After 30 years with the phone company, I retired in June, 2000. I’ve been making jewelry for approximately 7 years, attended a beginner silversmithing class last November, and had a silversmithing apprenticeship with Ernie Northrup on the Hopi reservation in January, where I learned to cast fine silver into tufa stone molds. I often start my necklaces with an American Indian centerpiece, usually Zuni, Santo Domingo, or Navajo. I visit the Zuni reservation annually, and have become friends with the Quandelacy family, well-known for their fine carvings, which are often incorporated into my necklaces. Sandra carves the maidens, corn maidens & “angels,” Stewart carves the bears, and Andres carves horses for me. I attend the Tucson gem shows each year, and prefer to use American turquoise, often from the Kingman, AZ or Sleeping Beauty mines. I truly am a “nature girl,” live in a country setting in Wauconda, enjoy gardening, and feeding the painted and snapping turtles that live in a pond at the rear of our property.