Friday, November 18, 2016

Some Important Holiday Dates

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Polish Hall in Seattle for the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar - it was a pleasure meeting so many wonderful new people as well as seeing some dear friends.



SOME IMPORTANT DATES/DEADLINES

I'll be in Tacoma on Saturday, December 10th for the YWCA Holly Jolly Holiday Market. I'll be selling my jewelry along with other local vendors. Great opportunity to get your Holiday Shopping done - plus you'll be happy to know a portion of sales go to support the YWCA.  Hope to see you there!







































If you won't be able to make it or prefer shopping online, here are some important dates for holiday delivery in my Etsy shop:






















XO,
Ada Rosman 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

30-Minute Craft: Bolivian Awayo

Finally getting around to posting about my 30-min craft project I did last month. Here is a sneak peek of the photo that I had posted on my Instagram a few weeks back.


  




























This awayo has travelled from Bolivia to Poland and back with us to the Olympic Peninsula. I wanted to find a way to display this special piece in our home. 


I gathered together a few items: the beautiful awayo along with this awayo ribbon that I bought on my last trip to Bolivia, a stick that carries some wonderful memories from our wet wading summer adventures (my nieces and nephew named it the "Gandalf stick". HAHA!!!), leather cord plus a needle and thread. 

With supplies in hand, 30-minutes later I was read to hang it up!



I am so happy we get to see this beauty every day and be reminded of life's simple pleasures - love, family, and great friends!


XO,
Ada Rosman 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints' Day)

Yesterday was Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints' Day) this is one holiday that all my life growing up in the United States I wanted to experience in Poland. This is an annual national holiday in Poland to celebrate the Saints on November 1, but it is also a day when people all over Poland visit the graves of loved ones to place candles and flowers on their graves. Did you know at least 16 European countries with a strong Catholic identity/history also observe this official holiday that closes offices and schools? 

Last year, my husband and I had the opportunity to experience this special day in Warsaw, Poland. As we walked to the cemetery from my grandparent’s house - we approached the cemetery and saw rows upon rows of cars and the most beautiful sunset. Outside of the cemetery the street was closed off and there were vendors selling candles, flowers, as well as baked goods and some food vendors. As we walked into the cemetery, it was amazing to see the sea of flickering candles outside the chapel and the crowds of people. As we continued walking each row just glowed. 

I truly can’t put into words what a beautiful and unique experience this was thus here are some photos for you...








 













XO,

Ada Rosman 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Day 5: the process

Working for myself and creating handmade jewelry, I've learned no two pieces will be exactly alike. This is definitely true about the creating and designing process as well. My fiancé and I had different visions for each of our wedding bands. He wanted his wedding band to be completely smooth. 

While I being slightly sentimental on the other had wanted small elements of the rings past to be left present so that I could be reminded of it's origins. I think there is no right or wrong way - it's just our own personal style.



I actually ended up having two wedding bands made for me - one for our civil wedding that was in the Olympic Peninsula in May and another one especially for our church wedding in Szestno, Poland. The band that I used for the civil wedding was actually a collaboration with my fiancé (I'll share a photo of that one in the next blog post) and a bit more about the collaboration.

Being able to pick our design styles and creating a dialogue of what we each wanted allowed for me to finally get started on redesigning these specials rings into our own pieces with our own personal stories.



































































Pictured above is my fiance's (now my husband's) wedding band and mine is the one with the word amo (our nickname to each other).

XO,
Ada Rosman

Monday, July 27, 2015

Witamy w Polsce / Welcome to Poland

We made it to Poland and it now has been a week since we've been here...  and let me tell you there are moments were I feel like a fish out of water. Lots of questions and continually looking for answers. Some times the most simple things turn out to be more complicated then expected. Adjusting and learning to be patient seems to be key.


We arrived to Warsaw last Sunday to find out that only one of my suitcases arrived and it happened to contain all my winter clothes. My other suitcase with summer clothes decided to stay in Seattle (not very helpful). I guess that is part of the new adventure, right? Three days later and some of the worst customer service I have EVER experienced from the lost and found at the airport - my suitcase finally decided to depart Seattle and arrived in Warsaw.




Translating - there is lots of that happening since my fiancé doesn't know Polish. Translating all day from English to Polish and Polish to English. Some days I even try to translate English to English. HA! As you can image, my brain hurts some days and I start to stutter.



It is definitely hard adjusting and finding home away from home or rather what I grow up with. I have always had a hard time calling the United States home as there was a part of me that longed for my relatives back in Poland, but then when I would come to Poland for the summers I would long for Washington state - thus the dilemma of an immigrant child I suppose.

XO,
Ada Rosman


PS - I've had the chance to eat some of my summer favorites in Poland - bób (broad beans) and maliny (some of the most delicious raspberries).