Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's In A Name - Satin Doll & Co

Hi there! My name is Gaetana, and I'm the owner, CEO and Creative Director of SatinDollCo. You may be wondering how I came up with the name? No, it's not from the Duke Ellington song, "Satin Doll"! Let's give you a lil' back story...



About 10 or 11 years ago, when I graduated college, I knew I wanted to start my own company. So, I started the ground work to achieve my goal. Over the years my older sister and I had toyed with names. The first one she came up with used my nickname, Tana - she suggested "Simply Tana". This was okay, but didn't feel quite right and I couldn't think of anything for the life of me.

My middle name is Tiffany so I was thinking along the lines of Tiffany and Co. but that company name - of course - was already taken! In desperation, I looked up at my bookshelf, and this book popped out at me.

Satin Doll by Karen E. Quinones Miller


I have read Satin Doll a handful of times, and it is one of my favorites. It's about a woman named Regina who used to live a very wild lifestyle, was shot and left for dead. Eventually she goes college, becomes a journalist, and meets Charles who comes from a very prominent upper class black family. Regina battles to keep the new life she has built for herself, while trying to conceal her former life - including her two crazy friends. It's a good book overall and I highly recommend it.

Satin is a fabric, and a doll is an attractive woman, so "Satin Doll" seemed like a good name for my fashion design company. But, I thought, I can't use it because it's the name of a widely known song as well as the name of this book. Hmmm...

Then in a flash of inspiration, rather like "Tiffany and Co.", I simply added "& Co." to it, thus creating "Satin Doll & Co". I had already decided I didn't just want to design woman's clothing, but also accessories and so on. Here at last was a company name that could be home to many things, not just fashion clothing. And so Satin Doll & Co. was born!

Gaetana
Gaetana of SatinDollCo

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Kitchen - Hold the Mayo!

In this edition of Wednesday Kitchen, JET Team member Ida of AdroitJewelers has been experimenting with an alternative to mayonnaise....

Photo: cater4you.co.uk

Macaroni salad is a staple at summer picnics everywhere. But what’s with the “no mayo” you ask? Well, I’ve been trying to think of a way to make one without using all of the mayonnaise (and still have it taste good, of course.)

I started searching for ideas, and came up with something I decided to try. Can you guess what the 2 mystery ingredients are?

Photo: TheHungryRunner.wordpress.com                                                       Photo: GrecianDelight.com

They are plain Greek yogurt, and hummus! Some of you are probably thinking “yuck”, and some of you are thinking “hmmm, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea”. Well, it’s not a bad idea - at least I don’t think so!

In all honesty, I was prepared not to like it, but I did like it, and now I’m kind of eager to have people over and serve it to see what kind of reaction I get. Do you think it’s okay to let them try it BEFORE I tell them what’s in it?!


Does anyone have any other substitutions they've tried themselves for the mayonnaise, or any ideas for alternatives? Please share your suggestions in the comments!
Ida
Ida of AdroitJewelers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Whats on My Bench

Hello and welcome to another edition of Whats on My Bench! Today, JET Team member and new mother Trace of TraceDesigns explains why her bench tools have been replaced with some rather unconventional jewellery-making items!

If you’ve checked out my bench these day’s you’d be a bit surprised about what you see. My trusty Dremel, hammer, and pliers have been replaced with diapers, burp clothes, and well, a little baby.



Just six short months ago, I gave birth to my smiling, giggly baby Danny (or D3 as many of our nearest and dearest refer to him). He arrived, a bit unexpectedly, 5 weeks early and spent just over 2 weeks in the NICU. It was a difficult time but, thanks to the amazing doctors and nurses, the little guy made it through and gets bigger and stronger every day. To say life has changed would be an understatement.



Having a kiddo around the house means I have to be much more careful and conscious about my jewelry making. I can no longer leave my “works in progress” or my “experiments” on the kitchen table (which doubles as my bench thanks to small space city living). Metal shavings and silver pieces must be promptly contained. Hammering can only happen between naps (who knew newborns slept so much) and even then mostly has to be done outdoors so as not to harm those tiny eardrums with the piercing “ting, ting, ting” sound.



Now that we’re starting to settle into a routine I can now focus on infusing the things I love back into my life on a regular basis – this includes finding time for my jewels! In the upcoming months stay tuned for designs from this fresh perspective. I can’t wait to see how this new reality will inspire and influence my work.



Who knows, soon enough this little one might be sharing in the creation process himself! I do need an apprentice ☺

Thanks for introducing us to little Danny, Trace, he's a real cutie and we love his wonderful giggly smile! We also look forward to seeing how your new "apprentice" influences (and indeed assists in) your future designs!
Val