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Christmas in July - Week 1

It's not too early to start your Christmas shopping . . . or at least thinking about it!  As Julie and Blu, of BlueMorningExpressions, point out on their The Blu Print blog, there are only 169 days until Christmas, as of today!  Yikes!  To help celebrate that fact, they are hosting a Christmas in July Weekend Showcase on their blog.  Lots of gorgeous gift ideas will be shared in the next four weeks.  Many studios are running some kind of special, such as a sale or free shipping.  Take advantage of these early savings!  Santa Claus Christmas party cupcake food picks for the holidays handmade by Nat of adorebynatYou can parti... » Read More

Vibrant Orange and Turquoise Blue - Fabulous Friday Finds

Vibrant orange and turquoise blue is such a wonderful color combination - one color to heat you up and one color to cool you down.  I was thinking about this while watching an exquisite Southwest sunset from my studio window:  glowing orange and velvety turquoise blue.  The sunset was a perfect inspiration for a collection called "Orange and Turquoise Blue" (which was supposed to be called "Vibrant Orange and Turquoise Blue" but somehow the "vibrant" got left off when I did the collection- oh, well!).Because I love this sunset inspired collection so much, I decided to share several pieces with you as my Fabulous Friday Finds on ArtFire. ... » Read More


As anyone who halfway knows me well, they know I am a sucker for anything celestial:  the stars, the moon, planets, the sun, Hubble deep space photographs . . . and the list goes on.  Sometimes I feel my head is in the stars as I wonder and contemplate the majesty of "out there".  This all started when I was a little kid when Grandpop took me out into the dark Austin skies (back in the days when the sky was dark there!) and started teaching me about constellations and meteor showers and moon phases.  Even though Grandpop has been gone for close to 50 years, I still hold dear what he taught me.Last night I walked out and gave the sky a ... » Read More


I think there is a bit of raven or magpie in each of us . . . drawn to sparkly items . . . wanting to wear them or stash them away.  It is with that in mind that I decided to curate a new "Sparklies!" collection, finding jewelry from the studios of Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers (JCUiN) guild members to optically and emotionally satisfy that need.  And there sure were MANY sparkly handmade jewelry pieces to be found.  Here are some of the beauties that can be found in the "Sparklies!" collection:Swarovski crystal cube bracelet with silver and gold handmade by Diane of dianesdanglesCross earrings with sapphire blue Swarovski crystals... » Read More

Art in the Park - Sharing My Display

Two weekends ago, on September 17 and 18, 2014, I had the pleasure of participating in a great arts festival here in El Paso, called Art in the Park.  It takes place twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.  Since I had participated in the fall festival and had sold quite a bit, I was eager to do the spring show . . . and was not disappointed.  Many thanks to Julian Tarango and Brenda Romero of the El Paso Parks and Rec for planning and executing such an excellent show!A Western Oriole was singing in my back yard early Saturday morning of the show.  What an auspicious way to start the day!Since I do quite a few shows, I o... » Read More

First Found Earrings

The beautiful handmade jewelry shown below were the most newly listed earrings in a collection I curated on May 7, 2014:  FIRST FOUND EARRINGS.  Such a wide variety of earrings in such a wide variety of materials . . . such talent from members of the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers guild!  Blue and yellow flower polymer clay earrings with Swarovski crystals handmade by Julie of BlueMorningExpressionsRhodonite gemstone earrings set in sterling silver serrated bezels handmade by Diane of dianesdanglesEarthy teal blue and ivory Czech glass beaded earrings handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzoRectangle copper "Smile" earrings with niobium e... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 9

Well, here it is week 9, the last week, of the Countdown to Mother's Day 2014.  It's hard to believe that these nine weeks have flown by so quickly!  Each and every one of us needs to give a hearty THANKS to Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions who came up with the idea and have now hosted Countdowns four different times.  And I understand from Julie's blog that the start of the Christmas Countdown is right around the corner - yikes!Orange and purple flower polymer clay bracelet with druk beads and acrylic chips handmade by Julie of BlueMorningExpressionsI about ran out of Mother's Day traditions from different countries, and since thi... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 8

The Countdown to Mother's Day 2014 is quickly running down.  Wow, the weeks seem to fly by these days!  Another Countdown has come and gone - and what beauties shared.  But before sharing my picks of the week, I thought I'd share a few more Mother's Day traditions from different countries.  As we have seen, Mother's Day is celebrated by the peoples of many countries around the world.  Some have been based on ancient traditions; some are fairly new.  Here are a few more:**  In Peru, Mother's Day is celebrated the second Sunday of May, with the usual gifts, chocolates and large home cooked family meals.  Children often give t... » Read More

Gray Fox Sighting - I LOVE Where I Live!

For those that don't know too much about far West Texas (or "Last Texas" as we fondly call El Paso), the wind blows a LOT in the spring.  Since I take my jewelry photos outside, taking pics of hanging earrings presents a real challenge.  I had several pair photographed laying on the white background I like to use, but pics of them hanging has been out of the question . . . until this morning.  It was calm.  So I gathered all my gear and went out.As I was taking photos of the jewels with the arroyo in the background, I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye.  I thought at first it was the cat next door that loves to torment S... » Read More

Full Blood Moon Eclipse

The cosmos has always intrigued me ever since I was a young kid and my Grandfather started teaching me to identify various constellations and basic astronomy.  I truly feel that all of us have an innate wonder about space.  Personally, I believe it's hardwired into our DNA considering how our ancient ancestors often lived and died by their interpretation of star, planet and moon movement.  When did important food animals begin to migrate?  When to plant?  When to start a journey that avoided bad storms?  Stars were certainly important to many cultures as ancient observatories, such as Stonehenge in Great Britain and Q'enqo Grande... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 7

After taking a break last week, I am continuing with sharing several Mother's Day traditions from other countries in this week's post.  It's quite interesting (at least to me - inquiring minds!) to explore the history behind the establishment of Mother's Days, some with a religious or political bent and, unfortunately, quite a few, festivities that are commercially motivated.  Then of, course, I'll be sharing my picks from this week's Countdown to Mother's Day 2014 collection hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions on their BluPrint blog.Polymer clay pink flowers with green leaves coin beads handmade by Julie of BlueMorningExpressi... » Read More

Cactus in Bloom - Tucson

Recently, my husband and I spent a long weekend in Tucson.  It was the perfect time to go because the temperature was moderate and most of the cactus were still in bloom.  Tucson is located in the Sonoran Desert, in what is called a "hot desert" since frosts or freezes during the winter are rarely experienced.  The Sonoran Desert is the only hot desert in the United States.  Because of that, many of the cacti and other plants grow large, such as the totemic saguaro and the huge barrel cactus. It is also the wettest of the four U.S. deserts, parts receiving up to 16" of rain annually.  The rains tend to be biseasonal:  the summer ... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 6

I am sorry this Countdown to Mother's Day 2014 post is late - always like to post it on Tuesday.  But my husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in the lovely city of Tucson (blogs will be forthcoming about the trip) and didn't get back until late Monday afternoon.  The one bad thing about taking time off is trying to catch up once you get home!More interesting Mother's Day traditions were also planned for this post, but that will have to be part of next week's post.Filet crochet textured mat of a cottontail rabbit in a bush handmade by Ruth of RSSDesignsinFabricAnother week has gone by and here we are closer to Mother's Day. Need a gi... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 5

Last week I had a great time sharing a few Mother's Day traditions from other countries with you.  This week, I thought I'd continue with them, because, boy, are there a lot to choose from!  And, then, of course, I will be sharing my favorite Artfire artists' handmade picks from the Countdown to Mother's Day 2014, hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions.  Silver heart pendant necklace with amethyst, peridot Swarovski crystals and lavender gray pearls handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo***In South Africa, Mother's Day is celebrated the first Sunday of May.  People traditionally wear carnations to honor their mothers:  red or pi... » Read More

Countdown to Mother's Day - Week 4

Last week, I wrote a quick history of ancient Mother's Day celebrations and how Mother's Day came to be in the United States.  Mother's Day is not just a U.S. holiday, however - most countries around the world have a day set aside to celebrate mothers.  Many, especially countries with strong European ties, celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.  This week, I thought I'd highlight a few Mother's Day celebrations around the world with a short description:  Carved bone leaf and Dzi etched brown eye agate necklace handmade by Kat of KatsAllThat*  In Nepal, the Hindu tradition of Mother's Day is called "Mata Tirtha Aunsi" or... » Read More

The Bewitching Beauty of Jasper

Next to turquoise and agates, jaspers are a favorite gemstone of mine with which to design jewelry.  Why, you might ask?  I can explain in three words:  color and pattern.  Jaspers, like agates, come in an incredible range of colors and patterns, from solid red or black to jaspers that have surrealistic "painted" landscape designs.  There is a jasper to suit anyone's fancy.Noreena Jasper, Pilbara Region, Western Australia; photo courtesy of WorldofJaspersWhat is jasper and why do they come is such amazing colors and patterns?  Inquiring minds want to know, so I did a bit research and decided to share it with you:Jasper is not a m... » Read More
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