Sunday, December 9, 2012


And you thought Jenga was just a balancing act.  Well, when a 7 year old is bored you never know what they will come up with. Tonight, we watched as Jenga became art.  All his idea too.   I prompted him to do more that his original (first photo) and he was game.  He even took most of the photographs though I did crop them.  It was his idea to use the Instagram filters and turn them black and white.  My little guy is really getting the artsy eye!  I then uploaded them to the computer for a little additional contrast/boost and voila.... 


......or maybe we should call it


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fall in Paradise

Yes, this is Paradise... Paradise, California.  There IS such a place and it IS a paradise.  If you haven't heard of it, not to worry.  Just drive about 2 hours north of Sacramento, and between Oroville and Chico you will find this little beauty.  Lots of pines, lots of oaks, lots of maples, lots of sycamores, lots of nice folks.  And lovely colors this time of year.  These were taken on Thanksgiving while visiting my in-laws... in their front yard.  I hope you are enjoying fall while it's here as it's almost over!

Lovin' Labradorite and Labradoodles

I've said it before....I LOVE labradorite!  
Not sure if I've said it before .... I LOVE labradoodles!
.... see below for the contrasting beauty of both species.

According to, labradorite was discovered near a town called Nain in Labrador, Canada though usually mined nowadays for jewelry quality in Madagascar.  And the labradoodle dogs "ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Labrador, Canada."
 Has anybody ever been to Labrador?  Sounds like a pretty nice place to me.

My cousin saw the combo above (a labradorite briolette, my floral "shield" pendant and tiny faceted labradorite beads) before I put it all together and said I'll take it!
Thanks Cuz!  
So if you're down near San Diego way and you see this on a pretty know who it is : )
Which brings me to say that I will be making another soon.... if any of ya'll are interested let me know!  
And, I have just had a mold made of my pmc pendant below so now I can have lost wax casting made in sterling.  I'm thinking of experimenting with castin in gold too.  I need to hold my breath when I ask for the quote!

And if you're in Ojai, California and you see these funny looking pups... please don't be afraid.  Their bark is just them sayin' hello.  Their names are Stella (red) and Lucy (cream)... mother and daughter.  No, these are NOT their beds .... though they sometimes think otherwise!