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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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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter! And to celebrate spring here is a Ocean Blue Chrysocolla… I have several of these stones brought back from Tucson from a friend of mine. They have been life savers for my eyes from a long dreary winter. I was tired of looking at Earth tone stones. I’m tired in general of grey, wintery, no color landscape I live in and had to breathe a breath of fresh air into things… These stones did the trick.

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Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186669276/chrysocolla-stone-green-amethyst?ref=listing-shop-header-1

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This is a spinner ring sent off now to Montana. I have never made such an elaborate spinner… The band is patterned, stamped with a saying, the edges rolled over and three textured spinning bands on the main band. These rings are fun to make and wear. The first time I made a spinner ring I said I was never making another one. That was about 5 years ago and I have made so many now…. I lost count. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186636584/sterling-spinner-ring-oxidized-band?ref=listing-shop-header-2

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Another delightfully spring colored Chrysocolla… Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186673586/chrysocolla-stone-green-amethyst?

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Dripping In Gemstones Bracelet…. This is delicious to just to touch…Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, Aquamarine, Turquoise, Citrine, Labradorite, Iolite, Moonstone, Garnet, Peridot…. Sterling Silver

Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186671882/gemstone-three-strand-bracelet-sterling

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Opposite of the Gemstone bracelet.. This bracelet keeps the color to a minimum but it is all shine! Labradorite Bracelet: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186674844/labradorite-three-strand-bracelet

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Custom Order 18K Gold and Sterling Ring sent off to Japan this morning! Wish I could have oxidized it but my customer did not want it that way. I will make another one and oxidize that one and the gold will just be amazing looking again the antiqued silver.

Had a busy week wrapping up custom work. I have not had the typical slow time after Christmas which is a first… I won’t hold my breath though. I will just thank God and keep working. Happy Easter everyone. It is a favorite Holiday of mine so I hope you enjoy. I still have a few snow banks here and will be happy to see them melt. The first day the sun is out I will probably enjoy a good sunburn.

Last Picture… My daughter was sick of my mannequin being… well she is not really naked, but ‘undressed.’ So she fashioned some clothes out of shop rags for the mannequin and pinned them on. It’s pretty stylish with a wrap that goes to the floor, nice job Savannah.

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Shark Fossil…..

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New necklace made with a shark vertebra fossil and another collection of fossilized stone… Handmade chain that looks like little bones all linked together. It’s really interesting. The texture and natural colors are dark and rich… Titled ‘Relic’ and stamped Relic on the back.

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I also made about a dozen huge crosses. They are 3 1/2 inches long and hammered. Here are two of them. One has a heavy handmade chain and the other is three different chains combined into one.

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Last but not least….a beautiful agate and a morrisonite stone …my favorite style of stone~both of them …a simple setting but the stone really says it all.

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I hope you enjoy the pics! I don’t have these listed online yet but will in the next few days. Stay warm…it’s just ridiculous here. This has been the coldest winter I can remember in a long time. It’s getting old. All you warm sunny people living in a nice southern climate count your lucky stars. I thought I believed in global warming, hmmmmm, I’m rethinking that. Much more to come….


Professional Photos

A big thank you to David Orr. He is a professional photographer that was recommended to me by my friend Tammy Rae from Glass By Tammy Rae. He was great! I had my jewelry back in 7 days and a CD of pics ready to go for ZAPP and large files for print work, etc… Thanks David!

http://www.davidorrphotography.com

http://www.davidorrphotography.blogspot.com

Email: info@davidorrphotography.com

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I actually have more pics but I gotta get to work…. Heading out to Rocks of Ages Jewelry in Luxemburg WI to meet with the owner Sheila. It’s a great place run by a great woman. Staff is great too. Talk to you later and Happy 4th!


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