Hook & Matter Blog

Huffington Post Gift Guide

We’re so happy our chunky faceted gold stud earrings made it into the Huffington Post Gift Guide.  It’s a special gift guide for that picky friend that you still love anyway.

Huffington Post Gift Guide

December 19, 2011

Holiday News: Etsy Transition, New Products

Hi everyone! We’re busy bees for the rest of the month, working the Columbus Circle Holiday Market and some other great New York holiday craft fairs. We have two important things to tell you about:

Our Etsy has transitioned to a new URL!. If you prefer to shop on Etsy, please visit http://www.etsy.com/shop/hookandmatter.

We’ve been so busy making new things and keeping up with Holiday orders, we haven’t gotten everything up on our site yet! If you saw a product that you don’t see listed here, please contact us, chances are, we’ve got it and can ship to you, no problem!

December 4, 2011

Daily Candy Gift Guide

Daily Candy likes our new wishbone necklaces!

Daily Candy Gifts Under 30

December 2, 2011

Welcome to Hook & Matter

Hello! Welcome to the new Hook & Matter website. Hook and Matter is a Brooklyn-based shop specializing in handmade jewelry and accessories. We work with precious metals, natural fibers, and fine porcelain, creating precious objects for both everyday wear and special occasions. Our items are for sale here as well as over at our Etsy Shop.

November 25, 2011

Celebrate Brooklyn with the {NewNew}!

The {NewNew} with help from Etsy is setting up a general store at Celebrate Brooklyn this year!  We open in 2 days.  Check out the awesome summer schedule of events here!

Celebrate Brookly with the NewNew

June 9, 2011

Governor’s Island Pop Up Shop!

Woot Woot!  My Etsy team, the {NewNew}, has a house on Governor’s Island this whole – all the way through September – summer!  Check out all the upcoming events and news here!

{NewNew} Pop Up Shop

Free shuttles from Manhattan and Brooklyn run all weekend long.  Directions here.

Governor's Island Pop Up Shop

Photo taken by Cathie King Photography.

Package Project – Australia

Recently Hook and Matter started shipping our accessories internationally and as the orders started coming in from Japan, Australia, France….  my curiosity grew and grew.  Where were these packages ending up?  How did they look once they got there?  How long did it take for them to arrive?

I started asking clients to take photos of the packages once they arrived.  And, to kickstart the new package project, here’s our first photo!  FYI – they don’t call it a mailbox in Australia, it’s a letterbox!

Destination: Glen Forest, Western Australia

Time in Transit: Less than 1 1/2 weeks – Earth Day, April 22nd – May 2nd

May 5, 2011

Handmade Cavalcade This Saturday, May 7th!

Come join 30 local vendors for our annual Spring Handmade Cavalcade!

New Bow Ties on Etsy

Sneak peek at our new bow ties for all you ladies AND gentlemen out there!

Great for weddings and groomsmen too!

Now listed on Etsy!

April 28, 2011

Inc. Magazine

Inc. Magazine wrote an article on Etsy.  I’m one of the faces in the sea of Etsy sellers!  Enjoy!

April 15, 2011

Art Start Craft Bazaar in Philly

The weekend after the Handmade Cavalcade, I’ll be participating in the 8th annual Art Start Craft Bazaar in Philly!  A huge outdoor event with music, food and handmade goodies!  I’ll be in Booth #105.

When:  Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th from 11 – 6 each day.

Where:  Great Plaza at Penns Landing in Philidelphia

I hear it’s going to be a great show!  Let me know if you’ll be in town!!

April 11, 2011

WE Heart Handmade NYC : West Elm and Etsy

Reminder!  “We Heart Handmade”, the Etsy and West Elm Pop Up Event, is this Thursday March 31st from 6pm – 9pm!

Please come join Hook and Matter and fellow Etsy crafters!  I will be showing my new Spring/Summer 2011 line.   FREE drinks, snacks and tunes!  1870 Broadway in Manhattan between 61st and 62nd Streets.

RSVP http://www.wenewyorketsy.com/

Let’s celebrate buying local and handmade! I can’t wait to see you there! YAY!

March 29, 2011

Spring Handmade Calvacade

I am pleased to announce that Hook and Matter will be participating in the Spring Handmade Calvacade with my Etsy team, the NewNewNY!

SLATE:  54 W 21st Street

Saturday May 7th from 10am – 5pm

More info here!!  And on Facebook here!!

March 18, 2011

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Hook and Matter will be at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on April 10th!  So will quite a few fellow Etsy and NewNew team members.  I hope it’s as gorgeous out as today was!

April 10th from 9am – 5pm

West 39th between 9th and 10th Avenues in NYC

We hope to see you there!

WE Heart Handmade

Just found out I’ll be participating in the West Elm handmade pop up shop here in NYC!  You can click the image below to RSVP.

March 7, 2011

Cool Hunting!

Hook and Matter’s faceted stud earrings made it to the Cool Hunting Gift Guide!  Check them out here!

Thank you Cool Hunting!

February 15, 2011

Front Page on Etsy!!!

Woot Woot!  Thanks SophieParker for a great Etsy treasury!

February 1, 2011

Snowy Studio Work Day

January 27, 2011

Etsy Home Page

The new arrow pillowcase made it to Etsy’s home page…and I got to see it! Usually I find out afterward.  So fun!

January 24, 2011

A new addition to the bow and arrow pillowcase family!

The original bow and arrow pillowcase was so popular I made a Valentine’s Day version too.  Available here and Etsy.

Bow and Arrow Love Pillowcase Cupids Bow and Arrow Love Pillowcase

January 10, 2011

Inspiration Studio

Thank you Elaine for including our gold square earrings in your Sunday Shops post on The Inspiration Studio blog!

January 9, 2011

The Carrotbox

Fiber Puffy Rings are IN for winter!  Thanks Carrotbox!


December 20, 2010

Real Simple

Today is free shipping day on Etsy.  Today only – December 17th!  It’s your last chance to order gifts in time to receive them for Christmas!

Hook and Matter’s Etsy shop!

And, a mention on the Real Simple blog for my gold circle earrings!

December 17, 2010

A Studio of One’s Own!

What to do with a long narrow space in our house not wide enough for a bed?  A studio!!!

Finally, a place to store and organize everything neatly.  No more sawing at the kitchen table or cutting patterns on the floor in the living room.   My mom has a sewing room and I guess I always wanted one too.  A validation of my craft.

This tiny room needed a lot of love.  We had to rip up the carpet – dirty old navy elementary classroom style carpet.  Not knowing what was underneath or if it’d be salvageable, we were pleased to find a beautiful old painted hardwood floor.  After a day of removing carpeting staples, tacks and old rusty nails, we slathered 5 layers of paint on the old boards.  I’m so glad we were able to salvage the old flooring!

We painted the walls… and the floor again and the floor again and again…

I painted long shelving boards up the same color as the wall and then polyurethaned them.  My dad helped me put up the brackets.  Read, we had to drill 76  2 1/2″ screws into a brick wall.  It took a whole weekend.

I made curtains, put up two thick wood counter tops meant for a kitchen and moved in!  Voilà!

Well, almost done.  Still need to do something about that crooked old paper shade hanging from the ceiling.  Any suggestions?  Please!!!

Ahhh, I love it!!!

Update!  Stephanie of Metalicious wrote a post on my studio renovation as part of her series on NY Workspaces!  Check it out here on the {NewNew} Blog.  Thank you Stephanie!

December 9, 2010