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Is Your Box of Swarovski Crystals This Big????

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Got to head out to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee Wisconsin for just 35 hours of buying. The Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee is the largest bead show in the world. The offer over 900 jewelry related classes over a 10 day stretch. It’s a great show. I do not use that many beads any more but there are a couple great stone cutters there and it’s my only chance to pick the stones out in person for the entire year. Above is picture of the truck I parked next too. I think you have a serious problem if this is your box of Swarovski Crystals!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!! Yes, I am sure they are vendors but can you imagine? It must weigh a ton. (Thank you Tammy Rae for the place to sleep: Lissa and Tammy and Chrissy and Jessica: thanks for the friendship! Hi Chelle! Good to see you too!)

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This is Tatiana she is from the Ukraine… I have been joking around with a good customer of mine that we are both moving to the Ukraine for a break in our lives…. I just had to take this woman’s photo for that reason. Here is our ticket outta here with this lady!   🙂

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Made these riveted earrings just before I left. They were a pleasure to make and wear at the show! Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/191983849/crazy-lace-agate-riveted-post-earrings?

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This is just one box of stones I purchased from Gary Wilson. I helped out in his booth for a while as well and it was a fun learning experience to work at someone else’s show. Great guys, himself, and his son in law, Spencer. Thanks guys for the great stones and good times. I don’t have a picture of all of us and Lissa… what the heck! That would have been really nice to have. Gary got any pics?

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Tourmaline in Quartz.. I purchased a few very similar to this one piece…. Yes, I will make a necklace out of it and I can’t wait to do it I already have it planned out in my head.

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I cannot remember what this stone even is… hee hee….this will be a necklace too.

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Rhodocrosite is one of my favorites because it’s pink. I have not found it in a while in nice thick beautiful pieces. These are just perfect for me!

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Malachite Drusy and Azurite

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Bought a lot of Crazy Lace Agate, again a favorite with Laguna, Dryhead Agate and Rhodocrosite

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Dryhead Agate

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Crazy Lace Agate

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Labradorite…drool… I will not be able to keep these as a set. It’s just too expensive. I will split them up and make separate pieces from them.

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Petrified Wood… This one I am going to keep for myself.

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My Grandmother is doing better. She had a heart attack last week Saturday and is recovering her strength in a nursing home. She is 90 years old and will be 91 this summer. She pushed her call light because she wanted the nurses to see the jewelry I was wearing!!!!!!!!!! I was laughing my butt off at that. We look alike in this photo: same lips, same eyes… When she sees a picture of herself she always says, ‘Who is that old woman?’ She just cannot believe her own age and image. It’s funny how we just want to stay the same. Human nature I guess. This is my Grandmother years ago at about 22 years old. She had just graduated from nursing school.

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Home… Sweet… Home….

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Custom Piece

Just finished this custom piece for a great lady far far away from me… She lives in sunny California and this pendant will be on it’s way to her tomorrow. The stones were the customers own stones.

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I will be heading to Bead and Button Jewelry Expo in Milwaukee Wisconsin at the end of this week. I was planning on a long weekend at the show but the stars might not align for me and a one day trip might be all I can escape for. My Grandmother is not doing well this week and it is day by day. My Grandmother is 90 years old and has Alzheimer’s. She lives with my Mother. Both wonderful woman, strong, stubborn, loyal and hard working  but my Grandmother’s good days have turned to just good moments (not even whole days) and every week I can see her fading more and more….

Hopefully the next time I post it is from Milwaukee but we will see what this week brings. …. Just wanted to leave you with one of my favorite sayings. It is so true.

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Great Show!!!!! Awesome People & Weather

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What a fantastic show in Sturgeon Bay, Door County Wisconsin. The weather makes it or breaks it. I have loved this show since I have been doing it, maybe five years now….

My kids love it too because there is a beautiful park and beach. These pictures are of a wonderful couple that came to the show. They have both been through a lot in the last couple of years and sound like they have the possibility of a long road ahead. It was their 14th wedding anniversary. The woman (Jill) in the photo is an accomplished metalsmith herself so I am honored that she purchased a necklace. My sincere prayers go out to her husband who has to have a big surgery June 2nd. God Bless…. wonderful meeting you both and I hope we get to meet again.

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Below is a Fox Mask that I purchased from another artist and he is just foxy!!!!!! I love him. He is in my son’s room. The artist is Nancy Briggs. You can see her work at http://www.nancybriggspottery.com

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This sign hangs next to the fox….I purchased this print on Etsy.

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Lastly, it’s finally nice here. Grilling pineapple, mango, nectarines along with chicken and carrots on the grill. Yum, summer….

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Dodge Street Antiques… in Algoma… I love this can — ‘SUPER PYRO’ Could it get any cooler than this can????????? I really wanted it but it was outta my price range. It will have to have another home with someone else.

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Next week is the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I will get some amazing stones and I will send a lot of pics! I am just a shopper at the show this year and not teaching classes so I will have time to take in all the eye candy. I will try and share it with you.

 


Race…. Show This Weekend

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Hey there everyone… ran a half marathon over the weekend with my 13 year old son and it was a beautiful day. I was suppose to run the full  marathon but I was just not ready. I had a leg injury during training and even though my leg is better I was just not confident enough to run the whole thing. I have run 7 other marathons so it was not a huge disappointment and by mile 12 I knew I had made the right decision because my leg would not have held up. My sister in law, Jenny, ran the full marathon, her first one… She did amazingly well and looked like it was a walk in the park right after she finished. Good Job Jen!!!!!!!!!! It was a miserable winter to train so she really deserves a standing ovation.

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This is part of the Green Bay Marathon Course… Lambeau Field, Home of the Green Bay Packers Football Team. We are in the stands waiting for Jenny to run by. This is the end of the marathon course and it’s pretty thinned out by this time, not a lot of runners bunched up. Spectators were only allowed in one end zone to cheer and take pics. That is why the stadium appears empty but it’s really not.

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This is a crazy man wishing for someone to trip him while he runs…. He is carrying a Chicago Bears flag through the stadium while he finishes the race. He really is taking his life in his own hands here. Everyone boo-ed the entire time… pretty funny.

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Ring made from 1815 Sterling Knife… The way it curves around your finger is just perfect. I love it. No soldering and the ring will fit almost anyone as it is just curved in a circle with my Pepe Tools ring bender.

Heading to Sturgeon Bay Door County Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday for the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Show. It is in Sunset Park right on the Bay of Green Bay. It is a beautiful setting, very kicked back atmosphere and one of my favorite shows of the entire year: 10-5 Sat and 10-4 Sunday Stop in and say Hello.

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What the heck is this? Well, I am sitting in the back of our pickup truck with a pile of steel pipes. My husband made some new soccer goals for our County’s new soccer park: Ryan Park, Kewaunee County. We are hauling them over to the park so they can be installed. The goals are huge. Never realized how huge until I saw these pipes hanging out the back of our truck. This is our driveway and it is finally starting to green up around here after our coldest winter on record.

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Oh so soft Porcelain Jasper Stone… I will be wearing this all weekend I think. The chain is really a work in itself. I handmade every single link and soldered it together. Took forever but it’s good mind numbing work.

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Just a little surprise that I will have more pics of later. This is going to be a sculpture for the city of Egg Harbor. It is finished and I am taking there today and installing it. This was just the beginning of it. The ‘see through’ base is perforated stainless steel like the stuff they use in the drain for the soda machine at a gas station… That part will be lined with moss and planted with plants… More pics to come later as it put in place in Egg Harbor.

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This is my new photography booth from B&H photography. I absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, it really helps take amazing pictures. I have never been disappointed with anything B&H has sent me. They are very helpful and they always include a DVD on how to’s etc….. Makes something that is difficult for me much easier….

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Ok, I’m off to deliver this Egg Sculpture… I will send pics later. Hopefully see you in Sturgeon Bay over Memorial Day Weekend….


DIY: Nail Headpin Video

DIY: Nail Headpin Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq0GM08Y-G8

sterling silver headpin making

Made a 3 minute quick video on how to make the nail headpins like in this earring shown in the picture above. Had a request for that, so enjoy…. if you’re interested. I have all of the supplies you need for this project in my silver supply shop… I think I have the best price on the hex anvil as well??? http://www.midnightinsavannah.etsy.com

Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq0GM08Y-G8


Earrings Mostly…except a Roni Necklace

Red agate earrings

Made a bunch of new earrings… the making of more than 20 bezels in a day was nice and thoughtless. I needed that. I have more earrings that are not done yet but here are some… Red Agate Stone earrings with a nice swinging hinge on the ear wire, Link:https://www.etsy.com/listing/188736908/sterling-silver-red-agate-stone-earrings?

Peach agate necklace

This is the Roni necklace… Beautiful Peach hued agate, but really small for my usual style but I know one person that will like it.… hmmm??? Link:https://www.etsy.com/listing/188740211/peach-agate-sterling-silver-necklace?

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These are special. This stone is really hard to find. It is a Fairburn Hills Agate. I had a just two stones a while ago and found these two with my stone guy recently…very hard to come by. No one has the material to cut and it’s gorgeous. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/188736324/sterling-silver-rare-fairburn-hills?ref=shop_home_active_8

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I never make a post but here is one… https://www.etsy.com/listing/188745107/crazy-lace-agate-sterling-post-earrings?

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And these…https://www.etsy.com/listing/188738252/sterling-silver-crazy-lace-agate-stone?ref=listing-shop-header-4

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What about these: https://www.etsy.com/listing/188738396/sterling-silver-crazy-lace-agate-stone?ref=listing-shop-header-3

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Jasper Anyone? https://www.etsy.com/listing/188744579/sterling-silver-jasper-stone-earrings?ref=listing-shop-header-2

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Last ones for today… https://www.etsy.com/listing/188739612/sterling-silver-agate-earrings-ooak?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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Pretty little hand made ear wires… going into my supply shop, Midnight In Savannah on Etsy: http://www.midnightinsavannah.etsy.com

Well, it’s been a very long week. I’d like to have something to say but I just don’t. I’ll just keep working and hope for better days.

I would like to thank everyone that has sent their heartfelt support. Truly, thank you. It helps.


New Work….

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This is a ring I have made a few times before but this is the best one… It has 18K gold details added to it and it’s a size 12 3/4 so it’s just gorgeous in weight alone. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/108012484/sterling-18k-gold-ring-handmade-wild

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Labradorite Sterling Necklace or Pendant with out the chain… Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187832704/labradorite-stone-sterling-silver?

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Chrysocolla Necklace…. or pendant… Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187841675/chrysocolla-stone-sterling-silver?ref=listing-shop-header-2

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Chrysocolla and London Blue Topaz Necklace…. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187844925/chrysocolla-stone-london-blue-topaz?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Very sad for news for my family. My Dad passed away on Sunday very suddenly. He as 64 years old, fit, healthy, never sick a day in his life. He was just here visiting for 5 days and I am glad of that. He will be missed by my family: 2 children, my brothers family: 2 children and his 8 other brothers and sisters… His beautiful, kind, loving wife, Terry, and his handsome dog, Hank. God Bless for each day is truly a gift of God’s grace.

I worked today not knowing what else to do with myself. I finished up most orders and odds and ends ~ thank you Kate for your help packaging about 20 orders going as far as Croatia. I could not have done that without you as I can’t my thoughts that organized today. Thank you to close friends that phoned to offer anything I needed and far away friends that facebooked… and Thanks to my Mom for being my Mom. My shop will be closed online starting on Wednesday and not reopening again until sometime on Monday or Tuesday next week.


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