New "Simply" Series from Lark Crafts! …and Giveaway!

September 26, 2011

I have to say I am “charmed” to review this fabulous group of fun, classy and economically priced books from Lark Crafts new “Simply” series…Each book (or pamphlet as Lark describes them) holds 20 jewelry making projects and the really nce thing is t…

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Downey, CA: 2011 Delvers Gem & Mineral Show

September 12, 2011

Delvers Gem & Mineral Society has been a constant in the Downey community for decades and the annual show has grown by leaps and bounds!  I was especially excited to see a cool spot with my friendthe Plant Lady – Nancy BirdThis year the club a…

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Better Know Your Hammer…Wendy Edsall-Kerwin

August 26, 2011

If you have been involved in the Metals scene, you have undoubtedly seen or heard of Wendy Edsall-Kerwin and her Hammermarks blog.”Wendy Edsall-Kerwin’s journey to become a full-time jewelry and metals artist. Here you can find my inspirations, mo…

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Beading: 20 Great Weekend Projects & GIVEAWAY!

August 25, 2011

I recently received a really fun group of Lark Books – first up a re-release.The Weekend Crafter was a series that included everything from mosaics to basketry to stained glass the issue that we are looking at today is Beading: 20 Great Weekend Project…

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In My Mailbox: Jackpot or CraftPot!!!!

July 23, 2011

In My Mailbox is a book blog meme that was started a couple years ago by The Story Siren’s blog.  In her words:” What it all came down to was this: I get books to read and then ultimately share my thoughts about with my readers. As much as I …

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Best Show of the Season: West Coast Gem & Mineral Show

May 22, 2011

Just got home from the West Coast Gem & Mineral Show – WOW!!! It is so good to see this show in SoCal again – thriving!This show has always been one of the most popular shows in SoCal.  The last couple years have seen it change locations,…

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Best Show of the Season: West Coast Gem & Mineral Show

May 22, 2011

Just got home from the West Coast Gem & Mineral Show – WOW!!! 

It is so good to see this show in SoCal again – thriving!

This show has always been one of the most popular shows in SoCal.  The last couple years have seen it change locations, canc…

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Exotic Gems, Volume 2: 400+ Photos of Gems!

May 17, 2011

Exotic Gems, Volume 2:   How to Identify and Buy Alexandrite, Andalusite, Chrysoberyl Cat’s-eye, Kyanite, Common Opal, Fire Opal, Dinosaur Gembone, Tsavorite, Rhodolite & Other Garnetsby Renee Newman, GGThese Exotic Gems book are fast b…

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Exotic Gems, Volume 2: 400+ Photos of Gems!

May 17, 2011

Exotic Gems, Volume 2:   How to Identify and Buy Alexandrite, Andalusite, Chrysoberyl Cat’s-eye, Kyanite, Common Opal, Fire Opal, Dinosaur Gembone, Tsavorite, Rhodolite & Other Garnets
by Renee Newman, GG
These Exotic Gems book are fast becoming my…

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American Opal Society Welcomes Meg Berry

May 16, 2011

The other night I was lucky enough to be able to catch Meg Berry as she addressed the American Opal Society in Orange County, CA.”Meg Berry has been a lapidary artist working in the gem and jewelry industry since 1974 and has earned over a dozen A…

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