fire on the mountain, porcupine quills, and brass bullet shells.

there is a wildfire here in the mountains.
it broke out about 3 hours ago.
the forest is burning near my beloved Granite Mountain.
in addition to that, my husband is a fire-fighter.
so, I have many reasons to fear these fires.
he may be gone for days, and my forest may burn.
and after reading one of my favorite BLOGS (where my friend wrote about her love for trees), 
I will just say that when I ask my daughter the question "do you know what I love?" she kind of rolls her eyes and says, "Trees."
I spend a lot of time with trees.  
and now some of my most loved ones are burning.  BIG.
on a lighter note:  
I find all sorts of things when I am out in the forests and canyons: 
some cool; some weird; some stinky.
found a porcupine on Mingus Mountain
find pockets full of brass .22 shells
deer legs
bones of all sorts
found a skunks tail (no sign of the rest of him)
an entire drip system for a garden (hmm, wonder what they were growing out there...)
nice cowboy boots
brand new Rayban sunglasses (still have them)
nice camping cup
a dry bag for canyoneering
and two days ago, husband found THIS for me while in an un-named canyon on the Mogollon Rim!  Yippee!
stay tuned for where this beauty ends up.
I have long wondered what to do with all the empty bullet shells I find while I am out wandering around the mountains and mesas.  Not any more.  
I made a test pair of earrings and wore them to the farmer's market last Saturday.
SO many compliments and sales, I just had to make some for the shop.
Also HUGE shop update and more to come.
check out these babes. Ugly, but SO cute.
a hike with an unexpected surprise
Take care,  sweet june bugs.

Wild Burros!

I have been wanting to find the burros as long as I have known they live just two hours away.
before we even got to the creek they were there; standing in front of us.
curious but wary.

cool old car in a dry wash on the way down
Burro creek wilderness area is a low desert water wonderland.  hiking, swimming, shade trees, rock walls and a tiny bit of canyoneering fun if you don't want to hike overland.
the canyon opens up to a great swimming and camping area. 
Always inspired when I've been out exploring, I came back with a few new design ideas and have they been popular!
I sold one right off my person within the first day after making one.
so fun!
the sterling silver ball chain adds a soft touch to the rugged nature of the antler and turquoise.
also in copper.
I hope May finds you elbow deep in some garden soil, high on a mountain ridge, or kissing the velvet muzzle of your favorite wild pony.
Big hugs to all my wild mountain lovin' sisters!

↠ the many lives of cervid antlers ↞

most of you know:
I collect antlers.
from deer and elk.
I find them wandering.
friends give them to me.
they are roadkill
or mountain lion kill.
every time I find one,
 I am moved to make something to honor the life it had
before I happened upon it's loveliness.
Once again,
I honor you elk
I honor you deer.
Thank You
also a few pieces
from my beloved pipestone and local turquoise