Now Available at the Golden Spike Tower

Did you know that cranes are among the oldest living birds? And according to the National Audubon Society, the link between Sandhill Cranes and the Platte River is believed to date to the river’s origins some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

Every year from late February to early April, over 600,000 sandhill cranes come to the Platte River valley on their northward migration. What a sight!

Celebrate these beautiful, graceful birds with my crane necklace, now available at the Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center.

Now Available at the Cincinnati Zoo

A little bit of Wednesday wisdom – Different is beautiful. 💕🦩 Keep this message close to your heart with my flamingo necklace, now available at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Rose gold glitter flamingo necklace made from bamboo and stainless steel

Now Available at Teaism

The cherry blossom peak bloom has been announced for this year, and it is less than a month away! The dates are April 2nd through the 5th and I can’t wait!

Celebrate the season with my handmade cherry blossom necklaces, now available at Teaism in Penn Quarter.

Rose gold double cherry blossom bamboo necklace in tree

Now Available at the Houston Zoo

Happy Monday, here’s looking at zoo! Conservation is a cause near and dear to my heart so I am happy to announce that Melissa Lew jewelry can now be found at the Houston Zoo.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a special announcement today in honor of one of my non-profit partners. As many of you know, one of the cornerstones of Melissa Lew jewelry is community and I’m proud to partner with a variety of non-profits who share a vision of making the world a better, more inspired place. 
 
The Fashion Foundation combines the love of fashion and charitable giving, providing supplies to school children in need year round. Since its inception, the Fashion Foundation has impacted 15,000 children in New York.
 
Today, I’m so excited to announce a new necklace, available here. Each necklace provides 20 students with a pack of crayons. As an artist, this is particularly meaningful to me. Encouraging the arts and providing these children with supplies will encourage and empower them to use their voice.

Shopping bag and heart necklace on a background of colored pencils

The Fashion Foundation – thank you for all that you do for the NYC community!

Lunar New Year’s Eve!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with these delicious, flaky, savory scallion pancakes. The Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is also known as the Spring Festival…so these scallion/spring onion pancakes are the perfect way to celebrate the warmer months to come.

Golden brown scallion pancakes

Scallion Pancake Recipe

Makes 2 large scallion pancakes (serves 4).

Mix 2 cups AP flour with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of room temperature water. Knead until it forms a smooth ball (add additional water or flour as necessary – if too wet, add more flour. If too dry, add a bit more water). Place in oiled bowl, cover, and let it rest for 1 hour.

Finely dice 2 shallots and cook in a little bit of vegetable oil to soften. Put aside to cool. Finely slice 4 scallions (without the ends) and put aside.

Lightly grease your work surface.

Roll out rested dough into a thin rectangle. Lightly brush dough with vegetable oil. Sprinkle entirety of shallots and scallions on dough. Sprinkle with a dash of salt.

Loosely roll up dough into 1 log and cut into 2. Twist dough logs and then coil each into the shape of a cinnamon bun.

Lightly grease your work surface, and roll out each into a thin circle.

Add a bit of oil to your pan and heat on medium. Place pancake on pan and cook each side until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes total). Repeat for the other pancake.

Serve while hot with some chili oil and/or soy sauce. You can garnish with sesame seeds, greens, and pickled radishes if desired.

I hope you enjoy this recipe – it is one of my favorites!

*Note: Sometimes, I like to add turmeric and garlic powder to the dough, so have fun experimenting!

Custom Coffee Bean Necklace

Are you team coffee ☕ or team tea 🍵?

Custom Coffee Bean Necklace stained with ESCR coffee

Loved working on this custom design for the Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Co. – it’s stained with their coffee!

This design is exclusively available through ESCR and is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Jewelry

Cherry blossom season is my favorite time of year here in the DC area – from the gorgeous blossoms to the symbolism to all of the amazing events (pre-COVID of course) – there is something for everyone! Even though it is cold outside right now, you can keep the magic of the blossoms with you year round with my new cherry blossom necklace and earrings, exclusively available through the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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