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Today is my firstborn’s birthday. He is 17 years old. It’s gone way too quickly, like incomprehensibly in a flash.

I remember very clearly what it felt like to be pregnant for the first time. I felt like such a child trying to navigate an unknown world. I had new eyes for the first time in a long time, looking at life in a very different way, trying to imagine myself sharing my world with this new being who’d be completely dependent upon me, realizing I was accountable to someone else in a very different way than I had ever been to anyone else before. There are certain transformations that I endured as a result of knowing I was going to be someone’s mom. He birthed me as much as I birthed him.

What I remember most about being pregnant was falling in love….deep, soul clenching love….with someone who was going to change my world. I had never known the true meaning of ‘surrender’ until I heard his heartbeat for the first time.

Early in my pregnancy, I started writing letters to him before I even knew he was a boy. I continued writing letters to him until….well, I still do. Here is a poem that I wrote to him during my second trimester…enjoy <3.

I don’t know you and I love you,


You bring more joy than all the hands in the world can carry.

I have thought about you all my life,

I have had dreams about you before I knew you existed,

I have never seen your beautiful face

Or touched your precious little hands,

But I have heard your tiny heartbeat.

The sound of it lit up my life.

You will be here soon,

You are bringing more joy than all the hands in this world can carry.

When you get here,

Life will show its beaming face,

and life will fall into place,

For you have always been a part of it.



Happy Birthday, B-Boy <3.


Heading into adulthood soon enough.
















Thanks for subscribing to my blog. Mother’s Day is fast approaching. For orders of $95 or more (product cost/pre-shipping cost), choose a petite custom name/word charm or lite ball chain to go with your order (value = $38 – $48).

To claim your piece, if your product total meets the $95 minimum, order the chain or charm from the link above. If you choose the chain, use code CHAIN at checkout. If you choose the charm, use code CHARM at checkout.

No other discounts apply. Offer good through 3/31/14.



10 Years : Thankful

Wow! How non-observant am I? Well, I’m pretty good with all kinds of details, but somehow, I almost missed that this month (November 2013) marks 10 years that I’ve been creating jewelry. I found out when one of my customers mentioned it on LinkedIn! I’m thinking that right now is a good time for two things:

1) A rundown on how the past 10 years have been….

In October 2003, a photographer took some beautiful black & white photos of my family. I kept myself up several nights trying to come up with a unique way to have them close to me every day. In November 2003, I had a dream of a bracelet that had tiny versions of my b & w pics in it. The next day, I went to a jewelry supply store to get what I needed to make my first piece of jewelry. That Christmas, I was busy fielding orders from friends and family.

In Spring 2004, I had my first home party then started setting up every week at a local farmers market to sell my handmade jewelry. By then, I was making a range of personalized pieces and customers really connected with the sentimentality of my work. My children were 1 and 6 at the time and I really don’t know how I juggled so much, because at the time I was also working on starting a private practice as a therapist. When I finally let that career go, my jewelry business took off.

‘Deep in my heart’s ocean, I know beauty unseen.’ One of my early personal quotes that showed up on my pieces:)

It wasn’t until Spring 2006 that I started making my fingerprint jewelry. It was a serendipitous moment. I didn’t plan these designs, but once the thought entered my mind, I just knew it was going to be good. Within a short time of making my first Love Touch designs, I participated in numerous events that were well publicized and the attention I received for these designs forced me to come up with a mail kit so that I could create these pieces for customers that lived far from me.

Over the years, I have had many people work for me, mostly moms who could bring their children to work or do their work from home or who could work at events with or for me. I have gone from doing about two events per week, to doing about two per year. I do 95% of my Love Touch orders via mail kit and I am so happy when I get to meet people in person to do the fingerprinting. I have to admit that I really miss meeting customers in person, but I’m thankful that I’ve been able to do a dream job that allows me to be home for my children. I am also grateful for everyone who has believed in me and my art as this is how a little dream was able to touch the lives of thousands of people over the last 10 years.

On a more personal note, this past summer after a couple years of going through some life changes, I moved from Temecula, California, to Portland, Oregon. I have been kind of quiet as I’ve been adjusting to this move, but still keeping very busy with custom orders and I am also a little extra busy since I moonlight as a barre instructor. I’m looking forward to what the New Year brings. My kids are 11 and 16 now…here they are just a few weeks ago:

My Loves & I : Portland, Oregon : Fall 2013

2) Ok, now for the 2nd thing….

To commemorate this 10 year anniversary, when you order through Sunday, 12/1/13, for every $100 you spend (pre-shipping), you’ll receive a $25 e-gift card*.


If you do not place an order, but have ordered in the past, then you can receive a $25 e-gift card simply by emailing your own picture of the TSD piece you purchased (wearing it or not) and a testimonial (what your piece means to you). Email to through 12/1/13.**

Gift cards are one lump sum and will be issued to the email address you provide. It is valid from 12/18/13 – 1/31/14.

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* Does not apply to purchases made with a pre-purchased gift card.

**Sending a pic and testimonial permits me to publish such information on my social media accounts. Your name will not be identified. 



xo, tina

(p.s. come find me on instagram..I tend to play around in that place more than in other places @unordinarymetal🙂

Order Early For The Holidays….Here’s Why!

1. Most of our designs are custom which means we hand make a lot of our pendants and assemble your piece from scratch. We don’t like to rush this process if we can help it.

2. We work on orders in batches which means whatever orders we have at the beginning of a week are the only ones we work on. We don’t start working on new orders that come in during that time…they go into next week’s batch! One extra week can make a difference if you need your order by a certain time.

3. Sometimes components (certain chains and lockets) that we use for your design are on backorder from our vendors. Having some cushion time always helps in these situations.

4. Fingerprint designs are quite a process: we mail you a kit, you mail it back, we work on your piece, we mail the completed design to you. We recommend ordering at least one month in advance, however, MORE time is even better because random things can happen: mail delays, the possibility of needing to re-do one of your print molds, etc. Anyone who orders in December risks having to pay hefty rush fees. September through mid-November is the ideal time to place your holiday orders.

5. We do not offer any discounts in late November and December. Lots of customers are hoping that we’ll be having holiday sales so they wait till then to order. Sorry, it’s not going to happen….we are too swamped with orders at that time. If you are in the U.S., order by 12/1. If you are ordering from outside the U.S., order by 11/15.

Please read our customer service page. This answers most questions about our designs and policies. It is more important for us to make a sale to informed customers than it is for us to make a sale. If you have questions that are not answered on our website, contact us and we’ll help you out!

We know…’s a lot of information, but we promise….it’s so worth the process. You will fall in love with your piece and it will bring the best of feelings each time you look at it and touch it!

SILICONE BRACELET SALE “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.”

We have a sizable batch of these popular bracelets that came with minor imperfections. They are still attractive, special and worthy of good homes. You can purchase a grab bag of 5 for $12 and will receive a combination of grey and khaki ones. Sorry, we can not take special requests for a set number of either color. Offer good until supplies last. Click on image to take you to the shopping cart.