Chris, her son Mike and his wife Jill came and made some awesome jewelry in my class a few days ago. Chris brought some beautiful stones and she made a beautiful pendant, Mike made a cool chunky textured ring with a stone and Jill made a nice turquoise pendant. Great family date!
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Getting down to work, serious business.
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Mike Hammering his band and oxidizing the ring... stinky.
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Chris showing off her finished piece!
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Jill and Mike putting the finishing touches on their jewelry.
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I love laughing pictures! A family that makes jewelry together stays together!

 

Ideas...

10/19/2011

 
Ideas are a constant stream flowing into my life and when I am at the bookstore browsing magazines is when the stream turns into a river! I never take in a notebook or pencil even though I know inspiration is going to come so I have learned to just take photos with my phone and I have wondered if this is a no-no. They are for my inspiration only and I have a bunch of them on my computer now that I like to look through when I need ideas. Here are a few things I see jewelry designs in...
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The idea of the image on the right would make a really cool cuff bracelet. I would like to make some mobile like earrings.
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This wall of stuff got me thinking about my next gallery show and how I could display my jewelry. And another mobile, I like how the different shapes cascade down, would make some cool earrings or a pendant!

 

Friends

10/12/2011

 
Two of my BFF's, Alison and Julie  joined in on my class after we had had a fun weekend together. Julie has made many things with me in the past and I wanted to show off this amazing stone she made into a nice cuff. I think it is a crazy lace agate and I wish the photo would have caught the depth in the stone, it is incredible! Julie made a wide ring with a charoite stone and Alison made an unakite pendant. Ali made cufflinks for her brother a while back and they are being enjoyed by him in England where she is from.
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There has been one thing on my bucket list/ vision board for longer than I want to admit and I finally decided to do it! Climbing Timpanogus, one of the highest peaks and the most majestic mountains we have here, sounded like the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of my 37th year! My oldest son Carlin said that he would join me and so we ventured out in the morning and spent the day making the 7.4 mile (14.8 round-trip), 4,389 elevation climb to the top! It was amazing, and a half mile from the top on the rocky stair like slope I thought, "I am glad I only said I wanted to do it once!" It was pretty intense but worth it. Standing at the top at 11,749 feet was amazing, the fall colors were spectacular, the company was great and I love my Lady Timp even more now. When I got home I hobbled in and took a long 2 hour, steaming hot epsom salt bath while I watched a movie and considered the day a great success. Now only a few days later I am wanting to climb it again and I am eyeing a few more tall peaks that surround this beautiful valley.

Some of my favorite shots:
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The vultures were circling because we looked like carcasses, well, we felt like them anyways. This was at the saddle, a mile and a 700 foot vertical climb from the top!
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Mountain goats!
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Not going to lie, this made me very nervous! 
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Beautiful fall colors on the way down...
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We made it to the hut at the top!
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It felt so good to stand on the top!
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