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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.



Good Tuesday to you!
It's been chilly here.
I finally got my wish: the thermometer has dropped steadily into the 20's, my fingers have ached while running the pups, and a hard crystalline layer greets the dawn.  It's one of those things I need to feel, in order to know that time is moving along at it's ever steady clip, the click of seasons and the shifting of wardrobe.
I can't believe it's been a whole week.
I'd love to launch into some sort of fabulous tale of where I've been and the adventures I've had, but truly, TRULY the most action I've seen has been the raising of one tea cup after the other.  That bug laid me out something fierce, I recovered, pushed too hard (hello type A), and found myself quite immediately back on the couch.
Le sigh.
I'm not a good patient.
Never have been.

with that done and past, I'd really love to show you some of the metal work dancing about in my studio! Care to take a peek?
Tidal Earrings 
in two sizes: A Petite Swell and A Rolling Surf
I've thought a lot about the push of pull of the tides of my heart.  Somedays I can walk for miles with a gentle swish of surf cooling my toes, on others the sneaker waves break in a sharp, dark froth.  On those days my skin feels raw in the wind, the waves crest so high and the sand beneath my feet shifts.  But this I know, just as surely as the sun will rise and the moon will shine: The tide will always shift.  The moon will pull back and the shoreline will reveal its treasures.  You will walk steady in the sand, the sea will send its lightest foam dancing in the breeze.  This is life.  This is the good that is so good, and the dark that makes the light ever brighter.
You can count on it.
Flirting With Yourself Earrings
A delightful return!
And just because I love them so,
Ten Thousand Small Histories No. 3
Sterling Silver and two utterly fabulous bits of beach pottery, plucked right here on the high beaches of Northern California.  This particular necklace features a FIND and a HALF of a bit: scrolling blue arcs on weathered porcelain - be still my heart!

(consider the shop updated...)
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So tell me what have you been up too!
I've missed you so!
~ Umber ~