Just in case you ever find yourself face-to-face with a Trivial Pusuit question about Michigan’s state stone…
Petoskey Stones are found only in Northern Michigan, which makes them very unique and loved by so many Michiganders. It is our state stone and it’s the only state stone that is also a fossil – pretty cool!
1. We have an awesome mini dachshund named Keela.
2. Jim and I have a mutual fascination with flashlights and lanterns.
3. I love the Cheap Trick song "I Want You to Want Me" and I'm no longer ashamed to admit it.
4. Our spare bedroom has been converted into our "rock room" where Jim does all his lapidary work and has over 1000 lbs of rocks in it.
What got you started crafting?
I've been doing some form of arts and crafts since I was a child. My dad is a sculptor, and my Grammy quilted. I was always making something. In addition to the jewelry, I also sell handmade home decor items that I've sewn, such as pillows and ornaments. I quilt, and do other forms of needlework.
What is your source of inspiration?
We like to let the natural beauty of the stones dictate the direction we take with each piece of jewelry. The pattern will dictate the shape, or the color wire we choose to use. Petoskey stones are actually fossilized coral, and they are over 350 Million years old. They have a unique, and very beautiful pattern that really doesn't need a lot of embellishment, in our opinion, which is why we've chosen simple settings.
What have you made recently?
We've started making Petoskey stone Christmas ornaments! I'm really excited about these because they are just so gorgeous! Jim has taken slabs of Petoskey stones, and polished them until they're just the prettiest pieces of jewelry for your home. Of course they're perfect for the tree, but they would make a beautiful decoration any time of the year. I've got some gorgeous pieces hanging in my kitchen window.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
We sell our items on Etsy, and at local arts and craft shows.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade items have been loved by their creator. I know that I take a lot of time with each piece and make items that I love, items that I would want (and do) wear. Jim has been obsessed with Petoskey stones since he was a child and takes special care to bring out the detail of each piece. I've found this to be true with anything handmade, whether it is something I or someone else has made. We really care about the pieces we create and we want to see them go to good homes.