Friday, October 30, 2009

Rocking Hounding In Idaho

“ROCKHOUNDING” is a fun and educational outdoor activity that can be enjoyed
by everyone. The collecting of rocks, mineral specimens, gemstones, petrified
wood and common invertebrate fossils on public lands managed by the BLM is
generally considered a casual use activity. These activities require no permit, fee or
notification of the BLM, provided that:
• Collecting is not specifically prohibited or restricted, such as in developed
recreation sites and wilderness or wilderness study areas.
• Your collecting activities result in no more than minor disturbance of the
public lands.
• Equipment is limited to hand tools and metal detectors. You may not use
explosives or motorized/mechanical devices such as earthmoving
• Specimens are for personal use and are not collected for commercial purposes or
bartered to commercial dealers.
• Only reasonable quantities are collected. For petrified wood, reasonable limits for
personal use are defined as 25 pounds, plus one piece, per day, with an
annual limit of 250 pounds.
• You reclaim any disturbance that you create, such as backfilling holes, etc.
There is some really interesting information on their site.
Check it out.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Metaphysical Pendants - Group Of Five

Five wrapped stones to promote and encourage your mode changes and motivate choice. Each pendant has been securely wire-wrapped in 20 gauge sterling silver round wire.

Sassy Holly Blue cut & tumbled agate from Oregon, with a lovely druzy pocket(vug of tiny crystals), measures just under one inch in length.

Second cut & polished cab of Sleeping Beauty turquoise, 1" even round.

Third a natural Tibetan Smoky DT (double terminated) generator crystal, subtle smoky phantom, measures one inch by 3/4" in length.

Forth a boomerang shaped Ammonzonite stone pendant, (frugal trade-did not cut or polish), measures 1 3/4" long.

Fifth a free-form hand polished front matte finish back, Howlite stone, lovely veining and awesome natural coloring, measures 2" long.

Each pendant has been wrapped with an easy slide wide open bell, allowing easy-on and easy-off the nylon mesh rope over the sterling silver lobster claw clasp.

Five choices for stone-age for everyday wear.
Another image of the turquoise cab along with the sterling coil rope:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Utah's Own Variscite Healing Pendant

ONE Whole fine slab of Utah Variscite mineral, close cousin to turquoise and the most handsome natural aqua coloring known to man or beast.

This stone simply cut clean and matte polished front and back, then wrapped securely in 20 gauge sterling silver and completed with 2mm black leather cord, vintage JET glass button clasp and two lamp work beads from the shop of "skaramouche".

The stone measures 3 3/4" across, 4" long and 4mm thick....this isn't your grandma's stone pendant, nor is for the wimpy jewelry wearer. This stone commands attention by all viewers and doesn't like to be ignored. Wouldn't want to wear this stone on a day you'd want to be shy or introverted.

A perfect 14.5" choker style, worn at the throat chakra to promote inner love and assist with the heart chakra.

“Variscite is the “stone of encouragement”. Bringing hope and courage….opening the heart chakra , it brings unconditional love into the situation. Variscite is extremely helpful for past life exploration. It facilitates visual images of the experience while going deeply into feelings and experiences of appropriate lives. It stimulates insight, into the cause of dis-ease or patterns the have been carried over, and aids reframing situations to bring about healing.” Reference guide: The Crystal Bible – Judy Hall

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rocky Mountains Own - Utah Picture Rock - Pendant

One super fine multiple drop stone porcelain Beryllium (Bertrandite, Tiffany Stone, Opal Stone) multiple stone pendant. This stone can have a wide array of hues, everything from creamy to dark purple to milky pink and always with fabulous dendrites.

I cut and polished these free form pieces to reflect the awesome dendredic patterns found in this natural wonder. Get this...the original mine is now closed to collecting, something to do with insurance, but the rock itself is used by metal fabrication company's to strengthen iron for metal buildings....Go figure?

Each piece has been wire-wrapped with 20 gauge sterling silver and linked together with 2mm black leather cording, two 8mm sterling beads and lamp work glass beads from my OH, so favorite "skaramouhe".
The neck length is a comfortable 16", vintage celluloid button clasp.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Just discovered this site for referenceing to other blog and sites of merchandise.

It does ask for $12.00 a month to play, or you can get the free basic.

Just type in the tool bar your url for whatever place your display your work and it'll will link. Then there is a link to offer places for your "sellit" to be displayed.


Metaphysical - Obsidian Needle & Antique Nail Cross Pendant

A sculpted obsidian needle and antique iron nail, married with sterling silver wire and completed with 2mm black leather cord and a lamp work bead from the etys artisan "skaramouche" an etsy seller.

The obsidian needles measure 2 1/2" and the cross bar needle measure 2", the antique iron nail measures 3". The neck length is choker style at 14" with a vintage button for the clasp.

The natural obsidian needles yield from the California and Oregon shared border. These needles often used for wind chimes. But obsidian more commonly used for surgical tools in the operating room.

Obsidian is a grounding stone and operates to connects the wearer to the heart of the earth. Can be used to dispel or rid negative energy form the body.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hematite Quartz - Pendant

Lovely reddish inclusions in the quartz point are clear and perfect. The crystal has been wrapped in 20 gauge sterling silver round wire, wrapped in the up position to enhance and assist the upper body.

The quartz crystal is completed simply with 2mm black leather cord and a leather lattice button clasp, neck length 16". Married with a lamp work bead from the etsy shop "skaramouche". The crystal measures 3/4" long by 1/2" wide.

"Hematite can be called “the stone for the mind”. It helps one to “sort out” things in ones mind, and can be used for mental attunement, memory enhancement, original thinking, and technical knowledge. It assists one in mathematical pursuits and in the development of both mental and manual dexterity. It provides for a calming atmosphere concurrently, and, in addition, encourages one to “reach for the sun”. It helps one to realize that the only limitations which exist are those self-limiting concepts within the mind. It helps one to attain a “soft” meditative state, providing for smooth grounding and bringing tranquility and emotion clarity.
Quartz Crystal is the connection between the physical dimension and the dimension of the mind. It can be used to communicate with minerals, plants, animals, and intelligent forces outside of the physical dimensions. Facilitates both speaking with, and receiving information from, the spiritual and other-worldly masters, teachers, and healers. Used to transform thought into sound, producing the vibration associated with the thought and affecting the environment with the discharged energy. Quartz Crystal can create altered states of consciousness and can serve as a vehicle for both reaching and using the talents and abilities of the mind. All the psychic abilities can be stimulated and amplified by the use of this mineral. Assists one in retaining calmness and clarity in all situations, decreasing the amount of negative affection which could inhibit emotional stability. Enhances energy and promotes perseverance and patience, as well as restful sleep. Clears and activates the energy centers of the body. Purifies the physical, mental, and spiritual bodies". Reference guide: Melody – Love Is In The Earth

Friday, October 23, 2009

Link for the Tucson Rock and Gem Fair
Awesome specimen images and collections from all over the world.

Kyanite Blade Pendant

Each of the five blades have been individually wrapped in 12 carat 20 gauge gold filled wire, linked with gold plated 4mm beads and 6mm black sapphire beads, doubled 1mm tan leather cording and a vintage Bakelite "grape cluster" button clasp.

Neck length 16 inches.

Center blade 2" long, other blades descending in length as they move backwards.

Kyanite one of the VERY few minerals that possess both +/- ions. Kyanite also found naturally in black, green and silver with quartz host bodies.

"Kyanite this is one of the minerals in the mineral kingdom which never needs cleaning or clearing. It will NOT accumulate or retain negative energy or vibrations. The energy of kyanite is unlimited in application, making it one of the very best attunement stones." Reference guide - Love Is In The Earth, Melody.

This Crude Company pendant will arrive in a hand made gift box. Be shipped Priority mail in the U.S. and First Class else where.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Smoky Crystal Hosting Garnets Clusters

The Smoky Quartz I've featured in my crudeco, come from Fujian Province, China.

Orthoclase crystals with spessartine garnet crystals growing on the surface along with some smoky quartz crystals. The garnets are all well formed, sharp and have a beautiful dark red orange color. Nearly the entire shaft is covered in the spessartine garnet, only the remaining bottom point is accepting light. The crystal has been wrapped in 20 gauge sterling silver and completed simply with 2mm tan leather cord, an adjustable slip knot and one lamp work bead.

The crystal measures 1 7/8" long by 1/2" at the top shaft widest point. There has been no polishing, faceting or changing contours of this crystal.

“Smoky Quartz is an excellent crystal for grounding negative energy and providing protection. A Smoky Quartz wand grounds the energy of the base chakra by linking it to the earth chakra beneath your feet. It purifies this chakra in the etheric body and neutralizes the effect of any geopathic stress. It can be used anywhere on the body where negative energy needs to be removed.” Reference guide: The Crystal Bible – Judy Hall

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Smoky Quartz with Spessartine Garnet
Smoky Quartz with Spessartine Garnet
Smoky Quartz with Spessartine Garnet
Smoky Quartz with Spessartine Garnet
Smoky Quartz with Spessartine Garnet

Complaining, Whining and Negative Attitudes.....

Recently discovered I don't have the desire to listen to whining, complaining or hating from anyone....I refuse being sucked in by hate and hostility.
What the world needs now is love....

I belong, sell and participate at to sell my work, craft and hand made items. In order to freely participate in an open forum there are times where replying, engaging and communicating with others is part of the marketing process.

Ugh, opinions are important for marketing in an open forum, sure, but do those forums need to attract every "boo-hoo" whiner from here to "sad-sap" incorporated?

Here's a thought, live every moment in a hellish environment fighting a never ending battle with insurgents.....protecting your right to whine, complain and feel sorry for yourselves, too many of our country-person's spend way too much time crying about what they don't have or what they haven't gained.

Celebrate and cherish every moment, be grateful for your family and promote humankind in every form.
Glad to get that off my chest....certainly there will never be an end to negative behaviors.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mom's Oatmeal Cookies

There's just not enough time in my day to bake....or at least as much as I would like. There's a calm that flows through my body when I'm allowed to bake and not talk. In August my bottom oven element went out in the kitchen oven............two months without an oven to bake with nearly sent me to madness.

Since buying a new oven, I have baked nearly everyday and dream of the things I can bake the next day.

My mom sent me her Oatmeal Cookie Recipe, she swears she made these very same cookies when I was a child. Funny I don't remember any sweet items in the house at all. And our cereal choices consisted of Cherrioes and Rice Crispies. Anyhow, I have made those cookies three times in the last two days, varying the recipe just slightly so I can actually call it my own.

Weird thing about this cookie dough, potato chips! Yeah, its the best of both worlds.....salty and sweet. My mom claims, she didn't have enough oatmeal to complete the recipe so she added the remaining bag of crumbled potato chips. Surorisingly enough unless you knew they were in there you'd not be able to detect them.

All the same the baking mood moves on and my family, neighbors and close friends are fat and happy filled with my baking projects.

Uh, I kinda miss the chef world and baking on a regular bases and being paid for it.

Many Blessings,

Mom's Potato Chip Oatmeal Cookie's with Mickey's Twists

1 c. room temp unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
1 one light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp.salt

Cream together, then add 2 whole farm fresh eggs, 2 tsp. pure vanilla and 1/3 c. pure maple syrup and then cream again.

Add to the wet ingredients:

2 c. whole oats
2 c. crushed potato chips
1 c. ground flax seed
2 c. white flour ( wheat flour works well too)

Just for a twist:
1 / 12oz. package white or butterscotch chips
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. coconut flakes

(Other options tried and tested: Dried mango, diced and dried pineapple bits, pecans, macadamia nut, whole flax seed instead of ground, wheat nuts and/or Grape Nuts 1c. from the box)

If adding all of the last three, please increase by one additional whole fresh egg.

Blend and mix well by hand with a wooden spoon.

Using a 2 oz. ice cream scoop, scoop batter on to a restaurant style sheet pan or large cookie sheet. 12 scoops to a pan. Bake for 10 -12 minutes on 375 electric oven, gas range 350.

My mom enjoys "balling" each cookie dough by hand, measured at 2 0z. I don't have the patience for her method.....but I also love her cookies more.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Healing with Copper

Raw copper provides substantial healing properties for many, but for some it can cause heart palpitations, which means you do not need the energy supplied by copper.

“Copper provides a harmonic connection between the physical and the astral bodies and aligns the subtle bodies. It has been used successfully to amplify and to transmit thought. It is said to be a “bestower” of “good”, bringing benefit to the user. It is also reported to bring “luck” to persons, especially in the recovery of property. Copper can be used to stabilize and to balance the flow of blood within the body; helping to increase circulatory functions when necessary.” Reference guide: Melody – Love Is In The Earth

Find examples of raw rough pendants: