okay. go ahead, chuckle if you like, but i have a thing for beavers. they are my very favorite member of the animal kingdom by far. i find them simply fascinating creatures. i am not exactly sure when it got started, but i know reading the book lily pond , by hope ryden sealed the deal. it is an her account of the four years she spent observing one particular beaver family in their pond. i also read another amazing book, about a woman who actually raised beavers in her flooded basement around the 1950's, but i cannot for the life of me recall the title or author. ( as a little aside here, because the memory just came to me, when i was student teaching at a school down the street from my good friends', dan and rachel's, house, i came into my classroom one morning to find a sweet little beaver sculpture waiting for me on my desk, crafted entirely out of zucchini! made by dan, of course. )
they mate for life. they raise their children together and all live in their sweet little handmade lodges. they are crafty as heck! industrious, resourceful, efficient, and so cute. several native american tribes have creation myths that involve a giant beaver creating the entire world. there is a lovely beaver family that lives in my town. years ago, before i had kids, i used to go down to the pond, set apple slices all around the edges, and sit with my binoculars and wait for them to come eat them. i could watch them for hours. they actually got very comfortable with me and would come quite close. i had names for them. uncle tupelo was the patriarch. nancy was his wife...
i've wanted to make a piece honoring beavers for awhile, but nothing came to me. when i saw these gorgeous brown willow creek jasper tear drops, i saw a pair of beaver tails. they measure 2 1/4" from top to bottom. i wore them around town today, just to test them out, and let me tell you, they were busy as little beavers themselves. twisting and twirling and swaying and swinging, they were non-stop and very delightful.
i also made a couple of new rings yesterday.
this one with one of patty's incredible vintage bisbee turquoise cabs
and this one with a fabulous round ocean jasper cab
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.