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I Have No Reason To Complain…

Wow-we are supposed to have Autumn here in New England USA, but it has felt like anything but!  With temperatures today near 80 degrees, it has felt more like August than Fall!  I have no reason to complain.As I contemplate...

Winery in France

Clean Living and Renewal

[caption id="attachment_2020" align="alignleft" width="300"] Winery in Sessel, France[/caption] Sometimes-you have to go away and do something really different. I am lucky enough to have friends who live in the French Alps.  They live in a remote village of 60 or so people...

What's in your jewelry box

What’s in YOUR Jewelry Box?

Have you looked through your jewelry box lately?  Scary, Isn't it?   Like most women, I have a lot of old jewelry stored in my jewelry box. Some of it hasn't seen the light of day in years!I challenge you to...

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Vote For Us! Fedex Small Business Grants

VOTE!   Nutmeg Collective is a wonderful Organization that helps Connecticut Artisans connect as a community in Connecticut.  I am lucky enough to be a member.  We have applied for a FedEx Grant for small business, and all you have to do...

Lynne and Vise

My Journey into Learning How to Engrave Jewelry

Well, here I am, on the road to learning how to engrave jewelry!  When I decided I really wanted to learn about engraving, I thought that it wouldn’t be that hard. I knew, of course, that there would be a learning...

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The Art Of Crafting In The New Year

A Jewelry Crafter’s Life….As you can tell, my last few posts have been about the holidays, how to shop, and December Birthdays. Like most crafters this past December, I have been burning the candle at both ends. From September to...

Blue Zircon Ring

December Birthstones-Beautiful Blues

Did you know that December has claim to three birthstones?  They are Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise!  They all have a rich and beautiful blue color, and each has a different meaning behind it.  So let's take a look at these beautiful December...

Moss agate pendant

Moss Agate Pendant Jewelry

Take a look at this exquisite moss agate, that I set into a sterling silver setting!  This is a moss agate with deep reds against beautiful forest greens.  This is a thinly cut stone, that I made into wearable jewelry...

Polished Stones Question

When You See A Cool Rock….

What do you do? Do you pick it up to throw it? Do you pick it up to gaze at the colors and texture?Do you put it in your pocket for good luck?  Do you put it in a box for safe keeping?  Do...

Carnelian Half Moon Earrings Jewelry

Carnelian, An Amazing Stone for Autumn Jewelry

I love carnelian!  I love the brilliant orange shades, the shiny crystal, and the pure color.  They make a piece of jewelry "pop"!   Carnelian Stones are not only a beautiful bright orange form of Chalcedony, they are known for their healing...

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Loving Rocks

[caption id="attachment_1548" align="alignright" width="303"] She receives an Ametrine Earring and Necklace Set for her Birthday, made by SilverSpiral Creations[/caption] Any of you who know me, know that I love rocks and jewelry.   I have since I was a child, and I don't...

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We had a Makeover!

Well---Sort of.  My whole website is brand new and I am super excited!  Like any makeover, you have to give up certain ideas so that you can have a new look.  And you have to be willing to take a risk...

Single Family Cape Cod Home

Envy or Desire? What is it Really?

The other day, I was speaking with a co-worker (I work in a school system during the day), and we got on to the subject of envy.  You see, she is one of those people everyone admires.  She can be...

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Jewelry is So Important—WHY?

Did you ever wonder why jewelry is all around you--why it is so important to us humans?Jewelry is such an intimate object, and a very personal experience.  I find that when I see a piece of jewelry for sale, it...

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The New Obsession-Handmade

So what is this new obsession to have things handmade?  You see it everywhere.  Amazon.com has a new "Handmade" section-supposedly to compete with Etsy.com--but I see handmade popping up everywhere.  Martha Stewart has a handmade initiative, as do many other...

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How to Talk to an Artist Part 1

So you want a beautiful, personalized piece of art.  Maybe it is art jewelry, maybe a painting, pottery, sculpture, or other art.  You want it to be unique, your own, and perhaps you need it to be affordable.  Some of...

Brown Agate Necklace jewelry

Why is Handmade Jewelry So Expensive?

This is a question I get all the time! If I can go to the "Department" Store, I can get a piece of nice jewelry for half the price!  Why should I buy something handmade? Well--let's take a look.  This Dryhead Agate...

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Changing and Growing

Well, it happened.  Over the summer, I had somewhat of an artist's block.  I was getting tired of making the same things over and over again.  On the one hand, I should have been flattered to be getting orders based...

tarnish

Who wants tarnish???

So, you buy a beautiful sterling silver bracelet.  And it is bright and shiny, with no scratches and you are in love with this piece of jewelry.  You paid a premium price because it was an artisan made piece and...