Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Pieces

*new work is now over here
xo, Ro

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pockets full of spring

We've had an excess of rain this winter and spring which in turn is leading to a wonderful wildflower showing. In the drier years annual seeds sleep and wait, sometimes skipping several consecutive years to bloom. Early blooms and buds in silver adorn this wonderful rustic tiffany stone from Utah.

Rain flows down the chain which is actually two different chains to a droplet of beauty.

Im after the sculptural affect that the shadows cast in my pieces bringing the gardens to life.


I like making collections, they aren't merely pretty things on a chain, but represent a story such as this piece. A luminous clean blue chalcedony represents water, rain, life, while a bit of sprouting green is taking place inside the small prehnite bead above. The composition is supported by a flowing element that also supports a flower in full bloom. Here in the southwest water can be a scarce resource, I'm always joyful when it rains.

Full Pockets *sold

*described in the above post, scroll back :)


precipitation from the clouds (glorious clouds) in the form of drops of water formed by condensation of water vapor in the atmosphere. It's not easy being rain here, I appreciate every drop.

I created these earrings out of thick gage silver and put a high shine on them. The "flowing" design is also incorporated in the shepherds hook, threaded through your lobe it can be seen from the front.

*the earrings actually match up, left and right, matchy patchie, they're lined up incorrectly here


As you can see I've been on a watery theme all week. I don't think this silver poem need much of a description. My goal was to create a bangle bracelet that enables the stone to stay in front over your hand.

The bracelet has been forged in the back which is not only pretty but it serves as a spring allowing the piece to be opened and closed. The contoured shape keeps the beautiful blue calcedony drop in front where you can admire it.

In case you need to raise your
7 1/2 in diameter.

I will be listing these pieces tomorrow. My day today is chuck full of commitments and appointments.
I will be breezing in and out all day. If you have any questions or would like to make a purchase from my blog send me a convo through etsy or an email and I'll check my computer periodically throughout the day.
I'm never carrying the internet with me on my phone (which I've lost) NEVER! :) :)

Love Ro

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Filling My Pockets

*the pair on the left are sold

I like to get out in the early hours of the morning for inspiration and walk the hills filling my senses with the scents of the native flora, the sudden glimpse of shy deer, the shimmer of the Bay Laurel. I am often serenaded by coyote song and the impressive flight of the red tail. I've been stuffing my pockets with rain and wildflowers and the glorious green of spring. I bring them out later for further examination, often they reveal themselves in my work, they always lend me peace in times of need.

I have some new pieces to show you tomorrow, I'm busy working for our spring garden show as well.

*sorry about all of you suffering rain, snow, fog, freezing, wind, hail the size of.., sleet. I like it all except the wind but I know too much is no fun.

xo Ro

Monday, March 28, 2011

Harsi's Canyon

I went to visit my friend Harsi this morning for a hike. Harsi showed me a picture of the Coast Range Newts that breed in the seasonal creek near her cabin. I've never seen them before and was excited to see them first hand.
Her cabin, home or bunk house is how it was described on the electric gate's magic entry buttons.

After a drive up a deeply wooded one lane road I found my way to dear Harsi who was standing outside waving me down. We headed up the hills under an iffy cloud cover to the cheerful sound of quail.

I chanted for the clouds to stay but the sun was doing it's best to burn them off.

The place is thick with curious deer..


*art shot of a rusted water tank




Gorgeous views

birds too numerous to count

hawks everywhere

lone oak

We put on our Wellie Boots and headed down the hill to the stream.

What a marvel, about 10 inches long with puppy dog faces that look up at you through the water.

up on the sandy bank


under the oaks

Harsi's view

Gorgeous table yum (sorry about the wonky angle)

What a lovely morning, thank you Harsi for sharing.......XOXO Ro

Sunday, March 27, 2011

what joy

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me

Last night

the rain

spoke to me

slowly, saying,

what joy

to come falling

out of the brisk cloud,

to be happy again

in a new way

on the earth!

That’s what it said

as it dropped,

smelling of iron,

and vanished

like a dream of the ocean

into the branches

and the grass below.

Then it was over.

The sky cleared.

I was standing

under a tree.

The tree was a tree

with happy leaves,

and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky

that were also themselves

at the moment

at which moment

my right hand

was holding my left hand

which was holding the tree

which was filled with stars

and the soft rain –

imagine! imagine!

the long and wondrous journeys

still to be ours.

Mary Oliver

(What Do We Know)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Along the Highway

Snapshot along the highway in Tucson :)

Happy weekend to all you cool chicas, xo Ro

Cuban Pete and the queen of Delancy Street compliments Harsi ;) Chicky Boom

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Spring gleanings are now here

Early Spring

As you might know we are in the throws of spring here in the southern portion of California. The skies are bright and washed after the rain and snow. I like this fickle spring weather before we are locked into summer. A sudden rain and drop in temperature makes life more interesting, though I know for some of you winter is going out like a lion.
I created a few pieces with spring in mind.....

"On Rising Circles"
A crow soars in a perfect blue lapis sky. A golden pyrite matrix gives the stone a heavenly touch. This is one of the few California lapis stones I recently was able to acquire. The crow is hand sawn and placed over a concho styled silver oval.


Spring is the season for hungry cottontails. We always seem to have a few nibblers that find their way into our tender walled garden. Rosebud resides under a heart shaped branch of natural coral which I emphasized with my silver setting.

A hungry bunny needs a flower to nibble and coral *needs a drop of turquoise.

"Clover Honey" * sold

Drowsy bees are starting the season, collecting pollen, from the sage, the buckwheat and clover. Soon we will have an a treasure trove of amber honey.
I made this *sweet cuff by setting a glowing spessartine garnet in a nestle of leaves to honor the bees for their life's good work.

sweet petite.

These new pieces will make their way to etsy later today

Early Spring by Rainer Maria Rilke
Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.

*Bryce found this perfect blue egg in the garden today
Happy day all, xo Ro