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Custom Artist Palette Necklace Pendant

Recently I had the honor of making this artist palette necklace pendant for a fellow artist and friend. She’s a super talented painter, so when she asked me to make a custom piece just for her, I was extremely flattered. She had a strong design idea for me to work with, knowing she wanted paints […]

What’s So Great About Being a Christian, Anyway?

“What’s so great about being a Christian, anyway?” The question hung in the air as I drove back to the office with a group of friends and colleagues after lunch. I was only 23 years old at the time, and we were having a conversation about the new church my husband and I were attending. It was unlike […]

3 Valuable Studio Tips for the Artist, Jeweler or Name-Your-Crafter

For generations studio artists have adopted their own personal ways to be more efficient in their work, saving both time and money.  And when it comes to problem solving, artists naturally get creative. When I saw this first tip shared by my friend, fine art painter and instructor Dawn Kinney Martin, I couldn’t believe how simple […]

A Simple Act of Love

This copper twist ring came back to me from a young lady who needed to have it re-sized for her fiancé. She sent it back in the original kraft jewelry box that I packaged it in, except this time, I received it hand-painted as a special surprise for him when he opened it again. Isn’t […]

A Positive Change in 2016

Yesterday I shared with my newsletter readers that, at least for 2016, I’m holding off on exhibiting at fine arts shows. I gave this decision serious thought (and number crunching) and determined it just isn’t the best business model for me. Some artists thrive on doing shows weekend after weekend. I admire them because you […]

A Thought on Entrepreneurship

The longer you work for yourself, the more you learn about yourself. Just when I think I’ve settled into my next great adventure, another follows right on its heels. I used to be hard on myself and believe it was necessary to focus on a single thing so I’d become an “expert”. But I’ve realized […]

In Recent Weeks

Maybe a little-known fact about me: I like technology, but I don’t like paying for it. That’s ironic for someone with an IT background, isn’t it? A prime example is my cell phone. A friend recently asked when seeing it: “Is that a flip phone?”

Mixed Metal Teardrops

It’s easy to get frustrated when a design doesn’t go as planned, but if you push through, it almost always works itself out. I began these mixed metal teardrops with a completely different vision for the teardrop shape (I didn’t plan on a teardrop at all), but I think the end result turned out even […]