Saturday, November 9, 2013

Patience, Grasshopper

For two weeks we've been waiting for "dirt". 
Seems silly, but yes - dirt. Dangerous Dan is now on his way with a load of dirt to make the surface level. He needs seven more. 
I am again learning the lesson of Patience.
Meanwhile, people are coming and going staying for months/weeks at a time at Two Dog Pond. I am thoroughly loving having Sister Bee here. She just bought an old Victorian and is turning it into a B&B. More on that later...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It Is Coming.

 This is it! This site of my new studio!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Things That Fly

 New necklaces I made for the Red Path Gallery.
 Most have wings. I'm listening to Jeopardy, so the correct answer, Alex, is "What are things that fly?"
 I was going to keep this one for myself. I love it.
 Tomorrow I am getting on an airplane and flying to San Diego.
This one is for a very special customer. She has the greatest beads and old coral to work with. This is actually two necklaces, but I like them worn together. I hope it flies.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Wild Ride

 Since late June I've been on what feels like a carnival ride... sometimes up here,
 Sometimes like I fell off...
 sometimes like there's too many...
I know that things will settle down, I'll figure out the right right direction, and I'll be back on solid ground and ready for the next ride.
Changes are coming.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


The stained glass feathers I've been making for the Red Path Gallery have been very popular. This morning I finished up an order for 30 feathers to be given to the Healers at the Native American Wellness Conference. I am so honored to have been asked to make these. 
Are you admiring the giant springs I bought? I'm not sure what to do with them, but I love them. The feathers are each 7 inches long, so you can see the springs are huge. Any ideas?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Now Is The Time

 This Saturday - at the Liberty House in Seward from 9-5pm - I will be selling my inventory of soldered glass pendants at HALF PRICE!!!
 All of them? YES!!!
 I've decided not to carry a huge inventory of soldered glass pendants anymore...I've been making them since 2004, and now want to focus on your custom items instead... like pendants of your sweet babies, and your beautiful grandchildren...
 I will still be making soldered glass pendants as they are ordered, but just not carry such a large inventory of them.
Even these wonderful round pendants will be half price!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Red Path Gallery

Recently a new and amazing Art Gallery and Tasting Room opened in Seward.
It's called Red Path Gallery.
 I do have a few jewelry items in the gallery - 

 The building was built in 1886 and was originally a bank. Look at the lovely vault in Melissa's Studio...
 This is my space...
 Below are some of the stained glass feathers I've been making exclusively for the gallery.
 There's an amazing collection of art at the gallery. An eclectic group of artists, really.  - please visit the Red Path Gallery Facebook Page to see more... then stop by and have a glass of wine! Tell them Rachel sent you!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Fire Pit

Ever since we moved to Two Dog Pond I've wanted a fire pit. Tim isn't as much of a pyromaniac as me, so if I wanted one I needed to build it. Today was the day for that....

Step One: go look at every stone option in town. Ask how many it takes to make a circle and then use whatever number you think is right. Te correct answer is twelve.

On the driveway, lay them out in a circle and measure the diameter.

Haul all your shovels and a can of spray paint and a couple of bricks and a level to the site.
Since you know the diameter of the fire pit, tie a string around a can of spray paint and then spray a circle the size of your fire pit...
Start digging! This is the point where I realized that my paint circle was way too big. 

Try to make it level. Or not...

First layer down..
Second layer down...
Dump in all the pea gravel...

Add the third layer and you are done.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lashed Wrapped Bracelet Two Dog Pond Style

 I was asked to make some lashed wrap bracelets, so I tried it!
 I found many instructions on-line and they all said use size 12 beading needles and size D cord... I had some needles, but no idea what size cord I had so I guessed it was D and proceeded to try to thread it through the freakingly tiny needle. I bent the head - no big deal, I can straighten that with a pliers, says me. Then realized there was a giant knot on the other end....
...after fighting with needle and thread for an hour, I did figure it out and proceeded to complete the bracelet. I like it, but wanted mine earthier... I made some buttons out of deer antlers...
 last year Terry, the big-game hunter from Montana, sent me antlers, bullet casings, and turkey feathers.... I have been having fun with them ever since.
 This lovely skull hangs on my studio wall - a trade with Ed for a necklace for his wife.
I ordered some thinner leather, some size D cord and will attempt this again. If I was Chan Luu I would charge a million dollars for these...
The End.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Getting Back On Track

 A custom necklace...
 There were a few requests: Incorporate an "M", a "2", Travel (1949 Pfennig), a key...
 A few more bug (and an upside down bird) cuffs
 An Eagle Feather Pendant (It's about 3" long)

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Last week my dear Mother passed away. She was a lovely lady with a quick wit. Because she lived in the same town as me, and my siblings all live far far away, I had the privilege of spending lots of time with her and getting to know her as a person and not just as my Mother. She had dementia, so there were times I wasn't sure she knew me, but she was almost always sweet and funny. It is a bittersweet passing because she was ready to go and it was time, but she made such a difference in her world that she will be greatly missed.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

On Taking A Vacation

 I've been on a WONDERFUL vacation for almost two weeks. That's me and my sisters. They all live in Southern California. It's so much fun to get together with them... even though they might kill me for making a gif file of them.
we went to an art festival in downtown Santa Ana. It was great.
 My sister Bonnie and I try to take a roadtrip together every year. We travel (and drink) well together. These aren't in the right order, but above is a photo of me being overwhelmed at the Remnants of the Past show in San Luis Obispo.
 A Greek Festival with lots of dancing. Bonnie danced until she was told it was too hard to learn.
 Beautiful art in Cambria.
 Did I mention we drink well together?
 The Beach in Cambria.
We took one of those painting classes where you drink wine and paint...
I don't want to burn your retinas, so I won't post a picture of my painting. It was fun though...