Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Just a quick hello as we stop in town for and iced tea.

So much to see and do, and living off the grid........

The moon, hills, estuary, lagoon, sea shore, beach agates, moonstones, howling coyotes, plant communities, birds of prey, birds of sea, marauding raccoons, ravens, crows, starlings, squirrels, giant basking elephant seals, otters, Randolph Hearsts remaining zebra herd on the dry hillsides.

I miss you all but it feels so wonderful to be free of electricity for a bit.

I'll see you in a couple of days.

Iced tea and lemon :)

Monday, September 27, 2010


:) :) :)

Friday, September 24, 2010


It's time for the Darrows to push the refresh button so we're packing up the yorkie and headed out of town for a few days.
I hope all of you have a lovely refreshing weekend.
xo, Ro, E, Mart and Jo

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thank You

We have a silly little family of mockingbirds visiting our garden every day. The baby has a feather problem that is quite adorable. I thought it was falling out but several days later it looks the same way. "Dare to be different!"

I've added some new work to my etsy store.
I just want to take a moment to THANK YOU for your continued support and interest. It really means the world to me to be able to do what I love to do.

*Don't forget to check out that big beautiful moon tonight!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's been a busy week

It's been a busy week thus far, here in the foothills, one place I always find respite is inside my studio. I missed an art opening and dinner invitation, lost in my work. Sometimes my mind purrs away and when I finally "come to" an astonishing amount of time has passed. I apologized to my friend whose retort was "you're incorrigible". I can't state enough how much I love what I do, some pieces can be so challenging but with each challenge a small victory generally ensues.

I made a raven feather cuff last week but I sold it before it made it to etsy so here's another for my etsy shop, 100% fabricated from scratch. The feather has been oxidized black and the cuff brushed giving the piece a high contrast a beautiful blue iolite stone has been added to represent the sheen of the bird.

sized for a medium wrist

Morgan hill poppy jasper, hailing from California is one of my favorite stones, I paired it with a hand sawn cottonwood leaf that includes a peridot. Today is the first day of autumn and sweatshirt weather here, let"s celebrate.

A faceted prehnite dew drop sits juxtaposed on a super chunky textured band, alluding to strength and softness.

Soft doesn't mean weak, tenderness is a superior quality but it needs strength too for balance.

Something pretty, a Sierra Madre Agate with a sweet pocket of druzy...

sports a "Passion Flower" lot's of hours went into this piece and I love the result.

Next.... a lightweight feminine "Mandarin" pendant with a carnelian in the center of the flower and juicy sectioned carnelian fruit on the bottom.

Sycamore with a prehnite dew drop, a result of collage work.


A falling leaf with garnet

I hope to list these either this evening or tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by to look, your words of support, for collecting my jewelry or sending a nice note, I thoroughly appreciate it.

xoxo, Ro

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

There was a wonderful chill in the air this morning which afforded an extra long hike.

This is the last one I'll be taking with dear Scout and we will miss her a great deal. She will be loved and cared for and that was our goal still, sad feelings creep in, we are not made of stone.

*Don't feel bad Helen, you would feel the same way too, all will be perfect in the end.


I walk out of the mist into the sun, back and forth as I climb the fog climbs too. There's such an abundance of food for the winter this year. "Year of the acorn!"


Tarantula snuggled, closed for the night, drawbridges pulled up tight, misty crystals on his hair.

Jewelry is springing forth from my bench like falling leaves.

Paisley Prehnite

Wish me luck and to the woman who sent chocolate truffles, they couldn't have arrived at a better time!

xo all, have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday this, that, and another thing...

I took to the hills last evening. One thing you miss if you walk only in the morning is the annual migration of the tarantulas. The big furry males wander around looking for mates.

*cottontail marks the way

Pretty light on the sway back, hills, sycamore trees in the foreground..

We start to see them, this gentleman was minding his own business when we interrupted his zombie walk, he postures at Marty, note his rear in the air.( Press *them* and discover why) Little Mart does not like hiking in the morning, he stays snuggled in bed with whichever warm body remains at home, but he wanted to go last night.

The moon now waxing...

mockingbird warms its breast

pretty haze and light at the top....


I've seen this mother and daughter team twice this last week, note the baby is grey and the doe, tan.

Mart got a bath last night, as he walks he dusts the hills and sleeps in bed with us.....well let's just say he takes a lot of baths. Extra fluffy now on the bluffs at *dog beach*

* "If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog"
~ Anonymous

View on part of my bench last evening

Most often I work like a collage artist, rarely do I work from sketches, I may pluck a leaf, feather or flower put it on my bench and try and find a way to render it in silver then pair it with an appropriate stone. There are times when the statement of the stone is enough and I follow it's direction. I'm excited to see what this day will bring.

Wishing you all a lovely Monday and a productive week.

xo Ro

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dog tails

Dear Scout has been on many hiking excursions now. She's feeling much more perky but continues to sneeze from time to time, perhaps a reaction to her bordetella vaccination that is given intranasally.

She continues to acquire a shameful amount of aunties even receiving a card in the mail and as you can see she enjoyed it quite a bit.

She has received gifts from near and far and will have a very lovely sendoff.
She wears a new blue collar, color choice made by her auntie (I did the shopping)

She is very hard to photograph being that she is black.

This one really captures her :)

The other reason she's hard to shoot is that she doesn't want me.
She chooses the potter and follows Eric like a shadow. She does't sit with the other dogs on dog beach, but only stares at Eric longingly. I have to drag her away for hiking as she wants to hold vigil by him lying in bed.

*When I checked out at the pet store last night the woman asked if I would like to donate to homeless pets and I told her I already did :)

*Thank you everybody for your interest and support, kindness and love, for a small black dog.

** "Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative."
~Mordecai Seigal

Friday, September 17, 2010

I feel so dirty

Yesterday while I was working

my husband came out to my studio

put his arms around my neck

and asked me if I needed anything,

just then he looked at

my work bench, pointed to my marker

and said,

"did this come off your hands?"

hey nobody said it was clean work.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

wash your hands :) :)

xo Ro and the dog pack

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Because life can get so craggy sometimes....


Beneath heaven's vault
remember always walking
through halls of cloud
down aisles of sunlight
or through high hedges
of the green rain
walk in the world
highheeled with swirl of cape
hand at the swordhilt
of your pride
Keep a tall throat
Remain aghast at life

Enter each day
as upon a stage
lighted and waiting
for your step
Crave upward as flame
have keenness in the nostril
Give your eyes
to agony or rapture

Train your hands
as birds to be
brooding or nimble
Move your body
as the horses
sweeping on slender hooves
over crag and prairie
with fleeing manes
and aloofness of their limbs

Take earth for your own large room
and the floor of earth
carpeted with sunlight
and hung round with silver wind
for your dancing place

Earth Your Dancing Place
by May Swenson

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Its time for the big reveal.

Good day to you, blog followers! This is the day I reveal my little cache of silver goods. I've been busy with my saws (I have three) files, hammers, torch etc. Sometimes I listen to Mozart, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, White Stripes, Chris Darrow, Jackson Browne, NPR, Yo Yo Ma, Ry Cooder, Django Reinhart, David Lindley, Steevie Wonder, Ravi Shankar, K D Lang, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Kelly Jo Phelps, Gillian Welch, Stephane Grapelli, The Plays The Thing or sometimes I turn it all off enjoy the sounds of my tools.

*"Raven Cuff"
* claimed
I crafted a raven feather from scratch, to wrap around your wrist and included a midnight blue iolite stone that sits above the bezel and creates it's own little glowing universe, because ravens sheen blue just like black dogs :)

Next we have a superb stone. I plucked this stone last week from Ed at "Stones in Motion" etsy. If you haven't met Ed he's one of the nicest guys on the planet and he knows I have a huge crush on stones with dendrites. This stone is so Zen in it's wonderful simple beauty. No bells no whistles, a bare setting for a serene stone............LOVE!

*Montana Agate I haven't named this piece yet but it looks like the bottom of a lake.

Here's another amazing stone, (click to enlarge) There's a storm brewing in this amazing Peruvian Opal, a big swirling sky with a landscape at the bottom. Another simple setting for this powerful stone, it reminds me of a snow globe.

The light got a bit hot while I was shooting, but kind of perfect for these heat loving "Agave" earrings, more cherry creek jasper, in yummy fall colors. I created my own agaves in the disc above these rustic stones.

I found some turquoise in the right size to make another pair of "Barrel Racers" sweet, simple, yet still able to kick up some dust.

I've been looking at leaves a bit lately, and plucked a couple from my "Sycamore Tree" and made a set of earrings. The leaves of the sycamore are furry, hummingbirds scrape the fur and use it in nest building.
Made from scratch, lots of texture, lightweight.

YIKES! A more amazing stone does not exist! It looks like an Italian fresco painted by one of the masters! Billowing clouds sit on top the peaks, in this mushroom jasper.

There's a little story in this piece, an eagle fishes in a high country lake on the opposite side and the pedant is reversible. You might be interested to know we do have bald eagles here in Southern California, they are part of the snowbird migration and spend the winter fishing the desert reservoirs and high country lakes when they're not frozen over. They fish from the tall pines and snags on the shoreline for juicy fresh coots, bobbing on the surface. It makes a wonderful day to pack a lunch and a pair of binoculars, watch the herons on the stilt like legs carefully and quietly comb the shallow shoreline occasionally stabbing their beak in for small fishes at the same time on the lookout for that great "king" of the sky.

*willow leaf and makers mark on the clasp.

I'll be listing these tomorrow..

I hope you all have a wonderfilled day!

xo, Ro and Churro