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Artisan Earrings on the Petite Side

Turquoise Earrings

Not My First Rodeo

 

Sometimes you feel like being bold.  Sometimes you want to walk a little quieter.  Either way I've got you covered.

 

Artisan Earrings

Ideas - rutilated quartz

SOLD

 

Pearl Artisan Earrings

Carmel - lion's paw and pearl earrings

 

Gemstone Artisan Earrings

Trip the Light - Amethyst and Iolite earrings

 

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Primordial Soup

Artisan Necklace

Primordial Soup - Atlantasite and Rainbow Druzy

 

"String theory has the potential to show that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe -

from the frantic dance of subatomic quarks to the stately waltz of orbiting binary stars;

from the primordial fireball of the big bang to the majestic swirl of heavenly galaxies -

are reflections of one, grand physical principle, one master equation."  Brian Greene, Physicist

 

I think of how some of the most beautiful people come from a soup of every kind of experience. 

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Reopening by Popular Demand

Artisan necklace

 

My shop is open once again!  For over a month I closed it, as everything was just so confusing about what was safe to do and how horrible was it going to get.  It felt like there were so many things more important to focus on and others to help.  That's still true in many parts of our country and the world.

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Blogging in the Time of Corona

 

I have the time.

But what do I write about?  My jewelry making and fiber work make me happy, but right now I doubt they make others happy.  (For that reason I put my shop on hold several weeks ago while we're under the Stay at Home order.  I may extend it for the rest of the year or until the economy recovers to a level that makes sense.  One can always contact me in the mean time.)

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Lapis Lazuli with Vintage Buckles = Stunning!

Lapis necklace

Starry Starry Night

 

I love rummaging through flea markets and antique shops for fun pieces to upcycle or recycle into jewelry and other art pieces.  Although for me it's not as much as a high as creating jewelry, it comes close.  Actually the idea of finding use for something that no longer serves its original purpose can be really satisfying.

Who knew that pairing these wonderfully shaped lapis lazuli stones could be elevated even more by half of an antique buckle?!  And two different types of antique buckles at that!

 

Lapis Lazuli statement necklace

A Perfect Day

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The Promise of Spring

Green Malachite Earrings

Life Lines

 

Fruit trees have started budding, but the rest of our deciduous trees are still skeletons against the blue and cloudy skies. 

 

Flowering Plum Tree

 

For those of us that prefer color in our landscape and warmer temperatures the promise of Spring comes in the emergence of bulbs.

 

Daffodils

 

Art Deco Earrings

Dried Flowers

 

Mixed Metal earrings

Flower Power earrings

 

And then wildflowers start appearing!

 

Bumble bee and California Poppy

 

Poppy Earrings

Ribbons and Poppies

 

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Creating Using a Piece of Someone Else's Art

Lampwork earrings

Spring into Summer Earrings

 

Many artists use art components from other artists and crafts people, but maybe none more than artisan jewelers.  My raw materials often include lapidary work from artisans in the form of cabochons and beads.  I also have a collection of lampwork beads that I've amassed over 20+ years.  Some I visit just to admire the artist's talent and vision.  Others find their time to inspire a pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace.

 

artisan earrings

Growth

(SOLD)

 

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Inspiration from the Palouse region of Eastern Washington

artisan pendants

The Harvest

 

This rare Marra Mamba Tiger eye cabochon is only found in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in Western Australia.  I paired it with an antique brass button from my collection.  

It reminded me of wheat fields in eastern Washington, specifically the Palouse region where the golden rolling hills are blown by the winds in waves. The fields go on for miles and miles and I get a similar feeling as I do when watching the ocean waves. Serenity.

 

Palouse fields, Washington from Kamiak Butte

Palouse fields, Washington from Kamiak Butte

(photo in public domaine)

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Something Fishy Going on Around Here

Fishing lure pendant

Victorian Popper artisan pendant

 

Some husbands play golf while others build furniture or rebuild cars in their garage workshops.  Mine fishes.

 

Yukon fishing

Inconnu Lodge, Yukon 2001

 

Many of our vacations have either been solely for fishing or included fishing.  Except for one trip they were all incredibly beautiful places with wildlife on land and sea.  To find really good fishing you have to be willing to go remote and we've done that a few times with a few harrowing tales to go along with them. 

 

Selwyn Lake 2005

Selwyn Lake 2005

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Flowers can Make you Sneeze

Bouquet

Bouquet by Flower Lady

 

Who doesn't love flowers?!  They delight both in color and scent and support our pollinating bees!  

Sadly it's the scent and pollen that drives my husband into significantly long sneezing fits.  Over the years I've found I can have some bouquets in the house and he's fine while with others it gets so bad I have to put them outside.

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