Do you love Jewelry?

Me too. You might say, I’m a jewelry evangelist. I have a passion for teaching others, so much that I built the school, Metalwerx and then the Artisan’s Asylum Jewelry Studio. I teach workshops all over the US. What will you find here on my blog? Look for cool stories of jewelry and tips, photography, cooking, jewelry fabrication, travel and books. This blog is about what makes me tick and the cool stuff that’s out in the world.

Spiced Up Resin Inlay

September 3-5

Spiced Up Resin Inlay

Bring color to your jewelry by raiding the spice cabinet in your kitchen. With turmeric, oregano, or paprika - and epoxy resin - you can create exciting textures and patterns in jewelry components. Explore other add-ins like wood, bone, paint pigments, eye shadow, and sand. Fabricate jewelry based on cloisonné techniques with sterling silver for beautiful results. Some soldering knowledge is helpful.

Register now at Snow Farm: http://public.snowfarm.org/

Not Your Grandmother’s Pad Thai

I’m lucky to live in Boston where our foodie culture is hot and thriving.  I live to eat and am lucky to explore dining options of my city, which are varied and rich. I also love to cook, and as my friends tell me, it’s a good thing that I do.

One of my most favorite ethnic dining and cooking pursuits is Thai. Like the language, it’s complex to learn. Thai cooking requires planning, prep and an understanding of how flavors blend together to make the experience more than the sum of its parts.

For nearly two decades, I have been fortunate to have a remarkable friend who loves Thai cooking as much as I do, and now dedicates his life to researching recipes, teaching the fundamental building blocks of Thai cuisine and making it available through stunning photography, step by step instructions and ingredient substitutions when asked. Harder for the American kitchen, but actually, that’s the fun of the process.

 Rustic Fish Curry

Rustic Grilled Thai Fish Curry in Banana Leaves (Snakehead Fish)
(ngohp bplaa chaawn

Hanuman Aspler of Thaifoodmaster.com, is building a team of researchers and chefs who are as passionate about the ingredients as they are the process. This is beyond making the familiar Thai dishes of Pad Thai and Basil Chicken, changed up for the American palate. Instead, it is a rare opportunity to study traditional cooking gleaned from vintage recipes from his travels around Thailand. It’s worth the hunt and the time and effort that goes into creating these dishes for any foodie.

  Hanuman In Kitchen


Hanuman Aspler of Thaifoodmaster.com

Chef Gorn

(Chef Gorn)

Partner, Research, Recipe Development

Regular Contributor         


Than Khun

Thaan Khun 

Thapakorn Lertviriyavit

Regular Contributor, Consultant



Noppadol Srinorakut (Ton)

Software developer and Internet Business

Master taster of everything yummy at Thaifoodmaster.com

 Sweet Rice Flakes

Sweet Pounded Unripe Rice Flakes Cereal with Coconut Flesh and Banana


Rose Petals Salad

A few years ago, I had the fortune of sitting in Hanuman’s kitchen, pounding chilies to make a favorite snack called Tort Mun. It’s a spicy fish cake with a sweet chili sauce. Creating a red chili paste from scratch rather than arming a can opener, it is a labor intensive procedure and well worth the time and effort. This simple dish is now the standard of which I judge all others.

Karen Pounding Chilis

An added bonus of this unique site, are the spectacular and compelling photos that accompany the food. This visual sensory tour creates an expectation for which careful study and practice will yield results making your fellow diners eyes roll. Thaifoodmaster.com is exceptional instructional Thai cuisine documented with reverence for beautiful and fresh ingredients, researched from the far corners of Thailand and its rich history.

Cheaper than a plane ticket, but well worth the effort to master one of these dishes in your own kitchen.

Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

Running a small business is challenging. From small one person do all craft shops to brick and mortar, balancing your life with accountants, technology and the IRS watching every penny you earn is a continuous marathon of chasing paper and numbers. Recently I published a book. I’ve had a blast visiting bookstores, conventions, museums and maker spaces, showing my beautiful jewelry book about Burning Man to passionate and enthusiastic folks. To my horror, I realized that collecting taxes in all these states was necessary. Searching through various government databases is... well... tedious. A root canal is more fun. Daunted by this task, I enlisted my CPA, Rich Streitfeld. He actually likes crunching numbers and as it turns out, really good at isolating the exact tax links necessary to make artists and writers and sellers life easier. Thanks Rich! Now I get to share them with you!

Rich Streitfeld, CPA, CFE | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aaronson, Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz and Co, PC

1604 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905

401.223.0205 x118   fax 401.223-0209


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Tax permit links from Rich Streitfeld

NEW YORK: You have to apply for a “Certificate of Authority” to collect sales tax

The instructions are:

  • Go to NY License Center and click on Businesses :
  • Log in or create an account
  • Select Apply now for a new license or permit
  • Search for Application for a Certificate of Authority

There is more information here.


You apply for a sales tax here, it looks like online registration is possible.

Here is the check list. that was found here.

Before receiving a permit

  • You must provide the following to receive a Seller's Permit:
  • Your social security number (corporate officers excluded)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your driver license number, state ID number, or other ID (e.g., passport, military ID)
  • Names and location of banks where you have an account
  • Names and addresses of suppliers
  • Name and address of bookkeeper or accountant
  • Name and address of personal references
  • Expected average monthly sales and the amount of those sales which are taxable
  • Your email address
  • If you have purchased an existing business, you must also provide the previous permit information

Partners, corporate officers, limited liability company managers/members/officers, must also provide information

“Start or Register A Business” top right under Online Services

Rhode Island – on-line link:https://www.ri.gov/taxation/BAR/  Go to bottom “Begin”

Maine – on-line link:https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/suwtaxreg/index  Go to bottom “Get started now”  

Mass – on-line link. Top left “Register Now”Top left “Register Now”

CT.  Register for a Certificate of Authority using Form  REG-1.  

Probably check off first option (for reason b) and continue to create an account.