box when placing your order. Offer expires February 7, 2015.
Some examples of items that will qualify for the discount:
143 = I LOVE YOU Necklace
Antique Lock & Key Necklace
Recycled Sterling Curb Chain Silver Heart Bracelet
Recycled Sterling Heart Tag Bracelet


SToNZ: New Work

Happy Holidays!
The news here is that I have plans in the works to remodel my studio, which I am SO very excited about! Demolition begins just after the new year. The frustrating part will be not being able to WORK on new SToNZ pieces while the construction is happening. In anticipation of this smithing hiatus, I have been making as many new things as I can while I still have access to my tools, torch and workspace.

Today I will be listing what might be the last of my work for 2014. Check out these fun silver and leather wrap bracelets. These eclectic bracelets will fit just about anyone, as you can link the hook clasp anywhere on the chain at the opposite end for the fit you want.
They also work as necklaces. Sterling silver and thick black leather cords. So bohemian. So funky. SO you!
I'll be listing these today in my shop.  I don't make these very often, so grab them while you can.

I have been hanging out a lot on Instagram lately (My latest addiction. Seriously.) where I have connected with some really talented people. Recently I was the lucky recipient of a "pay it forward" gift courtesy of Thomas Hewn who treated me to a gorgeous chrysocolla cabachon from the talented Jeremy Kirk of Cabsinthe. (Jeremy actually sent me THREE gorgeous cabs, which I will work into new pieces in the coming months. I will be paying it forward as soon as I figure out how I want to to that.) I don't normally work with cabachons, as I prefer natural beach stones and seaglass as my focal points for SToNZ, but this was a fun exercise and resulted in this great ring. The 14K gold doodads alongside the bezel add a fun touch, I think. Sadly, at a size 9, it's too big for me, so I won't be keeping this for myself.
You can find it in my shop here.

I want to thank all of you who have supported SToNZ over the years. It has been an incredible year and I am so grateful to be able to do what I love and share my creations with people all over the world who appreciate my work. Thank you so much for your support, and I wish you a creative, healthy and inspired 2015!


Too Many Bracelets?

Sunday morning SToNZ arm party.
All bracelets are currently available in my Etsy shop.
The more the merrier, I always say!