Friday, March 27, 2009


So here they are, the jewelry we are putting on ETSY. Because we have also entered ourselves in the Hatch Market, we will only have a few available for sale before then. Let us know what you think by commenting here or sending us an email at

Sorry about the quality of the pictures, i.e. the heart earrings and the gear ring. We'll have better quality on etsy. Oh, and that won't be happening until Angie gets back from Austin on Sunday. She went to check out an awesome jewelry show and the city. Hopefully some of the people reading this are people she met out there. HI!

Also, this has been one miserable week down here in Athens, GA. It is currently STILL raining and has been doing so since Tuesday. On Monday I complained about how bad the pollen was, then on Tuesday the rain clouds rolled in and haven't let up yet. On a more exciting note, we have a new addition to our extended family. One of my very favorite (they're all my favorites) cousin, Jason and his wife Joana had a little girl. CONGRATS Y'ALL!!! We can not wait to meet her. :)

Details about the jewelry:

Picture 1 and 2, (starting from top) Sterling silver chain (34in) --thick braided chain with vintage clock hands and gears as the charms. $40.00

Picture 3, plastic hot pink hearts on a tiny brass gear, gold plated earring posts. $15.00

Pictures 4 and 5, Gold plated 20 in. chain (very dainty) with vintage brass clock gears, plastic, and enameled bead charms. $50.00

Pictures 6 and 9, sterling silver 16 in. chain with tiny gears and watch hand charms from a vintage pocket watch.

Pictures 7 and 8, sterling silver 16 in. chain with gears and nuts from a vintage wind-up clock. $25.00

Friday, March 20, 2009

Handy Parents

I thought I would post a few pictures to show how talented both my sister and parents are. Notice the new hardwood floors in our house. My dad spent hours of "back breaking" work (as he described it) putting them in. He had the whole house done in a month and they look great!! --so proud-- and they painted and added crown molding which has completely changed the look of the house. In the pictures you will also see Angie's Exit Show chairs, the culmination of her art degree from the University of Georgia..with a specialty in fabric design and textiles. I LOVE the chairs because of the mix between the funky pattern on the fabric and the traditional shape of the chair. They look great in my parents house but they are for sale!! Email Ang about details at if you're interested in them and don't forget she also does commissioned silk screening too!!

Just a little update on where we are in jewelry land; we have a lot of cool pieces done...necklaces, rings, and earrings, but have had the hardest time sitting down, taking pictures and uploading them to our ETSY page. Then, we decide we want to change some things on the ETSY page only to find out that it isn't as easy as we thought or hoped. I love technology but this process has made me want to throw my laptop out the window. Our number 1 goal now is to get the Etsy page done so everyone can take a look, give us some feedback and buy them!!!

This is a side note but, it's absolutely beautiful outside and it's almost 5 on Friday. Nice.

We have also been accepted as a vendor at the Hatch Market!!! Check out the website and make plans to attend!! :) The list of vendors has not been updated recently, so our name isn't on the list of acceptances...but I got the acceptance email Monday---hopefully they update the site soon.

--I feel like there have been several things I wanted to blog about this week and never sat down to do it.-- 1. We are still on the hunt for wind-up clocks/watches/pocket watches. If you find some in your attic or garage that you need to get rid of, let us take them off your hands. 2. I am so proud of my patience with our next door neighbor who is doing a complete renovation of their house. The company is well known around here and bought the house to "flip" it. It looks great but they have turned our already busy road into a one-lane busy road. No one wants to sit in traffic at 5, when they just got off work and you can see your front porch from your spot in the "line" wrapping around the corner and down the street. If I allowed it, my blood pressure would rise just describing it...but with my new outlook on life, I'm not going to let it affect my mood. They'll be done soon....and if they aren't I'm almost sure I can count on the neighbors on the other side to get in touch with whoever regulates jerks who park all over the road. :) 3. Sound Tribe Sector 9 is here in Athens playing at the Georgia Theater for 3 whole nights. I'm not the biggest fan but my boyfriend is slightly obsessed. My 2 favorite things about them are Kris Davidson, who does performance paintings and the fans. I love their style, it's hard to describe (kind of hip-hop hippie), but they are the most colorful, fashion-minded people ever. Their choice in footwear is awesome. (think neon and Nike's)

Alright, it's 5 til 5. I'm headed home....I'm sure to wait in traffic. Did I mention I live walking distance to work (like around the corner)'s what I get for not walking.

I'll leave everyone with their horoscope for the weekend from Have a good one!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hi everyone! angie here, recently i have been practicing upholstery and this is my first commissioned piece. these two were done for a lady who saw my exit show and had a few chairs similar to the ones i used. we met and talked about what she would like to see in the design. from there i created a design and screen printed it using off white pigment on a white organic cotton blend fabric. I'm really sorry i don't have a before picture but they were dark wood with a burnt orange woven fabric. i sanded and painted the wood a semi gloss white. they matched the house and turned out to look great, she was very pleased. Sooo...if u have a couple chairs and wanted them reupholstered please email me at Thanks for reading our blog!!!

It's About Time!!...

So, it's taken us a little longer than expected to get all of our pieces uploaded to our page...forgive us, it's been too beautiful outside to be on the computer. It will happen soon!! In the mean time, we have officially opened shop at It's About Time, a fine watch repair shop in the Georgia Square Mall (in Athens). Come check us out!!!
(there are more pieces than the 4 pictured. )

Tuesday, March 10, 2009



RUFFLES!! - by SorellaDesigns on

I love them on everything, I even wore a ruffly (word?) shirt today--which is where the inspiration for this post came from. I can't afford half of the ruffles above, but I can dream right? (and who doesn't love a ruffly baby butt??!!)

(side note: If "ruffly" isn't a word, it is now :)

I think something deserves to be posted if it makes you laugh so hard that you cry...

I received this in my email from my assistant today, I had to share it.

***I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put
> it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks,
> then kill it and eat it.
> The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I
> figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and
> do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a
> bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags
> of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet
> away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it
> and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie
> it and transport it home.
> I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end
> with my rope.
> The cattle, having seen the roping thing before,
> stayed well back. They were not having any of it.
> After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up -- 3 of
> them. I picked out.. ..a likely looking one, stepped out
> from the end of the feeder, and threw.. my rope. The deer
> just stood there and stared at me.
> I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end
> so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and
> stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned
> about the whole rope situation.
> I took a step towards took a step away. I put
> a little tension on the rope and then received an education.
> The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer
> may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it,
> they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that
> rope.
> That deer EXPLODED.
> The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a
> deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt
> in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with
> some dignity.
> A deer-- no chance.
> That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled.
> There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close
> to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me
> across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a
> rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally
> imagined.
> The only up side is that they do not have as much
> stamina as many other animals.
> A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly
> as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed
> to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I
> was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash
> in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed
> venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the
> end of that rope.
> I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging
> around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully
> somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me
> and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I
> would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual.
> Despite the gash in my head and the several large
> knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer's momentum
> by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged
> me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to
> recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some
> tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in,
> so I didn't want the deer to have to suffer a slow
> death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my
> truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before
> hand...kind of like a squeeze chute.
> I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I
> could get my rope back.
> Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a
> million years would have thought that a deer would bite
> somebody, so I was very surprised when I reached up there to
> grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist.
> Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit
> by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer
> bites you and shakes its head --almost like a pit bull. They
> bite HARD and it hurts.
> The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is
> probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming
> and shaking instead. My method was ineffective. It seems
> like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes,
> but it was likely only several seconds.
> I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be
> questioning that claim by now), tricked it.
> While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my
> right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that
> rope loose. That was when I got my final lesson in deer
> behavior for the day.
> Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They
> rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head
> and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp.
> I learned a long time ago that, when an animal -- like a
> horse --strikes at you with their hooves and you can't
> get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud
> noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal.
> This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you
> can escape.
> This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously,
> such trickery would not work. In the course of a
> millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like
> a woman and tried to turn and run..
> The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn
> and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a
> good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head.
> Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides
> being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the
> second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the
> head and knocked me down.
> Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it
> does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize
> that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your
> back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there
> crying like a little girl and covering your head.
> I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the
> deer went away.
> So now I know why when people go deer hunting they
> bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds.

Very Zenful

These are adorable, you can find them at Yanko Designs--the link is at the bottom of this post. I like salt and pepper shakers that are disguised as something else...shakes things up a bit (HA no pun intended) I think we have decided that Ang and I will take turns posting on the blog...every time we feel inspired or have something new to show you. We're both still learning so excuse the lack of uniformity (it's driving me crazy). Thanks to everyone for taking a look at what we're doing and giving us feedback. We really appreciate it!! We are also on the hunt for more old clocks/watches/pocket watches..etc. If you spring clean and find yourself throwing any of these away please keep us in mind!! --Happy Tuesday!! -e

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Wonderland Collection

Here it is!! Our first collection, Wonderland. Rings, earrings, and necklaces made from the gears, nuts, and bolts of vintage clocks and pocket watches. Soon we'll have everything on our etsy shop site for thing at a time.

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? " -Alice, from "Alice in Wonderland"

This is one of the cutest pictures of Tucker EVER. He resembles an ewok here, for sure.

And I'm just going to go ahead and apologize for how these first few blogs look, we're learning.
Here's Annie (black) and Tucker, the pugs.

Welcome to our blog!! We are Erica and Angela Palmisano, the creative minds behind Sorella Designs and sisters. Raised in the south by very creative parents, growing up we were never very far from a sketch pad, water colors, or craft surplies. We have recently decided to go into business with each other and start Sorella Designs. Sorella means sister in Italian, giving props to our Sicilian heritage. Our first collection has been dubbed the "Wonderland" Collection. The necklaces are all sterling silver and the charms have been made from vintage clock parts. Inspired by Angie's 6 year love(job) of watches and clocks. We have plans to design everything from furniture to jewelry to hand silk screened fabrics.

It is very important to us that we be proactive in the movement to conserve and recycle. We like to take things apart and find new uses for them. We also recycle anything we end up not using and only use organic cottons.
A little more about us: We currently live and work in Athens, GA. Angie is an apprentice at a fine watch repair shop and Erica manages property for a large property owner in town. We each
have a pug, Tucker and Annie. They are quite possibly the funniest dogs ever and are a constant source of laughter.
We've started this blog to document the whole process of starting a business and designing with a sister. We know it won't always be ponies and pigtails, I'm sure we won't agree on everything. What we hope to do is inspire everyone with our ideas and creations...hopefully leaving piece of who we are in each creation. So there you have it, a short (but sweet) little write up about who we are and where we come from. The plan is to take turns writing each day and updating everyone on what we are working on or loving. Enjoy!