Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Reading List

Archiving my 2010 Reading List....

Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin

Erik's Story - the story of an Alaskan Down Syndrome artist

Bo's Cafe, by Thrall, Lynch, & McNicol

Dream Spinner

A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23, Phillip Keller

Lunch At Toad River, by Sally Lesh

Time Bandit, by Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand

A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks

Son of Hamas, by Mosab Hassan Yousef with Ron Brakin (autobiography of a former Muslim-now Christian who is the son of one of Hamas' founders)

Home to Holly Springs (The Father Tim Novels #1)

At Home in Mitford (Mitford Series #1), by Jan Karon

A Light in the Window (Mitford #2), by Jan Karon

A Common Life (Mitford #3), by Jan Karon

These High Green Hills (Mitford #4), by Jan Karon

The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller

The Lance Mackey Story, by Lance Mackey (Iditarod Champion)

Understanding Mourning, by Glen W. Davidson

Suddenly It's Spring, by Mary Lovel

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Copper Moose

Well, I just posted some photos to Facebook and figured its ABOUT TIME I get them up here on my long neglected blog.
A couple years ago I launched an earring business.

 I've always loved earrings and had an absolute blast when I learned how to make them. "Earrings for Everyday" I call them.  I named the business Copper Moose Creations.  I went gung ho for a couple years, seeking to sell at festivals and also wholesale to stores.  About the same time The Fisherman's photography business was born, I seemed to reach a discouragement phase with the earrings. I transferred my enthusiasm over to his photos and things on the earring front have been dormant ever since.  But I have never lost the dream of resurrecting the business. I love the earrings and love making them. Earrings have always been a creative expression for me - whether I bought them or made them. Thoughts of breathing new life into Copper Moose have been flitting through my mind for several months.

In the meantime, I have all these earrings sitting around and I thought I'd show them to you. A sampling of them, at least.
You'll notice in the fourth photo that my Trademark is a real twig on the cards that the earrings hang on. It seems like all my life I've been bringing the outdoors indoors. Baskets full of twigs, branches, pinecones. Rocks. And now, living in the woods, my front porch has a variety of big branches that are just too pretty to leave in the forest or burn in the wood stove.  So when I thought of the twig, I was thrilled. It was perfect for me!

Anyway, enjoy looking at some of my Copper Moose earrings.

Wire Wrapped Amethyst

Pearls and Copper

Bronzite & Turquoise

Pearls and Copper



Shell and Copper

Lapis Lazuli, Shell, & Copper

Shell and Pearls

Turquoise and Copper

Can't remember the name of the yellow stone (it's not Amber)

Sterling Silver

Shell and Copper

Sterling Silver "Pumpkins"

Garnet, Still Can't Remember Yellow, Green Aventurine and Copper


Um, Forgot Again Green, Garnet, Green Aventurine and Brass

Pearls and Sterling Silver

Green Aventurine and Garnet, Turquoise
Wish I had made the cool Raku Ceramic Salmon, but alas...

Red/Orange Aventurine, Copper and Brass


Green Aventurine and Copper

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Faceted Cranberry Pearls,  Sterling Silver, Copper, Garnet

Faceted Cranberry Pearls, Sterling Silver, Dark Green Aventurine

Faceted Cranberry Pearls, Sterling Silver, Copper, Green Aventurine

Faceted Cranberry Pearls, Sterling Silver, & Dang I Can't Remember Yellow

(Note the "Alaska" card. I was marketing to gift shops in Alaska for a time)

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Copper - Shell - Shell, Garnet & Brass