A Visit with the First Lady

Posted by Laura Moore on June 08, 2017

It all started when I went out to get the mail and found a copy of “Looking Good” Magazine in the mailbox. Much to my surprise, the First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, was featured on the cover in a beautiful aqua dress and... one of my necklaces! The stranger thing was that I don't subscribe to the magazine, it was misdelivered from my neighbor.

I decided to contact the First Lady's office and find out how and when she acquired the piece. It turns out she purchased it about ten years ago through a mutual friend. She was very excited that I called because she lost the matching bracelet after dinner a number of years ago, and asked that I make her a replacement.

We tried to arrange a lunch with our mutual friend at a restaurant downtown and after some schedule shuffling back and forth, the First Lady ended up inviting me to the Government House for tea. She also asked me to show her a few other pieces.

It was a lovely day for tea with the First Lady. I came in and her assistant showed me around the public section of the house and pointed out fabric that Mrs. Hogan had chosen. The house is beautiful and open for public tours. I met Mrs. Hogan in the pink Victorian sitting room, her favorite. Mrs. Hogan pointed out that we matched, as we were wearing very similar outfits... short red dresses. Our meeting went well and she was nice enough to have our picture taken. She even chose the artwork to use as the background, which complimented our outfits perfectly! It was truly a wonderful experience and great opportunity for me. I look forward to seeing her in the future.

Featured below:

First Lady Yumi Hogan and Laura Moore

White Keishi Freshwater Pearl, Swarovski Crystal, Sterling Silver Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings


First Lady Yumi Hogan

Cover, Looking Good Annapolis Magazine

Vintage Swarvovski and Sterling Silver Necklace “The Agnes”

Local by Design is Open!

Posted by Laura Moore on June 02, 2016

What's new you ask? A group of local artists have just opened a new store called Local By Design. Where is it? Downtown Annapolis right on Main Street.

What? Yes. Really. This is the reaction we've been getting.

Local by Design is located at 109 Main Street, right next to the town favorite O'Brien's Oyster Bar. This is a great location and a very exciting endeavor for me. I do over 30 art shows per year and the number one question I get asked is, “Where's your shop?” I lower my head and say, “Well... I do art shows, have my own Web site, home parties and private appointments.” Well not anymore!

It feels so good to be able to say that I have a full selection of my best selling jewelry and wire-wrapping right downtown. It's also an excellent opportunity to collaborate with Annapolis' best and brightest creative thinkers, and do'ers for that matter. We will be having lots of special events so stay tuned and by all means, please stop by the store.













Did you burn your socks? We did!

Posted by Laura Moore on March 31, 2016

This past weekend I was a corporate sponsor at the Annapolis Maritime Museum's Oyster Roast and Sock Burning! What a great event for a great cause. We burned our socks to celebrate the start of Spring, ate LOTS of oysters and heard some great music from Dan Haas and Them Eastport Oyster Boys! It was a chilly day but we still had a great turnout. My daughter even got her picture with Governor Hogan!