I build jewelry...they build the house!

wide ring gold and ruby
Ruby in Gold Bezel Silver Chunky Ring

 Lately, I have had the honors and joy of making some new pieces.  I love setting stones and of course some are easy and some are challenging.  Wide ring bands are beautiful, but getting the bezel to curve just right on to the ring is somewhat challenging for me still.  I admit, it's like anything else..it does get easier.  

The ring above is a genuine "travenier" irregular cut ruby gemstone.  It is a beautiful stone, but it does have some inclusions and would be labeled near the industrial cut of a ruby.  It's organic and rough..in it's own way.  Very pretty, and organic looking.     I had a lot of fun watching this come together.  Need something special?  Let me know! I would love to try to make something really special for you.

green prehnite silver stacking ring

 Green Prehnite Gemstone Silver Ring

This gorgeous prehnite gemstone is just amazing as well.  Did you know that it is a natural occuring colored gemstone?  It's beautiful. Sometimes I think diamonds are just so over rated.  Go figure.  Of course I still love diamonds too...don't get me wrong!

adair home 1952 plan
adair home 1952 plan

The house is coming along as well. The roof is on and the plumbers have been out to install the bathtubs and showers already!  Today the HVAC guy was working on the heat/air system.  Gosh, at this rate maybe we can move in a little earlier? 

deschutes river woods bend oregon

And the walk to the house at lunch today was just beautiful. The canal is running and wow is it just a spectacular day to feel well and alive.  I am sincerely grateful.

Enjoy your day folks!  I will check in next week!


Framing the house...and yes..more jewelry too!

adair home 1952 plan
 Front of the 1952 Adair Home

 Well, here we are!  The house is starting to come along and the framing of it is going faster then I thought.  The trusses are not yet on, but hopefully tomorrow they will be up and going!

So far the process with Adair Homes here in Central Oregon has been awesome! I can't complain. Building a home can be so hard as there are many many many aspects that come along.  Together, with Adair and their team of people we are able to make each step happen with little strife.  

I did a LOT of research and I mean a lot of foot work when I shopped for a builder for this home.  My husband and I have been through this process once before and we felt we needed to work with a builder who would give us the greatest value and quality for our money. It is not cheap to buy or build a house today..so we wanted to be sure we could work well together.

Adair was great about exposing their suppliers, which are all local name brands.  We were also able to see several model homes and view the guts of the home all the way up to major upgrades.   Importantly, the customer service is great. People answer their phones and they do call you back pretty quick.

adair home 1952 plan
Back side of the 1952 Adair Home

We were able to buy an acre in Deschutes River Woods for a much much more affordable price then on the "prime" west side of Bend.  Although, we love the west side of Bend,  we decided that we wanted space to have an organic garden and chickens...a few workshops so we can make things and room to just be free!  It's very earthy out here.  We don't have as many Bend Park and Rec ammenitys...but we also don't have to pay those taxes either.  There are some great bike trails down the road and we are very close to the river as well.

The home we are building is shown here in this link: http://www.adairhomes.com/homes/plan/1952    The home will be the upgraded signature series.  I think it's going to be a very nice home myself!  I am truly grateful.

Although building is a lot of work, we decided to go this route because we did not want to have to find extra funds to remodel a lot of the older homes on larger lots that were in our price range.  It ends up being a lot more affordable to build...and were helping to put people back to work in our community!


gold tag letter initials charm necklace
 Mother's Necklace - Gold Letter Alphabet Charm Necklace

I have been adding a few new things to the shop...although not as much as I would like.  With the house stuff and jewelry orders I have been keeping pretty busy.  But, once I get moved in within the next 3 months...I can't wait to let it all out! 

Gold is just beautiful. I wish it were not so crazy expensive!

gold mothers birthstone ring
Mother's Ring - Gold Engraved Birthstone Ring- Name Ring

Gold is also harder for me to photograph. I don't know why.  Anyone have any tips?  But this ring is so much more beautiful in real life...   Setting flush set stones in the gold ring band was also a bit more challenging, but this ring came out great.  Colored stones are softer then diamonds and gold is harder then silver..but it worked out!

Mother's Day is just around the corner folks! I better get busy now!

Thanks for stopping in...please check back as I update the progress of the new house and yup my new workshop!  It's why were doing all of this!