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I love hammering gold, silver, copper, brass, and bronze into amazing textured custom rings, custom wedding rings, engagement rings, and other unique artisan jewelry.  I have an extensive selection of men's and women's rings, along with gemstone and pearl jewelry in my SilverSmack shop on Etsy.  Please stop in and take a look.

A Poem I wrote

Beyond Semi-precious

Lapidolite, Dumorterite, Iolite

even the sedimentary syllables shine

nutured by nature

colored by the earth


fossilized blooms

petrified sunsets

envelop me

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Saturday, September 22, 2012

QR Codes

Not exactly sure what they are or what they do, but here is mine.  Kinda funny looking.  (Shrug.)


Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's a Chore

I completely believe in chores for kids. It helps them develop responsibility and character. My son does not believe in chores. He believes in dragging out a two minute job to at least an hour. Here is the breakdown: 20 minutes of whining that he doesn't want to do it. 20 minutes of whining that he doesn't know how to do it. 15 minutes of trying to convince me to show him how to do it. 3 minutes of crying because his life is so horrible. 2 minutes of doing it.

And this was just over putting the towels away. Wait until it's time for the dishes. . .

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Silver Stacking Rings with Gemstones by SilverSmack

SilverSmack has been adding some color to her shop with some new silver stacking gemstone rings. These are so fun, add that much needed splash of color to my shop, and are here just in time for spring and Mother's Day. They can be Mother's rings, engagement rings, or just a fun color combination, so keep checking SilverSmack for new additions!

Sunstone Turquoise Silver Ring Stacking Set-Tangerine Tango Cockatoo by SilverSmack

Blue Chalcedony Opal Silver Stacking Ring Set-Sky Dreams by SilverSmack

Amethyst Silver Ring Purple Rose Cut Solitaire by SilverSmack

Moonstone Kyanite Iolite Silver Stacking Ring Set- Twilight by SilverSmack

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Shazzabeth Creations: July Birthstone - Ruby

Shazzabeth Creations: July Birthstone - Ruby: "For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth. It has everything a precious stone shoul..."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Superior Stones

Lake Superior is the greatest of the great lakes, so when it came to naming my shop featuring beach stones and beach glass, SuperiorStones was the obvious choice. The lake affects my life in so many ways- the weather being the most prominent. The "lake effect" snow is what gives "Big Snow Country" its name, so I decided to celebrate the lake and all its power and beauty.
Brown Beach Stone Emerald Cluster Pendant Knotty Necklace by SuperiorStones
I love contrasting textures, so I enjoy pairing a dainty, classy stone or pearl with the more rustic, rugged beach stone. I often use pearls, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, tanzanite, diamonds, and other more precious gemstones as accents because I just love the contrast.

Slate Gray Beach Stone Pearl Knotted Pendant Necklace by SuperiorStones

Slate Gray Peacock Pearl Beach Stone Necklace by SuperiorStones

Brown Beach Glass Chrome Diopside Necklace by SuperiorStones
Beach glass is getting harder and harder to find because the ships don't dump their garbage in the Great Lakes any more (thank goodness) and people aren't littering as much as glass any more (also good.)

Gray Beach Stone Pearl Knotted Cluster Pendant Necklace by SuperiorStones

Moss Green Brown Braided Leaf Necklace by SuperiorStones
I also have a selection of carved bone and horn, and other organic, earthy looking pendants.

Black Cream Carved Bone Cross Necklace by SuperiorStones
And my shop just would be complete if I didn't have something for the men.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Talking Smack with SilverSmack

SilverSmack was named thus because I love(Smack=kiss) working with silver and I love smacking it with my hammer and seeing what kind of cool texture I can come up with.
Hammered Wide Silver Distressed Squares Antiqued Ring Band by SilverSmack
I also love the contrasting look that mixing metals can give to a piece of jewelry.

Copper Hammered Spinner Silver Oxidized Wide Ring by SilverSmack
I also love making stacking rings - the more the merrier!

Silver Super Stack Rings Hammered Multi-Colored Eternity by SilverSmack
And I put my heart and soul into making custom wedding rings and wedding ring sets for very many special people.

Mens & Womens Hammered Oxidized Distress Silver Ring Set by SilverSmack
I also really love working with different quality gemstones and bringing together beautiful color combinations.

Moss Aquamarine Lemon Topaz Labradorite Front Toggle Necklace by SilverSmack
Living in the great Northwoods, I get a lot of my inspiration from nature.

Copper Fern Leaf Rustic Earrings by SilverSmack

Monday, May 23, 2011

Look for the Pot of Gold

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SilverSmack was Featured! Come Check It Out!

Inside Etsy: Store Owner Interviews: SilverSmack: "It takes a special kind of person to live in a nearly year-round winter wonderland. And it ain’t me. Although sometimes the East Texas humid..."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New SilverSmack Shop on Artfire

I just opened up a new "Pro" shop on Artfire for my SilverSmack shop which means I can put more items in my shop and I get a few more bells and whistles.

SilverSmack - ArtFire Artisan Studio

I still have my SilverSmack shop on Etsy which is doing very well, I must say. I just don't want to put all my eggs in one basket.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sapphire, September's Birthstone

Sapphire is September’s birthstone and is the stone for the Taurus. If a Taurus wears a sapphire, it is said to protect one from and cure one's mental disorders.
Throughout history, the sapphire symbolizes truth, sincerity, and faithfulness in relationships, and to bring peace, joy and wisdom to the wearer and owner. Sapphire was also believed to protect against evil.
Blue is by far the most popular color for sapphires, but they can be almost any color, including yellow, green, white, colorless, pink, orange, brown, and purple. Padparadscha is the name for a rare orange-pink variety of sapphire and has a higher value than blue sapphires.
Abbes Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) wrote that the gemstones are formed through the powerful combination of water and fire, therefore holds powers corresponding to these phenomena. She also believed that each stone had a certain, divine blessing from God. She also suggested that licking the stone could make a person smarter.
Here are some beautiful sapphire creations by the Jewelry on Etsy Team members .
These Earrings, blue sapphire, wire wrapped briolettes, sterling silver, free shipping, handmade in Australia by Angelene.

These Tiny Key and Sapphire Earrings in Sterling Silverby Dashery .

These Sapphire 14K gold filled earrings - DEWBERRY by
mcrdesigns .

This Bold sterling and blue sapphire knuckle ring, size 7.5 by Metalicious .

This Silver Green Sapphire Edelweiss Reversible Pendant by WearablebyDesign.

This Wedding band silver ring - engraved hearts, sapphires by

This Large Genuine Sapphire Pearl Kyanite Woven Herringbone Wire Wrapped Silver Necklace by SilverSmack.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sunrise After Storm

The view off of my deck after a thunderstorm the other day.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Is It Really Flip-Flop Weather?

Sure, everyone wants spring to come, but lets take a little time to look at the facts. THERE'S STILL A TON OF SNOW OUT THERE! This is what I see when I look out my window. Not flip-flop weather in my book. Sure, we've had a few days of warmer temperatures, but in addition to a ton of snow, there's even more MUD!

Now, I've spotted some flip-flops already this week. Maybe in warmer climates, that's fine, but in BIG SNOW COUNTRY, I think it's best to wait a bit. . .