Friday, December 28, 2012

Life is good...
I have a job...
I still love anything cupcake...
And look forward to a big change....
that will hopefully happen this year....
moving back to my home town!

Will keep you posted on that.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gobble Gobble

We are off to Sis's in Napa tomorrow.  She told me not to bring a thing.  Now 
THAT's a holiday!  But of course I will take some treats and look forward to chopping, 
slicing, taste testing and generally laughing my way through the day
with a family that does not let any stupid
crap get in the way of enjoying each 
other.  Makes the day 
spectacular.  I'm SO

Gobble Gobble!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


 I am SO sorry to not have come back until now!   The good news is I was hired for a full time job.  The bad news is the lack of free time I now have!  It's quite an adjustment to get used to.  What I really want is to just dive into this beautiful home in San Francisco that was recently featured in House Beautiful magazine.  I could sit at the breakfast nook for hours!
My son recently moved into his own place so I'm excited about taking over his old room.  Into it will go the computer desk from our master bedroom which means I get to buy a cool floor lamp from Ikea to illuminate the chair that will be moved from the living room to create a reading space in the master.

Also moving from the living room into the extra bedroom will be my jewelry crafting table which currently hides our fireplace.  Oh man, this is all going to feel so normal!  1,100 square feet works when you have 2 adults and a small child, but not so well for 3 adults.  It will be wonderful to spread out.

I'm not sure when I will see you again here, but my shop is still open, so check back on occasion to see what is new.  

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Rose

This post has nothing to do with jewelry and everything to do with beauty and wonder.  Since my mom passed away, I have wanted to take cuttings of her Cecile Brunner roses that grow along the white picket fence at my dad's house.  I tried to grow some miniature roses from the local nursery years ago but aphids went crazy on them and I easily gave up.

Months ago I asked Dad for some cuttings which he put into plastic baggies which my husband brought home to me....and I promptly killed.   At this point I was determined to learn more so I could be successful.  Eventually my stepmom dipped some cuttings into growth hormone and nurtured them for several months until my next visit.

She and I were overjoyed when we gently dug beneath the dirt's surface to find roots.  Out of the 6 cuttings, 3 took root.  I asked her what usually kills a plant...too much water or not enough.  Too much, she said.  That's what I always felt was my most likely error.  

Once home, I would feel the soil just beneath the surface each day and was surprised the plants needed water only a couple of times a week.  2 months ago I saw a teeny ball that would become this awesome, fragrant rose.   Just this single rose bloomed from the 3 cuttings that survived.

So much emotion and anticipation came from watching this rose develop.  I'm kind of glad only one bloomed.  It feels much more significant.

The least successful cutting produced only 4 leaves and then stopped growing.  The leaves did not continue to grow, but they didn't die either.  I cut the offshoots to hopefully freshen their growth.

Today as I was thinking, "now what do I do that this one rose bloomed" I thought I should check the other plants to see if I should cut them back to produce more growth.  Surprise: the 4 leaved plant....has new leaves coming in!  How about that.

Patience paid off.  I've never been much of a gardener but am now enjoying becoming one.  I even dared to plant seeds for sweet peas which are growing at an amazing rate.  My Nona used to have sweetpeas and the color and fragrance always amazed me.  How lovely to have flowers my mom and her mom used to grow.  Ahhhhhhhh.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Cupcakes

Watermelon Cupcake Earrings
in 3 color combinations

I know, I know!  It's been since March that I've been here.
Now that I'm looking for a new job, I have time to make earrings!

Cherry on Top

Pink Chocolate Cupcake Earrings

These will all be on my website in a few days.
I need to take photos and then list them


Saturday, March 24, 2012


Hi again. It's been awhile since my last post and I have a wonderful update....I had a fabulous dream about my mom! Every once in a while she'll appear in my nighttime dream and IN the dream I feel how wonderful that is...then IN my dream I realize she can't be real because she's no longer I suddenly understand I need to enjoy her as long as she'll "be" there...and that is the moment she would disappear....well, not in the last one!
She stayed in my dream for what seemed like hours (you never really know how long they are) and I knew I had to enjoy her and so I did and she was there for so long that when I awoke I was happy and completely fulfilled with the time I had "spent" with her.

We talked, we laughed, we read a little...we just hung out all over the house and backyard. Wow. There is nothing more I could want. How wonderful.

On the jewelry front, I've got lots of springtime pieces that are packed with color and will make you smile each time you see them. Come on over and dream of spring with me!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I miss my mom

I miss my mom.

I saw something funny on tv and thought how Mom would have appreciated it.
And all of a sudden I ached to be with her, talk with her, hug her, smile and laugh, laugh, laugh with her.

I'm so tired of that ache.
All this year my goal is to work at turning that ache into a smile of a memory.
I'm tired of crying over her.

I just want to laugh and smile when I think of her.
I don't know if my goal can be achieved.
I know that a year working at it might not be enough.

Will it take a lifetime?
I don't know

What I DO know is.....

I miss my mom.

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