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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

flecked
mottled
dappled

fossilized blooms

petrified sunsets

envelop me

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Road Less Traveled

Robert Frost said that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference. I would have to disagree this time. The road to my house has been under construction since May of 2009 and I have had to take a very inconvenient detour. The road less traveled sucks. It's bumpy. It's way out of my way. And it's far easier to go in the ditch because of the hairpin turns. I'd say taking the road less traveled just ticks me off. . .

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lunch Buddy

Look who joined us for lunch today. . .

They're sweet when they're not munching the flowers or the garden.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Little Piece of Asphalt Heaven

We've had a gravel driveway for awhile and it's sooooo dusty. The kids have bikes and Big Wheels, but had no where to ride them. So, we bit the bullet and got the driveway paved. Not the whole thing, because our driveway is almost 1/4 mile long, but at least the part by the house and the garage. We'll be paying for it for awhile, but it's sooooo worth it. My daughter has already even learned to ride her bike on it already!


I just wish we could drive on it. . .

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My New Shop, SilverSmack

I finally opened my new shop that will focus on hand forged and wire wrapped silver items and actually listed a few items.

I love the way this picture of the hammered silver stacking rings came out.

I was also pretty proud of the Kyanite pearl dangle necklace. The blue came out nicely.

These hammered hoop earrings were tough to photograph because it was getting dark.

The Hammered Circle Tahitian Pearl necklace was very difficult to photograph because it was so reflective. If you look closely, you can see me in the pearl.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Knee High by the 4th of July?


Just about.

The corn is very close to being right on track.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Textured Stacking Copper Rings

I just made these stacking rings out of copper. I challenged myself to find a different texture for each one. I love the way metal can take on texture. These were also the first real soldering I did. I just love the way they catch the light!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Metalsmithing

It was so fun using different metals together. I've only ever used silver. The copper and brass compliment each other nicely.

It was fun to experiment with different textures too. One layer has a brushed sunburst finish and the other has a hammered finish.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

For the Birds!

I saw a cool blue bird perched on our garden post this morning. I rushed for my camera, took a picture, but the memory card wasn't in it. (Still can't find it. Where could it be? The computer or the camera are the only possible locations?????) At first I thought it was an Indigo Bunting which is the prize of birds to see. I've only seen two before in my lifetime. . .

Then, I thought it was a Bluebird. . .

But it turns out, it was a Barn Swallow which makes the most sense, since we have about seven nests in the eaves of of our garage overhang and under our deck.

Here's more of a close-up.

They are pretty, except they leave little presents on our retaining wall and our garage slab.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baby Corn!

We weren't sure they were going to come up, but here they are!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Metamorphosis

The caterpillars came home from school with my four year-old son so he could take care of them for the summer.


Soon, they we on the roof of there bug house in their chrysalis.

When they hatched, the butterflies were very fond of the kids.

My son was very sad when his butterfly finally flew away.

My daughter sang hers a song called "Butterfly Fly Away."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

If We Plant It, Will It Grow?

We aren't farmers. We just happen to have a tractor (two, actually. More on that in a later post) and a significantly sized yard.

My husband got it in his head that he wanted to plant some corn. We like to eat corn. Does that qualify us? Do we know anything about planting corn? No. The most we've ever done is planted a few tomato plants and sunflowers.

He did his research, but it was much more complicated than we anticipated. We had no field. We had grass, so we had to get the area tilled. Twice. We had to get one of these to plant the corn.


It has two bins because the top one is for fertilizer and the bottom one is for the corn. We had to turn the tractor tires around because they were too far apart. Talking to the old guys at the fertilizer store was nice because they really knew what they were talking about. And we had to decide what kind of corn to plant. There weren't a whole lot of choices at our tiny feed store, so we tried a few.

Now we have one of these. Our own field of dreams. . .

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Snow Day in April!

Just when you think spring is here and you can get out the flip-flips and the shorts, BAM! Mother Nature has something else in mind - A great big snowstorm! This type of weather event is not entirely unheard of in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Living here, you come to expect things like this. I'm not complaining. I get a day off from work.

And to think it was 71 degrees last week!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Photography Aid

Now, I'm not the greatest photographer and would never claim to be, but I came across what I think is the greatest photography aid EVER! I always had trouble holding the camera steady for those close-up shots. I had a little, tiny tripod, but it wasn't tiny enough. This bendy tripod lets me bend it as small as I want.


I got it at Best Buy for $21.99 and I threw the package away, but the name on it says SUNPAC. For outdoor pics, you can also bend it around trees, decks, playground equipment, or whatever else you can find. I love it!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Just in Time for the Beach

It took a lot of hard work and drill bit experimentation, but I finally got a few of my beach glass pieces ready to go for my new shop SuperiorStones. I love the way they came out! For a dramatic effect, I accented the light aqua one with a genuine ruby. I left the green one plain, because it was dramatic by itself, and for a subtle accent, I paired the other light aqua one with a small white genuine cultured pearl. Even though the ground is still covered with snow here, I know spring is just around the corner. . .