Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Estes Park, Colorado

Apr 30, 2014

All of last week I was in Estes Park, Colorado with mom and dad. We had a fabulous time exploring every inch of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. I loved being able to combine work with play especially with mom and dad. They are a blast to travel with and guarantees lot of laugh until you cry moments. Throughout the week, I will be sharing loads of photos taken during our adventure. First I have to tell you about the fun I had teaching classes at Rocky Mountain Memories April 25th & 26th. Cheryl Grigsby is living my dream. Seriously I’m not kidding, she has a scrapbook store, an adorable rental cabin and a home in Estes Park. Oh how this Texas girl wants to move to Estes Park so badly. I truly belong...

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Wire Wrapped Bird Nest Pendant

Apr 18, 2014

I love nature, especially anything having to do with birds and actually have several nests sitting in my studio window. Two are wren’s nests that mom removed from her hanging planters after the little wren family flew the nest. The other nest is one I found that fell from a tree in our front yard. I even have two bird baths outside my window and enjoy the daily battles of a Blue Jay and Mockingbird trying to claim its ownership. Since I’ve started making jewelry pieces I decided to include my love of nature in some of my creations. Wire wrapping is a fun and so simple technique to do once you get the hang of it. At first you feel like you are all thumbs but then all of a sudden it clicks and working with wire and...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome Part 2

Apr 17, 2014

Here’s a peek at how the bird piece I created from jewelry clay is coming along. If you missed the blog post about it last week you can view it here. As you can tell, I painted, inked and stamped all over the cured jewelry clay. Now I just need to wire wrap lots of beads and pearls to attach between each link. I love having lots of pretty sparkly baubles on bracelets. I’m still not sure I like the toggle, actually I know don’t the more I keep looking at it the more it bothers me so it’s coming off and will be replaced with I have no clue as of...

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Observations from an Alcoholic’s Sister ~ Emotions

Apr 16, 2014

There are so many different emotions family members of alcoholics feel. One emotion I definitely felt was anger. I was angry because of what I saw Richard’s alcoholism doing to him and to our family, especially mom. I felt as though Richard was being selfish and unappreciative of all that mom and dad were doing in hopes of him getting sober and it made me furious. I understand alcoholism is a brain disease but like any disease most do what they can to control or get rid of their disease, most don’t let the disease control them or end their life without some sort of fight. Alcoholism is a beast to control and I saw firsthand how strong the cravings were but I still felt Richard could have tried a little harder to gain...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ I’ll be There Soon

Apr 14, 2014

I’m getting so excited about my return visit to Rocky Mountain Memories in Estes Park, CO. This is the sweetest most quaint store that sits in the heart of downtown Estes Park along the riverwalk. Rocky Mountain Memories is filled with great products and super fun people. Cheryl Grigsby, the owner is living my dream. Seriously, a scrapbook store in Estes Park, CO, pure heaven. Last year, when I taught there I got to stay in Rick and Cheryl’s amazing cabin. While there all I could think about was how much mom and dad would love staying at “Redemption Cabin“. So this year, I’m bringing Mr. & Mrs. Claus along for the ride. They are getting  a wonderful mini vacation in one of their all time favorite spots while I teach. Mom and Dad...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome

Apr 10, 2014

I needed a big accent for an idea I have for a cuff  and since I couldn’t find what I had in mind I decided to make my own. I mixed a batch of ETI Jewelry Clay, formed it into the shape I wanted, and pressed one of Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps into the resin clay. Then to create a slight bend in the piece so it forms to the wrist better, I covered a bottle with plastic wrap, put the bottle on it’s side and placed the resin clay piece on the bottle to cure overnight. Super simple. Once the piece cured overnight, I add paint layers in green, beige, gold and brown and this is what it looks like so far. I’m going to LOVE this piece and cannot wait to...

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Observations from an Alcoholic’s Sister ~ Their Friends

Apr 9, 2014

Their Friends ~ talk about a really hard issue for alcoholics. I feel alcoholics need to sever the majority if not all of their friendships in order to remain sober. This is because most alcoholics have friends who are social drinkers, are alcoholics themselves and they may even have some who are drug abusers; I know all of this was true for Richard. In order for a recovering alcoholic to find the strength to remain sober, they cannot keep the same group of friends. If the friends an alcoholic continues to hang around drinks or uses drugs in their presence I feel those new to sobriety are on a fast track to relapse. If you really think about it, how is a recovering alcoholic just coming out of rehab going to stay sober while...

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From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tutorial was originally posted on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag Easter Baskets are fun to create and with Easter just around the corner I thought I would re-share it. I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying...

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Weekend Fun

Apr 7, 2014

Since Terri and Laren live right in the heart of Deep Ellum, Saturday Alan and I headed down to see them, grand dog Lola AND go to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Laren’s parents came down too so it was a super fun afternoon. First we walked over to Pepe’s & Mito’s to fill up on their awesome Mexican food. After we were all stuffed we started walking the streets. The festival had some great bands playing and we had a wonderful time walking, talking, laughing, dodging rain drops and seeing some amazing art. I was so busy looking at art that the only photo I took was of this band. I can’t even tell you who they were but they were good. All the photos of Lola were taken by Laren’s mom, Michelle. I was...

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Observations from an Alcoholic’s Sister ~ The Signs

Apr 4, 2014

Me and my family quickly picked up on tell tale signs that Richard had been drinking. If he walked into the room chatting away we knew right then he had been drinking. Chattiness was not the norm for Richard, me yes, him no. Richard was generally a quiet person and really only spoke when he had something to say. Soon to follow his chattiness, came red bloodshot eyes and not long after that, stumbling. Once the stumbling started it went downhill really fast. He stumbled into furniture, knocked things off of tables, ended up breaking things and had us all begging him to please go upstairs and sleep it off. Alcoholics need to understand there are obvious indicators they are drinking. Richard would suck on peppermints thinking he was masking the smell of the...

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Unexpected Creativity

Apr 2, 2014

Since I’ve really jumped into this jewelry making I decided it was time to sort this 1 Pound Luxury Bead Soup Mix I purchased a while back from Margot Potter. I grabbed one of my old muffin tins, sat in my big comfy chair, put on my headphones and started sorting. You all know I love the thrill of the hunt and sorting this amazing bag of assorted beads was just like being on a little scavenger hunt. I had no idea what I would find but what I found was wonderful. As I started sorting I discovered I had enough of these green beads, which reminds me of the chiclets gum I chomped on when I was little, to create a jewelry ensemble. These green beads just so happen to be my daughter Terri’s favorite...

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Leather & Rhinestones

Apr 1, 2014

I just added some new cuff style bracelets to my Etsy shop and I incorporated my love of vintage by adding vintage baubles to them. The combination of leather, hammered metal and the glam of vintage baubles is a favorite of mine. If you see something you love in my shop don’t wait to make your purchase because once the item or items are sold I will not create another piece exactly as the one you loved. I like to keep things unique and one of a kind. Also if you have teeny tiny wrists as did one of my customers, SIZE 5, I will certainly work with you as best I can, on making sure the bracelet you purchase fits. No matter the size I have no problem customizing a bracelet for you. And I...

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