Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New rings are here!

Check out our new ring designs coming soon to Poppishop.  If you can't wait for the rings to be posted to the website, and you need one NOW (completely understandable), we've got your back!  

Here's how:

1. Go to
2. Select any Poppi ring and click "Buy Me."
3. In the "Special Requests" Box type the name of the new ring you wish to purchase.
4. Include an additional note in the "Special Resquests" box with compliments to the Poppigirls...for example: "You are so awesome and pretty" or "Poppi rings make the world a better place!" 
             *This step is optional but highly recommended.
5. Complete the order, and your new Poppi ring will be sent!
6. Love your new ring with all your heart and soul. 
             *This step is required.

Happy Poppi-ing, People!

petal double-oh-seven

petal hamlet

petal jenna

petal margot

petal tipsy dawn

xlg margot

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Its "Bake-a-Cake-at-Work" DAY!!!!

Dillon and Holly are making a birthday cake for 826DC! play by play photos are at the end of this post.

Never heard of 826DC?
826DC is a writing center in Washington, DC that provides free tutoring, educational programming, and writers' workshops for kids in DC ages 6-18. It is housed in the Museum of Unnatural History in the Columbia Heights. 826DC is the newest of eight national chapters across the US. (You may be familiar with their other branches housed in: the Pirate Supply store in San Francisco, Time Travel Mart in LA, Super Hero Supply store in Brooklyn, Boring Store in Chicago, Space Travel Store in Seattle, the Big Foot Research Center in Boston, or the Robot Supply Store in Ann Arbor.) If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop by the store and pick up a bottle of unicorn tears or a bottle of utter darkness. Dillon volunteers there part time, so you can say hello to her too! Check them out on facebook.

For their first anniversary, 826DC is celebrating and fundraising for the entire month of October. They've set a fundraising goal of raising $826 per day throughout the month of October. Please help them meet their goal so the children of Washington, DC have a bright, shiny future!


Poppi Girls

Dillon is in charge of the baking of the cake - its going to be a REEALLY big cake! Since Holly is our in house Cake embellish-er, she'll be doing the decorating.

First, get all of your ingredients ready to go.

Measure twice, bake once...

did I mention, it was a red velvet cake?

out of the oven, and now all we have to do is wait for it to cool.....AND bake another one.

COMING SOON the pics of....Holly's decorating extravaganza....
in the meantime... here is a shot of the cake Holly made for Dawn's Birthday. Her oven had a hot spot, so, she kindly steered us away from eating the burnt part.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Get it while it's hot!

That's right,'s a
party and we're serving up some Poppi!

Make your way to Covet
in Arlington, VA tomorrow night from 7-9 pm, and not only will you get to feast your eyes on some Poppi bon bons, but there are many other decadent treats in store for you...

1. Cocktails.....what's not to like? Plus, a Tipsy Dawn will be there. ( this a drink...or a new color combination.... you'll just have to come and find out!)

Butter London Nailpolish giveaway! Chance to win a free Poppi ring!

3. All the hip, new Poppi ring designs for fall will be there. That's right, this is where are "it" rings (and you) will be hanging out (if you'd like to meet one in person).

Poppi's on the menu, and we hope to see you there!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Silver Spring Festival of the Arts

Vintage lucite necklaces
Dear Poppi People,

We will be at the Silver Spring Festival of the Arts this weekend in lovely downtown Silver Spring.

Come see a real live poppi girl, our signature line of Poppi glass and sterling silver jewelry, our vintage lucite pieces, and our vintage-inspired line of brass work.

Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

For directions and more information:

Let's get fancy.



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You know what time it is...


What's not to love about weddings? Music, dancing, food, dresses, family drama, booze, love, CAKE!

This time of year we notice big orders coming in of seven of the same or similar rings and it gives us Poppi girls a warm squishy feeling knowing that something we're making will be a part of someone's very special day. One of our fans was sweet enough to send us pictures from her rehearsal dinner when she surprised all of her bridesmaids with Poppi rings.

Thanks for the pictures, Danielle! And Congrats!

If you'd like Poppi to make an appearance at your wedding, please ask us about bridal discounts. (You only have to invite one of us to your reception to receive the discount. I'd recommend inviting me-- I'm by far the best dancer on the team.)

Happy June, Poppi People!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pictured: Ringmaking birthday girl Holly and HR assistant Dewey.

In honor of poppigirl Holly's 25th Birthday, we are offering our blog readers an extra special two-day discount. Starting today, Monday, March 7th, take 30% off orders of $50 or more at Use coupon code "hollyis25" at checkout. Act now! This deal expires tomorrow (Tuesday) night at midnight!

Happy Birthday Holly!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Are you there Spring?... It's me, Poppi.

"Look Ma, no socks!"

Ok, so the grass may not be green yet, but I'm not wearing socks today and I can still feel my toes, which means SPRING is right around the corner!

Feast your peepers on Poppi rings in Spring 2011 colors.... Feel free to scope them out online at too!


Top (counter clockwise): petal smoke, roe martha, petal starburst, petal driftwood, short petal strawberry, roe apple, xlg amber, xlg turquoise, petal purple party pants, roe peach, roe pool, roe cider, xlg daliah

Left: xlg honey, petal imitation crab, short petal pool, petal rosewood, xlg amber waves of grain, petal smore safari, xlg stripy pink, roe taupe, petal shrimp, petal boca, xlg martha, xlg lilac, roe smoke mix

Right: petal carnation, xlg coral, petal turquoise, roe tutu, roe blue icee, short petal purple mountain majesty, petal taupe, petal stripy pink, xlg swirly smoke, roe amber, xlg pool, roe periwinkle, xlg carbonaro, petal stripy pink, petal sea shell

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Poppi at the Phillips Collection

Orion Earrings

As it Goes, Philip Guston, 1978
Check out a small sampling of the new collection we're sending to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

We're sending them some funky sterling silver and vintage lucite pieces from our Orion and Norma Jean lines to complement their upcoming Philip Guston exhibit. Guston (1913-1980) was a Canadian-born, American-raised painter, and is known best for his abstract expressionistic figurative paintings. The folks at the Phillips think our Orions and Norma Jeans would complement his colorful works nicely, and we agree. Check out the exhibit if you're in the area!

Orion Earrings and Necklace

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Downtown Holiday Market!!!!

The Downtown Holiday Market starts this Friday and I and the rest of the poppigirls will be there...well Dillon won't. She's on a sailboat in the Caribbean until next week....

An-NEE -way...

We are in booth #33 and we will be there for the duration- December 3rd -23rd. I am so excited to be back. I know..its cold and that last year we got our first taste of the snowpocolypse on December 18th with over 18" of snow overnight, BUT I'm not the type to panic. I like snow. I enjoy the break from the monotony of the daily grind here at poppishop. I'll get to be outside! see a bunch of my friends and fellow vendors!

If you work downtown, or if you're going to catch a Caps game or if you're just hanging out in China Town, stop by and check everyone out! it really is a fun and joyous thing to do to get you in the mood for the Holiday season!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A few of my favorite things...

Hello Lovelies,

I realize the poppi girls have once again been neglecting our blog-- we're sorry! We've been busy pumping out a bunch of new work, but we miss you guys so I decided to combine a few of my favorite things--my iphone 4 hipstamatic camera, bright happy jewelry, the outdoors, and pictures of myself-- and say hello.

I wanted to show you a few of the things we've been working on... We're getting ready to add a bunch of new pieces to the website but *spoiler alert* here is a little sneak peek...

I'm wearing a pair of twisted earrings made of vintage lucite and sterling silver, and three (that's right, THREE--go big or go home) of my favorite new poppi rings.

The red petal ring is called "Rough Night" because it is a combination of reds and looks like my half-worn-off lipstick after a rough night of waiting tables (By the way, thank you for supporting poppi so I can make jewelry instead of waiting tables. Seriously. I hate waiting tables.)

The xlg multi-colored ring in the middle is called "Murano" because it reminds us of the amazingly beautiful, bright, brilliant colors of stained glass that Dawn and I saw when we visited Italy. (Dawn's baby brother lives in Naples and I studied abroad in Rome...)

The bottom ring is called "Fish Tank." I am the lone poppi girl who isn't a "dog person," (that's a whole other blog post) but I do love fish. When I was in college, one of my friends was moving and couldn't take his pet fish, a South American Cichlid, so he gave it to me. Of course, I thought my new fishy needed a few friends, so I upgraded and got a bigger tank and got him some buddies. I didn't realize, however, that there would be a love connection and the next thing I know, I've got one hundred tiny little baby fish and some kind of crazy full on guerrilla war between the mom and dad and other fish in the tank (for the record, Cichlid males have some seriously poor parenting skills).

Long story short, I ended up spending a huge chunk of my student loans on more and more tanks and gravel and little castles and a huge amount of time cleaning all these tanks during breaks between classes and the aforementioned dreaded crabhouse restaurant shifts (where I, ironically, served fish all night long). I was always a little hesitant to clean the tanks, though, because I love the colors and patterns of algae that grew on the walls of the glass. I had to finally get rid of all my tanks (and pass them on to some other sucker) but I think of my old pets often and fondly when I wear this ring.

Anyway, we hope you guys enjoy all the new stuff we've been putting our little hearts and soul into lately. We've been working overtime to get the site together before Christmas. Stay tuned!


Friday, September 10, 2010

a day in the life of a poppigirl

ok... this IS an exceptionally great day in the life of a poppigirl. Actually, three poppigirls.


Dillon Babington

Melissa Cimino
Dawn Benedetto

cast, in order of appearance
herself.................Dillon Babbington
herself......................Melissa Cimino
shopper 1..............Monica Kornblatt
shopper 2...................Kris Anderson
herself....................Dawn Benedetto

Shot on location in my Studio, #226 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA
Food provided by Bittersweet
Dillon's Flower brooch by The Devil Made Me Do It

Thank you everyone, especially, the 1970's

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Clark Institute of Art

Check out what we're working on for the Clark Institute of Art in Williamstown, MA! We love us some vintage Lucite--- these are dopey earrings in process.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Poppi girls are once again gearing up for our biggest show of the year-- NYGIFT. We're burning the midnight oil pumping out some new Poppi bling for our fab wholesalers. Stay tuned for images of the new stuff!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Attention Minnesota!!!

We have a new account in Minnesota (thanks to the feature in Southern Living) - Elle Boutique! that means that those near White Bear Lake can fulfill their poppi urge instantly!

please go check them out and say we sent you! 

Elle Boutique
995 Wildwood Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 
(intersection of County Rd E and Hwy 120 ... look for the RED door)  

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

nice write up in the Gazette

Here is a nice write up in the Mount Vernon Gazette , a Connection newspaper, about the Torpedo Factory Art Center, featuring our visiting artist program
We are having a reception for the visiting artists this Friday July 16th at the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 6-8pm.

We are also participating in the Christmas in July  Promotion put on by the Christmas Attic.  They will be hosting a trunk show this weekend, and Poppi has been invited to participate... come on by. I will be at the attic from 2 - 6PM on Saturday.

A list of our visiting artists:


Megan Coyle  Collage – Studio 30
Robin Childers ( Mt. Ranier , MD ) Screen-prints – Studio 301
Erica Raby ( Cuyahoga Fall , OH ) Sculpture – Studio 332
Julian Parker-Burns ( Silver Spring , MD ) Mixed-media & collage – Studio 333


David Alfuth ( Washington , D.C. ) Collage – Studio 4
Corwin Levi ( Alexandria , VA ) Mixed-media painting – Studio 25
Megan Coyle ( Alexandria , VA ) Collage – Studio 30
Wan-Ju Wei ( Allston , MA ) Oil & acrylic painting – Studio 223
Kazaan Viveiros ( Alexandria , VA ) Large-scale painted panels – Studio 301
Erica Raby ( Cuyahoga Fall , OH ) Sculpture – Studio 332
Julian Parker-Burns ( Silver Spring , MD ) Mixed-media & collage – Studio 333


Cherie Redlinger ( Alexandria , VA ) Oil painting – Studio 4
Corwin Levi ( Alexandria , VA ) Mixed-media painting – Studio 25
Bonnie Lebesch ( Alexandria , VA ) Acrylic on panel and or paper – Studio 30
Wan-Ju Wei ( Allston , MA ) Oil & acrylic painting – Studio 223
Robin Childers ( Mt. Ranier , MD ) Screen-prints –Studio 333

so... things, they may be 'a changin'

So, last spring, I was elected VP of Marketing here at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.   I am stoked about this.
I have already, with the help of my secret agent graphics girl, gotten a kick ass, in-house marketing brochure together.  I have decided to go with the whole Torpedo Factory theme and titled it "Bombs Away" I am hoping to get everyone in the building excited, hopeful and empowered to take control of their own destiny and success.
Last Friday I gave a workshop on using Facebook to promote yourself, your art and hopefully, improve your business.  I was totally surprised at the number of people who attended. From what I can tell, it was really well received and people seem excited. YAY!
Anyway... I am excited to get a chance to test some of my material that I will be using this fall at Towson....

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ohmy!! Its really happening!

so... Dillon and I have been ripping it up on Photoshop. We are working really hard to update the website and get all of the new colors up and out there for you to see.... I am not the photoshop queen by any stretch of the imagination, so, its a long process.  you all have been very patient. thank you for that.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

we got written up in southern Living!!!!

ANYWAY.....Here is the link...We have been going crazy trying to keep up with the orders since being featured in this issue!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

last summer's Italian trunk shows...

I know, this is long over due, but finally, downloaded my pictures from a trip I took to Italy last summer. that is the down side of 8 GB SD cards - they don't fill up.....
anyway, last summer I went to Italy and coordinated a few trunk shows with the help of my sister-in-law Julie.
here are the high lights
this is the first of three poppi showings. It was at NATO in Naples.

The most beautiful setting a poppi trunk show has ever been.
totally crazy amazing.

this was my room in Rome....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A message from John Click! in Seattle

John Smersh left me this voice mail yesterday. All he wanted was poppi logo, but he got my heart.
Oh yeah... poppi is having a trunk show at Click on May 1st in Seattle. details to follow.... xoxox

Thursday, April 8, 2010

blogging for us.

Not much this we are the subject of a photo journalism shoot. Stacy Rausch is taking a class at NOVA and we are one of the artists that she will be documenting for her final project. Check out Stacy's photos on flickr.
A shout out to my friend, Page Carr, Stacy's photo instructor!

Monday, March 29, 2010

just found my sound track for spring.

So happy to have "found" YIMINO.
OK, the story is that I kind of hijacked my friend's ipod and have been shuffling it all day. I came across Yimino and I immediately googled them and bought/ downloaded all I could find. A chill, happy, kind of retro sound....that seamlessly floats from innocent bliss to dark pockets in my head...whatever. I can get lost in it and listening to it puts my head in a good place.
happy spring!!!

thanks Shaun for leaving your ipod in my car....

Monday, March 22, 2010

ok.. I did nothing today.

the Art League girls came down the hall into my studio, singing "happy birthday", so joyously and in a volume that made others in the building jealous. that's right people, they love ME! they love you too, but they brought me elvis cake and ice cream. I love them too. thanks girls!!!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

congrats to Lindsay!

Lindsay, one of the infamous poppigirls, just works for us for the money. Her heart, soul and god given talent is down with the mud people. By that I mean, she is a mad crazy ceramist. After graduating from Alfred, she has been keeping a studio at Red Dirt, a collective run by Margaret Boozer. If you get the chance, check out Lindsay's work this month at the Brand New Brentwood Art Center....

the two pieces here are ceramic, encaustic and thread.

Monday, March 15, 2010

flooded...but really.. its ok to come on down!

we're flooded here at the factory....but that makes for a productive day for me!