Talulah's Fancy

one-of-a-kind and handmade jewelry for the inspired heart

Where Women Cook - Summer 2013 Issue

For me, creating a new recipe in the kitchen is like creating in my studio.

When I was a little girl, I would spend my summer vacations and holiday breaks on my grandparents’ dairy farm in the lower Catskill area of New York. My cousins and I were tasked with many chores to help manage the farm. At the time, I didn’t appreciate all the chores that went along with those trips, but today nothing will compare to these great memories of my childhood.

On the farm, the chores included getting the cows in, helping in the milk house, weeding the vegetable gardens, getting the hay up, and bottle feeding the baby calves, which could be quite a job. If you didn’t pay attention, you could lose your entire hand into their hungry mouths! 

Where Women Create - Autumn 2012 Issue

... they say necessity is the mother of invention, but for me it proved to be the spirit of my creativity.

From the time I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be an artist. Any creative thing I could do with my hands gave me the most satisfaction. Summers and holidays spent on my grandparents’ farm was when I learned about hard work, making do, and being creative. I learned how to sew, cook, garden, and make things with what we had on hand, because running to the store was not always an option. One year, I recall making Christmas ornaments with my grandma. We tore sheets of embossed velvet paper from wallpaper sample books and created cone shapes and little envelopes. We then lled them with candy and hung them on the tree; they were so beautiful! I still collect wallpaper sample books to this day and use them for all kinds of projects. Utilizing what is available turned out to be one of my life’s most valuable lessons ... they say necessity is the mother of invention, but for me it proved to be the spirit of my creativity. 

Where Women Cook - Autumn 2012 Issue

Delectable dishes and scrumptious desserts were abundant and artfully arranged for the most discerning of palettes.

On the cold and flurried day of February 12th, attendees weathered the storm, arriving with enthusiastic anticipation and festive attire for the second annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, presented by Talulah’s Fancy and Friends Gift Shop. To say it was over the top and way beyond mad would be a modest understatement! The location of the event made it a creative destination not to be missed. One step into The Lower Mill, built in 1827, with its post-and-beam architecture and old limestone walls, gave guests a sense that perhaps like Alice, they too may have journeyed to a far away place or time.

Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography

Like a traditional pie crust, my childhood was both rich with farm girl memories and the challenges of making do.

From a pottery studio design assistant to a full-time jewelry designer, Tamara Stopinski has been creating professionally for over twenty-five years. Her current work focuses strongly on the art of precious metal clay, to which she was first introduced in 1999. Tamara has since become certified in the medium and now shares her knowledge by teaching original jewelry design workshops. Her love for cooking is second to her passion for design and she enjoys farm to table, home-style cooking. Several of Tamara’s original recipes have even been featured in area restaurants.