What We’re Learning

What We’re Learning

When Troy and I decided to go down this path all we really brought to the table was heart.  Sure, he did a bang-up job of training Holly into the amazing dog that she is today.  But that was so completely different.  Holly was an eight-week-old puppy when we got her.  All she had known was good stuff, and when she came to us the good stuff just kept on getting better.  She was a blank slate ready to learn things the right way the first time.  There was nothing to un-train if you will.  And because of that neither of us really have experience with taking on a broken animal.  Heidi is teaching us so much.  In fact, we had a conversation over the weekend about how we think we’re learning way more from her than she’s learning from us.  But here are a few things that...

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Creating Family Heirlooms

Creating Family Heirlooms

One of the most wonderful gifts I was commissioned to create for Christmas this year was by a wonderful client, whose name can’t be used in case her family members see this.  Now all of you are wondering if one of these will be showing up under your tree! This sweet girl asked me to design necklaces for all the women in her family, herself included, as a set.  She wanted to use vintage pieces, lots of sparkle and feature blue and silver as the color palette.  Oh my gosh, how excited was I to tackle this one? Each of these pieces was created to reflect the woman who would be wearing it based on size and shape, but incorporate pieces that overlap into one another.  The thought being that if you set all of these necklaces up next to each other you’ll see they’re all...

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Coming Home

Coming Home

The morning we headed home from Oregon we were up bright and early to make the Mal exchange.  The people who had been fostering Heidi for the last month were going to take Windsor and hand over our new girl.  The information they were able to give us about her was pretty speculative since they got her from a shelter.  However, based on the state of her health and the fact that she was lactating when they got her it was safe to say that she was likely a breeding dog in a puppy mill and had recently been removed from her current litter.  This couple was pretty confident that because she’s so shy around people and is a high flight risk (her flight instinct is way higher than fight) there’s no way that someone found her, picked her up and brought her to the shelter. ...

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Yep, it’s Elk Ivories Again!

Yep, it’s Elk Ivories Again!

I had to share the latest elk ivory project that I was so fortunate to get to work on.  The lovely Julie Dianda brought me the ivories from the elk that she personally hunted.  She had seen some of my earlier projects and decided that she wanted something unique and feminine that included elements that personally reflected her. We brainstormed and she told me that her favorite color was blue, loved turquoise and sunflowers.  She also wanted to incorporate the end from the shell casing of the round used to kill this elk.  She gave me her treasures and let me have at it. I knew I had some awesome pieces already perfect for her necklace.  The center includes an orphaned earring that I found in my hunts and was already set in 925 silver.  I love seeing that stamp on...

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The Jewelry Tree

The Jewelry Tree

I don’t remember where I first saw a jewelry tree, but when I did I was totally taken with the idea of creating art out of vintage jewelry pieces, and hanging it boldly from a wall to shed its bedazzling wonderfulness on all who see it.  Not everyone wants to wear their treasures, or worry about wearing fragile, older pieces.  However, in my opinion, it’s still sad that sparkly, vintage pieces of history get tucked into the back of jewelry boxes never to see the light of day because something might happen to them. Thus the jewelry tree. My daughter’s first grade teacher saw me wear lots of different creations each week when I came to volunteer in the classroom.  We got to talking about how I love working with old pieces, and she mentioned wanting me to make...

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Elk Ivories Part Two

Elk Ivories Part Two

Recently over coffee at Bible study I somehow started sharing about how I had been tasked with the job of turning a pair of elk ivories and a fishing hook into a custom piece of jewelry.  In case you missed that post, the pic is here. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with how awesome something as unusual has elk ivories could look when it was surrounded by vintage sparkle and gorgeousness.  Well, it turns out that one of the ladies from my Bible study is also an avid hunter.  Her eyes lit up and she asked if I could do something with her ivories. A couple of weeks later she brought me a Copenhagen chew can filled with her elk ivories. It turns out that storing them in an old chew can helps bring out the brown shades in the ivory. Who knew? I’m learning all...

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