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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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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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My First Pierced and Sawn Metalwork brooch

Copper brooch - pierced metal

 

While doing some cleaning of my studio I came across my first pierced and sawn piece from copper sheet.  I remember Dawn Nakanishi assigning the project in the beginning metalworks class at Cabrillo College in Aptos.  Every assignment would set my heart racing as I was out of my comfort zone of materials, fiber and seed beads, and hoped I'd be able to do as well as all the young students around me.  It was SO MUCH FUN!

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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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Honey in the Hive: My Husband Can Still Surprise Me

My husband and I have been married almost 24 years and together over 25.  He can still stop me in my tracks and make me question do you ever really know someone?
 
For tonight's dinner I was fixing Chicken Parmigiana for two.  My sweetheart decided he'd stick around in the kitchen and help where he could even if that was just to keep me company.  I'm the cook in the family and soon you'll see why that works best for us.

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Focusing on Life, Week 47: Centerpiece

Wow, where did the time go?   Only 5 more weeks in Sally's Focus on Life photography challenge blog hop!
 
This week we are tasked with taking a photo of the central part of our life.

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Focusing on Life, Week 34: Add Something!

Summer cabin memories
scanned Kodak photo
shadows and brightness adjusted; diffuse glow edit
 
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Focusing on Life, Week 33: In Season

Focusing on Life, Week 21: Reminisce