Choosing the Right Engagement Ring
Vivian From The Handmade Letter Shop on Etsy posed a few questions to me on types of engagement rings and settings and what I have come across helping my customers choose the right ring for them.
Vivian has a beautiful blog so be sure to take a minute after reading my interview to see all the great articles she has there.
Mother's Day Gift Guide 8 Things Mom would Really Love Mother's Day is fast approaching. If you are the kid that runs into CVS before brunch every year for a card and a bunch of flowers that are less than fresh, let me help you out with a few ideas that she will really love. Most are affordable and some can even be done last minute. 
1. Your Time:  Schedule a special day for you and her to spend some time together. It could be mani/pedis at the spa. A trip to her favorite museum or art event. Even a class that you can do together. "Plant nights" are a cute thing that are popping up across the country where you spend the evening making a terrarium to take home. If plants aren't her thing how about a night of wine and painting? Those things are everywhere.   
2. Plants Not the dying ones for the grocery store or the pharmacy chain. Have one of these super adorable kits shipped to her - we don't all live close enough to do plant night together, but she can build…
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Free Casting Aluminum into an Ant Hill

Ever wonder what an ant colony looks like under ground? This professor uses free casting of aluminum to make a casting of the ants tunnels. So amazing.
My TV Debut!

I made my tv debut recently on a local show here in Louisville called Great Day Live.
I was terrified! I am a very nervous public speaker - It is my biggest fear actually.
I am teaching a class at our new Artist Co-op called "Etsy Success" about tips and tricks to be a better Etsy seller.
They wanted to do a segment specifically on Selling on Etsy and the class so I was the go to. Its really great PR for the Co-op so I couldn't bring myself to say no.
My family teased me about being the next youtube sensation if I vomited on live tv, but I made it though and discovered it wasn't as hard as I thought. I just have to learn to not talk with my hands. I don't know if that is possible.
Here is the link to watch for yourself :

Ps - I'm the redhead.
Custom Wedding Set

A custom wedding set, made with a lab created emerald in a sterling silver "cake" ring.
Wedding band made with hammered sterling  center and 14kt yellow gold rolled edge. 
The cake rings are available in my etsy shop with a variety of different gemstones.

Custom Work

I've been keeping busy with custom work lately, which I love to do. Its an exercise in problem solving and stretches my creative imagination. 
The princess shaped rings were part of a birthstone series for a really fabulous customer. 
Lab created alexandrite and citrine were used. The alex was so dreamy in its color I didn't want to send it away when it was finished.

This juicy peridot was damaged near one of the edges and sentimental to the customer, so we decided on a bezel that would hide the damage
and protect the stone also.
The bright silver really shows off the brightness of this stone.