Flower blank and pitch pot

Silver Repousse’ Flower Pendant

November 14, 2020

With all the turmoil going on around us currently, I’ve found that working on jewelry provides a welcome refuge. I have been refining my repousse’ skills and this silver repousse’ flower pendant is what I’ve been working on lately. I am still thinking about the setting I want to create for this pendant. I may…

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

November 11, 2020

Veterans Day is a federal holiday set aside to honor veterans.  The day was originally know as Armistace Day.  World War I (The Great War) officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, but the fighting had stopped earlier.  An armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into…

Celebrate your Style - silver and gemstone jewelry

Enjoy Wearing Your Jewelry

September 11, 2020

Take time to enjoy wearing your jewelry. Most of us aren’t doing a lot right now, but you can enjoy wearing your jewelry for yourself! Don’t leave your jewelry in a box or a drawer. You draw strength and comfort from the things that bring you joy, so enjoy them now. Your jewelry selections are…

Hoop Earrings

Hoop Earrings and Bangles!

August 13, 2020

I love hoop earrings and bangles! I’m one of those people who lingers by the jewelry in shops and at shows.  I love earrings – earrings that grab your attention. Big, bold, beautiful earrings that stand out and get noticed.  I love them and I find joy in them. They’re full of life and they…

Aspens in Fall

Natural Beauty – Aspens in the Fall

August 13, 2020

The aspens are a big Fall attraction here. I love how their rich golden hues color the hills and mountains around Santa Fe. The display here generally starts around the beginning of October and lasts for several weeks. Here are some aspen facts that may interest you: Aspen are medium sized trees that grow 20 to…

Back to School graphic

Going Back to School 2020

August 3, 2020

Going back to school in 2020 presents unique challenges all around. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, whether we’re talking about K through 12 or college, this school year will be unlike any before. Children need school and the interactions with teachers and other kids. If I had school age children, I would be…

Fall and Winter Fashion Colors 2020-2021

Fall & Winter Fashion Colors

July 26, 2020

It’s a colorful lineup for Fall into Winter fashion colors for 2020. These fashion colors include lots of reds and orange hues. Overall there’s a lot of color – many shades are described as seasonal classics.  Hopefully all the color will serve to keep us cheery. One of my favorites is called Amberglow. Amberglow is…

Silver leaves bracelet

What I’m Working on Now

July 18, 2020

I’ve been using this time at home to explore new things and to revisit some jewelry techniques.  I’ve been working a lot on repousse’.  When life gets back to something approaching normal, I will have improved my skills.   A few years ago I took a number of classes in a high relief approach to…

Beads you can make at home

Beads to Make Yourself

July 15, 2020

A recent New York Times article is about beads you can make yourself. The article expands on the idea of making paper beads using your newspaper as material. It’s a similar approach to what I described in my recent blog post about my son David’s handmade paper bead necklace. The Times article also includes some…

lunch in the backyard

Take a Summer Staycation

July 12, 2020

Take a summer Staycation. It’s more complicated to get away from home for a vacation right now and your Staycation can be as much fun as a trip away. Take a few days off from your schedule and plan some fun activities. Camp out in your yard. Have picnic meals outdoors. Order some treats and…