Erin Crafts One Ring to Rule The Mall

Erin and Adrian had a shortened school day on Thursday. Rather than bring them home and watch them play Minecraft, I decided to bring them up to San Francisco for the afternoon.

Our friends Alexei and Marie (Uncle Shopkeep Alexei and Auntie Shopkeep Marie, as I refer to them on Twitter) own a shop in the city (thus “shopkeep”, which would be a strange nickname if they had nothing to do with a shop). They sell jewelry and clothing at Fiat Lux (Twitter @fiatluxsf, Instagram @fiatluxsf), either making or finding great pieces, and have recently moved their jewelry making to a studio downtown. I had never seen the studio, and Alexei hadn’t seen the kids in a while, so I brought the kids to see where Uncle Alexei sometimes makes things.

Fuck yeah Saturday, bring it. Rich & high with Daisy's Diamond Pebble, Scosha's Halo, Claire's Black Diamond Bateau, D&I's Petite Pavé & our very own house made Littlest Evil. All available in shop & online at www.fiatluxsf.com. #girlpower.
Fuck yeah Saturday, bring it. Rich & high with Daisy’s Diamond Pebble, Scosha’s Halo, Claire’s Black Diamond Bateau, D&I’s Petite Pavé & our very own house made Littlest Evil. All available in shop & online at www.fiatluxsf.com. #girlpower. From the Fiat Lux Instagram.

Erin, ever-curious, immediately wanted to know what everything was and what it did. So Uncle Shopkeep Alexei helped Erin make a ring.

Alexei's assistant, Anna, shows Erin some metal that will be made into a ring.
Anna, a jeweler at Fiat Lux, shows Erin some metal that will be made into a ring.
Alexei shows Erin how the metal is fed into a steampunk contraption.
Alexei shows Erin how the metal is fed into a steampunk contraption.
Erin works the steampunk contraption.
Erin works the steampunk contraption.
Erin is delighted by the transformation of the metal.
Erin is delighted by the transformation of the metal.
Erin clips the metal into ring size.
Erin clips the metal into ring size.
Adrian helps.
Adrian helps.
Alexei solders the ring into one piece.
Alexei solders the ring into one piece.
Erin mallets the ring flat.
Erin mallets the ring flat.
Erin hammers the ring flatter.
Erin hammers the ring flatter.
Erin tries on her ring.
Erin tries on her ring.
Erin sands her ring smooth.
Erin sands her ring smooth.
Erin takes over the world of Elves and Men.
Erin takes over the world of Elves and Men.

Emily is now the proud owner of an Erin original (it was Erin’s plan all along to make a ring for her mom, because that’s how this kid thinks all the time). Emily is currently invisible, and leading the assault on Gondor.

So, who wants Erin to make a ring for them? Keep following Fiat Lux on Twitter and Instagram and let Alexei know that you want an original Erin Burns ring. Or you could buy any of their other rings, if you’re looking for a great piece of jewelry instead of a ring that will give you the power to turn invisible. Whatever floats your boat.

A Tiny House to Catch a Fairy

Fairy House Collage

Erin and Adrian have been giving a lot of thought to fairies: What do they eat? Do they leave you presents? Can they help you fly? Can they be lured into a clever trap and made to do one’s bidding, particularly in regards to the aforementioned flying?

So Erin conceived a plan to build a house for visiting fairies, to draw them in and enchant them; to persuade them to stay; to help her fly. She is confused about the difference between fairies and pixies, not realizing, perhaps, that their dusts differ.

Emily helped Erin build and decorate her house and its furnishings. A tiny bed, with pillows and a blanket; an area rug; a table and chairs (with cushions). Erin also insisted there be a bridge for the fairies to use to approach the tiny dwelling, and a path strewn with coins and flowers. She left candy hearts on the table for her new friends; bait in the trap, or treats to influence friendship. I’m not sure.

And lastly, if you look carefully, you can see a small signpost next to the bridge. It reads, simply, “Fairies Welcome”.

I feel as though I should amend the sign to replace “Welcome” with “Beware”. Or perhaps place a picture of Admiral Ackbar somewhere nearby, to warn the tiny visitors that it’s a trap. Or maybe I should play “Hotel California” on a loop.

It’s sweet, really. Diabolically sweet.

It’s Time for Sugary Architecture and Landscaping

Erin and Adrian attended a gingerbread house decorating party last night with their friends. There were gingerbread house kits provided, and then a potluck dinner and movie night with all of the kids in the community. They had a lot of fun, but we arrived a little late, so they didn’t get a chance to finish decorating their houses (and trees) before we had to pack up before the dinner. So I promised them they could finish today. It’s rainy, and keeping them entertained indoors without someone ending up in a traumatized ball in the corner (me or Emily) is usually pretty impossible, so this kept them busy for an hour or so.

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How is your day? What do you do on rainy days? Do you do any holiday crafts?