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Intentional Stones
Pittsburgh, PA
A journey through gemstones and metal to art
Interests: meditation, gemstones, beads, metalworking, travel, creative living
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Once, in a painting class, I had a teacher try to explain to me how I needed more contrast in my picture. I didn't really understand (I was 13 or 14 at the time). He reached over and dipped a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Intentional Stones
As the ever-inspirational Tim Gunn says... I've been gone a long time. Not impressed with my writing, with this blog, with my work. But I have carried on. I had a bit of a blow, professionally, this year, when I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Dragonflies in Green on Brass by IntentionalStones on Etsy I wonder... If i made nothing but dragonflies, how would I do? I tend to be happiest when i am working whimsically. Probably, I could get lost in dragonflies for a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Could you make some dark chocolate salted caramel ones? Because that salted caramel ice cream was unforgettable
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2013 on Procrastibake My Way to Cake Pops at Vanilla Icing
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According to the Book of Stones, Scapolite's good for problem solving, sticking to goals and achievements. It's a white, brown or purplish gemstone that occurs in limestone and metamorphic rocks. It is an "alteration" of feldspar minerals, meaning that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Amanda Palmer ( ) has been on my mind a lot this week. It started with her amazing TED talk about asking for what you need. ( I just can't get it out of my head. In a short 13+... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Last time I mentioned that wintertime was kind of grinding me down. I am looking for my energy back. I know that it will feel like coming back to life. My snowdrops are showing themselves and this always means I'll... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Art is love. I mean it, seriously. When I first started making things all the time, I would flit from craft to craft, to the point where any time someone wanted to do a project, i could very easily go... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Intentional Stones
I think this winter time block is an annual thing. Something to do with the end of the sales season and the self examination involved in applications. So i am working on ways to reawaken my creativity. Today, I feel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Intentional Stones is now following Linda Dessau
Feb 7, 2013
I'm heading out to a coffee shop to work on photos and the look of the blog. I'm hoping I'll come out of it reenergized and reorganized. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Intentional Stones
Intentional Stones has shared their blog Intentional Stones
Feb 7, 2013
For years now, I have been trying to find my place in the world, in craft, in art, in myself. Also at sales, in the internet, in this blog. I am very much grateful for everyone who has been here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Intentional Stones
There we be, mine buddy AR and I at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in Morelandshire (Westmoreland county). We combined forces to build a booth and everything! Needless to say, we're having a ball. It's like no other art or craft... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Intentional Stones
Filigree in process. Sort of reminds me of my blog. Nitty gritty, unpolished, pretty darn fascinating. A friend pointed out that it is ridiculous to write a blog for any reason other than to amuse myself. She has a point.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at Intentional Stones
"Everything is made of natural gemstones!" I say it in general when you first meet me. As a jewelry artist, I have to put a lot of trust in the people who mine and cut gemstones. At the moment, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Intentional Stones
Homeschooling is probably the largest part of my life, like it or not. Don't get me wrong, I deeply love having home schooled children! But school is not a cakewalk, even with three very bright kids. Maybe that makes it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Intentional Stones
Free from expectation-that's what the morning pages have always been about. Work for long enough to scrub my brain of the bits of dreams or old feelings or doubts. In days past, I've tried to do the Morning Pages suggested... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Intentional Stones
Thank you! I'm going to have to make the beads for the next one. It could be interesting...
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(This is another of those honest posts. If you want something cheerful, please go to the rest of this blog. I usually try to be more upbeat) Of the year. Of what? the expectation to grow the business AND homeschool... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at Intentional Stones
Thank you! It was a custom piece for a friend who dances with her snake. The snake herself is very inspiring.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2011 on Sketching with Beads and Metal at Intentional Stones
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Oh my goodness, I just turned on a painful episode of "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" and it's the tackiest place ever! This guy is falling into every trap I've seen. It's amazing how I can see this stuff applying to myself.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Intentional Stones
I'd love to make up a design for halloween! I love to make charm bracelets or simple pendant charms. Here's an entry containing a few. There are examples from a Christmas charm bracelet I made for a charity sale. Which Halloween symbols are you most interested in? Traditional- such as cat, pumpkin, witch? or Samhain-orange/gold/black, Harvast and possibly a photo frame for pictures of your ancestors? Please e-mail me at I'd love to make something for you!
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2011 on New Year 2011 at Intentional Stones
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The networking thing is kind of fun! It seems this year I need to work even harder on creating this kind of connection. Several of the art fairs in Pittsburgh seem to work through crafting and artists guilds. This is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Intentional Stones
John of Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry is a well educated maker of the gemstones. And he's making his own jewelry from them too! He usually works on custom pieces, (I love this piece for his daughter from a stone she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Intentional Stones