Thursday, June 30, 2011

just chillin

Just kicking back tonight. Had a great day at the gallery! There were lots of people in town today ... looks like it will be a busy 4th of July here.

I am looking forward to playing in the studio with a great friend tomorrow. I plan on making some new earrings for the gallery and etsy.... also some more bracelets! I am trying to stock up and fill up my etsy store by the end of next week. Nicole is coming into town next week so I am sure it will be a creative and productive week.

For now........ back to chillin!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wise Words

Surround yourself with those who won’t compete with you but will revel in

your success and somehow see your ascent as a reflection of their own

possibilities. And don’t forget that success is not just cash in the bank or

degrees on the wall; it is living out your life’s purpose. It is being all you can


TD Jake's

Saturday, June 25, 2011


The babies are here!!!!! I love it when they show up! Wanted to share my joy with all of you..


Friday, June 24, 2011

New Earrings....

Another great day! My good friend Haden Starbuck came over and we played in the studio. Here are some new earrings that I made today. I am already working on other pairs in different sizes and patina's. Hopefully by the end of next week I will be finished with all of my special orders and be able to stock up my etsy and The Port Townsend Gallery.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Today was a perfect day here in the NW! I don't think there is any place nicer or prettier than the Pacific NW in the summer (when it is clear that is)!

Woke up to see the deer passing through our yard.....

then on our way to dinner saw this mom and baby.....

Today I worked on some special orders. This one is for a 60th wedding anniversary gift. This is the bracelet after patina and before buffing.

and here it is after....

I have been extremely happy with my patina's lately. The colors just jump out at you!

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend here in our neighborhood. I hope you all have a wonderful one as well!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day Dad!!!

I feel so lucky to have my father live so close to us! We are looking forward to spending the day and cooking a wonderful dinner for him.

I love you Dad......

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Enjoying Life

Enjoying life....

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Robyn Cornelius!

Robyn Cornelius totally rocks!
I know I have talked about her before but really she is awesome! We got to hang out at The Bead and Button Show and she loved the new direction I am going in from the techniques she had taught me this summer. We both agreed that it is so nice to have students that don't just make what you teach them but take the techniques and make them your own. It was also so great of her to send her students and customers to my booth to check out my work as well. I also sent my friends and customers her way.... isn't this the way it should be? So sad that some people don't see things this way......

These are the bracelets that Robyn taught us in class..... these were made by Nicole, Marion and myself.

This is the direction which I took them.....

and some more that I did with 24 karat gold plating.....

Robyn has an excellent tutorial out on creating wonderful colors out of your patina. She shares many interesting techniques! It is here in her Etsy.

Also check out her piercings..... she taught this technique to a few of us this summer...... she is definitely the queen of the jeweler's saw! Robyn will be teaching lots of great classes next year again at The Bead and Button Show and regularly teaches in Edmonton, Canada. If you ever get the chance to take a class with her don't pass it up.

Robyn I can't wait till later this summer to learn and play some more!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Home Again....

Made it home safe and sound on Monday. The show was fantastic for us! My new work went over very well and I came home with very little left. I observed that people with new work did well and those that hadn't changed or added anything new didn't have as good of a show. The attendance seemed about the same as last year. Meet the Teachers was phenomenal!

Our class was great! I will post some photo's later tonight...... for now I am still catching up on things!

I am already looking forward to the show next year! I will be teaching 2 prelude classes...... they will involve both silver and glass!!!!!

Stay tuned!!!!