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Friday Photo: Recycled metal cuff bracelet artists

When we were in Haiti last month, we photographed or re-photographed the artists with whom we work.  Here are Three Stone Steps new cuff bracelet artists, James and Romel.

recycled metal cuff bracelet artists

While, and yet again, we don’t have these cuff bracelets on our site, we do have other recycled metal cuff bracelets and other jewelry, including recycled earrings and recycled rings available right here.

If you’re wondering, yes, I requested that Wonder Woman pose.  It works quite well, yes?


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Artist profile: Winzor

Winzor, of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, is the creative force behind some of Three Stone Steps’ most popular, affordable, and accessible works of recycled metal wall art, including suns and hearts.

winzor in his atelier

He’s also been great to work with on some of Three Stone Steps’ design ideas, including this recycled metal adjustable ring (he made the flower one):

recycled metal adjustable rings

And, we’ve worked together on this year’s fabulous recycled metal ornament based on his very popular trumpeting angel recycled artwork.  (I’ll keep the ornaments under wraps for now, but retailers looking for wholesale information can find them here.)
recycled metal trumpeting angelAnd, that’s not all!  We’ve partnered with the amazing folks at Stem to create something extra special.  If it works–and we think it will!–look for some great new, innovative products coming this holiday season.


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Friday Photo/s: Fellini (the dog) as model

On Monday, I had Fellini model some recycled bracelets I had just received.   You can see that here:

recycled bracelet from ketchup packs


He was such a willing model, that I thought I’d step it up a bit.  I have some beautiful bead necklaces, made my a women’s collective in Guatemala, and they’ve sort of languished for lack of a good model, or at least a good photograph, so Fellini, the dog, was pressed into service again.  The results are below:

fellini the dog models necklace

blue necklace

fellini the dog models necklace

wistful pose

fellini models necklace


Obviously, William Wegman has nothing to worry about. I do love the luxe background of crushed velvet.  (A tip from an itinerant retailer:  crushed velvet doesn’t wrinkle, so have it around to use as a table cover.  But, often I think of eshewing tables, and tents, and covers all together  and regressing into my family’s Eastern European immigrant past and getting a pushcart.)

About Fellini, the dog:  He’s ten.  But doesn’t look (or act) a day past about four.  He was found in Patterson Park in Baltimore, where we hang every day.  He does back flips.  This is the truth.

About Fellini, the director:  Well, I really can’t add anything new about the master,  but I did watch 8 1/2 for the first time in decades the other night, and can tell you that if it’s been decades since you’ve seen it, or if you’ve never *gasp* viewed this film, you owe it to yourself.  It also makes a lot more sense watching this in your 40s than in your 20s.  Oh, and there’s Marcello Mastroianni. Enough said.

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Friday Photo: Ring sneak peek

We are so tickled by these recycled metal rings that we’re offering up a sneak peek.  Made in Haiti of recycled oil drums,  we don’t think there’s anything else quite like them.

Not only are they great statement pieces, they are also adjustable to fit most fingers.

ring statement pieces

high five


We’re hoping that these will be on the Three Stone Steps‘ site in a few weeks.  Stay tuned.

And, many thanks to the fabulous hand model who also took the photo.  What talent.

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Land of Eternal Spring and explosive color

Three Stone Steps made its first trip to Guatemala (actually to Central America, if you don’t count Mexico) last month.  It was both a vacation and shopping trip.  While we’re still working on photos of some of our great finds:  lovely shoulder bags made from the beautiful blouses worn by the Mayan women,  recycled journals,  and fun and funky beaded jewelry, we just thought that we’d show off some of the lovely county and its people in the meantime.

We’re veterans of markets in SE Asia.  We’ve been to loads, but besides the Russian Market in Phnom Penh, most of the other markets we’ve ended up in are about food.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)  Despite markets taking up more than a small amount of guidebook text, the markets we visited in Guatemala featured local produce and meats, along with  the invariable plastic crap like stools and colanders made in China, but overall there seemed to be a greater amount of handmade items that locals were selling to each other.

And, while it’s hard to find a non-colorful market, the markets in Guatemala were positively bursting at the scene with color.  The photos below were taken at the famous Chichicastenango Market, on the steps of the Santo Tomas Church on a Sunday:

seller with yellow mums and more on church steps

seemingly timeless

Of course, local people buy other goods, too.

shopping for colorful thread for colorful clothes

admiring (and with good reason) one's one goods

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Shooting in Outerspace. Booblehead Not Included.

I’m on the seemingly never ending journey of shooting my new products (many of which aren’t even here now, but I have samples. And, they should be here soon. Fingers crossed.)

Anyway, most of the photos are just suspended in outer space. You know, white background. A focus on the product. And, the photos end up looking like this:

Actually, these are lovely (and, in stock, although not on the Three Stone Steps site yet). I mean, who wouldn’t love a cute jacquard silk cosmetic bag and jewelry pouch set, fairly traded from Vietnam?

But, you know, shooting photos like this doesn’t exactly scratch one’s creative itch. (Ok. I did use my little light box outside, instead of inside with a lot of lamps. Chalk that up to my concern with my carbon footprint, my desire not to give our dastardly gas & electric company, BGE, one more cent, and wanting to be outside on a gorgeous day. And, that did provide some challenges, although not exactly of the creative kind.)

So, I moved on to shooting my very eco-chic bamboo earrings, which should be here Friday. At this point, I’m pretty much just testing. And, in a moment of incredible inspiration some weeks ago, I decided to name these the Let’s Go O’s earrings. (And, yes, they will be available in O’s orange.) And, what could be better than O’s earrings, than pairing them up with Cal Ripken?

I don’t really know if a photo like this will make it to the website, but, we’ll see. Bobblehead not included.

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Not Quite Playing in Phnom Penh

Despite having a painfully slow internet connection, Three Stone Steps is delighted to inform you of some new items that will be on offer soon. First jewelry rolls. Ok, they are the same fantastic jewelry rolls now offered by Three Stone Steps, but will be offered in new, most fabulous colors. Colors so great that you’ll wonder how you lived without them; and colors so great that you’ll love using them for your fine bling.

And, speaking of bling, Three Stone Steps is presently debating carrying some really unique and very affordable necklaces. These necklaces are made from buffalo horn (the kind of buffalo they have in Southeast Asia, and YES, the buffalo was already dead for other reasons, and certainly not brought to its demise for its horns. And, NO, I would never, ever, do anything so unethical and cruel as to kill a buffalo so its horn could make a simple necklace, so please don’t even think it just in case that horrid thought crossed your mind). They are lovely and casual, and won’t quite replace the diamonds you wear to the opera, but can certainly go from work to play without missing a beat. But, we’ll see. Even as I write this, I think that buffalo horn bling, as ethical and lovely as it is, may just be too much.

And, speaking even more about jewelry, Three Stone Steps is testing out a great new design for the silk bead necklace. Again, this will take you from work to play to everywhere in between. We’re just wondering if this new necklace will work…..but, it’s so great in concept that we’re hoping it will work in practice.

But, wait, there’s more! Somewhere high above the Arctic Circle, she thinks, Three Stone Steps had a brainstorm to create the most lovely and simple and practical raw silk messenger bag. Ok, it’ll be sort of on the small side, but there’s nothing else like it. She can’t wait to turn this theory into practice, especially if it works out.

We’re also bringing you a new improved longer strap for the cotton travelers bag, and perhaps a lovely new scarf or two, made from golden silk (which feels like wool), which is beautifully handwoven, and uses all natural dyes.

And, stay tuned for new designs of mosquito netting products and other fashion accessories made from discarded items.

In any event, time in Phnom Penh has been productive, and with hope, soon you’ll be able to view these fine new offerings on the website and in stores.

Ok. Off to bed. It’s very late in this part of the planet.

Good night.

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