That moment when you should be preparing for bed. Instead you begin a project that morphs into something completely different than what you set out to work on. While you are working on a morphed project it starts taking shape into so much more and better than the picture in your mind. This happened to me this week. Several nights in fact. I have the vision (and I still haven’t made it) for a piece that I want to create, so I sat down with my tools and materials. But as I was working something else happened…and it was awesome.
Creating, making, accomplishing and spending time at events meeting new people and talking about my process and jewelry is one of my top favorite things to do. Most times I get to also spend time with my family at these events which is great fun. This season has started off with a bang it is the beginning of May and we have already attended four…that’s right 4 events. It has been a great spring so far. Two events this month with a couple more in June.
I hope you are creating friends. I hope you are growing and trying new things. Testing your own limits. And busting through all those things people said you would never. If you don’t have anyone in your life telling you how amazing you are, let me tell you. YOU ARE AMAZING! Really you are! We can get through whatever season we are in with a little help and encouragement from our people. If you need people I’ll be your people!
We can do this together. We were created for relationship. Just remember big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,


Finding Blessings

Greetings Friends! I keep getting sidetracked from any type of consistent writing of the blog. For those of you who chose to join me on the journey I am deeply sorry.

By way of updating you…I am still working 72 hours a week. I have become so exhausted that I find myself letting things that are very important me slip. Writing this blog, continuing to self-educate with new skills and techniques and even as spending time at the bench. I have been soldering and making rings when I have some free time. They make me so very happy. Custom orders have seen a jump in the right direction. I find myself goofy girl smiling at that thought.

My favorite mini-cavegirl continues to amazing. She does not fully understand my crazy schedule and often asks me when I am coming and tells me multiple times daily that she misses. These questions both comfort me and break my heart. The hubs is still struggling to find full-time employment. Though he is working part-time which we are very thankful for.

You if think about us and would consider sending us some prayers, happy bubbles and good vibes we would greatly appreciate it!

I have posted some new earrings and some custom order rings…if you are looking for some items on your Christmas list. Let me know how I can help you check some names off.

Hope as Thanksgiving as come and gone and Christmas quickly approaches that you have found time to remind yourself of all the blessings that surround you. They are there…take a minute to find them. I find it relieves some of the tension and stress. So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,

How and What…

Hi friends! I have been working on some mixed media leather cuffs. I thought you might want to hear about it.

I have been tying knots into friendship bracelets since the mid 1990s. That is when embroidery floss became my friend. Untangling skeins of floss always seems to settle my thoughts and emotions.

When I began the journey of MickyAnn I remembered something one of my aunts said when gifted with a friendship bracelet for her birthday. “I’ll wear it till it gets dirty and stinky.” That comment got my hamsters to racing. How many people would wear a friendship bracelet if they could take them off? (Incase you are not familiar with friendship bracelets;  “Originally, these colorful bands were invented by Indians in Central and South America. According to tradition, you tie a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet should be worn until it’s totally worn-out and falls off by itself, at which moment the wish is supposed to come true.” How can I make them with a grown-up twist?

So I started by using a button for the closure. (It does take the “make a wish” element out of the friendship bracelet…but then again it allows the love and gift to last much longer.) Then I began adding charms. But I did not want to stop there, so I began twisting wire and making rings. I was already using the wire to make bird’s nest charms for necklaces I knew there was other projects I could use the wire for.

As I think about what I want to make and how I want it to look, I realize I want to do everything. I want to make all kinds of beautiful rings, necklaces, charms, pendants and bracelets. This brings us back to the mixed media cuff. I bought some leather scraps a while back with the idea of making a cuff bracelet. Then has I looked at my stock of materials I decided, “What would be better than leather, embroidery floss, metal charms and buttons?” Well, you let me know what you think.

Big Love,