Welcome to May – the month that promises warmer weather, more sunshine, and my birthday! All good things in my book.

Here’s what’s on the docket for this month’s newsletter: New springtime items for the shop, Mother’s Day/Graduation gifting ideas, and where you can find me if you’re looking!

What’s new: Sparkly things in new shapes and bright colors!


These butterfly shaped stones came across my radar mid-february when the winter doldrums were heavy on my heart.

I snapped them up.

Available in Rose Quartz or Labradorite, these beauties are delicately shaped with hand carved details. I’m contemplating adding them to the I AMulet affirmation pendant collection, too. For those of you who wear an I AMulet – what do you think? Feedback welcome!


May’s traditional birthstone is Emerald, so of course I found some unique raw emerald pieces for you: this Emerald Necklace and these really, really pretty Drop Earrings on Niobium Wires. Niobium is a super hypoallergenic material (like titanium) that I use when highlighting a stone’s patterns or colors. In this case, the niobium’s black color provides the perfect amount of contrast with both the stone and its gold electroplate cap.


I’ve tried to capture the brilliance of these Clear Quartz Necklaces in my photos, but my iPhone just can’t do it. Suffice it to say, these cone shaped gems have an energy that comes to life in the sunshine.

Gifting for Mother’s Day and Graduations

I know I covered Mother’s Day offerings in an April email newsletter, so I won’t completely repeat myself, but for any of you new folk to this blogpage, I’d like to mention the Mother’s Day section on melissacmark.com with its selection of gift-able options including this Mother’s Day Rose Quartz Heart necklace.

Also, I’m part of a first-ever Modernwell collaborative gift package that includes delicious Thumbs cookies, bright and crisp NA wine, this special rose quartz necklace, and a luxurious Terrain lotion bar for a total pampering experience. All brands included are from women founders and members of the ModernWell community. You can find this on the Modernwell website HERE.


These new and shiny 2024 coins are always popular gifting item for graduations, new Moms and Dads, and also wedding attendants. Available as a keepsake Necklace or Keychain, these new pennies provide a meaningful way to acknowledge any important events occurring during this year.


Modernwell Office Hours continue on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 1-4pm. This month I’ll be set up on 5/7 and 5/21. You don’t have to be a member to stop in, but you might want to consider membership after you meet the folk who office here.

Also on 5/7 from 6-8pm Modernwell is hosting an event called How Did She Do That? highlighting members who have changed course to follow their creative pursuits. The first part of the program is devoted to how three local authors brought their books to print, and the second part will have pop-ups with creatives… including ME! Tickets are free and available HERE.

On 5/8 from 3-6pm I return to Serge and Jane for an event benefitting Ready for Success. In addition to collecting clothing donations, the shop will offer a 20% storewide discount. You’ll find me on the second floor, and there will also be activities on the rooftop! It’s a nice rooftop space – you should come just to have a look.

On 5/15 from 2-6 pm I’m excited to be back at Nail Ninja Northeast! Come by to browse and schmooze in a super casual, groovy space that has great energy and a closeby coffee shop. Plus there’s a comfy couch – ’nuff said.


OK! That’s plenty for now – thank you for reading to the very end! Thank you also for your messages, shared stories, and kindnesses. As always, I am grateful for this growing community!

Best wishes to you and yours-


p.s.- I know I rarely show myself on here, so the cover photo for this blog post was taken recently at Art in Bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It was silly to take, I know, but who can resist a battle helmet made of flowers?

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