My New Book, Soldered Alchemy, Now Available For Pre-order!

I'm excited to announce that my new book,

Inside this book, I take soldering in a completely new direction, and I am SO EXCITED 
to share these brand new techniques, designs, and creative projects with you! 

Each project is explained in detail from start to finish alongside of beautiful 
images to guide you through the projects every step of the way! There are projects 
from beginner to advanced, and I organized them with skill-building in mind, so
whether you are new to soft-soldering, or are an experienced solder artist, this book
has something for everyone and is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Inside I share all of my techniques & secrets for creating unique soft-soldered 
jewelry, including  all of my soldering techniques, so that you can become a 
soldering pro too! 

What do you think?

New Broken China Jewelry In My Shop Today

I've been working on some new broken china jewelry pieces for the holidays and just
listed these new beauties in my Etsy shop. Let me  know what you think! Each is made from broken antique china.

What do you think? 

Center Of Attention: Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescapes

You don't need to spend a fortune to create a beautifully decorated table for Thanksgiving.
As a matter of fact, many of the Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas you will find below can be 

recreated by spending little or no money at all. By using natural materials you can create
a homespun table that will welcome your guests and celebrate the season. 

Consider collecting and grouping materials such as:

mini pumpkins or gourds
red and green grapes
pine cones
seasonal flowers

Then consider adding:

candles in different sizes and heights
small votives

colored glassware
vintage dinnerware to fill with the above items

Look! Mom's Dishes! ...Connections To Our Past

Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world, getting to work with beautiful 
china pieces day in and day out...sometimes it actually feels more like a privilege 
than an actual profession. After all, each of these plates and cups and saucers 
and other dinnerware pieces all have history behind them. They come from 
many different countries, from all around the world, and their beautiful 
patterns and colors give them a unique appeal that brings them to life 
unlike other ordinary household objects. 

We remember dishes. 
They're a part of our family in some ways, a part of each of our own personal histories. 
Have you not once in your life been somewhere, maybe an antique market or 
thrift shop, and come across an orphaned plate or cup that you instantly 
recognized from somewhere in your own past? 

At that moment of recognition, it isn't just "a plate" or "a cup," but mom's plate, 
or grandmother's cup. There is a connection. Often when that connection is 
made we find ourselves flooded with memories of family from long ago, 
or of our childhood, or of holidays and times past. If you're the 
sentimental type like I amit can be a comforting experience. 

I've been working with dishes for so long now that I know the patterns by name.
No, I don't talk to them, but in a way, they speak to me. I see them as
valuable, not monetarily valuable, but valuable in a way that fills your
soul with warmth and peace just as memories of loved ones do.
This was, after all, someone's grandmother's plate. 
Someone just like you. 

Colorful Mixed Media Butterfly Necklaces Made From Vintage Ephemera Illustrations

Newly listed in my Etsy shop...
these necklaces are made from beautiful vintage butterfly illustrations that have
been copied and applied to paper. The paper is then adhered to thin wood and then
laser cut and then sealed. The reverse side of each one is painted black. Each has a 
brass chain that measures between 19 and 20 inches long, and each has color
coordinating beads or crystals. Check them out!

Easy Homemade Holiday Thin Mint Cookies

These easy no-bake cookies are perfect for the holidays and are a homemade replica
of Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies! All you need are Ritz crackers, bittersweet chocolate
(or semi-sweet), peppermint extract (make sure you use peppermint extract and not 
peppermint oil), and vegetable oil. 

Ritz crackers 20-25
Bittersweet chocolate 6oz
Peppermint extract (not oil) 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon (per 6 oz of chocolate) 
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
Holiday cookie sprinkles (optional)

Other Supplies Needed
cookie sheet with lip on edge (such as jelly roll pan)
wax paper or parchment paper
double boiler
two forks

1. Line cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
2. Melt chocolate in double boiler, stirring until smooth.
3. Stir in vegetable oil and peppermint extract.
4. Place a Ritz cracker into the chocolate and use a fork to flip the cracker, coating it on 
both sides and on the edges with chocolate. This is easiest to do with two forks. 
5. Use a fork to lift the cookie out of the chocolate and while holding it above the chocolate, 
allow excess chocolate to drip from the cookie and back into the double boiler.
6. Carefully slide the cookie from the fork onto the wax paper covered pan.
7. Sprinkle with holiday cookie sprinkles (optional).
8. Place in refrigerator to set. 

Note: if you do not have a double boiler you can melt your chocolate in a microwave in a 
microwave safe bowl. Place chocolate in bowl and microwave for 20 seconds and then stop 
and stir. Repeat until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to overcook.

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New Broken China Jewelry In My Shop

Now that I've finished up my second jewelry book, it's great to be back to work doing
what I love, making jewelry! Check out these new pieces that I just listed in my 
Etsy shop yesterday. More to come within the following weeks! 

What do you think?
Which is your favorite?