The trusses arrived and the roof is going up on our new shop building!
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Today I chaperoned my sons’ 4th grade class strip to Starker Forest. It was one of
the best field trips I’ve gone on and I’ve gone on quite a few doozies as an overachieving
There’s on thing wrong with this sign that took us a while to figure out…. “durning”?
The guides were great and the kids were attentive (mostly).
Egads- wasp nest. Glad it was empty!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
This may be one of the most boring blog posts but it was pretty exciting for us.
The arrival of the cement truck. The rain stopped and we had a perfect day for
Don’t let the excitement you.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
A lot has been happening! Nick turned 48. We call this picture Zombie daddy.
Henry went to his first 6th grade Middle School dance. He was the life of the party.
We had Nick’s Aunt Alice visit and cousin Azreal. Alice is 85 year’s old and has
been accepted into the peace Corp. She is heading to Morocco in January for 2 years!
My son affirmed my status as awesome Mom.
AND… We broke ground on our new shop building that is being built right now!
The big hole
The empty pockets that this big exciting project will cost us. (But worth every penny.)
Friday, July 25, 2014
There it is on page 12 of the October 2014 issue of Knit Style magazine! They contacted
us a few months ago and asked me to send some high res photos of ourAluminum
Fleur De Lis Shawl Pin.
And today they sent us the issue. Stuff like this gets me so excited!
They like me. They really like me. Or at least my pin.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
We love getting photos from happy customers showing how they use our hair
pins in their lovely tresses. This photo was sent by Lisa Cach who is a successful
and prolific romance writer. Our beautiful red locks are creatively held by our
If you have any pictures of our jewelry in action we’d love to see them!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Early this spring Nick and I came upon one of those awesome country yard sales
down the road from us that makes me giddy with frugal joy.
I was able to buy 7 of these assorted candle lanterns for a mere $.50 each (and the
perfect bird feeder too for the same price.) But how was I going to use them on
our lovely back deck?
So I pulled out my trusty coil of 9 gauge aluminum wire we use for all our
With my favorite 27 year old pliers I came up with this design (which we also
make earrings similar too.)
Then hammered it with my hammer and anvil to make it stronger.
Put the hook on the lanterns…
and hung them up on the handy support rods that run across our porch overhang,
This is the delightful view out our kitchen window.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
I’ve been adding lots of new designs and stones and variations of designs into the
shop the past month. These earrings above are Celtic Teardrop Swirl Spirals Sterling
Silver Wire Earrings. They are a pretty little design I came up with a long time ago
and have just managed to get in there.
This Looping Celtic Crossed Knots Sterling Silver Pendant was a request from a
customer. It’s the pendant version of the earrings and shawl pin design.
I have to say I was pretty pleased with the way this picture came out of the new
Little Butterfly Sterling Silver Shawl Pin, Scarf Pin. It just sat perfectly on our daylily.
Ever since we sold out of our little lapis earrings and used up all the lapis beads
we had I’ve been wanting to add another lapis design - Small Lapis Lazuli and
Pearl Pendant .
This was also a custom request for theNorse Thor's Hammer Mjolnir Aluminum
Hair Stick, Shawl Pin, Scarf Pin
We thought it was a great idea!
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
This spring I was inspired by the daffodils and came up with this design.
The Little Sterling Silver Daffodil Shawl Pin- perfect for light lacey shawls and scarfs.
The Sterling Silver Daffodil Flower Pendant. The earrings will be coming soon too.
The Little Aluminum Daffodil Shawl Pin – another little once for light weight
lace shawls and scarfs.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Dork Family at the Albany , Oregon train station Friday afternoon. On Saturday
we went to the Portland Zoo.
This bear apparently drank too much.
We got to spend time with our friends Eric and Marcel.
This was Henry’s invention at the food court at the zoo- a popcorn sandwich made
with cotton candy bread.
We stopped at the Nike store so that Marcel could be the special socks he wanted.
Max and Nick in the big city
This is a rare and unusual site- both kids happily eating food. Max got Indian food
and Henry got plain handmade noodles from the food trucks. They are both picky