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May Spotlight Stones Emerald and Clear Quartz

May Spotlight Stones Emerald and Clear Quartz

I bet you already know this about me, but in case you don't - I like rocks. I’ve always liked rocks. It doesn’t matter where I go; I’ll likely find a rock somewhere, put it in my pocket, and bring it home. I’ve had this bring-a-rock-home habit for as long as I can...

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April Spotlight Stone – Amazonite

April Spotlight Stone – Amazonite

April has been a month full of transition. Winter to Spring, Inside to Outside. My child now drives a car, and I am no longer considered a taxi. You know that saying, the only constant is change? Yeah, it’s true. For this month, I’ve chosen to spotlight the stone,...

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March Spotlight Stone – Aquamarine

March Spotlight Stone – Aquamarine

Hello and welcome to March! The snow is disappearing quickly, the birds are chirping brightly, and I’m getting antsy. I can’t wait to go outside and dig in the dirt, lay in the sunshine, and breathe some fresh air that won’t freeze my nostril hairs. I’m excited to...

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February Spotlight Stone – Rose Quartz

February Spotlight Stone – Rose Quartz

Ah February. In Minnesota, it’s traditionally a dreary and gray month, tempered by warm beverages and tasty carbs. February is also known for hosting Valentine’s Day, a holiday that (IMHO) is only about chocolate. If it wasn’t for that, well, I doubt we’d still be...

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I AM UNSTOPPABLE

I AM UNSTOPPABLE

Happy New Year!   If you’re visiting my website and reading this, it means you made it through the hellscape called 2020. Congratulations! I know I’m grateful to be a 2020 survivor; unfortunately, too many others in this world can’t ever claim the same title...

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November Spotlight Stone – Jasper

November Spotlight Stone – Jasper

  Welcome to November! Normally at this time of year, I am in full holiday market mode with weekend events and pop-up shops. But unfortunately, COVID has made in person shopping impossible, leaving makers and artists no choice but to move their work online. It’s...

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October Spotlight Stone – Carnelian

October Spotlight Stone – Carnelian

Welcome to October! In Minnesota, this month is full of brightly colored leaves, crisp cool mornings, and mosquito absent sunsets. The locals reluctantly put away their summer clothes and rummage in the closet for scarves, boots, and matching mittens. Personally, I’m...

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September Spotlight Stone – Amethyst

September Spotlight Stone – Amethyst

Hello and welcome to month two of my Spotlight Stone series! For September, I’m featuring amethyst, a stone easily recognized by its purple hue. Yes, I know that amethyst is February’s birthstone, but September is back to school season, and purple was the good luck...

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Golden Thoughts About Pyrite

Golden Thoughts About Pyrite

A good friend’s daughter, Ora, recently graduated from college and is now headed toward her professional goal of becoming a doctor. I remember being in that gap/space between college and med school; I was full of questions, many of which I had to answer on faith...

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The Garnet Project

The Garnet Project

What do creative folk do in quarantine?   Well, I can’t speak for ALL creative folk, but THIS creative person went into a funk. For the first I-don’t-know-how-many days, I didn’t want to make or write or design or sketch or do anything. I only wanted to sit. And...

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Here Comes The Sun!

Here Comes The Sun!

Well, February has come and gone and we are officially on the way to Spring. SPRING! The days are slowly stretching out again, and so in honor of the sun’s welcome return, I’m excited to feature these beauties. Sunshine-y Lemon Quartz suns! They are so super sparkly....

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What’s Your Word for 2020?

What’s Your Word for 2020?

Happy New Year! I'm not much of a resolution maker, but the turning of a new year is the perfect time to stop and think about where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’d like to go. Last New Year’s Eve, I tried something new by choosing a word for 2019. I’m not...

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I AM IMPORTANT – Rhodochrosite

I AM IMPORTANT – Rhodochrosite

Two things happened recently that didn’t feel related at the time, but in hindsight, I’m not so sure. 1) I finished a PeanutMark blogpost about how caregivers must prioritize self care before they can best look after anyone else. In my essay, I also admit that saying...

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Finding My Voice

Finding My Voice

  I belong to a cooperative working space in Minneapolis called ModernWell; a creatively magical place where I can write, dream, and network, while still checking items off of my To Do list. In addition to working next to brilliant women, ModernWell membership...

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Music From My Workbench – Summer 2019

Music From My Workbench – Summer 2019

  Summer Music 2019   I’m in full blown summer mode these days. The days are long, the temperatures high, and the dewpoints … heavy. It’s what we Minnesotans live for, and I’m soaking up every bit of the sun drenched mosquito laden wonder that I can....

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Music From My Workbench – June 2019

Music From My Workbench – June 2019

Music is my omnipotent influencer; it affects my mood, memory, creativity, and productivity. I can honestly say that if all music disappeared tomorrow, so would I. It’s THAT important to me. I can chart my life by songs and artists, a personal soundtrack of sorts....

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Bumblebee Jasper

Bumblebee Jasper

During the first week of February, I went to the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show for the very first time. It was fantastic, and not at all what I expected. Before I go on, let me tell you a couple of important things: Number 1 -  it’s not a single “show.” No. It’s a month...

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Brave not Perfect

Brave not Perfect

I don’t know who first coined the phrase, Brave Not Perfect, but it has wheedled its way into my every day existence like an earworm. I like it. Merriam-Webster defines the word brave as: having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty:...

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New Year 2019

New Year 2019

Hard to believe that 2018 is almost in the rear-view mirror, isn’t it? When they tell you that life goes by faster with age, believe them (and if you figure out who “them” refers to, let me know. The curiosity is overwhelming). It’s really sobering, actually… this...

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A Woman in Transition

A Woman in Transition

I’ve been busy. You wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at me, because all the activity has been in my head, but trust me. I’ve been busy. And, I’ve had quite a time of it, too … plotting and creating and worrying and dreaming and drawing and writing and...

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