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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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Sunday, July 27, 2008

20 Years After High School? Not So Old. . .

I just had my 20 year class reunion and here is a little presentation I gave.

Twenty years seems like a long time, so in case you are starting to feel old, here are a few things to help make you feel a bit younger. . .

Ever feel "Footloose" anymore? Well, Kevin Bacon just turned 50.

Remember what it felt like to be "Like a Virgin?" (I mean the song. . .lol.) Madonna just turned 50.

The Rolling Stones have been giving us "Satisfaction" for OUR ENTIRE LIVES! Mick Jagger just turned 65 (and is older than my mom!)

Ever give that "Rebel Yell" anymore? Billy Idol is 53.

Remember when Van Halen told us to "Jump" and we said, "How high?" David Lee Roth is 54.

Remember raising your hand if you were "Sure."
(At this point someone chimed in about Mr. Martinson's yellow pit stains.)

Remember when the world wasn't politically correct?

Remember when candy bars were really big and were 25 cents?

Remember life before the Internet? (Me either.)

Remember Pong? (Enough said.)

Remember changing the channel WITH THE KNOB?

Remember when cartoons and shows were just cartoons and shows and not movies . . .
Scooby Doo
Dukes of Hazard
The Incredible Hulk
The Flintstones
And Remember that Underdog had a "Super energy pill" that he used to take? What was that? Speed? Steroids? What a great role model. . .

Here are some inventions of the 20 years that may not have been invented during the 80s, but at least became mainstream during the 80s. Some are obvious and some we may have forgotten about.
1.Microwave Popcorn (Remember Jiffy Pop? That stuff never worked. . .always burned.)
3.digital cameras/video recorders
4.MP3s & iPods
5.Cell phones & blackberries
6.Laptop computers & Powerpoint
7.GPS & Doppler Radar
9.Voice mail &Caller ID (Remember having to answer the phone to find out who it was?)
10.Pay at the pump
11.Debit cards
12.Disposable contacts
13.Ziploc Bags and Post-It Notes
14.DVDs, Tivo, & Satellite TV
15.Purell Hand Sanitizer
16.Remotes for TV, garage doors, and cars (Remember having to GET UP to change the channel?)
17.Karaoke & XM radio
19.lettuce in a bag
20.The Clapper

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Repeat Customers

Of course, all sellers want repeat customers. Well, last week at the flea market, I sold my beautiful Azurite Cascade pendant. This week, I sold my nearly equally beautiful Chalcedony Cascade pendant TO THE SAME PERSON! I couldn't believe it. At least I didn't cry this time. And I had my camera with me, so she let me take a picture. She was also wearing the perfectly matching shirt. Was it fate? This time I wasn't too stunned to get her name on my mailing list either. Now, I need to work on some new stunning eye-catching signature pieces.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Featured Artist: Galacards

Galacards makes great cards and party favors to make your special occasions even more special. She can customize or add extra embellishments to give your cards or favors "that special something."
Need a great gift to go with this card from Galacards? Check out this Dewdrop Necklace from Moon Mystic.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Seller's Sadness

Today at the flea market, I sold the most beautiful pendant. It may have been the most beautiful pendant I have ever made. The lady saw it, wanted to hear more about and just had to try it on. Once she tried it on, I knew she would buy it. And it matched her shirt perfectly. I had tears in my eyes. It was so beautiful, but I was a little bit sad. I put my soul into that pendant. I was beginning to think nobody was going to buy it. And how could nobody buy it? It's gorgeous! I'm still experiencing some seller's remorse. I miss it. . . my creation, my inspiration, an expression of me. . .

Saturday, July 12, 2008

To Swab or Not to Swab

I love cotton swabs. Cleaning my ears is like brushing my teeth- very refreshing. A friend of mine doesn't clean his ears because the doctor told him he shouldn't stick the q-tip in his ear. Two times he was cleaning his ears and he ended up pushing a chunk of wax up against his eardrum and he had to go to the Emergency Room to have it removed. My argument is that if you keep your ear canal clean which means cleaning it consistently, no chunk of wax will get pushed up against your eardrum, but he won't listen. I keep mine clean and it has never happened to me. Doctors don't always know what they are talking about. I think a mature adult can handle the responsibility of sticking the swab in their ear and not damaging anyhing, unless it's already gummed up in there. It has happened to him TWICE. Hmmmm. . . I wonder who is right?

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Daughter Rocks! She's a Rockstar!

So, my seven-year old daughter decided to try out for a play. She was finally old enough. I told her that because it was her first time, she might end up playing a tree or something like that and that she should be happy with that. She was bubbling with excitement. The play was a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The night before, we read through the synopsis of the play on the internet and she decided she wanted to be a fairy. Well, I had to try to gently convince her that she may not get the part she wanted and she should just be happy with whatever part she gets. For tryouts, they had to say their names with expression, learn a dance, and say a few lines. My totally talented daughter got the part of a rock. She was still very excited. She wished she could have been a fairy, but she was excited to be a part of it all. She's my star and she's a rock, so I call her my rockstar! My three-year old son was feeling rather jealous because he wasn't in the play, but he had a cameo role and then he was happy too.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Featured Artist: Sentimentaljourney

Sentimentaljourney is rather new to etsy, but that doesn't mean she's inexperienced. She has a wide variety classy and fun hand-made cards, plus whimsical customizable tutus, colorful teethers, and she can even design a banner for your etsy shop. Talk about multi-talented!

For a necklace to go with the Clematis Cards, check out the Blush Necklace by Moonmystic.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Treasure Trove

My awesome bead swap buddy, Beadstylin sent me this wonderful selection of beads for the JET Team bead swap. I didn't take the picture right away, so as you can see, I couldn't wait and made some earrings which are in the picture. This was a really fun event that the JET team put on and I'm am very pleased with my new treasures. Thank you, Beadstylin!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Who's Your Daddy?

Well, it's a question we honestly have to deal with now. My current husband just adopted my daughter from a previous marriage because my ex-husband did not want to pay child support any more (Who would?) and because if something happened to me, my husband and whole family were worried that she would end up going to him. So, it all worked out. It was a rather painless process. We filled out a few painfully complicated forms. A lady (who ended up buying some jewelry from me and referring someone to me who bought a lot)from the juvenile court office did a home visit to make sure our home and my husband were sufficient. (Apparently, they were.) We paid $100. Then, somewhere in Texas, my ex-husband had to sign some papers in front of a judge terminating his parental rights. Then, we had to go to court for about seven minutes. The judge asked my if I understood that this meant my husband was taking on the legal rights of being her father as far as inheritance and such. I said I understood. Then, he asked my husband basically the same thing and he said he understood. Then, he told my daughter her new last name. (We kind of had to bribe her about that part.) Then we signed some more papers and paid another $120 and we were done.
Just the other day we got her new birth certificate. It has my current husband listed as her birth father. It's as if my ex-husband has been erased from existence. Weird.