Friday, November 4, 2011

Heart You!

Sterling Silver and Fresh Water Pearls
available at

I'mmmm Baaaccck... SunFlower Earrings

Sterling Silver, Copper Petals and Blue Turquoise Glass Beads - SOLD

Sterling Silver, Copper Petals and Hematite Beads
available at

Sterling Silver with Carnelian Beads - SOLD

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Garnet and Serpentine; Sterling Silver Pendant

Ruby Josite, Pink Tourmaline, and Labradorite; Sterling Silver Pendant

Onyx and Sterling Silver Feather Earrings
available at

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

August 13, 2008, my grandmother really wanted to be here for this day; she would have been 100, but unfortunately she passed away four months too soon. Her spirit will be remembered, cherished, and celebrated always. On this special day, I've been looking forward to sharing some pictures. Enjoy!
The question I'm always asked, since I am one, is "Linda, where really do fairy princesses come from?" On this special day, I guess it's OK to let the family secret out. Below, with my grandma in the center, is the truth. But, Shhhhhhh... Remember, it's our little secret and it will never be spoken of again.
Opal Van Valkenburgh with her six great-grandchildren on December 26th, 2001.
(From back-to-front, left-to-right) Henry, Dusty (mine!), Christopher, Alex, Great-Grandma, Francis, and Dylan (yep, this one's mine too!). And yes, Francis has got the fairy princess thang goin' on too. Grandma's great-granddaughter doesn't fall far from the tree. Oops... Ok, this time it will never be spoken of again. Swear...
Happy Birthday Grandma!
Love you!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Funny story to go with the picture:

Last week I saw this Woodland Fairy Tutu on I showed it to my husband and mentioned that it would be fun for me to wear during our walks in the woods near our home. Or another idea, I wear it when my teenage sons are having their friends over. My husband thought it would be humorous too. For Easter, he told me to order it as a present from him. I did.

Tina, the gal that makes the tutu, just emailed me and asked, "how large is your daughter? Would you like the tutu in a toddler or child size?" Too funny! I emailed her back, and while dragging my foot across the ground in embarrassment, I told her it was for me. I explained that I was an average 49 year old: not too big, not too small, a little on the eccentric side, so a large child sized tutu would probably fit. Tina replied back, "I wondered when this was going to happen..."

Am I crazy or what?! Probably scar my boys for life! (She said, while rubbing her hands together and nervously giggling...) Now I just got to find a magical woodland fairy wand...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I am in a wearable arts - spring fling charm exchange, at, and I just finished my charms. In the exchange, you submit 10 charms that you've made, and get back the same amount from other wearable artists. Fun! I ended up making form folded copper, sterling silver, turquoise and coral Morning Glories. Something new for me and I LOVE THEM!!! Other than needing a tetanus shot, for all the cuts on my hands, they turned out fantastic. I'm hoping to make more to incorporate future jewelry pieces.

The Process

The Result

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Onyx, Carnelian and Sterling Silver Earrings - SOLD

Garnet, Freshwater, Tourmaline and Sterling Silver Earrings - SOLD
Carnelian, Onyx and Sterling Silver Earrings - SOLD

Apple Jade, Freshwater Pearls, Amethyst, Turquoise, Tourmaline,
Peridot and Sterling Silver Domed Earrings

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dun Du Du Duuuuh... It's my birthday!!! I turned Ooooh-My-Gawd I'm 49 today. Yes, and thanks for pointing it out; I do realize that next year I turn I'm Freakin' Ancient 50... Anyhow, I spent my Ooooh-My-Gawd I'm 49th birthday morning digging through some old, old, old, almost Freakin' Ancient family pictures. And I got the idea, rather than posting pictures of jewelry, I thought I'd post a picture of the birthday girl (me) when she had her Ahhh, She's Sooo Precious, 1st birthday. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I'm still precious, but Ooooh-My-Gawd...

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Making a Sterling Silver Bracelet
Using Beginning Wire Technique

with Linda Van Valkenburgh-Mills
Saturday, May 3, 12-4 p.m., $80
(includes kit to make your bracelet. You supply your own beads.)
Wire is everywhere in jewelry today. To learn the basics and more, this class is what you need to get started, or to expand your wire skills. Students will be introduced to wire working tools and their proper use. They will then explore single and double wrapped eye loop, coil caged beads, headpins, jump rings, clasp and finishing techniques. You will leave this class with a solid knowledge of wire working skills and techniques, and your own beautiful sterling silver wire and bead bracelet.

Paisley Earrings ~ Tourmaline and Sterling Silver

Available Online at
Rock Crystal Briolette, Freshwater Pearls, and Sterling Silver

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Onyx and Sterling Silver

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Opalite and Sterling Silver

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Freshwater Pearls, Labradorite Teardrop, and Sterling Silver

Friday, October 19, 2007

New Earrings Today!
Light blue Angelite squares with white flecks,
wrapped in Sterling Silver and complemented
with an apricot colored glass bead.
Love the colors!

And here are two pair of earrings
that go with the Autumn Necklace,
posted on October 16th.
Sterling Silver & Serpentine.

Sterling Silver, Serpentine & Amethyst

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Necklace!
Serpentine, Amethyst, Garnet, Freshwater Pearls & Amber
Sterling Silver, Black Leather Cord,Forged Sterling Silver Hook Clasp
Length 25"
Available Online at
Autumn Necklace
Sterling Silver & Copper
Olive Jade, Carnelian, Freshwater Pearls & Onyx

Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Wire with Yellow Jade Drops

Vintage Press Glass Wrapped in Sterling Silver with Freshwater Pearls

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sterling Silver and Copper
Garnet Cabochon
Embellished with Garnets, Freshwater Pearls, Carnelian,
Peridot, Citrine, Sunstone, and Vintage Glass Beads

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Something New!!! Two views of a sterling silver and copper bracelet. Metals were milled and then forged. Picture windows have cold connections, rivets. Fall is coming!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sterling Silver, Carnelian and Serpentine
Sterling Silver, Freshwater Pearls, Opalite Czech Pressed Glass Flowers
Available at the Ashford Gallery ~ Winthrop, Washington
Sterling Silver Viking Weave Bracelet with Copper Keishi Freshwater Pearls
(A lot like the white keishi pearl one I made several months ago)

Saturday, June 30, 2007

The first two pictures are of my latest donation to Beads of Courage, a support program run in several hospitals for children undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious illnesses. The children are given lampwork beads to string on a necklace or bracelet, to mark certain steps in their treatment.
A Few Bumps Along The Road of Life
Sterling Silver Pin

Two Sterling Silver & Fused Dichroic Glass Cabochon Rings

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Some of my lampwork beads, lots of dots.

More of my lampwork beads. They are displayed/photographed on copper wire.