Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Sterling Silver Pieces

Most of my customers come to my shop looking for color, but I do also make pieces that are more restrained and even minimalist. I made a few new pieces using sterling silver and some lovely labradorite gemstone beads and sterling charms one rainy afternoon.

I own a few labradorite baubles and just love angling the pieces every which way in order to see how the colors vary from gray to blue to green. It's a stone that was first discovered on St. Paul Island, Labrador, Canada, in 1770. Its mystical properties supposedly provide relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression and will dispel negativity. Valuable in times of change, it helps encourage clarity of thought and compatibility with others.

There's lots to read about the Metaphysical properties of labradorite on the internet, if you're curious. I feel more settled when I am wearing one of my pieces, and think it's enhanced by oxidized sterling silver, which provides a nice contrast to the shimmering colors.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


25% off in my jewelry shops on Artfire and Etsy! See links at left. I also have a clearance sale at my vintage and supply shop, Overthetop Overstock, and will add more items every couple of days to that list.

SALE through December 10 only; the shop will close for a week or so after that for some vacation time, so buy now for the season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For the Writer

I have had a collection of pen nibs sitting idle for awhile, and they were calling to me from their storage box sections, so, in honor of writers everywhere, here are a few new pieces using their pointy goodness.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

To all veterans, thank you for all that you risk to keep us safe.

Many men in my family served in the military, but today I want to thank Dad, who served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1943-1945. He was injured in training, tearing the arches of his feet landing badly after a jump (YIKES - OUCH), so he never went overseas to fight. Instead, he acted as a morale-booster as a sergeant, performing and arranging entertainment for the camp. He was very disappointed to have not been able to go overseas to entertain the troops, and greatly resented that his commanding officer prevented him when the chance arrived. He wrote for the camp paper, the Observation Post, and also conducted High Holiday Services for other Jewish soldiers. He contributed to the War from training camp, and afterward took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study at the American Theatre Wing.

Dad, you made the lives of the men at Fort Bragg easier via your musical and entertainment skills, and I salute you on this day!