Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ridiculously excited...

...about this ring...
(I am enamoured with this combination of colours!)

Sterling silver, ruby, amethyst & apatite ring

Sterling silver, ruby, amethyst & apatite ring

Sterling silver, ruby, amethyst & apatite ring

Sterling silver, ruby, amethyst & apatite ring

...and about this...

Cerulean Sunset

...being published here...

(page 163, if you're curious...)

...and about going camping this weekend.

Fresh air,


bush walks,

Mother Nature in abundance...

does it get any better?



What are you excited about this week?

I hope your weekend is looking fine and fun!

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Ocean's Keep

Cast your soul to the ocean…

The *Ocean's Keep* Ring

Let her waves wash over you,
and caress the worries from your brow.
She has a salty salve to heal your heart,
and gentle arms of froth and light
to cleanse,
to clarify,
to purify...

The *Ocean's Keep* Ring

Let her tides take the sorrows from your spirit…
surrender to her ebb as she gathers up your woes,
embrace her flow as she bears you peace and plenty.

The *Ocean's Keep* Ring

Let her winds fill your sails to brimming...
submit as she carries you forth,
takes you away,
pushes you ever forward on this journey of life.

The *Ocean's Keep* Ring

And when your spirit is round and refreshed,
walk upon her sandy shore,
yet lifted...
feel your soul nourished and full.
Leave your troubles with the ocean's keep,
and carry her riches in your heart.

The *Ocean's Keep* Ring

The Ocean's Keep Ring
Sterling silver, 9 carat gold, chrysocolla

If she needs to belong to you, you can find her here

P.S.  Words cannot express how much I am grateful for all of your gracious comments on my last post.  I feel blessed that I can take you along on this journey as I chase my dreams! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dream On...

My Grandpa (88 years and counting) has shared this journey with me from the beginning...

Sterling Silver and Twilight Topaz Ring

He watches me walk past his room every night as I carry my freshly soldered creations from my studio to the kitchen for pickling...

He lies in his bed listening to me hammering and sawing and sanding...

He asks questions, shows a quiet interest in my processes...

And the other day, he reminded me just how long I have been dreaming this dream...

Sterling Silver and Twilight Topaz Ring

He recalled taking me along to the local technical college as a wide-eyed 16 year old, hoping to sign up for a jewellery course...

He recalled the woman behind the desk wanting to sign me up for a very expensive five year course...

He recalled that I signed up for the very cheap four week course instead.

He recalled taking me along to the local hardware store, and helping me buy the tools for my short course...

needle files, wet & dry paper, saw blades, drill bits...
(would you believe I use those same needle files today...!)

Sterling Silver and Twilight Topaz Ring

Then Grandpa said to me,

'There's a lot of years between then and now.  Since then you've worked, gotten married, had two children...and now you're doing it, what you wanted to do all those years ago.

So, were you thinking about doing this all that time?'

Well, yes Grandpa, I was...

Sterling Silver and Twilight Topaz Ring

14 years of dreaming and hoping and wanting...

wishing and craving and imagining...

Sterling Silver and Twilight Topaz Ring

Do dreams come true?

Why, yes...


I believe indeed they do :-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Pace of Nature

Adopt the pace of Nature
Her secret is patience

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~


Mother Nature knows that good things take time.
Her every action is thoughtful
and productive…
a perfectly orchestrated symphony of creation.

The *Pace of Nature* Necklace

She weaves every thread to a glorious whole
with a magic that is only possible
with time and temperance.

The *Pace of Nature* Necklace

She works with Time's hand,
not against it,
at a pace that is patient and deliberate,
wasting not action nor moment.

The *Pace of Nature* Necklace

Her masterpieces are crafted
with a tender hold,
coaxed piece by piece,
thread by thread,
moment by moment.

The *Pace of Nature* Necklace

There is no urgency,
no limit on time.
Growth takes as long as it takes,
life cannot be rushed...

The *Pace of Nature* Necklace

Slow down,
and entice life at a gentle pace,
with a peaceful soul
and a patient heart....


{ SOLD - thank you! x }

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Celebrating Two...

We've come a long way, you and I...

Jett - 7 days old

I have watched two years of moments 
transform you,
shape you...
watched you grow,
and learn,
and thrive...

Jett's 2nd birthday

I have watched you find your feet to walk,
then run,
as they carry you into a new world which is opening up before you every single day...

Jett's 2nd birthday

I have laughed to tears along with you...
your laugh is hands down the best in the world,
the whole world.
Hands down...

Jett's 2nd birthday

I have felt my heart melt and my soul sing...

Jett's 2nd birthday

...whenever you bless me with a kiss...

Jett's 2nd birthday

You are all things to me...
my headache,
my heartbeat...

Jett's 2nd birthday

And you will always be my baby...

Happy 2nd birthday, darling boy.

Forever and always,


Thursday, July 7, 2011

I love...

...afternoons spent this way...



...decorating my studio...


...watermelon tourmaline...!
{and in particular, rose cut watermelon tourmaline... *swoon*}

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacking Rings

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacking Rings

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacking Ring

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacking Ring

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacking Ring
{SOLD - thank you! x}

Tell me about your week...

what is making you smile?

Monday, July 4, 2011


Some days,
it is enough
just to breathe…

The *Breathe* Ring

Those days
when your soul feels frayed,
heavy and hard
from life's afflictions….

The *Breathe* Ring

Those days
when your eyes are open,
but you see only burden and bustle
wrapped tightly around every thought…

The *Breathe* Ring

Those days,
when your heart-strings 
remember the music 
to your soul's song,
but the words are merely memory…

The *Breathe* Ring

On those days,
when you are heavy of heart
and slight of spirit,

The *Breathe* Ring

it is enough
to just be,
to just breathe…

The *Breathe* Ring

A gentle reminder in sterling silver and aquamarine, that some days it is enough just to breathe...

{SOLD - thank you!}

Friday, July 1, 2011

A new chapter

This book of life certainly makes for an interesting read...

sometimes it is a mystery,

sometimes a romance ;-)

but always an adventure.

I think, if you can view life as a book,

know that the hard times are merely another chapter,

and that they WILL come to an end,

you can deal with whatever life throws at you.

It's just another chapter...

After a month-long absence, I am SO happy to be back with you.

I have missed you.

Thank you for every beautiful word you sent my way... were a shining light during some very dark days,

and for that, I am forever grateful.



So, where I am now?

I am 1,000 kilometres away,

beginning a new chapter :-)

Caring for two men who are near and dear while they battle a relentless beast
(cancer...chemotherapy...'nuff said)

The beat of life is finding a new rhythm, 

and I have begun to create once more.

It is a joy, a therapy and a release all rolled into one joyous bundle.

My new space is abundant with light...

Studio 1

Studio 3

I love that Mother Nature is just outside my window...

Studio 6

When life is turned on its head, you tend to slow down,

take notice of the little details around you...

Studio 2

...and take great pleasure in the simple things...

Studio 4

My apprentice approves of the new space...

Studio 5

And hopefully one day soon he will tire of hiding my tools out the window :-)


My Etsy shop is now re-open for business.

I have decided to give my Muse free reign for now,

to create whatever her heart desires

rather than focusing on a new collection.

It's only fair,

I've kept her under lock and key for a whole month :-)


Thank you for still being here,

you are SO wonderful!

With love,

P.S.  What do you think of my new blog design?

I decided to go all minimalist...

simple is good :-)