Thursday, October 10, 2019

Something Beautiful and Unexpected

Hidden Treasures of Lake Powell
It's hard to find a better day than one spent exploring a quite side 
canyon of Lake Powell by paddle board.

Lake Powell is Arizona's grandest desert lake formed by the Colorado River and Glen Canyon Dam. Some say the beauty of the  many canyons that form the lake, 96 separate canyons in all, easily rival the Grand Canyon found further south. I tend to agree.

One narrow canyon waterway leads to the entrance of Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The Bridge considered sacred by Navajos and other Native Americans for generations. Visitors may view the bridge from a distance, they are not allowed to walk under it. 
The area is only accessible by boat or difficult hiking trails.

A tranquil morning looking out over Last Chance Bay,  
no cell phones, no computers, just everything you can imagine.

Special thanks to:
Cousin Tom
Cousin Daryl

Friday, June 14, 2019

Desert Blooms

Beauful Cactus Flowers were seen everywhere this Spring.

Most blooms only last for a very short period of days or weeks, appearing in stages 
throughout the early spring and rainy season.

Most blooms are now gone along with temperatures that eventually moved higher.

- On to Another Normal Summer -
95, 100, 105 ...

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Something Old and Something New...

 The Heirloom Bead Necklace

Beautiful cobalt blue and pink murano heirlooms reinvented into a new necklace with the addition of czech glass seed beads, swarovski crystals, and various gold findings.

This jewelry piece was created in March 2018 for a kind friend.

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.