Friday, March 31, 2017

Photos from the Trail: April 01, 2017 at 12:39AM

Went #hiking out in the place the locals call "The Dirt" personal stylist today was 40mph winds. #unlikelyhikers #messyhairdontcare #hikenm #nmnomad via Instagram

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 30, 2017 at 03:13PM

"Hoodoo Horizon" -Sculpted Gypsum & Calcite Hoodoos speckle the Ojito Wilderness #landscape. #blueskies #NewMexico #travelphotography via Instagram

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Balance = Rejuvenating the Etsy Shop!

Did you know I run an Etsy shop? Like the Blog badge on the right wasn't apparent enough, lol!

Yep, I've been on Etsy since 2008 (if you include my old Yarn and Crochet shop), but I've been creating and selling handmade or vintage jewelry since October, 2009.

Since moving to New Mexico, the Etsy shop updates have been less frequent... Since getting a better schedule at my current job, I have more time to devote to my true love: Arts & Crafts!

Handmade Crochet items are always popular, but since I'm the most tedious crocheter, I've been putting more and more focus on jewelry.  I love the fact that jewelry creations have a shorter time investment, but the results are always eye-catching an unique!

Single Leather-Wrap Evil Eye Protection Bracelet featuring Evil Eye Connector Bead!
Lately, most of my jewelry products have functioned as props on the CheapGeek Instagram Gallery!  CheapGeek has put his focus on watches and other accessories, so I've been blessed with quite a few features in his gallery!
Beaded Howlite Skull and Obsidian Adjustable Knot bracelet, featured on CheapGeek Instagram!

I'm also finishing up a few of my woven leather pieces, and I've already got one listed up on Etsy!

"Night on Route 66" is a FIVE ROW hand-beaded leather wrap featuring hematite skulls and a limited edition TierraCast brand Route 66 button! This is a much larger bracelet than my traditional wraps. It features five rows, and I designed it to fit men's wrists over 8 inches. So I can total picture this on a "dude's" wrist!

Square Czech-Mates Azure Beads and Sterling Bracelet

See that thread? Yep, I'm a little disappointed with my current nylon thread, but I plan to power through it since this is a piece for myself! I'm still working on a few of my bracelets, and others I'm just waiting for my supplies to come in. The Evil Eye bracelet featured in the first image is a FAV of all my friends, but the focal connector bead is always out of stock. I finally found a supplier that I can get these from on a regular basis!

In the meantime, be sure to check out my Etsy Shop here!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 28, 2017 at 12:27PM

The Approach - La Luz #Trail, Sandia Mountains. #NewMexico #hiking #nmnomad #travel via Instagram

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 26, 2017 at 02:12PM

#Sunday #Treasures: 2 great #rockhounding finds & I finished my #handmade #leather wrap bracelet with natural stone #beads! #petrifiedwood #geode #crystals #quartz via Instagram

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 25, 2017 at 03:28PM

Today's #rockhounding #haul. Not sure what the blobby white thing is in the middle? #rockcollecting #rocks #gemsandminerals #petrifiedwood via Instagram

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A quick trip to the Laguna Pueblo...for a feast!

So...while I didn't go hiking this weekend, I did get the rare opportunity to witness a feast.  The Laguna Pueblo had their St. Joseph's Feast this past weekend, and I was invited.  While this was an event that did not allow photography in some areas, some Feasts and Festivals do allow them. I hope to be invited to another soon, if not for the photography, but the GIANT frybread tacos and burgers!

Photos from the Trail: March 21, 2017 at 07:46PM

"Messy Hair, Don't Care" -when your #bestie @lovely_lights_romero invites you to your first Feast, you come as you are! A First Peoples/Native American feast invitation is an honor. Many feast/festivals have a strict no media policy, so no photos of the amazing traditional dances , sacred buildings or ceremonies, it's just something you need to witness on your own. If you're ever invited, check with locals about rules and always show as much respect as this giant Navajo taco I'm holding. #roadtrip #messyhair #nofilter #southwest #ipulledoverforthis via Instagram

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 19, 2017 at 10:47AM

"We now interrupt your regularly scheduled #hiking Insta for...." Took a day or two off hiking to check out rocks! The #dukecity had a gem and mineral show...Had to go and lighten the pockets, then fill said pockets with rocks. #albuquerque #bobatea #travelnewmexico #rockcollecting #rockhound #gemsandminerals #505 #southwest via Instagram

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 16, 2017 at 02:11PM

Obligatory #hikingboots photo! #shoutout to @keen for making a wide #hiking shoe that fits. The Men's Durand WP wide boot helped this little lady hiker scale these slippery cold rocks above frozen Jemez Falls. Jemez Springs, New Mexico. #hikenm #unlikelyhikers #nmnomad via Instagram

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 12, 2017 at 04:45PM

She's the smallest little #dog #hiker, and I'm trying to get smaller via #hiking. We're quite the #unlikelyhikers. Since moving to such a high elevation, I can't run as much as I used to, but I'm definitely going to put more energy this year into becoming a better version of me. #healthy #outdoors #thisiswhyihike #hikenm via Instagram

Photos from the Trail: March 12, 2017 at 10:40AM

"Littlest Rockhound" -not my best pic, but Pepper and I are definitely excited over this piece of #petrifiedwood we found. #rockhounding in #NewMexico just 2 miles from my house. #rockhound #hikingwithdogs #hiking via Instagram

Friday, March 10, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 10, 2017 at 09:37AM

"Whaddya mean we have to go already?" -Bender Oak at the Sandy Bluffs. El Malpais National Monument, #NewMexico. #hikingdogsofinstagram #canonfanphoto with the #Canoneos SL1. #hikingwithdogs #hiking #landofenchantment #findyourpark via Instagram

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 08, 2017 at 10:24AM

Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. El Malpais NCA, #NewMexico. #blueskies and #fluffyclouds with the #Canoneos SL1. #thisiswhyihike #canonfanphoto #findyourpark via Instagram

Monday, March 6, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 06, 2017 at 09:11PM

"Adventures Ahead" - Edit #1, #blackandwhite. This is my entry for @hikingdogsofinsta #k9perspectives contest. Bender Oak looks towards the Sandia Crest Peak. #SandiaMountains #NewMexico. via Instagram

Friday, March 3, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 03, 2017 at 10:53AM

#Goodbye #Winter - melting #icicles near Jemez Falls, New Mexico. #ipulledoverforthis #travelnewmexico #travelphotography via Instagram

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blue Chalcedony


Along with my Social Media presence being affected by work, it's also eaten into A LOT of my hiking time.  I'm LUCKY if I get a single day during the weekend for a simple day hike.

A recent short trip to Socorro allowed for some brief rockhounding, and it re-invigorated my interest in rock collecting.  Despite only a few small specimens, I was able to gather some decent Chalcedony.  I think I got myself some Blue Chalcedony! Check this out:

Chalcedony (especially Rose and Blue) used to be all the rage a few decades ago.  It makes for some lovely pendants and rings.  Recently, it's made a come-back with younger generations.  Just check places like Etsy and Pinterest....

I'll be adding it to my collection of unique stuff.  Below is a fire agate I was lucky enough to snag on a day hike in "The Dirt" and a broken botryoidal I got from my first camping trip in Socorro. 

I really love rock hounding, and hiking.  I'm lucky that New Mexico has so many places where you can do both...Now if I could just get the chance to do both more often!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Photos from the Trail: March 01, 2017 at 10:20AM

"Ugly Pretty" -A #botroyoidal #chalcedony & possible #fire #agate (feel free to let me know if I'm wrong, I'm still learning!)... #macrophotography #closeup with the #Canoneos SL1 & EF 55-250 STM lens. #rockhounding in #newmexico is awesome. #travelnewmexico #teamcanon via Instagram