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Lots to be thankful for

I have a lot to be thankful for this year as it has been both impossibly difficult and remarkably fruitful. A large portion of my gratitude goes to the kindness of total strangers, who have transformed my world over the past 9 months, and the rest can be attributed to the strong shoulders of close family and sweet friends onto which I have leaned. Thank you all, my unnamed warriors.

At the start of 2012 I half jokingly claimed this to be my year – the year of the Dragon, and indeed it has been! It came with a thunderous reckoning! But it ain’t over till the fat lady delivers a heart-stopping vocal bravado (which will be me after the holidays *sob* goodbye waistline *sob*). And I have enough fight left to deliver some spectacular new projects in the next few weeks.

Honestly, I’m just glad to have power again. Hurricane Sandy left a total disaster zone and commuter hell. Storm Support is making an effort to give back to storm victims through great design! ALL profits from sales go to benefit various charities around the NYC/NJ area and will directly help those in need. My contribution is a cute lil’ french bulldog Storm Pup – go get him!

Most importantly, I hope that you are enjoying the best damn Thanksgiving meal of your life today (or at least, one worthy to be a close second).

Happy Holidays! Lets not lose our minds over Black Friday deals, mmkay?

– Tory
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French Bulldog Birthday!

Today is Milo Kowalski’s birthday, and in his honor, I created a little birthday greeting. Currently, I’m a little overly obsessed with a certain big-eared animal and it shows, even here. But honestly, who can resist a mug like that? A dog-mouse-larva face as cute as this must be put to good artistic use… now if only I could afford one of my very own.



– Tory

New Hobby ~ Painting Miniature Pendants

Everyone has a grand scheme, a passion that they are desperately striving towards (judging by the growing percentage of obesity in America, our country’s greatest passion happens to be food). My passion is art, illustration, and currently TORYNOVA COUTURE.

A few years back at Pratt, I discovered that I LOVED painting details in teeny tiny proportions, and that I was pretty good at it. I would feverishly paint portraits on tiny slabs of wood for pendants. My friend Stasia Salvuuci was a wonderful help because she would set these portraits and bezel them in metal so I could pass them on as gifts. As schoolwork got the better of me I stopped painting on a teeny 1-1.5″ scale (yes the portraits were that SMALL).


Now, I have armed myself with a few 2mm horsehair brushes and a huge assortment of wooden bezels that are made from a beautiful mahogany wood and am ready to jump back into working on a tiny scale. I opened up a little shop on Etsy where I’ll be selling these miniature works of art: torynova.etsy.com