Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BTW, Big Hole Copper

Making more Copper Big Hole Focals for anybody who is interested in joining my next Blog Hop!
I gave away 5 and wish I could give them all away but
 I'll be selling them at a reduced price for awhile.
Almost ready for the kiln...

Some of these are spoken for, my friends at the Art Jewelry Elements Blog are joining my hop!

A new texture on this big hole focal, hope it looks good when it's fired,
can hardly go wrong with beautiful leaf texture!

These obviously aren't Big Hole Focals but I thought they were so cute I had to share.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

World Bird Wednesday

I started the weekend visiting friends at Big Lake
 and got what I think is my first picture of a Downy Woodpecker!
Not the best picture of this little Downy at the feeder, but I love it!

And here is the Downy sharing the feeder with a female Grosbeak.

A gorgeous Goldfich way up in the top of a tree!

I saw a few Bald Eagles while out on a paddle boat but of course I didn't have my camera with me.
I'd be a little nervous to have my camera with me out there and not sure I could get a good picture while floating on the lake.

Now back to my home feeder!
First I'll say I saw what I thought was a Pileated Woodpecker
First I heard it's distinctive call, and right as I spotted it on the side of a big dead tree
a crow flew up and off it went.
I didn't even have a second to run for my camera,
I would have needed alot more than a second to run across the length of the house and get my camera to a spot to take a picture. But I know it's out there!!!!

But here are some shots I did get!

I believe this is a female Grosbeak.

I'm sure somebody can tell me what this one is...some kind of sparrow?

One of the beautiful Black-Headed Grosbeak posing nicely for the camera.

The Grosbeak not posing nicely, but I like this shot because you can see so much yellow under the wings.

I got so many great shots of this Stallar's Jay,
 I liked this one because you can see the little spots of blue above the beak I didn't know they had.

A little sparrow, so cute when they perch in the chain link.

And a Junco joined the sparrow at the chainlink.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Copper Big Hole Blog Hop Winners

My plans changed for the weekend and I've been crazy trying to get ready to be gone tomorrow, almost forgot to pick the winners!!!

I use random number generator to pick the winners,
 but sorry I don't have much time to do a really cool and cute post
 with all the numbers and stuff so it's bare bones time for the announcement of the winners.
 If the winners don't contact me at
 by tomorrow I'll contact you on Sunday
with further details of the hop etc.

The 5 pieces pictured above will be randomly sent to

Dragonfly Close
Karen Williams
Staci Louise
Teathered Cat
Pine Ridge Treasures

I will have a number of similar pieces (no 2 are alike) for sale in my shop over the next couple of days
 for anybody else who might want to participate in the hop that didn't win a piece.

Congratulations to the winners.


PS I apologize for this being such a quick post
 but I wanted to be sure to announce the winners today as promised!

New Earrings on Earrings Everyday Blog

Today is my day to share my newest earring creation at the

¸.•♥•.¸¸.•♥•  Earrings Everyday Blog •♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸


I'm drawing names later today for my latest Blog Hop, don't miss out!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Copper Big Hole Focal Blog Hop

Entries are now closed,
 click HERE for a list of winners.

I'm giving away the 5 Big Hole or Donut Focals pictured above.
Each is similar but different textures, slightly different sizes.
So many possibilities,
wire wrapping, sari silk ribbon or any other fiber!
Use it as your focal or your clasp!
Necklace or Bracelet!!

They vary in size, each one is approximately between
 1.5 - 1.75" in diameter.

I'm giving these 5 pieces away
 and will also have more available to purchase
 after the giveaway for anybody who wants to participate.

Comment on this blog post,
Share on Facebook and comment again,
Share on Twitter and comment again,
Sign up for my newsletter and comment again,
Blog about it and comment again....
You get the idea.
Lots of chances to enter!

I will randomly choose 5 winners on Friday June 1st,
The Hop will take place on Saturday June 30th.

Please be sure to leave an email
 so I can contact you when you win!!

Have fun!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WBW - Female Grosbeak, Goldfinch and more

It's been quite a week at my feeder!

I recently shared my first sighting of the Black-Headed Grosbeak,
 then I finally started seeing the female!!
Isn't she a beauty!


Yesterday I saw flashes of bright yellow fly past the window,
 so I rushed to the camera to see this stunning Goldfinch pair sharing a meal at the feeder!
And if that wasn't enough...

I snapped a few pictures of this little round one,
it wasn't until I started editing that I saw the yellow on the top of the head,
I believe this is a Yellow Crowned Sparrow!!!

I couldn't be more excited to see 3 new birds at my feeders in one week!!
I can't wait to see what this week brings!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Heart Macro - Blue Jay Feather

On of my Blue Jay visitors left me a wonderful gift!


studio waterstone

Friday, May 18, 2012

End Cap Blog Hop


Unfortunately I took a fall when I was working in the garden earlier this week,
I jammed my thumb pretty good and although it's doing pretty well
I wasn't able to get my piece finished for this hop!!
Please enjoy seeing what my wonderful friends have created with these end caps!
KristiBowmanDesign YOU ARE HERE
Thank you for joining us!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Grosbeak

This week a bird I've never seen before and happily he's now a regular visitor to my feeder!!

At first I didn't know what he was
 but when I got a good look at that heavy beak I knew it was some kind of Grosbeak

I excitedly called my sister,
 shot over a photo
 to her and she helped me identify it as a gorgeous Black-Headed Grosbeak!

What a beauty!!

I also spotted this little one on the edge of my raised garden bed,
I've seen this one before but never gotten a good photo.

A lovely White Crowned Sparrow!!

And here's one shaking it's tail feathers,
at first I thought it was a youngster asking to be fed,
but maybe it's a male showing off to the ladies!
I'd love to know for sure???

He stood there for some time shaking the tail feathers and what looked like posing!

A really great bird week for me,
I actually have a few other pictures I got on our Mother's Day visit up north to Big Lake
but I'm going to save those for next week.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

I Heart Macro

These are beautiful little pinecones on the small tree we use as our Christmas tree every year!
I love the beautiful red color!

That's this weeks Macro,


studio waterstone

End Cap Hop coming soon

I hope you come join us one week from today
 to see what 9 wonderful jewelry designers have created
 using my Copper Paisley End Caps.



May 19,2012
Please check out their blogs and see you back here on
Saturday May 19th!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Earrings Everyday

Please take a look at my
 Spring Rain Earrings
 on the Earrings Everyday Blog today!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Support Handmade

My Etsy shop will be closed today.

I support genuine handmade, and am joining the 4000+ Etsians

(sellers and buyers) who will not be using Etsy today!

For more information,
 please go here.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hummingbird - World Bird Wednesday

After what seemed a very long absence I have almost constant Hummer action at my 2 feeders.
I believe this is a Rufous.

Waiting in the trees between feedings!

I hope you enjoyed my Hummingbird visitor/s!