Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tis the Season

Good day all! Well it's upon us, the Christmas season, and my shop is buzzing. Sales have increased substantially and my family is getting meals prepared on the weekend and frozen. I'm happy, but the family, not so much! :-)

I've done a few new things including joining the EtsyCanada team and advertising at IndieNorth a wonderful site dedicated to promoting Canadian artists.

I like to buy local so my thinking floated to, why not try to sell locally. My Etsy store was already established and doing nicely, but my Canadian sales were a small trickle. I found my answer on Twitter, where I met Beth, the wonderfully creative and industrious lady who is the force behind IndieNorth. Beth is a delightful Tweeter and gave me the wonderful hint to add the word 'Canadian' as a tag in my Etsy shop, plus a placed a very reasonably priced ad on the IndieNorth site and my Canadian sales have easily tripled! Thank you IndieNorth and Beth! I recommend all Canadian artists check this site out.

This week, I was contacted by Christina of Akane Designs who has kindly accomplished all the necessary administrative work to set up a new Etsy Team, called EtsyCanada of which I am happy to say, I am now a proud member. I'm looking forward to getting to know more Canadian artists from across the country and promoting our creations together. I'm super excited!!

That said, with sales soaring, I must get back to the studio! 'Tis the Season' and artists around the world are in high production and high promotion mode. Did I mention how much I LOVE IT!!! :-)

Have a great day and remember: Today is the tomorrow you've been waiting for! ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Back in the Studio

Good day! First full day of classes today and my first full day in the studio since September 1! I'm full of design ideas and have already added a few new pieces to my shop!

I thought I'd share with you a wonderful "Wish for You" that my friend @CharmsOfLight posted on her blog! I thought it beautiful and inspiring, which is the type of day I hold in my intention!

Enjoy all!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hello September!

Good day all! I'm back from vacation and having several visitors including our annual Corn Roast! All went well and we had a fabulous time hosting and vacationing. This is my first day back in the studio!

It's hard to believe how much I missed creating! I'd find myself sketching or browsing Etsy just to keep ideas flowing. It took about 2 weeks to stop that behaviour and really start enjoying my vacation. It was nice to leave the computer behind finally. I thoroughly enjoyed playing golf, hanging with my daughter, Kat, and enjoying family and friends. We made many happy memories together!

I've been busy sketching and today is my first full day back in the studio. I've posted a few new things I was able to make this past week late at night. I realized I totally missed blasting music (headphones), creating and burning that midnight oil. I'm getting ready for the Christmas season and have several new lines planned.

The Silver Drop Collection is one, however I couldn't keep myself from posting the pieces because I just adore them!! I love melting metal so much and this collection gives me the opportunity to do so often! As well, and as mentioned previously, there are more reticulated pieces to choose from. I'll be listing a new pair later today, but I'll give you a sneak peek right now! I'm calling them Dripping Reticulated Silver Earrings. I appreciate any feedback - so please don't hesitate to contact.

I'd like to thank everyone for their continuing support! I would like my family, friends and customers to know how much I appreciate your ongoing kindness, understanding and support - it truly moves my heart!

Now, back to the studio - and LOVING it!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

On Vacation

Hello all from the beautiful St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada! First, I'd like to apologize for not posting before I left that my shop was closed until August 8th, 2009. I was busy filling orders until the last minute, plus trying to get the house, the family and the cats ready for our departure on July 21.

I've tried to stay away from the computer as this IS my vacation and my business is on-line so I needed the 'screen' break. We've been so busy filling our days with events or driving that it hasn't really been an issue.

I'll give you a little overview of our trip thus far. We drove through BC on the #1 Highway stopping at 3 Valley Gap Hotel where we enjoyed a lovely stay exploring the Ghost Town and surrounding areas. Then we spent a couple of days in Calgary visiting with friends, watching football and gearing up for the big shop! We drove up to Edmonton and spent 2 whole days exploring West Edmonton Mall! Kat was in heaven!! It was the best mother/daughter fun including many giggle fits and late night chats. Then we spent some time with old friends and I played golf at the Highlands Golf Club - a lovely course. Then back down to Calgary to explore the Drumheller Badlands, a trail ride in the foothills at the Anchor D Ranch and then the Calgary Zoo. We left Calgary yesterday to head for the resort, where I played golf while Kat caught up with friends on-line. A challenging course with stunning views and good rates. This morning we're off to Grand Forks and a room on the river so we can hike a little, stretch our legs and continue the mother/daughter sharing.

I'm so grateful for this opportunity to spend time with my daughter. It's been more fulfilling than any other vacation I can remember. I can only encourage everyone to make the time to spend with those we love. Life is so precious and these are some memories I, and I hope she, will draw upon for years to come.

Back to my vacation! Cheers!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

I've been Tagged

Wow I've been tagged. Thank you Charms of Light! Now you might even learn a little bit more about me and what makes me tick! :)

The rules of tagging are:

1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own (don't feel obliged as it's quite long already!)

2. Tag eight other people

What is your current obsession?
Melting metals! I can't get enough!!

What is your greatest achievement?
My daughter's smile.

Coffee or Tea?
Neither. Water or beer during Football season!

What’s for dinner?
The Best Chili Ever! It's made with dark beer (I use a chocolate beer), coffee and chocolate. I found it on the internet and my family LOVES it! I use local cubed beef and add shredded veggies, but don't tell the kids!!

What have you just made?
Just my Pretty in Pearls 4mm for a lovely woman - Sophie!

What are you listening to right now?
The bird's chirping in the early morning!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

What do you think of the person who tagged you?
She Charms of Light in me to shine! A loving soul who lives in the Now! I admire and love her intuitively.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Swimming in the ocean in the Bahamas!! With my family!

Which language do you want to learn?
More French and Ukrainian. I live in Canada which a is bi-lingual country plus I am Ukrainian by heritage and was a Ukrainian dancer (danced for the Queen of England) for many years. I would like to be more fluent in both.

What’s your favorite quote (for now)?
I'm not going to give you a famous quote, I'm going to add to the 2 provided my own.

"Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt those doing it" by Sophie Lhoste.

"Smiling turns on the light inside. Shine it for others to see!" by Charms of Light.

"Today is the tomorrow you've been waiting for!" - Sharon Dudka

What is your favorite colour?
Indigo Blue

What is your dream job?
Being a country singing, silversmithing, astrologer. Oh that's what I am?!! Although I do wish I'd play more as I don't have any regular gigs and no longer play with a band. I miss being on stage, but I don't miss the life!

Do you admire anyone’s style?
Genuine, real people who aren't afraid to admit they made a mistake and can manage to find humour in adversity and keep growing. That is a class act!

Describe your personal style?
Chaotic conservative doing it my way! Depends on the day and what way the wind is blowing and where I'm growing.

What are you going to do after this?
House cleaning, check my Etsy Shop and then drive my daughter to a Horse Show.

What is your favorite fruit?

What inspires you?
Love and Light within and without; seeing it in motion! I try to let my creativity happen, then observe it. Truly getting out of my own way!

Your favorite book?
The OverSoul Seven series by Jane Roberts. I highly recommend the read!

Your favourite film?
Nothing comes to mind. I enjoyed working in the theatre as a Stage Manager and even made a film in my Fine Arts school, which I wrote, directed and starred in. I look at them more technically than anything else. Very little out there of substance these days.

Do you collect something?
Life experience. :-) But have managed to acquire a good deal of healing gems.

What is your favorite smell?
The back of a cat's neck has always been soothing to me and uplifting. Many lifetimes in Egypt and one as Keeper of the Cats.

What are you most proud of?
My daughter and family. My personal courage and will to move forward especially in the face of adversity and being able to say I'm sorry.

How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up?
Never. The only times I have ever been late is when I used a darn clock. I don't wear one and set no alarms. I tell myself what time I want to wake up before I go to bed. Incredibly reliable.

Cats or dogs?
One can never have too many cats! I'd have more (currently 2, Al and Star) but hubby is putting his foot down. We do go away quite a bit, so he's right. Darn.

What’s your biggest fashion mistake?
Definitely football jersey's during Football season!! They are so NOT flattering!

Complete the following:
Love is: Light in motion!

What would you like to make next?
Tingling Stars

What's the best piece of advice you have been given?
If you're uncomfortable there's a reason. Your Soul is trying to speak. Go inside, there will be your answer.

Now to tag more people! I'll list them later - like once I figure out how! :-)

Friday, July 10, 2009

MetalRocks Update

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! I've been a busy artist and have sadly neglected my blog for too long! An update is in order.

I had a marvelous time at the NorthWestern Astrology Conference in Seattle, Washington meeting both new friends and old. The conference was coordinated very well and the people attending had much to share. A very worthwhile and extremely regenerating experience. Plus I sold several pieces of jewellery from my Etsy shop and in person!

Since, I've had my daughter's school year end which meant lots of horse events and ceremony AND I've been working in my studio pretty much non-stop. I've not taken a day off in so long and still didn't seem to have time for my blog. I will not neglect you so long again my friends.

Lately I've been working with some very old ways of making jewellery; reticulation and fusion. The earrings pictured utilize both. Reticulation is the process of melting the surface of metal creating a pattern that appears wrinkled. Fusion is the art of joining metals in liquid form, in other words without solder. I'm having so much fun and will be creating my Christmas lines from these processes. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself in the studio these days!

Please check out my new Silver Drop Collection, which is the hybrid of my MetalRocks and Goddess Tears Collections. Very simple and elegant I so enjoy making these lovely Silver Drops. The pendant shown looks so beautiful that the store who carries my work, Manila Tag purchased both earrings and pendants, always a plus for an artist.

On a personal level, it's football and golfing season, both of which get me outdoors and out of the studio. I find it difficult to leave the studio only because I LOVE what I do, but my family and truth be known, I too, know that a healthy balance is needed. It worked so well that my family who used to complain about my golfing and football obsessions now encourages them!! A marvelous bonus!!

I have a few orders to mail and I'm going golfing! Have a wonderful day and we'll talk soon!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Organization of Business when Travelling

I'm so excited to be attending the NorthWest Astrological Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA the 4th weekend of May, however I've been debating whether I should bring my laptop and jewellery and ship daily from Seattle, or to add a line to the automatic reply sent when a purchase has been made stating shipping will be an extra day or two.

I always wonder if it's worth all the fuss, especially since Canada Post is inconsistant at it's best! I will only be gone 2 business days so it shouldn't be an outrageous delay. What ARE realistic expectations?

Many shops at the local mall are open 7 days a week and 24 hour service in the comfort of your own home is the new way to shop, on-line. How much should I attend the shop, blog, twitter etc. Feasibly, I could tweet, blog, attend my shop and answer emails first thing in the morning, during the lunch break and of course in the evening. But, should I?

What will happen if I don't think MetalRocks for a few days? What I've learned from the internal debate is I really need a few days off from the shop. I hadn't realized how I have let it overtake my life, like my many other responsibilities. As a wife and mother, I multi-task all the time and I just added MetalRocks into that get-her-done thinking. I'm going away to enjoy my love of astrology AND to not have to think about cooking and cleaning for a few days. Therefore, it would seem to me, that leaving the shop alone for a few days shouldn't do any harm.

The MetalRocks shop I think will be ok, but the house, hubby, daughter and pets? Not so sure!! :-) I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Artist vs Business Owner

I'm trying to focus on creating this week and the universe provided the time with sales slowed to a snail's pace. It's a double edged sword; more sales equals more administrative work and less creative time and less sales equals more creative time but the bills don't get paid. Thankfully, I don't have to sell to pay the mortgage, however our family can't afford to lose money. A metal smith's overhead is high. The equipment is quite costly and metal is way more expensive than most stones or man-made substances many make into jewellery.

For the creative soul, it will always be, artist vs business owner. My suggestion is to allow for creative days by remaining flexible. When you feel those creative juices flowing and you've sketched out so many ideas but haven't actioned them because you are busy filling orders, that's the right time. You don't have to take out days on end, but at least one studio day dedicated to filling this void. You don't have to complete the pieces, just get a good start so your creative hunger is satisfied, or at least the edge is off.

Taking out a day for creativity or to feed the soul, is also a fantastic way to ensure your work doesn't grow stagnant with repetition and your customers don't wander away due to boredom. So speaking of fresh, today is my creative day, just for me. I always feel just a little selfish, but I usually get over it once the tools are in my hands. Off to the studio I merrily go!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fantastic Weekend and Now Back to the Studio!

Welcome, welcome, welcome. I had a fantastic weekend over in the big city of Vancouver! Always fascinating, over-whelming amounts to do and see, and a burnout when I get home. I think I slept most of Monday and when I was awake, well I wasn't exactly focussed.

I attended a workshop on the Hladina Method (see which is a marvelous body of work. I was surprised at the gentleness and effectiveness of method, plus that the results are staying with me. Historically, I'd go to a workshop and withing a few days all the work dissipates and I'm back to my same old stuff. Not so with the Hladina Method. I highly recommend it and have already booked more workshops to attend and hope to be certified within a year.

There has been a slow down in sales so happily I don't feel like I have to play catch up. Manila Tag would like more pieces and I'm working on it. I usually like to dedicate a day a week to the store, however this week I cannot. I've been away and my child, partner and the house need some attention, especially since I'm going to NORWAC (North Western Astrology Conference) in Seattle 2 weeks from today.

I did pick up a new mandrel in Vancouver and it's triangular. Totally cool! Now I'm busy making up Mind, Body and Spirit pieces. I especially like my new item, Mind, Body and Spirit meet Eternity which is pictured. Simple and symbolic.

Today, I've decided to do something nice for a stranger and I challenge you to do the same. I'd love to hear what you did for someone so please send me your story! I'll post mine too!

Lots of sports to watch while I'm in the studio. The Players Championship (golf), Canada plays in the Men's World Hockey Championship and the Vancouver Canucks play tonight as well! Phew, I'd better eat my wheaties!! Have a great day folks!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fun on Vancouver Island

Hi everyone! I've been a bit busy however I'm finally getting organized. The store in Victoria, Manila Tag, is doing well and already want more pieces. My Etsy store has been selling nice and steady and all I want to do is play golf!!

I'm slowing down jewellery production as the weather has improved and after months of ugly grey skies and SNOW of all things, I need to be outside. On Vancouver Island we get a couple of snow storms a season but the snow has never stayed longer than a week or two. This year we had snow from December 12, 2008 until the first week of April 2009!! I swear I had cabin fever!!

I've been playing a bit of golf however with hubby just learning the game we've actually played some Par3 courses, something I have never done in my life! The guy uses his putter for anything 10 yards near the green!! *sigh* I tell him he'll never improve his short game that way, but I think he's more concerned with the score and trying to beat mine!! I'll really eat it once he starts to beat me. I think it's time to up my game!! Smile.

I'm still working in the studio, just not as much. I've taken the Maria's Goddess Tears probably as far as the design will allow. Pictured is the last rendition made with geniune pearls. They look so lovely on!!

I need to put in about an hour in the studio to meet my orders, then I ship and I'm off to play 9 because that's all I have time for. And I'm going by myself, so let's see who I draw today!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter Weekend!

It's been an exhausting week, but I finally got the first order to Manila Tag. I feel much better, but still have several pieces to make. As well, I've been trying to ensure my on-line store has daily new feature items if possible. It hasn't always been possible. I worked until 1:30AM last night and feel a little more caught up.

I decided to take Maria's lovely idea to make the Maria's Goddess Tear Studs with a 14K gold tail and a solid silver stud. I think the woman should design jewellery. The results are pictured and I think absolutely lovely.

I must run as I yesterday's turkey needs to be made into stew plus the Masters is on AND Canada is playing in the semi-finals in the curling. What's a girl to do but grab a beer and hit the tube. The turkey can wait!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Intense Week

I've been in my studio all week, often until the wee hours of the AM getting the order ready for Manila Tag. It's just when an artist gets going, it's difficult to stop. The first order is ready and I'll deliver on Monday April 6th. The rest of the week will be spent getting part 2 created. Rings, rings and more rings. I'm looking forward to it!

I took time out this week to make one my favourite customers a pair of earrings she has graciously been waiting for. Check them out! Solid 14K gold studs soldered to 18 gauge argentium silver tail: Maria's Gold Goddess Tears Studs - designed by Maria and made for Maria with passion for the process and geniune affection for Maria herself. I call Maria a gift as the creative inspiration she brought into my life is something I can't purchase anywhere!! Thank you Maria!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

What a week!

It's been a fabulous week for me personally and for my jewellery business. I live on Vancouver Island and this past week I ventured to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. I still had steady sales at my Etsy shop and in person and another shop in Chilliwack is interesting in my Chakra line along with having me do astrology readings several times a year. It's all good.

I bought some 14K gold while in Vancouver and hope to have a couple of pieces made soon. Check back in a week because even though I'm busy and shouldn't even be looking at it yet, I doubt I will be able to let it sit there for long!!!

I'm super busy this next couple of weeks fulfilling the second part of the order for ManilaTag, the store at 1157 Newport Avenue, Victoria, BC which is featuring my work. I still don't have a Grand Opening date, but will soon.

I would like to try and get some pieces made for the NorthWest Astrological Conference I'll be attending in Seattle, Washington May 22-25th. My astrology teacher is the only Canadian speaking at the conference and I can't wait to see her. It's always a positive when one can mix business with pleasure.

It's good to be alive and able to explore my passions! I am truly blessed!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

What a weekend! I was feeling down due to no sales and so much effort! I am delighted to state I have sold several dozen pieces to a store in Victoria, BC, Canada. I will announce their Grand Opening as soon as the dates are firmed. I couldn't be happier with the flavour of the store or the people involved.

I have never let go of so many creations at once and as I tagged everything last night I was feeling a bit melancholy. I have sold to stores before, but never this quantity! I feel truly blessed today. AND they want more! I still have to make rings in several sizes for the second component of the order.

I now have all these creative ideas roaming around as I try to focus on a spreadsheet. The mundane aspects of having one's own business. And I must get it done as I'm going to the Lower Mainland of BC for a week of visiting, shopping and sushi!! I fully intend to get a manicure as my hands are rough and most of my nails have been gouged into by a file or just broken off period! My artist hands deserve a vacation too!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

No Sales but Looking Up

It's been a bit of a draught on Etsy for sales. It gets difficult not to take it personally. I'm aware that economic times are tough and jewellery is not a necessity. I still keep making new pieces, listing them and waiting. I know hard work equals success, so the less I sell the harder I work. It WILL turn around.

Just when it starts to look bleak, isn't there always a silver lining or a rainbow one didn't notice? Mine came in the form of a lovely woman who contacted me regarding putting some of my jewellery in her store. I was supposed to travel about 1.5 hours to meet her yesterday, but couldn't due to family matters. I thought that might be the end of it. However, she contacted me yesterday and asked if she could drive up here. I guess she is more than just a little interested! I've called a friend who also makes jewellery to come over to show her wares as well. Now I'm over the top excited and can't wait until the weekend! Be assured I'll let you in on the next chapter of this story!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lack of Sales Letdown

At least I had one good day! The economy is tough. I got excited there for a minute!! So I've decided to simply dig in and make something I truly love and admire. I'm making this big chain. I saw Joy from The View wear one last week and I knew I just had to make one. I'm about a third done. It is a great deal of soldering, but luckily I like soldering almost as much as I like melting metal. I'll post it the minute it's done.

I'm totally enjoying spending some time with my daughter. She's super funny, kind and I'm so proud. We just got reports cards and she did very well. I'm also just tickled that she made a bracelet this week. It was quite complicated and took her the better part of a day. Like her mother is my beautiful daughter!! Beaming!! :-)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Parent Panic - Thrilling Week of Sales

This week has been thrilling for MetalRocks on Etsy. People are finally finding me! Some of my designs have really taken off, especially the Goddess Tear Mini Studs! I shipped pieces to the UK, Australia, USA and Canada this week! If I can't afford the ticket, at least my work is seeing the world!

As well, the pendant pictured is called Imagine, as neither my husband nor I could agree with what we see in the piece so I decided not to try and lock down our or anyone else's creative interpretation. The process is one of my favourite (ok I admit I'm a melting metal junkie!!) called fusion. Suffice to say it was a satisfying fun week creatively.

On the parenting front, I'm wincing. My daughter, Kat, is turning 12 at the end of the month and I'm trying to prepare a party, sleepover, or whatever. Communication is not thriving. I'm suddenly feeling old, outdated, trend ignorant, and my daughter told me she and her friends think I have similar characteristics to her teacher. I didn't dare ask if they liked the teacher!! I can see them rolling their eyes when I try to chum around with them and of course all conversation stops when I appear, letting me know I couldn't possibly understand what they are going thru!! My feelings were smarting and then I started to remember; something that now takes effort!

I remembered ME. Me at twelve. It was more fun to look back nostalgically than realistically. I somehow felt it was necessary for me to understand a stage in my life so I could understand that stage in my daughter's. I got out the wine!

I was a head-strong kid and by the time I was twelve I was listening to no one. Luckily I was smarter than I was brave, so that helped save me at times. Back then people didn't talk about hormones or even mention 'that time of the month', these were all secrets. Remember Cathy Rigby and those tampon commercials and what a scandal it all was. I am embarrassed at what I put my poor unsophisicated mother through. I made only the most mandatory appearances at home and the rest of the time, well I don't even want to mention because my daughter will likely read this.

So after my little trip down memory lane, I realized while Kat may be changing, so are the times. Conversation may stop when I appear but I am still smarter than I am brave. I simply hide and LISTEN. Kat and her friends are totally interesting, definitely more advanced than I was, more conscious of who they are and where they are going, and very frank about hormones, boys, etc. It's all fascinating stuff and way better than TV! After all - all is fair in love and war...AND PARENTING!!!

Enjoy your day!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

By the Light of the Silvery Moon Pendant

I am so thrilled with this new piece. I posted it on Etsy on a Full Moon no less. It did seem fitting. I'm going to make a whole bunch of Moons and then start to put them together into bracelets, pendants etc.

Today I'm working on a new idea, if I can get to it. I love hoops and if you look at my site you'll see I have a good amount of them. I want to do a new take on them. My piece Refections, pictured here (along with my Moon pendant) is a design based on my love of hoops. Tomorrow post will hopefully have a picture of my new idea! See you then!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Work in Progress

I'm super excited by my new Organic Freeform line. I love melting metal, it matter not what kind. I plan on making more nose rings and earring studs today. I usually like to melt at night as it's easier to see when things are going right or wrong, in other words, when to take that torch away!

Last night I made this totally cool new piece. I took a copper coin about an inch in diameter and melted a bunch of silver on it. Because the silver was sterling, when it was in the cooling process it cratered. Now it looks just like a full moon, which will be the name of the piece. I think I'll call it By the Light of the Silvery Moon. I'll post it as soon as it comes out of the polisher.

I just love creating!!!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Greetings! Sharon Dudka is my name and family, melting metal, music and astrology are my games! I'm most fortunate to live on beautiful Vancouver Island in Canada, where I am busy creating jewellery. I can't get enough.
Originally from central Canada, I've been singing, making jewellery and gazing at the stars most of my life. I also was a Ukrainian dancer from the age of 5 to 17. I even danced for the Queen of England!

I sang country music, studied astrology and the healing properties of stone, took silversmithing courses and was the Stage Manager for several plays. I had several 'day' jobs to fund my habits! :-)

I moved to Vancouver Island to get away from the hard winters on the prairies and become a true Starving Artist! I was highly successful!! I did astrology full-time and the rest of the time was spent making jewellery, singing in various bands and writing for a music rag called the Cosmic Debris. Here's a link to an article on John and Michelle Law

Then I got pregnant. Always play with musicians ON STAGE! I broke my own rule and life changed. Now, I'm the proud mother of a lovely daughter who's rocknroll very talented lead guitar player father, sees her often and happily lives in the next town!! :-)

I'm now partnered with a stone sculptor, Doug Lagasse and we are living in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. I'm trying to get my jewellery work out there and doing a few readings on the side for outside stimulation so I don't get over-involved in my family's activities!

I've got a profile on my Etsy shop that talks about my head injury, a very painful time in my life, physically and emotionally. I was in a car accident (going thru a green light!) and along with my various injuries developed a fear of the torch. I could no longer create jewellery! Happily, I just made my first solder joint June 19, 2008 after several years. Slowly I am regaining the skills I lost. Please check out some of my pieces! They are made with love of the materials and the process!!

Life is so much better now. I'm looking forward to sharing with you my journey and many of the experiences I had along the way, then, now and in the future! I'd love to hear from folks regarding any of the subjects discussed. I'm always interested to hear what other people have experienced. What I do know is: everyone has something to contribute, something special about them, they might not even see it, but I KNOW it's there!!!

More soon.....