Sunset at a CA Beach photo where the Ocean meets the Land

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September 26, 2019

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.

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24k Vermeil Tiny Deluxe Shield Necklaces

What Up, Gold? (Layperson's Guide to Karat, Vermeil and Filled)

September 13, 2019

Let's get Nerdy for a bit, shall we? As I've been working with more Gold, I find myself talking about the karat, purity, strength, color and attributes of the different types of Gold in Original Sin Jewelry's Collections at shows. Since my website is a 24 hours a day, 365 (and 1/4) days a year show, it makes sense to talk about it here too. Right?

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Fiery Desert Sunset

Wandering: Lost or Found?

September 05, 2019

As I wander, as you wander, Jewelry Fans, are you Lost or Found? Have you centered and grounded yourself in such a way that acceptance, competence, confidence and neutrality filter in and overtake the worrying ego in your minds with the simple ease of GRACE. In those moments are you Lost, your essence adrift without the anchor of place, or are you Found, so that no matter where you go, you are perfectly there? For a lot of you, for most folks, I think, it's easier to have the feeling of Grace when you are centered and grounded in your Place, your home, your town, your job, your family.

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Silver Skeleton Key Cuff Handmade Bracelet Vintage Skeleton Key

Special Keys and the Great Before

August 21, 2019

I learned that in my Grandma’s Before, a life where she didn’t have the white hair (which I now have), and gentle wrinkles around her eyes and mouth when she smiled (which I now have), she lived in New York City. She lived in flats that needed coal. She lived with her 5 brothers and sisters and her dad was a baker. They spoke Hungarian and cooked Hungarian. They had these big, special keys that opened their doors, their wardrobes, the boxes that stored their Silver and their Tea. Imagine a world where Tea was so special, you locked it up in box so no swiping hands made off with the best tea in the house for a secret cup of brew.

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Peach Pies Mean Birthdays (and One Big Surprise)

Peach Pies Mean Birthdays (and One Big Surprise)

August 14, 2019

Confession time, I mean Original Sin ain’t my business name for no reason! I’m not a super fan of cake. Please, don’t be upset—I definitely do my part to consume cake, in its various forms and preferably Chocolate or Carrot to be specific (although I had this out-of-this-world Ricotta Cake at a tiny restaurant in Milan, Italy that I could most likely eat every day, twice a day). At some point in my life, my most amazing Mom started baking me Peach Pies for my Birthdays.

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Stretching Sunlight

Stretching Sunlight

August 07, 2019 2 Comments

Howdy Jewelry Fans! It’s August. Unbelievably and irrefutably so. For me, August has a sense of urgency, a squeezing of every last bit of Summer out of every drop of sunlight.  I’m storing the crisp, bright memories of heat and warmth for the colder, longer nights that always come in balance to the heat of my favorite season.  As much as a back bend in yoga, where you engage your core to support the back muscles, I’m engaging every cell of sparkling sunlight to support my spirit through the other cycles of a natural year.

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Road Trips and Inspiration

Road Trips and Inspiration

July 30, 2019

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?

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What’s Better: 7P’s or 3P’s?

What’s Better: 7P’s or 3P’s?

July 25, 2019

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.

But.

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Who Am I Without Struggle??

Who Am I Without Struggle??

July 17, 2019

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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Sum-Sum-Summertime!

Sum-Sum-Summertime!

June 24, 2019

Howdy Jewelry Fans! Can you feel the excitement?? The days have stretched themselves out like a lazy cat on a scratching post. Or maybe a warm weather nap in a box that's meant for Wyoming? This picture is really of my cat, Snow, The Inspector Primus. He seems to be enjoying his afternoon nap right in the middle of my work table.)  I've caught a whiff of sunscreen and have been daydreaming of pina coloadas and margaritas at a poolside bar next to a golden sand beach. YESSSSSS!!! And while I'm not a kid anymore (happily) and I don't get the summer off (sadly), I do get the opportunity to travel this great country and meet you, Jewelry Fans, in your hometowns all across this Great Land. 

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Earth in Renewal:  Consumerism vs Meaningful Consumption

Earth in Renewal: Consumerism vs Meaningful Consumption

March 27, 2019

Yup. That's right, Jewelry Fans, as of March 2019, our species has no redundancy, no planet to escape to should we screw this one up too far past breaking. Deep down, I don't believe humans will break the earth, but I worry we may come closer than we should before we learn that great windmills fastened to the deep sea beds off the bucolic cost of Cape Cod are more important than any bourgeois baron's view. I believe we can develop tidal electric power, where the great churning of the ocean can be harnessed to run my low wattage LED lights. I know we have the ingenuity to see it done, my future grand children are betting on it. And being in a line of work where my products, the jewelry I forge and weave by hand, is not a necessary product to live, like water, food, power, I'd like to believe the adornment of the body is necessary for the soul.

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Fuel Your Dreams...

Fuel Your Dreams...

March 22, 2019 1 Comment

In the Navy I learned that a small course diversion has drastic impacts on the final destination. We performed “dead reckoning” every couple of hours to see how far off course we were. Ships naturally go off course. Unexpected currents, wind, steering gear discrepancies could have major impacts on getting where we were going. Humans naturally go off course.

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