Starting Over

Retirement is boring so Thom and I will be at space #35 starting this Friday at: Neely’s Korner, 1125 N Lowell Rd in Golden Valley, AZ 86413. It is on Hwy. 68 at mile marker 21. The hours are 8-3 FRI-SAT-SUN.

If you’re anywhere near, Kingman, Laughlin, or Golden Valley, come meet me in person…Not that far from Vegas…

All I can tell you is our booth WON’T look any of our old booths (below), because we thought we’d NEVER do shows again, and everything is in storage in South Dakota…so…starting from scratch…Thom is building tables today. I am carding earrings…I don’t look like this anymore either…glory days…

Got to start somewhere….


Dry Mining For Gold In Kingman Arizona

We heard that there’s gold in them there hills.

I joined the local gold prospecting club in Kingman Arizona because nowadays, it’s pretty hard to find land that hasn’t had the mineral rights claimed. When you join the club, you get a map and permission to mine on their mining claims.

Otherwise, you have to research the claims, which is more work than I want to do. The problem out here in Kingman is that it’s dry. Thom has panned on and off for years all over the country and he told me he didn’t like dry mining and I see why. The drive and the hike is great, I like that part.

It’s an adventure to find the mines, and it’s a lot of driving out on rough dirt roads, best if you have a 4 wheel drive.  We’re old so we haven’t figured out how to use the GPS on our new cell phones, but I think we will next time out. The directions are not exactly perfect, they don’t give you exact miles between turns, but we managed to find it anyway. The club signs are beat up and hard to read, but they are there.

Lots of black sand out there which means there is gold, too. Not that easy to find in dry mining, lots of work, lots of digging.

Our brand new Home Depot shovel plastic handle broke within the first 5 minutes, so we didn’t get but a ½ bucket and returned the shovel when we got back. They did however, give us a credit, so we bought another shovel and thought we’d go to garage sales and look for a used shovel with a better handle. Seems like you can’t buy just a handle here in Kingman.

The drive out to the claim (except for the chemtrails) was really nice.

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Saw some beautiful cactus out there, at least 5 different kinds. I’d love to go photograph them when they are in bloom; especially the barrel cactus. These looked like they may be blooming. The ends almost look like a flower.

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Set it up to pan the dirt in a gold pan and a big square pan full of water underneath. It took me all of 5 minutes to decide I’d rather just photograph the process. Boring…

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So in the end, just a lot of black sand…We didn’t find any gold…I’m sure it’s a lot more exciting when you actually find flecks of gold or better yet, a nugget…


Hand Painted Pet Portrait Jewelry


Hand Painted Pet Portrait

Send me your favorite head shot photo of your pet and I will hand saw the shape and hand paint it for you or as a special gift to a loved one.
1) Send me a picture
2) I’ll crop it and get your OK
3) I’ll make it and send you a pic for your final approval
4) I’ll ship it out and you’ll absolutely love it!
I will make it roughly 25 mm (one inch) in size unless you request it be made smaller or larger.
You can also order from my current selection, bearing in mind each will always be unique since each one is hand sawed with a tiny jeweler’s saw and hand painted. Each piece is then sealed with a clear protective finish.
The group picture is of brooches but you can order a magnetic eyeglass holder with the wire loop to hold your glasses.
Two strong neodymium magnets serve as a magnetic clasp to hold the piece on a jacket, blouse or scarf without damaging the fabric. One magnet is attached to the piece; the other goes inside your clothing, making it very easy to put on and take off.

Custom Hand Painted Cat Portrait



Dicroic Glass Eyeglass Holder

This is made from a beautiful piece of dichroic glass in oranges greens, gold and black. It’s hard to convey the beauty of the shimmering colors in a photograph.
I mounted it on a black aluminum rectangle with a brass wire lanyard. I love the way it looks like a little framed painting!
The piece is held on with neodymium magnets so there is never any damage to your clothes. The unique wire wrap loop holds your glasses securely and keeps them handy.
The beautiful colors of melted glass complements any outfit, making you feel beautiful and stylish..
Magnetic eyeglass holders are held on clothing with two extremely strong neodymium magnets that never cause any damage to the clothing. Reading glasses or sun glasses can be hung from the hand wrapped wire loop. Badges or I.D.s or badge reels can also be hung on the loop or keeps your glasses close and easy to quickly put them on when needed and then hang them in the loop when you don’t.


Fused Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace With Swarovski Crystal Accents

Fused Sterling Necklace

I used a torch to fuse sterling silver sheet and wire together at around 1600 degrees. Creating each piece is an adventure, because although I have a lot of control and experience, silver sometimes melts in unexpected ways, making each piece one of a kind. I set Swarovski crystals into the piece with cold pour enamel for a more contemporary look and used a silver hook and eye clasp. The total length is 16.5 inches. The glass and crystal beads are strung on tiger tail.
Signed, dated and copyrighted by Laura Wilson.
Handmade in the USA.