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Flying Swan necklace

Just a quick add I wanted to post of a necklace I recently finished for someone special during the holidays.

Flying Swan; mother of pearl and bone
Flying Swan; mother of pearl and bone



The body is carved out of bone and the wings are carved from mother of pearl.

The bone I used was from a deer we were thankful to eat last winter and the shells used to carve the wings were the discards of some generous raccoon at a local watering hole….

Truly, there is treasure everywhere.



Yuletide past

Well the darkest time of the year has come and gone, and with it another year has begun. Already we’re thinking ahead to what we want to accomplish in this new year. We’ve been busy, as I’m sure everyone is at this time of year; trying to find time for family, trying to find time for ourselves, and of course trying to find (or make!) just the right gifts for everyone….

I have to admit, I didn’t think I’d get these finished, but I lit a fire inside myself and remembered why I’d begun them in the first place:


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These shells were very beautiful when I found them, and they came from a place that is very beautiful to me; not anywhere exotic, but perhaps more special in its own way.

The people I wanted to give these to are very beautiful as well; amazing women with wonderful spirits. Hopefully the beauty I saw in these shells and the special place they came from can remind these women how amazing I think they are!


Sneek Peek


-Something big I’ve been working on for a long, long time. Hopefully I can finally finish it sometime this coming year….

Seasons change, life changes and as we pass through such a time now, I’m reminded of why I’m doing this. Partly because I have hope, partly because I see the beautiful continuity of Life, and partly because I want to remind people of the inherent connection we all share with our world that allows the consistent continuation of life which sustains our Hopes.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year everyone

Christmas Craft


I’ve been really busy, scrambling actually, these past couple of weeks. We decided that we were going to try and make as much of the Christmas gifts we intend to give people ourselves, and while it’s been really exciting, it has also been really challenging.

However, I’ve gotten to a point with what I’m working on such that I felt like I could self-indulge and share a little bit of it on here. Once they’re completed I’ll take better pictures and upload them to the gallery so they can be viewed better.


Without going into too much detail, I’ve taken some pretty beautiful freshwater shells we’d collected and been working them with my new dremel set. Shell is a surprisingly hard substance to carve and I ended up going out and buying some diamond-coated bits for it. The results have been wonderful and I’m looking forward to sharing them with our family!