Whimsical, Vintage, Diverse

I have been a professional crafter for a very long time.  As the title of this post would indicate, throughout my crafting career, all of my pieces seem to have a common attitude or style, whether I am painting, sewing, gluing, or  making jewelry.  This year, I have had the honor of participating in a very special class, which we call the “BALC”


As part of our “homework” for the BALC, we were tasked with describing our style.  For me, that was the easy part.  Let me show you some examples of the jewelry I have made since I first became interested in expanding my creative exploits.

As you can see, I love layers (assemblage) of old and new materials and often choose things that are nostalgic to me-they seem to resonate with my customers, too.  It is always a privilege when customers return year after year to see what is new in my booth at craft shows-it is SO GOOD to see friends shopping together and when they are pointing and laughing at my creations, I joke with them that they are having WAY too much fun. Something about what I do connects with something that they are seeing and it is reflected in their gaiety.


Among our other tasks, my classmates and I were asked to choose a theme.  I am by no means a cowgirl; however since Cody, Wyoming relies on retention of a wild west image which attracts tourists from all over the world, I chose “Cowgirl Chic” as my theme.  I have ordered boots and hats and pistols and saddles (plated brass since the real ones are awfully heavy to hang from your ears) plus a few surprises to be thrown into the mix.  It is time for me to…


You can expect to see lots of western stampings, chic colors and vintage additions to my new line of jewelry.  I invite you along on my journey and it is my dearest wish that you too may feel connected and well entertained.


Below is a clickable link list of my BALC 2016 classmates’ blogs.  Please join me in visiting each of them, leaving a comment or two along the way and enjoy the adventure with us.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Diana Buynak, Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene
Claire Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick
Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not
Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs
Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie
Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time
Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation
Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks
Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann
Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs
Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place
Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets
Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep
Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks
Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs
Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage
Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles
Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet
Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry
Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front
Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs
Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels
Mary Deis, The Rose Sword
Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design
Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts
Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens
Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs
Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures
Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

Time to Play


It is WINDER time in Cody, Wyoming-the snow flies and the wind blows.  Ya gotta dress warm-in layers-even if it makes ya look kind of silly sometimes.  Bundle up and lets go play outside!


On our way to our favorite hiking and snowshoeing trail yesterday, we saw LOTS of bighorn sheep.  They come down from the high country in the winter and wander all over the road.  After living in this area 14 and 1/2 years, I am still amazed at all the wildlife critters so easily seen-close up-and they aren’t in zoos.  I didn’t use any sort of a telephoto lens to take this picture; they were  that close.  What a privilege!  We don’t pet them either-they appear slow and docile, but when angered, not so much…


This is one big boy!  We called him “Big Daddy“.  He was sure in a hurry to get from here to somewhere else.  Maybe the baby who jumped up to the top of the guardrail, stood there for a moment, and then jumped off scared him.  These wild sheep are less than 1/2 hour drive, between our house and Yellowstone National Park.


One of my favorite bonuses living here is that even on an overcast day, there are layers and layers of mountains.  This vista is just a short distance from the trailhead and look at that one mountain waaay in the background.  No wonder we like to play outside.  It’s like we have the whole world to ourselves.


We always bring lunch with us and Buster is waiting to steal a bit of Robert’s sandwich.  2/3 of the time, he can grab a bite before Robert is able to move it out of the way.  Check out the icicles on the old man’s chin.  The red you see behind them is his collar.


Buster carries his own pack with a pocket on each side that holds snack size plastic containers filled with kibbles.  We discovered if we toss a few out at a time (we call it “chumming”), he will scavenge for a few minutes and not be able to grab a bite of MY sandwich.  Snowshoeing is physical labor and it’s always nice to sit on a log with lunch and enjoy the view, take a rest, then turn around and head home.  Every chance we get, we go, and a good time is always had by all!