thistles have a bad rap. here in colorado, they are considered an "invasive species". evidently, they crowd out native species and crops. i suppose that is understandable, i mean, it's cool to be hearty and thrive, but no need to get greedy, right? the other day, on our way to a nearby hike, i noticed several patches of thistles that were a bluish color i'd never seen before. i realized they had been sprayed with a greenish substance, no doubt some kind of herbicide, and i felt a sense of righteous indignation, as if i ought to go on some sort of crusade on their behalf. they were just minding their own business on a hillside. they certainly didn't seem to be crowding anybody or doing any kind of invading. setting aside my life and starting a "save the thistles" campaign seems a bit unrealistic at this time, so instead, i made this piece to honor them.
the 100 year old barn behind my home that houses my studio
bringing flight to your soul
my shipping department
here is jeff, one of the lovely postal employees here at the dolores post office. he and his co-workers do an amazing job of making sure my items reach my customers.
ironmaegan is a badass!
this is meg (a.k.a ironmaegan), my teacher/mentor/guru
my darling girls
my 3 daughters, hazel, june, and dorothy
and my sweet little olive
and this is georgia, my spectacular van
my original benefactor
this here is arky. when i first wanted to get serious about silversmithing, i made a flyer that said "i want your old silversmithing equipment!". he responded and helped me set up my original shop, all for free. a wonderful man!
i have three passions in my life~ my family, my jewelry, and my music. this blog is about all three. (cross country skiing is a close fourth, in the winter there will be a bit of that here as well!) i am the owner of my own business, silver sparrow designs. i make unique, rustic, organic silver jewelry. i am super passionate about my work and am so very grateful to be able to work at home and be with my kids.