Time Flies!

Siena’s puppies were born six months ago – 21 April 2010. This is what they looked like, minutes old. Here she is with her eight babies, 1 day old. This week we temped one of Siena’s puppies, little Nora – now six months old.   Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? Another six months and […]

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All Put Together

Last week I posted a fine silver toggle clasp that I constructed.  This week I paired it with a stunning strand of natural Italian coral to create this dramatic 29″ necklace. I’m pretty happy, with the necklace and also with my photography.  The photos have definitely improved since my private lesson with professional photographer, Yvonne […]

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Beauty and Inspiration

The weather has been cooler lately and the leaves are starting to change color.   We have a nor’easter raging here tonight.  I was flipping through my photos and found these few that reminded me of warmer days.  See how they also serve as inspiration for jewelry design.

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Constructing Jewelry

Kate McKinnon is a remarkable woman who has written an inspiring book, Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry.  She thinks like an engineer and I like that about her.  Reading the book was like a revelation to me – her techniques incorporate sound metallurgical practice, as applied to silver jewelry.  I finished the book last week and […]

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Consider It a Warning

This is not the subject I had originally planned for this Monday business post.  But it’s important and applies to everyone.   I just picked up my laptop from the Apple store, where it was repaired.  Nothing major – my CD/DVD drive was acting flaky, brought it in and they replaced it (got to love that […]

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Natural Beauty

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. – Rachel Carson Photos courtesy of my son, taken at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico.

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In the Works

Just a few things I’m still working on, for the Women’s Expo on Thursday.  These are all set to go in the kiln – 2 hours, 1650° F.  After firing, the clay pieces will be fine silver, .999 purity.  That’s purer than Ivory Soap™!

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Shameless Plug

I am honored to have been selected to participate in the 10th Women’s Expo.  Being a vendor is a beautiful thing – but browsing and shopping are even better!  Below is a little information about the Expo and here is a link to the Women’s Expo page.  First join my Maria Paray Facebook page for […]

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Golden Jewels!

Siena’s friend, Ivy, whelped a dozen beautiful babies last Saturday.  A dozen!  Six girls, six boys, all future service dogs.  Puppies are my weakness, so when I was invited to see the babies, I ran right over.  I was in heaven, cuddling with so many sweet Golden Retriever puppies!  Go to the Guide Dog Foundation […]

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