Monday, November 28, 2011

Win Them and Arm Chair Traveling

I've been busy working for my show but I'm a sundowner which means when the sun sinks, so do I. I've been thinking about the desert and how much I'd like to go there right now but this is the time for work so after the sun decends and all the evening duties are finished, I travel not only in time (1900) but to the desert in "The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Austin who wrote...........

In this country of the bighorn, the wapiti (elk) and the wolf, nesting place of buzzards, land of cloud nourished trees and wild things that live without drink. Above all, it is the land of creosote and mesquite. The mesquite is God's best thought in all this desertness. It grows in the open, is thorny, stocky, close grown and iron-rooted. Long winds move in the draughty valleys, blown sand fills and fills about the lower branches, piling pyramidal dunes, from the top of which the mesquite twigs flourish greenly. Fifteen or twenty feet under the drift, where there seems no rain could penetrate, the main trunk grows, attaining often a yards thickness, resistant as oak. In Shoshone land one digs for large timber; that is in the southerly, sandy exposures. Higher on the table-topped ranges low trees of juniper and pinyon stand each apart, rounded and spreading heaps of greeness. between them but each to itself in smooth clear spaces, tufts of tall feathered grass.

* earring contest, here's how to play....
I like guessing contests so all you have to do to play is guess the last two serial numbers on my camera. The one that comes closest will win a pair of "winnowing basket" earrings mailed to your door, international participants are welcome. Winner will be revealed Thursday at sundown.

xo Ro

Friday, November 25, 2011

When a Little is Enough...Recipes for Life

As I was cooking yesterday I was thinking about the little things....A recipe for life.


* a dash of kindness
* a pinch of respect
*a smidgen of compassion
*an ounce of truth
* a handful of help
* a pound of encouragement
* 1 rounded tsp. of humility
* 500 grams of integrity
* unmeasured gratitude.

This recipe can vary but the basic ingredients are all here.

I'm working on the little things today and every day.

Recipe part 2........Roast those roots!

I love this time of year, when it's cold outside it's a joy to turn the oven on. Nothing says loving like garlic and onions in the oven. This is my favorite way to prepare vegetables, it's easy peasy, makes the house smell like a home and really heightens the flavors for a variety of winter vegetables.

preheat oven to 400 degrees

chop root vegetables to the approximate same size I should have halved brussels sprouts (they took a little longer) parsnip, celeric, fennel bulb, potatoes reg, sweet or yams, carrots, any kind of squash, onions, turnips, you get the picture..arrange on baking sheets.
* I like to add an apple or two for brighness if you can find those sweet crabapples they're wonderful, I use Granny Smith.

Drizzle with a good olive oil, Trader Joes, local California is my choice.

With your garlic press squeeze fresh garlic over the top, use as much as you like, I like a lot (4 or 5 cloves between 2 baking sheets of veg.

I have thyme in my garden, so I added that, you can also use dried herbs, oregano is good too.

salt and pepper

Roast for about 15 mins. then turn over with a spatula. Continue cooking til tender, insert a fork.

Serve as a side dish or a main course over couscous or brown rice..


xo Ro

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In This Vast Universe

“Your beloved and your friends were once strangers. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. To lose these now would be to lose yourself.”

~John O Donohue

In this time of refection and thanks I want to thank all of you for being a part of my life.

Love Ro

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Few Things

I've made a cornucopia of jeweled things, I just had to use that word, it is that time of year after all. I have a new guilty treat, I'm confessing to right here. I've been streaming Mad Men which has put me in a nostalgic place. I was about the same age as Dan's daughter at that particular time in history. I enjoy the sets, the art, the attention to detail naturally the sleazy relationships. I admit it was hard watching President Kennedy's assignation again, the day our country stood still. I was bowling with my dad that day when it was announced over the loud speaker, everyone crowding in the bar to watch the television. Thinking about those times caused me to remember this, though we never had one, I'm sure all the model television families did.

The weather here has been rainy which is good for the soul, Banjo and I follow deer and coyote tracks, the air perfumed with sage and humus, wet dog, wet hair.


I made a pair of these for a friend who teaches grammar school, her students are always telling her, "there's something wrong here" :)

A beautiful and generous stone, simply set on a long chain, the horn of plenty perhaps. The 60's were the FAT years in many ways these are the lean.

I made a dear heart, two stones set side by side, depicting a deer ( deer not dear, Freudian slip) track textured edges and an oak leaf.
*ocean jasper

* sold
copper leaves copied from my little Eucalyptus Torquata. The leaves are waxed to stabilize the wonderful patina.

I set two mystic little opals each at the opposite end of the color wheel though they both flash green. I set them in a modish setting because I felt like it :)

A feather, I was asked to make one for a friend so I made two, one for etsy. I have rather steered away from feathers on etsy since they went v i r a l , and so it goes............ but I do love making them.

I adopted a little "hang dog" I keep trying to cheer him up, maybe he's just tired. I hope you can help me with a name. I saw him on etsy and he looked like he REALLY needed a home, I couldn't resist. I used to have a little dog museum in my store, I have collected antique dogs for the longest time. When I sold my shoppe I sold off most of my collection but I kept some I just couldn't part with. I'll show you them after Christmas.

It's gonna be okay boy (he's a boy) I always like the anatomically correct dogs, he hee

The storm has broken, giving way to a beautiful morning, everything dressed in raindrops, sun screaming in.

I wont get these on to etsy until possibly Tuesday, waiting on Lovely Laura, or maybe I'll post them and add model shots later. (thinking out loud)

Happy day all, love Ro

Friday, November 18, 2011

In the Mist

It was chilly and misty this morning, when I took my walk in the hills. I daydreamed, set up my plan of action for the day, decided what to make for dinner, took a lot of pictures, thought about jewelry designs. I love walking alone, sorting things out, listening to my feet as they beat out a rhythm, my breath adding a layer to the march. Walking adds an element of peace in a world that feels so rushed and if you listen to the news, it feels so broken. Things feel so whole and perfect in the natural world, as it should be. When I'm out with Jo it makes me feel balanced and able to accept whatever a day might bring. I can always dig deep and remember things like.... watching the coyote watch us, then as if to let us know we were no big deal he turned to leave but before he did he hiked his leg and marked a clump of tall grass. I have a file of vignettes in the folds of my mind, remembrances from my walks, today it was the neat and tidy tattings small spiders created, hanging heavy now like damp laundry.

dew reveals the web, web reveals the dew

Wishing you a peaceful weekend and safe travels to those who are journeying to meet family for Thanksgiving, xo Ro

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Little Help for My Friends

I recently read a tip on the etsy metal blog. This particular tip was to use wooden dowels as bezel pushers instead of the of the metal ones or the rockers, both which can skid across a soft stone ruining the project. I thought I'd share one of my favorite fabricated tools.

A toothbrush handle makes a superb bezel pusher, the grip is much easier on your hands, the shape on the end is superior to a round dowel and if you use a clear one you can see precisely what your doing.

Best wishes xo Auntie Ro

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Something Fun

❄ "Science and Nature" can be found here

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I made a few warm and inviting snippets starring, my friend Moon

These will be sized to fit, the leather will be brown but the shade and texture of the hide may vary. Please contact me if you would like to reserve one of these snippets.

Do what you love and you will always love what you do......

xo Ro

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Just a note...


last night

Sun Nov. 13 8:00 p.m.
Dear Moon,
Keep on shining because I love you, Ro

Three shiny new treats are here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Big Hair

pssssst.........You probably should hide, it's deer hunting season.....


Maybe back a little further...



have a good weekend all.....xo Ro and Buck