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The Week Between

The Week Between

Ah, the week between Christmas and New Year is one of my favorites. I’m moving slowly here, after a few months of frenzied metalsmithing. My priorities have shifted from making 45 Copper Jewel Rings to making cartoon-themed lunches, playing with milk, and decorating paper clips. Yes, the work of this vacation is very serious. As […]

On Shameless Self Promotion

On Shameless Self Promotion

There was a time when I was uncomfortable with even talking about my business, for fear that it would seem like I was patting myself on the back. Over the years, I have grown accustomed to self promotion, to a certain extent. I’m no longer shy about posting a new product on Facebook, or tweeting […]

Production

Production

I’ve been away too long. I miss it here. Thing is, I haven’t been anywhere exciting or done anything spectacular in my bloggy absence. I’ve been doing much the same as always, just…not in front of the computer. In the past few weeks I’ve shifted into production mode because this year, people, this is the […]

A Blog Friend Gets Real

A Blog Friend Gets Real

I have a friend. A friend I have “known” for about three years now. A friend whose children I have watched grow, whose accomplishments I have cheered, whose drive I have admired. Yet, until a few weeks ago we have only known each other in the cyber world. As luck would have it, Valarie, of […]

If I Could

If I Could

If I could see the world through my girls’ eyes I would be full of inspiration, bursting with enthusiasm, finding wonder in anything and everything. I would have thought to make the flour jar into “Flour Beach” all on my own. But instead I take that jar out and put it away time and again […]

Don't Say The "M" Word

Don’t Say The “M” Word

I banned a word from my household. Masterpiece. I don’t wanna hear it again. But the sorry truth is, I was the one who started saying it. “oh, sweetie! What a beautiful drawing! It’s a masterpiece!” So, like any kid who hears time and again that their art/writing/music is a masterpiece, my girls started thinking […]

Summer Summary 2011

Summer Summary 2011

It’s funny because, as novel as each summer seems, it turns out they are much the same every year. Beaches, ice cream, and carousels are recurring themes, with lots of sweat, laughs, and water play in between. sketching the view from the top a big pile of water balloons that lasted approximately 2 minutes monkeys […]

Notes from the Jeweler's Bench

Notes from the Jeweler’s Bench

A peek behind the scenes This post isn’t one about metalsmithing or the techniques I use or the pieces I make. No, this edition of “Notes” is a peek behind the scenes of an arts festival. Here I am, in all my glory. Not exactly what you expected? Let me explain. Most days at a […]

Home. It's Where We Are.

Home. It’s Where We Are.

Home. Where I long to be pretty much all the time. Except when I’m stuck here. A’s truck broke down and he is muddling through the repair on his own. Long story short, it’s been two weeks of us being a one-car family. And that one car serves to get A to work and back […]

The Birds and the Bee

The Birds and the Bee

My vegetable garden is an explosion of flowers just waiting to be pollinated,  so I thought it was time to pay homage to the humble honey bee. There has been a lot of bee dreaming (and reading) around here and ultimately, I’ve decided it’s not in our cards just yet. But there is always room […]

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