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Wine Country Holiday Inspires

Sonoma Valley and its wineries are one of my favorite places to visit, especially in the Fall.  The day time temperatures are much more comfortable than they were in the summer and the vineyards are turning to crimson and gold.  Inspiration is everywhere!

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County Fairs are for Connecting with Your Community

Our recent county fair sort of drove the point home that we're still not one of the Clallam masses.  We've had folks look at us a little funny when they hear we don't own a tractor.  We're getting the feeling that to really be considered a local (or one of them) one has to own one.  It doesn't

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Childhood Memories Influence My Work

Have you been watching Bravo's Work of Art?  It's the ONLY show on television in the last 10 years at least where I do absolutely nothing while watching it.  No knitting, no flipping through a magazine, no talking, no eating, no beading...nothing. &nb

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My Genius Looks Like a Forest Fairy

Port Angeles' Last Dam Summer!


"Long before corporations like Enron and Global Crossing made headlines with accusations of greed and impropriety, there was Olympic Power and Development."

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Work of Art on Bravo - fascinating

Bravo's new reality show Work of Art:  The Next Great Artist is riveting to me.  I have to admit I had my doubts about a reality show to find the next great artist.  Don't great artists have to pay their dues?  Struggle?  Is visual art something that can be handled like aural art ie.  American Idol?  (Is aural art a real term?!)

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Gulf Oil Spill Inspires Artisan Necklaces

Evil Eye Artisan Necklace

Like hundreds of thousands of folks throughout the U.S. I have been crushed and horrified by the damage caused by man's greed and our dependence on a fuel source that quite literally is destroying lives.  The worst of man's nature and the best continues to play out in the Gulf of Mexico.  I'm afraid and so sorry that it will play out well into our children's children's lifetimes and perhaps beyond.  We need clean renewable energy now!  Are you listening lawmakers?!

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Mediterranean Cruise Inspires Summery Earrings

Isle Plunder (SOLD)
For Christmas last year my husband surprised me with a cruise in the Mediterranean to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.  We don't leave for 5 more months, but I'm already deep into anticipation.  Earrings seemed just the thing to ease the excitement.

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My Grandmothers Rocked and Rolled

Grandmothers, the grandest mothers of them all! My inherited jewelry is only the material side of my inheritance.

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Tut, a Treasure Worth Waiting for

Egyptian Walk Necklace

A golden treasure over 3300 years old and a world away... An interest in Egyptology sparked 34 years ago in a rural school in the Shenandoah Valley...

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