Apple of My Eye ~ The Tree

I think that’s what I’ll call this one. It’s my apple tree. Made with Sterling Silver and Ruby Zoisite. I’ve been lusting after Ruby Zoisite for a few years now. It’s one of my favorite stones. I wear one, along with my quartz. Great positive energy stone. And… awful purty. With the crab apple trees in bloom here, I just knew I needed it to make a tree with it.

As with all my trees, I never really know what they will look like. As much as I’d like to think I’m the one in charge in this relationship, I’m not. Each tree comes out looking different, with it’s own personality. As this one began to come together and take shape, this one… reminded me of daughter.

When she was little, we lived in a little old mill house. Built in 1905. We had 3 huge old gnarled Crab Apple trees. A white, a red and a pink. They were awesome. When daughter was all of about… 4, ish, I think, she’d wander off to the far end of the yard and sit by her giant apple tree, picking daffodils and grape hyacinth flower that grew around it, and, well, doing whatever it is that daughter does while she’s off in her own little world. Whenever she disappeared, I could always find her out under the apple tree.

Oh, how daughter loved her tree.

She watched one day as her tree was cut down. She cried, and cried and… then got vera mad. All throughout her childhood, she never quite forgave them for chopping down her giant tree.

This is daughters tree.

It’s not quite finished yet.  I think it’s a bit too shiny to be an old gnarled crab apple tree. This one may call for some antiquing. I also want to put a swing in it. Some how.

I always wanted to make daughter a tree swing.

I can’t wait to show her.

I wonder if she still remembers her tree.

Guess I’ll find out. 🙂

New Book Bling Pendants, Trees and Projects

Wow, I’ve been awfully quiet over here. Seems I’ve not made any posts for over a week now. You’d think I wasn’t making anything. But… that’s totally not it. Actually, I’ve been making lots and lots of things.


I’m pretty excited about it all actually. I’ve mentioned (I think) that I was commissioned by an author to make some promo pieces for some upcoming book releases. A book bling project. W00T! 5 whole pieces. And yaaaaay, It’s finally finished. Booooy howdy, I had a blast doing this one. I took a theme and/or element from each of the books and made a pendant for each. What I ended up with was…

Book Bling ~ The Lost Gods Series by Megan Derr

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New Kind of Cabochon Tree: Under the Crystal Moon

I’d heard that there was a ‘Super Moon’ the other night. I was all kinds of anxious to go out and photograph that bad boy. Unfortunately… that didn’t pan out. So, I made one.

I’ve actually been wanting to make one for a long while now, but couldn’t find the right stones. A few weeks ago I finally found some, so thought I’d give it a whirl.

My new cabochon tree, Under the Crystal Moon

Under the Crystal Moon

Perhaps I should have left well enough alone, but…I just couldn’t. It didn’t have any contrast with the sterling silver wire and the crystal stone. It lacked the night time feel I was after. Sooooo, I oxidized it and ended up with…

Under the Crystal Moon- Oxidized

At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it. But…the more I look at it, the more I’m glad I did it. It’s more of what I was going for. Has more character now. Shows off the stone better too.

Under the Crystal Moon – Oxidized

The fairy frost and the rainbow inclusions show better now, although try as I might, I can’t get pics of the rainbows darn it. Stone is pretty, reminds me of clouds passing in front of a full moon…

Crystal Moon

And the oxidization did some odd things I didn’t expect. It’s not just black in the low parts. There are dark blue “shadows” in it.


I like my new tree. I’ve got some other round cabochons to try it with; a burgandy one for a Blood Moon, some black ones, some shimmery black labrodite and some multi-colored jaspers, all of which I think will make wonderful Full Moon Tree pendants.

Off to play with something else.

New adventures in jewel-er-ies. Nothin’ but fun 😀

Copper Labradorite Tree of Life Pendant

I’ve been working on a new copper and Labradorite Tree of Life pendant the last few days. Finally, last night, I finished it. I actually made it as a test/sample piece for a large copper tree I wanted to make. When I say large tree, I mean 12″ diameter rather than the pendant’s 1 1/2″ diameter. Turning the trees into wall art has been something I’ve been thinking on for awhile now.

So I thought I’d test the stones on a copper pendant first. See how they look together as I’ve not made a tree from them yet.

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Serpentine Cabochon Tree of Life

I just finished another cab tree. Tomorrow it goes to travel to it’s new home. It’s going to like it there. 🙂

Serpentine Cabochon Tree of Life

I love this stone. It seems each time I go to the bead store and dig thru the cabochon drawer I end up bringing more home. With it’s different colors of green in it, it’s perfect for a Tree. I’ve even picked up some smaller ones to try some Tree of Life earrings some day.  Those might be cool.

Off to make something else now.

I wonder what it will be. 😀

Blue Ice ~ Aquamarine Tree of Life

For various reasons, the jewel-er-ies have slowed down a bit this week, it’s been more of a buying week than a making week. I have all kinds of new shiny to play with; Faceted Green Amethyst, Faceted Ametrine, several very interesting pieces of Boulder Opal… and more. My shiny rock addiction kind of got the better of me this week.

On the making front, I did manage to get a couple of new listings up in the Etsy shop, yay that. A new pair of sterling silver Swarovski dark green crystal earrings and an Australian Opal necklace. But the new goody I’m most pleased with is the one I just now finished. It’s a new tree for March. I am loving how this little jewel turned out too.

My Aquamarine Tree. I shall call it… Blue Ice.

I am so in love with it. It reminds me of the blue ice of the Alaskan glaciers I saw while up there on a trip with my father a few years back. They were so beautiful.

Now to throw that jewel into the tumbler to make it sparkle and write up it’s listing for the shop. After that, it’s time to finish up a new cabochon tree I’ve been commissioned to make.  It’s coming out wonderfully so far. I’m excited about that too.

Adventures in jewelry.

Good time. 😀

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