It’s time once again for the monthly EtsyMetal Team Blog Carnival! This month we are showing a pictorial article of just a few of our favorite things. A great way to get to know our members! Please click on other members blog links at the bottom of this article!


Vintage Painted Porcelain Buttons


The Horses


Willow Creek Jasper Large Cabochon


My favs! Vibram FiveFingers!!


Best Big Dog Ever!


The Birds


The Mountain Bike


Best Little Dog Ever!

Anne Walker

Andrea Ring

Debbie Ritchie

Lara Jane Bouton

Peggy Foy


Cynthia Del Giudice

Beth Cyr


The EtsyMetal Team Blog Carnival theme this month is “What’s In Your Jewelry Box?”.

Well, just so happens I love this subject! My jewelry box is an ever-changing thing. I’ll show you some of what I am currently wearing along with a bit of meaning behind it. Of course this is not everything in my jewel collection, but just a few things that have made it to the front of the box at this moment.

These are a few things made by my dear and extremely talented friends Letitia Hill of Raven Hill Designs and David Lloyd Stewart. The three of us are all born on the 12th day of our birthday months. We are known as Club-12. !!


This colorful necklace was made and given to my by my sister-in-law. It contains silver charms which were part of a charm bracelet belonging to my late mother-in-law. Each and every charm represents a special event in her life. This has a ton of meaning to me and will be passed to my children when I am gone.


Around ten years ago I found jewelry made by Kim Wheeling, an artist in Utah. I fell in love with his Edwardian reproductions and bought as many as I could afford at the time. He has since passed away. These are 18K gold settings with super high quality stones. I LOVE these!


When I was a girl my mother would buy me rings with black onyx and small diamonds. Those rings I lost in my irresponsibly as a youth. I have a very special place in my heart for these old rings. They are usually set in 10K gold, sometimes 14K. I have a small collection and keep adding to it each year. This is one of my absolute favorite styles of jewelry!


I have several pieces that were left to my by relatives, some I have owned since I was a girl and some I have purchased over the years. These pieces fall into one of those categories. I wear these often and love them dearly.


See what other EtsyMetal Team members have to say:

Laney Clark ~ SilentGoddess

Danielle Miller



Anne Walker


Fenton Design


The Blog subject of the month is a discussion on what changes have occurred in the time we have been in the jewelry business. Even in the short time I have been selling my wearables I have seen some changes. I’ll bullet point a few:

*  From the Brick-And-Morter to the World-Wide-Web. I do remember when there were a lot more shops around town selling jewelry and, for that matter, everything else. So many of them closing the doors in recent years. Buying and selling on the web has become more convenient for both buyers and sellers. The internet has changed so much about our lives and relationships.

*  Digital Photography.  It has become much more affordable to own a decent digital macro camera. Thus, better ability to see the nitty gritty detail of the jewelry (this goes hand in hand with selling online). People are more likely to shop online when they can see the very close details of the product. That having been said, there are still a lot of people who like to touch and feel a piece of jewelry before making a purchase.

*  Art/Craft Shows. One upon a time you could throw down your tapestry, lay out your jewelry and accept cash or check. The show was a place to mingle with old friends, meet some new ones, leave with a pocket full of dollar bills, happy customers and a few new friends. Today there is a lot of red-tape and high cost of booth space. We can be much more productive in accepting credit cards with the smart phones, better lighting and display methods. Generally (not all) the shows have become larger.

In summary a lot has changed but many jewelers use traditional, old fashioned techniques in their designs. Perhaps there in lies that special thing that we call handmade.

I do like change. However ,I am drawn to things of the past. The good ole days, really were.


Enjoy reading what other EtsyMetal Team members have to say:



Please enjoy reading Blog articles by members of the EtsyMetal Team!

This month the EtsyMetal Team is writing about our summer plans.

Summer marks the start of the concert season here in New Mexico. Concerts are something we do as a family. I usually grab tickets as soon as they go on sale. So far I have tickets to see Rob Zombie with Five Finger Death Punch and Alice Cooper with Marilyn Manson. I look forward to seeing these bands as they do not come to NM very often. We like a wide variety of music to include heavy-Metal, country, hip hop and old-school Rock.


the Scorpions Godsmack ~ 2012 ABQ

I’ll be working on improving my chicken coop with protective fencing so that they can stay in one area safely. We have preditors such as coyotes, hawks, owls and raccoons (they eat eggs and baby chicks).  The horse pen needs some re-vamping as well. Oh so much to do!

And… of course I will be making new jewelry which I so look forward to!

Read on…

Laura Jane Bouton

Lou Hunter

Andrea Ring

Anne Walker

A glimpse into the “who we are” at EtsyMetal this month! The Blog Carnival is a monthly topic on various subjects that the members of the EtsyMetal Team write about. The list of participants for this month are listed at the end of my article. Please enjoy clicking to each member’s blog article for some very diverse and interesting reading!

I live in an adobe house in the great Southwest, USA. New Mexico is a beautiful state which holds a lot of inspiration for me as an artist. From the lovely sunsets, unique New Mexican Cuisine and the Sandia Mountains to the fall Chile harvest, the colors here are warm and amazing.

Pictures tell a thousand words so here is a small pictorial view of where I live:







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lou Hunter

Laura Jane Bouton


Inbar Bareket

Laney Clark

Abella Blue

Cynthia Del Giudice

Erin Austin

Deborah Lee Taylor

Anne Walker

Theresa Kwong

Welcome to the monthly EtsyMetal Blog Carnival!

We are a group of EtsyMetal Team members sharing our experience on a common topic. Follow what other members have to say by clicking on the links at the bottom of my post.

This month’s Topic: EtsyMetal Pets

Enjoy these pictures of some of the animals we have in and around our humble abode. Your comments are welcome!

Have a look at other Etsymetal members Blog Posts:


Beth Cyr


Evelyn Markasky

Erin Austin

Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal

Lou Hunter

Cynthia Del Giudice

Welcome to our EtsyMetal monthly Blog Carnival!
Blog Carnival is about a group of our members sharing their experience on a common topic.
This month’s Topic: “The Five senses”
Describe your 5 senses. Which are your favorites and least favorites?
Honestly, I just feel lucky to have all 5 senses. My sense of smell is not as acute as it used to be but I can still hear, see, taste and feel pretty well. As for favorites, I think that seeing beautiful color would rank right up there. As an artist most of my inspiration comes from the things that I see. Hearing a good talk or “talkin’ too” also fuels my artistic endeavors. For shear pleasure, my sense of taste is something I really appreciate. Hearing the birds chirp in the New Mexico mornings is simply magnificent. Of course there is always the texture of touching something that certainly inspires art. The thing about the senses is all of them can conjure up feelings of a past place in time.
It is said that ancient Egyptians believed that humans have the capacity for 360 senses.
Now that would boggle my mind!
Follow this topic with EtsyMetal participants:
Beth Cyr
Victoria Takahashi
Cynthia Del Giudice
 Lou Hunter
Inbar Bareket
Abella Blue
Quercus Silver