Hello world!

Posted: November 24, 2012 in My Travels

While waiting for a big change in residence, I have decided to start a journal/blog to document my transition. Once I have landed and rooted back into the earth, I will share with you all that I have learned in my life’s journey.  From my heritage to my current crafts and all things in-between. Here goes…I hope to entertain you and possibly inspire you.

Who knows where this will take me. Moving closer to family and old friends in the west and leaving some friends I have made here is very bitter-sweet. Those who I have connected with in the past 13 years (my lucky number) will be with me in my heart and I am so very grateful for their friendship and knowledge they have shared with me. My very close true friends, Terri and Aracelis will be with me forever, no matter what distance separates us. They have been my muses and beside me through thick and thin. I am so very grateful to my dance and drum teachers and my fellow dancers and drummers I have met through my time here in Orlando. I hope our paths will cross again.  Now, for the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

Onward I go…hope you will follow me. 🙂


Switching it up a bit…

Posted: June 22, 2014 in The Nest

Hello Everyone!

I have not been blogging in a while. Had my right hand in a brace and it was quite hard to type. Learned how to use my left hand and am now in my right mind. 🙂

My focus has been on going back to dancing, gardening, canning and cooking/baking, since there has been no interest in my jewelry designs this year.

So… I am switching gears and keeping myself busy.

Kali (my dance instructor) and I had a great Belly Dance Meet-up last Wednesday. Lots of dance costumes to sell and swap/trade.   I had the chance to meet some other dancers from Fillmore, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.




Have been searching recipes online and experimenting with “meals in a jar”. Purchased a bunch of goodies from Honeyville,  www.honeyville.com and made 3 dishes that have been “family approved” by my picky eaters, so I will make some jars up this coming week and post some pics.  They have some wonderful recipes in their blog as well, so check them out if you are interested in giving meals in a jar a try. I am trying to stay more on the low carb, Paleo, sugar-free and vegetarian (weaning off of red meat). Need to drop a few pounds and get back on a healthier track.


Started my plants in pots garden of tomatoes, celery, mint, chocolate mint, basil, arugula, sage, yellow zucchini and dandelion (for my dragons). I was so excited to see my first tomato start!




Made the BEST bread yesterday and topped it with my home-made ghee and cream cheese.  Look…there is not much left and I know I will be making more tomorrow!  It called for ground chia seeds but I just threw in the seeds without grinding and it came out great.


You can find the recipe at: http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/06/awesome-grain-free-bread-version-2-no.html

I hope everyone had a wonderful Summer Solstice weekend.  I will post more as this next week goes by and post some photos of my  canning, newfound recipes and meals in a jar that have been a success.




If you are into pressure canning and love bacon…give this a try. Sounds yummy!

Today I am canning pork for pulled pork and barbecued pork sandwiches and some corned beef for ruben sandwiches. Can’t wait to try this recipe for bacon.

Rural Spin

Tabasco bacon, right out of the can and ready to eat: truly one of the seven wonders of the world.

Let me just start out by saying that I spent hours pouring over other peoples’ videos and recipes to learn how to can bacon. I tried them all out and found them sorely lacking. I then proceeded to can about 20 pounds of bacon on my own to come up with the perfect canned bacon, which in my opinion just didn’t exist…until now.

And canning bacon is worth the effort. It’s a great way to make your own customized flavored bacon with ease, and it’s just handy to have pre-cooked bacon on-hand for recipes and snacks. It’s great while traveling or car-camping, and it’s nice to have canned bacon when the electricity goes out, or the weather makes it impossible to make it to the store.

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Galz Business and Lifestyle Expo

Posted: April 20, 2014 in My Travels

My daughters, Suzanne and Rio, helped me by designing a beautiful display at the Galz Business and Lifestyle Expo yesterday. Many stopped by to complement on the beautiful way the tables were set up.

Tribal Treasures: Vintage tribal Turkoman jewelry. RavencrowsNestTribalTreasures

Ravencrow Designs: ‘Gemstone Alchemy” Innovative One-of-a-Kind Bracelets that are designed for a specific intention in mind.


Ravencrow’s Vintage collection. RCVintageCollection

Rio enjoyed modeling all the tribal jewelry. 🙂 rio

All in all it was a great experience. Made only one sale of a vintage pin at the last minute while packing up. A bit discouraging but the experience was great and I met so many nice people! Great vendors too. Stop by the website when you have a moment. http://www.ravencrowsnest.com

Have a Great Easter!

No one is interested in my jewelry, knitting or vintage items at the moment so taking a time out.  I am focusing my creative energy making gifts for my family.  🙂

I came across this really interesting video on youtube on how to make survival bracelets with paracord. I have one that I ordered online but to use it takes some unwinding. This one seemed perfect.  What caught my eye on this paracord bracelet video, is the quick deploy of the bracelet.  If you are interested, I would recommend visiting the site:

I spent this rainy afternoon making 2 bracelets for my oldest son Gregory and one for daughter Suzanne. It took 12 feet of paracord to make my sons (7 1/2″) and 10 feet to make my daughters (6″)



I have a few requests for them from other family members so I will be ordering more clasps. Took me a bit to get the hang of but I think I mastered it this afternoon. Have no interest in selling them at the moment but, never say never! I am also looking at the paracord grenades (sew kits, first aid kits, fishing kits, etc.) and other things you can create.

If you do creative projects with paracord, please feel free to post photos and share what you have done.

May all your rainbows bring you many blessings!



It has been six months since I closed my Etsy and Artfire shops and went “guts up” and opened my own online store. May have been a bad decision on my part but not giving up!!!  Guess I need more training on promoting so will be researching and studying many more resources in the next few weeks.  There is so much to learn and I have been down with the flu for the past few weeks and not up to par but hope to be next week. Anyone out there with some great pointers, please let me know. I am at my whits end. My store is up and running but very few have signed up and not many visits. Got to find out what I am doing, so I will be burning the midnight oil to find out. 

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SO….as always…ONWARD I GO! 

I will be back soon, stronger than ever! Can’t say when but if you are signed on to my website or blog or listed on my Facebook page, you will know. 

I have been canning and my pantry is getting full. I think it could be addicting? Lots of yummy stuff in there and my creating has gone from jewelry to food. Could mean I may plump up a bit more.  😦 Where oh where has my Bead  Muse gone? Oh where, oh where can she be? Maybe she will get hungry smelling all the wonderful things in the canner and pop back in for a yummy dinner…I sure hope so! 


Thanks to Kali who bought one of my bracelets. Thanks to P.S. I love Soap, for your continued support and to all those who have kept in touch on my Facebook page and through this blog. I am truly grateful for your friendship! xox













My granddaughter Whitney was visiting this past week. She was so sweet. I asked her if she would be kind enough to model my scarves for me. I have about 5 boxes of them completed and we did get through one box, which was very helpful.  She was here doing a music video. She has a beautiful voice. When it gets done, I will share it with you.  She had to leave to go home to work so I will be recruiting the younger Granddaughter, Dylan, to help me with the rest this weekend. I am very lucky to have such sweet girls. 

So…with that said, I am marking down all of the One-of-a-Kind Hand Knit scarves to $30 for the month of February. No coupon code needed. I hope you visit the store and see all that is there. Please “like” and “share” with the buttons on the website to let me know what is your favorite. 

Thanks! Have a great weekend ahead.  

“The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and I chewed
as fast as I could.” ~ Paul Hogan


I have 2 Bearded Dragons that watch over me all day and are mascots here in Ravencrows Nest.  One is my Granddaughter Dylans’, who I babysit for regularly.  I thought Dylans’ dragons name was Monty.  I say “thought” because I found out, after about seven months, that was not his name!!!   Haha!  At times I have a problem hearing and I had to laugh when I had this conversation with her the other day.  Dylan is the SWEETEST little girl, bless her heart!

Dylan said, while holding her dragon, “Hi Monkey”.  I told her that was a cute nickname and her reply was, “His real name is Monkey”.  To my shock and surprise, I asked her why she did not correct me when I called him Monty. Her reply was: “Well, you called him Monty and I did not want to hurt your feelings so I just went with it.” Hahaha! OMG. She is a dandy!


Dylan with her “Monkey” and Grandson Tayden with my “Bazinga”


Dylan with “Monkey” and “Bazinga” as babies.

Our dragons grew up together and used to get along really well. But…one day there was a huge goings on in their habitat and they were fighting. Never saw that before and I researched online and found that if two males are in the same habitat once they get a bit more mature they will fight. So…we now have them separated. It is sad because they were at one time very good friends.  Image     Image

“Monkey” and “Bazinga” romped and played most of the day.   So cute!


And sometimes they would picnic while watching TV.

Now they are pretty much grown. Monkey is a year old and Bazinga 9 months. They got a bit territorial and needed their own space. It’s ok, I guess. We all need our own space at times. I sure can relate. 🙂


Bazinga as a baby helping me find beads.

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Growing up with a bit of an attitude.                 Basking in his heated pool.

Bearded Dragons are so interesting. Never thought I would have so much fun with a lizard. They both have their own personality.


Baby Bazingas’ first day…so small.


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How could you not love that smile!                Does not like his leash…at all.

It took a while for me to get the habitat all in order. I knew nothing about the critters and wanted them to be comfortable in their new home. So much to learn about their habitat and getting proper lighting, heat and humidity.  I researched all about their lifestyle and did not like the substrates that were used for the floor. I decided to put down tile and attempted my first tile work.  Much cleaner and keeps the temperature up to par. The background came in to play when I noticed them staring at a blank wall. Can’t have that! So, now they stare at their background and can dream about escaping into the woods. 🙂  The log is for hiding and the trees to climb and the pool to get some recreation or for a drink or two.  I wanted them to have a nice place to live. Hard to imagine them ever out in the wild. They are so spoiled!  The hardest thing was dealing with crickets and worms. Yuck…but now I am used to it.

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Bazinga watching me work.                    He likes hanging with me on my shoulder.


Ready for bed in his blue blankie.

Well…now you got a bit of a glimpse of my world in “The Nest”.   Hope you enjoyed my story and if you have a bearded dragon and would like to share your experiences or pictures, drop me a line.


My buddy “Willow” of eleven wonderful years.  XOX   She passed away a few years back. I miss her very much and wanted to give her a place of honor in my story too. She would be faithfully sitting at my feet when I did my beadwork and other crafts.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”.  ~Anatole France~