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Jewelry with a Connection to the Past

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I am a clinical trials data manager by day and mad scientist-jeweler by night! I spend many happy hours in my studio letting my creativity run wild. Happy life!

Jewelry with a Connection to the Past

I love using elements with a past in my jewelry. Vintage images of REAL women, making their way in life. Discarded tribal jewelry bits that have been worn for years. Vintage glass, crystal, gems, brass, and beads for one-of-a-kind creations.

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Before and After

Before and After

  I love taking old, broken bits of vintage Kuchi jewelry and making them into new, sparkly one of a kind pieces!  Here is a before and after shot of a necklace I just made – the cylindrical beads are called prayer boxes and often, the ends will come off to reveal a space in which a […]

Finally! A post from my bench!

Finally! A post from my bench!

  Okay – My bench always seems sooooo messy and NOT glamorous, I’ve been putting off taking a pic! I DO want to start taking pics regularly, so I can see some of my pieces as they are developing. So, here goes!!! ;~D Also, below are some of the new pieces I’ve been making – […]

Cool stuff I Pinned this week

Cool stuff I Pinned this week

Yes, I am stealing the tagline from my favoritest blogger, ever, the Bloggess – but I digress. ;~D  I love to Pin on Pinterest, when I have the time – but I have to be careful – one little peek and I’m in there for hours!  I just created a board for Bohemian Fashion – I […]

Who IS this darling girl?

Who IS this darling girl?

This is Pamela Colman Smith, an artist who was intensely involved with theatrical arts and  illustration around the turn of the century in England. She attended art school for a short time and worked many years in illustration. But WHO is she? SHE is the artist who illustrated the Waite-Smith Tarot Deck! THOSE are her […]

OOAK – What the What??

OOAK – What the What??

OOAK is Etsy speak for One of a Kind -my favorite kind of jewelry to make.  I do a few things in a production style, like the domino necklaces, resin cameos, earrings, and a few other things.  But, my FAV, by FAR is making one of a kind creations – that can NEVER be duplicated, because […]

Lots o’ Links!

Lots o’ Links!

Oh yes, there are lots o’ links to populate on this here ol’ site! I’m plugging away at it. ;~D Having a lot of fun and hope you’ll check back often to see what’s been added. The MOST important thing that I want to work is my Little Shop Of Sparklies!  I’ve heard it’s not […]

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Mata Hari is famous for having been a burlesque dancer at the Moulin Rouge and for having been executed for being a German spy during the first world war. What is not so widely known is that in addition to being a famous dancer, she had many many pictures taken and they are widely available […]

Resin Cameos

Resin Cameos

  Click HERE to see my resin cameos! I’ve been making resin jewelry for a few years, now and I am always amazed by how beautiful my pedants come out!  I use artist grade resin which never yellows and has a durable, high gloss finish. The process of making a resin pendant is long and involved. First, I source the […]

Thar be Mermaids!

Thar be Mermaids!

I am coming to love all things from the sea. I blame it on my grand-daughter. She’s a silkie. Or so we suspect. This sweet little necklace has mirror imaged vintage brass ship’s mastheads with a vintage seashell-pink glass cabochon, vintage sea-green faceted glass gems, and contemporary glass beads in a variety of deep blues, grays, […]