life’s adventures.

Lately life has been more about my adventures AWAY from metalsmithing than adventures IN metalsmithing.  In early 2012 I became pregnant and chose at that time to step away from the studio.  I wasn’t 100% sure what the risks to my pregnancy were with many of the materials I use, so I decided to err on the side of caution and close up shop.

In October 2012 our daughter was born, and life hasn’t slowed down since.


In the 17 months that followed I poured all I have into being a mother to my daughter.  The journey has certainly had its ups and downs (and will continue to do so), but it’s been an amazing trip so far – and isn’t nearly done yet!  The next stop on our adventure is located deeper into the depths of parenting as we are preparing to add another member to our family.  Baby #2 is due on June 5th, 2014.  Our daughter has no idea how her world is about to change – and neither do we, to be honest!


With the bigger family came a bigger house, which is awesome, but it also meant that I had to leave my studio behind.  Over the next 12-18 months we hope to build a new studio for me in part of the unfinished basement.  While I’m very excited about designing a studio from scratch, I’m not nearly as excited about finding the time and money to make it happen.  But, I have faith that we’ll find a way to get me back up and running on or near the time when I’m ready to do so.

For now, I’m just enjoying my job as “Mommy”.  I’m excited to meet Baby #2 and to watch both of our children grown and develop into the individuals they are destined to become.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . .”
~ Henry D. Thoreau