Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day Dreams

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If I were a mule skinner I would only speak sweetly to my molly's. We would drive through the desert in the winter delivering jewelry to all the outposts. I would recite poetry and sonnets to my team and they would give those big ears an about-face,waiting for a good joke as we pulled ahead. I would know all the secret springs where we'd stop and camp when the sun was low. At twilight we'd listen for the burrowing owls while I roasted pinyon nuts over a mesquite fire. When we couldn't eat one more bite, I'd play my ocarina, coyotes would yammer then settle into soft howls, I would gaze at the stars and with carful selection, name every constellation I could remember, soon we would be carried off.......... in the current of sleep.


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We would jangle on during the day and I would sing them songs, Buffalo Gals and Red River Valley. I would stop the wagon when I found dried chia and carefully shake the rich seeds into our pouches to snack on later.



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Hawks, would awaken slowly, perch in the cottonwoods, joshua trees, saguaro, wait for the warmth of the day to rise on widening circles, reminding us to that we too are capable of soaring.


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In late spring when the snow had vanished into the waterways, we would move to the high country. I would re inhabit my little rancho the small, cozy, cedar cabin overlooking a clear trout stream. I would give my mules the summer off, they would feast on tall grasses and clovers. I would make new conchos for their bridles, matching earrings for me and some for you.


That's what I would do if I were a mule skinner......


....but I'm not and I should know better than to preview jewelry without Laura..


but I never learn, I'm too busy daydreaming.

*All turquoise is American, the amazing "mountain" stone is mozarkite from Missouri. All hardware was forged and formed by me.

xo calamity Ro

23 comments:

  1. Your team would love you... and I think you are doing fine with this incredible preview! Beautiful job Calamity Ro! xx

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    1. I would love them right back !

      Thank you Mona.

      xo

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  2. Oh, I would love to play the ocarina, too, and serenade the stars and my mules...of course, I would take mule skinning lessons from you. Your plan seems quite wonderful--you HAVE been daydreaming, with fine results.

    The newest work is enchanting--the turquoise pieces are both STUNNING. And your new clasp. Oh my.

    Very fine writing today as well. This mule-skinning life agrees with you....

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    1. You should come sometime we can harmonize..oh those stars...part real :)

      One day I'll have those mules, turquoise girl, xoxo

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    2. What will Banjo say about that? Or Churro and Belle?

      :-)

      I'll come and take care of them when you go on vacations, though....

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  3. ...a 'cedar cabin overlooking a clear trout stream' sounds perfectly lovely today. (I am currently listening to the garbage truck rumbling around the streets on its weekly route, and neighboring dogs having a bark-off.)

    I've been admiring your work for sometime and just had to pop in and add my own *wow*. All of your pieces are just beautiful. I especially love your feathers and your turquoise and feather pendant above is exquisite.

    I have a rather large piece of labradorite I've been wondering what to do with...it is so easy for me to imagine it being cradled by your silver plumes!

    Have a gorgeous day. (I'm off to have a staring competition with my neighbor's dog. I pretend I'm the meanest bee-itch around. He pretends he's scared. Then we both get to eat cookies.)

    Ash

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  4. Hi Ash,

    Doesn't it sound grand! Girls can dream :)

    Thank you so much for leaving your kind and delightful note even in the midst of city bedlam. I had two horrible barkers right next door, I finally figured out I could get them to stop by bribing them with food. They used to go ballistic at any sound we made or when I'd get in or out of my car, so I kept a box of biscuits in it and fed generously in the beginning. After that they would listen for us and sit wagging their tails when they saw us.

    An owl feather sounds just right for labradorite........

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    1. Hi Rochelle,

      On a day like today, I do indeed dream of being...somewhere else!

      I don't know what it is about barking dogs, but the incessant noise has a way of excoriating one's soul...not to mention, slipping the knot on one's sanity! I'm glad your solution worked. In desperation we called a dog trainer who told us to do exactly as you did. Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect on our neighbor's dogs: they got wise to the fact that we would come outside and feed them every time they barked...so they barked even more! Grrr. We have a tentative truce for a good part of each day, now...mostly... the rest of the time I crank up my thunderstorm 'white noise' and drown them all out!

      Oh, an owl feather sounds lovely. (It's quite a smoky 'mysterious' piece of lab, so I wonder if a raven feather would work well, too. Will email!)

      Have a beautiful rest of the day!

      Ash

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    2. well Ash, get in the wagon next to me and start singing, let's start with Buffalo Gals, we can drown out those dogs, they sound bored.... let's let them run along with Banjo, we'll run them til they're too tired to make a sound.

      :)

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  5. Wowie, the Mule Skinner Necklace turned out just wonderful...that piece is a stunner!
    its all beautiful!
    xo

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    1. Oh man that stone Deb! It's hard not to love it with that incredible rock.

      Thank you!

      xo

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  6. All the new pieces are gorgeous!!! Your new clasp design is so cool!! I bet you are constantly looking at things with the eye of a silversmith, transforming leaves, feathers & latches into silver.

    Your life as a mule skinner sounds perfectly wonderful! That is something I never would have imagined - although mules are definitely interesting animals :-) xoxoxo

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    1. Like any obsession, you eat, drink and sleep it, Priscilla, no experience is safe :)

      I think it sounds like "a perfect life", the more you learn about mules, the more there is to love. My neighbor had one, I loved listening to it bray.

      xxxxoooo

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  7. All's I can say is Yee Haw...there's beauty in them there silver pretties! Keep daydreaming Calamity Ro...good for the soul! xoxoxo

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    1. Or, hee haw.......thank you Sue..and gold in thar hills.......!

      You too Sue, dream on sister! xoxo

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  8. Beautiful new pieces Ro, I especially love the cuff with the two small leaves...I so admire the detail in your work, I can feel the LOVE!!!! Gorgeous as always!

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  9. Ever the gardener here, thank you Sierra....Your work is lovely too.

    I AM having fun in my studio, love, love it!

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  10. Dear Ro,

    Awwwww....this is my favorite blog post ever! You wrote with such a flow and it seemed to come so effortlessly!?!

    I don't even know where to start:
    *speaking sweetly to your mollys
    *reciting M. Oliver, W. Szymsborska, & B. Collins no doubt!
    *your careful selection of stars
    *describing a current of sleep
    *jangling on (!)
    *pouches with chia seeds for snacking (too cute!)
    *even remembering us with matching earrings lol

    You surely know how to make our spirits soar -- like those hawks -- our circles ever widening :o)

    Happy Wednesday all day long,
    xxxooo
    P.S. Each new piece is absolutely STUNNING....eye candy, baby! WOW.

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    1. Well said, Songbird, well said.
      :-)

      You have your own way with words....

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    2. Awww now I'm blushing Lisa, thank you all for being so lovely to me. I really appreciate your friendship and your continued support, all of you! xoxoxox

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