Monday, September 29, 2008

She Learns How to Solder

This last weekend Mandy and I took a road trip to a class instructed by Beth Quinn at the Blissful Living Studio in Phoenix. It was a whirlwind trip as we left on Friday and came back on Saturday night but it was so much fun. Beth Quinn made soldering seem easy and I loved the class and the studio. Check out the two pendants that I made in class. I enjoyed it so much check back for more soldering projects soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ann's Here..

..From England. I had not seen her in such a long time, I had to make something to give her. She has red hair so I thought that green stones with copper would be perfect for her. Plus, I've been really into copper lately. She brought me jewelry too. So we literally exchanged. She brought me these beautiful silver earrings that had the Keltic symbol on them. They are so pretty. They came all the way from Leicester England where my friend Ann lives now. Wish you were closer, I love you!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

More Birthday Art

A couple more bday presents that I thought I would share. Thank you to everyone. You can't see the back of the ATC but it says: "While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats." Mark Twain. I love that quote!

Friday, September 5, 2008

What a Birthday!

A big THANK YOU to all of the ladies in the jewelry group for all of their wonderful gifts. I am putting up a group shot of all of my presents but it really doesn't do them justice. They all deserve pictures of their own but you can zoom in and look at most of them pretty well. I feel so lucky to have such creative and talented friends.

I also have to thank all of my non-jewelry making friends for their lunches, dinners, well wishes and gifts too. My students that I supervise at work even got me flowers. They are so sweet. The arrangement has this really cool vine in it!

I know I just said this yesterday but I feel so lucky. Thanks again everybody.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


It is hard for me to imagine but last year at this same time I felt lost and confused and when asking myself and when others asked me too I couldn't even tell you where my confidence was or who I really was anymore. When literally pushed into the jewelry arena I wasn't really sure I was creative or doubted that I would even fit in...Wow what a difference a year can make! Now not only do I feel like I fit in I feel like it is a home that I never even knew was possible. See, I still believe that everything happens for a reason and had this person not pushed me towards this creative outlet I never would've found the thing that is truly healing my life. So this birthday I am truly thankful and feel incredibly blessed. Not only do I have my tried and true loving friends that have always seen me through the good the bad and the ugly, I have a whole host of new friends who are enriching my life in ways I didn't even know were possible. So thank you to the friends who held me when I cried this year, to friends who aren't afraid to shake their thing line dancing at Stoney's, to friends who like to take creative road trips, to friends who make me laugh so hard I cry and to all of you who listened, encouraged and supported me this year. I love you all!