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Shard Jewelry Made in Ireland

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. It was a bit of a process setting up a […]

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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 its brilliant blue background […]

Fionnuala O'Kelly, Megan Smolenyak, and Enda Kenny at the White House for St Patrick's Day (that's a piece of my jewelry around Megan's neck).

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 Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) […]

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Dishes Salvaged in Ireland

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 shard they find in the garden, in the ditch, as well as the pieces they break at their own […]

Vintage Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cup Shard

My Private Collection Adorns the Christmas Tree

Since I don’t really wear shard jewelry, each year I turn a few pieces into ornaments for my Christmas tree. Each December, I get to relive jewelry seasons past. This year before I take down the tree, I thought I’d give you a peek at a few pieces from my private collection.

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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 you’ll find ten pieces I’ve worked on […]

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WOW! 15% for Small Business Saturday… and Cyber Monday… and Black Friday

I’m getting into the holiday spirit and offering a special discount for Small Business Saturday. In case you’re not familiar with the day-after-Black-Friday-event, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support small businesses! When you shop my online shop through Monday, you’ll save 15% on all shard jewelry. That includes FREE First Class shipping!

A snapshot of my booth in Oklahoma City last week.

Update on the New Collection

It’s been an amazing few weeks… some fantastic art shows, many wonderful new customers, and fantastic support from my “regulars.” 2013 is on track to be the best year to date for my broken china jewelry. In order to keep up with everything, I have to make some adjustments to my schedule. Usually at this […]

Jean and Liam with the piece of shard jewelry that raised money for charity.

A Shard with Something Special

Today I wanted to tell you a little story about making jewelry and setting up at art shows that made me feel really good about what I do… It all started a few years ago at the 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson, Arizona. My booth was all set up and ready for customers when […]

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Greetings from Ireland

I’m just finishing a successful… AND SUNNY… summer in Ireland. Of course I dedicated a good bit of time to recovering various bits of broken dishes from all around the island. I’ll be adding the distinctly Irish pieces to the collection in time for Milwaukee Irish Fest… and I’ll have more ready for the Celtic […]

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Turning passion into a career…

I decided a while ago that I was going to follow my passions. That’s why I have the pleasure of showing my artwork all over the US, touring people around Ireland in the summer, and hunting for inspiration where ever I go. This Wednesday at noon EST, I’ll be talking to Dr. Valerie Young from […]

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An Irish Blessing for St Patrick’s Day

It’s St Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d invite you to be a part of a family tradition… sharing an Irish blessing. I didn’t want to just write it down… this one is better sung. Click below to hear me sing May the Road Rise Up to Meet to You (more…)

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If It’s Irish, It’s on Sale!

I’m running a Early St Patrick’s Day sale on everything Irish in my online store! Here’s a look at a few of the types of pieces you’ll find on sale! IRISH BELLEEK: It’s Ireland’s finest china and since collectors tend to keep it tucked away on a shelf, it can be a challenge for me […]

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This Sale Won’t Stop Until It Warms Up!

It… is… so… cold… right… now! I want to think about anything but my frozen toes… so I decided to extend my Winter Thaw Sale until the temperature gets above freezing. Everything in my online store is 20% OFF until the temperature gets above 32 degrees in Milwaukee. There are no codes or coupons required […]

One of my pieces of shard jewelry on display alongside other Belleek marks in the Irish American Heritage Museum in Chicago.

Museum Worthy

I had a pleasant surprise this weekend. A piece of my Irish Belleek shard jewelry was added to the Irish American Heritage Center Museum‘s exquisite collection of Belleek china in Chicago. In their display of Irish Belleek marks one of my pieces has been put in to showcase the company’s “Dishwasher Safe – Microwave Safe” […]

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Going Back to Spend More Time Beneath the Wreath in Grand Rapids

Last November, my jewelry made its first visit to Grand Rapids for the Beneath the Wreath event put on by the Junior League there. The weekend was filled with art and wine and laughter… this year promises to be more of the same, and I’ll be back with a whole new collection of shard jewelry. […]

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And the Winner Is…

Things just seemed to be going right this weekend. I arrived at the Wo Zha Wa Days Art Fair in Wisconsin Dells with a chance to move one booth over… a more visible and level spot. Then imagine my surprise when I brought home a first place ribbon in the jewelry category.

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Shamrock Harvest

I’ll be back at Milwaukee Irish Fest this year, and for the occasion, I’ve got a whole new collection of shamrock pieces that were made from shards of broken Irish Arklow, Carrigaline, and Belleek dishes. The photo above gives you a peek at some of the pieces I’ll be premiering at the Fest. I’ll also […]

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Good New, Bad News Regarding My New Collection

Let me start with the good news… my new collection of shard jewelry is coming together beautifully. Now for the bad news… because my mother had major surgery several weeks ago, I’ve been spending a lot of time shuttling between Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. As a result, I’m finding it quite impossible to organize an […]

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What a Show in Oklahoma City

It’s my first time at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, and I must say, “WOW!” This is probably the most arts-focused show I’ve been in. It’s well-organized, all the food vendor booths are staffed by volunteers and proceeds go to organizations (and the food is fantastic), the children’s areas offer amazingly involved projects […]

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New Collection Show Date Announced!

It’s time for me to announce my the date for my Spring New Collection Show wine and cheese event. This is the day I unveil my new selection of shard jewelry. New Collection Show Thursday, May 16, 2012, 2-8pm The Knickerbocker on the Lake 1028 E Juneau Ave Milwaukee, WI Here’s a peek at a […]

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