Wednesday, March 14, 2012

the BRONZE age

I always enjoy a good hunt.  That is, hunting for new and exciting products.  For a few years now, I've know of a company in Arizona that creates metal components, mainly for the jewelry trade.  Most of their items involve some of the more uncommon metals like titanium, stainless steel, mokume gane, reticulation silver, and bronze.

During my hunt, I captured a few pieces of bronze Sea Fan Coral.  The company ethically obtained a genuine sea fan skeleton, created a mold and replicated the sea fan in bronze.  Cool!

The texture and detail is amazing.  I can't wait to get these pieces into the Studio and start creating new jewelry designs!

What is bronze?  Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.  It's such a cool alloy that historians have named an entire "age" after it. 

Monday, February 6, 2012


It's time for a little spring cleaning in my Etsy shop....use coupon code "SpringCleaning" for a 35% discount off everything in the shop!  Happy shopping!  Offer ends February 29th, midnight CST.

Fine Silver and Ruby Hearts earrings

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Why I love being a Substitute Teacher

Today I received a note from a darling 1st grader.  The note reads:

My faveret coler is blue and green. I lik your shirt. have a nice day!

The note is complete with a bright and cheery flower and smiley face.

It may not seem like much, however I was only in this student's classroom for about an hour to assist with an English and writing lesson. 

I love teaching.  I always have. In a former career-life, I was a corporate trainer. I loved it. I educated adults in customer service techniques.  Now I mostly teach 6 to 12 year olds how to count coins and identify igneous rocks. 

At times I truly wondered if I had any impact on a child's life being a substitute teacher.  Then I receive a thoughtful note or picture from a student.  It's during these moments I know that I've touched their lives just as much as they have touched mine.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Only recently did I discover Pinterest...and I'm hooked!  If you don't know what I'm talking about, Pinterest is simply an online pin board where you can organize and share the things you love.  Brilliant!

Want to know more about my inspirations?  Check them out here on Pinterest.  :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My obsession with TEXTURE, PATTERN, COLOR and FORM

These are some of my favorite examples of amazing color combinations and interesting uses of texture and form.  I have always believed art should be just as pleasing to the eye as it is to the hand.  Enjoy!

Queen Anne's Lace Embroidered Cuff by WaterRose on Etsy

Retro Modern Cube by 3Dots on Etsy

Knotted Dots Bracelet by tqbdesigns on Etsy

Drooplets inside-outside glasses by Plodes on Etsy

Stoneware Pomegranates by Studio Armoza on Etsy