Thursday, February 19, 2009


I am working, but there isn't any jewelry materializing!! What is this??? I did some glass, I made some clasps, I did some prototypes of new designs, working out the kinks as I went along, but WHERE IS THE JEWELRY??? I need to start producing. The Contemporary Crafts Market is in a few weeks in San Francisco, so I am focusing on that right now. I took a great shot today that I may use on my postcard. It is the briolette necklace to the right, top I think.

When we bought this house last summer, I really didn't know that the wash that looked like a big ditch is really a lovely creek that I can see from the front door of the studio. There are so many frogs in there croaking away tonight, it is really peaceful. I think I will go lock up for the night.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Home from Tucson

I had a great time in Tucson. Today I am unpacking and pricing all the stones and pearls I bought, and it is so much fun to see them all together!! When shopping over the course of 5 days, the stones stay in their respective bags, so until I get home, I don't get to see them side by side, and it is great to see how they fall into color families. Of course I don't go with a plan, but it usually turns out that I bring home things that really work well together, sometimes in the most wonderful ways!

I also got some SMOKIN' DEALS, which of course I will pass on to you, Fun Girls! And, as always, there were some of the most beautiful, expensive strands I just couldn't pass up. I can sit here and remember all the expensive strands I didn't buy as well, but there is a pile over there that is just too beautiful.

I bought a little bit of bone beads this year, usually a No-No for the vegetarian me. Perhaps since I am eating fish, my resistance to using dead animal parts in the jewelry is diminishing. I also bought some gold vermeil (gold over silver), which I also avoided in the past, so for you GOLD GIRLS, I will have a small selection. You get the look of solid gold at a fraction of the cost.

I finally found the pearls I used on one of my most popular earring designs, so they will be back again, and I think I will do them in 14kt gold as well.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

About Time

It is about time I posted something. January was gone in a flash of computer problems that left me blogless, and lots of messy little things that interfere with my best intentions.
Tomorrow however, I leave for Tucson to buy all the wonderful little delights that I shall turn into jewelry for you, fun girl!! I have a list, and am checking it twice.
The weather should be beautiful! I am packing my summer clothes, sunscreen and a hat, so I can pretend that I am on vacation. I will look at so many strands of beads, that I know at some point it will be too much, and then perhaps it will be time for a walk in the desert. I actually have never taken a walk in the desert when I am there, because no matter how over-stimulated I become, there is always more stones, more beads and pearls to be found.
Perhaps I can post from the road????

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Calaveras County, California, United States
I love the stones and pearls, and the magic that happens when I combine them, and then again combined with the glass I make. You can find me at an Art show somewhere in Northern California most weekends during the spring and summer. Email me at if you like.