Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Piestewa Peak Trail

A view from the hiking trail along Piestewa Peak in Arizona. 
Downtown Phoenix is seen in the background. 

Piestewa Peak stands 2,610 feet at its highest point and was named in honor of Lori Ann Piestewa, the first known Native American women to be killed in combat during the Iraq War.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cairn Rock Piles vs. Trail Markers

These cairn rock piles seem to be popping up everywhere. Here is one I came across at the end of a trail nearby. They are kind of interesting to look at but really don't see the point unless they are placed as a marker to help guide the way.

Functional art?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Free Bird Necklace

New 21 inch copper necklace shows off a variety of glass, jasper and iron pyrite beads from my personal collection. The necklace will be included in a silent auction at the Taste of Foothills Fundraiser on March 23. Funds will benefit Foothills Caring Corps in Carefree Arizona.

For more information about the March 23 event
click below to go to their website:

Foothills Caring Corps

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Special Effects for Classic Tubular Peyote Stitch

The Bronze Beaded Necklace

Using glass triangle beads with a classic tubular peyote stitch pattern creates
 added texture and dimension in this necklace.

 In more subdued light you can see the added sparkle of tiny delica beads
 over stitched onto the necklace.

New for fall.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Clouds Building

Technically speaking, our Arizona summer monsoon rains begin during mid-June. By early August big storm clouds can be seen building up nearly every afternoon. Some days it rains and some days the clouds pass along to drop their precious water in other places. On this particular afternoon we saw beautiful sunbeams but missed the raindrops.

Wouldn't you love to see what's on the other side?

Let's try to imagine.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Green Beaded Cuff

 Flat Herringbone Stitch

Flat herringbone stitch makes a beautiful cuff bracelet. This cuff was stitched together with 
glass triangle beads trimmed with cubic hematite along the edges.

Its very flexible with a soft touch and wonderful to wear.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Recycled Gemstone Americana

Fordite Pendant

Fordite (sometimes also known as motor agate) is an interesting material that I have just been made aware of over the past few years. It is actually the cut and polished result of many layers of baked paint enamel left over from an old manufacturing process for painting cars. Various sized cabochons and beads can be found in a beautiful array of colors and swirling patterns. You can even pick out which layers of paint are flat among other layers with metallic flecks within each polished "stone". Compared to other stones, it is a soft material so be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and potential scratches. Treat in a way similar to how you might care for a pearl.

This fordite pendant comes on a 40 inch beaded rope necklace made with 
tiny 15/0 seed beads and a matching copper clasp.