Wednesday, April 11, 2018

6 Quarterly Quick Takes

I've been struggling in the new year to keep up my blog.  I've even toyed with the idea of putting it to bed for good.  Something prevented me from doing that, so here I am...hopefully with a new format that's a good fit for me and for you.  Instead of a monthly post, I'll be giving you 6 Quarterly Quick Takes of life as it happened.


1.  My sweet friend Kathy came down from Colfax, CA to spend Gem Show with me.   We took classes at Art Retreat in the Desert, shopped the shows, and generally yacked our faces off!  Amazing good times!
Dear Kathy gifted me with this fabulous Bench Polisher, which has made work in the studio life-changing!

2.  I was privileged to take 4 classes from the most accomplished artists I have the pleasure of knowing.  I set my first cabochon ~ created the most complicated ring to date with success ~ created a tri metal, duo cabochon cuff ~ and fold formed fine silver and copper into the most beautiful cuff bracelets!  Whew!


1.  It was a very confusing time for the Catholic Church! ~ Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day fell on the same day, but we honored Ash Wednesday on the 14th and celebrated Valentines Day on the 17th.
2.  My Valentine won the Senior Olympics All Around in Scottsdale, AZ!!!  What a man, what a man, what a very fine man!!!


1.  We officially moved into the 21st century with a new entertainment/audio/video system and a 65" monitor.  We hated to part with our beautiful armoire, but the old eyes are enjoying sports and movies a lot more with the larger screen, and I think the old ears really appreciate the sound bar and all the new speakers!

2. I had a bout with 2 months of acute bronchitis which played havoc with our social calendar and forced a number of cancellations.  What we really missed the most was a surprise Birthday Brunch at Ventana for our Shotzie.  We missed celebrating with her, Kiki, and their many friends.
2.  As the month closed, I was on the mend and well enough to do some serious metalsmithing in the studio.  With two Spring Trunk shows on the horizon, it was best to get busy!

Well, we're into the second quarter of the new year and I wouldn't really call it Spring in AZ.  It appears Mother Nature thought there was no need for Spring and has moved right into Summer.  We are fortunate in that we don't have anything to shovel.

Wishing you happy times in the new quarter and pleasant weather in the months ahead!  Thank you for sharing your time with me today!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

That's A Wrap!

December in Review:

My 70th birthday in San Francisco ~ The iconic 
Sir Francis Drake Hotel ~

A private styling at Nordstroms ~

Surprise birthday guests, my brother Rich and beautiful SIL Pat

The San Francisco Opera ~ Turandot:

A special birthday dinner from Rich and Pat ~ The Stinking Rose

Observing Advent & Waiting ~

Holiday soiree with our Bible Study/Book Club Daughters of Immaculata

Wreaths Across America with the Daughters of Immaculata ~

Tucson Symphony Winter Concert ~

Charro Steak for the Big Guy's Birthday ~ 

The Reason for the Season ~ Christmas is here!

Sharing Christmas with friends and little ones ~

A delicious VICTORY over ASU ~

Equally delicious dinner for our priests who graciously blessed our home for 2018, and all of our creches ~

Choosing my Word and Saint for 2018 ~

Closing the book on 2017 with our daughters and friends at their annual NYE party ~

Wishing you all the peace, health, and happiness your heart can embrace in this new year!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


October flew by in a myriad of activity while November succeeded in doing the same!

September 28th ~
Thankful as we headed to NY to bring our Amy home...

October 14th ~
Thankful as we celebrated Amy’ brief life, and a committal service as we laid her to rest in Tucson.  Blessing us were dear friends who shared this celebration with us...

November 5th ~
Thankful to mark my 7th year in this crazy business of jewelry creations. Beginning in the most humble venue of the annual Reid Park Arts and Crafts Fair in 2011, to the comfort of my own home, each year is better than the one before.  

November 11th ~
Thankful for my “Phoenix family” who blessed me with a fourth annual Holiday Trunk Show.  Nancy, Ashley, and Lacey host with their hearts and in fact, in everything they do! I’ve made some wonderful friends and clients because of these lovely ladies!

November 18th ~
Thankful for the best family I could have ever wanted, who gave me the best birthday celebration EVAH!  It was a night that will remain a treasure in my heart FOR-EVAH!!!

November 23rd ~
Thankful for my family, my faith, my friends, my freedom, my opportunities ~ PRICELESS!

My beloved husband has gifted me, on this my 70th birthday, one of the top items on my Bucket List!  I will share this with you in the next blog the meantime, enjoy the last few days of November and embrace December with all the joy and gladness you can!  

This year is fast coming to a close and lets send it out with hearts that are full!  Thank you so much for visiting, celebrating, and sharing your life with me!