Wednesday, June 29, 2011


The weather was cool and wonderful so I headed for the hills this morning to do a little shopping,
I found.....
an array of colorful clothing (still good) ✓
housing ✓
a slightly used suit ✓
a peaceful mind ✓
and a renewed spirit ✓

My new rings are now in the gallery. Thank you all for your generous, giving spirits and your kind words, they mean a lot.

I'll be spending some of my day in the Amazon. If you're looking for a good book you might add this one to your list. Thank you Trudy for the suggestion.

What are you guys reading?

I hope you're having a good day. I love you all, Ro

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The New Girls in Town

Tara size 7 3/4

These are the new girls in town, I'd like to introduce you ...

Meet Tara, she's the tallest of them all, she stretches a full inch and is wearing a beautiful Royston Turquoise with three silver buttons. The stone has a pair of clouds floating across a blue desert sky.

Her band is richly textured........

and graduated in the back.


Eve size 7 3/4

This is Eve she's vegetarian and loves the color green. I added a moss agate that looks like a magic portal to a green realm.

She has a leafy band

stands 3/4 inch tall, graduated in the back.


Sophie size 7 3/4

This is Sophie she wears a gorgeous Pilot Mountain stone with rich brown tributaries and a touch of green harvested in Nevada.

Lacy patterning is included on her band.

3/4 inch tall in front.

Willow size 8 1/4

After creating several saddle bands I took a trip down river and met a woman named Willow, the weather was warm and the scent of the plants on the bank and the water itself was a balm.

She had the tips of her leaves in the flowing water, they would drag and suddenly jump, the sounds of insects filled the surrounding air.

Sagenite is one of my favorite stones.

Flora size 8 1/4

Fossil coral that has been agatized and frozen in time the color of sand with hints of the palest blue. One square inches of blossoms for your finger......

and a comfortable little graduated band is the last in line.

Thank you for stopping in to meet the girls, now it's time for lunch.

xoxox Ro

Monday, June 27, 2011

For the Birds

*sold "Unfettered"

I know some of you are greening up this time of year. This is the time of year our landscape browns down much like yours in the winter. Many of our native plants are producing seed now, some for hungry birds, some for next years wildflowers. My garden is no different, I allow my wildflowers to turn dry and brown, to finish their cycle. I collect some of the seeds for sharing, some self sew and some are nibbled by rodents and ground feeding birds.

I crafted a few new earrings this weekend after discovering the bands I made for several custom rings were not turning out to be sized correctly. I was disappointed knowing I had to remake them so I set them aside for simple fun projects. I needed something less complicated to do, something to free my mind and feed my crumpled spirit.

A wonderful carved mother of pearl bird, flies free and unfettered in this sweet composition.

" White Doves"

Tiny white doves carved from bone, paired little soulmates dart below a turquoise sky. I fabricated silver rings with sun rays to complete these sweet danglers.

♡♡♡♡♡ (five hearts)

* all three pairs have been claimed

I made three pair and used up all the doves I was keeping in a drawer, now they are free.

(the doves are from the 60's, I bought them from an interesting character I like to visit at the quartzite sale)

I created another double strand pendant with turquoise beads and a pretty ribbon turquoise cab.

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend or ran around and wore yourself out doing things you wanted to do. The good news is, the rings I started that turned out to be the wrong sizes will be the right size for someone. I'll finish them today and preview them tomorrow.

Have a great day all!
This work if not claimed here will make it's way to etsy tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping in. xoxo Ro

Sunday, June 26, 2011


We had such a wonderful crop of delicious, healthful blueberries this year. Two weeks ago we picked a cup every day. Now they never ripen, that is, we never ever find a ripe one on the bushes.

We do have several blue jays feeding hungry fledglings in the garden. The young ones come in pairs, sit on the high perch of the agaves and as soon as an adult is present they tilt their head back, mouthes wide open and do a little throat singing, a sort of an unpleasant gagging really.

I finally figured out why the jays are bluer this year. Now our berries come from the farmers market and I wonder how they keep the birds out, though to be truthful, I really don't mind sharing.

xo, Ro

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Want To Go For a Walk?

I've felt rather quiet lately, introspective and since I work at home I'm not really "forced" out of this feeling or asked to perform like the days when I ran a business and I'm grateful for that. I can go with the flow and follow the natural path I seem to be on, so I plugged this in my ears and began my journey with custom requests. Custom orders are always a bit disjointed, making one of this and that is harder than working in a series but it feels good to cross them of my list and make people happy, soon I'll be traveling on that open road of design with the top down, wind in my hair, till then there are still two dogs in my house that appreciate a long walk in the morning.

Would you like to join us?

There were loads of twitchy hummingbirds, tiny as they are they are also quite feisty and territorial, they dive bomb and harass the offending intruder or intruders quite fiercely almost parting my hair as they whizz by my ears, humming like a top.

catching the warm sun

spying me then taking off

I never can remember this ones name, and too lazy to look it up :) Harsi ? chicory?

Mariposa in the sun, I like the curly elements.

Bindweed scrambling up the white sage, bee becomes involved, charming.

The coyote's favorite tactic shown here. Coyote sees the dogs and ambles off looking over his shoulder....."wanna chase"? When they dont.........

....he sits like a lure which causes Teo to gallop in place on the leash, Banjo is still, Teo has been torn up twice, he is not my dog, he's been lucky thus far but why take such risks?

Hey I like the way you dress, socks and beak, color coordinated.

Baby alligator lizard strangely sitting on the shady trail, normally it should scurry dragging that long tail behind.

I notice the bulge and realize why he's not feeling so "skippy"

One of the Red Shouldered adults is across the dry meadow as the fledgeling pleads in a tall stand of pines across the way.

one buck

There are but a very few standing puddles of water now, these little watering holes are as populated as Waikiki Beach with wading birds.

Feelings of introspection are good, I think it's important to inspect ourselves from time to time don't you? I always wonder if certain feelings are ruled by the moon or half a moon.

Have a good day, lovely people, xo Ro, Jo and Teo

*BTW if you're having a problem posting your comments on blogger visit my friend Juli's blog and she'll tell you how to fix it, you can also wish her pretty cat happy birthday today.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


of a life as complicated as ever

struggling for balance, juggling time.

The mantle clock that was my grandfather's

has stopped at 9:20; we haven't had time

to get it repaired. The brass pendulum is still,

the chimes don't ring. One day you look out the window,

green summer, the next, and the leaves have already fallen,

and a grey sky lowers the horizon. Our children almost grown,

our parents gone, it happened so fast. Each day, we must learn

again how to love, between morning's quick coffee

and evening's slow return. Steam from a pot of soup rises,

mixing with the yeasty smell of baking bread. Our bodies

twine, and the big black dog pushes his great head between;

his tail is a metronome, 3/4 time. We'll never get there,

Time is always ahead of us, running down the beach, urging

us on faster, faster, but sometimes we take off our watches,

sometimes we lie in the hammock, caught between the mesh

of rope and the net of stars, suspended, tangled up

in love, running out of time.

"In the Middle" by Barbara Crooker

Let's all remember our wings today. xo Ro

Monday, June 20, 2011

Watery Things and a Part of a Wing

Kelp Bed
Sometimes when you make a promise like "I'll show you pictures later" you jinx yourself and for the life of me I couldn't take decent pictures so I decided to just settle rather than get cranky because that's right where I was headed.

This is a beautiful plume agate I bought from Ed over at Stones in Motion on etsy. She's a gorgeous rock now in an elegant setting.

She is fastened to three separate types of chain for fun and interest. Tourmalines add a bit of sparkle at the end of the extender which allows the chain to adjust from 16 to 18 inches. Kelp sways in the gentle rhythm of the ocean in this little vignette.

Beyond the Tide size 8

This is another plume agate I bought from Ed. The material surrounding the clear and beautiful dendrites reminds me of a Van Gogh, click to enlarge. I surrounded her with a shore with bubbles and sea grass. If you have ever skin dived or snorkeled in a kelp bed this is how it looks when you look up on a sunny day.

I added the tideline to the band.

*sold Fog

See what I mean about the pictures and the gray background, I'll try later when the light changes. Iolite briolettes represent a dew drop, the discs are the size of a quarter.

I love the fog this time of year I wear it like a cloak.

*sold From the Wings of a Dove

I made a special two strand necklace that took an entire day to construct but once I had the design in my brain I couldn't wait to see it.

pretty handmade elements stitch it all together, though the world isn't always a beautiful peaceful place glory is here, in nature, within good people.

I think about peace a lot and appreciate my quiet workplace my wonderful family and friends, lately I've been thinking a lot about love too and how fulfilled I feel. That's why I decided to settle rather than obsess over the pictures. I knew I was getting grumpy when I turned off NPR with another expert starting every sentence with "So", normally I can take it but I was exiting a peaceful place because of my frustration. I feel better now, offering it up, remembering to soar.

Have a great rest of the day all xo Ro