Peace is a ladybug

How to start New Year’s day: find in inbox this drawing sent by a delightful customer whose daughter is wise beyond her years. Proceed accordingly.

Drawing by Stella Blue. A very Happy New Year to John, Kathy & Stella  :)  with thanks.


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Holiday house

Just a few favorite holiday moments

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Winter solstice

Only a few days left, everything is a blur. I step out from the kitchen, warm and scented with lemon, rosemary, chocolate and spice. The early night air feels sharp, the chill jarring after the whirl of warm baking sheets and sugary smudges.

Bundled up with packages and places to be, I juggle in winter’s first dusky eve to quickly pull the cover off my tiny old car and stow it in the trunk before hopping in to crank the engine and turn the heat all the way up.

The cold air carries a sound, though, and it’s growing louder, louder. I look up into the darkening sky and now I know the sound, a flock of geese in the distance, and I wait to see the familiar V formation pass overhead… there is just a hint of light left, barely enough to see as the cloudy moonless night descends, but the shadowy shapes begin to appear in the distance. They break from behind the trees across the way and I realize it’s not a V at all, it’s a massive flock all honking and crying, keeping everyone together and filling the sky as they speed across my line of sight. In barely an instant they’re gone and the sound quickly fades as though absorbed into the clouds.

I stand there for just a moment and recall… where was I going? On this winter’s night the geese are not distracted, they know just where they are going, and in this uncertain world I suddenly have no doubt at all that they will reach their destination.

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Sparkly season

Christmas wishes on the way  :)

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Thankfulness giveaway – 2017

Last year I had fun sending out a pretty fall leaf to one lucky gal, so much so that I am at it again this fall season.  It’s a gesture of thanks for the lovely comments, feedback & support I receive through the year.  Those words of encouragement mean a lot!  This year the giveaway is a hand fabricated sterling silver leaf of seeded eucalyptus on a sterling chain.  Here’s how to participate-

To claim a chance – it’s easy – visit the Artigiano Instagram page, and look for the ‘giveaway’ post.

Sign up to follow the instagram page (I promise it will only be pretty) and post a comment under that post (giveaway) to enter.  I’ll be picking from a jar of names by December 15th & shipping off this eucalyptus pendant (1.75″h x 1″w) to one lucky winner before Christmas.

* shipping will be via standard usps to a residential address only *

And thanks.  I mean it.

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and so it begins :)

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Holding on to the last of the summer days…

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High summer snaps

Just a few snippets from around here this summer!

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Midsummer passion

Flower that is. Long a summer favorite of mine, and giving this a go has on my ‘to-do’ list for ages. Cross that off. All hand-fabricated, large passion flower and vine jointed bracelet in sterling silver with amethyst center stone.
price on request.

Midsummer note: first firefly of the season spotted 6-20, 8:37PM, backyard. :)

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