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Then and Now

Then and Now

It was a Summer to remember, and I have a ridiculous amount of pictures that I could show you, but I won’t. I’m easing back into this space, so for now, just a few words, a few pictures, and a little good news at the end. ~A break in the crowd at the water park~ […]

A Revolution in Casting

A Revolution in Casting

Up until a few months ago, every piece of jewelry that came off of my jeweler’s bench was fabricated by yours truly. Fabrication is the traditional type of metalsmithing that manipulates metal through bending, cutting, and shaping it. It’s the technique I learned first, and it is what made me fall head-over-heels in love with […]

A Creative Slump (and How I Un-Slumped Myself)

A Creative Slump (and How I Un-Slumped Myself)

Maybe you noticed my bloggy absence, maybe you didn’t. But the fact of the matter is, in the past year I have been a total blog slacker, and I have no reasonable explanation. I just…left my mojo somewhere and forgot where it was. I distanced myself from the blog partly because I was having trouble […]

Loving, Doing, Eating

Loving, Doing, Eating

In case you were wondering what I’ve been up to over the past couple of months, here’s a list: loving, doing, and eating. Loving: The Ruth Heller coloring books my girls got for Christmas. This post by Liz Smith (a fellow maker and friend) about the price of handmade. We Three Illustration. Love her doodle-y […]

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 […]

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