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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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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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Focus brings Thought, Depth, and Curation

Artisan Necklace

Hope Floats No. 4

 

I learned a lot by creating in a series rather than one-offs.  By focusing on one idea or element I was able to broaden my thought, deepen my meaning, and curate a collection.

In this next set of mixed media pendants and necklaces I expanded beyond talisman to story telling which is my favorite kind of art.

 

tunic length artisan pendant

Hope Floats No. 5

SOLD

 

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Optimist Published in Belle Armoire Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think my Chicken and Egg pendant was destined for greatness.  I named her Optimist after all.  She was a few years in the making as I described in an earlier post.  She'll always be one of my favorite pendants of all time.

Belle Armoire Magazine did it again and created a lovely page for my pendant.  Isn't she adorable?!

 

artisan pendant

Optimist

SOLD

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Be Fearless!

Bead Embroidered Pendant

Playing with Fire

(features Sonora Sunrise cabochon mined in Mexico, lampworked glass cabochon by Mikelene Reuss, turquoise, sterling silver, and Japanese glass seed beads.)

I fell in love with cabochons first.  Next I had to figure out how I was going to use them in jewelry.  Before my metals class that taught me how to play with fire and metal I bought books by Jamie Cloud Eakin and Heidi Kummli to learn how to capture cabochons with seed beads, something I had plenty of.  (I've included links below to these books.)

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Triskele - a Female's Journey through Life

Triskele or Celtic Triple Spiral Pendant

Balance

Sterlng Silver, Copper

vintage skeleton key

 

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From My Heart to Yours for World Heart Day

Artisan Heart Pendants

At the heart of health is your heart.

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Cattails Inspire a Jasper Pendant

Cattails

 

It happened purely by happenstance, but my dream home has two things in its landscape that I've always loved:  cattails and weeping willows.  Both take me to a more innocent time.

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A Time to Stitch 7 Reveal: Bead Embroidery

A Time to Stitch Seven:  Bead Embroidery

 

I always love checking out Therese and Christine's a Time To Stitch blog hops.  I was so glad I could join this one, as I really enjoy bead embroidery and don't get a chance to do it as often as I'd like.

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