Howdy Jewelry Fans! The season has changed and many of us are tucking away our sunscreen for next year (although those of us in the South and Southwest have a bit more sun time on the clock). Does the beach linger in your mind as we slide into the reaping season? The endless churning of potential and actual, the edge of static and emotive, I’ve always loved to walk along the shore, finding life a balance of the future on the horizon and the amazing, beautiful mess of chaos at my feet all along the shore. I’m often stuffing my pockets with objects, transformed in the depths of the ocean and the edge of civilization. They’re secret treasures, their transformation to something else a reality of my journey through life.
I love the Ocean. The Lakes. The Rivers. The tiny bubbling Streams crossing properties and terra all around this great planet of ours. During my Navy days, haze gray and underway was always a soothing constant of change and routine, mission and sacrifice. I’m lucky to have seen dolphins playing in the bow wake of sailboat, cruiser, frigate and amphib. I’ve been in the middle of the Oceans of Earth where nary a light could be found, where humans mattered not to the towering 40ft waves of a northern Atlantic Storm. In these ways, I learned that we, humans, matter little to the churning waters of our planet.
Howdy Jewelry Fans!! Eek! July is just about in the books. I hope it’s been a massively joyful month for all of you! July should smell like sunscreen and sunshine, don’t you think? My July has been full of changes, with a move back to Tucson from San Diego and my youngest son’s graduation from Air Force Boot Camp. Of course, all in the middle of a busy exhibition season with one show in Michigan and another in Denver during July. I ended the month by sprinting from Denver to Salt Lake City, where I boarded a flight back to Tucson (the sprint and flying part was all in ONE day).
What’s the old saying, “a rolling stone gathers no moss”?? Well, there ain’t no moss on me!!
As I travel back and forth across this great big nation, you, Jewelry Fans, often ask me about finding inspiration. Do I find inspiration in the places I visit? Do I find inspiration in the people I meet? Where in the world do all the inspirations for structures and combinations come from?
Howdy Jewelry Fans!!! Girls, oh Girls! I’m hitting my midsummer stride here, with a few twists, just to keep things interesting. I’m smelling sunscreen and the tangy scent of thunderstorms rolling in. I’m dodging across the country like a ping pong ball, trying to get to you, in your hometown. I’ve taken planes, driven my truck, been stuck at airports and delayed by construction (it’s cone season, y’all). I’m being everywhere I can, but I realize I can’t be everywhere.
There are a couple of reasons for that.
You may remember last summer, that long and distant past time of the summer of ’18, I moved to the San Diego area. After a year of frolicking by the ocean, with constant good weather and sea breezes, my husband and I decided we preferred the stifling heat of Tucson, AZ where we have to get up and get moving by 5am, or be sundered to ash, like the prison planet of Creamatoria (Chronicles of Riddick reference in case you don’t know it off hand) when the radiative rays of our solar system’s sole star hits our skin. We’ve replaced soft, processed sea water with hard, calcite laden water of a deep, desert aquifer. The breeze here feels more like you’ve opened the oven door on broil and your eyebrows are going to burn off than the moist, scented, chilled breeze off of the Pacific Ocean.
Howdy Jewelry Fans!
Can you feel the excitement? The days have stretched themselves out like a lazy cat on an old sheet in the middle of an interstate move. Granted the move might only be one state, but boy is that cat tired. Ok. Maybe I’m just like the cat, and he’s my cat (or maybe I’m his human?) and I AM tired and in the middle of a move from San Diego back to Tucson (does anyone else seemingly vacation with their furniture?), but I am also so excited for the summer.
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