We are currently under a Shelter in Place order.  Until that is lifted and things have settled down I'm going to have my shop on Vacation Mode.  I'm sure everyone has greater needs at this time.  I send you wishes for good health for you and your loved ones wherever you live.  You can reach me via my Contact Page at any 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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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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My Pantone Spring 2020

Personal Totem Jewelry

Boho necklace

Heart Key Talisman Necklace

(Key by Gary Wilson)

 

I feel I create my most magical jewelry when in an extreme mood whether that is feeling joyful or troubled.  It's because I allow myself to be drawn in and focused on a story or idea.  The past few years have had a few more such moments than some others.

These three personal totem necklaces or what I like to call talismans were created in a couple of weeks this past summer when for my sanity I needed to spend more time in my studio and much less time online.

 

Boho necklace

Save the Light Talisman necklace

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Competitive? Me?

colorful artisan earrings

Squeeze Me

Billiard ball slice, lampwork

 

I never played pool growing up, but we played a lot of board games and cards.  Each of us played to win and for the most part we were gracious winners.  I've met many that just hate games and I'm guessing it's due to how earnest we game players can be.  For me joining in was a way to be part of the fun, but I'll admit if it's a game I'm not good at I'll avoid it.

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We All Start Somewhere

wirework jewelry

 

Some time in my early teens I apparently found wire as a possible material for jewelry making!

 

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Finding Beauty in the Positive and Negative

lace shawl

Sunset Shawl

(Brie pattern by Justyna Lorkowska)

 

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