Saturday, May 22, 2010

I made this piece last summer while in the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley Idaho, one of my favorite places to camp, hike and hang out by the Salmon river.  I like to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature.   I was watching the water and was thinking about how the salmon swim all the way from the ocean to spawn, and all the dams they have to pass just to get there.  They swim over 1000 miles of water just to lay eggs.  If you go in the late summer and look closely you can see what is called "reds"  or beds where the salmon have burrowed and  laid their eggs.  I love to hike these mountains but have had a hard time this past summer as my health has not been that good.  I am hoping that this summer I will get the opportunity to go back in late August and maybe even catch the Sun Valley Artist Festival which is one of the top festivals in the nation.  Last year I met an artist who was really inspirational and took old found objects to recreate new jewelry.  I felt an immediate bond with her and made a lasting connection.  I shared some of my pieces with her including this bracelet, it would be fun to get together with her and create jewelry.  She is only 4 hours from me, but I have not had time to visit. I had a neck fusion seven weeks ago for a herniated disk and during my recovery found out my husband has prostate cancer.  We had to cancel our June vacation because he is having surgery on Monday.  Someone said there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I am waiting till times get brighter or I get to the end of that tunnel as this has been a hard year for my family.  I am doing much better as I progress through PT and am not giving up until I find the light.  I love how Jenny Doh says that "art saves" and I truly believe that.   Making jewelry or creating art takes your mind off the hard times and helps you cope with those difficult times in your life.


  1. Prayers for you and your husband Denise. Love this bracelet you made. Blessings...

  2. Sending good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery - for you and your husband. I'd like to add that 'art heals' too. Your bracelet is amazing.