Blog and News

The Best of Fall

I drove from Milwaukee to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this week... and yes, there a few hints of autumn colors in the trees. That inspired me to share some pieces of broken china jewelry from my Fall Collection. Here's my upcoming...

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The Greats in Irish China Making

Corey and I are gearing up for Milwaukee Irish Fest, and this year we're adding a mini-exhibit to our booth. Stop by and learn a bit about Ireland's great china makers... Belleek, Carrigaline, Arklow, Irish Wade, Royal Tara, Nicholas Mosse, and Donegal Parian. You can...

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Honored in Tempe, Arizona – Best Ornamental Jeweler

It was quite a surprise when the jury at the Tempe Festival of the Arts selected me as the Spring 2015 Best Ornamental Jeweler. It's a tremendous honor, and I am still a bit shocked. I should add that the artisan-made ribbons they present were a work of art as...

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My Spring Roadtrip Begins

It's been a busy winter with shows in Arizona and California, but it's time to start heading home. Of course, I'm not taking the most direct route. I'll be stopping for shows in Tempe, AZ; Norman, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Baton Rouge, LA; Stevens Point, WI; Milwaukee,...

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A Love Letter from Liam

It's Valentine's Day, and I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you. Hopefully, your day has been going well, and you're in the mood to check out a few brand new pieces of shard jewelry. I just added pieces to my online store that you're sure to...

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Winter Thaw Sale – 25% OFF Shard Jewelry!!!

Hopefully your 2015 is off to a fantastic start! At this very moment, I'm escaping the frigid conditions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and pushing my way to Arizona and California. There are a few sunshine-friendly shows on my calendar. So far, I'm officially OUT of...

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Christmas Ornaments from Broken Dishes

Every year I take some of my favorite bits of broken dishes and turn them into ornaments for my Christmas tree. I've gathered such an extensive collection that this year the weight of all those ornaments actually tipped over the tree... it was quite a scene....

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Help Cure Jeweler’s Block

I'm working away on new shard jewelry for the holiday season, and with thousands of dishes to choose from, I was hoping you could help me out by suggesting what kind of pieces you'd like me to work on next. As a way to say thanks, there are THREE $50 gift certificate...

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Halloween Teaser

I've been working away on a few Halloween-themed pieces, and I thought I'd share them......

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My New Uniform Accessory

I had half this piece finished for a while... E.T.'s head from an old mug, but I never knew what I'd do with the hands. This week I finally figured it out, and I'm thrilled with the results. I've decided I should wear this one at a few shows. If you're at an upcoming...

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The Made in Ireland Collection

I've been talking about in my e-newsletter... it's made it's way around Facebook... but now it's actually available in my online store... it's the collection of jewelry I made in Ireland this summer. A special thanks to everyone who has shown interest in these pieces....

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A New Batch of Shards Turned Into Jewelry

I've been busy working on several new pieces of jewelry from broken china, and they are ready just in time for the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. Here's a bit about a few of my favorites... It is always a pleasure to work on Haviland china, but this piece with...

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A Celebrity Shard Spotting for St Patrick’s Day

I was delighted to find out one of my pieces of jewelry was worn at the White House this morning for the St Patrick's Day festivities. Megan Smolenyak from the book and TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" was wearing a piece when she posed for this photo with...

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Dishes Salvaged in Ireland

A few broken dishes I found in Ireland this winter[/caption] I've been spending some time uncovering dishes in Ireland this winter, which is always a pleasure. It's been even more fun because my Irish cousins have gotten in on the action. They now set aside every...

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Ten of My Favorite New Patterns for Shard Jewelry

When I'm asked to choose my favorite pieces of shard jewelry, I often think, "Gee, that's like being asked to choose your favorite child." I like each piece for a different reason. However, I must admit there are a few standout pieces that rise to the top. Below...

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