Tell Me a Story

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Tell Me a Story

...In making jewelry with a person's handwriting, it is my intention that it will evoke the same response in you. Adorning each piece with your loved one's handwriting makes your jewelry autobiographical rather than presentational. The handwriting draws the wearer and admirer in, and begs of us to tell the story. 

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A New Favorite

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A New Favorite

A field of blooming flowers, vines, and tiny hearts is etched in sterling silver and formed into a modern locket. The free hanging charm slides open to reveal a message written in your hand or the handwriting of one you hold in your heart.

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Why Not?

Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying,

With that sweet moon
Language

What every other eye in this world
Is dying to
Hear?
— Hafiz

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Well, Hello Winter!

Well, Hello Winter!

After a long dry spell here in the Pacific Norhtwest, we are finally getting some moisture in the form of snow.

The Maiden's Voyage

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The Maiden's Voyage

A tiny boat is forged by hand from a thick sheet of sterling silver, a sturdy base from which to build a home. The outside of the vessel has been carefully buffed and polished, softly reflecting the love and beauty to be seen in the world. The inside is hammered, resembling hand hewn wood, an interior space carved out and shaped to safely carry its precious cargo. Nestled securely within the vessel is a solitaire rough diamond bead. A single stone, a passenger in its essence embarking on her own path. Above, two rings stand side by side symbolizing togetherness because one is never alone on her journey. From this togetherness a sterling silver wire curves down like outstretched arms, towards the lovingly prepared boat and its brilliant passenger, guiding her on her sweet voyage. High above on the chain hangs a small labradorite gemstone. As she looks back or gazes ahead, the iridescent play of colors serve as a guide beckoning her to sit in the bloom of the present moment.

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Wildflowers In Progress

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Wildflowers In Progress

We just got back from our first family camping trip. We dusted off the old gear, packed the truck and headed for Mt Rainer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was hoping for wildflowers...

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The Thing Most Worth Living For

...the longer I live and the more experience I have of the world, the more I am convinced that, after all, the one thing that is most worth living for—and dying for, if need be—is the opportunity of making some one else more happy and more useful.
— Booker T. Washington

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The Impossible

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
— St. Francis of Assisi

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An Artist

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
— St Francis of Assisi

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Your Work

Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it
— Buddha

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The Non-Doing Paradox

It reeks of paradox. The only way you can do anything of value is to have the effort come out of non-doing and to let go of caring whether it will be of use or not. Otherwise self-involvement and greediness sneak in and distort your relationship to the work, or the work itself, so that it is off in some way, biased, impure, and ultimately not completely satisfying, even if it is good. Good scientists (and artists) know this mind state and guard against it because it inhibits the creative process and distorts one’s ability to see connections clearly.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn

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plough

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
— Author Unknown

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