I wore some flowers in my hair…

7I9A47187I9A47267I9A47567I9A47577I9A47897I9A48377I9A48557I9A48287I9A48417I9A4903 7I9A48977I9A4879 7I9A4876 7I9A48637I9A49197I9A4908I was in San Francisco for a little more than two days.  I saw two of my dear friends there.  They poured their loving balms upon my soul.  I had a strong sense of safety in that big city with my friends by my side, something I thought I would never feel there.  I laughed a lot.  I tangled my hair in the coastal wind.  I sipped on gin.  I smiled at some chickens.  I basked in the glow of Napa and Sonoma at golden hour.  I can’t wait to return.  I can’t wait to go back.  That’s the honest truth.

I am at home now, at the strawbale house, for a little more than twenty-four hours before I leave on a river trip for the better part of week.  I have that too-taut feeling of being completely out of my creative routine but I’m ignoring it and doing my best to go with the flow.  I know as soon as I am adrift on the river, under a wide sky, I’ll have a sense of expansion and space in my heart again and I can hardly wait.

Until we meet again,

XX

 

everything is everything

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7I9A4208Luminous, mysterious kyanite!!!  Otherworldly.  I’ve had these rings partially finished, laying there forlorn and pathetic on my studio bench since February — I finally set the stones today.  I love how they turned out.

Each ring features a bezel set kyanite flanked by my textured and hammer formed flying birds; there’s a lot of movement and dimension to this design but these are rings that still manage to wear very elegantly and easily.

But let’s be honest, the stones are the thing.  This kyanite seems unfathomable and the way it holds the light is pretty unreal.  Gorgeous stuff.

You’ll find them in my shop on Monday around noon with a handful of other goodies.

XX

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NOW CLOSED :: Spring Giveaway

Thank you all for the amazing comments you left on this giveaway post!  I appreciate you taking the time.  For anyone who included a book title, movie title or music suggestion we ALL thank you because this comment section has become a place of reference we can return to.

I had Robert choose a number between 1 and 280 and he chose:

COMMENT #279

Congratulations to Benedikte!  I’ll fire you an email in a moment.

Lastly, I want to say thanks to all the men who popped by and entered a comment on this giveaway in an attempt to win this piece for their ladies!  I loved seeing you here.

Love to you all.

XX

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It’s high time we did another giveaway around here!  We have many things to celebrate lately — plenty of dreams have come true for us this year and I always love to pay that kind of joy forward as much as I am able.

This necklace is built of sterling silver and some of those beautiful little carved turquoise crosses you’ve all been going crazy for.  The pendant is flighty and open and is on a long chain so it hits just above the belly button (depending on your stature).  I can see this being someone’s summer staple paired with jean shorts and easy going, drapey tank tops that let the breeze in.

As always, to enter to win this necklace simply leave a comment on this post.  Let me know what you are most looking forward to about the coming northern hemisphere summer and if you’re in the southern hemisphere, let me know what you’ll cherish about winter!  I’m always looking for new music, new books and movies to watch so feel free to share any of those details, too.

I’ll draw a winning name sometime next week.

I love having you in my little world.

XX

Jillian

:::Post Scriptus:::

I am giving away another necklace like this one, but different, on my instagram account.  Head over there to enter your name in the drawing.

The Chukar Eternal (and a brief service announcement)

7I9A3770 7I9A3772 7I9A3774  I’ve wanted to make a necklace like this since I began upland hunting, years ago.  The wishbone you see here is actually a wishbone from a chukar that our dogs hunted by scent, pointed, Rob or I flushed and shot on the wing so we could eat it — most of you know we consume mostly (like 90%) wild meat here, meat we have gone out and worked hard for the chance to harvest from our public lands in Idaho (and also in New Mexico this year).

Anyway, if you ever wanted a simple yet elegant piece of jewelry that is truly of the West, this is it.

The spirit of the chukar is one of resilience, strength and endurance but he also has a heck of a sense of humor.  My own spirit I attach to all the work I craft is one of independence, joy, curiosity, persistence, intensity, sensibility, whimsy and perhaps a pinch of “devil may care”.  I can feel all of these things in this little sterling bone.  It’s simply beautiful.

I’ve been calling this necklace the Chukar Eternal but I suppose it’s a part of the series of jewelry I have been working on for years that I have always called Honoring Remains.  I have been wearing this necklace and while it’s beautiful on (the curves of this sterling wishbone echo the curves of my own wishbone, also known as the clavicle in the human body), it truly does hold a sense of the holy and echos the Voice that I hear when I am out on the land here — it is the wind, the sage, the spring creeks, the lava flow, the river, the snow, the lichen on the canyon walls, the clear blue sky, the squall, the very heartbeat of Idaho and my own heartbeat too, since this is as much my habitat as it is the habitat of the elk, mountain lion or chukar.

In short, it’s special.

I have run out of studio time and must help Rob haul the Airstream up to McCall to get settled for the summer but I will be offering these necklaces in the shop in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned for them.  I am also chipping away at getting a big batch of bison skull rings made for you.  Things are coming, time is tight at the moment, I appreciate your patiences so much.  I guess I just want you to know I am working hard for you and that these coming pieces are going to serve your beautiful souls so well!

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I wanted to also let you know, in brief, what this summer is going to look like for us:

The move to McCall for the fire season is a little move.  We have been jimmy-rigging the Airstream this week with a kitchen set up, a wall table and we’ve been tearing our hair out when it comes to a bathroom plan.  I don’t think I’ll have a place to shower this summer but I’ve lived in a few spots with Robert where I had to do my bathing and shampooing in rivers and lakes so I’m not stressed about it.  I’m an old hand at this kind of stuff and being a little grubby never seems to hinder my twinkle.

I will be in McCall when Robert is in McCall — when he is not deployed on long-term fires or boosting other smokejumper bases.  I will also be in McCall when the weather is very hot because the high elevation will be a lovely respite from the heat of the high desert.

I am NOT moving my studio this summer.  Yay!!!

My studio will remain at the strawbale house here on the river.  I will work in the studio when I am here at the strawbale house.  I’m going to be coming and going all summer so I can tend my veggie garden here, make jewelry, pick up mail from the PO Box here and make sure the cat has kibbles in his auto-feeder.

When I am in McCall, I will not have WIFI service unless I am in a coffee shop.  This means my ability to answer emails will grind to a bit of a halt this summer.  Forgive me for that.  When I do get a chance to do computer work, I will be taking a triage approach to my inboxes as I did last summer wherein I answer what is absolutely urgent and necessary.  Once those emails are taken care of, I will carry on to less urgent emails.  I am sorry, in advance, if you write and I fail to get back to you in a timely manner or if I fail to respond at all!  I always feel awful about my inability to keep up with the email inbox which gets especially backed up in the summer months.

I do hope to do at least one shop update a month over the course of the fire season.  I have many beautiful ideas in my heart right now that I cannot wait to work on!

If you pass through Boise or McCall on your travels this summer please give me a holler!  I’d love to go swimming or fishing or iced tea sipping with you!

Ok.  I think that’s it.  Oh, I’m going to post a giveaway here and another on my Instagram account tomorrow so stay tuned for that!

XX