What did you do at the ripe OLD age of 10

So good help is hard to find… or Any help.. at all!  It seems impossible to find help here in the bush. Tho we have had a couple that were literally priceless….. and we have had some that you wouldn’t believe the story if you seen it yourself, but that’s for another post.

 So we decided that we as a family, can come together to make it work.  It takes all of us to make it work, but it can be done.

So what did you do at the age of 10?

No video games here!!!

Drive a dozer, you say? Yes, that’s what Berry is doin’ at the ripe OLD age of 10.


No he’s not moving mountains yet, but baby steps people, baby steps! He is learning quickly, tho

Here he is driving it down the road, don’t worry it’s just a little one, lol, whatever!


P.S.  I tried letting Berry drive the jeep (the neighbor taught him to drive last summer), he said “ya, ya, mom I know how to drive” then took off.  I thought, “oh he knows what he is doin”, WRONG!  He went to stop and just slams the jeep (an automatic) into park as we are doin about 15 mph!!!  As Faith is flying into the back of the seat, he looks at me and says “what? what’s wrong, that’s what you do in the dozer”  I told him, he needs a repeat course in driving 101, he laughed at me.

Here we are following Berry (in the dozer ) out to the half way point to the mining camp.


Water has BROKE!!!

Water has BROKE!!!


That’s right people it’s official, the water has broke!!! here in Alaska anyway, and the kids are doing their happy dance or jumping across the creek or whatever.



This is a huge monumental time for us, we start kicking mining season in gear.

The guys have already moved out to the mine and us girls are keeping the house going, (or facebooking, same thing)  while they get everything up and going for mining season.

It’s exciting!!!

The down side, Water has BROKE!

Everything is wet and we are trying to direct the water, in large amounts, out.

The roads become mucky and nasty as the water floods them and washes parts of it out.  Deadwood road can be BAD!!! but we’ve taken some time to direct it, open some culverts back up, so maybe not so Bad this year.

DSC_0038Graci is helping Darrell, dig out spots to direct the water, she is good at Bossing, that’s what princess do ya know.

Bead Hop and Swap Final Piece

Okay so I admit it, I am a last minuter!  I got the idea, but execution was totally lacking.  There is nothing worse than having the idea and not being able to execute it.

I love the show piece! The picture doe NOT do it justice, the colors just don’t come thru.

However, I gave it my all.  This is what I started from, from my awesome partner Linda Anderson at fromthbeadboard.blogspot.com (love her and her site)….


and the BEAUTIFUL show piece from https://www.etsy.com/shop/PennysLane


Linda was a great parnter.  I was very intimidate by an administrator as a partner, but she was a Rock Star partner, patient and even going over and beyond when I was going into labor, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner!!! Plus she sent me great stuff! I was overwhelmed and wanted to put most of it in one piece, but that would be overkill, especially with the range of things she sent me.  I can develop my skills and try some new things I have never done.

I have never worked with polymer clay.  I was really impressed with the piece!  The color is very irradesent, I really love it!

So this is what I came up with….


I loved trying something new and this bead hop was great!

Excited to see everyones pieces

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//:fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com (You are HERE)
Marica Zammit http://www.beadlovelies.com
Jessica Hocutt https://faithfamilyandadventure.wordpress.com
Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/blog.com
Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Shalini Austin http://jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/my-blog/
Catherine La Vite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
Annica Larsson http://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Janice Warden Bergeron http://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com
Deb Fortin http://www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Karen Mitchell http://overthemoon-design.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Marie Covert http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.ca
Johana Nunez http://artincendi.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.com
Niky Sayers http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Candida Castleberry http://www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Erin Guest http://www.renlish.com
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Ien Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Robin Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Marianne Baxter http://www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.com
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Marti Conrad http://artisancomponentmarketplace.com/martisbuttonsandbeads/2015/03/20/bead-peeps-blog-hop/
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/(Injured reserve)
Eleanor Thomas http://woolywireetc.blogspot.com
Jeanne Steck http://www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com
Gloria Allen http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Rachel Mallis http://www.mintmonarch.com/#!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Stamper http://skwds.blogspot.com
Chris Haussler http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Betony Maiden http://www.beadwenches.blogspot.com/
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog/
Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Colleen Foley http://colleenfoleycreations.blogspot.com
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Marcy Lamberson http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell http://www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Ginny Lones http://www.Skippingintotheunknown.blogspot.com
Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen http://designsbyloretta.blogspot.com
Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Louise McCormick-Glazier http://jewelrytreasuresbylouise.blogspot.com/(Injured reserve)
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Tammy Adams http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Shirley Moore http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de
Sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Pallavi Asher http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
Jami Shipp http://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com
Peggy Kosier http://www.kosydesigns.blogspot.ca/
Andra Weber http://andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com
Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Krafty Max http://kraftymax.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
Lois Sherwood http://thiznthat5454blog.wordpress.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
Rebecca Robertson   (White) http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Brandy Collier http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com
Stephanie Haussler http://www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.WordPress.com
Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Tami Norris https://jewelrybytami.wordpress.com/
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/
Peggy Johnson http://charmbarn.blogspot.com


My metal work

I would like to give a shout out to my bead swap partner Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Designs Co. for taking me as a partner with no idea what she is dealing with.  Yes, I can be a hot mess, but without viewing any samples, whoa….scary, lol!

So I finally dug out some samples of my metal work.  They were deep in storage and since I am huge preggo, it took a while.  Since moving here, I have not been hard at it as before.  With 5 kids and the 6th on the way, homeschooling, living in the bush, it gets busy.

but here are a few samples…….

copper etched

This was my first official etched copper piece.

I moved on to soldered glass pieces.  So much fun and so many ways to go!

soldered glass

And then a lil’ silver…..


A bezeled jasper stone and then……….

pearls n silver bracelet

Stamped silver with fresh water pearl bracelet…my fave!


So here is a sample of my work and more to come, unless this lil’ man comes early, which is expected, lol.

On to lampwork beads next………


Eating in the bush


Okay for a family of 7, with the 8th coming any day now, living out in the middle of nowhere has it’s challenges!  Our cabin is in a very small town, especially winter everyone heads to warmer weather.  We have 1 store/restaurant/shower/laundry/etc.. place to shop, but the prices are a lil to hard to swallow…

sliced ham $14.00

shower $7.00

wash/dry load of laundry 7.00

for a big family this is a bit out of budget

So we try to shop once every 1-2 months in bulk, this means about $2500-4000 in groceries in 1 day typically.  Talk about work!!! Plus we have a flat bed truck, loaded down top to bottom. Which has it’s cons

1.  Kids- smash kids in to truck and pack non freezer items around them, they can NOT move for the 3 hr journey home.

2. Ravens-  The ravens are in all the parking lots, waiting and watching all the vehicles looking to ravage.  I had one dig to the bottom of a box to bust open a 25lb pack of hamburger meat right in the middle.

3. Freezing- Temperatures range all the way to 50 below zero, so for a 3 hr trip home food freezes FAST!

4.  The mountain passes-  You must check temps and weather.  If the wind is blowing you can get stuck on 1 of the 3 mountain passes.  This wouldn’t be good for kids packed in for over 18 hrs or the food on the truck.

So taking all of this in mind we like to get groceries as little as possible.  Here’s some pics of one haul. About 1 months supply.

Take in mind we have a little cabin and have to find places to stash everything,lol. Everything becomes a hot mess to unpack and then put up, we are so tired from the trip. And this isn’t half of it!

I mean 10 dozen eggs, 13 boxes of cereal and 100lbs of sugar should do for a while you would think!


p.s.  I miss eating out SO MUCH!!!!! cooking 3 meals and usually a dessert or snack a day for the family gets old quick and variety gets stale.

Me and My Jewelry Making

I love jewelry design and making it from the ground up.  I use differnt types of mediums and like to combine them to make something differnt and inspirational.  I believe words have power.  The bible says there is life and death in the tongue, so I use words in my jewelry to encourage and inspire.

I love metalsmithing, using differnt metals and connections to add a flare to each piece. Silver is my favorite.  The combination of differnt metals like copper, brass and silver can give color to a piece.  Yet the simplicity of just one metal can still make the piece stand on it’s own.

Glass soldering is also a favorite of mine.  You can take differnt ideas, colors and textures to make something grand.  Glass soldering is so much fun.  This medium allows me the oppurtunity to put more words and phrases of inspiration into each piece, where as some mediums, such as lampworking, it’s hard if not impossible.

Lampworking has always intrigued me.  I have recently started lampworking and love it.  I must say it takes alot of time and dedication to get it right, but I love the challenge. Lampworking can add color or that little “pop” you sometimes need to make a piece stand out.  And lets not forget the colors, OH, how I love the colors lampwork can bring to a piece.

I am not a professional, looking to sell my artwork to every woman that crosses my path, not that there is anything wrong with that.  I am just a simple woman, who loves the art of jewelry making.  Let’s be honest jewelry making, especially sterling silver and lampwork is far from cheap.  I spend more money learning and buying tools, than I have ever made back.  It’s the experience, the art, and the meeting of new people that I love about it. I could spend a fortune in just taking classes, which I totally enjoy. Taking those techniques and using them in my pieces to inspire others is just a bonus..

I love the kind of old world style with some pop and rhinestones.  I know it can be tacky if overdone but I think glitter and rhinestones can really set off the right piece, but then again it can be “TOO MUCH”!  I love pastels especially the pinks, purples and blue/turquiose.  Yes, a lil’ girly, I know, lol.  Bold colors intrigue me, but send me running.  I am just not that bright red lipstick kinda gal.  Tho a black and white piece can be simple and so beautiful.

I love colored fresh water pearls, rhinestones, old buttons, even found pieces with that antique look.  These combined with a word or phrase, can turn into something really amazing.  I llike to add old letters and even black and white photography to add to some pieces for that little something differnt.  I once was told there are no mistakes only artistic decisions.

Oh and lets not forget resin.  The amazing 3D things you can do with resin.  The possibilities are endless.

All of these mediums, whether by themselves or mixed together for one piece, that’s what I love to do in my free time.


We are finally getting some daylight out here in the bush.  During the winter the sun comes up at after 10 am and starts to go down around 3pm.  There are months of absolutely no sunlight.  The clouds linger and make the days seem to to drag on.  This sounds depressing, but I really don’t mind them.  It makes the days seem longer, but with 5 kids and the 6th on the way there is plenty to get done, daylight or not.  Besides the I burn too easily, the sun is just not for me.