NOW CLOSED ::: Christmas Giveaway

As always, thank you all for contributing to this comment section and taking the time to enter your name in the drawing for this necklace.  I know this giveaway was more labor intensive then simply leaving an emoji on an Instagram photograph and I want you to know that your time, your thoughtfulness, is deeply appreciated.

I asked Robert to randomly select a winner for this necklace and he chose Rachel of “The Sagebrush Sea”, who simply said, “Thank you for being a light.”

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you, always, for being a part of my world.



 7i9a7599Behold, my Christmas giveaway!  At long last.  I bet you thought I forgot about you.

This year I put together a necklace featuring one of my bison skulls, a gaggle of iolite and one of those huge silk tassels I’ve been working with for a couple of years now (they’re SO festive) — everything is suspended from a glorious opera length chain.  As always, this giveaway is in honor and appreciation of you and your support.  All you need to do to enter in the drawing for this piece is leave a comment on this post so I know you were here.  Make your comment as short or as long as you like.  Tell me what dreams you are cooking up for the new year.

(I’ll leave this giveaway open until comments begin to taper off!)

Thank you for being a part of my little world in 2016, for helping to pay our mortgage, for buying our groceries, for feeding our cats and dogs, for putting gas in the Tacoma and diesel in the Cummins, for helping us to pay our closing costs on our new little farm, for funding our jury-rigged kitchen in the Airstream so we could live with a little comfort during the fire season, for helping me to buy Rob a riding mower (it’s a Deere), for paying our vet bills, for paying for our big game hunt tags, for paying for our teeth cleanings, for helping to cover the cost of a new naturopath MD I’m seeing for my thyroid disease, for a new pair of fire boots for Robert…for everything.  When you choose to support me as an independent artist it contributes to our life in very real ways.  You get a cocktail ring and then I buy a few bags of groceries.  How real is that?!!  We are eternally grateful to you and for you.

All of this is to say, from my little family to you and yours:

Thank you for your support this year and for the past 9 years.  Merry Christmas.  I look forward to entering into my tenth year of small business and seeing how the year evolves and unfolds, and naturally, I look forward to serving your souls, uplifting you and shining all the light I can into the shadowy parts of life.

Onward and upward.  Always.



NOW CLOSED :: Nine Sweet Years :: GIVEAWAY

Thank you all for celebrating with me and for the kind sentiments you left in the comment section on this post.  You’re the best.

The winner is comment #86 — randomly generated, of course.

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I’ve never had a man win a giveaway before but there’s a first time for everything!  Mister Andrew Bell, you’ve won this Caesura Necklace for your beautiful bride.  I hope she loves it.

Again, thank you all!



Way back yonder in July (which seems so long ago now), The Noisy Plume turned 9 years old which means I’ve been messing around with metal for a full decade now.  Some of you have been with me from the very beginning and some of you found me only moments ago but I want to tell you thanks, with all my heart, for being a part of my little world.  I couldn’t have built my tiny empire if it wasn’t for your tender loving care, your appreciation for handcrafted jewelry, your craving for images of wild spaces and the words to go with them.  I’ve grown, learned and changed so much, so has this little business of mine, so have you…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The bottom line is, I love to create for you.  I’m not going to stop.  Here’s to many years more of you and I — of us.

As always, simply leave a comment on this blog post to enter your name in the drawing for this Caesura Necklace.  I wish I had 100 to give away.  If the spirit leads you, I am giving away a second (and different) necklace over on my Instagram account and I’d love to see you drop your name in the hat there, too.  Men, enter your names for you wives, daughters, nieces — all are welcome and I am happy to ship internationally.  I’ll leave this giveaway open until commenting tapers off and I feel like closing it, regardless, don’t delay entering!

I cherish you.

Roll on, you beauts.



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:


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.



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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.



:::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.

NOW CLOSED :: Christmas Offering :: A Thank You

Thank you all for dropping your names in the hat for this giveaway — your comments were really and truly heartwarming…a marvelous way to end 2015 and push me forward into 2016 in the studio.

The winner is:
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Congratulations, Melissa!

Happy New Year, everyone!


7I9A8088 7I9A8098 7I9A8100 7I9A8121Moonstone, chrysoprase, glass, pyrite, turquoise, silk and my “Bend and Not Break” motif in sterling silver makes for a simple, festive thank you for your support in 2015.  And this small thing I have to give away is so inadequate!  Your support puts diesel and gas in our trucks, pays our mortgage (or now, our rent), helps pay for further refurbishing work on our Airstream (our summer home), buys our groceries, covers our health bills, teeth cleanings, eye exams, vet bills and perhaps most importantly of all, it puts kibble in the dog and cat food dishes.  When you choose to support me as an independent artist, you support my family.  We are nothing without you.  You hold us up.

I thank you, we thank you, with all our hearts.

I hope to continue to serve you as best as I can with cameras, words and metal in 2016.

In the meanwhile, if you’d like a chance to win this necklace, please simply leave me a comment in the comment section of this post so I’ll know you were here.  I’ll draw a winning name sometime after Christmas.


I am giving away a second necklace through my Instagram account.  Head on over to double your chances.

Have a beautiful, restful, meaningful Christmas holiday, dear ones.


Jillian, et al.

7I9A80817I9A8016[The tree this year is a vision, wild and sublime, featuring a mule deer rack as a topper, a simple festooning of pheasant tail feathers and elevated by a couple of feet on a huge cottonwood round — I cannot even express how merry it makes this little strawbale house of ours.  We are blessed, we are warm and joyful of soul, we celebrate with every cell of our beings, the birth of the Savior.]

NOW CLOSED :: Equinox :: And A Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on this post.  I’ve had Robbie choose three numbers between 0-81 and his winning selections are:

Comment #19:  Caileigh

Comment #22: Kate Reilly-FitzPatrick

Comment #73:  Lynn


IMG_5326 IMG_5329 IMG_5330 IMG_5335I shot the images for this postcard pack in September with the word EQUINOX ringing in my heart —  derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), I’m talking about that fine day in September when our world, here in the Northern hemisphere, hangs steady for a night and then tips towards winter.  Have you ever visualized our beautiful, watery planet, catching a little hang-time, and then lilting quietly in a new direction, it’s like galactical tempo rubato.

I was thinking about the shift in seasons, the even blend of day and night, the magic of the harvest moon rising, the fascinating relationship between the fade and bloom of the wildflowers and the white of brittle bone.  I was thinking about elk bugle, wolf hackles, frost and the wild cry that is within me every single moment of every single day, that voice that tells me to go out and feel it all, that voice that tells me to stand on the top of a mountain and take my place in the arms of the wind.


Well, I finally have the images printed and in hand over a month later!  The best laid plans…sometimes take a little extra time.

The images feature some of the last gasp blooms of summer (wild sunflower, Rocky Mountain bee plant, and a bit of rabbit brush), various bones, cured grouse wings, aspen cuttings, barnacles, silk thread, turquoise, river rocks…all whimsically arranged and then photographed in still life format. I have historically printed 4×6 postcard images for you but this batch of images is printed on 5×7 heavy duty, high quality papers.  BEAUTIFUL!  If you plan to use them for actual letter writing, there’s more space to pen your thoughts and love to your friends which, as you may have guessed, I am delighted by.  If you plan to pin them to walls or frame them, there’s a little more bang for your buck in terms of surface area.

Image packs come with four images each, as well as one gifty card in 4×6 format, like I always do.  You can find them in the shop later today.

Lastly, I’m going to give away three image packs right here on my blog so if you would like a chance to win one please drop me a line in the comment box so I’ll know you were here when I go to do the drawing.



I have an interview up over here!

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