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Honeybee Brooches

Honeybee Hive brooch

Beehive Brooch

 

Despite the name of my business I don't create many bee focused designs.  Since they are my namesake I am careful to not go cheesy with a bee design.  I've created a few though and this set of honeybee brooches are by far my favorite thus far.

 

Honeybee brooches

(The triangular shaped brooch has SOLD.)

 

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A Wave of Ocean Jasper Earrings

Ocean Jasper and pearl earrings

Snow Falling on Cedar

 

I love all kinds of stones for their color, but give me one with imagery and my imagination is stoked to create.  Ocean jasper is one of those gemstones that never fails to help the process.

One of my favorite books is Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.  I love a good mystery, but this one also transports one to its locale on a remote island in the Puget Sound off the Washington coast.  When I saw this pair of ocean jasper cabochons I was there once again even though I'd read it many years ago.

 

Ocean jasper earrings

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Ocean Jasper Mimics Nature

Ocean Jasper Pendant

I Promised You a Rose Garden

Baryte Rose, Ocean Jasper, Sterling Silver pendant

 

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Winter Wonderland of Earrings

Winter earrings

Fractured

Orbicular Rhyolite, marcasite, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver

 

When I created this collection of earrings this past summer, while in quarantine, I was thinking about winter.  One could look at the snowy and sparkly components and say, well of course!  But I was thinking of winter in relation to our tendency to hibernate and come out of that hibernation at various times to celebrate life with our family and friends.  Then while looking through my stones I found these beautiful orbicular rhyolite teardrops.  Perfect!

 

boho earrings

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Baltic Sea Inspired Jewelry

Artisan jewelry

Stockholm - SOLD

(Turquoise, vintage rhinestone, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver)

 

This pendant's turquoise stone reminded me so much of the sea splashing against the concrete bulkheads of Stockholm.  While making it I imagined a Swedish princess wearing it many centuries ago and the blue matching her eyes.  I have probably been watching too much Acorn TV.

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Paris Romance

Paris Park

The City of Light

 

All the romantic influences from art, architecture, and literature certainly played to my imagination with my expectations, but I can honestly say it has never disappointed.

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Sunsets in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta sunset

 

When you can't do something you want to do it more.  Right?!  

But boy am I glad we did it when we could!  The memories are awesome to have right now.  It brings back the joy and in some cases the calm we felt.  We hope we will travel again in the not too distant future.  

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Butterfly Dreams

Butterfly earrings

Boho style Butterfly earrings

(brass with verdigris, vintage cloisonne)

 

There are a lot of wonders in nature and the delicate butterfly with its fine wings and varied colors delights most of us I think.

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What's Your Activity that takes you Away?

handknit shawl

Marionberry Shadow Shawl

(pattern: by Fairmount Fibers Design Team)

 

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Old Sparkly Things

Artisan Pendant

Party Favor

(antique French Marcasite shoe buckle, coin pearl, sterling silver)

 

One of my favorite things to do is comb through antique shops.  Not well curated and organized shops, but those that appear to be filled with junk and yet you know if you wander slowly and are willing to sift through boxes of sparkly, sometimes dirty, objects you're going to find some gems.

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