Ali la Loca

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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation Jeweler / Metalsmith / Artist
Location Bay Area, California, United States
Introduction Jeweler. Artist. Traveler. Translator. Dancer. Toda coração. I started this blog in 2005 while living in Austin, Texas. I was about to move to Mozambique to work as a freelance consultant with some friends I'd met while in business school in Brazil. (There's a lot of geography in my life story!) Initially my blog was a way for me to keep in touch with family in friends while in Africa, but it soon became much more. I met hundreds of people because of my writing, many of whom were also moving to Mozambique and looking for support. Over the years I chronicled my work in international development, my growing passion for making jewelry, my marriage, our move to California, my decision to apply to art school and change careers, my experience starting my own business, and now the most recent chapter: my life as a single person, with many unknowns, lots of travel, and a heart full of love to share with the world.
Interests making jewelry, metalsmithing, gemstones, trade beads, languages, cats, travel, cooking, dancing, pilates, gardening
Favorite Movies The Motorcycle Diaries, The English Patient, Y Tu Mama También, The Constant Gardener, L'Auberge Espagnole, Dope, Pretty Woman
Favorite Music Ana Tijoux, Lenine, O Rappa, Paul Simon, Bonobo, Freshlyground, Dama do Bling, Shakira, Fernanda Abreu, J. Cole
Favorite Books The Power of One, The Milagro Beanfield War, Dark Star Safari, The Poisonwood Bible, Long Quiet Highway, The Alchemist, One River

You forgot your mom's birthday! What can you make out of super glue and olive pits?

A rustic basket with the pits glued side by side.