Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Best Combinations

White Topaz, Peridot, Pearl, Emerald, Citrine

My customers come up with the best color combinations for their stacking rings. 

I market these as birthstone stacks, although you can pick whatever you want.  I wonder if it's just coincidence or planning that most of the birthstones seem to blend so good together.  (You think anyone plans pregnancies that way? )
White Topaz, Sapphire, Opal, Pearl, Aquamarine

I love to see how the clusters of stones turn out and blend together. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Unexpected Hotel

This is the edging around my garden.  These bricks were placed here because when placed in a pile seemed to attract all sorts of vermin..from roaches (which I HATE)  to mice (which don't bother me but aren't good to have too many around).  They were placed here just to get them out of the way...sortof...until we either used them or got rid of them.

Today my father asked for a few to line some beds, or a driveway, or something.  He came over and started picking them up.  He uncovered a treasure trove of toads!  Fat little toads had made their home in the holes in the brick.  I am guessing that is where they have wintered and have not quite made it out for spring...or maybe only venture out at night.

So, we have a host of toads living in these bricks.  Now, I like these types of critters in my garden.  I know they are good for it and I know it is a sign of a healthy environment.  I like spiders, and even snakes (as long as they are not poisonous) in my yard.  So I am tickled to no end to find this many (and I didn't count but saw about 10) in just this small corner of my garden.

Welcome fat little lovlies!  Eat all the bugs and critters you can!
I love this little guy's face.  He reminds me of the "Frog and Toad" character.

I'll leave you with more pictures of my garden.  It was gorgeous today.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I used to have a facebook page but it got a little weird so I deleted it.  I'm ready to try connecting again. 

I have a button on the sidebar you can click if you want to follow my page.

In the mean time, here is something new:

and I made these a couple of days ago:


I'll have to go through my stash of buttons to make more of these.  I've been wanting to make a bracelet but haven't had the time with mother's day.  Maybe next week.

** if the links don't work, sorry, but you can click on the shop portion of my right sidebar to find them.  Blogger is being weird this morning. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


After a day of working in the shop I can't ever seem to come up with words to entertain.  So I'll just share a picture with you.  This is my newest ring on my daughter's gorgeous hand.