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?






A Mary Kay Merry Berry Holiday Look + Giveaway!


Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were provided to me by Mary Kay Inc. for the purpose of review. I have been compensated for this review. 

Who doesn't like playing with new makeup? I do! When it comes to my makeup, I usually 
stick to a neutral go-to palette, so I was excited for a chance to break out of that old routine
 and try something new and different by partnering with Mary Kay to try out some 
great Mary Kay® cosmetic products! My goal? To try some new products and create a new 
look for myself. To do this, Mary Kay sent me a package of cosmetic goodies so that I could 
create Mary Kay's Merry Berry Look, which is perfect for the holidays. 




After unpacking my goodies I checked out the Mary Kay® website and spent some time in
 the Makeup Tips section, where I learned more about shaping my brows, how to apply lip 
liner, and how to choose eye shadow color. There were links to videos that showed how to 
apply makeup, so I watched a few of those too. When you wear cosmetics daily it's easy 
to fall into a routine of always choosing the same colors or products every day, especially
when you have a busy life. Believe me, I get that! I'm a busy mom of two, full time jewelry 
designer, and two-time author. I don't get a lot of time for me! So it was nice to take a few minutes just for myself and explore the tutorials and videos. 

Now it was time to experiment with my new cosmetics! I started with a clean face and 
applied a little bit of foundation and a dusting of powder and my canvas was ready to go! 




I did my eyes following the suggested directions in the Mary Kay® catalog. First I applied
Granite Mineral Eye Color over my eyelids and blended to the temple area. Next I applied
Moonstone Mineral Eye Color to the inner corners of my eyelids and along my brow bones.
Lastly, I accented my eyes with Coal Mineral Eye Color by applying a bit of that below my
brow bone into the crease of my eye and blended all of the colors together with the
Mary Kay® Eye Color Brush. I am crazy about blending! Maybe it's the artist in me, but
it's definitely one of the things I spend the most time on when applying my makeup. Blend those shadows ladies!

 Once I was finished applying my eye shadow colors and blending them, I applied the Black
 Eyeliner to my top and bottom lash lines, slightly winging it out at the outer corners. I liked
the eyeliner a lot. I like to apply a very fine line of eyeliner as close to my lashes as I can, and then I lightly smudge the liner to soften up the look. Once the liner was complete I topped it
all off with a coat of Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara in Black. I was really happy with the way
my eyes looked once I was finished!
Next I did my lips. First I traced the outline of my lips with Plum Lip Liner, and then topped
them off with NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Sparkle Berry. I liked the liner and gloss colors a lot and thought they were very flattering on me. 
I finished off my look with a brush of Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider.
Great shade! What do you think of my finished Mary Kay® Merry Berry look?  I was really
happy with the end results!  I thought the look was glamorous, especially with my hair
worn up. Thank you Mary Kay!


You can visit Mary Kay on YouTube, Facebook, or at MaryKay.com for more products, tips, and videos.

Below is the list of products (with prices) that I tried out in case you'd like to try them out too! 



Merry Berry Look
·         Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Granite $7.00
·         Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Moonstone $7.00
·         Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Coal $7.00
·         Mary Kay® Eyeliner - Black $12.00
·         Mary Kay® Lip Liner - Plum $12.00
·         Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss - Sparkle Berry $14
 All prices are suggested retail.
What do you like best about this look? Tell me in the comments to enter for a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card plus a collection of Mary Kay® products.
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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
apples
red and green grapes
pine cones
acorns
feathers
seasonal flowers
twigs
vines

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!