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The BEST News

The BEST News

It really is the best news. I’m bursting. Two and a half years ago, my sister and her husband began their journey as foster parents. Well today I am over-the-moon excited to tell you that, on Saturday, they legally adopted their foster daughters! I have two new nieces, my girls have more cousins, our family […]

From Casting to Shanking: Books I'm Reading. Or Not.

From Casting to Shanking: Books I’m Reading. Or Not.

Sometimes, books with titles like “Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft” are just what I’m in the mood for (Um, a flex-shaft is a jeweler’s tool. Get your mind out of the gutter). Often they aren’t. So when the likes of “Practical Casting,” and “Chasing and Repoussé” aren’t quite doing it for me, I refer […]

Hangin' in Parking Lots (or, Soccer Revelations)

Hangin’ in Parking Lots (or, Soccer Revelations)

I spend much of my time hanging out in parking lots. Parking lots and soccer fields. Parking lots, soccer fields, and the roads in between my home and those places. We made a bit of a leap this year, and signed the girls up for a club soccer team. For those not familiar with the […]

Custom Review

Custom Review

Just a quiet little post, to show you some of the custom pieces I made over the past few months. from top left, clockwise: carved-and-cast money clip, mother of pearl cocktail ring, carved-and-cast wedding bands, chunky stacking rings

Fizzy Fun And A Special Book

Fizzy Fun And A Special Book

If you were to make a list of the most beloved children’s novels, I’d be willing to bet Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would be one of them. There’s just so much to the story that captures young readers. It’s the perfect combination of child-like adults, naughty kids, magic, outrageous fun, and junk food. When […]

Food Discovery

Food Discovery

I have recently made some great food discoveries. Not ground-breaking discoveries, just everyday-thrill kind of kitchen discoveries. Sometimes it’s the little things. Or maybe it’s always just the little things? Do you know the website 100 Days of Real Food? I stumbled upon that last month and find it to be a great resource. I’m […]

Hello?

Hello?

Well hi. It’s been since…June, hasn’t it. I never intended to stay away so long, but summer’s siren song pulls me in every year. Despite repeatedly writing blog posts in my head I have only photos, no words, to show for myself. I mean, it would be so easy to just pull up the chair […]

On Forbidden Books and Archery

On Forbidden Books and Archery

You have no idea how many times they asked. “Puh-leeeeeeease can we read The Hunger Games?” To which I always replied in the negative, reassuring them that, when they are a little older, they can read them. They’re just too violent, I was convinced. But my Tall Girl was obsessed. She wanted one thing only, […]

Making Music

Making Music

I’m in my studio listening to the tinky strumming of one of the many ukuleles that now live in our home. The song is “I’ll Fly Away,” followed by some other bluegrass tunes that, when played on the tiny instrument, have a laid-back vacation-y feel. What is it about ukuleles? They’re adorable. They’re fun. Their […]

Mother of the Year

Mother of the Year

There are days, and even weeks, when the conditions are ripe for me to make a rash of questionable parenting choices. For my family, the past two weeks have been chock full of reasons I will not be nominated for mother of the year. I wonder if I really should have… …taught the girls how […]

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