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Monday, May 23, 2011


clean simple hair, clean simple makeup

more on the "style series" coming up,
with add-on's to basic black.

I cannot believe how fast time is flying by, I mean, MAY
is almost over, isn't it?

My daughter has gone to N. Mexico to witness, for
the 1st time, the branding of calves on her fiance's family

My son is in Nicaragua shooting surfing & surfing
people & environs for his forthcoming book.

I'm in the Texas hill country, surrounded by dogs,
making jewelry all by myself.  I must say I'm proud
of myself...one of my girlfriend's has a birthday coming
up and I wanted to give her a beautiful piece of jewelry,
something really special, that  I have made myself...
I found these wonderful 16mm dark grass green smooth round beads
that I wasn't familiar with called "fuchsite" or "zoisite." 

They have bright pink striations. 
The striations turned out to be RUBY!

After 3-4 attempts, which all looked dreadful,
I've now completed the necklace and it's one of the
most beautiful & interesting pieces I've ever made.

The point being that only with continued hard work can
we be certain we've achieved

Trial & Error
Failure to Accept the Ordinary

What's happening in your world this summer?



  1. Oh Marsha what a fabulous gift your creation will be. A gift to cherish for a life-time. You family is happily busy and you are enjoying the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, all is good! We have ourselves a new Realtor and if all goes well, I'll be packing this summer. But, I STILL want to meet you for lunch. I'm counting on it! Sending you lots of love on this sunny Monday. xo xo Deb

  2. Hi Marsh,
    You should have posted a photo of the finished piece. I love Ruby in Ziosite, very familiar with it!
    Lovely blog! Please keep showing the different stones.

  3. It is a time of transition for me - my youngest daughter just graduated from High School - looking forward to spreading my wings now!

  4. Marsha you are simply the best and find the most unique stones! I am sure it is a stunning necklace!

    Art by Karena

  5. Marsha I was so honored with your visit, thank you for the visit on my blog! I think is wonderful to give a personal gift to a friend, bet she will love it! Can't wait to see the final piece...

    Hugs & kisses from Rio!

  6. WOW! thank you for introducing me to this marvelous Ruby in Ziosite - must be truly fantastique in real..would love to see the finished piece- what a lucky friend- sure she will treasure this special gift. thank you for your very kind appreciative comment on my Villandry post. hugs Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

  7. Wonderful stones. I'm excited to see the completed project. Cherry Kay

  8. I am sure it is with mixed feelings that you see your children fly off to vast & varied locations of the world.
    You must be very proud of them!

    How exciting that your son is working on a book. I can't wait to see you post about it!

    The necklace sounds beautiful and of course we are all dying to see a picture of it. You will post one after the party won't you?!?

    Darling, we are all so proud of you. You are a true gem! (no pun intended to you ms gemstone jewelry maker..!)

    Warmest hugs

    xx C

  9. What beautiful beads. I love this colour combination, it's one of my favourites. Would love to see the finished necklace.

  10. This summer I'm comin home to Texas! I'm excited about the clean hair and makeup look :) Can't wait to hear about the book!!! XO, Kelly


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