Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cats and Kats working

For those of you who think that making a living as a crafts person requires only creativity, think again.  One must have a CAT to oversee the data base and inventory.  Our cat, Godzilla, supervises  it all, rearranging our charm … Continue reading

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Maker Faire and SteamPunk Hats

Art and I drove Saturday to the Bay area Maker Faire in San Mateo and were overwhelmed by all the spectacle and exhibits. Our Sunday night dinner was with our friends from Head’n Home, custom hatmakers in Santa Cruz. When we … Continue reading

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Frogs in Hollywood for Barbra Streisand

I received a call recently from a costume consultant in Los Angeles for a movie that will be filmed this year starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. They were interested in all of my Frog Jewelry designs and for several … Continue reading

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Phoenix-Dragon Tiara Stage 1

I have been commissioned to create a Phoenix-Dragon Tiara for an upcoming fall wedding. I expect that this will be my most elaborate jewelry creation to date.  I have enlisted the help of Michael Leeds, a renowned Santa Cruz artist, … Continue reading

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Phoenix-Dragon Tiara Stage 2

I am putting aside several hours each day to work on this elaborate commission.  Yesterday I worked intensively, detailing the waves at the base of the tiara and creating a rough carving of the center mandala.  I spent today detailing … Continue reading

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Rabbit Holes and Races

A few weeks ago, on a day trip to San Francisco, we lost our way in the Presidio and magic began to unfold.  We drove past an archway marking the finish to a race.  The pictoral banners were of the … Continue reading

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The Silver Corset part 1

A special patron from the Maryland Renaissance Festival has asked me to design a sterling silver corset cover with dragon and flame ornamentation in gold. 

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Fire Opals in Todos Santos

In March, I traveled to Baja Mexico with three friends. We drove to Todo Santos, a lovely art community on the Pacific Coast about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. We visited a jewelry shop specializing in Mexican fire … Continue reading

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